Eastleigh College last week celebrated the beginning of the new academic year with its annual student fayre.

The general further education college in Hampshire, which supplies a range of courses that lead to vocational, technical and professional qualifications as well as opportunities for adult learners at 24 local venues, welcomed students new and old to its Chestnut Avenue site to celebrate the start of a the term and welcome freshers preparing to begin their course of study.

The college has been experiencing steady growth since it expanded its short and part time course provision. The majority of part-time students are aged 19 and over. About two thirds of adult students and just under half of the students aged 16 to 18 are female. The college provides a curriculum which is designed to compliment that of the Barton Peveril Sixth Form College which is situated less than half a mile away that primarily offers GCE A-level courses.

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Bands from the National Diploma in Music course, and the Male and Female Dance groups kept everyone entertained with their performances, with a mixture of music, singing and dancing. There was also fat suit sumo wrestling and gladiator-style dueling, for the more competitive!

Many students signed up for the Enrichment Programmes, with extra curricular options such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Millennium Volunteers, football and basketball.

The fayre proved to be a huge success and was a chance for all the freshers to find out what being a student is all about at Eastleigh "“ sumo suits and all.

Michael Lloyd

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