The UK Mobility
During October of 2014, 64 delegates from our partner schools descended into the Lake district. We had arranged sole occupancy of a Youth Hostel in Ambleside, where everyone, staff and students would become one large family for the week. This proved to be popular with everyone. With no TV, during the evenings we were able to enjoy impromptu musical performances, social games and we even organised a wine tasting evening for the staff. Usually, we ate at the hostel, with food provided by a local catering company ‘ Cracking Spread.’ Our guests were treated to a mixture of local fayre food in the evenings and an assortment of packed lunches during the day.
During the week, there was a planned agenda, which was a mix of formal meetings, tours of the college campuses and the town, a boat trip across Windermere to Wray castle, where there was a Geo Cache trail, lunch in the castle and a tour of the building and grounds. The highlight was of course, a guided tour ride along our trail The Settle to Carlisle line on the train and on another day a guided coach tour through the lake district and the small towns and villages which are along the line. This tour was conducted by Sarah Tathams father. While in Appleby, we met the Town Mayor who gave us an interesting brief history of the town. The Business Studies students had arranged a guided tour of Carlisle and the Cathedral.
We spent two days in college, where all staff worked together to create and run some fabulous workshops – The business Studies students and Bev organised a lovely welcome, with gift bags were supplied by The British Council, along with small British Council Learn English’ merchandise ( the local contents including amongst other things, Kendal Mint Cake and umbrellas were sourced by the students) The Computer studies team ran an ICT workshop in the Learning Centre, there were CAD demonstrations in the engineering department, Nick from Estates brought in some live owls ( the owl is the mascot for the game) from his rescue centre, there were chocolate making workshops with Yannick and one of his students, woodworking with the construction team, beauty sessions with Alysia and her team and the animal rescue and childcare team also held small workshops. All students had the opportunity to visit the workshops. The cafeteria served a delicious full english breakfast, the restaurant provided a wonderful three course lunch served by the hospitality course students and a cookery demonstration also by one of the students. The catering staff also provided an excellent buffet to welcome our guests. Buses for general transport were arranged through Stephensons – a local company and Eddie Stobart Ltd provided a luxury coach for the tour of the Settle Carlisle towns and villages. At the end of the week, Peter Price accompanied the Polish team for a day trip around ‘The Beatles Story’ in Liverpool and Marilyn and her husband drove the Romanian team to London in their coach for a full sightseeing day at Windsor Castle and London before they boarded their plane home.
Below are a selection of information powerpoints made by Business Students about The Settle Carlisle Railway
Below are some of the end products designed and manufactured by our students.