Pupils praised for efforts at college events

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Students and staff at Vision West Nottinghamshire College have marked the end of the academic year with awards ceremonies and exhibitions showing off their efforts.

Artists, designers, computer scientists, media students and performers brought their final projects together this week for a VIP exhibition.

Students welcomed their families, friends and college governors and executive team members to see their completed portfolio of work at the college’s Derby Road-based Visual Art and Design Centre.

Guests were able to see exhibitions of students’ work, some of which were interactive and learners were on-hand to talk to guests about their projects and how they’ve succeeded on their programmes of study.

Musical theatre students took to the stage to deliver their performance of Here Come The Girls – which showcased well-known songs and scenes from contemporary musical theatre shows.

The exhibition evening launched the start of a week-long programme where members of the publicwere able to visit the college to see the students’ work for themselves.

Head of creative industries and digital technologies, Steve McAlone, said: “The festival is the culmination of the vision and talent of our students and we’re proud of their success within their chosen art.

“Our curriculum embraces the latest technological developments as well as traditional creative crafts and performance and technical skills. Guests to this exhibition can see this vast range of expertise that our students will go on to use in further studies and careers within the creative and digital technologies industries.”

Meanwhile computer scientists were rewarded for their year of success at an awards ceremony.

Parents and friends joined students and tutors for the awards presentation and buffet and had the opportunity to view a showcase of students’ work in the Visual Art and Design Centre at the Derby Road campus.

Presented by computer science curriculum manager Trudi Dean, a range of special awards were given to students who are studying IT qualifications in software development and networking and system support.

Trudi said: “We’ve had such an eventful and successful year in computer science.

“The students really have given it their all and we’re delighted to reward them for their hard work and great efforts.

“We’ve seen students enter regional competitions, been on some interesting field trips and students have produced some really innovative and boundary-breaking project work.

“I’m very proud of all our students and the support given to them by the computer science team.”

Sixteen students were applauded for their 100 per cent attendance over the year, while another twelve learners scooped a range of special awards.

The Extra Mile award went to Amber Elliott, Game Developer of the Year award was handed to Jacob Evans, Kalum Pepperday and Benjamin Deller were crowned Robot Wars Team Winners, Outstanding Hardware Student of the Year was Joshua Atkinson and Outstanding Software Student of the Year was Daniel Turner.

Student of the Year awards were presented to: Sam Wilson, Joshua Burgess, Samuel Piper, Connor Barrett, Joseph Willows and Ross Fitch.