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Newark College's hands-on project offers building blocks to success

A hands-on project has allowed students at Newark College to put their studies into practice.

The students, who are on the college’s level two carpentry and joinery course, have made seating for the BeanBlock Café in St Mark’s Place, Newark.

The students have followed BeanBlock’s designs and made the seating as part of an assessment.

Newark College students with their handiwork (43435093)
Newark College students with their handiwork (43435093)

Carpentry and joinery teacher Mick Dews said: “This project has allowed the students to cover all angles of carpentry and joinery.

“They created this through drawings and discussion, then, in building the benches, they learnt how to use machinery in a safe way.’

The college’s advanced curriculum coach, Penny Taylor, said: “We are delighted to support the community in work-based projects that supports local businesses while allowing our students to learn new skills.”

BeanBlock Cafe is a family-friendly café that combines serving imaginative food with play.

n COLLEGE students have been exploring the subject of hate crime through a writing project in preparation for their English GCSE exams.

In the project, called Writing Off Hate, they have been working with literature development agency Writing East Midlands, identifying and recognising what hate crime is, and working alongside The National Holocaust Centre and Museum at Laxton to bring experiences to life.

A National Lottery Heritage Fund grant allowed for an author, Kevin Fagan, and a rapper, Ty’rone Haughton, to work with the students in creating ideas and thoughts and developing their language skills.

English GCSE teacher Lynn Baker said: “It has been a fantastic experience for students to work alongside a writer rapper to gain a different perspective on language skills. The students have completed some excellent thought-provoking work.”

There are plans to visit the Holocaust Centre when it re-opens, for students to meet a survivor and continue developing their learning and writing skills.

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