College Notices: w/c 10th February 2014

by Kim Small.  

For All students

Wednesday 12th February

  • The Student Hub and the LRC will be closed between 12.50pm – 1.45pm on Wednesday 12th February

Reflection Period

  • The March Review period is about to start and ‘Student Reflections’ will be open on INSIGHT from Mon 17th – 28th February.
  • You will be doing some work in lessons helping you to reflect on how you are doing and what else you might need to do – please use this to think about your progress and answer the questions as thoroughly as you can.

Also during half term....

  • Use the Action Plan on your Insight
  • Here you can note your Long Term Aim
  • Then enter some short and medium term actions to get started
  • e.g. Research using HEAP, book Careers Appointment, talk to English teacher about degree courses, look at moodle careers resources, complete KUDOS….

Army Careers Service

  • Representatives from the Army Careers Service will be in College on:
  • Thursday 27th February
  • From 10am-2pm in the Refectory
  • No need to book an appointment – just turn up between the above times to discuss opportunities available for a career in the Army

The Alternative – Issue 2

  • Issue 2 of The Alternative, Alton College's student-run magazine, is out this week. Keep an eye out for posters and copies of the magazine around the college, or go to for more!
  • CALLING ALL WRITERS: interested in being the The Alternative's Editor next year or working on the editorial team? There will be a meeting after half term with more information - date to be specified soon. Email with any questions or if you'd like to be added to our mailing group for meeting updates!

AOC Student Design Competition

  • Alton College Alumnus Russell Howard won an AOC Gold award last year. Charlie Essex, our SU president collected it on his behalf and presented it to him backstage at one of his recent gigs. Now the AOC are looking for students to design a new trophy for the award. Full details of the competition can be found on the AOC website
  • The prize is a trip to the House of Lords for the winner + 3 guests to see your trophy awarded to this year’s AOC Gold Award winners and £100.
  • The deadline is 13th March and all the details are below.
  • Entries need to be made through the College, not individually-if you would like to enter please let your tutor know, or e.mail Frances in Fundraising & Alumni on

Creative Spring School at the University of Winchester

  • Thursday 10th – Sat 12th April
  • The Spring School is open to young people aged 14-19 years old who are from a Care Background
  • The residential is packed full of activities, Film Night, routes into university, types of courses and support offered whilst studying
  • If you are interested in attending the above please contact Andrew Mullis or Kate Woods in Careers in the Student Hub

Be Safe for your Valentine!

  • Chlamydia information & screening
  • Ref, 14th Feb, 12-2pm
  • NHS Health promotion – Confidential & knowledgeable

Anstey Junior School – Student Volunteers

  • Learn great life skills that would look good on any personal statement or CV.
  • Anstey Junior School would love it if some of the Alton College students could help them by volunteering to listen to the children read and talk about the stories. They need help after 1pm most days. The school is close to college and this opportunity could fit well into your free periods.
  • If you love reading and would like to pass on this passion please contact : Helen Freeston, Volunteer Service Manager – or pop in to the Student Hub, Tuesday’s 10.30am – 2pm.

Student Volunteers are needed to help on reception.....

  • At the Basingstoke & Alton Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre in Alton. Students are needed to help on a Saturday 8.30am to 11.30am or Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday 5.30 to 8pm. This is a great opportunity as you can do your studying during the quiet times.
  • Contact: Helen Freeston, Volunteer Service Manager –
  • or pop in to the Student Hub, Tuesday’s 10.30am – 2pm.

Lions Club Awards

  • It’s never to late to submit your Lions Club Awards forms, however we’d love to get as many sent off so we can have a College presentation before Easter.
  • If you’ve done 50 hours or 100 hours of volunteering - it could be in college as a Mentor or Ambassador, or at Brownies, Guides or Scouts, youth club, sports club or many other places - please get your forms in as soon as possible.
  • Forms can be picked up in the Student Hub or found on Moodle under Student Resources.
  • Alternatively contact Helen Freeston, Volunteer Service Manager –
  • or pop in to the Student Hub, Tuesday’s 10.30am – 2pm.

Half Term Holiday

  • Lessons finish at 4.30pm on Friday 14th February for the Half Term break
  • Lessons start again at 8.50am on Monday 24th February

For First Years

‘After Alton’ Presentations

  • Compulsory presentations providing information to students on options available after studying at Alton in the Martin Read Hall on:
  • ‘N’ Directorate – 13Feb @ 12.45pm
  • BTEC Students – 13Feb @ 1.15pm
  • All students must attend with their tutors
  • If you missed the presentations for ‘A’ and ‘F’ Directorates held last Thursday please attend one of the above talks on the 13th Feb

Extended Project Deadline

  • Reminder:
  • The deadline for handing in EPQ application forms is Thursday 13th Feb at 4.30pm in the Student Hub

Student Sports Council

  • Want to be part of the Students Sports Council?
  • Collect an Application form from the Gym or Sports Office
  • Closing date – Friday 28th February
  • Aims/Objectives of the council
    • Develop sports opportunities for Alton College students
    • Increase opportunities for participation in recreational and competitive sport
    • Create a positive image of sport and help develop an ethos of sport and health within the student body
    • Develop all aspects of the council members’ skills in relationship to sport development i.e. leadership, coaching, marketing, event organisation, officiating
  • Role of a Council member:
    • Assist college staff in the delivery of sports clubs in the college
    • Initiate, develop and run sports clubs and competitions within the college
    • Market and promote these opportunities to the student body
    • Promote college sport at Open Evenings, Welcome Events, Taster Days & Health Awareness weeks

Surrey UCAS Convention

  • Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th March
  • 200 places available on each day - if you wish to travel with a friend please make sure you book on the same coach/day as you will not be able to change - places go quickly!
  • Over 100 uni's present to give info, advice and guidance on your future plans.
  • This is a really excellent opportunity to kick start your uni research.
  • Book your place via the online store - £4.50 – please pay by card online and not with cash/cheque at the Hub as a questionnaire needs to be completed by parents via the online booking.

HE Information Evening for Parents

Oxford and Cambridge 2015 Entry

3 day Uni Taster at the University of Bath

  • 3-day Uni Taster, 14 -16 July 2014
  • Find out what it's like to study at a top university, meet current uni students and staff, and get inside information and advice about progression to uni.
  • Who is the Uni Taster for?
  • The Uni Taster is for Year 12 students who meet the following criteria:
    • have achieved A and B grades at GCSE including Maths and English
    • are likely to achieve A and B grades at AS level (or equivalent)
    • are likely to progress to a top university
  • The residential course fee is £150 - inclusive of accomm & meals
  • Please contact Stephanie Gan, Higher Education IAG Manager to request application packs or to gain more information: or 01225 383554

Student Union Elections

  • Student Union 2014 Executive Elections - vote Friday online from 6am-6pm
    Come & hear candidates speak Fri 14th Feb at 12.45 in Martin Read Hall
  • Standing for President:
    • Larz White
    • Abi Riem
    • Jack Clark
    • Megan Woodhouse
    • Tobias Millard
    • George Carlton
    • Jonty Bayliss
    • Harry Jessop
  • Standing for Treasurer:
    • Mimi Pomerance
    • Paul Tyrell
    • Izzy Harwoo
    • Mc Undag
  • Standing for NUS Officer:
    • Ruby Luckham (Gould)
    • Louis Van Der Lande
    • David Marshall
  • Standing for Secretary:
    • Laura Stevens
    • Zoe Brooks
    • Pearl Knight
  • Standing for Press/Marketing Officer:
    • Lucy Sheriff
    • Georgie Coule
  • Standing for Environmental Officer:
    • Rebecca Potter
    • Amy Giraudet
  • Standing for Charities Officer:
    • Sofia Pritchard
    • Annie Adam
    • Olivia Jennings
    • Flo Clarke
    • Abbie Hines
    • Kitty Chevallier
  • Standing for Equality & Diversity Officer:
    • Guerson Penha De Oliveira Neto
    • Michael Stanley
    • Murrough O'Brien

For Second Years

Student Finance for University

  • For students who have completed university applications......
  • Applications for Student Finance are now open on the website
  • Please pick up copies of the Student Finance leaflets from your tutor on Tuesday
  • You don’t need to wait until you’ve accepted a place to apply for student finance
  • During March we will be holding Student Finance workshops for students who would like help with their applications – further details to follow