The Three Villages Magazine reports on Lightwater’s Work Experience Day

Sophy Hazevoet, the proprietor of The Three Villages community magazine, and Frimley Focus, both directories of local businesses, with sections on community news and events, joined the year five pupils of Hammond School in Lightwater for their ‘work experience day’.

Organised by the Lightwater Business Association in collaboration with Hammond School, the activities of local businesses are interactively demonstrated to small groups of pupils.

Here’s her report [click on image to expand], in which she says of her experience of the day, “This forward-looking initiative is the type of activity that brings community together, and makes Lightwater a great place to to grow up.”

Surrey Heath schoolchildren enjoy interactive Young Citizen programme

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce Surrey Heath schoolchildren enjoy interactive Young Citizen programme,

More than 400 Year 7 students from across Surrey Heath learned about leading safe, healthy lives by taking part in the Young Citizen programme last week (Nov 22-24).

The course aims to help young people broaden their social responsibility skills and learn how to deal with real-life situations.

Through a range of interactive sessions, students explored themes such as first aid, alcohol awareness, personal safety, peer pressure, as well as internet safety and how they can report a crime anonymously.

Students from Kings International College and Collingwood College were involved in the practical sessions delivered by qualified professionals. Among those hosting the workshops were: Surrey Police, St John Ambulance, Counter Terrorism Policing – Prevent, Surrey Crimestoppers and Solomon Theatre Company.

As part of the programme, students watched a play by the Solomon Theatre Company entitled ‘Last Orders’, acted out by young people to highlight issues around alcohol abuse, peer pressure and its consequences.

Surrey Heath Borough Council Children’s Champion Cllr Josephine Hawkins said: “I’d like to thank all the partner organisations involved for their continued support on this invaluable initiative. Young Citizen is a brilliantly effective way of helping young people gain the knowledge and skills to lead safe, healthy lives. I enjoyed visiting this year’s event, and I’m sure the students involved have benefitted hugely from this experience.”

The course proved inspirational for pupils too.

Collingwood College Year 7 student Matthew Hadlington said: “We learnt, laughed and focused on the Young Citizen course – it was great at teaching us many things that we needed to know.”

Fellow pupil Jonah Doyle added: “I thought all the lessons were very useful for our later lives.”

Kings College pupil Soniya Bishwakarma said: “It was fun and educational. We learnt to keep safe and to be smart, it was enjoyable and there were lots of people involved,” while fellow Year 7 student Angel Parmar added: “We’ve learnt so much – how to be private on social media, what a crime means, and the dangers of drinking and encouraging others to drink.”

The course is organised and funded by the Safer Surrey Heath Partnership and the schools involved. www.surreyheath.gov.uk/youngcitizen

Interactive Young Citizen programme for Surrey Heath schoolchildren

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce,

Year 7 students from across Surrey Heath will learn how to deal with real-life situations by taking part in the Young Citizen programme this week (November 22-24, 2017).

The course aims to help young people broaden their social responsibility skills and lead safe, healthy lives.

Through a range of interactive sessions, students will explore themes such as first aid, alcohol awareness, personal safety, peer pressure, as well as internet safety and how they can report a crime anonymously.

Over 400 students from Kings International College and Collingwood College will be involved in the practical sessions delivered by qualified professionals.

Among those hosting the workshops are: Solomon Theatre Company, Surrey Police, St John Ambulance, Counter Terrorism Policing – Prevent and Surrey Crimestoppers.

Students will watch a play by the Solomon Theatre Company entitled ‘Last Orders’, acted out by young people to highlight issues around alcohol abuse, peer pressure and its consequences.

Surrey Heath Borough Council Children’s Champion Cllr Josephine Hawkins said: “Young Citizen is a brilliantly effective way of helping young people gain the knowledge and skills to lead safe, healthy lives.

“I’m sure the students involved this year will benefit hugely from this experience. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those agencies involved for their continued support.”

The course is organised and funded by the Safer Surrey Heath Partnership and the schools involved.

www.surreyheath.gov.uk/youngcitizen

An Audience with Surrey’s Lord Lieutentant, High Sheriff, and Police & Crime Commissioner

A healthy audience of friends, parents, and students, enjoyed yesterday evening’s Friends of Gordon’s School event of an audience with Michael More-Molyneux – Surrey’s Lord Lieutenant, Richard Whittington – Surrey’s High Sheriff, and David Munro – Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner.

Gordon’s School Bursar, Susan Meikle, invited each panel member to describe their role, and afterwards invited questions from the audience.  The panel are all members of the Gordon Foundation, hence, I imagine, making it easier the get all three together. Here are my photo’s, of the panel, Michael More-Molyneux and his scroll [love the seal], and Richard Whittington and his High Sheriff sword. Click on images to enlarge.

Useful tips for photographers at The Photographic Angle exhibition in Camberley

I reckon there are three classes of photographer.

  1. There are the professional, or super-skilled amateur, photographers who genuinely know what they’re doing,
  2. The happy snappers who simply point and click – never bothering to understand, or fiddle with the camera’s settings,
  3. Lastly, the improvers, those of us who know a little about photography and would like to know more, but struggle to understand or use the myriad of settings on modern cameras.

I think I’m half way between a happy snapper and an improver. And so I’ll try to retain in my brain some the helpful tips offered on the boards at The Photographic Angle’s recent exhibition in Camberley. In case you might find them interesting, here they are [click on image to expand].

Surrey Heath’s first Youth Marketing Academy students graduate

 

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the following, [click on image to expand]

Last night, February 2nd, saw the completion of Surrey Heath Borough Council’s first Youth Marketing Academy.

The course, run in conjunction with Camberley Theatre, lasted four months and four students from the Lower Sixth Form at Farnborough farnborough-hill-studentsHill College in Farnborough, were presented with their certificates by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Valerie White.

 The students were given a concert at Camberley Theatre to market, using skills they learned via online learning sessions hosted by digital marketing experts, including Jon Sharkey (Head of Marketing for Tourism South East) Zoe Cairns (International  Social Media Speaker).

 The students successfully marketed the concert, featuring two of the artists due to perform at this summer’s Camberley International Festival, Sam Horton and Brightr.

 Jo Bartlett Events and Marketing officer for Surrey Heath Borough Council said, ‘It was very rewarding to be able to help the students gain an insight into the world of modern marketing. We wish them all the best for the future and hope the knowledge they gained from the Youth Marketing Academy will stand them in good stead in their chosen careers’.

 The next Youth Marketing Academy has sixth form students from Collingwood College in Camberley, who are working towards an event at the theatre on March 29th.

 For full details of our upcoming shows please pick up a brochure or visit www.camberleytheatre.co.uk

Visiting The Photographic Angle exhibition in Camberley

Earlier this week, I reported on the photographic exhibition in Camberley. Yesterday I visited the exhibition.

Expecting to see a room with photos on the wall, much as you would see in an art gallery, the actuality was different.

The Photographic Angle’s concept for their exhibitions is to utilise large empty spaces. What surprises is that the whole floor areas of an empty three storey office block in Watchmoor Park is used to house the exhibition. Again somewhat surprisingly, I worked in the opposite office block. An eerily odd feeling of going back to work, but in a building devoid of fittings, even some of the floor tiles were missing. Ah well nothing stays the same.

Continuing with the surprises is that the photographs aren’t small, they are presented on large screens. Intermingled with the photos are boards with inspiring quotations of famous photographers, and boards offering tips on taking photos. It’s a cleverly staged exhibition, inviting the visitor to pause and reflect on the values and purposes of photography.

Oh, one final thing – empty office blocks are penetratingly cold. It’s a wrap up warm type of exhibition + gloves.