Highbury's Digital Academy - Maths & More

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For anyone who’s ever struggled with maths, Highbury College has launched a Digital Maths Academy in another first for the area.
Open all hours to students and staff, the on-line academy has been specially developed by lecturers at Highbury College, using leading edge technology.

Special taster sessions are now freely available for members of the public to test their abilities and see how a bit of a maths refresher could help them.
“It is widely recognised that improving your maths will widen the employment opportunities available to you,” said Tess Cole, Highbury’s Education and Skills Director. “The Highbury team works closely with employers to provide the skills they need, with maths remaining key to employability.” added Tess.

Cathy Ellis, Director of Research & Development said Highbury is leading the way in e-learning. “We know technology plays a great part in everybody’s daily lives, and the people of Portsmouth and our students want to access information anytime, anywhere – we are digital by default .”
Cathy was among a delegation from Highbury College who were invited to contribute to the BETT Show 2016 which took place at the ExCel Centre in London. BETT is the largest annual education technology event in the UK and attracts educators and policy makers from around the world. Cathy was a guest speaker at the event, advising educators on how to harness technology in their institutions. Florence Gallien, Head of Marketing & Communications, was also invited to advise on the use of social media in education.

The College’s e-learning specialists, Anna Selway and Ross Hounsell, were there to talk about how Highbury has invested in Canvas, the College’s e-learning portal. Canvas is a state-of-the-art technology platform used by Harvard, Stanford and leading US Community Colleges. “There was a lot of interest in how we are using technology for learning at Highbury College, including advising ministerial delegations from South America and Scandinavia,” said Ross.

If you are interested in trying out Highbury College’s Digital Maths Academy, visit their website.


D-Day Museum awarded National Lottery funding

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D-Day Museum HLF funding 26 Jan web

The D-Day Museum in Portsmouth has been awarded £4million by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to create an international museum to tell the story of D-Day in the 21st Century.  Today's announcement of £4,044,500 comprises the majority of the D-Day Museum's £4.9 million transformation project with just £170,000 of match-funding still needed to make the project a reality.

The museum transformation will create spaces for learning, events and displays.  New galleries will tell the story D-Day - from the planning and build up to the day itself - using objects, interactive material and the perspectives of people who were alive at the time. 

Cllr Linda Symes, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "We're delighted to get the news we've been anticipating.  We're in the final straight of our fundraising journey to make the transformation of the museum and our aspirations for the project a reality. The £4.9 million transformation project will maximise the impact of the collection and ensure that this important chapter in history is retold in a way which inspires and meets the expectations of today's museum audiences.  The D-Day Museum will reopen as the International Museum of D-Day, Portsmouth ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day in 2019 and tell the story of D-Day in a way which is pertinent to local residents, families, young people and international visitors alike."

Jane Mee, Project Director, D-Day Museum Transformation project, Portsmouth City Council: "The new International Museum of D-Day will be a fantastic addition to the world-class visitor offer in Portsmouth.  Transforming the D-Day Museum will establish the museum as the national centre that the scale and significance of the D-Day story deserves - with exhibitions that truly engage and excite audiences now and into the future - and to inspire interest in and a greater understanding of what happened and why D-Day is still relevant today.  

"Using the words and perspectives of the people who took part on both sides - military and also the French civilians - and the museum's iconic and evocative collections, the D-Day Museum will bring the story to life for this and future generations.  We will create an inspiring, 'must-see' environment, where everyone feels welcome - from school children to academics, families to military history enthusiasts.  We will work with schools and youth organisations to ensure our learning programmes inspire young people."

The museum will close in October 2016 and reopening in late 2017 in good time for D-Day 75 commemorations in June 2019.  Plans for the museum are spectacular and will retell its stories from a historical and personal perspective.   

The museum's activity and events programme will be transformed by the funding, which includes money for a public programmes manager and additional resources for the re-launch of the museum and events to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in 2019.

Stuart McLeod, Head of HLF South East, said: “Involving 156 thousand men from the British and Allied forces, the D-Day landings were the largest seaborne invasion the world has ever seen and a momentous event in European history. As we head towards the 75th anniversary, this National Lottery investment will help to refresh and revamp Britain’s only museum dedicated to the landings, helping to bring this story to life for a new generation.”

The D-Day Museum is dedicated to interpreting and commemorating the Normandy landings of June 1944 which marked the start of the allied invasion of North West Europe. It holds a large collection including the only two remaining specially adapted Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle used in the landings and the Dickin Medal awarded to Gustav the pigeon, who brought news of the landings back to the UK.

H.E.G. (Eddie) Wallace, chairman of the Southern (Portsmouth) Branch of the Normandy Veterans Association 1987-2014 said: "As Normandy veterans, we are delighted to hear that the D-Day Museum is receiving this funding. We see the D-Day Museum as a memorial and the national focus for remembering D-Day. It is vital to keep the story of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy alive, and to remember our comrades who did not come home but are still buried in Normandy."


The Urban Vocal Group - Inspiring young people to achieve through participation in music [Video]

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The Urban Vocal Group (UVG) is a charity that uses music making to help improve the lives of young people aged 11 – 18 in Havant, Portsmouth and Chichester.

The charity have been running for 8 years in which time they have engaged over 350 young people with over 11,000 attendances to our activities. They specialise in group vocals, composition, performing and recording and deliver free workshops, weekly sessions and training opportunities to young people regardless of experience or ability.

The UVG works in some of the most deprived areas in Hampshire with many of their young people experiencing tough social and economic backgrounds. They are also very successful in attracting participants from outside of these areas which encourages integration and social cohesion. Furthermore some of their participants have additional physical, emotional or learning support needs and we are proud to provide an activity that is accessible to all.


New Marina Manager takes the helm at Gunwharf Quays

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Carl Jarmaine Marina Manager webGunwharf Quays Marina has welcomed the arrival of a new Marina Manager. Bringing with him 15 years’ experience in the marine industry, Carl Jarmaine will be responsible for ensuring a premium guest experience and managing special events within the marina.

With previous managerial roles held at Port Solent Marina and two Chichester marinas, as well as boasting a strong background in leisure management and customer service, Carl is a fitting appointment for Gunwharf Quays, where he will be overseeing the operational running of the marina.

“This is a great opportunity for me to pool my knowledge of marinas along the south coast, to focus on guest relations through the delivery of world class customer service and to build on the success of this premium visitor destination”, said Carl. “I’m very much looking forward to the exciting challenges ahead at Gunwharf Quays, further raising our profile and working closely with our retail brands and restaurants in order to deliver a seamless experience for all of our guests”.

“It’s an exciting time to be setting a course for the marina, particularly with the America’s Cup World Series returning to Portsmouth next year. What’s more, as the UK’s only retail destination visitors can sail into, Gunwharf Quays and its marina offer guests a unique day out or a relaxing and memorable extended stay.”

Carl has spent the past 24 years working in customer facing roles and began working in the marine industry in 2000 after five years in leisure management roles. He joins Gunwharf Quays from Marina Developments Ltd, having had responsibility for the management of both Chichester Harbour marinas during his seven years.


Inspiring Portsmouth - School Visits - Spring 2016

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The Education Workstream has identified a need to help primary aged children become more aware of the wide range of possible career options in the city. We want to inspire them to aspire and to believe that, with hard work, they could achieve anything.

What is the initiative?
Starting in the more deprived areas of the city, this initiative aims to give as many as possible 8 – 11 year olds, a chance to meet with at least 4 people who work in a range of interesting jobs that they may never have heard of. They will get to ask them questions about their job and hopefully be motivated to think about a wider range of careers and jobs than they may ever have been made aware of.

How can you help?
We need businesses who can offer a number of their staff to give up about 2 hours (which includes time to travel to the school) to come and meet a small group of children in their school. We need staff who are willing and able to talk to children, and who are enthusiastic about their work. The visits will last approximately 1 hour, during which time the staff member will speak for about 15 minutes with 4 separate groups of 10 or so children. The children will have some pre-planned questions about jobs and may also think of others during the session.

Do they need any special skills or a CRB check?
No. Most importantly they need to be able to represent your business well and be good communicators. They do not need any prior experience of working with children and because they will only be in a school once, and will be accompanied by a teacher, they do not need to be CRB checked. There is no preparation and we will make it as easy as possible for your staff, including sending packs with timings, maps and who to meet.

Who can I talk to about more information?
Jacquie Jones –   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 02392 283 400

The dates for visits are:

  • Wednesday 25th February, approx 1.50pm @ Tralfalgar School, Hilsea – please note this is a one-off visit aimed at Year 8 students.
  • Thursday 3rd March 9-10am @ St Paul’s Primary School, Paulsgrove
  • Friday 18th March, 1-2pm @ Highbury Primary School, Cosham
  • Wednesday 13th April, 9-10 AND 10-10.45am @ Northern Parade Junior School, Hilsea
  • Friday 22nd April, 9-10 AND 10-10.45am @ Northern Parade Junior School, Hilsea
  • Thursday 26th May, 1-2pm @ Stamshaw Junior School, Stamshaw
  • Thursday 9th June, 9.30-10.30 AND 10.30-11.30am @ Corpus Chrisiti Primary, North End
  • Monday 13th June, 1.30-2.30pm @ Meon junior School, Southsea
  • Friday 17th June, 1-2pm @ Cottage Grove Primary School, Southsea
  • Tuesday 21st June, 1.30-2.30pm @ St Johns Primary School, Portsmouth

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