The Taming of the Shrew

Drama and English staff and students enjoyed a day of interactive, practical and fun workshops centred around the play "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare.

The sessions were held by Tom Davey, a representative from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.  The first workshop was for students who are going to see the production of The Taming of the Shrew in London in 2 weeks time at the Globe Theatre. The workshops aimed to support the students in writing their analyses of the performance for their coursework.  Tom helped them to get into character and fully understand the play, its ideas and the interactions between the performers.  The second workshop was aimed at staff of English and Drama departments, demonstrating practical strategies for teaching any Shakespear play to a cohort of students, 

Take a look at the activities the students got up to:

Students explore Gas Hall and Ikon

A-Level Art students visited the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery exhibition, “Night in the Museum” curated by a leading British artist, Ryan Gander, who had selected works from this world class national collection of modern and contemporary British art, as part of the celebrations for the Arts Council Collection’s 70th anniversary.

The students had the opportunity to view works of art by famous artists such as Henry Moore, Jacob Epstein and Patrick Caulfield. 

Law students experience beyond the classroom

Students studying Law and Applied Law at Cadbury College had the opportunity to explore life within the legal field beyond the classroom last week.

Second year students studying Law at the University are partially assessed on presentation skills.  Cadbury College provided the students with topics covered in A-Level and BTEC Level 3 classes in advance of the experience, and the students from The University of Law presented to our students.  Lawyers from Evershed, one of the top 50 law firms worldwide, supported the assessment of the University students' presentations, and our students were granted the opportunity to talk to them about their future prospects, working in law and different career options!

Students enjoy Business Mentoring!

Our Envision enrichment students have been busy again in their most recent session at GKN in Redditch.  This week's business mentoring session saw 10 GKN business mentors working with our 23 students to tackle problem solving, developing key transferable skills to support our students' development. 

Students were working with their mentors to come up with some practical solutions to any problems the teams are facing with their projects! Problem solving is one of the 4 key skills that the students are developing as part of their Community Apprentice programme.

Check out what the group got up to here:

Product Design at Cadbury World

This week, 3D Design and Product Design students visited Cadbury World to support their studies.

The students first enjoyed a tour of the factory, with a predominant focus on the manufacturing and engineering areas.  Cadbury World apprentices joined the group on their tour, and highlighted the benefits of the apprenticeship scheme to our students. In the afternoon, the students were set a product design task which they all worked on very well. They had to design a new product for Cadbury World with a theme and session in mind. They worked in small groups and had to draw designs, model examples with modelling clay and present it to the Cadbury engineers.

Charlie Clarke, George Crabtree and Stella Blizzard won the challenge with a Valentine's themed design.

Bang Out Of Order!

On Friday 13th January 2017, Cadbury's group of BTEC L2 First Award Performing Arts students took to the stage to perform the powerful script which explored the issues surrounding antisocial behaviour.  

A complex and well crafted piece of theatre, combining comedy as a perfect counterfoil to its serious elements, with moments of frivolity adding real poignancy to the final outcome. Following a group of teenager 'hoodies', the play wa as entertaining as it was insightful and challenging. The true-to-life script employed a mixture of naturalism that pulled no punches, stylised movement that moved the action along and mixed media that added another dimension.

Certificate Collection Day 2017

Student collecting exam certificates

Students who left Cadbury College in Summer 2016 are warmly invited back to College to collect their examination certificates. Certificates can be collected on Wednesday January 4th 2017.  The time of your collection was printed on the letter sent to you on november 16th.  You need to bring this letter with you on the day.  If you have lost or misplaced your letter, just get in touch with the Exams Office and they will be happy to help.

You should bring proof of identity with you or if you nominate someone else to collect your certificates on your behalf they should bring a letter giving them authority to do this. If you are unable to collect your certificates on this date, please contact the Exams Office to arrange an alternative date.

Students earn praise from business leaders

Our Envision enrichment group of second year students took part in an exciting challenge this month, earning buckets of praise from Birmingham's business leaders in the Community-Apprentice Pitching Challenge.  This year, Cadbury College had two teams of students entering the Community-Apprentice competition, which is running in fifteen schools across the city.  

Loosley based on the popular TV Show, The Apprentice, young people from across the city develop key employability skills by working in teams, developing communication techniques and demonstrating their strengths whilst managing their own projects.  Rather than competing to earn the most money, the teams strive to make the biggest positive impact on their respective communities.

Turning ideas into action

Students explore new approaches to art and fiction!

On Wednesday 30th November, Creative Writing and Digital Art students from Cadbury College visited a range of Birmingham Galleries as part of a research project for their respective A-level and BTEC courses.

During the day, they visited the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, The Gas Hall and Waterhall Galleries as well as The Custard Factory.  They also paid a visit to the Birmingham Library and the festive German Market!