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Yesterday at Achievement and Diversity Day we celebrated the work of students and staff this year. Many students are finishing at Hillcroft for at least the time being. You may well be thinking of new goals to strive for whilst in between studies and/or jobs. It can be hard to stay motivated once all the deadlines are over and you are not in a learning environment regularly.

I thought Street Step has come up with a neat idea to gain employability skills and have fun. This charitable organisation takes a social and active approach to young people (especially women) who are unemployed to get them in new jobs. You can go to their free weekly dance and fitness classes and then join their employability programme. There’s not much better way to shake off a lack of motivation than through dance and joining a community.

What are employability skills anyhow? You may be asking. There’s no single definition, but includes elements such as time-management, communication, team-work and increasingly digital know-how. Most likely you have a ton of them already but everyone needs help in honing them and finding your strengths. Your tutor, friends and family will be able to help you identify them too.What you have learnt at Hillcroft is only the beginning and now you’d be in a better position to help others. This was a common theme in the student talks yesterday: giving back and moving forward.

This reminds me too of the City Opportunities event for young people who experienced in care environments. This is held next month by the London South Bank University and is free to attend if you qualify. It is a 5-day programme to set young people on a career path. They are making finance, business and law more accessible to those who may not see those pathways as open to them.

These are only two possible avenues to explore. Hopefully they inspire you. Even when you are no longer at Hillcroft you will have so many opportunities available to you with lifelong learning.

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Garden at Hillcroft through the LRC windowPlans are under way at Hillcroft for celebrating achievement and diversity day 2015 on Wednesday.

There will be live music, BBQ-style food, a singalong, face-painting, henna tattoos and award-giving.

The garden is looking fantastic and all we need now is the good weather to stay. We are inviting all students from courses in the last year, their children and relatives are welcome. Please check your Hillcroft emails for the invite details.

Pop into the LRC before or after the event to return your books/DVDs in the red bin behind the door.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon.

Gathering of the funny tie  wearers at World Book Night

Gathering of the fun tie wearers at World Book Night (it was a beautiful day in fact)

Last Thursday was special in the LRC because we hosted games and a book giveaway as part of the World Book Night 2015 celebrations. The theme was linked with our choice of giveaway book ‘Water for Elephants‘ which is set in a circus during the Great Depression. So we enjoyed cream soda and lemonade, popcorn and pretzels. We also had a crazy/fun tie dress-up theme to transform us from being plain rubes.

We had 10 circus-themed activities with 3 spot prizes for fast completers of the activities. These prize-winning activities were the reorder the stories, recommend a book on Padlet and word jumbles. If you received a copy of ‘Water for Elephants’ from us and fancy another chance to win a prize here is a short survey you can complete. We have more copies to give away too so please do not hesitate to come in and ask us for the elephant book if you missed out on the 23rd April.

Let us know if you enjoyed World Book Night or have any suggestions to other events we could celebrate. Big thank you to everyone who got involved and to the The Reading Agency for granting us permission to be official book givers.

Jane Austen booksFor our display for International Women’s Day, we had to narrow down our selection of inspirational women to just ten. We had a science theme so many of the women who made waves in the arts and humanities were left out. With a couple of students commenting on the absence of the author Jane Austen, it made us think about this inspirational woman in particular.

According to the website Biography.com Jane didn’t receive much recognition during her lifetime and that it was only in the 1920s that people began to see her six works of fiction as genius. In Tomalin’s biography of Austen (2000 p. 11) she informs us that “Jane Austen’s novels do not ramble”. Her wit and observations into society are remarkable as well as her tightly-woven plots. You can find her writing and adaptations of her work in the LRC by searching the catalogue for “Jane Austen”. The BBC’s TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is one of the most loved of all. The novel was originally titled “First Impressions” whilst Northanger Abbey was first called ‘Susan’.

December 16th is Jane Austen Day in celebration of her lasting influence. Most events take place in Bath, where she once lived. If you can’t wait that long to start finding out about Jane and her world, you can also read the online magazine about all things regency (food, fashion, history).

Jane Austen has been in the news recently as a picture of Jane will replace that of Charles Darwin on the £10 note. This was after a campaign led by journalist and feminist activist Caroline Criado-Perez which brought the lack of women on bank notes to the attention of the Bank of England (and the world). The irony is that Jane sold Northanger Abbey to the publisher for £10 in 1803 (see entry for Jane Austen in Encyclopaedia Britannica) which according to the National Archives currency converter would be about £330 in the modern day. Not very much money at all! If only we could go back in time and let her know how priceless her work is.

Which other women do you feel should have made our inspirational women poster or feature more in our everyday lives?

WBN logo in headlineWe’re excited to discover we have been selected to be a World Book Night 2015 Institutional Giver. We’ve selected the books we’d like to give from the World Book Night 2015 list. We’ve now found out which book(s) we are giving away but we’re keeping it under our hats so we don’t spoil it for our staff and students!

We’ll be running an event for World Book Night at Hillcroft College for students and staff. As well as giving out the books from the 2015 list we’ll be getting students and staff to register to give away secondhand books they like or new ones they’ve bought themselves. If you’d like to do the same here is the link to be a World Book Night Volunteer.

We’ll let you know more about our event shortly.

 

 

It’s 100 today to the start of the London Olympics Games. But did you also know that part of the celebrations includes a Cultural Olympiad?

Visit the London Festival 2012 page to find out about events happening to mark the Olympics. These include art, music, plays, dance and much more. It runs from 21 June to 9 September. You can search by artist and venue.


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