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Monday, 15 December 2014

Fashion Show & Exhibition 18.12.14

We are hosting a Fashion Show and Exhibition at The Store on Thursday 18th December, from 4pm onwards.  Come along and support the excellent work that our students are doing.

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We are currently looking for Homestay providers in the Dunstable area to accommodate a new group of international students who have recently arrived at the College. They'll be studying our 'Preparation for IELTS' course from 1 December 2014 until 24 July 2015.

The rent should be £100 per week and all the money will be payable directly to you; the College will not charge for making the arrangements. We do, however, require that all homestay providers have a DBS check and also to hold a Gas Safety Certificate. Please read the Homestay Agreement for further details. (LINK)

If you would like to become a Homestay provider for the College, then please complete the application form (LINK). If you have any questions, then please contact the International Manager by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on 01582 349624.

Homestay Agreement for Hosts

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“Brake” the road safety charity presented an interactive multi agency event at Central Bedfordshire College, bringing together emergency services and stakeholders to engage with 16-24 year olds, the  group that is most at risk from dangerous driving.
Over 300 students from across the college took part in the “2young to die” road safety campaign participating in quizzes, reaction tests, interactive alcohol and drug education exercises to raise the issue of driving safely, during National Road Safety Week.
The event used memorable interactive activities to improve the students knowledge of how to stay safe on the road regardless of if they are a driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian. Young drivers are involved in a huge proportion of road crashes due to a combination of inexperience and a tendency to take risks. Less than one in twelve licence holders is under 25, yet one in five fatal and serious injury crashes involve a driver this age. 
The multi-agency event at Central Bedfordshire College brought together various organisations to reinforce the safety message including Bedfordshire Fire Service, Amey – Road Safety Team, Sustrans, CAN Partnership for Alcohol education, and Halfords Dunstable who donated driver safety prizes.
Students were instructed on the Highway Code, drugs and the law, winter vehicle checks and also alcohol awareness and unit measures. The students then learned about, the effect that serious Road Traffic Collisions have on victims, offenders and the community.
The event had a high number of positive comments on the high quality of the event from students such as “Brilliant Demo’s, very eye opening, thought provoking and informative . The Firefighters were great with Pathways learners and everyone showed an excellent approach to inclusivity”. The students also commented on the interactive structure of the event with, “Good information. I enjoyed the reaction test, it was an eye opening experience”, and several others rated the day as 10 out of 10.  
The success of the two day event means Central Bedfordshire College will continue to raise awareness of dangerous driving and work with local partners to underline the need to encourage 16-24 year olds to drive safely. 
More information and teaching resources are available online through the 2young2die Ambassador link http://www.2young2die.org.uk/trainerhub.html
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Our Creative Arts Higher Education students are hosting an Arts & Crafts Fayre at The Store, on Thursday 11th December 10.00am - 4.00pm.  Artwork, cakes and Christmas gifts will be available to purchase.  Come along to buy some great gifts!


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The Walking Forward Theatre Company came to Central Bedfordshire College as part of a UK wide tour educating and informing students on the dangers of taking drugs and driving. "Wasted" portrays how drugs can have a dramatic effect on driving ability, with after-effects lasting for many hours, sometimes even days.

Over 200 learners across 8 subject pathways viewed the performance, a unique blend of film and live theatre which explores the issue of drug driving within modern youth culture.

The performance shows 3 actors engaging with sound and visual effects to depict the story of a group of friends touched by the loss of one member to a Road Traffic Collision. The friend killed was a car passenger who let herself be driven home by a friend who had taken drugs on a night out.

The powerful performance uses images projected onto a large screen onstage from a real road traffic collision to add depth impact and realism. Images from spinal x-rays and wrecked cars show the accident aftermath. Facts and figures showing the increase in Road Traffic Collisions when drugs are involved were projected across the large screen and provided a background for the workshop style question and answer session at the end.

The performance also addresses the importance of passenger responsibility and questioned whether the audience members would feel safe getting into a car if the driver is under the influence of drink or drugs. The message has a strong vein of underlying comedy running through the tragic events with students describing the humour as "just like the Inbetweeners", while students felt "moved" and "emotional" by the touching story line.

The learning experience is supported by follow up presentations and an online impact evaluation to measure its learning effect. The play raises awareness on the real dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and attempts to shift attitudes toward driving in a safe environment.

The high quality of the performance and engaging story produced a high level of attendance with students and tutors willing to stand to watch the drama.
The performances of "Wasted" were funded by Central Bedfordshire Council as part of their Road Traffic Collision Reduction Education Programme.

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Central Bedford College media students took a study trip to the BBC's Broadcasting House in London in November providing a valuable insight into the global broadcaster.

The students were greeted by a life-size Darlek and Tardis from Dr Who then given a tour of the historic studios that produced so much important television and radio, hosting world famous celebrities and rock stars.

The students learned that the Broadcasting House buildings sit above the Bakerloo and Victoria lines and that the new award winning 'John Peel' building extension has broadcast studios stacked on each other to stop the noise of the tube trains underneath. The new innovative design and refurbishment of the old art deco building cost over £1 billion to complete.

The tour began with an introduction into the history and acoustic design of the new studios where the students watched the lunch time weather report, saw journalists from the national and international news teams working and spotted presenter Fiona Bruce.
The students were then tasked with a news reading exercise, sitting in a news studio reading the latest news headlines from autocue with their friends as the audience.

The group also visited the set of 'The One Show' and were surprised by how compact and simple the modern studio is, watching the production team set up the band for celebrity and musician Jools Holland as he was performing live for 'The One Show' that evening.

Outside the students strolled across a pavement art installation by Canadian born artist 'Mark Pimlott', the artwork 'World' is a public pavement of 750 slabs with lighting inscribed with actual and mythological place names from across the world reflecting the global impact of the BBC .

The group was taken into the original 1932 Art Deco styled historical building (known at the time as the ship due to its resembling ship design and architecture) to visit the historic radio broadcasting theatre where stars Elton John and Justin Timberlake have performed.

The students were then tasked with reading a radio play into the theatre microphones while the tour guides added digital sound effects "At first it was quite nerve wrecking, I was a little bit worried to perform in front of such a substantial group of people but after the first few lines I gained confidence"- Harry McEvoy, Creative media production year 2 student.

The students said they enjoyed their visit to BBC Broadcasting House and gained knowledge of how the departments and studios work, and feel inspired to start a career in the media industry. Amy Goss, a 17-year-old creative media production Student said, "I enjoyed the tour, it was factual and entertaining".

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