It is always a pleasure to welcome our local communities and schools that we work with into our College. For them, it is a great chance to have a range of fun activities and take part in our College events, and for our students, these experiences are just as valuable, helping them to develop their skills across all our Pathways. One of our partnerships over the past 12 months have been East Stour Primary, a local Primary School who are also part of our EKC Schools Trust. They have really enjoyed their visits to us to see what Pathways we offer (which you can read about here), so on this occasion, we thought we could show them the extra-curricular side of College with our enrichment sessions.
To start the day, our Art technician Vicky welcomed the kids into our Art studio, to take part in an art pottery masterclass. Joining her were students Reha and Emily, who taught the masterclass alongside and worked on helping the kids create pinch pots. These are a simple form of hand-made pottery, created by starting with a ball of clay, and then pinching it to the shape intended. Pinch pots are the simplest and fastest way of making pottery, and lots of them ended up being animal or creature themed.
This art masterclass went down really well with East Stour Primary, and their creations were works of art afterwards. This helped our two students develop their leadership, teamwork and communication skills.
Before their next taste of enrichment, East Stour Primary were treated to a teddy bears' picnic (indoors due to the weather) which featured sandwiches and goodie bags made by our Catering department, headed by our amazing Chef Lecturer Jackie. This picnic helped our Catering students improve their skills such as time management, planning and food preparation.
After the picnic, the 2nd taster of enrichment begun, which was Karaoke. Every Wednesday, our Music students run Karaoke/Open Mic sessions and these are really popular amongst our students. With all the disco lights and speakers that our Music department set up using their event skills, it almost seemed like a traditional end of school disco. There was a lot of singing, and you could hear East Stour's vocals from all over the College!
We hope to welcome back East Stour soon, as overall, these sessions continue to be really beneficial for our students and all staff. We hope these have allowed East Stour to experience what college life is like outside of their lessons.