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  • Join our Reading Ahead Challenge! Pick six reads and record them in your diary. You can register and record your reads online via the library website or sign up in the library and get a paper diary.You can pick anything you like to read: magazines, graphic novels, newspapers, books, blogs, plays, poems, recipes or travel guides. You can collect a badge when you sign up and another when you complete the challenge. All students who complete six reads will get a certificate and be entered into a prize draw to win Amazon vouchers, vouchers for the hair salon and restaurants and memory sticks. Join the challenge today and start reading!
    Posted 11 Nov 2016, 04:17 by eberry2@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • HE Fair 2016 at Reading College! On Wednesday, October 5, between 10am and 6pm; Reading College will be holding it's Higher Education Fair. More than 50 universities will be attending the college to make sure that students have great opportunities to explore options after College.Interested? Take a look at the poster below and confirm with your tutor what time you're booked to attend. If it's not your college day, still make sure you pop in and get any advice you need!
    Posted 14 Sep 2016, 05:18 by Ben Sims
  • Students get creative in writing contest Students from Reading College recently took part in a writing competition. The competition was open to any type of creative writing, including songs, short stories, poems and plays.  The event has been running for several years now and, as ever, there were some excellent entries.  Some of the students read out their writing in front of staff and students, including Michael Tran (second prize) and Liam Jackson (commended).  The first place went to music student, Georgia Michel, with her song Tiptoe. Georgia was clearly happy to see how much her song touched the audience. She said: “I came from a background in musical theatre, dance and acting. I started writing a few years ago just for fun, as I did ...
    Posted 4 Jul 2016, 09:02 by fbarrella@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • METROBANK AMAZING CAREERS – READING STORE EVENT COME AND JOIN THE REVOLUTION!“Amazing the Customer means providing unparalleled Customer service, making sure every transaction goes quickly and smoothly. It means fulfilling Customer needs, even anticipating them. More than that, it means turning Customers into FANS. We want them to tell their family members, friends and business associates about the products and superior services we provide.” - Vernon W. Hill, II.Are you passionate and committed to delivering amazing customer service?Then come to meet the Metro Bank Recruitment Team in our Reading Store on Thursday30th June 2016 between 10am and 5pm to discuss current store vacancies and careeropportunities.It will be a great opportunity to take an inside look at our Reading Store, enjoy some light ...
    Posted 28 Jun 2016, 08:42 by fbarrella@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • RECRUITING FOR HENLEY REGATTA URGENTLY RECRUITING FOR HENLEY REGATTA Manpower is urgently recruiting for several positions to work at Henley Regatta from Tuesday 28 to Sunday 3 June.• Bar StaffWaitress Back of HouseRunnersSeveral hours and shifts available.If you’re interested or know anyone that would be interested in working for Henley Regatta please contact Manpower ASAP on 0118 959 7252!
    Posted 27 Jun 2016, 01:56 by fbarrella@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Have you say about radio Blast1386! Help to shape the future of Blast 1386 the radio station for YOUR COLLEGE. Please follow the link below and complete the short questionnaire. https://docs.google.com/a/activatelearning.ac.uk/forms/d/19nci9pgqN1dPwxBnVUCF_NpMvVzVW_ehYlrjqssUFQc/viewform?c=0&w=1
    Posted 17 Jun 2016, 07:17 by fbarrella@activatelearning.ac.uk
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    Posted 2 Jun 2016, 01:34 by fbarrella@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Francesca Render-Briton for Students' Union President 2016/17! A level student Francesca Render-Briton wants your votes for Reading College Students' Union president 2016/17!We asked why Fran would make a good president:'Although I am very a vocal individual, I love listening to other people. This gives me a unique quality as I can fully engage with people’s concerns and voice can them to the best of my ability. With studying Philosophy of Religion, History and Sociology, this gives me an advantage as I can appreciate the differences between Religions and Ethnic cultures, and put forward interests of students that consider everyone, as this is incredibly important in such a wonderfully diverse college.
    Posted 20 May 2016, 07:29 by Ben Sims
  • Museum assignment will go down in history Students with learning difficulties and disabilities at Reading College have been developing their photography skills with a special assignment.The students have been taking regular photographs of spaces and staff at Reading Museum, as part of a project for the museum’s archives.During the latest visit they also had the opportunity to meet Matt Binks, a professional wedding photographer, and Phillippa Heath from the museum.  During his visit, Matt showed students his professional manual camera in all its different parts. Everyone was fascinated to explore the pros and cons of digital and manual cameras and how differently they work. Student Holly said “I really enjoyed the project. Matt gave me some photography tips and now I feel more confident ...
    Posted 18 May 2016, 06:39 by fbarrella@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Reading College students shine at Berkshire College Games Reading College  students had a brilliant day participating in the Berkshire College Games. Students from four colleges competed in the event, held at East Berkshire College in Langley. Our students showed outstanding commitment, good team skills and powerful performance in sports including badminton, table tennis, boccia, new age curling and futsal (Brazilian football).  We were delighted to win the singles table tennis competition and take runner-up places in the doubles table tennis, boccia and new age curling. Sagheer Kaliq, Reading College Sports Maker, said: “We had more than 30 students from various different departments across college coming together today, who really enjoyed the experience of performing in a large competition. I feel our students gained excellent  skills and showed ...
    Posted 16 May 2016, 09:00 by fbarrella@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Campaign for Student Union President "Hello you good people of Reading College. The name’s Andy. I’m 18, pretty quirky, love acting, enjoy listening to music, and I’m currently studying my first of two years in Performing Arts Level 3. This year, I am aiming take the college to great lengths by going for the role of president. If I became the president of the Student Union, I would take into consideration every issue students bring forth to the table (eg: Performing Arts students want lockers), and I would listen to their views if they’re unhappy and hopefully give them help to send them on their way in life, or pass their views on to somebody who can help. I would dedicate ...
    Posted 13 May 2016, 00:26 by Faz Masters
  • New wheels for reading challenge winner The winners of the Reading Ahead Challenge were presented with their prizes yesterday. The overall winner, selected at random from the 100 students to complete the challenge, was ESOL Entry Level 2 student, Juan Angelico Ruiz Mateos.The prize was well received by the Reading College student – coming one day ahead of his 29th birthday and as he prepares to begin a new job a cycle ride away from home. The Reading Ahead Challenge is run by the group library team to promote and encourage reading for leisure and to improve literacy. It invites students, and staff, to read six items and record them in a diary. These items could be books, magazines, newspapers, blogs or recipes ...
    Posted 12 May 2016, 01:30 by jgoode@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Creative Writing Competition Creative Writing Competition and workshops – don’t forget to enter the competition!  Closing date Friday 20 May - £50 first prize.  Send your entries in soon to victoria.branagan@activatelearning.ac.uk or hand in at C2 or C12.   Workshops - If you need help or some inspiration come to a Creative Writing workshop  - Wed 11 May, Thurs 12 May,  Wed 18 May, Thus 19 May all at 12.15pm in B70.
    Posted 9 May 2016, 01:38 by fbarrella@activatelearning.ac.uk
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  • It’s all about students at Reading College On Wednesday 20 April, Student Support held its annual student conference to celebrate the year of Learner Voice. Students gave their thoughts on: -       The free agenda “It’s all about you”-       Students’ Union-       Tutorial 1:1 and hot topics   Thank you for helping us to support the event by allowing your student representatives to attend and miss lessons for the day. The feedback from the event will be circulated via email and published on SharePoint using a new Learner Voice reporting structure.  We look forward to sharing the celebrations of good practice and identified concerns so more students can go ‘further than education’.
    Posted 22 Apr 2016, 03:17 by fbarrella@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Learner Voice Parliament The last Learner Voice event of this year, the Learner Voice Parliament, will take place on Wednesday 20 April, 2016. Invited are all Student Reps at Reading College this year and they are required for a 10am start at Wycliffe Baptist church, King’s Road.The Learner Voice Parliament will include activities that will help to shape Activate Learning next academic year.​Agenda items include:• The Students’ Union: What vision do students have for the Students’ Union.• It’s all about you: Student Reps will get the option to discuss any topics that mean the most to them at College. • Tutorials: Student Support is working to create a bespoke tutorial framework for individual courses that will allow further knowledge relevant ...
    Posted 18 Apr 2016, 02:43 by fbarrella@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Give now to make a meal for all of Reading! Reading’s Town Meal is unique and run entirely by volunteers and community groups. Tasty meal-maker rewards are now on offer to donors who help make it happen in 2016. Over 1,000 people are served up a mouth-watering meal made from fresh fruit & veg donated by home-growers, cooked and served up by Reading College catering students in Forbury Gardens. Workshops, fun activities for all the family, local musicians’ showcase, local community groups’ and producer stalls complete the day. Be a part of this fantastic community celebration of home-grown and local food in our town. Even with all the community inputs, Town Meal organisers still need to raise money to pay for equipment to stage ...
    Posted 11 Apr 2016, 03:42 by fbarrella@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Reading College Apprenticeship Fair What’s next for you…?Do you know which industry you want to build a successful career in?Do you want to learn new skills and gain qualifications while earning?An apprenticeship could be for you! An apprenticeship is a training programme that allows you to learn new skills and gain recognised qualifications while working. It has a minimum length of twelve months. With an apprenticeship, you will get a qualification and train in your chosen industry at the same time, earning a wage.Find out more at the Reading College Apprenticeship Fair:Monday 25 April,12-1pm in the Refectory (lunch is provided)Put the date in your diary and join us to find out more about what an ...
    Posted 5 Apr 2016, 03:49 by Eva Oliver
  • Refectory feedback Do you use the refectory/Costa/Cafe 50? Or maybe not?Do you want to be able to provide some feedback on what you like/don't like?Please complete this short survey to provide your feedback to Catering Academy who run the food outlets around the college:https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WLRDVH8​ 
    Posted 22 Mar 2016, 04:01 by scottd@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Students have the formula for success Students and staff at Reading College took part in a science showcase as part of British Science Week on Friday. Departments from around the college went up against each other in a cross college competition. The competition was judged by 85 visiting school children from Years 5 and 6 at Manor Primary School and two Power Systems Engineers from National Grid, Suzanne Sims and Kate Westaway. The entries were very varied and included looking at how much sugar is in fizzy drinks, making quick mozzarella, steam powered trains, Scaletrix and a ‘green’ battery powered racing car, how to make biofuels, a working lathe constructed by the carpentry team, blowing bubbles in coloured liquids and making paper aeroplanes.    There was also ...
    Posted 21 Mar 2016, 07:01 by fbarrella@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Legoland - recruiting today Need a part-time job?Come to the foyer today (Tuesday) from 10.30am - 2.30pm to meet representatives from Legoland who are here to recruit for part-time roles over the season.For more information see http://www.legoland.co.uk/Jobs/
    Posted 15 Mar 2016, 04:02 by scottd@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Students stage retail takeover Students from Reading College will put their enterprise skills into action when they take over a retail unit at the Oracle Shopping Centre tomorrow (Tuesday 15 March). The students, from business and LLD/D (learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities) departments will set up shop at the Mango retail unit between 9.30am and 3pm. Customers will be able to buy a range of handmade arts and crafts items, as well as some free range produce. Art and design students are providing artwork for sale, while plumbing and construction students are making some interesting items from copper piping. Hair and beauty students are set to provide demonstrations and consultations, while music students will provide entertainment. Visitors will also be ...
    Posted 14 Mar 2016, 07:28 by fbarrella@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Creative writing competition 2016 Calling all students! This years’ creative writing competition is now open for entries you can write a short story, poem, song or any other creative writing up to 1,000 words on any suitable topic you like. Here is a link to a blog post that features last year's entries: http://creativewriting2015rc.blogspot.com/2015/09/here-are-wonderful-entries-for-creative.html Please see poster below for details.
    Posted 1 Mar 2016, 06:29 by scottd@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Zumba classes! What to get Fit and feel brilliant about yourself. Come to NEW ZUMBA Class, starting 3 March 2016 5.15- 6.15pm in the dance studio.Staff and Students Welcome.
    Posted 26 Feb 2016, 03:46 by fbarrella@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Less than one month to go until British Science Week 2016! Some departments are already well underway with their top secret plans for The Showcase on 18 March 2016. With activities last year including virtual reality software, a squash ball firing ballista and an exhibition on the colonisation of Mars; students will have to pull out all the stops to impress the guest judges and 85 children from Manor Primary School! Our guest judge this year is also one of our very own Reading College alumni. Suzanne Sims (formerly Carpenter) was a BTEC Level 3 Engineering student back in 2006. She now works as a data support analyst / power systems engineer for National Grid after an extremely successful progression through an apprenticeship scheme. Stuck for ideas? Need some inspiration? Why not ...
    Posted 25 Feb 2016, 06:58 by fbarrella@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Successful plumbing career not just a pipe dream Plumbing students from Reading College had the opportunity to meet a successful plumber and businessman, Charlie Mullins OBE, Chief Executive of Pimlico Plumbers in London when he visited the college on Wednesday. Charlie provided them with great information and tips on employability skills and future career pathways, particularly apprenticeships.   Enda McBrien, plumbing tutor said: “It was a great opportunity for our learners to hear from the leading and most successful plumbing employer in the UK. The students’ all really enjoyed it and have become re-energised and more career focused after the talk.” “It was a wonderful opportunity for our students and he was very impressed with the professional appearance of our students and the work we are doing at ...
    Posted 16 Feb 2016, 07:23 by fbarrella@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • GCSE English and maths – revision drop ins February is a crucial time for anyone re-sitting their GCSE English and maths. Figures show a direct link between those who attend revision classes throughout the year and those who succeed in improving their grade. We will be holding extra maths revision classes during February half term to work on the areas you need help with. Call into room C14/1 during the following slots:Monday 15 February to Friday 19 February – 10am-12pm and 2-4pm.Tuesday 16 February – 6-8pm English and maths are essential life skills and you will not be able to progress to the next stage of your learning without a grade C or higher. Putting the effort in now will pay off in ...
    Posted 8 Feb 2016, 03:30 by scottd@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Vote for the Guest Magazine The theme this month is music - vote for Rock Sound, Mixmag or Wire. The magazine with the most votes will be purchased for your local library next month. You can vote using the online form below or in person next time you're in the library.
    Posted 25 Jan 2016, 08:54 by eberry2@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • New Year, New You! At Reading College we want our Students and Staff to feel the many great benefits of exercise. We will be running additional sessions of Zumba, Swimming and Girls-only Football. The sessions will begin shortly once we have enough responses to make sure we book the best time of the week.  Please fill in the Google Form below to assist us in setting up these sessions as soon as possible:Swimming and Zumba options form            
    Posted 25 Jan 2016, 07:21 by Sagheer Khaliq
  • Reading Year of Culture - Exercise Book event this Saturday The college is currently working closely with Reading Year of Culture, a year-long celebration of the arts, culture and heritage in Reading. The programme will include a world music premiere, a new design for Reading and a festival looking at the future of the town. Full details on www.reading2016.org.ukPart of Reading 2016, 'Exercise Book', is a world premiere especially for Reading which invites runners, fitness enthusiasts, active families (children 11+), musicians and the curious to participate in a fun 5k run, jog or walk to the accompaniment of a specially commissioned music track. Written by Oxford Professor of Music Martyn Harry, ‘Exercise Book’ will take place in Palmer Park on Saturday 30 January from 10 ...
    Posted 25 Jan 2016, 06:01 by scottd@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Second Student Conference a great success Yesterday (20/01/2016) over 40 student representatives attended the second student conference to give feedback on the tutorials they have had so far this academic year and how the college can improve the support we offer regarding the next step of their learning journey.Student Services would like to give a big thank you to all personal tutors for supporting the event and making it so successful. We will shortly be collecting all of the learner voice so that we can feed back to departments!
    Posted 22 Jan 2016, 02:47 by fbarrella@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Would you save a life? Every 20 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. For many a stem cell transplant is their last hope of life. By joining the Anthony Nolan Register you could give them that hope. We are appealing to all people aged 16-30 to spare 15 minutes to register as a stem cell donor for Anthony Nolan – all it involves is completing an application form and spitting in a tube. There are currently 2,000 people in the UK who are waiting for their lifesaving match; please do something amazing and help to save someone's life by joining our register on Wednesday 27 January in the foyer at Reading College 12 - 2pm.*Please note that you can't eat ...
    Posted 26 Jan 2016, 06:30 by scottd@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Join our Reading Ahead Challenge! Pick six reads and record them in your diary. You can register and record your reads online via the library website or sign up in the library and get a paper diary. You can pick anything you like to read: magazines, graphic novels, newspapers, books, blogs, plays, poems, recipes or travel guides. You can collect a badge after completing your second, fourth and sixth read. All students who complete six reads will get a certificate and be entered into a prize draw. The top prize is a bike and will be drawn from all Activate Learning students. There will also be a prize draw at each college: prizes include Amazon vouchers, vouchers for the hair salon and restaurants and memory ...
    Posted 11 Jan 2016, 01:22 by Faz Masters
  • Beat the January Blues - check your mood January can be a tough time for a lot of people.  The excitement of the festive period is over, the evenings are dark and the weather is dismal.  The January Blues are a real thing and it is normal for people  to feel a bit down for a few days this month.  But what about if you feel low for more than a few days?When we have a cold we can recognise what is wrong and look after ourselves to feel better.  It can a little harder to recognise or admit we are not feeling 100% emotionally or know what to do to help.  The NHS has produced a questionnaire that can help you self assess your mood and ...
    Posted 5 Jan 2016, 07:56 by knesbitt@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • College students win Thames Valley Tech Challenge IT students from Reading College have recently won the Thames Valley Tech Challenge which took place at GROW@Green Park – a collaboration, incubation and co-working hub where like-minded people can get together. The team of Level 3 computing students went up against nine other teams from local schools and colleges for the challenge. This year’s theme was a Design Thinking - Next Generation Internet of Things (IoT) Challenge and the students had to come up with a new business idea for a smart city in 2020. The students’ winning idea was wearable technology to monitor the body. The idea comprised a wrist band to measure body sensors such as blood pressure, heart rate and sugar levels. IT tutor ...
    Posted 18 Dec 2015, 02:01 by scottd@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Makaton Carol Service LLD/D students will be performing Makaton Christmas Carols in the foyer on Monday 14 December 2015 at 1pm. This will be in aid of Royal Berkshire Hospital Breast Screening Unit. All the money raised will go towards their Faxitron Machine campaign.Please come along and support this event.
    Posted 11 Dec 2015, 02:01 by scottd@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Pupils get a taste of college life Year 10 and 11 pupils from local schools got a taste of college life at a taster event held at Reading College this week. A total of 221 pupils attended the event and took part in over 30 subject sessions including those visual arts, catering, construction, health, science, music and many more.  The college’s taster events help to demonstrate what studying at college is like and are also designed to help students make up their mind about which pathway to apply for. In fashion, students designed dresses and decorated a bodice by sewing on men’s ties; in catering everyone made a pizza while in public services students joined team building exercise to build a tower out of cardboard ...
    Posted 11 Dec 2015, 01:56 by scottd@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Save lives - give blood this Christmas If you give blood and haven't got around to it for a while, or have meant to do it and never have, the NHS blood donation team are in Reading town centre on Monday and are desperate for more people (they currently have 60 appointments unbooked). The sessions are at The Salvation Army, Anstey Road, Reading RG1 7JR. 
    Posted 4 Dec 2015, 01:05 by scottd@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • Ready for University? UCAS takeover week What’s my next step? What should I do after college? These are the sorts of questions many students ask themselves – but luckily help has been at hand at Reading College where Access to HE students and A-level students recently took part in UCAS takeover week. The event offered several sessions throughout the week where students could get advice and checks on personal statements as well as help with completing their UCAS applications. Several universities came in to college to give talks including Winchester, Bucks New Uni and Goldsmiths. The speakers also gave tips for writing personal statements. Student Finance spoke to the students about applying for loans. Gemma Stevens, from the careers team, delivered presentations on student finance ...
    Posted 3 Dec 2015, 06:41 by fbarrella@activatelearning.ac.uk
  • SU CHRISTMAS EVENT STARTS TOMORROW The SU Christmas event starts tomorrow.12 days of Christmas, 12 days, 12 events. Starting with our shoebox appeal tomorrow. Watch this space for our 12 events.You can use #su12days to get involved.
    Posted 2 Dec 2015, 08:03 by daviesc@activatelearning.ac.uk
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