Truro and Penwith College News May 2015

The successful Truro College Netball team.

The successful Truro College Netball team.

College Netball Team Enjoys Another Year Of Outstanding Success

After an incredible season as South West Superleague Winners, County Under-19 Champions, AOC National College Finals Bronze medallists, Under-19 Schools Championships SW bronze medal winners, South West College Tournament winners, and with two girls in the AOC National Colleges squad, the Truro College Academy Netball Squad are still not yet done.

They recently lost 56-41 to the Wales Under-21 squad—an amazing performance against an older, national team—and they are soon to begin playing in the national play-offs against the winners of the other three superleagues.

Team captain Hayley Bunt said of the team’s success: “It’s amazing, we’ve grown and come so far. We’ve always tried to be the best and have all worked so hard. It’s been a privilege for us to go through the pressure of expectation, playing and developing with a great group of girls, and there have been so many highs.”

Maddie Heywood, who plays Wing Defence, added: “The highlight overall has definitely been the bronze at the National Championships. We beat Exeter, who were rated as the best team at the start, and then we also beat Hartpury, who are one of our big rivals, to get the bronze.”

Carla Aldington, who plays Centre or Wing Attack and Louise Kitto, who plays Goal Attack, are also in the AOC National Colleges squad, recently playing for them against Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Louise, who is doing an Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence at the College, endorsed the Truro College Netball Academy, saying: “It’s been a really good experience, and the best thing I’ve ever done.”



L-R: Georgie Harding, Mark Wardle – Director of Curriculum, George Summers and Hannah James.

Competition Embraced Equality, Diversity And Inclusion

The theme for this year’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion event was “sexual identity.” Students produced work around this theme, as part of their course or specifically for the competition, which was exhibited at Truro College’s EDI Fair.

The Fair was well supported not only by students of the College but also by many external agencies including the Intercom Trust, Yay! Cornwall, Cornwall Foundation NHS Trust, Cornwall Faith Forum & Dor Kemmyn Project, Devon & Cornwall Police and ABC (Anti-Bullying in Cornwall). Hospitality and Professional Cookery students at the College provided a selection of ‘around the world’ themed canapés for the event.

Competitions entries were submitted for three categories: written, visual and performance art. The competition generated a large number of high quality entries from students studying on a wide range of courses at both Truro College and Penwith College. The entries demonstrated both a depth of understanding and the extent to which College courses successfully address issues around equality, diversity and inclusion.

Georgie Harding won the Visual Art prize for her painting of a man wearing make-up, demonstrating the blurring of gender boundaries. “It shows you can do whatever you want,” Georgie said of the artwork. “Express yourself and break through boundaries. Winning is great and makes me appreciate the time and work I put into it.”

The Poetry prize was won by Hannah James and George Summers won the Film prize. The winners were presented with their £100 prize by the Director of Curriculum, Mark Wardle.


Students and staff facing blustery conditions on Dartmoor during Ten Tors.

Students and staff facing blustery conditions on Dartmoor during Ten Tors.

Ten Tors Triumph

Foundation Studies students from Truro College conquered the Ten Tors Jubilee Challenge, despite facing wet and windy conditions and an early wake-up call!

16 students participated in the Jubilee Challenge, a trekking expedition designed specifically for young people with special physical and educational needs. The students each took part in one of the four routes, with varying distances up to 15 miles!

The experience began with students and staff camping overnight, before getting up at 5am to prepare themselves for setting off at 7.30am. Initially the weather was against them with wind and rain, before brightening up as they settled into their trek. The team had been preparing for the challenge since January by taking part in weekly practice walks, and the training paid off as every student completed their challenge!

Tina Saunders, the mother of Sarah, one of the participants, said: “What Sarah’s done on the Ten Tors has been amazing. All the support she’s had to give her the opportunity to take part has been fantastic. As her parents, we were overwhelmed with the scale of her achievement and she felt really proud of herself as well. Sarah surprises us at every turn; she’s an inspiration really!”

Theresa Edwards, Programme Team Leader for Foundation Studies, said: “The Jubilee Challenge offers a unique experience for our students, not only the walk itself, but the opportunity for team work, camping overnight and being away from family and home. It never ceases to amaze me how the students rise to the challenge, exceeding all expectations. I am incredibly proud of them. It is however, only possible through the dedication and commitment of our staff.”


The Curatek team receiving their award.

The Curatek team receiving their award.

Company Of The Year For Curatek

An enterprising team of ten students from Truro College are going from strength to strength after being crowned ‘Company of the Year’ at the Cornwall Young Enterprise Innovation Awards and winning the ‘Young Enterprise Innovation Award’ at the Cornwall Business Awards.

Truro College’s team, ‘Curatek,’ have designed an innovative product called a ‘CuraClip’ which, when placed on the end of an iPhone lightning charger, prevents the charger from breaking. A local manufacturer is working with the team to produce this. They have a big social media presence through Facebook, Twitter, as well as having their own website and selling through eBay.

Curatek is made up of ten team members, each of whom has a specialist role. They are led by their Managing Director – Sam Coia, and the rest of the team is made up of Danni Lewsey, Rosie Pike, Josh Yelland, Lee Ford, Abi Harris, Flora Snell, Ross Schooley-Frame, George Phipps, Lia Bettridge.

At the Cornwall Young Enterprise Innovation Awards, Curatek competed against 15 other teams by presenting their company report to an audience of 150 people, as well as being judged on their trade stand and individual interviews with the team members. They were then awarded prizes for Best Company Report and Best Trade Stand, before receiving the coveted accolade as the overall winner.

Curatek will now progress on to the Regional Finals in June representing Cornwall Young Enterprise, competing against the other winners from the South West in June.

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