The recent Family Open Events held by Solihull College & University Centre offered educational, fun filled days out for the entire community. Alongside the successful adult open evening last week which hit record numbers of attendance this year, both the Blossomfield and Woodlands Campus events provided a buzzing atmosphere and plenty of opportunity to explore and discuss options of studying.
At Woodlands Campus a variety of workshops such as plastering, painting and decorating, bricklaying, carpentry and more had children captivated. The aircraft hangar was open for budding engineers to explore the BAe Jetstream T Mk2 aircraft, a crowd favourite, and the flight and formula one simulators kept children and adults entertained throughout.
Mum of three young children, Rachel Spears who attended the Woodlands Campus event mentioned ‘It’s been amazing to see my son Patrick stimulated. Today has really opened up his mind to all sorts of new skills, it’s been seriously impressive.’ Patrick, 9 was among good company as children lined up to don hardhats and lay bricks, build wooden miniature boats in the carpentry area or enjoy stenciling in the painting and decorating workshop. Tutors were on hand to discuss the range of courses on offer.
At Blossomfield Campus the College’s animals were centre of attention. Animal Management students were happy to introduce the public to them all. Claire Powell, head of Animal & Land Management stated ‘I was overwhelmed with the levels of dedication shown by our students. It was great to see the community come out and to watch our students interact with confidence, they were in their element, exuding confidence and knowledge, it was brilliant to see them shine’.
Donkeys, ferrets, skunks and snakes were among the animals met by the community. The ‘Find the microchip on the dog’ game showed guests about the importance of micro chipping animals. ‘Dog vs Children’ races kept the adults amused and the plant sales from the work of the horticultural students were a near sell out.
College governor Barbara Hughes who visited the Blossomfield Campus with her husband and 2 year old grandson stated ‘I didn’t realise quite the range of animals the college has and also how lovely the lawns and garden are. The students chatted easily about what they were doing and there seemed to be a good crowd enjoying their visit. The students and staff did the college proud’.
If you are interested in booking a tour of the college, please call 0121 678 7000 for further information.