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Gower College Swansea has recently made big change which is to change from one-time-use cups to reusable cups. This change happened because of ideas that were created on VocalEyes.

This college is on its way to becoming more eco-friendly for the future. This happens by acting now.

Gower College Swansea has taken action changes that students are wanting change on. We are always there for students to improve their quality of college life along with propelling them into the future with our high standards of education.

posted on 27 Sep 2019

Gower College Swansea has introduces a new role to become a GCS Active Ambassador. Their role will be organizing activities for students, attend meetings with professionals in physical and well being activities and lastly, the Active Ambassador will sit on the board of students which will decide on changes for the college.

The ambassador will represent their fellow students in the board of students. This is specially important as this means that the department that the ambassador will present will not be forgotten about.

This move is to moving into effect as to tackle the problem of generations becoming less active. With this role, we will ensure that we wont let an opportunity pass to tackle a huge issue.

posted on 24 Sep 2019

Pennard Community Council have identified the Community Hub on the Playing Field idea as a priority for the community. As a result, they are applying for a grant for a feasibility study and outline business plan. Match funding has been allocated from the £5000 pot for this year for ideas that come directly from the community such as this one!
Keep sharing the idea and asking friends and neighbours to rate and debate it using the VocalEYes platform to strengthen the evidence needed to secure the funds.
Suggestions for amenities within the hub include new changing and showering facilities, including a disabled changing room, a coffee shop, youth cafe, multi-use hall for groups who wish to use inside and outside space and low-cost shared office space.
It is planned that the building will be built to a very high environmental standard.


posted on 20 Mar 2019

Categories: Ideas into Action

A popular source of conversation on Vocal Eyes is Catering and the food options available, so today I sat down and caught up with Neil Baker to answer some of your queries and look back at the success over the past year.

So Neil, tell me about some of your highlights?

There are too many to mention as my team have worked so hard and everything we have done is to ensure the learners experience is the best.

  • Opened 2 new outlets

  • Held several themed events across all sites including Pancake day, hydration events, fresher’s fayre, pasta events, pizza days, Dydd Gwyl Dewi.,Chinese Day, healthy colleges week and porridge.

  • 4 week set timetable across all sites, which includes, healthy choice, traditional choices, vegetarian options, Jacket potatoes and a new improved salad bar.

  • Food standards inspection

  • Working to increase vegan options during next 3 months

  • More information available on what is in food and drinks including Vegan and Gluten options

  • Large TV screens displaying clearer information on what is coming up or being served.

  • All staff  have completed customer service training

Price of Food?

Price of food is always hotly discussed; I think we are as competitive as we possibly can be and certainly are when benchmarking against other similar colleges and businesses locally.

With confectionary items our prices are the same as recommended retail price (RRP) , and we need to remember that we have also had the increase in sugar tax in the past 12 months.

What is your Vision?

My team and I are here for the learner, we want to inspire and enrich the learners experience within the College.

 

If you would like to speak  with Neil – please feel free to speak with Neil, he is always open for discussion and always willing to take on your Views.

posted on 11 Mar 2019

SPORTING EQUIPMENT has been a request for years at Cathays, and now we’ve finally had them. Cathays is proud for its pupil voice as we keep on updating with pupil requests. 
Cathays has put up goal posts with nets and basketball hoops. This is great as the school is promoting sport which is wha the school community wanted.
We strongly encourage you to keep us posted with changes and wishes for our community. Keep on rating and posting. VC

posted on 21 Jan 2019

Thank you to the student who submitted the idea for the Students' Association to put on social monthly mixers as a way of getting to know other students in the college. 

We're working together with Strathclyde Students' Union to organise events specifically for City of Glasgow College students. We've already hosted a 'Welcome to College' night which took place during freshers' week. We're excited to announce we have another night coming up on the 8th December - our end of term Christmas night! 

If you're interested in coming along to this night, you can find more details on our Facebook events page here - https://bit.ly/2QmenRs 

We hope to see you all there. 

posted on 27 Nov 2018

Thank you everyone for your donations! 
Well done to all the competition winners.
We raised £406.98.
A great assembly by School Council

posted on 23 Nov 2018

Categories: Ideas into Action

Your Students' Association have been working in partnership with Baxter Storey over the past few months, providing them with your feedback and ideas! We received over 200 ratings for ideas relating to more vegan, vegetarian and food intolerance options

Baxter Storey have now introduced more food options and products for students with specific dietary requirements. Please ask a member of the Catering staff for what options are available and they'll be able to point them out to you.

If there are any other food options or products you would like on the menu, please email: amiller@baxterstorey.com

Food featured in the video: Pesto roasted vegetable baguette topped with buffalo mozzarella. Sea salt, thyme and black pepper roasted vegetable baguette with a duo of roast vineyard cherry tomatoes and mustard slaw. Full range of Grab 'n' Go vegetarian sandwiches, pasta pots, jacket potatoes and fillings. New vegan lines coming soon! 
My Voice - More vegan, vegetarian and intolerances food options.

posted on 23 Oct 2018

Glynncollen primary school ended the academic year with a flourish! Having prioritised ‘reducing plastics’ in the school they orchestrated their campaign to change the way free milk is provided to the Foundation Phase in their school. Their simple plan was to ask the local authority to consider other ways of supplying the milk. Currently the milk is delivered in 150ml bottles. The young people want this to be changed to 2 litre bottles and for the milk to be dispensed into stainless steel bottles.

They wrote to the politicians in their local ward, local authority and Welsh Assembly. The Environment Minister, Hannah Blythyn, AM wrote to the children to congratulate them on their campaign and provided lots of advice on how they could continue their journey towards plastic-free.

The children themselves decided to raise money to buy the stainless steel bottles and will hold a sponsored walk in September to raise the money.

Read more


posted on 14 Sep 2018

One of the challenges for schools wishing to put Pupil Voice into action is whether or not participation is authentic or merely tokenistic. In this blog we look at how children in Year 6 in Glyncollen Primary School took their highly rated ideas forward to research and action.

We went to see them near the end of term to find out about the journey they had been on. Our purpose was to capture their story to investigate plastic use in their school and to help the young people show how a commitment to participatory democracy had empowered them to be activists in their own communities.

Read more and watch this fantastic video..

posted on 29 Jul 2018

Single Sign On (SSO) access via SharePoint within Office365 is now available. For installation details click here

posted on 2 Jun 2018

NPTC Group of Colleges would like to make students aware that there is now a free ATM cash machine in the refurbished A/B Block, located next to the main reception area.

Please remember we consider all of your suggestions and ideas and will also be considering placing additional machines on other campuses if there is demand and high usage.

posted on 25 May 2018

Promotional Video (starting in 2 weeks)

A video to highlight the good features and positives (e.g school council, facilities, innovation etc) of our school to show to both students and parents of feeder primary schools. Also we wanted to show in the video the different  activities transpiring in our school such as the sports competition and the transition programme 
Ideas and views
  1. Inclusion of the school values preferably at the beginning and/or end 
  2. Talk about the amount of time spent on dedication to activities such as basketball training 
  3. Include the variety of clubs available during and after school e.g science club 
  4. The impact of pupil voice on the school, possibly bring up the change of uniform 
  5. Voice overs with the images of the clubs in the background 
  6. The standard and improvement of grades in the school as well as the progression 
  7. Mention the extra language and other GCSEs taken by pupils
  8. Introduction by the headteacher 
  9. Inclusion of the history of Cathays
  10. Mention of the school being rebuilt with an improved design as well as improved facilities 
  11. Videos and pictures of the summer timetable, especially the trips
  12. More pupils rather than staff in the video and ask for volunteers in year 7 
  13. Narrator when photos and videos on screen to save time during video 
  14. Awais as narrator 
  15. School council as well as ordinary students to speak in video 
  16. Lucas to speak about VocalEyes and his inclusion of the child freindly city programme
  17. Charity events 
  18. Students to talk about the available community languages they are taking/taken
  19. Young interpreters 
  20. Ensuring students have permission to be in the video 
  21. Areas to broadcast the video such as Roath library
  22. Musicians in the school to provide the music in the video 
  23. Alois to provide background music 
  24. Jonathan to play guitar in back music 
  25. Josepth meyrick-ash to play piano
  26. Vivane for background music
  27. Rebecca to play the flute in back music 
  28. Aim to get the promotional video done by the beginning of July 
  29. After national test KS3 to do part of the recordings (through volunteering)  

posted on 2 May 2018

On the back of the Cardiff Grand Council Event, we've put together this guide for 10 Steps to Success in your school. 
http://academy.vocaleyes.org/tutorials/10-steps-to-success-for-schools/

Do let us know what you think and if it needs improving feel free to contact us on schools@vocaleyes.org

posted on 29 Apr 2018

A big thank you to the student who submitted the idea "Menu selection and prices to be displayed more clearly." 

Baxter Storey have now installed new overhead signage in the refectory at City Campus! If there are still areas you wish to have more signage then please contact: amiller@baxterstorey.com
My Voice - Refectory Signage

posted on 27 Feb 2018

Thanks to everyone that has submitted ideas, voted or commented on the topic 'What can City of Glasgow College do to ensure your learning experience is excellent and innovative?' We are currently taking ideas through to the City Partnership Forum and will update you in the upcoming weeks on the outcomes.

Cycle Store / Bike Racks
Thanks for your idea 'Bike Racks'. There is a Cycle Store located on the Ground Floor at City Campus which accommodates 315 bikes. If you study at Riverside Campus, there are 200 external bike racks. Please contact reception if you are not sure where these are located.

My Voice - Bike Racks

posted on 21 Feb 2018

We have had great success in Pennard Ward and have planted a beautiful Silver Birch to commemorate 50 years since the passing of Vernon Watkins and 50 years since Pennard Primary School and Library were opened.

Local company, Gower Unearthed, work tirelessly raising awareness of Gower myths, legends and history. They have been awarded funding to bring Vernon Watkins and his work to life for the 50th anniversary and have run some great initiatives across Swansea and Gower.

I met with Charlotte and Helen of Gower Unearthed to discuss the Swansea Rural Community Voice Project and how it could work for them. We discussed their current and future projects and during our conversations, one of us suggested that planting a tree for Vernon would be a lovely way to mark this special anniversary.

 Without further discussions, the idea was uploaded to VocalEyes into Pennard Ward, was rated and debated by Pennard residents and by the end of the month was top of the list of priorities for the ward.

 It was during this time, we spoke to residents about the idea  of planting a tree and discovered the Primary School and Library were both also celebrating a 50th anniversary. With all the crossover links between Vernon’s poetry, children, learning, books and literacy, the idea morphed into a joint celebration.

 

We approached the Primary school to find out what they thought about a tree to celebrate their special anniversary, also recognizing the Library and Vernon Watkins, and were delighted by the response.

Charlotte and Helen both wanted to help the school give the children a better understanding of Vernon Watkins and so organized sessions at the school; including poetry walks and sessions writing poetry taking inspiration from nature and the Pennard area.

 The children have also worked with a local artist to produce a “Poetry-Tree” to showcase their work. This will form part of a display to be showcased around Swansea as a finale to the Vernon Watkins Project.

The tree will be accompanied by a memorial stone and information board in the coming months. These will be a fitting memorial to Pennard’s most famous poet which we hope will eventually form part of a Vernon Watkins Trail within the ward, encouraging residents to learn more about Vernon and encouraging visitors from further afield who want to find out more. 

The stone and board will be funded by donations from a collaboration of different organizations including The Gower Landscape Partnership, The Gower Society, Pennard Community Council, VocalEyes and fundraising from the local community. This is an example of genuine community collaboration, individuals and organizations working together to achieve a priority idea that had come from the residents within the community.

This story has been shared by the South Wales Evening Post and is available on the Welsh Government website: http://gov.wales/topics/environmentcountryside/farmingandcountryside/cap/wales-rural-network/news/59...

Looking forward to helping Pennard residents achieve many more of their priorities in the coming months!

 

posted on 24 Jan 2018

Great news for Swansea Bay, the crowdfunding bid #bikes4swansea for the Santander Cycles University Challenge was successful, with Swansea raising the highest amount of promised funds for the scheme! 


That means lots of new bikes will be appearing soon, starting with docking stations along the bay linking the two university campuses with the city centre. The amount raised was way above the goal, £100,210 (£53,178 target) which is brilliant news because...

"To win the competition we need[ed] to raise more than our target. 50% of any funds raised over and above the target will be used to make further capital investments – more bikes and docking stations – which could include more locations. The other 50% will pay for the additional running costs that will come as a result of the extra investment."


Source: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bikes4swansea

This is brilliant news for Swansea, well done Abertawe! We're looking forward to seeing more people out and about on the bikes, experiencing the joys and freedom of cycling!


Santander Cycles Swansea University

posted on 13 Jan 2018