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TRAFALGAR DAY PARADE 2017

TRAFALGAR DAY PARADE 2017

20/10/2017

Sea Cadets will take part in a spectacular show of formal parading in Central London to mark Trafalgar Day this weekend.

Four-hundred cadets from across the country will take part in the event on Sunday, alongside Sea Cadets volunteers.

Trafalgar Day is a chance to showcase skills and talents to spectators and tourists, as well as high-profile guests. For more than 100 years, Sea Cadets units up and down the country have marked the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar with parades, usually on the Sunday closest to 21 October. On that date in 1805, Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson defeated the French and Spanish fleets of Cape Trafalgar in South West Spain, losing his life at the height of his most famous victory.

You can follow the event on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and those who are at the event can also use our geofilter on Snapchat.

 
MARINE SOCIETY ACHIEVES 'GOOD' OFSTED REPORT

MARINE SOCIETY ACHIEVES 'GOOD' OFSTED REPORT

19/10/2017

Marine Society College has been judged ‘good’ (grade two) by Ofsted across all categories.

The education watchdog carried out an inspection in September, and published its report today (Thursday 19 October). In three years, the Marine Society team has worked hard to take the college from an ‘inadequate’ rating in 2014, to ‘requires improvement’ in 2016, and now a ‘good’ provider.

Inspectors found that: “Leaders and managers have a very clear and well-considered strategy to support seafarers to improve their education and to progress in their careers,” while noting that: “Leaders, managers and staff have taken successful and effective actions to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and the outcomes for learners.”

Other comments included:

 "Staff understand very well the complexities of learning and working at sea and give good advice to learners to help them choose suitable courses."

"Managers have designed and implemented the curriculum very well. Learners have access to a variety of courses that develop the skills they need to become officers in the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy."

"Learners have high aspirations, enjoy their learning and take pride in their work. They produce work of a good standard."

"The vast majority of learners who achieve their qualification remain in employment, secure promotion and/or take up further learning."

Marine Society’s Director of Lifelong Learning, Mark Windsor, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the Marine Society College, for our seafarers and our staff who have supported them. I am so proud of my team and I am grateful to those within the charity and beyond who have supported and encouraged us.

 
MSSC HOLDS ITS ANNUAL COURT

MSSC HOLDS ITS ANNUAL COURT

12/10/2017

On 11 October, more than 120 MSSC members, trustees and supporters gathered at Trinity House, London, for Annual Court, the charity’s AGM.

Marine Society was delighted to take the opportunity to present its annual awards. Susan Dio, CEP of BP Shipping, was the guest speaker, and Petty Officer Cadet Dani, a sea cadet from Flitwick and Ampthill Unit, gave a speech about her experiences in the Corps.

The award winners were:

- MCA Officer Trainee of the Year Award: Tristan Greaney

- GCSE/A-Level Outstanding Achievement: Petty Officer Cheryl More RN

- Middlesex University Award, for outstanding achievement in MSc Professional Practice Studies: Gordon Foot

- Open University Award for outstanding achievement in studies towards BA Leadership and Management: Liam Hyland

- John William Slater Award for outstanding achievement in Officer of the Watch Unlimited studies: Kevin Lennon

- Marine Society Lifelong Learning Award: Gordon Foot

 
NATIONAL SEA CADET SAILING REGATTA 2017

NATIONAL SEA CADET SAILING REGATTA 2017

02/10/2017

Congratulations to this year's competitors and winners at the National Sea Cadet Sailing Regatta!

The event took place in Southport on Saturday, and the bad weather didn't dampen spirits.

The winners were as follows:

SAILING

Open Bosun Class: North West Area

Open Quest Class: South West Area

Junior Topper Class: South West Area

Open Pico Class: Northern Ireland Area

Open PY Class: Eastern Area

WINDSURFING

Open up to 4.5m: London Area

Open up to 5.5m: London Area

Open up to 6.5m: London Area

Windsurfing Class Trophy: London Area

OVERALL

Eastern Area

 
FORMER LEARNER GIVES BACK TO MARINE SOCIETY

FORMER LEARNER GIVES BACK TO MARINE SOCIETY

25/09/2017

Bari Khan, a former Marine Society learner, has raised more than £650 for the charity.

The 30-year-old from Southampton wanted to give back to Marine Society because it allowed him to return to his studies.

Bari was working at sea, but wanted to broaden his prospects in the maritime industry. Nautilus International, a union representing maritime professionals, guided him to the Marine Society, and the charity awarded him a Worcester Scholarship, providing £1,000 towards study at Warsash Maritime Academy. Bari completed his BEng (Hons) Marine Engineering and Management, achieving a first while working through the graduate trainee surveyor programme at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. This year he qualified as a Marine Engineer Surveyor.

“I am grateful for the support from the Marine Society, and I appreciate there are many other ways in which Marine Society helps people to further and enhance their careers," he said.

“I wanted to give something back by taking part in the London to Paris charity ride, and hope the money can make a difference to other seafarers.”

Bari cycled the 180 miles to Paris over three days with a group of other cyclists, reaching his destination at the end of August. “It was a good trip, and I enjoyed helping some of the less experienced cyclists,” he said.

To sponsor Bari, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bari-khan-l2p

 
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