Around half of people in England don’t know what our kidney’s do, where they are in our bodies, why we need them, how to keep them healthy and what happens when they go wrong.

March, 9th marked World Kidney Day, a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys. Stanmore joined with World Kidney Day to help spread awareness of kidney health and raise money. Abdul Khares, Lecturer for STEM, ran a series of events and activities that raised a total of £335; the proceeds of which went to the West London Kidney Patients Association (WLKPA). To kickstart the day, tutors showed students a PowerPoint presentation, giving them an opportunity to learn about the function of kidneys as well as an in-depth understanding of how to keep them healthy. At midday, students held an information event in the Oak Foyer, which gave staff and students a chance to enquire further about kidney issues, and provided them with various leaflets and booklets ranging from organ donation to being kidney aware, diet and obesity. In the afternoon, a hugely successful charity cake sale filled up the STEM staff room, helping to raise money for West London Patients Association (WLKPA). Abdul Khares, Lecturer for STEM, Commented,''Kidney disease is prevalent amongst the ethnic monority groups in the West London area, and it is important to raise awareness of the disease to students, so that they are aware of it, and can help themselves and others. Thanks to all staff and students for their help and support on the day!''

  

More about World Kidney Day

World Kidney Day aims to reduce the occurrence of kidney disease and other health problems associated with kidney function. Some of the objectives of World Kidney Day are to create awareness about kidney problems, which are related to common health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. World Kidney Day is also observed to encourage and motivate people to understand the importance of early detection of kidney problems to reduce future complications, deaths and disability.

To celebrate International Women’s Day; a day when Women are recognized for their achievements, Rena Rani, Head of School, delivered a presentation to students to raise awareness and engage them on issues that women face, from gender inequality to sexual violence.

Whilst the talk helped to raiseawareness of the national day, students were shown a video on how Vodafone aims to address gender inequality with their female employees. For instance, Vodafone aims to have 30% of their female employees in senior leadership roles and offers an excellent maternity package, one that aims to provide the best support possible for women in times of need. Students had the opportunity to debate on areas they felt needed improvement and reflected on changes they can make to help create a society that’s more equal for women. The talk concluded with students reflecting on their experiences, followed by lunch, kindly brought in by teachers. At a time when there are record levels of women in work, and with everlasting success stories, students are encouraged to work hard, dream big and follow their aspirations.

Last week, Willow 28 was transformed from an ordinary classroom into an active crime scene. With evidence strewn all over, it was the task of the year 1 BTEC Level 3 Forensic Science students to analyse the evidence and solve the case.

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The evidence was separated by various classifications e.g. physical, chemical or biological; for example, the white powder was filed under chemical evidence and blood spatter would be filed under biological.

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The students were also given profiles of suspects and witnesses, including their fingerprints, shoe size and blood type. It was then their task to analyse the evidence, justify their findings and prove what had happened along with a summary of their findings. 

The task was led by Biology and Forensic Science lecturer, Chini Shukla, who helped students categorise and analyse the evidence.

Worried about your GCSEs creeping up? 

GCSEs are creeping up and, with that, the worry about what if you haven’t done enough revision or can’t remember the right answers when you’re sitting in the exam. 

You're not alone, every year countless GCSE students worry about their exams and, while a small amount of stress can motivate you to revise, you need to look after yourself and deal with stress to ensure it doesn’t negatively affect your performance. 

Too much stress causes headaches, lack of sleep, loss of appetite and an increased heart rate. Sleep helps you to remember what you’ve revised so making sure you get 8 hours sleep each night is more important now than ever. Eating healthy food and avoiding stimulants like coffee or coca cola will help replenish your body and mind and taking some exercise will help you concentrate after it. 

However, it’s not all ‘don’t do this, don’t do that’ - did you know dark chocolate releases endorphins and fights off the stress hormone cortisol? 

Listening to music can help you start each day’s revision – classical music is said to improve brain power or, if you prefer, practicing meditation by giving your mind some space and closing your eyes for a short while before you start can help you focus better when you are studying. 

Your revision plan is most likely already underway. Just to mention, there are lots of mobile apps you can download for free to help you structure it if it’s not going well; just search for free mobile revision aps or, if you prefer, use a hard copy revision timetable, simply ticking off what you’ve done each day feels good! 

If the amount of revision you have to do is too much, try prioritising and write quick summaries at the end of each topic to see if you can remember the key points on no more than one page of A4 paper. These quick summaries could be a big help and trigger recollection the night before the exam.

It's important to understand how to deal with stress so that the pressure doesn’t become too much and feeling tired and weak isn’t good for brain function or staying positive.

Try to ensure you are doing all or some of the above to keep worries at bay – if you can’t help worrying about what you’ll do if you don’t get the results you want, spend one of your much needed breaks considering alternatives. There’s more than one route to most careers. In fact, you could also apply to college even if you have already applied elsewhere and keep your options open. Did you know data released by the DfE indicated that Stanmore College is the best performing Level 3 vocational college in North/West London? You could apply to Stanmore College online via stanmore.ac.uk or check out our study programmes at http://www.stanmore.ac.uk/vocational-study-guides.

If some of your friends are feeling the stress, why not forward this to them so they can have a look at the range of study programmes available.

We wish you well with your studies and for the future and, should you require any careers advice, do not hesitate to get in touch.   

 

“Maths is both the door and key to success” 

At Stanmore College, we’re focused on adding maths into all our subjects which can improve your career prospects and make employers and/or universities want you.

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Whether you’re learning how to build websites, carrying out experiments in a lab, calculating a business profit or loss, measuring medicinal dosages, or building engineering blueprints – you need a strong grounding in maths to do this and at Stanmore College, you have the opportunity to learn vital numerical skills.

As many of the UK’s top universities require good maths grades, our courses help put you at the front of the queue for clearing

We believe achieving Success in Maths can help you achieve your potential! 

Why is maths important?

Poor numeracy is a huge problem in its own right. People who struggle to use numbers may feel embarrassed by their difficulties, and this can affect their confidence and self-esteem. They may be reluctant to apply for a more demanding job with a higher salary. Adults with poor numeracy skills are twice as likely to be unemployed than those who enjoy some competency in numeracy.  

Adults with at least basic numeracy skills can expect to earn a quarter more than those who lack the necessary skills to solve basic mathematical problems. 

Furthermore they are less likely to be able to find or negotiate the best deals on financial products and therefore more likely to pay higher levels of interest on higher levels of debt so live a lower quality lifestyle. It is well documented that debt problems can lead to stress and/or depression.

At Stanmore College we believe that everybody has the ability to master basic numeracy and we will help our students to do just that to make them more employable and successful. 

Numbers are everywhere and in everything

Knowing how to use numbers in a job helps you get better at learning complicated things which greatly improves your chances of progressing in your career and increasing your salary. 

>> What use is maths in getting a job?
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How maths can 'add "£2,100" to your salary.

Here are some fun websites showing how maths is used in many industries:
>> Barclays Code Playground - knowing your numbers can make an electronic chicken lay 12 eggs per minute!
>> Can you put the engineering pieces in place to walk to the dog? 

Maths isn't just confined to the classroom and your workplace - the importance of calculating numbers and understanding equations can be applied into almost every area of life, like: 

>> Calculating your budget
>> How to calculate your bills and knowing where to save money.
>> Are you being taxed correctly? Calculate your correct take home pay.  

More money in the pocket means more fun things to spend it on!   

If you want to improve your maths, we can help though our range of courses infused with the numerical skills you need to succeed.

>> L1 Functional Skills Mathematics 
>> L2 Functional Skills Mathematics 
>> GCSE Mathematics
>> GCSE Statistics
>> L3 Certificate in Mathematics 
>> GCSE Maths retake

Remember, Success In Maths could ADD up to a great future for you by MULTIPLYING your skills and SUBTRACTING your weaknesses!

The Wealdstone football team, which consists of players from Stanmore College, progressed to the 3rd qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup with a 3-1 win over St Albans City.

 Wealdstone progressed courtesy of two fantastic long range goals which can be seen by clicking the image below:

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The team now face Boreham Wood in the next round this Monday (17 October 2016) and hoping to progress further in the competition.

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Here at Stanmore College, we believe in supporting you to gain qualifications, improve your career prospects and make employers and/or universities want you!

cashpicOur mission is to provide high quality teaching and learning so that learners develop transferable skills and achieve their full potential. And this could apply to you too.  

To get you to where you want to be, we offer innovative teaching and learning: Did you know that the Department for Education’s latest Performance Tables revealed that Stanmore College is the best performing Level 3 Vocational College in North/West London?

We offer a range of vocational courses to choose from which include work experience in a company related to your studies. Our courses develop your skills and get you involved in the industry you have chosen to study in by including:

>> visits to related companies and exhibitions
>> expert speakers
>> industry days and other events
>> volunteer work to further improve technical and employability skills.

As an added incentive, we’re equipping young learners with the following* to support them in achieving their very best:

>> Your very own laptop/tablet
>> Gym membership

>> Office 365
>> Free breakfast/lunch
>> Wi-Fi
>> £50 to set-up a Social Enterprise Initiative

With high quality teaching and support, we’re equipping you to achieve!

*To apply for a course or to view terms and conditions, please visit www.stanmore.ac.uk/grand

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