Hereward College News

Friday, 20 September 2013

Hereward Hosts Lessons for Lassies


Hereward College was the venue for an unusual group of learners last weekend – over 20 guests from the Charity Dog Aid were accompanied by their canine companions.  Staying at Hereward for a long weekend the group enjoyed the superb new specialist facilities and accommodation in The Lodge and also had an opportunity to swap experiences during breaks from the intensive training.  The diligent dogs arrived in Coventry to receive specialist training to supports their disabled owners in every-day tasks, and eventually become qualified Assistance Dogs.  The training included a range of tasks from emptying the washing machine, to carrying small shopping items and transforms the pet from “man’s best friend” to an indispensable independent living aid.

Dog Aid Chair, Sandra Fraser said: “The facilities at Hereward were second to none, and the dogs have certainly progressed well all learning a range of new skills to support their owners in independent living.”

Jon Clugston, Vice Principal added: “We are delighted to work with Dog Aid, and see Hereward supporting so many disabled individuals and their wonderful pets.  The work done by this charity is incredible, and it was an amazing opportunity for us to see the training in action.”

Meanwhile Hereward is keen to welcome groups to The Lodge for residential and day activities and is open for those with and without disabilities.  If you would like to find out more about this service contact Alice Davey, Business Development Manager at Hereward on 024 7642 6141 or email alice.davey@hereward.ac.uk.

Hereward College is a national, specialist, residential college of further education located in Tile Hill Lane, Coventry. The college welcomes all learners including those with special needs such as physical disabilities, communication disorders and learning difficulties. In addition to the 100+ residential learners, day disabled and non-disabled learners also attend the college. www.hereward.ac.uk

Dog Aid is a registered charity formed in 1992, that aims to empower the less able; by supplying the pet dog owner with a trainer to help give them the knowledge and skills to turn their pet dog into a qualified Assistance Dog.  Dog A.I.D. is accredited by the National and International umbrella groups which uphold the high standards required for Assistance Dog training.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Paralympian Star Visits Hereward College


Hereward College welcomes a visitor to launch the new lunchtime Boccia club this week. Nigel Murray, one of the most successful Paralympian’s of all time visited the college on Tuesday 17th September 2013 to launch the new activity. The regular lunchtime club will form the basis of the Hereward Team who will be participating in events throughout the year.
Nigel Murray MBE, is a local lad born in Leamington Spa, who training in Warwick, and is Britain’s most successful Boccia player ever. His impressive medal haul includes: two gold; one silver; and one bronze medal from four Olympic Games appearances spanning a 12 year period from the year 2000 right up to the 2012 London Games. He is the fifth most successful Boccia player of all time.

Mark Harding, curriculum lead for sport at Hereward said: “It is an honour to welcome such an inspirational role model to Hereward, the response from our students has been incredible. This adds a new dimension to our impressive array of enrichment activities here at the College, and is played on the superb new sports hall floor completed in the Summer that has been specially lined for this sport.”

Student, Daisy Nash said: “The experience today has been amazing, I am definitely going to try to make the Boccia Team here at Hereward, and can’t wait to start competitions.”

Boccia is a target ball sport belonging to the same family as petanque and bowls. Boccia (pronounced 'Bot-cha') is a Paralympic sport introduced in 1984: it has no Olympic counterpart; athletes throw, kick or use a ramp to propel a ball onto the court with the aim of getting closest to a 'jack' ball; It is designed specifically for athletes with a disability affecting locomotor function; it is played indoors on a court similar in size to a badminton court.





Photo: Nigel Murray with Hereward students

Hereward College is a national, specialist, residential college of further education located in Tile Hill Lane, Coventry. The college welcomes all learners including those with special needs such as physical disabilities, communication disorders and learning difficulties. In addition to the 100+ residential learners, day disabled and non-disabled learners also attend the college. www.hereward.ac.uk
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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Matt Scores with a Brand New Sports Course

Hereward College is helping a teenager with Special Educational Needs to move closer to his goal of becoming a qualified sports teacher.
Matt Jarvis (21) is one of the first students to enrol on a brand new Sports Diploma Course at Hereward College in Tile Hill. Matt has been studying at Hereward since 2011 - stepping up to the new Level 3 course after successfully gaining the Level 2 sport qualification which included a work placement at Atherstone Leisure Centre.
 
Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, Matt has thrived at Hereward where students are taught in small groups with an emphasis on individual support. He said: “I am delighted to be returning to Hereward for another year. Hereward has boosted my confidence and independence, and I am looking forward to study at Level 3. The new course will give me the opportunity to deepen my understanding of Sport along with gaining even more experience in the Sports Industry with another amazing work placement. Beyond level 3, I can now set my sights on University and perhaps one day of reaching my goal of working as a sports teacher.”

Matt is particularly passionate about football and will soon be a fully-fledged FA official - opening the door for him to referee matches up to and including semi-professional level. He already referees adults and children’s weekend matches across the city.

Course leader Mark Harding said: “We have a few places remaining on our sports courses this year, and are sure that this new course will be a real hit with youngsters keen to progress into employment.”
For further details of Hereward College’s 2013 courses contact 024 7642 6173 or val.mckeever@hereward.ac.uk

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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

HEREWARD FESTIVAL



Hereward College launches its annual festival this week held to celebrate the successes and achievements of the students over the past year.

The fortnight long event is launched on the 17th June with the private view of the visual art exhibition.  On display will be work from learners of all levels from art and design, photography, graphics and media.  Alongside this, is an exhibition of an in house art competition that Level 3 art and design students, Chris Samuel and James Batchelor have organised as part of their extended diploma course.  The students have managed to receive sponsorship from Asda, Tesco, WH Smith, Cult Pens, who have donated prizes and Compton Verney staff are kindly judging the competition.  Also during this week, there will be various performances of dance, drama and music.  The pieces performed have been created and practice over the past year and will form part of their assessment work as well as showing off their skills to other students and staff.

Saturday sees the evening of the annual prom.  This year the theme is ‘Black and White’. Students will enjoy getting glammed up for this fun evening event.

The second week of events begins with a sport related theme on Monday 24th June.  All students across the College will be invited to have a go on different types of sports, led by sports students and sports professionals that have been delivering different sports throughout the year.  The day will culminate with a traditional sports day with fun activities such as three legged races, egg and spoon races and many more.

Tuesday 25th June is Enterprise Day.  Students will have the choice of either a ‘Subway’ challenge, whereby students are asked to design and market a new type of ‘Subway’ sandwich, or a fashion enterprise project whereby students set up their own fashion label and design and market a fashion garment.  Both projects will have a focus on business and enterprise.  Students will work in teams to try to come up with the best ideas with prizes for the winners.
                                                                     
Weds 26th June is Party in the Park day at Hereward College.  There will be a real festival feel to the day with a BBQ and lots of live music, dance and drama performances and some of Herewards own Covent Garden style street performers.  The visual arts exhibition will still be up for people to view, along with screenings of different performances from the year.  Hereward Radio will be making its debut, broadcasting live at times throughout the day and the art competition winners will be announced. There will also be a karaoke and stalls ran by students and local crafts people. 

The Festival will come to its conclusion on Thursday when the ‘Celebrating Success Ceremony’ will be held.  This whole college event will celebrate all the successes of the year.  Students will highlight the events of the year and some of the students who are leaving will talk inspirationally about their journey at Hereward, what they have learnt and what the future holds for them now.  There will also be pieces delivered from performance students.

Corrine Maclean, Subject Leader for Visual Arts and Media at the College said,

The following fortnight is going to be a very busy but very enjoyable one.  Members of our local community have been invited to join us at many of the events which will provide our students with the opportunity to showcase their considerable successes and achievments from the past year.”

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Monday, 20 May 2013

Hereward College to Host “Living Independently” Seminar for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Users

Hereward Student using AAC equipment
1Voice will be offering a free seminar for users of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) on 22nd June, between 11 am – 3 pm, at Hereward College. The seminar will be held by AAC users with the purpose of explaining how they manage to live independently.

Communication is a skill that is learned and developed by everyone and can be continuously improved. However, for children with speech, language and/or communication needs, the daily struggle to communicate means they could be shut out of everyday life.

AAC covers all forms of communication, other than oral speech, including facial expressions or gestures, symbols and pictures, or writing. People with severe speech or language problems rely on AAC to supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional. Special augmentative aids, such as picture and symbol communication boards and electronic devices, are available to help people express themselves. This may increase social interaction, school performance, and feelings of self-worth.

1Voice is a charitable organisation for people with speech impediments who use AAC, which takes a family and social perspective on communication and recognises the great need for adult role models to inspire children and families alike. 1Voice promotes families supporting each other to overcome the isolation that being unable to communicate can bring. They offer network and support for children and families using communication aids.

During the event, participants will get the opportunity to learn about managing their finances, practical and interpersonal skills, managing personal assistants and active safeguarding. Participants will also receive tips and ideas about using AAC and will get the opportunity to participate in question and answer sessions about living independently with the 1Voice representatives.

The event is supported by Hereward College, an all-inclusive FE College in Coventry with specialist provision for students with diverse and complex support requirements. Hereward was selected by 1Voice to host the seminar due to its expertise in Speech and Language Therapy and because many students at Hereward are AAC users. The College puts a high value on developing independence skills which enable its students to become active members of society.

Patrick Bates, ex-student at Hereward College and attendee at previous 1Voice events said:

“I would definitely recommend the 1Voice events to anyone who is using AAC equipment, regardless of age. Their expertise is truly valuable.”


The event is free, but pre-booking is essential. If you’d like to attend please contact Julie Atkinson on Julie.atkinson2@nhs.net or 07773 639281 to register.

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Students from Hereward to demonstrate their “Employ Ability”



Students from Hereward College will join with other young disabled people from Coventry, Warwick and Milton Keynes to showcase their talents at a special ‘Employ Ability’ event at Rugby Centre on 22 May, between 10:30 am – 2:00 pm.

The event, which has been organised and managed by the students themselves, brings together employers, educators and young people with disabilities to showcase their skills and talents along with examples of how employers are successfully working with them.

Hereward College, Warwickshire College in Coventry, Roundoak School in Daventry and Slated Row School in Milton Keynes have formed a cluster group in response to the government green paper on supporting young people with disabilities. The group has worked with the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) on a project to focus on developing more effective ways to help disabled young people into work, which is culminating in the “Employ Ability” showcase.

The event includes workshops and presentations from employment support organisations and businesses including National Grid and BT. These will help employers understand and appreciate the business and wider benefits of employing young people with disabilities, as well as find out what support is available to help make it happen. Educators will be able to see how to establish relationships with employers that can really make a difference in supporting students into work.

Students will also be showcasing their creative talents in a drama piece and flash mob performance. Attendees will get the opportunity to interact with the actors during a forum theatre performance.

Mike Shaw, Vice Principal of Quality and Curriculum at Hereward College said “Every young person has the right to aspire to the very best for their future and every employer wants the best for their business. That’s why this event is so important to bring together stakeholders, employers and our learners, to showcase their skills and aspirations and the work we do to support them in education."

“There is still much work to do to make employability a reality especially for disabled people, but we hope that everyone at the event will be inspired by seeing what can be achieved.”

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

The Hereward Art Prize 2013 - Competition for Hereward Staff and Students


Do you want to take part in an exciting opportunity to showcase your talent? Want a chance to free your creative juices and see your hard work on display?

Well then the Hereward Art Prize is the perfect opportunity for you. We want to see your best work, and what more it’s free to enter! If you’ve got a lovely piece of artwork that’s been hanging around doing nothing or even a media or performance piece that you can’t wait to showcase, then send it to us. What’s more there will be prizes for three winners!

All pieces are that entered into the competition will be displayed in the exhibition that will take place during the Hereward Festival in the last two weeks of term. You can enter as an individual or as a group and share the prize!

There are 3 categories:
  • Entry Level
  • Level 1 and 2
  • Level 3 and staff

There are five levels of criteria for any work submitted:
  • Photographic and Digital art-No bigger than A3
  • 3D-No bigger than 50cm by 50cm
  • Painting and drawing-No bigger than A3
  • Media and Performance-No longer than 3 minutes
  • Textiles-No bigger than A3
To enter you must pick up an application form James Bachelor or Chris Samuel in the art department, room 28 , and this must be handed in along with your piece. Work can be dropped off to Anouska (art technician – room 28 art department) a week before the deadline. The judging will take place on the 17th of June.

If you need to talk with us about anything please contact us: HerewardArtPrize@hereward.ac.uk


Rules for the competition
  • Your work needs to be mounted or framed or ready to display..
  • Your work must meet the criteria.
  • Anything offensive will not be allowed to enter.
  • Only one piece per person/group is to be submitted.
  • You must fill and hand in the application form with your work.

The deadline is the 10th of June, so get your creative juices flowing!

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