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New Assault Course for Students at Lynnsport

Uniformed Services students at the King s Lynn Campus are to be put through their paces on the brand new outdoor personal fitness area installed at Lynnsport, thanks to collaboration between the Borough Council of King s Lynn & West Norfolk and CWA. The course is made up of 25 different elements and has been designed in association with Alive Management. It incorporates climbing walls, balance beams, hurdles, dip stations, pull-up stations, climbing nets and monkey bars.

The area is not only the new home of the Uniformed Service training challenges, but also has a mutual benefit to users of Lynnsport. There are two sets of each piece of equipment, so that teams can compete against each other or people can race the course against a friend, maximising the benefits of this type of activity and supporting communications and team work. Andrew Gedge, Head of Faculty for Care and Public Services, said: I have been delighted that we have been able to further strengthen the links between the college and the borough council, since we moved our sports provision to Lynnsport.

During this period of increased pressures on public finances, we have managed to provide an investment that benefits hugely the communities of the college and the borough, in being able to access a high-quality facility that will support the physical health and development of its users. The Uniformed Services programme at CWA is nationally recognised as one of the best preparatory programmes for participants to enter into either the armed or unarmed public services and this facility only enhances our ability to deliver this important employability agenda. CWA has been acknowledged for their partnership work with the Royal Air Force by being awarded their Platinum Partner Award.

This was given to CWA in praise of their uniformed services courses and the high number of students who successfully progress to join the RAF.

Posted on 25/09/15.

CWA's Motorsport Team Off to a Flying Start!

The College of West Anglia s (CWA) motorsport team left the competition at the start line at the weekend, as they finished first in their class in the MSV Trackday Trophy at Donnington Park. The Trackday Trophy is designed to help enthusiastic track day drivers and novice racers to get a foot in the door and enter the world of competitive motorsport. The unmissable black and orange BMW Mini Cooper, Gen 1, was guided round the track by drivers Chris Middleton, who is a lecturer at CWA Wisbech, and Andrew Tsang, a CWA Volunteer in Motorsport.

They were supported by 12 students from the IMI Motorsport Level 2 course at CWA Wisbech. Students are only two weeks into their course and so are getting real hands-on experience, from learning on the job at race days such as this. Team Principal John Paul Latham said: We would like to thank our sponsors Engineering Factory Supplied Ltd and Wisbech Round Table.

We can t praise our IMI motorsport level 2 and IMI motorcycle level 3 student team members enough for their efforts and professionalism this weekend another trophy to add to the collection!

Also, thanks and well done to our two drivers Chris Middleton and Andrew Tsang.

Posted on 22/09/15.

Hair and Beauty students step back in time for heritage event

CWA Hair and beauty students snipped back in time on Saturday, as they showcased hair and beauty through the ages at West Norfolk Council s Beer, Butchers and Barbers event. The Saturday Market Place in King s Lynn was transformed as a part of the Heritage Open Day weekend. Traders from local breweries served up bottles of real ale, butchers stopped tummies from rumbling with barbecued bangers and traditional meat products.

There was even a local street group to perform to passers-by. Hairdressing and media make-up students put on displays throughout the afternoon for the public to sit back and enjoy, in the marquee near the historical King s Lynn Minster. They entertained those that entered the marquee with demonstrations of how hair and beauty trends have changed over time, since the Elizabethan period.

Students dressed in period costume to complete their makeovers, with the swinging 60s, 1940s servicewoman and the 1920s flapper era on display. Beauty students also offered free face painting and media makeup demonstrations in between their on-stage demonstrations. Children spent time having fake war wounds painted on their hands and arms, while parents sat back and watched displays on stage.

Carole Gallagher, Programme Manager for hair and beauty said: This was a fantastic event. It was great for the students to have a chance to experiment with different beauty eras and brilliant to see them interacting with potential new clients, showcasing exactly what we can offer at the College of West Anglia. The students were nervous at times but gained valuable experience and confidence and produced some great hair styles and make-up.

These events are of great value to both our students for the experience and the department as a whole. Steven King, Project Officer Townscape Heritage Initiative, said: The skills and the knowledge shown by all the students was fantastic. It was great to have them on board, ensuring that this most traditional of skills is kept going, and was showcased right in the heart of the St Margaret s Townscape Heritage Initiative area.

Posted on 16/09/15.

Taster Evening- Access to HE course: Professional, Leadership

The College of West Anglia is holding a taster evening for the exciting new Access to Higher Education: Professional, Leadership and People Studies Level 3 course! The course will develop your personal and professional skills. It may assist you when applying for promotion or in your first supervisor or management post.

It also prepares you for further study at higher education level. The taster evening is being held at the King s Lynn campus on Thursday 10th September between 6pm and 7.30pm. Meet the team and find out how you can join this tremendous new course.

Register your interest here 1 and follow instructions.

Posted on 04/09/15.

References ^ here (doodle.com)

Get on your bike for Cycle to Work Day 2015!

CWA is encouraging as many people as possible to cycle to campus on Thursday 3rd September as part of national Cycle to Work Day 2015. Staff who pledge to cycle to the college on Thursday 3rd September can enter two national competitions to win some really exciting prizes! Prizes include one of three Claud Butler bikes, an iPad mini, a GoPro camera, cycling accessories and more.

To register for the event click here 1 . You ll be sent further details about cycling safely and how to enter the competitions upon registration. Katherine Middleton, CWA s Energy and Environment Officer, says: Our travel plan aims to increase sustainable travel by students and staff, including car sharing, public transport, walking and cycling.

Recent investments in cycle shelters, showers and pool bikes as well as safe cycle routes near each campus have made it even easier to cycle to college. Cycling saves you money, keeps you fit and is great for the environment. So, what are you waiting for?

Get on your bike!

Posted on 01/09/15.

References ^ click here (www.surveymonkey.com)

CWA Students Go the Extra Mile for West Norfolk Athletics Club

Level 3 computing students at the King s Lynn campus have unveiled the new-look West Norfolk Athletics Club website, after taking it on as a project alongside their study. The West Norfolk Athletics Club (WNAC) has, for some time, talked about the need for upgrading its website, but lacked technical knowledge within the organisation to make it happen. Earlier this year, WNAC committee member Katrina Wasteney, a sports science lecturer at CWA, suggested making the website a student-led project with the college in mind a win-win situation for both sides.

After approaching CWA, a team of level 3 computing students took on the project. Leon Elston, 18, Joao Ferreiara Dos Santos, 19, Tobias Burton, 18, Connor Thorpe, 18 all from Spalding and Alex Wyke, 22, from West Winch, worked on the website for the best part of five months, with the site going live over the last week. The aim was to create a purpose-designed website to attract new clients to the club and also help to keep existing members satisfied.

The new webpages are better structured, more user friendly and contain up to date pictures of the club s athletes and events. Running club committee member Martin Koenigsberger said: I really like the look of the new website. It s so much better than what we had before.

The fact that people can easily access the new web page via tablets and phones is brilliant. He added: I have to say Dan Purdy lecturer in computer science at CWA has been a real asset in this. He s helped us beyond just creating the webpages, also in sorting our change in website host and in moving the domain.

Likewise, the students went beyond their initial briefing by making the new webpages also compatible with smart phone use. The experience has been very positive from the start. I can certainly recommend the college to similar organisations to ours.

We are very pleased with the final product. Daniel Purdy, lecturer in computer science at CWA said: This project has given the students an opportunity to work with real life clients. It s been a great addition to their course work.

To view West Norfolk Athletics Club s new webpages click here 1 .

Posted on 03/08/15.

References ^ here (www.westnorfolkac.co.uk)

Contact Us – The College of West Anglia

Three King s Lynn campus professional cookery 1 students have whisked away the opposition to qualify for the eliminator stage of the fiercely-fought WorldSkills UK competition, 2015. The popular event, organised by the Craft Guild of Chefs, has already seen three months of competitiveness to reach the regional heats (eliminator stage). Emily Locks, 18, Alicja Szmyt, 18 and Daniel Freear, 19, have been successful in the national heats of the WorldSkills UK competition and will now battle it out against some of the top learners in the country in this field.

This next round of competition is to be hosted at Colchester Institute on Wednesday 26 August, 2015. Event organisers say standards are extremely high this year and that the judges have had a very difficult task in selecting the competitors to go through so far. Judges have been looking for well-rounded candidates with a good grounding knowledge of all aspects of a modern kitchen.

This includes areas such as basic butchery, bakery and the need for a keen eye for presentation. Richard Bradley, head of faculty for hospitality 2 said: WorldSkills UK competitions inspire our students to be ambitious in showcasing their talents. They benefit enormously from the opportunity to test their skills at the highest level and I have no doubt that these three students have benefited greatly from this experience already.

I wish them all the best in this next round of competition. The top 10 achievers from the Colchester round will go forward to the national final at The Skills Show, which is to be held in Birmingham in November, later this year. Posted on 28/07/15.

References ^ professional cookery (www.cwa.ac.uk) ^ hospitality (www.cwa.ac.uk)