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Talent on tap

Hundreds of toes were tapping during the song and dance numbers at this year’s Christmas Performance –but little did the audience know that 10 of them belong to a gold medallist! Viki Sarker has just returned from the IDO World Tap Dance Championships in Germany where the England team lined up six gold, two silver…

Sideline blog

When Josh Reynolds’ tutor suggested he should start blogging as part of his Extended Project on football journalism, little did he think his opinions would attract more views than those of professionals like Michael Owen, Ray Parlour and John Aldridge. But that’s exactly what happened after Josh began blogging on sportlobster.com, the one-stop shop for…

Lights, camera, action!

“Be prepared for lots of surprises, but keep focussed on what you want to achieve.” These were just some of the pearls of wisdom that Ben Willbond provided for students of Film, Media and Communications & Culture during a talk primarily aimed at young film makers, but also any student aspiring to a role within…

Retina in residence

Barton Peveril’s Youth Dance Company had a unique opportunity to work with Belgium-based dance company, Retina, and perform to a packed auditorium at The Point, Eastleigh. Renowned for its physically vibrant and ambitious contemporary work under the artistic direction of Filip Van Huffel, Retina has firmly established itself as a company that enables other dancers – both…

Afternoon at the Embassy

An afternoon at the Japanese Embassy in London introduced 25 language students to new aspects of Japanese culture and improved their character writing skills. Club Taishikan takes its name from the Japanese word for Embassy and runs a series of weekly workshops on everything from origami and calligraphy to traditional dress and dancing. Students following…

Nerves of steel

Finding themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place was all part of a challenging experience for Extended Diploma in Sport students. An adrenalin-pumping weekend in the Brecon Beacons tested both physical and mental agility through a range of activities including mountain and gorge walking, caving and climbing. As well as learning how to…

Bird film takes off

A passion for film and an eye for detail led to Barton Peveril students Josh White and Lucy Watkins winning the Best Cinematography award at the Wessex Colleges Filmmaking Challenge. The duo’s two minute comedy, The Dead Bird, was one of three Barton Peveril entries in this year’s event.  Each team was given a mandatory…

Parliament Week

The Leader of Hampshire County Council, Cllr Roy Perry, offered a valuable insight into the role of local government when he gave a lecture to first year Politics students. A few days earlier, the college  welcomed Eastleigh MP, Mike Thornton, who held a lively debate with Gifted and Talented students. Both visits  took place during…

Linguists at large

Barton Peveril linguists spent a day at Southampton University where they met undergraduates recently returned from a year abroad and tried out new languages including Mandarin and Portuguese. A series of workshops followed an introductory lecture on the importance of learning a foreign tongue.  During the popular Q&A sessions, students and staff were buoyed by…

Message hits home

“Being busted by the drug squad probably saved my life. I can’t change my past – but I knew I could change my future.” The hard-hitting testimony of former stock market millionaire, Shaun Attwood, provided an inspirational lecture for Sociology, Citizenship, Film and Media students at Barton Peveril. Attwood – who thought his glitzy lifestyle…