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Issue 3 2016 - 2017

Celebrate The magazine of Richmond upon Thames College

TJALLE WINS BEST LEARNER A ROYAL EXPERIENCE PAGE 3

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE...

NEW STUDENT UNION PAGE 2 OVER £2000 RAISED AT CHARITY AUCTION PAGE 2 CARPENTRY COMPETITION PAGE 3 APPRENTICESHIP AT NPL PAGE 7 WORLD CHAMPION GYMNAST PAGE 10

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STUDENT VOICE PAGE 4

CHARITY CAKE SALE PAGE 9


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Local Schools in Catering Challenge

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Message from our Principal

On Wednesday 3rd May, students from local schools Orleans Park in Twickenham, Acton High School in Ealing and Bishop Wand C of E School in Sunbury-on-Thames competed in the final of the annual Young Chef of the Year Competition at RuTC.

Welcome to Richmond upon Thames College Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) is a vibrant, diverse and friendly community with outstanding students and staff. We have a wide range of subjects and courses at different levels, a strong support team plus a range of facilities and enrichment activities that allow our students to fulfill their potential and achieve their ambitions. I am incredibly proud of the successes and achievements of our students and in this latest edition of Celebrate magazine, you can read about the wonderful and inspiring stories from the past few months and also hear from former students of the college who have gone on to achieve great success in their careers.

Eight teams competed in the first round in March which required the students to design a street food menu and serve it to staff and students at the college. The successful teams - Orleans Park, Acton High School and Bishop Wand C of E School - got through to the final in May. In the final round, students were given three hours to prepare their fine dining themed dishes with some help from current RuTC catering students. Dishes included a Chicken Pie Millefeuille by the winning team from Orleans Park. The food was judged on its appearance, taste and creativity by Robin Ghurbhurun, Principal and CEO for RuTC, Barbara Gilgallon, Chair of Governors for RuTC, James Unwin, Curriculum Manager for Hospitality and Catering at RuTC, and Sherwin Mauro, Professional Cookery student at RuTC and Commis Chef at Le Vacherin restaurant in Chiswick.

I hope you enjoy reading the latest edition of our magazine. Robin Ghurbhurun Chief Executive and Principal

Looking at the team’s work, Sherwin said “opportunities such as this competition will give young people more confidence and teach them how to work effectively as a team.” Orleans Park, received a trophy and £200 in vouchers to use for catering purposes at their school.

RuTC Student wins Best Learner Award On Thursday 25th May, RuTC A Level student Tjalle Rumley received the Committee of South London Principals Best Learner Award at the House of Lords. Tjalle, who is in his last year at RuTC studying A Levels in English Language and Literature, History and Geography, was chosen by RuTC staff for the award for showing commitment and diligence to his work, displaying a genuine interest in his studies and playing an active part in enrichment activities. Tjalle has a positive outlook on college life and is described as a mature, thoughtful and dedicated student. He has been highly praised for his work as a Student Representative where he gathers student voice and regularly participates in meetings with the teaching body. Tjalle was accompanied at the awards by his

mother, father and Deputy Principal, Curriculum and Student Services at RuTC, John O’Shea. John commented “all of our students at Richmond upon Thames College have worked incredibly hard this year and we are looking forward to this being reflected in their A Level grades and vocational assessments this summer.” “We are particularly proud of Tjalle’s achievements and ongoing commitment to college life and I congratulate him once again for this truly deserved Best Learner Award and wish him every success at Aberystwyth University and his future career.” Tjalle has also been awarded a scholarship to Aberystwyth University to study a BA in International Politics and History for being one of the 50 highest achievers in the Entrance Scholarship exam.


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This March, eight students were elected as the new Student Union (SU) for RuTC. The team work together to manage a budget, liaise with college staff on behalf of students, represent students’ views at meetings, plan events and activities, support enrichment activities, and promote Learner Voice across the college. Students can drop in to the SU office during lunchtimes to discuss ideas, concerns, or queries.

Hanifa Mohammed SU President

Andreea Tatu Vice President

Ibrahim Campbell Events & Marketing Officer

Soha Memon Secretary & Enrichment Officer

Mihaela Pakalov Education Officer

Will Whitmore Estates Officer

Aisha Animashaun Equality & Diversity Officer

Parth Patel Treasurer

Over £2000 Raised at Charity Art Auction

On Friday 9th June, RuTC played host to a special charity auction featuring the hidden work of the late artist, Desmond Jones. Desmond Jones studied at the college when it was known as Twickenham Technical College and School of Art in the 1940s. The auction, which was hosted by BBC Auctioneer Charlie Ross, raised £2575 and benefitted over 30 charities with a local or personal connection to the artist. Each charity chose a painting from which to receive funds raised at auction and over £1400 was raised in total which included a donation from the BBC Auctioneer Charlie Ross.

Elaine Samuels with BBC Auctioneer Charlie Ross

Prior to this year’s auction, Desmond Jones’ artwork was exhibited at Orleans House from Friday 12th – Sunday 14th May which was attended by the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, David Linette. Elaine Samuels, daughter of the artist, says “we had a really fun evening with a palpable buzz! The charming and outrageously extrovert, BBC celebrity auctioneer, Charlie Ross, was running about, driving the crowd to bid for the vibrant Desmond Jones paintings.”

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Carpentry Competition RuTC Level 2 Diploma in Bench Joinery student, Will Whitmore, recently entered the Carpenters Craft Competition run by the Institute of Carpenters. The prestigious competition is held annually and aims to encourage and reward highly motivated students. Will said he entered the competition as a “challenge to produce work to the highest standard that he could.” He received support from his teachers with

his entry which consisted of a sign and sign holder. Will’s work has been sent for regional judging by the relevant area of the Institute of Carpenters which will take place in July. Prizes for both the regional and national awards consist of money, medals and trophies.

Visit to Wienerberger On 21st March, RuTC students studying a Level 2 Diploma in Brickwork visited Wienerberger in Dorking, the world’s largest manufacturer of bricks. The students received a tour of the factory by the site manager, Greg Crownshaw, and witnessed the whole production process, from developing and shaping the raw material ready to be baked in the kiln to creating the final product. As well as manufacturing bricks, the factory specialises in hand-making tiles which the students had the opportunity to create with a imprint of their handprint.

A Royal Experience for RuTC Catering Students

College students studying an NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery recently took part in work experience placements at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

This amazing opportunity for our students came after Robin Ghurbhurun, CEO & Principal of RuTC met with the Head Chef of the Royal Household, Mark Flanagan. Robin commented “it’s a privilege to have students from RuTC working at the Royal Household and gaining skills that will benefit them in their studying and future careers.” Carl Woodcock, Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery student spent 4 days at Buckingham Palace and said that the chefs he worked alongside “were really willing to teach you and there was a lot of room for creativity.” He commented that the experience has made him “thankful for all of the training he gets at Richmond upon Thames College.”

Mathieu Haskins, Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery student spent 2 weeks at Windsor Castle in May and said the biggest challenge he faced was “adapting quickly to the new environment.”

Speaking of the team who work there, he commented “they gave me a chance to improve my skills and to challenge myself.” James Unwin, Curriculum Manager for Catering & Hospitality says “this is an excellent opportunity for the students to get a taste of what it’s like to work in this part of the hospitality industry.” The two students will return to work at Buckingham Palace over the summer to continue learning from the chefs of the Royal Household.


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Student’s Sculpture Design Wins On Thursday 11th May, students studying Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design visited Heathfield Recreation Ground in Twickenham alongside Councillor David Linnette, Mayor of Richmond upon Thames.

The visit came as part of an ongoing project where students were asked to design a sculpture that could act as a focal point for residents with dementia who are visiting the park.

hard on their designs for a new ‘dementia friendly’ installation and it has been a great opportunity for them to contribute to such an important project. We are looking forward to seeing the positive impact the new sculpture will have on our local community and all future visitors to the park.” The new sculpture along with other additional features will make Heathfield Recreation Ground the borough’s second dementia friendly park.

Ten designs were shortlisted after a judging panel visited the college in February which included college teachers and London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Councillors. The winning design of a giant arm chair that symbolises peace and home came from student Aleksandra Piechocinka and is currently being developed ready for installation this summer.

Yoga Breathing for Anxiety During Mental Health Awareness Week, which took place from 8th - 12th May, students were given the chance to participate in a yoga breathing for anxiety workshop. The sessions were hosted by Laura Roach, RuTC Business teacher and Yoga Trainer and were part of a variety of campaigns held throughout the week to support the students.

Robin Ghurbhurun, Principal and Chief Executive of RuTC, commented “our Art and Design students have worked incredibly

Student

Voice

Maarya Syed

First year student studying A Level English Literature, Biology, Government and Politics

Q&A with Twickenham Parliamentary Candidates

“In the lead up to the general election in June, RuTC hosted a lively and thought-provoking Q&A with Dr Tania Mathias (Conservatives), Sir Vince Cable (Liberal Democrats) and Dr Katherine Dunne (Labour) on 26th May. On the topic of education, Dr Dunne spoke about the issues of underfunding, parents being asked to contribute to schools and crippling university debts discouraging people from progressing to higher education. She said Labour has “committed £6.3billion to funding a free for all National Education Service that would oversee nursery to adult education and reintroduce Maintenance Education Grants.” Sir Vince told us that “school budgets are being tightened, teachers’ salaries are falling and

money is being redistributed away from London.” He also added that the Liberal Democrats would also “reintroduce Maintenance Grants but would prioritise the 60% who don’t attend university by building on vocational training and apprenticeships.” Dr Mathias responded with assurance that the Conservatives would “protect the core education budget and teacher’s wages.” She also spoke positively of the “high quality apprenticeships and planned Tech-levels.” A Supported Learning student questioned the employability rate of people with learning difficulties. Dr Mathias replied that though there is high employment for 16-24 year olds, levels for people with learning difficulties has not

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changed. She went on to say that “community groups matching people with jobs can work on a small scale.” Sir Vince echoed the statement that there are “very high levels of unemployment” and said that “problems start early with cuts to support services and schools.” Dr Dunne stated that “we should treat everyone equally and with respect and ensure people with special needs can participate fully by having support to enter and stay in employment with the same rights.” Other topics discussed at the Q&A session included Brexit and the effect on business, policing in the UK and NHS privitisation.

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“I never thought I’d be a scientist!” Jonathan Lee attended RuTC between 1991 and 1993 and studied A Levels in Geology, Geography and History. He now works as a Senior Quaternary Geologist at the British Geological Survey. Tell us about your journey since leaving RuTC After finishing my A Levels I decided to take a year out from studying. My results were disappointing and I didn’t get the grades that I needed to get into my choice of universities so I felt that some time out to reassess my options was needed. During this time, I worked in a supermarket and did some voluntary work which whilst positive experiences, made me realise I wanted to continue studying. Between 1994 and 1997 I studied for a degree in Geology and Geography at Kingston University and graduated with a 2:1. Following my degree I worked as a Geologist for an oil company in London for a year but missed learning and following my own intellectual curiosities. In 1998 I left my job and studied a Masters degree in Quaternary Science at Royal Holloway University in London. Having really caught the geology and learning bug (and in a moment of pure madness!) I decided to stay on and do a three-year research degree in Quaternary Geoglogy. My PhD was a bit nerdy but in plain English it focused on using geology to examine climate change and landscape evolution in East Anglia over the past two million years! Not only did it stimulate my fascination of how the planet works but it also fine-tuned my scientific and transferrable skills helping me to get

employment afterwards. After completing my PhD, I joined the British Geological Survey as a Quarternary Geologist in 2003. What do you enjoy most about your job and what do you find the most challenging?

The job enables me to work on some very challenging but interesting scientific issues. Some of my work is real ‘blue-skies science’ and attempting to understand how our planet works. Other work is very ‘applied’ in nature focusing on how geology is relevant to everyday life. For example, managing drinking water resources or understanding ground stability in association with the construction of roads, building projects etc. Another passion of mine is to travel and I have been very fortunate to have had great opportunities to work in some pretty amazing places both at home and abroad. For example, working in the desert in Dubai and glaciers in Iceland! What is your best memory of RuTC? Above all, I had some great teachers and two in particular, Dave Parry and Mick Wright, were a massive influence. Without their support, patience and encouragement, I would probably never have gone to university and be where I am today! What advice would you give to current students? Don’t be put off by any set-backs such as bad exam results! If you are determined enough, focused enough and prepared to work your socks-off you can achieve anything in life. I never thought I would be scientist!


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When Strawberries Are Not Enough Following a 13-year battle with anorexia, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) alumnus member Charley Williams used her experiences to create a musical theatre production. The inspiration for the musical, When Strawberries Are Not Enough, came from the many songs that Charley wrote as a way of therapy throughout her illness. After receiving praise and advice from professionals, she turned her lyrics into a narrative which was performed at Hampton Hill Theatre at the end of April. The musical, which follows a young girl’s journey through the illness, is loosely based on Charley’s story with an added fictional plot.

Charley explains that she wants the audience to experience a “rollercoaster of emotions” but most importantly she wants “anyone who is suffering, or anyone who knows someone who is suffering with anorexia, to come away from the production with a feeling of strength and hope”. Charley feels that the production is the perfect way to get her message across. She comments,“seeing everyone involved in the production and watching the musical come together has built my confidence and helped me to overcome low self-esteem and anxiety”.

“Never Miss an Opportunity to Learn Something New”

After studying A Levels in Photography, Fine Art, Maths and Physics at RuTC, Peter Samuels now has his own photography business specialising in bands and events. Tell us about your journey since leaving RuTC

During my time at RuTC, the student body, outstanding facilities and wonderful lecturers gave me a drive to seek out a career I’d be proud to call my own. After being inspired by the staff at the college I decided fairly early on to go for a degree in Marine and Natural History Photography at Falmouth University in Cornwall. The course was great and focusing on personal projects as much as the work itself, I feel I garnered what I really needed from the experience - a drive and a wonderment at the world as well as the knowledge that I wouldn’t give up until I had succeeded at my life goals. What do you enjoy most about your job and what do you find the most challenging? Meeting new people from all walks of life and getting out and seeing the lives they lead and the stories they have to tell. It’s been an exciting time, having photographed John Rhys Davis for some behind the

scenes film work last year as well as Twickenhams’ own, the Carnabys, and many more including Rick Wakeman and Curved Air as well as a plethora of other up and coming bands and artists. As far as what’s been the most challenging, I think it’s the surprise of what happens once you leave university. It’s a real struggle getting out there and getting started when going freelance! What advice would you give to current students? Never miss an opportunity to learn something new as you’ll never know when it’ll come in handy and it puts you one step ahead of the competition. Get inspired and never lose the friends you make - you’ll really learn what that word means as you progress. Life is hard and succeeding at it doesn’t have to mean an excessively well paid job, but truly enjoying your time – whether it’s a work life balance or taking your passion as a career in.

Peter Samuels A Level Photography work at RuTC

Peter Samuels is the grandson of the late Desmond Jones who attended the college in the 1940s when it was called Twickenham Technical College and School of Art. See page 2.

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A World of Opportunities

What advice would you give to someone thinking of doing an apprenticeship?

Jakub Brewka has been working as a Level 3 IT Apprentice at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) since September 2016. He spoke to us about his reasons for choosing an apprenticeship and his ambitions for the future.

If you have decided the apprenticeship path is for you then I would suggest casting a wide net when applying for apprenticeships as you’re not guaranteed to be accepted for the first one. If you’re unsure whether your grades are good enough to apply I would apply anyway as it’s about you as a person not just the grades – and it can open up a world of opportunities you might not have otherwise thought of!

Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship? I chose the path of an apprentice as I didn’t have the confidence for university. I was shy, timid and saw this as an opportunity to improve my self-confidence. Not only are you earning while you’re learning, you are also gaining real work experience which will help you to stand out when applying for a job in the future. What do you enjoy most about being an apprentice? What I enjoy most about being an apprentice at NPL is that I am treated as an equal in my team and given responsibility to work on projects which further builds my confidence and independence. Feeling like a valued member of a team fills you with motivation to do the best you can and helps build you into a better person. What are your ambitions after completing your apprenticeship? I aim to continue the apprenticeship program to a Level 4 IT apprenticeship. I believe I can do the work necessary to get there. After the Level 4 apprenticeship I have the option of continuing on further with the apprenticeship programme and possibly studying for a university degree.

Studying an Adult Course at RuTC Marie Armstrong recently finished an AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting at RuTC. Marie chose to progress onto the Level 3 course following her completion of the fast-track AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting. She spoke to us about her experience. Why did you choose to study an Accounting course? I have just turned 48 and I always wanted to learn Accounting but with 4 children and also working part-time, this was not possible until last year. I worked in a bank for 30 years so it was a big step to suddenly leave work and start life as a college student. It was definitely the best choice I made and I am so pleased I chose RuTC. I enrolled on a fast-track 3 day a week course and my original intention was just to do my Level 2 but I was so impressed by the standard of teaching and the passion the teachers showed, that I then continued to the Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting. The majority of students in my class also continued to Level 3 with me. How has studying the Accounting course helped you with your career? I have been Treasurer for 7th Feltham Sea Scouts for around 5 years and the Accounting course has greatly helped me. I used to keep manual papers but the skills I learnt have helped me to be more professional in my role and I now keep computerised accounts and this has also helped with the

annual returns I need to submit.

We are also in the process of raising funds towards a new hut so it’s very important I can provide accurate financial information to organisations who may be able to assist with our fundraising. I am also on the Finance Committee for St Marks Catholic School in Hounslow and the course has given me a greater understanding of financial terminology. How would you describe your experience of studying at RuTC? I observed a great team who all supported each other and worked extremely well together. I can honestly say that I feel everyone in my class feels exactly the same about the teaching they have received. I do have very high standards and expect very high standards and the college staff definitely exceeded my expectations. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the college and it has been a wonderful experience to be taught by such a dedicated team. RuTC nominated Marie for the ‘Individual Learner’ award for this year’s Festival of Learning which celebrates adult learners.


s w NeWire A Trip to the London Book Fair A group of students studying A Level English Language and Literature visited the London Book Fair in Earls Court in March. The students had the chance to attend a seminar on ‘Getting into the Publishing Industry’ which was specifically aimed at busting the myths surrounding equality in this area of work. There was also a Q&A with a panel of industry experts from a range of different publishers and agencies including Bonnier.

“See the Possibilities”

Students studying A Level Computer Science or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT visited global investment company, Barings, to take part in a mentoring programme. The ten-year-old programme “See the Possibilities”, which was set up by the Global Head of Operational Compliance at Barings, Rob Knight, in collaboration with Robbie Gono, Interim Curriculum Manager for Computing and Maths at RuTC, aims to mentor young people from non-traditional backgrounds and give them an insight into different career paths. The day was packed with inspiring presentations from senior members of the bank and included advice on how students can secure work experience opportunities.

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MACE Talk Construction Level 3 Extended Diploma Construction and the Built Environment students received a recent visit from Hannah Davis, Emerging Talent Assistant Manager, for leading construction company MACE.

Childcare Students Learn Health & Safety

Students studying a Level 1 Diploma in Childcare recently visited the college’s catering department to take part in a session to learn about health and safety as part of their healthy eating module. The students had the opportunity to see real life examples of the topics they have been learning about including preventing cross contamination and the safe handling and storage of food.

The aim of the talk was to give students an insight into the opportunities provided by MACE through their apprenticeships and undergraduate programme. Two of the company’s current apprentices, Georgina Cox and Stephen Pan, also attended the talk to tell the students about their roles and the support that MACE provide. MACE provide opportunities both in the UK and internationally.

Local Opportunity for Budding Engineers On 24th May, BTEC Level 2 Engineering students had the chance to meet local SME engineering company Newmont, based in Isleworth, Middlesex.

UoL Institue of Paris Competition Earlier this year, a group of A Level French students took part in a competition organised by the University of London Institute in Paris. The students took part in listening and writing tasks and RuTC won a prize of exclusive chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat Paris for the second highest number of entries.

Newmont is a family run precision engineering company and is keen to take on new talent of young engineers who have an interest in this field. Staff from Newmont spoke to the students about the history of the company and the processes that it undertakes when making new products. The visit gave the students an opportunity to consolidate what they have been learning on their course with an understanding of the practical aspects within the workplace.

Pascale Szwagrzak, French teacher at RuTC, said the competition “proved challenging but attainable and fitted in well with the cyber-society topic that the students are currently studying”.

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Supported Learning Update Annual Plant Sale On Thursday 25th May, students from the Supported Learning Department at RuTC hosted their annual Plant Sale at the college. The event took place from 10am – 12pm and included a variety of plants and flowers from the Supported Learning garden. Donations from the plant sale will be used to buy materials for the students’ garden which is used as a peaceful learning space and project for the students throughout the year.

Over £250 raised for Comic Relief Earlier on in the year RuTC students hosted a number of events to raise money for Comic Relief. Students from the Supported Learning Department hosted a bake sale and raffle throughout the day and collected over £210 for the charity. The students had a stall at the front of the college to sell a variety of cakes and biscuits for staff and fellow students to enjoy. In addition to the cake sale, RuTC’s Student Union hosted a coffee morning for local residents which raised over £40. The event encouraged members of the local community to come in to meet some of our students and enjoy a coffee and a cake.

Hug in a Mug Launches at RuTC The ‘Hug in a Mug’ initiative was introduced in May and gives the students from the Supported Learning Department the chance to deliver a catering service for events and meetings across the college. A variety of products are available to order including hot drinks, cakes, fruits and sandwiches.

Performing Arts Students Compete at The Albany in Deptford Students studying a UAL Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts recently competed in a nationwide competition ran by the National Theatre Connections programme. The competition invited young people to perform plays written by established writers and RuTC students chose to perform The School Film by Patrick Marber after reading the script and making connections between the characters and their owns lives and experiences. Their performance was previewed in the RuTC Edmund Kean Theatre on Wednesday 22nd March and was attended by a member of National Theatre Connections who supported the students by providing a report of improvements before they performed in the second round at The Albany on Friday 12th May. As well as performing their piece at The Albany, students took part in workshops focusing on connecting people and the students got to work alongside other competing theatre groups including Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, which RuTC Alumnus Ore Shoderu is a member. Mary Cassidy, Performing Arts teacher at RuTC, says “the day was a really good learning curve for the students and although the students didn’t make the final, it was such a big achievement for them to get this far.”


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RuTC Dance Students Perform Edward Scissorhands

On Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th April college students studying a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance), performed their adaptation of the Tim Burton classic, Edward Scissorhands.

The students have been preparing for the production since a recent visit to the college from the choreographers from Sir Matthew Bourne’s dance company, New Adventures. During the session the students had the chance to learn some of the choreography from Bourne’s production of the Tim Burton film. The performance will contribute to the students’ final grades, and Hannah Fryer, dance teacher at RuTC, says “I am so proud of all of the students’ involved in the production of Edward Scissorhands. It’s great to see the students’ performances bring this amazing story to life!”

RuTC’s World Champion Gymnast Callum Portugal-Walker is studying a Level 3 BTEC in Performing Arts (Dance) at RuTC and is also an active member of Team GB’s Acrobatics team.

In the last year, Callum has won a gold medal competing for Team GB in the Acrobatics Gymnastics World Age Group Competition in China and has been awarded a scholarship for the Italia Conti Arts Centre in Surrey to study a three year diploma in Performing Arts. Having never done a dance class before RuTC, Callum has worked incredibly hard to receive his scholarship. How did you get into gymnastics? I first started gymnastics when I was only two-years-old. The National Coach at Heathrow Gymnastics Club scouted me when I was about six. His role is to bring people into the club that have potential in the sport. Describe your experience of being a part of Team GB I think to be walking around with Team GB on your back is a privilege in itself no matter what sport you are doing. Being a part of Team GB was a lifetime goal that I strived to achieve for a long time. Can you tell us about your achievement at last year’s competition? I won the gold medal at last year’s Acrobatics Gymnastics World Age

Group Competition (2016). I was thrilled to have achieved the highest score of the competition and receive the top medal. Tell us about how you were awarded a full scholarship with Italia Conti Arts Centre I did my audition for Italia Conti Arts Centre in February and if I’m really honest at the beginning I didn’t want to go. I am more a gymnast then I am a dancer so I was quite intimidated by the thought of the audition. But I gave it my best shot as I always do and two weeks later I recieved a letter through the post - a three year 100% scholarship – the cherry on the cake it couldn’t have worked out better. What is your future ambition? Coming here to RuTC has really given me an insight to what dance is all about. The staff and facilities at the college have absolutely encouraged me and pushed me so I’m definitely going to keep striving for more gold medals and continue dancing. What advice would you give to someone looking to start a career in dance or gymnastics? It is a lifestyle, it’s something that you have to be 100% with. You will eat, sleep and breathe dance or gym. It is very full on and intense but that’s what being the best is all about.

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