This year’s Borders College Graduation took place on a sunny, crisp day at Springwood Park in Kelso. A day described by the Chair of the Regional Board for Borders College, Tony Jakimciw, as “the most important day of the college year.” This year’s ceremony, which saw in the region of 140 graduands cross the stage to receive their education awards, had a real air of celebration and fun, even including a selfie booth for guests to enjoy after the formal proceedings had taken place.
Borders College, Live Borders Museums & Galleries, and the Creative Arts Business Network (CABN) have partnered to showcase the work of six young visual artists from the Scottish Borders, formerly students of Borders College, by way of the ‘New Blood Exhibition’, set to take place at The Scott Gallery in Hawick Museum between 23 September and 24 December 2018.
NHS Borders, Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and Borders College worked together to introduce Project SEARCH in the Borders back in 2016. Since then the program has gone from strength to strength. Last week marked the start of the programme for our third intake of interns.
Mental health is a key priority for both the Borders College Students’ Association (BCSA) and Heriot-Watt University Student Union (HWUSU) this year. As such, the organisations teamed up to deliver 2018’s ‘Smash the Stigma’ event at the Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels.
Alice Mackay, aged 24 from Clovenfords, has been successfully running her own beauty salon ‘Beau Boutique’ since the age of 17, and was recently shortlisted for three coveted Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards (SHABA) titles.
Visitors to Borders College’s recent food and drink focused events enjoyed the very best of what the Scottish Borders has to offer in the industry. Between a food fayre, chef demonstrations and charity dinner, there was something for everyone to appreciate across the ‘Local Food on Local Plates’ theme.
Borders College Horticulture students and staff recently helped to transform the garden of the NHS Dementia Unit at Melburn Lodge in Melrose, enhancing both the patients’ comfort and the students’ opportunities for learning.Nigel Gibb, Horticulture Lecturer led the project and his students liaised with nursing staff to complete a design brief to develop a raised flower bed into a sensory garden.A planting design was presented to NHS Borders in the form of a mood board and scale drawing. Once this had been agreed, the group set to work creating their vision, planting a range of sensory plants to provide colour, smell, texture and movement for the Dementia Unit patients to enjoy and provoke their senses. Students managed their own budget when sourcing materials, and were able to include some plants they had grown themselves in the College glasshouse.The project offered the Horticulture students an excellent opportunity to see a project through from start to finish, and the workload was heavy with 3 tons of mushroom compost having to be dug in, not to mention mulching the raised beds with 2 tons of bark.Christine Proudfoot, Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant at NHS Borders, said:“It’s really valuable to have connections with our local community. Having the students on site has provided our ward with a wonderful sensory garden that really makes a difference to our patients, relatives and staff at Melburn Lodge.” Patients of the unit are reaping the rewards from their greatly improved garden area which is the ideal place for them to enjoy with visitors and fellow patients. One patient said: “The garden is important to me because it smells nice. I enjoy being outside in good weather, well in any weather. I like the birds, their sounds and seeing the bees and butterflies.”Nigel himself commented: