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December 2011

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"Have A Go" Skills Open day success at BSix!

On Saturday, 26th November, BSix College opened their doors to the local community and surrounding boroughs. We welcomed nearly 400 visitors to our "Have a Go" skills Open day and achieved nearly 1200 Have a Go activities!

Having been selected as a showcase organisation at the World Skills competition at the Excel centre in October, BSix staff and students were inspired to plan and deliver their very own "Have a Go" event. This national initiative is designed to increase awareness of skills opportunities to all ages throughout the country. We had a full schedule of activities on offer including jewellery making, TV presenting, nail art, DJ Skills and many more.

A fun part of the skills day was a photography competition facilitated by James Hooker our graphic designer. Many people had a go at taking a portrait image of a friend or relative and those confident enough agreed for these to be displayed on our Facebook page and entered into a competition for the best photo. The results and winner was announced last week with the winning photo gaining 198 votes! Congratulations to Sehriban Ozcan who took the photo of her friend Ganimete Prushi, both from the Nightingale Academy.

We even had a couple of local celebrities in attendance: Robby Anchant, the reigning "Mr Hercules" delivered personal training sessions in our gym; whilst Weininger Irwin, the first ever male Gladiator champion hosted his "Resistance sliding" competition in our sports hall! We also used the opportunity to have a fund-raising stall for the school that we support in Cameroon.

Head of External Relations, Rebekah Harris, said that, "It was rewarding to see that the pre-event campaign had worked so well as there was a real age range amongst the visitors. Many were prospective students and their family members, but we also had some members of the local community dropping in to have a tour of the college and try out a few new skills. Feedback forms were very encouraging with 100% of those for whom it was applicable saying that they plan to apply to BSix. Positive comments included: "Everything is brilliant!" and my personal favourite, "The Best Culture – B6"

The success of this day has fired us up to now make it a regular feature in our annual cycle of events! The day and all those who participated in it also contributed to the WorldSkills London 2011 Have a Go campaign target to deliver one million Have Go activities around the UK and was supported by World Skills and the European Social Fund.

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