Staff and students at Sussex Coast College Hastings were treated to a Mexican themed summer festival to celebrate the end of the academic year.

Supported Education students held their Mexican Fiesta in the atrium at Station Plaza on Thursday 21st June.

The students had been exploring the culture and art of Mexico and put together an afternoon of themed music, dance, acting, food and refreshments for friends, family, and staff to enjoy.

The entertainment kicked-off with a Mariachi band and the Jarabe Tapatio (Mexican hat dance), followed by an Aztec folk tale, presented with drama and dance.

The students were involved in all aspects of the production not only in the roles of performers but also as scenery painters and the makers of props. Food was prepared in their catering and enrichment sessions, and the Aztec relief sculptures, Mexican Milagros (lucky charms), drawings and paintings based on the Day of the Dead, were all made in the weeks leading up to the show.

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Sussex Coast College Hastings Cabin Crew lecturer, Louiza Tryphonos, has been named as the FE Sussex Member Vocational Teacher of the Year at the Sussex Teacher of the Year Awards.

Some of the county’s best teachers gathered in Brighton on Wednesday 13th June to attend the inaugural event organised by children’s charity School Inspirational Services.

Louiza Tryphonos was delighted to win the award and said: “It is an honour and privilege to win this award and I was equally delighted and shocked to win. I have to thank my wonderful students for making this possible and making my job so worthwhile and rewarding.

All of the teachers who were nominated are all winners in my eyes, as they help to inspire young people right across the county every single day.”


School and College are almost done for another year, now it’s time to relax and enjoy the summer!

Many of you may have already booked holidays, but if you don’t have anything planned, you’re up for some extreme fun, and fancy a little road trip across the UK, then you should definitely read on and check out our Top 5 ‘thrill-seeker’ activities to do this summer.


Adrenaline Quarry // Cornwall

Adrenaline Quarry does exactly what it says on the tin. It is an old abandoned quarry fully of adrenaline fuelled rides.

You can launch yourself off the edge of a cliff and fly down the UK’s maddest zip wire which is almost 500 metre long. How about a go on a giant cliff top swing which hangs 150ft above a lake? Or why not try unleashing your inner savage and get busy hurling axes – it’s like darts, but with axes!

Open every day until October, from 10am - 5pm and prices start at £12.50.


Inflatable Aqua Park // Chichester

If you’re a fan of the TV show Total Wipe-out then why not give it a go for yourself in Chichester.

The 40 acre fresh water lake has become the hub for water-based activities in West Sussex and the newly expanded Aqua Park, featuring climbing frames, slides, and trampolines, provides you with a challenging and tricky obstacle course for you and your mates to make your way around.

Open throughout the summer and it is £15 for 1 hour.


Capital Go Kart // London

Put the pedal to the metal and race around the UK’s longest indoor go kart track.

The Capital Go Karts track is 1,050 metres of professionally designed race course waiting to be put to the test. It is three times the length of a standard indoor go karting track and has been designed to offer an unbeatable racing experience for maximum enjoyment.

Open every day from 9am until Midnight (excluding Mondays) and prices start from £27.50.


Zip World Slate Caverns // North Wales

Zip World in North Wales has some pretty cool stuff, but what really caught our attention was Bounce Below. Jumping, swinging, and bouncing around this former slate mine takes us back to the mid-90s when we were introduced to Lara Croft Tomb Raider on the Playstation 1.

£20 for 1 hour if you are between 7 and 17 years old or £25 if over 18.


Zombie School // Worcestershire

If you’re anything like us then you’ve probably got a Zombie Apocalypse plan in place, but have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually be a zombie?

At Zombie School you will learn how to fit right in with the un-dead and become one of the horde. You will be given full zombie make-up and full training so you can master the skills of biting, gurgling, stumbling, and moaning.

Prices start at £24.99 for 3 hours, and you must be at least 16 years old.


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To celebrate Women in Engineering Day on Saturday 23rd June, we caught up with Engineering Apprentice, Lilly James, to ask her about her job and course, and to hear her thoughts about being a woman in the industry.

“Hi, I’m Lily and I have been an engineering apprentice for almost a year. I work at Torr Scientific, a local engineering company, as a scientific glassblower, which is quite unusual, but really cool.

I’ve always enjoyed making arts and crafts, and the role as a glassblower really appealed to me, so I thought I would apply. Being able to learn and work in an industry that I genuinely enjoy is immensely satisfying and the fact that I can learn practical skills in metalwork, which will be useful at work and in everyday life, and get paid, is great.

I love engineering, but I was a little worried at first when I discovered I was the only woman in the class at college. However, I have been treated with nothing but respect and as an equal, and made to feel comfortable and accepted.

I do understand though that for some women, especially in the past, it has been a long hard road to be accepted and to be on equal footing. Even now, there may be women in the industry who have their opinions overlooked by customers, and even colleagues, purely because of their gender, and that’s not acceptable.

I have enjoyed the past year at work and college. I had never done any metalwork before, so everything at college was brand new to me. A typical day at college is usually in the workshop doing practical tasks on the machines, whether that is turning, milling, welding or fabricating various tools to specification of engineers’ drawings.

At work I’ve learnt a lot in glassblowing. Our current main output is parts for Geiger counters, as well as various other small jobs I’ve been learning about. Recently, I have taken on more responsibility and been able to teach one of the new trainees some of the skills I have learnt over the past year.

My plans for the future are to stay with my current employer, learn more skills, and progress to the point where I am a competent and experienced glassblower.

I think that Women in Engineering Day is a great and important way to draw attention to the lack of women in the industry. I hope that this day is able to inspire young girls to want to work in the industry. I also hope that it helps us to reach a point where women in engineering becomes normal and that women are treated the same as men; being judged on the quality of their work without gender bias.”

National Women in Engineering Day was launched for the first time in the UK on 23rd June 2014 and aims to raise awareness and encourage more women to get into the sector.

In 2017, a survey revealed that only 11% of the engineering workforce in the UK was female ( Government statistics also show that the UK is lagging behind other European countries such as Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus, who have almost 30% of women in engineering roles (

Sussex Coast College Hastings offers a number of full-time, part-time, and apprenticeship engineering courses, including degree level, throughout the year and is still taking applications for the next academic year starting in September 2018.

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Students and staff came together at Sussex Coast College Hastings last Wednesday evening (13th June) to celebrate a year of academic and personal achievements.

Over 150 guests filled the atrium at the Station Plaza campus to celebrate another fantastic twelve months and end the year on a high.

Students from across the college were recognised for their outstanding achievements and dedication to their studies. Three students then received special recognition for their contribution to college life, their outstanding achievements, and their determination to overcome personal barriers to succeed.

Jim Sharpe, Principal of Sussex Coast College Hastings and University Centre Hastings, said: “We had a fantastic evening celebrating at the student awards with our friends and family. I know that everyone has worked so hard during the last year, and the awards evening is a great way to recognise and celebrate this. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped to make the evening a success and would like to wish everyone all the best for the future.”

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Level 4 Beauty Therapy students at Sussex Coast College Hastings raised over £900 for Breast Cancer Now during a fundraising event last month.

The students had to create and promote an event for part of their course, and after discovering that one of their tutors had been diagnosed with breast cancer, the group immediately decided on a fundraising event for the cancer charity.

The event was held in the atrium at the college on Tuesday 8th May, and offered cream teas, pink cupcakes, sweets, and a range of beauty treatments including mini manicures and Indian head massages. The students also acquired a number of prizes, including a range of hair and beauty treatments at Plaza Salon, to give away in a raffle.

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The students raised a total of £903, £165 was raised externally and £738 on the day.

Mia Goddard, Beauty Therapy course leader, said: “What a fantastic achievement to raise almost £1,000 for such an amazing and worthy charity. The level 4 beauty students worked exceptionally hard to make the event a success, and the end result was a reflection of their hard work and team effort to raise essential funds and awareness for breast cancer.”

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