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HNC NEWS

SUMMER EDITION

www.huddnewcoll.ac.uk

FASHION SHOW PICTURES FROM THE END OF YEAR SHOW AT THE LAWRENCE BATLEY THEATRE

MEDIA OSCARS FULL LIST OF WINNERS FROM THE COLLEGE’S FIRST EVER OSCARS NIGHT INSIDE

ART & GAMES EXHIBITION OUR ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE CREATIVE ARTS

THAT’S ALL FOLKS! WE SAY GOODBYE TO OUR A2 STUDENTS WITH FREE FOOD AND PHOTOS FOR ALL

GET SET FOR THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE TO END THE YEAR WE HOSTED DAYS OF FUN INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF COLLEGE

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4//A cut above Our annual fashion show took place at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, and we’ve got the photos to prove it!

7//In the spotlight The stars were out for the inaugural Media & Film Awards night.

9//All the fun of the fair Our first ever Get Set For Fun day takes place with free food and games for all.

12//Progression Conference 2013 Once again the biggest progression conference in the North of England took place within our walls.

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Angela Williams // Principal

I am delighted that you are hoping to join us at Huddersfield New College. Huddersfield New College is a good college with a strong focus on academic achievement. Your academic success is of paramount importance to us, as this success will help you to progress in life, work and future study. The college has a long established reputation for strong exam performance and this is because we are passionate about, and committed to, supporting and challenging every student who comes to the college to achieve their very best. We will support and challenge you to do your very best. Of course, there is much more to Huddersfield New College than a focus on academic qualifications and success. Many of our students, past and present, speak of their affection for Huddersfield New College as a very special place in which students are happy and encouraged to develop all their skills and talents. You will have lots of opportunities during your time here to take part in a diverse range of wider college activities, including Performing Arts, Sport and Charity Fund Raising events, to develop fully your skills and talents. We hope this newsletter conveys something of this special quality of Huddersfield New College and that you are excited about joining this lively and dynamic college community. We look forward to welcoming you to our college community.

15//This one’s for the leavers We say goodbye to our year 13 students in the funniest way we know how.

Principal

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Results Day 2012

More outstanding results!

RESULTS DAY AT the Huddersfield New College gave us even more cause for celebration following on from our Ofsted visit in November 2011 - we helped our students achieve a 99% pass rate for the third consecutive year!

grade rate and a 99% pass rate - meaning we’re one of the best sixth form colleges in the UK for vocational courses. 33 of our vocational students achieved D*D*D* (equivalent to three A*s at A level), and a futher 100 achieved DDD (equivalent to AAA) or better.

Our pass rate is still above the national average (that’s been the case for three years running too) and two thirds of our students achieved A*-C grades. A third of them also achieved A*-Bs, which is another outstanding success, and many of our students left to take up places at some of the country’s most prestigious universities.

We were also overjoyed to see 84% of our students who applied to university get accepted - which is also above the national average - and to see 20% of those take up places at Russell Group universities in September 2013.

Our vocational A level results are just as impressive: we’ve got an 81% high

We can’t wait to celebrate even more outstanding success with the class of 2015. 3 | SUMMER 2013 HNCNEWS


Fashion Show 2013

THE HEIGHT OF FASHION The Lawrence Batley Theatre once again played host to our showcase Textiles event

IF YOU’VE SPENT the last year or two designing clothes as part of A level Textiles, the least you can do is take the stage in front of hundreds of people and model your own creations, right? For our Textiles students, the Lawrence Batley Theatre Fashion Show marks the end of the academic year and a chance for them to proudly show off the work they’ve done at the college. In front of a packed auditorium featuring friends, family and staff - not to mention the Mayor and Mayoress of Kirklees - our students had the chance to strut their stuff on the same stage that the University of Huddersfield’s Textiles students used the previous night. Over 70 students took part in the main event which took place at 8pm on Friday 21st June, but before they could parade down the catwalk for their friends they had to first perform the show to students from Kirklees schools at 6pm. The two shows came after an intense day of rehearsals which started at 9am that morning.

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The Big Photo

The cast of Killed, who performed the play at the Lawrence Batley Theatre at the beginning of June.

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Designs for life

The college’s Design & Photography exhibition took place at the North Light Gallery over three nights in June.

ANOTHER HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL year was celebrated by the Design and Photography department from Huddersfield New College at their annual exhibition at the North Light Gallery in Armitage Bridge. The outstanding display of work ranged from impressive 3D work representing the holocaust - inspired by Antonia Stowe’s button project - to superb examples of creative photography together with work from both Product and the

Built Environment courses in Design. An invitation-only launch night was held at the gallery to mark the achievements of the students on the course, and also provide an opportunity for parents to visit and see the work on display. The college’s Senior Leadership Team also attended the launch night along with staff from the Design and Photography department.

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Media & Film Awards

THE STARS ARE OUT Members of the College’s Senior Leadership Team with prizegivers Jason McCartney, Tom Gabbutt and Johanna Bolhova

THE STARS OF Huddersfield New College’s Media and Film department gathered for the inaugural awards night to celebrate the work produced by students this year.

The event started with a walk down the red carpet outside the New Theatre, complete with student ‘paparazzi’ and a showcase of the work students have produced throughout the year.

The event comes at the end of another successful academic year for the Media & Film department, which launched a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production (TV and Film) last September.

Refreshments and official photographs were followed by the formal awards ceremony, at which the audience were entertained by music and dances from the movies by Performing Arts students.

A total of 11 awards for outstanding coursework were handed out on the night by VIP guests including Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney. There were four nominees for each award, with the winners of all but the Student Choice award being voted for by staff in the department. The winners were judged on their technical proficiency, creativity and ability to apply and manipulate genre conventions and representation issues.

Representatives from local companies including Capsule Films and national industry organisations including Creative England attended the event and were on hand to talk to students about their work. Debra Niessen, head of Media and Film Studies, said: “We organised the event to celebrate the fantastic work that has been produced by students this year across a range of media formats, including print based marketing campaigns, music videos, TV shows and magazines.”

The launch of our BTEC Extended Diploma course broadens the choices for students coming to Huddersfield New College, offering students a full time, hands on practical course and the opportunity to develop a range of technical and creative skills in response to real world media briefs. DEBRA NIESSEN, head of the Media & Film department THE MEDIA & FILM DEPARTMENT From left: Gary Eastwood, Dan Hanlon, Debra Niessen, Eddie Wright, Rob Chadwick and Simon Brass 7 | SUMMER 2013 HNCNEWS


It ain’t ‘arf Art

TALENTED ART STUDENTS from Huddersfield New College held a showcase event to highlight the work they’ve completed over the last year.

The annual event took place in the college’s Art department, with present and past students in attendance alongside their parents, visiting professionals and staff who have worked with them. Artwork from the second year of the A level Art courses – Fine Art, Textile Design and Graphic Communication, as well as the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design - completely took over the classrooms in the Art centre for the show. Fine Art students displayed five or six of their strongest pieces from their

coursework and examination portfolios, including painting, ceramics, film and multimedia working; Textiles student garments were displayed by design pages from their working journals. Lydia Green, head of Art, said: “Our annual Art exhibition is always a great success and it’s fantastic to see so many students and their parents visit to celebrate what we do.

“The students are really proud of this event and with good reason – it’s their chance to put on a professional exhibition and experience seeing their work displayed in public; most have put in additional independent study hours outside taught sessions to complete final pieces and we were glad to see such wide appreciation of their hard work.”

One of the most unusual exhibits, and a real talking point, was the 20 foot sculpture constructed entirely of junk in the lower studio.

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Get Set 2013

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The college’s end of year celebrations took place in June, with the highlight being a free BBQ and inflatable challenges for students (and staff!). We brought in the fun (and sunshine) to this year’s end of year celebrations in June when a series of inflatable challenges were unveiled in the college car park. Students were invited to have a go at being gladiators, take part in a bungee rope race, and also complete a bouncy obstacle course. Of course staff couldn’t resist getting involved too, and Health & Social Care teacher Sarah Rothery (bottom left) was one of the first to take up the obstacle course challenge. To refuel after a fun day of activities, the college provided a complimentary BBQ for staff and students. There was music - featuring an inpromptu karaoke from a

group of Performing Arts students - and giant board games near the picnic area at the back of college. As with our A2 leavers’ lunch (see the back page of the newsletter) we also provided a photobooth so that students were able to get free mementos of their first year at college (above). The following day saw trips to Alton Towers, Xscape and Go Ape, as well as specialist lessons on the history of rock music and a treasure hunt in the study centre. All in all it was a fantastic week for both staff and students, with plenty of memories to take into their second year.

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BIG reasons to celebrate

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In our last newsletter we announced that at the start of the academic year the Diversity Group committed to working towards achieving the Bullying Intervention Group (BIG) Award for excellent practice in preventing and managing the occurrence of bullying, including cyber-bullying.

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Progression Conference 2013 WHAT OUR STUDENTS do after college is quite a big deal - and we’re here to make sure that they are well informed about their choices. That’s why when our annual Progression Conference comes around we pull out all the stops to make sure it’s a worthwhile event packed full of interesting and informative talks. Over 80 guest speakers were at the college to advise and guide students on university courses and future careers, making ours the biggest sixth form progression event in the North of England. For the first time ever we also hosted an employment fair immediately after the talks had finished, in which students and their parents were able to meet and speak to employers.

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Sport

SPORTING SUCCESS More news from the world of sport

IT’S BEEN ANOTHER successful few months for HNC’s sporting stars, complete with international recognition. Rugby League second row Dom Horn was called up to play for the England students after putting in a series of top quality performances for Yorkshire in a national rugby competition. Cyclist Gabriel Cullaigh spent time in Glasgow during June with the Olympic Development Programme after finishing second in the Junior National Cycling Championships in Penrith. Runner Scott Atkinson registered a 400m time of 47.91 seconds, meaning he was only 0.4s off reaching Team GB’s qualifying standard for the European Juniors competition in Italy this July. He has until 8th July to try and hit that standard. Former England cricketer Alec Stewart paid a visit to the college as a guest of Yorkshire Bank. Alec still holds the record number of caps for England, and he was on hand to talk to our cricket academy team as well as be shown around the college’s fantastic sporting facillities.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT ENGLAND’S DOM HORN, CYCLIST GABRIEL CULLAIGH, RUNNER SCOTT ATKINSON AND FORMER ENGLAND CRICKETER ALEC STEWART 13 | SUMMER 2013 HNCNEWS


Open Door

As you can see from the picture, our Tea’n’Chat events are always loads of fun and very well attended. We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be hosting THREE of these from September 2013, including a brand new winter Hot Choc’n’Chat in January.

We can provide information on a whole range of health and welfare issues. We believe it’s good to talk about any difficulties you may be experiencing either inside or outside of college and we can advise you on the next steps to take.

Keep an eye out also for the new Open Door bunting and our logo around college and on Moodle so you know what we’re up to. We’ve got Open Door events planned nearly every month in the next academic year, and we’re always available outside of events if you ever need to talk. We’re based in room 525 which is next to the new Children’s Care, Learning and Development Centre.

We cater for health and wellbeing lifestyle checks, help with stopping smoking and drug advice - if we can’t help you in college, we’ll be able to find someone who can. We also offer sexual health advice. You can also email us at any time at opendoor@huddnewcoll.ac.uk. We look forward to seeing you in September! 14 | SUMMER 2013 HNCNEWS


...and finally

This one’s for the leavers

SAYING GOODBYE IN THE FUNNIEST POSSIBLE WAY

We can’t remember who it was who said you should “leave ‘em laughing’, but we took up the challenge this year of making the last day for our A2 students as fun and memorable as possible. In the run up to the leavers’ lunch students could purchase specially designed hoodies featuring the names of all 941 of their peers, and there were plenty on show when we opened the doors of the IT Cafe for the free lunch for staff and students. The packed canteen also featured a complimentary photobooth where students could dress up and pose with their friends - with very hilarious results. The student gallery is available on the college’s Alumni Facebook page at facebook.com/hncalumni. Sadly we’re not allowed to publish any of the ones featuring staff due to a sudden outbreak of embarrassment. 15 | SUMMER 2013 HNCNEWS

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