Lots going on this week since finding out about being on the new Register, it helps when walking into work listening to the birds singing and seeing Spring in the air.
We are still buzzing from attending the Dipple and Conway Hair & Makeup Show last Friday. There was some amazing hair and make up especially the body painting - the models who were very brave going on stage with not much more than the body paint. The Academy was supporting Salon 66 with their Sci Fi category - Blade Runner - well done to them for creating some great hair inspiration and make up.
We are planning an Employer evening to introduce the new Apprenticeship Standards and how we can help you with training your hairdressing and barbering apprentices. More information next week.
2nd year learners
Our learners are working really well, especially our 2nd years who will be completing their Hairdressing Apprenticeship in July 2017. If you or someone you know who is willing to sit for a while having their hair coloured or cut to help our learners, please call 01603 305884 to make an appointment. They will be happy to help you.
1st year learners
We have several 1st year groups who are working really well, practicing their cuts and being assessed on their shampooing and blowdry units. In theory, they have come to the end of their colour knowledge, which they thoroughly enjoyed, doing really well in their online tests. One group has even sent in their ERR project in for marking - very keen.
We have a small group of 1st years who only started a month or so ago, with a new learner starting this week, they are already working well on their blowdrys and getting ready their online test for shampooing and completing their assessment packs.
Level 3 learners
Our Level 3 hairdressing apprentices - 1st years - have also come to the end of the creative colour unit - all getting good marks in their colour and colour correction online tests. The 2nd years are coming to the end of their Apprenticeship, finishing off their assessments and Functional Skills, just the discussion and presentation to go!
We have several private students working on cutting, colouring and barbering qualifications. One student handed in her completed portfolio this week, a collage of her work will be put up on social media next week. Well done to her. Our barbering students, pictured above, have passed all their online tests and love practicing on the clients who come into the training salon. We had a new student start this week, visiting friends from Australia and wanted to learn barbering! We look forward to seeing their progress in the weeks to come.
Dilemma of the week
We had a dilemma in the Academy this week - Justin Bieber or Ed Sheeran? At the moment it is half and half - what do you think? Look on Facebook for the post to say how you would vote. This is going to be a weekly activity, to have a bit of Friday fun and to get people talking.
See you next week!
World Religion Day is an observance initiated in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States, celebrated worldwide on the third Sunday in January each year. Though initiated in the United States, World Religion Day has come to be celebrated internationally.
The observance of World Religion Day is based upon the Bahá’í principles of the oneness of religion and of progressive revelation , which describe religion as evolving continuously throughout the history of humanity.The purpose of World Religion Day is to promote these principles by highlighting the ideas that the spiritual principles underlying the world’s religions are harmonious, and that religions play a role in unifying humanity.
Contact details : Name, Address, email, telephone number (also put in a picture of yourself)
Personal statement: Always start with your personal statement – and tailor it to the role in question. To put it simply, every time you apply for a new job, you will need to write a new personal statement, which should be tweaked to match the job description. In terms of structure, consciously try and answer the following questions: Who are you? What do you have to offer? What are you aiming for in your career?
Also, try and quantify and give examples, where possible, and be specific. Generic personal statements can prompt a CV to fall at the first hurdle.
Key Skills - Instead of concentrating on a minimal work history, the most effective CVs written by school leavers often give precedence to skills. Just as with your personal statement, try giving examples that are applicable to the role in question. For example, IT skills (naming specific programs), or soft skills such as problem solving, public speaking and interpersonal skills, not to mention a friendly and welcoming demeanour, are all desirable qualities to have.
Education - Education should be included from GCSE level on. State the number and general grades you received (Maths and English at the very least). If you’re awaiting any results, you may state mock/expected results where possible, although this is not essential. Write in reverse-chronological order, with the most recent events coming at the top. In direct terms, particular course modules you’ve undertaken may be relevant to a role or scheme you’re applying for and can be used to demonstrate your wider knowledge of the subject.
- Write details of any jobs you have had - voluntary and paid
Hobbies & Interests - A Hobbies and Interests section is optional. However, if you lack any notable work experience, they can be a great way of getting your personality across. Feel like you don’t really have a hobby? Don’t panic. It’s never too late. Starting a blog , for example, can be a perfect way to show what you can offer – and could work for practically any career you look into. From the obvious such as fashion and retail (fashion blogs) through to carpentry and construction (documenting a DIY or restoration project, for example). Just be wary of anything too generic, such as socialising with friends or going to the cinema (unless, of course, you’re applying for a role at your local cinema).
References - Unless asked directly in the job posting, making them available on request is fine. However, always make sure that you do have credible references. Close family friends, teachers, or career councillors are all good options, and are usually more than happy to help.
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1. Hanging stockings out comes from the Dutch custom of leaving shoes packed with food for St Nicholas’s donkeys. He would leave small gifts in return.
2. The tradition of putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th-century French nuns who left socks full of fruit, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the poor.
3. Boxing Day gets its name from all the money collected in church alms-boxes for the poor.
4. Robins on cards started as a joke 150 years ago when postmen wore red tunics and were named after them.5. The christmas cracker was invented by a London sweet shop owner called Tom Smith. In 1847, after spotting French bonbons wrapped in paper with a twist at each end, he sold similar sweets with a “love motto” inside. He then included a little trinket and a “bang”.
Boxing Day Fun Facts
1. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Boxing Day is a “holiday, on which post-men, errand-boys, and servants of various kinds expect to receive a Christmas-box”.
2. It has also been suggested that the term related to alms boxes left for the poor by churches.
3. However the earliest known use of the term Boxing Day dates back only to 1833 when the above practices were already dying away.
4. Boxing Day is also known as the Feast of Stephen as St Stephen’s Day is December 26.
5. Hunting wrens was once a popular activity on Boxing Day in Ireland. Killing them was thought unlucky on other days.
It is the Winter Solstice today. Here are some fun facts
1. Winter and Summer Solstice
In the Northern Hemisphere, the December Solstice is the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year.
2. A Specific Point in Time
Most people count the whole day as the December Solstice. However, the Solstice is actually at a specific moment - when the Sun is exactly overhead the Tropic of Capricorn.
3. The Sun 'Stands Still'
The term solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium , meaning 'the Sun stands still'. This is because on this day, the Sun reaches its southern-most position as seen from the Earth. The Sun seems to stand still at the Tropic of Capricorn and then reverses its direction. It's also common to call it the day the Sun turns around.
4. It's the First Day of Astronomical Winter
In the Northern Hemisphere, astronomers and scientists use the December Solstice as the start of the winter season, which ends on the March Equinox.
5. Daylight Hours Increase Faster in the North
If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, the increase rate of daylight hours depends on your location's latitude - in more northern latitudes you will see a rapid increase in daylight hours compared to if you're in the more southern latitudes.
BBC Children in Need works throughout the year to ensure that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood, and the chance to reach their full potential. It relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK, who donate their time and money to put on events supporting the Appeal.
If you want to donate visit this website to see the different ways you can donate
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields