Whitegold Project- Brickfields


Whitegold Project- Brickfields

As part of the Whitegold project 2019, the first Clay Exchange project is Brickfield, a community arts project set in the heart of Cornwall’s clay country run by Rosanna Martin and Georgia Gendall .

Brickfield involves the creation of an experimental brickworks at Blackpool China Clay Pit, TrewoonSt Mewan, St Austell. The project aims to develop a new site for collective community brick production.

Rosanna and Georgia will be working with a wide range of students, architects, and local businesses as well as calling on brick making experts, clay country geologists and historians.

Together with community groups from around the clay towns and villages, they will design, make and fire a new Clay Country brick which will be stacked to make a specialist brick kiln and will be fired as part of the Whitegold festival 2019.

During June/July there will be opportunities to take part in field trips exploring the china clay landscape to learn how the china clay industry has shaped the countryside around St Austell.

In August there will be a series of workshops that will involve designing a new brick. A brick-making production site will be created with opportunities to get involved in all stages of making the new brick.

This will involve: mixing and preparing clay, adding combustibles to the mix, wedging the clay to remove air, pressing clay into wooden moulds, knocking out the bricks and laying them to dry before they are finally added to the kiln to be fired.

A number of brickworks existed across Cornwall, from small scale sites such as Heligan, to larger scale commercial outputs like Par.

Brickfield invites you to get involved in all aspects of the project, for further details visit their website http://whitegold.org.uk/ or to register interest contact [email protected]

Giving Thyme to Help!


Giving Thyme to Help!

A group of college students have helped transform a local care home’s outside space with the addition of herbs and and bedding plants.

Owner of North Hill Nursing Home, David Smith said how “excited” everyone was at the home to be the beneficiaries of the project.

“We have had to groups of students who have spent the year designing then clearing, planting and painting the woodwork of several flower beds around the home as part of their community course,” he said.

“This has been an incredibly difficult task as the flower beds were over grown and unkempt and the weather has not always been kind – however, the results are a pleasure to see!”

The student’s hard work has resulted in beautiful flower beds and herb gardens that the residents and their families can enjoy.

Tutor for the ‘Skills for Independence and Work’ course, Lucy Lawler, explained how hard the student groups have worked.

“Over the past year they have had to work in some variable Cornish weathers but this hasn’t stopped them achieving some great results,” she continued.

“We acquired some bedding plants and herbs from our sister site at Carthew, Heaven Scent and the students all worked particularly hard, getting really stuck in with transforming the gardens – some are thinking about volunteering during their free time in the summer to keep an eye on their hard work.”

David added that the project demonstrated that young people can make an excellent contribution to their local area.

“We all at North Hill wish to thank them and all the staff involved in this project for their hard work and look forward to more projects we can take on together,” he said. 

For more information on the range of Foundation Learning courses available across The Cornwall College Group visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.

Buddy Benches


Buddy Benches

Two custom made ‘Buddy Benches’ are helping to create new friends and combat loneliness at Treverbyn Primary School.

Made by students studying at Cornwall College, Engineering Lecturer, Luke Bazeley explained the project began after a plea for help from the Friends of Treverbyn parent group.

“They originally asked if it was possible for us to make some simple benches, but we decided to go one step further and created a design based around the contents of a pencil case,” he said.

“The Engineering students then managed the ‘real life’ project and together with the carpentry department, the end result was these impressive and very unique benches made to a very high standard.”

Emma Knowles, Friends of Treverbyn Academy (FTA) explained that the school have a student council and are voted in by their peers on a yearly basis, who are then asked what they would like to see or improved in the school.

“This year, they asked for Buddy Benches, with the ethos being that if a student is lonely, sad or has no one to play with then they can go and sit on the bench and then other children would join them or involve them in what they are doing,” she explained.

The Friends of Treverbyn parent group exists to help to provide the extra things that are not always provided by the school. Treverbyn Academy has 210 children and additional funding is always welcome.

“The guys at the college said ‘we can do that’ when they heard about the buddy benches and the children have all been really excited about the benches and we’ve been keeping them updated with the progress,” Emma added.

“Some of the college students joined the grand unveiling of the benches and it was a great opportunity to see the fruits of their labour and how excited the children were all too finally have these benches”

Head teacher at Treverbyn, Simon Welch thanked the FTA committee and the team at the college.

“The FTA have been amazing with the fundraising and making things happen that will provide the children lots of opportunities of health, fitness and wellbeing – the buddy benches are part of that wellbeing, so thank you for all your hard work,” he said. 

For more information on the range of Engineering & Carpentry courses available at Cornwall College St Austell visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.E

Murder Mystery Summer School


Murder Mystery Summer School

For the third successful year, young actors in Cornwall are to put themselves in the frame again for a mystery murder performance.

The free, two-day summer school event will see keen young performers workshop a murder mystery scenario, before performing in front of friends and family.

Taking place with Launch Theatre and Performance Training at Cornwall College St Austell, current year 8, 9, 10 and 11 students from the St Austell area and beyond are invited to book their place.

Those that might be considering acting or a performing arts course, or those who “just love acting” are invited, according to performing arts lecturer, Lydia Day.

“This is a great way to meet the lecturers and find out what it’s like to be an acting student at Cornwall College and to tread the boards,” she continued.

“We’re going to be workshopping a murder mystery over two days so we’re going to need talented suspects!”

The event will run over Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd of August from 10.00am until 4.00pm with a scratch performance for friends, parents and the community at 4pm in the Keay Theatre.

This opportunity is suitable for those aged 12 to 18. Places are limited and given last year’s popularity, booking is essential. Please get in touch to book your place or to find out more please contact [email protected]

For more information on the range of Acting & Performing Arts courses available across The Cornwall College Group visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.

Students Showcase Creativity


Students Showcase Creativity

St Austell Students Showcase Creativity

Students in St Austell have been showcasing their creative talents at the end of their academic year.

Art, design, media and photography students from Cornwall College, St Austell displayed their final pieces in an exhibition which saw hundreds of visitors experience the talent and creativity of the Cornish young people.

Acting student’s hilarious take on Ellen McLaughlin’s ‘Lysistrata’ by Aristophanes brought the house down with its humorous lines and foot tapping songs.

Dancers performed their feminist piece ‘Triptych’, an exciting dance show in which the three parts were choreographed by Rose Kimberly, Shelby Dover and Jess Leonard, to a packed Keay Theatre.

The Level 3 Trainee Hairdressers completed their year with a creative hair design exam around the theme ‘forces of nature’.

Head of College, Chris Taylor said;

Although the students have been under an immense amount of pressure to finish their courses, “this final burst of creativity is a celebration of all they have accomplished throughout their time at the College”.

“They should all be very proud of what they have achieved – we wish them the best of luck with the next stage in their journey,” he added.

For more information on the range of courses at Cornwall College St Austell and how to apply for September 2019, please visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or call 0330 123 2523.

Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge


Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge

St Austell Library are looking for volunteers for this summers space chase summer reading challenge 2019.

Volunteers must be over the age of 14, and be willing to come into St Austell library through the summer holiday and help them to administer the Summer Reading Challenge.

This is an annual scheme to help keep children aged 4 – 11 reading over the summer holiday. For every 2 books they read they get rewards and when they have read 6 books they get a medal.

For the volunteers, it would involve chatting to the children, asking them to talk a little about the books they have read, give out the rewards and maintain the record cards.

This could be a good opportunity for students taking The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or partaking in other organisations such as Scouts, or indeed any student who would like to do something rewarding during the summer holiday.

For more info call 0300 1234 111, e-mail [email protected]liscornwall.org.uk or pop into the library and have a chat

St Austell boasts one of the top UK catering colleges


St Austell boasts one of the top UK catering colleges

Cornwall College St Austell is celebrating cementing its status as one of the top catering colleges in the UK, with a Highly Commended AA College Rosette.

The Cornwall College Group retained its three Centres of Excellence, one of only a few colleges in the UK to hold three, and Gold accreditation from the AA and People 1st.

Following a thorough inspection process over a number of days, international employer-led College Accreditation Board People 1st renewed the college’s accreditation and centres of excellence statuses.

Grant Mather, Curriculum Lead for Hospitality, and Tourism at the College, said everyone was “incredibly proud”.

“These accreditations are testament to the hard work, dedication and expertise of our team, combined with the many achievements of our students,” Grant continued.

Culinary Arts students from Cornwall College are renowned for achieving great things across the industry, with chefs such as Tom Brown from Great British Menu fame, Edward Cooke the head chef at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck in Bray, and Dorian Jahmeet, Head Chef at Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons to name a few.

“The combination of exciting opportunities, industry-standard facilities and extremely experienced tutors has life changing impacts on our students and I would urge people to consider beginning a rewarding career with us.”

Cloisters Restaurant Manager, Matt Bird explained that the opportunities that are available in the hospitality sector are incredible.

“If you want to travel the world or stay right there in Cornwall there are some amazing restaurants which are always on the lookout for talented front of house staff and chefs,” he added.

Those interested in a career in the catering and restaurant industry can find out more by contacting 0330 123 2523 or emailing [email protected]

For further media details, please contact Laura Gale T: 01726 226 462 or email [email protected]

Calling all Accommodation Providers


Calling all Accommodation Providers

Do you have accommodation in the St Austell and surrounding areas for students studying to degree level at the Eden Project?

Cornwall College are looking for accommodation for their new student intake for September 2019 and returning students. 

Students are studying at degree level for 1, 2 and 3 years programmes. Courses run from September to June.  Secure payments, deposits and references can be obtained.  Rates paid from £300-£400 p.c.m.   All contracts are with students and landlords direct.

If you are interested, or know anyone else who might be able to help, please visit their website or contact:

Liz Hellier, HE Accommodation Development Officer on 07500572546 or [email protected]

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