Truro And Penwith College News March 2015

Cheryl Maddern (left), winner of the Best Total Look and Hair Level 3 Avant Garde, with Cheryl Mewton of Truro and Penwith College, and model Ruby Hawkes.

Cheryl Maddern (left), winner of the Best Total Look and Hair Level 3 Avant Garde, with Cheryl Mewton of Truro and Penwith College, and model Ruby Hawkes.

Numbers Were Up At The Cornish Skills Challenge 2015 Competition

Everyone was competing to be number one at the Cornish Skills Hair, Beauty and Complementary Therapies competition, as this year’s theme was ‘numbers.’

Hosted by Truro and Penwith College, the event saw competitors from colleges and salons compete to win a medal and the chance to go on to regional, national and international competitions.

Winners were announced by BBC Radio Cornwall’s Daphne Skinnard and presented by Cheryl Mewton, Director of Studies at Truro and Penwith College. Judges included Steven Smart, the seven-time British Hairdressing Champion and 2008 World Champion.

The Best Total Look was won by Cheryl Maddern of Penwith College, who also won gold in the Level Three Hairdressing for her scary ‘666’ concept, which was modelled by her daughter Ruby Hawkes.

 ‘Cloud 9’ - the work of Coral Parsons, silver medallist in the Level 3 Media Make-up category, modelled by Giorgia Cook.

‘Cloud 9’ – the work of Coral Parsons, silver medallist in the Level 3 Media Make-up category, modelled by Giorgia Cook.

Of the Best Total Look winner, Cheryl Mewton said: “Particular mention must be made to Cheryl’s work, which the judges have said was very striking, and, of course, quite frightening.” Judge Steve Smart added: “As soon as you walked into the room, it captured your attention and never lost it, and that’s what a top winner has to do.”

The competition was held in the Truro College Inspiration Salons, then in the evening a catwalk show and presentation ceremony was the chance for competitors, friends and family to enjoy the work, celebrate with the winners, and sample food and drinks prepared by cookery students from Truro College.

Other winners included:

Hair Level 1 Film Star Glamour, 1st: Charlotte Trenoweth, 2nd: Talia Mason, 3rd: Jordan Brooks. Level 2 Barbers – Streetwise Man, 1st: Russell Welsh, 2nd: Chris Bown, 3rd: Sarah Bicknell. Hair Level 2 The History of Film, 1st: Leah Kafetzis, 2nd: Natasha Dixon, 3rd: Sophie Exelby. Hair Level 3 or Stylist – Avant Garde Celebration of Numbers, 1st: Cheryl Maddern, 2nd: Jenny Lovering, 3rd: Joanne McGee.

Level 1 Mini Manicure with Nail Art – Nail It, 1st: Paige Robins, 2nd: Mia Pheasey, 3rd: Alissha Whyles. Level 2/3 Nail Art Celebration of Numbers, 1st: Abbey Post, 2nd: Ellie Lark. Level 3 Nail Services “Pink Tip and Overlay” Intermediate, 1st: Amy Stephens, 2nd: Kate Johnson, 3rd: Amie Bowering. Level 3 Nail Services “Pink and White Sculpting” Advanced, 1st: Aster Cordell, 2nd: Abbie James, 3rd: Gemma Hurley. Level 3 Nail Services – 3D Design Celebration of Numbers, 1st: Laura Hutchinson, 2nd: Anna Carr.

Level 2 Beauty Therapy The History of Film, 1st: Laura Sweeney, 2nd: Hazel Dixon, 3rd: Abbie Toms. Level 3 Make Up Celebration of Numbers, 1st: Lauren McFarland, 2nd: Coral Parsons, 3rd:   Aimee Tolhurst. Level 3 Beauty Therapy General – “Body Matters”, 1st: Shannon Morris, 2nd: Erin Ford, 3rd: Samantha Taylor.

In the catering competition among the Level 1 Professional Cookery Students, Dane Clarke and Toby Cooper shared first place, and Adam Ingleby Oddy won second place.

Hayley McKinstry, Programme Team Leader for Hair, Beauty, Complementary Therapies and Catering at Truro and Penwith College, said: “The theme this year is numbers—something that we often don’t think about, but which are all around us. It may not be immediately obvious what the connection of some of the work is to numbers, but every competitor has done a mood board to show and explain their ideas, and some amazing creative thinking has gone on behind the work, and the results have been excellent.”

Hayley thanked her team, all the judges, the comperes and all the competitors and added: “We have had more competitors this year than ever before, and that is testament to the very high standard of the competition and the success this event has been over the years, so thank you to everyone involved.”


Wild NightA Wild Night Running For Team Truro College

A team of over 30 students and staff from Truro College took on the Wild Night 5 Miles Fell Run over Dartmoor, as part of the Health, Wellbeing and Sport enrichment programme. Team Truro College joined over 200 other hardy competitors, who took on the mud and snow in freezing temperatures, starting at South Brent and climbing out of the village onto Dartmoor.

The winter challenge formed part of the Truro College Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme, with students and staff signing up for the event, and then being able to train for the race by participating in activity sessions delivered within the enrichment programme. The free weekly programme of activities are open to all students and staff at the College, and include circuit training, boxercise, cardio cycling, swimming and gym sessions.

Further Education students from Truro College participated alongside Higher Education students and staff from various departments from across the whole campus. For some the event was about helping to get fit and burning a few calories, for others it was about taking on a new challenge in a new environment.

Amazingly, the first three across the line were all from Team Truro College with Julian Wills, Steve Fenney and Ed O’Connell taking the honours, with Truro College student Amelya Lindsay finishing third female in the race also.

Ed O’Connell, 2nd year Diploma in Engineering student, said: “This was the first time I have ever participated in a proper running race. It was amazing, I had such good fun. I only decided to undertake the event a few days before after participating in some of the Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme activities. I can’t wait for the next Truro College Challenge.”

Julian Wills, College Sports Maker, said: “It was a fantastic event. The snow was falling, the mud was knee deep in places and crossing the river was freezing cold. All the students and staff had a great experience and represented the College extremely well. We will look to target another event in the near future, using the Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme to help people prepare.”


Jane PettittAlumni Focus: Jane Pettitt

At Truro College, I studied A Levels in Archaeology, Classical Civilisation and Medieval History during the day and Anthropology as a 1 year evening course in the first year, alongside singing lessons and swimming membership. Thanks to the continuous support I received from staff especially all of my lecturers; I gained valuable experiences within these disciplines such as fieldwork in archaeology where I was able to carry out my own fieldwalking project at Watering Lane Nursery, Eden Project, as well as my own ethnographic project which I later supplemented with research from Uganda through one of the college’s Uganda trips.

I was also given the chance to participate in the Corpus Christi Essay Competition where I was very pleased to achieve a High Commendation for my Classical Civilisation essay from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University. This support enabled me to focus my passion for humanities on the study of humanity involving topics such as religion, politics, law, economics, personhood, evolution, human genetics and disease and I haven’t looked back since.

I am currently studying at University College London (UCL) for a BSc degree in Anthropology as well as doing volunteer work at the UCL Ethnographic Collection. So far in my first year, I am building on the skills that I learnt during my A Level Anthropology and Archaeology at Truro College, placing me in a privileged minority situation as few of my peers have studied these topics previously. I am thoroughly enjoying the course and benefits associated with it, such as having some of my lectures in the Natural History and British Museums and the unique opportunity to be an Assistant Curator at the UCL Ethnographic Collections, where I have access to the multitude of objects that have been amassed at UCL over the decades.

My most recent project with fellow Assistant Curator Alicka Machurich ( has been on the documentation of Interwar/WW2 Lantern slides. This fits within the context of the 100 years commemoration of World War One last year which has made these objects particularly poignant. Through joint efforts and research, Alicka and I were able to associate the slides as a collection connected to the British Red Cross Society. I have also recently been asked to write an article for the UCL departmental journal on this topic.

Going to university at UCL to study Anthropology has been one of the best choices I have made so far and hopefully this feeling will go on to continue throughout my degree. I plan to further my studies as a post graduate, although I am still undecided on the specific path I will take. Currently I hope to either further my knowledge on land law and usage, politics or medical anthropology.


Elliot BrayPrestigious Paris Restaurant Placement For Elliot Bray

Truro College student, Elliot Bray, has successfully gained a highly sought after work placement at an esteemed Paris restaurant, under the instruction of talented English chef Ollie Clarke.

Eighteen year old Elliot, from Wadebridge, is studying the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Professional Cookery and has received a place on the Leonardo Project for an all expenses paid trip to work at Fish la Boissonnerie in Paris for two weeks in March. Fish la Boissonnerie is a highly cosmopolitan partnership owned by New Zealander Drew Harré and American Juan Sanchez, set in a quintessentially Parisian location. The head chef, Ollie Clarke, is a gifted 23 year old who has trained under Rick Stein at the Seafood Restaurant in Padstow.

Elliot’s chance to embrace this unique opportunity to explore French cuisine and gain valuable experience came about following his application and subsequent interview for the Leonardo Project. With strong competition from a high number of applicants and only a few placements available, Elliot was offered the choice to work at Le Gavroche or Fish la Boissonnerie, two of the more prestigious locations, based on the strength of his interview, his technical abilities and a reference from the College.

Elliot opted for the placement at Fish la Boissonnerie to have the opportunity to work with Ollie Clarke and experience a completely different style of cooking to what he has previously been exposed to. Elliot commented: “I didn’t choose the placement just because it was in Paris. I’m there to work and I’m there to learn! I’ll get the chance to gain advanced skills in a different style of cooking as well as being able to get one to one tuition with Ollie Clarke himself.” Elliot recognises that the usual premise of Michelin starred restaurants is to only use the prime part of an ingredient, so he aspires to make a name for himself in the world of fine dining by applying the skills he has learnt at College regarding budgeting and making the most of produce available “to encourage style with no waste.”

Elliot’s tutor, Catering lecturer Claire Frearson, said: “I am really proud of Elliot for gaining entry to the Leonardo Project and think it’s a wonderful opportunity that I know he will jump head first into to gain as much experience as possible.  He has shown real skill and determination this year to be as good as he possibly can always striving to go that one step further and this has gone on to him really showcasing his ability to adapt to any given situation. He shows a real flair in his passion for kitchen larder and his technical skill is excellent.  I think Elliot would really benefit from this experience as he is very keen to explore the world of food and has a passion for French cuisine.”


UCASUniversity Applications Records Broken At Truro And Penwith College

Record numbers of Truro and Penwith College student applications to the University and College Admission Service (UCAS) have been recorded this year. The monthly UCAS Progress Report captures total numbers of students applying, and the latest figure of 1,535 UCAS applications marks a new high water mark. This compares to 1,431 at the same point in 2014. Last year, various concerns were expressed about low levels of aspiration and achievement among Cornish students. This was based on some disappointing data for Cornwall’s overall applications for degrees, particularly to the most competitive universities. However, continued growth in higher education applications from learners at Truro and Penwith College, which now attracts some 40 % of the post-16 cohort in Cornwall, looks set to push the overall data for the county further in the right direction.

The College celebrates consistently high numbers of students gaining places at Oxbridge and The Russell Group universities and for Medical Sciences each year. Patterns of application within the record UCAS total suggest numbers in those categories will rise further too. While the College’s students are travelling far afield (with places secured at Aberdeen, Dundee, Birmingham, London, Durham, York and Manchester last year) a high percentage of students remained in the South West or South Wales, studying at institutions such as Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Falmouth, Gloucester, and The University of the West of England.

Very large numbers choose Plymouth University, and many of these do so through internal progression into growing local Full Honours and Foundation Degree provision at Truro and Penwith College itself. Tuition fees there are lower, and quality is highly rated in the National Student Survey. A report last month in The Independent on Sunday focused on the attractiveness and success of the College’s degree offer.

Mark Wardle, Director of Curriculum at Truro and Penwith College found much to celebrate in the record degree applications: “The growth in university applications does partly reflect the growing numbers of 16-19 year olds choosing to come here. However, it is clearly also the case that a growing proportion of those students, whether on A levels, the International Baccalaureate or Diplomas, apply to and get places at university, including the most selective degrees. The local growth in our own higher education is an equal cause for celebration for us and for Cornwall. We always aim to empower our students, through achieving excellent results, to study what and where they want, but the fact that so many do now choose to stay in Cornwall as undergraduates enhances the county’s socio-economic prospects.”