Student Association members party the night away with Principal Meredydd David and Assistant Principal Matt Gower

Reaseheath college term finishes on festive high

Reaseheath students finished the term in style with a festive ‘Harry Potter’ themed Christmas Ball.

Four hundred students partied the night away at a black tie disco in the student bar at the specialist land-based college on Tuesday (Dec 15).

The ball and a sit down meal beforehand was organised by members of Reaseheath’s Student Association.

Student Association members party the night away with Principal Meredydd David and Assistant Principal Matt Gower

Student Association members party the night away with Principal Meredydd David and Assistant Principal Matt Gower

Student Association President Rob Sparkes said: “It was a typical Reaseheath fun night and everyone partied until late. The ball was a complete sell out. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and we had great feedback. It was a great way to finish the term.

I’d like to thank the Student Association for spending their free time creating amazing events like this, and the student services team for the effort they put into the Reaseheath Experience.”

Staff and students got into the Christmas spirit earlier in the week with a carol service in Reaseheath’s historic Main Hall.

Student Association's Rob Sparkes and Katie Gibson on campus selling cakes and t-shirts for RAG

Some RAG-tastic news!!

As of today our official total for our RAG charity Macmillan Cancer Support stands at: £20,226.11 – meaning we’ve exceeded our fundraising target of £20,000!

In addition to this record breaking total, the College has raised £1368.90 for Epilepsy Society, and £3000 for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, bringing the grand total of: £24,595 and a penny raised so far this year.

This is a fantastic achievement, which wouldn’t have been possible without the support and enthusiasm of our staff and students from all over the College.

Student Association's Rob Sparkes and Katie Gibson on campus selling cakes and t-shirts for RAG

Reaseheath Student Association’s Rob Sparkes and Katie Gibson on campus selling cakes and t-shirts for RAG


There are still a number of events left on the RAG calendar – including a staff vs student netball match (Tuesday 16th June, 12pm in the sports hall) and RAG rounders (Friday 20th June, 4pm on the sports field), so let’s try and and raise our Macmillan RAG total to over £25,000!

Rob Sparkes

One very happy and proud Student Association President 🙂


Read the latest issue of Coverage

Welcome to the latest issue of Coverage, Reaseheath’s student magazine. This magazine is written by students for the students.

In this issue we bring you lots of exciting information on the Student Association’s fundraising efforts for our RAG (Raising and Giving) charity, Macmillan Cancer Support as well as information about the upcoming summer ball.

Hope you enjoy!


Members of last year's Student Association helping at the 2014 event

Reaseheath Student Association set to support Holly Holy Day

By Astra-Louise Drakeley, Student Liaison Officer

Reaseheath College and the Student Association (SA) have been invited to attend and assist steward the traditional celebration of Holly Holy Day. This will be taking place in Nantwich on Saturday 24th January 2015.

Members of last year's Student Association helping at the 2014 event

Members of last year’s Student Association helping at the 2014 event

The SA have supported this event for over 5 years and in return for their support this year they will receive a £150 donation towards this year’s RAG charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.

This annual event commemorates the Battle of Nantwich in January 1644, and the lifting of a 6 week siege of the town during the Civil War.

As always soldiers from the Sealed Knot, dressed and equipped in authentic civil war attire, will parade down Welsh Row and into the town centre. Here they will parade outside St Mary’s Church in the main square, and wreaths will be laid in honour of those who fell in the battle.

There will also be a lively re-enactment of the battle by Sealed Knot members on Mill Island, adjacent to the town centre. This is usually a thrilling and popular spectacle, with cannon fire as well as hand to hand ‘fighting’!

Several members of the SA will be willingly helping out at this historic local event and you could too! Contact Rob Sparkes, Astra Drakeley or Jared Erskine (Student Services) for more information on how to get involved.

Macmillan Chester Takeover

Fantastic fundraising efforts for RAG

By Astra-Louise Drakeley, Student Liaison Officer 

Proactive fundraisers from the Reaseheath have raised over £5000 so far for this year’s RAG (Raising and Giving) charity Macmillan Cancer Support.

Reaseheath Student Association (SA) and RAG committee have hosted a number of fundraising events this term including a minion social, where volunteers offered a face painting service in return for a RAG donation.

Students also participated in the recent Macmillan ‘Chester Takeover’ and have been working in partnership with local businesses such as The Studio, Nantwich and Crewe Honda to further bolster donations.

Macmillan Chester Takeover

RAG fundraising with Crewe Honda

The next fundraising event on the RAG calendar is on Thursday 11th December, where the SA will be encouraging students and staff to ‘Go Green For Macmillan’, by dressing in green for the day. Go Green For Macmillan will lead into the RAG ‘Grinch’ student social event taking place during the evening.

Lots more activities and events are in the pipeline to continue the RAG fundraising momentum. The 24hr Staff vs Students Three Peaks Challenge will take place 18th – 19th April 2015, following with the annual programme of events for RAG Week 20th – 26th April 2015.

Watch this space for the next RAG update, in the meantime take a look at the Reaseheath Student Association Facebook page for the latest news, events and photos from the socials!

Meredydd David

Welcome to Reaseheath

Dear students

First and foremost I’d like to welcome you all to Reaseheath. I hope that you are enjoying your first term here with us.

Beginning life at college or university can be both an exciting and anxious time. Many students settle in well, however some of you who are living in at college may find that you are having difficulty adapting to your new environment. If you do find yourself missing the comforts of home, talk to your course tutor or the Student Welfare team as they will be able to offer you support.

I’m very pleased to say that you have a fantastic Student Association team in post for the year ahead. Part of their job is to work alongside Student Services to make your time at Reaseheath a positive and enjoyable experience.

I have been meeting with the Student Association each month to keep up to date with the views and opinions of our students. The ‘student voice’ is really important to us as a college. It helps us to ensure that the management decisions we make are informed and influenced by our students. Please make your views heard through your Course Representatives and members of the Student Association.

Hopefully you have made lots of new friends during Freshers’ Week and over the first term. There will be plenty of student events and activities taking place over this academic year for you to take part in, with many opportunities to meet new people.

Many of the events taking place across college will be in aid of our nominated RAG (Raising and Giving) charity. I’m very pleased that the Student Association have chosen Macmillan Cancer Support as this year’s RAG charity. Please get behind all of the activities planned over the coming year and support the College in raising funds for such a worthy cause.

The end of term is fast approaching with all students finishing for Christmas on Thursday 18th December. This year we will continue the festive tradition by celebrating the end of term with a Christmas Ball on Tuesday 16th December. This year’s theme has been decided and you won’t be disappointed!

Meredydd David