College news

International Party Time

party Last Friday, the College hosted a tea party for its 71 International students. The tea party was a lovely opportunity for all students in College, not just the International ones, to taste food and tea from different countries and also to make new friends! The henna tattooing seemed the crowd’s favourite, with many students getting their names written in Japanese and Chinese.

Chemistry Students at the Surface Engineering Conference

IOMFour Varndean College Chemistry students recently went with their tutor John Luton to a Surface Engineering Conference in Grantham, organised by the Institute of Mines, Materials and MInerals (IOM3). The event consisted of various talks conducted by leading researchers and other individuals closely involved with the field on the application and research of different aspects of surface engineering.

British filmmakers reveal the tricks of their trade to young hopefuls at CineCity Brighton Film Education event

cosmatCosmat, the Sussex wide event for 16-19 year olds took place on Friday 24th November at Duke of York’s Picture House Cinema, Brighton. Supported by The Brighton Film School, the event started with a Q&A between film educator, Mark Ramey, from Collyer’s Sixth Form College, interviewing film director, Ben Wheatley about his journey into film-making and his film ‘Sightseers’ (2012).

BTEC Performing Arts students explore Artificial Intelligence and Creators

Performing ArtsToday BTEC Performing Arts students took part in a workshop lead by Sara Clifford exploring Artificial Intelligence and Creators. Sara is in the process of writing a play based on the story of Frankenstein, funded by the Arts Council England, and has selected Varndean college students to work in partnership to develop material for the project.

What a lot of Waste!

water treatmentVarndean A Level Chemistry students had a brilliant day out last week, superbly organised and run by Southern Water. Sally Lambert, Paul Clark and Ritchie took the students and tutors around the Peacehaven Waste Water Treatment Plant and explained the complex treatment of how our waste water is treated and disposed of.

Performing Arts students visit Wilton’s Music Hall

performing arts studentsThis October BTEC Performing Arts students went to visit the glorious, faded grandeur that is the Wilton’s Music Hall venue in the City of London, the oldest grand music hall in the world. They went to see a revival of Les Enfants Terribles self-titled, groundbreaking and highly influential show ‘Terrible Infants’. A masterclass in Total Theatre; mixing storytelling, song, puppetry and physical theatre.

Varndean College Students win 24 hour Film Competition

Jules and WillVarndean College A Level Film Studies student, Jules Stockwell, along with fellow student and assistant crew member Will Palmer, have just won ‘Make it Short’, a competition held as part of the Lewes Short Film Festival, in association with Brighton Film School. Budding filmmakers competed to create the best short film shot in a 24 hour period, which was launched back on 6 October at Lewes’s new Depot Cinema.