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We welcomed our students back to College. New Year, Fresh Start!
We had the honour of hosting the College's first-ever onsite Drag Show, promoting the art form alongside inclusivity.
Professional drag kings and queens from across Kent performed at the College as part of the show.
From event creation, promotion and stage set-up, students had the opportunity to show off their skills and specialise in their area of interest for the event.
In March, students and staff came together to celebrate World Wildlife Day and raise awareness for the animals that live in the wild that contribute to human wellbeing and sustainable development.
Throughout the day, students all over the College had the chance to meet a range of animals such as giant land tortoises, alongside some of our Spring Lane invertebrates including tarantulas and stick insects.
We also joined forces with the Wildwood Trust, a local centre of excellence for the conservation of British Wildlife. Their team visited the College to give our students more insight into the work they do and their dedication to saving Britain’s most threatened wildlife.
In April, we took part in one of our biggest community weeks to date.
From soup kitchens to wildlife walks, the activities that took place brought together the College community, encouraging teamwork and making a difference.
Spring Lane threw open its doors to the community to invite families and local residents to experience Spring Fest.
Face painting, animal encounter sessions, and live performances from Music students, were popular highlights of the day, which saw people of all ages taking the opportunity to learn more about the natural world and the work that takes place at the campus.
In all, £424 was raised through a wildlife trail, the sale of plants and face-painting, with all proceeds being donated to Kyiv Zoo.
In June, we celebrated the achievement of our students and commitment provided by key employers to our learners, with the annual Student and Employer Awards.
A variety of awards were given out on the day, some for academic and vocational achievement in pathways, and other campus awards that recognised students for their commitments and dedication outside of the classroom.
Canterbury College was proud sponsors of Pride Canterbury again this year, an annual celebration of inclusivity, diversity and the LGBTQ+ community.
Adorned in glitter, colourful outfits and waving rainbow flags, students and staff from across the College took part in the parade, walking the streets of the City.
Joined by various local organisations and charities, the crowds cheered and joined in the celebration, as the march was in progress.
The CSVA End of Year Show titled ‘Bright Young Things’ marked the end of the academic year and showcased the brilliant work of the Art & Design students.
The catwalk show featured a vibrant backdrop, adorned with hundreds of fabric flowers that were upcycled and handmade by students across all departments in the College.
As our students settled into a well-deserved break in August, the Students' Union President began her role.
Bethany Lacey, Health & Social Care student, met with the Senior Leadership Team to discuss her plans for the new academic year, and pledged to promote welfare and wellbeing.
In September, the brand-new EKC Sixth Form centre was unveiled on our campus and welcomed new students.
The centre is situated in a dedicated building area where the 25 A Level courses are taught by the dedicated team of expert teachers.
Students make use of the common room, a hot desking area for work and a ‘chill out’ zone, as well as accessing facilities on our main College campus.
In celebration of Black History Month 2022, we welcomed Maggie Alphonsi MBE to Canterbury College to talk to students about striving for success and her own fantastic achievements.
Maggie inspired the students as she spoke about her life. She is known for being an accomplished athlete, but she had a tough start to life, dealing with a childhood disability, subsequently spending many of her first years in and out of hospital.
The annual Bit Crush Festival was another huge success, raising more that £3,450 for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.
The three-day event was led by Level 3 Games Development and Animation & Visual Effects students, with learners having the chance to showcase their own games they have developed.
Gaming equipment, accessories, and merchandise were sold to raise funds and Music students entertained with their own original, and cover songs.
Students from our Canterbury School of Visual Arts hosted a Pop-Up Art Market in collaboration with Canterbury based lifestyle store, Rock Paper Scissors.
Level 3 students had their work on display for purchase, based on the theme of 'Hidden Canterbury', as well as their own innovative themes. The funds raised will help to support community projects at College, allowing our students to gain invaluable industry experience. A percentage of sales will also be donated to Bone Cancer Research Trust.
This year was full of brilliant projects and activities and we can't wait to share what our students get up to in 2023!