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Easton and Otley College Taster Day 5th May 2017

 A small group of Year 9 and 10 students recently took part in another 'Taster Day' at the Easton and Otley College Easton Campus. This time the students took part in Tasters in: Public Services, Animal Care and Horticulture. The idea is to give school students a taste of colleg life. The Public Services session took the form of a series of teamwork, communication and leadership challenges - using planks to 'cross a river', balancing a seesaw and walking a series of ropes. Each activity was timed and two of our groups managed to beat the existing school records! Many of our students said that this was the best session of the day and said that they intended to find out more about the Public Services course. Our second session was Animal Care and we were shown around the centre by two current college students who told us lots about the animals they kept there. We then had a lunch provided for us by the college giving us the chance to see the canteen facilities and get even more of a feel for college life. Our final Taster of the day was Horticulture and we were really lucky to have warm and sunny weather to walk around the gardens in. Daniel, the Tutor, told us that he had also been a student at Easton College and trained there himself. Before starting to teach at the college he had worked as a gardener for a number of big houses such as Blickling Hall. Daniel was very knowledgeable about the plants and trees and really got us thinking more about the subject. The session finished off by going into one of the big greenhouses and doing some potting-up. A number of Horticulture 1st Year students helped us and we were each able to bring back a potted up plant. We also brought one back for Mr Parr-Burman as a thank you for letting us go on the trip. To finish the day we went into a lecture theatre with students from the other schools taking part for a 'Careers Talk' which was informative and gave us a good overview of the wide range of careers the courses on offer can lead to. We also learned that you can study for a degree at Easton and Otley College. All of the students who went on the Taster Day gave us feedback which said that it had been either 'helpful' or 'very helpful'. Some of the comments: Imogen "I'm going to research all of the courses involved and what they offer." Jamie "I was not considering college before but now I am". Kim "It was helpful because we got taught a lot. My favourite part was the Public Services". Eloise "The staff were kind and helpful". Nathan "I learned about all the different types of courses that the college provides". A big thank you to Andrew Farley and all the staff and students from Easton College for their generous hospitality and welcome.