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Learning Centre Blog – 13.10.23

Hi everyone,

The Student Council at the Learning Centre is an incredibly important mechanism for promoting change and Student Voice.

The Student Council worked incredibly hard last year and was a driver for a lot of positive change at the LC. A massive thankyou to Shannon, Maryam, Dani D, Daniel G, Ionut, Josh M and Sean for all their dedication and hard work last year. Also a big thanks to our fantastic Governors Cathy and Ken as well as Susie Burston for all their tireless efforts and support throughout the year.

We are in the process of voting for two Student Council representatives from each Year group – Year 12, Year 13 and Year 14 and possibly one from Ebase.

They are voted for by fellow students within their Year group. They can either make a video or write a speech to try to secure votes.

Prospective Student Council members will be reflecting on these thoughts from last year’s Student Council:

What is a Student Council?

‘To make this college a better place’

‘To be there for everyone who needs you’

‘If anyone wants changes, they can come to you’

‘To tell someone about things’

‘To help people’

‘To be a role model’

Being a good role model is an essential quality for a positive Student Council member. What does this mean?

‘Someone to look up to’

‘Sets a good example’

‘Shows Kindness’ 

‘Shows respect’

‘Shows patience towards others’

‘Is helpful and can be trusted’

‘A student rep is someone students can talk to about how they are feeling’

Watch this space to see who will be on our Student Council for 2023/24.

Tony Blackman is one of our Learning Centre stalwarts. He has been here for as long as I can remember, initially working within the Hortus pathway. As our cohort has changed, Tony has moved more into the classroom (he is a deliverer in one of our Community Living classes). However Tony will always get into the great outdoors given the opportunity and whatever the weather, often volunteering a lot of his own time to maintain our grounds. Tony has developed an immense knowledge of Horticulture and is passionate about sharing this passion with the students. He delivers Horticulture to a number of classes as well as supporting a number of students with internal work experience placements.

This week our class focus is on Tony’s class and here is his report:

“It’s that time of year again when the apples and pears need harvesting and I could not have had a more enthusiastic group of students to do this with than my form group as you can see in the photos. The students have also been busy in Life Skills working in the new flat learning how to make a bed, make a brew and washing the pots.”


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