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'Little Chum' book helps explain coronavirus crisis to children at college nursery

20 Jul 2020

'Little Chum' book helps explain coronavirus crisis to children at college nursery

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13 Jul 2020

College to honour 'Local Food Hero' at annual awards

A passion for produce, a taste for the very best in fine food and a deep-rooted desire for delicious drinks...

uon info event imageWe know that despite the uncertainty that surrounds everyday life at the moment, students should still be thinking about their futures, and that as parents/carers, you will have as many questions as the students themselves.

We will be hosting a live Parents Information Evening on Webex, in collaboration with The University of Northampton, on Wednesday, 8 July 2020, from 6.30pm – 7.30pm.

As part of the evening, we will deliver a talk that introduces higher education, including:

  • An overview of the application process
  • Student Finance
  • Key considerations when chosing a university and course.

There will then be an opportunity to ask any questions that you or the students themselves may have.

How to join

  1.  Click on this link to access the session on Webex:
    https://uon.webex.com/uon/j.php?MTID=m4e772a563fc58fd9295cc01fb5d1b395
  2. Ensure that your microphone and camera are turned off, to reduce any background noise and prevent delay.
  3. Watch the short demonstration when the session begins, which will explain how to use the chat function to ask any questions you may have.

Additional information

Given the unprecedented nature of the current situation, please consider the following information.

  • This event is hosted by the Schools Liaison Team at The University of Northampton. Therefore, there will not be anyone present in the session to speak on the behalf of other Higher Education institutions.
  • We will endeavour to asnwer as many questions as we can - however, there may be some things that we simply cannot give a definite asnwer on at this time, as they are dependent on factors out of our control. We understand how frustrating this is, and will try to signpost you to relevant sources of information where we can.
  • This session is specifically for year one college students and their parents/carers. If you are also a parent of a student in another year group we will be happy to answer questions to also support them, but the talk itself will be relevant for students in year one of their college studies and their parents/carers.

For more information on the College's COVID-19 response, please click here.

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If you are handy with a can of WD-40 then you could be in with a chance to win a £25 Amazon voucher. All you need to do to take part in the competition is create a short video of yourself completing a task or home DIY project with the use of some WD-40.

We are looking for entries that complete their chosen task to the highest possible standard and/or in the most creative way. The first prize is a £25 Amazon voucher and a lucky runner-up will recieve a £15 Amazon voucher.

Here are some examples of everyday uses for WD-40:

  • Loosens heavily corroded fittings such as faucets, valves and nuts
  • Effectively greases door and window mechanisms and provides
    lasting lubrication on concrete mixer gears and shafts.
  • Removes grease, oil and dirt from work tables, mechanical parts and construction machinery

To enter this competition, please email your video to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Competition Closes on 31 July 2020. Click here for T&C's.

be kind competitionWe've been really impressed with the ideas and creative solutions students and staff have found to help others in need and keep spirits high during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Let us know a good deed you have accomplished during lockdown, big or small, and you will be in with a chance of winning a £30 Amazon Voucher.

All you have to do is comment on a 'be kind' competition post on our official Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page and let us know about your good deed to be in with a chance to win.

Competition closes at 5pm on Wednesday, 6 May 2020.

Terms and conditions apply.

bees for websiteAs part of our Go Green initiative students at Daventry Campus have been raising money for The Daventry Bee Project.

This wildlife conservation project has been set up to teach young people about the important role of bees in the eco-system, including pollination, honey and beeswax production.

Students from across the curriculum had a huge hand in the initial development of the project. This included:

  • Assisting with a visit from the Mayor of Daventry, together with the Leader of the Town Council, who were given a tour of the conservation area and hive set-up
  • Art students designed and sold range of bee inspired gift card cards to raise money
  • Carpentry students used skills learned in class to create wooden strands for the hives to sit upon
  • Stepping Up students began making a small wildlife pond, to attract wildlife and create a home for different species.

Due to the ongoing circumstances related to the Coronavirus outbreak, students are currently unable to assist with the project, as anticipated.

Our hope is that, as soon as the situation allows, students on our Stepping Up programme can begin to work towards starting their own aviary as planned.

They will wear made-to-measure beekeeping suits to ensure they can safely handle the insects, and staff will be assisted with the practical aspects of the project by Estates co-ordinator Chris Thompson, a keen beekeeper in his spare time.

The first colony of bees have now arrived at Daventry Campus, and to ensure the project is still up and running during these unprecedented times, we have two members of staff still working hard to look after them.

Once the numbers have built up and the forager bees are well oriented to their new home, they will be moved into a standard size hive.

How can I get involved?

Our project leaders are continuing to grow seeds and plants for pollinators at Daventry Campus. We anticipate that these will survive for staff, students and the local community to visit as soon as it is safe to do so. These will also be available to buy.

If you are able, why not support our ‘Plant a metre for pollinators’ campaign, by marking out a metre in your garden and planting up to nine plants for bees?

Videos

The videos in the below playlist document the progress of The Daventry Bee Project in chronological order.

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Josie Milicevic, Level 3 Catering

Josie Milicevic, Level 3 Catering

"Having a career in food was always something that I wanted to do. My Level 3 Catering Course at Northampton College was amazing, it was an awesome experience. I enjoyed...

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