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Each week, students from all over the world visit the college to study and explore Hastings and the South East.

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Back in September we welcomed a group of Japanese students to Hastings to study with us for a year and get a taste of college.

11 students from Kyoto, travelled almost 6,000 miles to Hastings to study General English along with a range of A-Level subjects.

The study year was set up thanks to a newly formed partnership between the college and the Kyoto Gakuen High School in Kyoto.

We caught up with Ayami Nishida to find out how her study year has gone.

“Hi, I’m Ayami and I’m 18, and during my ten months in Hastings I’ve been studying Business, Sociology, and Psychology, as well as General English.”

We study English for 16 hours during the week, generally in the morning, and join our chosen A-Level subjects in the afternoon.

Our teachers in Japan told us about the opportunity to study in the UK and Jeremy (Oughton) came over to our school to tell us about A-Levels and what it is like to study in Hastings. From the pictures and listening to Jeremy, I was really excited about the opportunity, and couldn’t wait to come here.

The flight was really long, but I managed to sleep for most of it. It was the first time that I had been to the UK, and when we arrived in Hastings I remember being amazed by the building and all the facilities at the college.

There are 11 of us altogether and each of us studied something slightly different. Some of my friends studied Art and Photography, and some of the others studied Business and Media Studies. That meant we had different lessons, but we were always together in the morning to study English.

Our English tutor, Tom, was really nice and helped us a lot with our spelling and grammar and he also helped us with our speaking and pronunciation. When we first arrived, we were all a little shy and didn’t like to speak much English, but now, we talk to pretty much everyone!

I really enjoyed studying Psychology, Sociology and Business alongside other A-Level students from the UK. Everyone made me feel really welcome and I settled in really quickly. The teachers were all so lovely and always there to help me if I didn’t understand something. It gave me a real taste for what studying in the UK is like, and now I’m hoping to come back to the UK to go to University.

I’m so grateful to the college because they arranged for me to travel up to Warwick University to attend an Open Day so I could find out more about studying medicine.

Outside of college, we had so much fun.

We stayed with host families in Hastings. Two of my friends also stayed with the same family and we all had our own room. It took a little while to settle in, but once we did, it was great. The family were really nice and would always make sure that we were ok and tried to encourage us to make ourselves at home.

We would often all meet up during the weekends to explore Hastings. We loved spending time on the new Pier. During the Christmas period there was a Christmas market on the Pier, which was great for buying little gifts for our families. We also enjoyed drinking hot chocolate and having a go on the mini ski slope.

Some of the other things we liked to do were have a round of Adventure golf, visit the Smugglers Caves and sit on the beach when the sun was out. We went along to some the events during Hastings Carnival Week, we experienced Mardi Gras in February and joined in with Jack in the Green in May. We would often visit Priory Meadow shopping centre and would also walk through the Old Town to get fish and chips or an ice cream.

Hastings is a really pretty town and some of the group were able to take great pictures of the fishing huts, the cliff railway, and the pier, for their art projects.

As it was our first time in the UK, we also planned a trip to Brighton to see the i360 tower, and a trip to London to ride on the London Eye, visit Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, and take pictures at Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.

It has been a very worthwhile and valuable experience and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed our time in Hastings. We are heading back to Japan on 21st June, and I hope to return to Warwick University next September after I have finished the rest of my studies.”


With temperatures reaching over 30 degrees Celsius last week, some of the highest we’ve seen in the UK for over 40 years, we’re struggling to stay cool (It’s almost too hot!).

So without fleeing the country to the cooler shores of Spain or Cyprus, we’ve come up with a few tried and tested tips to help beat the heat this summer…

USB desk fan // how much? £5.50 // where can I get it? -

This small (but mighty) little gadget is sure to become your new best friend over the summer, especially if you need to fire up the laptop for any reason. You’ll be able to stay cool while buying your new stationery for college, (or watching Netflix) by simply plugging the fan in and switching it on. This USB desk fan also doubles up as an LED clock, meaning you won’t be late for any social events happening this summer. There’s no reason why you couldn’t plug it into your portable charger and take it to the beach with you either!

Stay Cool Ice Towel // how much? From £10.50 // where can I get it? -

Heading to the beach this summer? Well, while your friends are sizzling away next to you, you can chill with this Stay Cool Ice Towel. Just get it wet, wring out any excess water, shake for 5-10 seconds and, et viola, you have yourself a cool bed of luxury. It’s super light and come in a handy light travel container too.

Sun Cream

A must-have if you are out and about this summer. Not only is applying sun cream super important for your health, but it will save you all that agony of sunburn! But splashing out a small fortune for big brand sun creams is annoying, so we’ve found some bargains on factors 15-50.

However! Make sure you check the bottle for the UVA rating and SPF number. If you don’t see the logo – it won’t offer protection from the sun!

UVA will tell you how much protection the product is giving you from harmful long-wave ultra-violet UVA rays. Make sure, at the very least, that a circle with the letters UVA inside, are on the back of the bottle, as this indicates the minimum level of UVA protection.

SPF stands for sun protection factor. The higher the number, the greater the level of protection against harmful medium-wave ultra-violet UVB rays. The label should also tell you whether the product provides "low", "medium", "high" or "very high" protection against UVB.

So where can you get your hands on these bargains…

Poundland stocks a range from a brand called Anovia Tropical Sun, which is available for, you guessed it, £1!

B&M Bargains stocks a range from a brand called EAD sunscreen, which should be available in its 400+ stores at £1, possibly reduced to 50p!

Plus there are still a few bargains to be had on high street and big brand products. We’ve found…

Garnier Ambre Solaire moisturising milk SPF 30, 200ml & Nivea Sun moisturising sun protect & moisture SPF 30, 200ml - £4.50 each in the two for £9 offer at Asda

Piz Buin 1-day-long lotion SPF 30, 100ml - £4.99 at B&M Bargains

Boots Soltan kids SPF 30, 200ml - £4

Superdrug Solait SPF 30, 200ml - £3.37 in the buy one get one half price offer

Asda Protect SPF 50, 200ml - £3 each in the two for £6 offer

Morrisons Sun spray SPF 15, 200ml - £3

Aldi Lacura sun spray SPF30, 200ml - £2.79

Di Polas’ Ice Cream

If you’re anything like us, the best way to cool down in this hot weather is with an ice cream! One of our favourite places to grab an ice cream in Hastings has to be Di Polas. Offering fine Italian ice cream, Di Polas servers up all the traditional gelato flavours, as well as creative seasonal delights. You’ll find them on the seafront, opposite Hastings Adventure Golf. Single scoops start from £2.20 and it’s just £1 per scoop after that.



So the days are hot, and it seems that the nights are even hotter! But we’ve got a cool little tip to help you catch some well needed sleep!

Grab yourself a large plastic bag, fold up your bed sheets and pillow cases and stick them in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bed.


If none of the above work – then take a dip in the sea!

 Ashley Chapman presents Connie Baker with her certificate web

A teenager who has raised more than £2,000 for charity has been named the Outstanding Young Person of the Month.

Thirteen year old Connie Baker has produced homemade jewellery to sell and undertaken fun runs and a bike ride from Hastings to Icklesham to benefit both St Michael’s Hospice and Cancer Research UK.

Connie lives in Rye and attends Rye College. Her parents, Claire and David, nominated her for the award, and said: “Connie lost both her beloved grandma and uncle to cancer five years ago and since then she has thought up and carried out her own charity events.

“In May, she ran with her dad from our house in Hastings to her grandad, Derrick Baker’s, home in Icklesham, raising nearly £1,000. Her grandad has also raised money for Breast Cancer Research, St Michael’s Hospice and MacMillan nurses, as well as the local church in Icklesham. Connie is obviously taking after him and we are so proud of her positive and productive approach.”

The Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award is sponsored by Sussex Coast College Hastings and the Hastings Observer Series.

The award is presented to someone aged 18 and under who has excelled in some way. This could be in sport, their academic studies, or if they have performed an important role on a voluntary basis in their own home or the wider community.

Ashley Chapman, Marketing and Communications Executive at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said: “Connie’s fundraising efforts are fantastic. She has taken her grief and turned it into something positive by raising money to help others. I’m sure St Michael’s Hospice and Cancer Research were both delighted to receive Connie’s contributions.”

As part of her award, Connie will receive a complimentary meal for two and a £100 donation will be made to Cancer Research UK.

To nominate someone for the Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of who you are nominating and the reasons why.

 France Trip 2017 web

A group of students from Sussex Coast College have recently returned home from a two week work experience programme in Northern France, after helping to renovate a chateau.

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Budding chefs and carpenters travelled to France back in May to start their two week project. The carpenters were set the task to build a wooden outhouse and lend a hand with joinery tasks, while the chefs were in charge of creating daily menus, sourcing local ingredients, and cooking for the group.

The students worked Monday to Friday and were free to explore the area at the weekend. The catering students worked split shifts, cooking and preparing breakfast and lunch in the morning, and then preparing and cooking dinner in the evening. Their afternoons were spent visiting local markets to find fresh, local produce to include in their daily menu.

The students stayed in a 6 bedroom gîte, near the town of Flers, which was about half an hour way from the chateau in Tinchebray-Bocage. Students cooked and ate together and enjoyed some leisure time, with table tennis and crazy golf to keep them amused.

During the weekends, students had the chance to hold snails at a snail farm, milk goats, tour around a biscuit factory, and visit a Camembert museum. They also visited one of France’s most recognisable landmarks, Le Mont Saint-Michel.

On the last Friday of the trip, the students invited a number of special guests for dinner. They cooked a three course meal, including a terrine, Duck a l'orange, tarte tatin and profiteroles.

It is the second time that students have been to France to assist in the renovation of the chateau, which is funded by the European Union’s Erasmus project, helping to provide students with experience opportunities abroad.

Jeff Jordan, Hospitality and Catering Lecturer said: “The students had a fantastic time in Tinchebray-Bocage. It was great to see them getting fully involved with the experience and having a great time. It was noticeable to see that they got a lot out of the experience, not only practising their cookery and construction skills, but also becoming more independent. The students have really grown in confidence and gained a lot of enthusiasm for their studies, which they can also take into their future careers.”

Check out the rest of the pictures from the trip on our Facebook page

Amy Cobb with her Sophia Jex Blake Illustration web

First and second year illustration students have been working on a live project in partnership with Hastings Borough Council to give their newly refurbished meeting rooms some character.

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The council wanted to inject some life into their new rooms at Muriel Matters House and asked local degree students to come up with illustrations of historic personalities from Hastings.

FdA Illustration and Graphic Design students at Sussex Coast College Hastings designed a range of images of famous people from Hastings’ past, including inventor of the first working television, John Logie Baird; Civil Engineer, Thomas Brassey; computer scientist, Alan Turing; social novelist Robert Tressel, and founder of the London School of Medicine for Women, Sophia Jex-Blake.

21 students worked on design ideas, put together CVs, wrote rationales for their proposals and then produced visual thumbnails and roughs. They then presented their ideas to members of the council to approve their work.

Second year student, Amy Cobb, was given the brief to design an illustration of Sophia Jex-Blake and said that the experience was a lot of fun to work on, and also very educational.

Amy said: “It was a fantastic opportunity for us to work on a real live brief, with a real client. The whole process was very professional, and gave us a good insight into what working as an illustrator will be like.

I had a lot of fun researching and designing the image of Sophia Jex-Blake. I also learnt so much about the amazing strides she made in the field of medicine and being the founder of the London School of Medicine.”

Joanna Kerr, Illustration Subject Leader said: “It was a really attractive live project for the students to undertake as the council were clear from the outset that they would brief students and then ask them to present their work in a way that they would if they were working on this as a commercial project.

The students’ illustrations were an excellent representation of each character, and they all responded very professionally to the brief.”

Cllr Judy Rogers, said: “I was delighted to be able to attend the official unveiling of our wonderful artwork on the meeting room walls at Muriel Matters House. It really brightens up our offices, and, clearly, a lot of thought and hard work has gone into their production.

“We are very grateful to the students for what they’ve done, and the support Sussex Coast College Hastings has given to this project.”

The illustrations were printed and installed in 10 of the newly refurbished rooms by Ricochet Printers.



Diploma and Degree Show 2017

University Centre Hastings

Sussex Coast College Hastings, Station Plaza

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Some of the finest creative talents in Hastings will showcase their work during the final year degree show at Sussex Coast College Hastings’ Station Plaza campus next week.

Degree and Diploma students studying Art and Design at the college have been busy designing, preparing and curating their artwork for the four day exhibition.

Now in its 40th year, the Degree and Diploma show is a highly anticipated event in the Hastings arts calendar, and in the past, has featured work from students who have gone on to win international design awards such as D&AD, YCN, AOI, V&A and Pewter Live; and begin their careers with international companies such as Mother, Coley Porter Bell, Conran, Saatchi & Saatchi, and the Mill.

Taking place at the Station Plaza campus, the show will also give visitors an exclusive glimpse at the developing space on the fifth floor, which will be home to the new University Centre Hastings.

Ashley Hemingway the BA (Hons) Designer Maker Subject Leader believes that the degree and diploma show gives students a great platform to start their careers in the industry.

“The degree show is a celebration of the last three years, or six years for our part time students, to show off all of their hard work. They are able to put their knowledge, skills and experience that they have developed throughout the course, into action and put on a four day exhibition.”

“It has always been an exciting finale to the degree course, with everyone producing phenomenal work in something that they are passionate about, whether it is in creating stunning jewellery, producing magnificent paintings, designing and branding product packaging, capturing breathtaking imagery, animating cartoons or illustrating children’s books.”

“The show is a great springboard into the industry for many of our students. They have chosen to study with us, because, as lecturers, we’re able to offer more contact time and have more in-depth workshops and seminars with our students to encourage them to present ideas and critique their work.”

“Our courses are validated by the University of Brighton which means that students studying with us will not only get an enriching and rewarding experience, but also get a degree from the University. All of the elements of our degrees mean that students get fantastic value for money. We teach, as well as lecture, and we’re all practising artists, makers and designers.”

“We are a very attractive option for mature students too, because we are local and offer great quality. Many mature students study with us because they want a change of career, turning what may have been a hobby or interest, into something they are passionate about and able to make a living from.”

The Degree and Diploma show opens at 6pm on Friday 23rd June and runs Saturday 24th 10am-2pm, Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th 10am-5pm. It is open to all and a fantastic opportunity for friends, family and the local community to come and talk to emerging artists about their work.

There are still a few places left on the Art and Design degree courses starting in September and it isn’t too late to apply. So pop along to find out more, or get in touch on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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