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Hopwood's Round Up

May 4, 2017

Did you spend April anxiously awaiting the Hopwood Hall news? Then sit tight and prepare to be inundated with a barrage of Hopwood Hall anecdotes.


Tech students take the glory against rival colleges

A big well done is in order for all our students and staff at the Tech Centre. In the same month they hosted and competed in both the GMCG Construction competition and the North West Regional heat of SkillBuild.

At GMCG, the college won the overall competition, with three students winning individual categories:

  • Mosam Ramzan won the Senior first prize in the Electrical Installation
  • Oliver Forman won first prize in Senior Plastering
  • Cian McGilloway locked out the Plastering top prizes with his first place in the Junior Plastering Competition

At SkillBuild, five students managed top 3 places in their categories:

  • Sam Fletcher - 1st Bricklaying (Jr.)
  • Sarah Wilkinson - 2nd Joinery (Jr.)
  • Jessica Smithson - 3rd Painting and Decorating (Jr.)
  • Anthony Brown - 3rd Plastering (Jr.)
  • Stuart Smith - 3rd Plastering (Snr.)

Football Academy take on the French

In a fascinating turn of events, our football academy scored less than five goals in a game AND kept a clean sheet when they faced SAS Football Notre Dame de Sanilhac football.

The French team visited the Middleton campus for a friendly during a footballing tour of Manchester, and whilst they provided one of the toughest tests our academy had faced this season; we still beat them 3-0.

Talismanic substitute Oumar Camara grabbed a hat trick in a game where both teams gave a display in how to play football properly.

We look forward to the rematch.

Skills for Life graffiti project

Skills for Life students turn eyesore into art

Students from our Skills for Life courses recently renovated the Castleton Bridge section of Rochdale Canal as part of a joint project with the Canal and River Trust. The grim looking structure was resprayed with a mural to loved ones some students had lost and their end product has drawn praise from local media and community members alike.

Animal Management students' move their Rheas

Students from various Animal Management courses spent April rehabilitating our bird species after the government relaxed protective bird flu measures.

After being kept indoors since December, enclosures were updated by students and avian species were re-introduced into the appropriate outdoor enclosures.

"That's good innit" Clint Boon swaggers down memory lane"

Former Inspiral Carpets keyboardist, current radio DJ and professional Mancunian made a visit to the Rochdale campus as part of a promotional online mini-series about places of importance to Clint's past.

As a Fine Art student in the 70s, Clint first experienced a synthesizer at the college, first discovered punk rock and ran late to his classes on many occasions.

“When I came to the college in ‘75, they really embraced creativity and new thinking and I really feel like it expanded my mind. Careers advisers had a lot of unimaginative career choices for you, which I really wasn’t interested in. So moving to the college helped me express individuality and tap into the Punk Rock scene which was starting to impact young people then.”

We look forward to another month full of weird and worrying quirks...

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