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Quality

Three colleges in Lanarkshire have begun taking steps toward merging services by August .
Cumbernauld, Motherwell and Coatbridge colleges have launched a public consultation regarding plans to create a new institution for Lanarkshire, combining all of their resources.The proposed merger is part of a national shake-up of college education and is one of 12 college regions to be created in Scotland.

Robin Parker, president of student union NUS Scotland, said: “It’s encouraging that these colleges are consulting with students and staff ahead of their planned summer merger.

“However, it’s extremely important that this consultation not be just a tick-box exercise, but one that actually seeks the views of a range of students and incorporates those views to make the new college much more responsive to students’ needs.
“It’s crucial that when the merger process is finished that local access, student places and teaching quality are protected.
“We must also see the student voice at the new college strengthened which can be accomplished by providing the students’ association the resources it needs to best represent its members.

“If this merger is to deliver positive results for students in the west of Scotland, students must be involved every step of the way to ensure the focus remains on improving education quality.”
The Scottish Government expects that the restructures will save Scotland’s colleges around £50m per year and avoid duplication of services.

Cumbernauld, Motherwell and Coatbridge colleges are now running a consultation until March 22 where they will speak to staff, students and stakeholders.Michael Russell, Scottish Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, welcomed the step towards a Lanarkshire college.

He said: “I warmly welcome the colleges’ commitments to better align their services with the needs of both learners and employers in the region.
“It is important that any merger is informed by the communities across the region and that they are involved in this process.“I would encourage all those with a stake in this important discussion to take advantage of the consultation to express their views.”

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Magazine

Christopher Kane.
On Tuesday March 12, Christopher Kane, a highly renowned Scottish fashion designer, based in London, visited the school for a fashion photo shoot on behalf of Style.com magazine.
Christopher, born and raised in Newarthill, Motherwell, is a former pupil of Taylor High School and we were delighted to welcome him back once again to make use of the school as a backdrop to showcase his Fall 2013 collection which is scheduled to appear in the April edition of the magazine.

The shoot was undertaken by Alasdair McLellan, renowned fashion photographer and a number of students from the school were selected to model in the shoot and thoroughly enjoyed their experience.

Everyone had a highly enjoyable day and we thank all staff and pupils for supporting this event.We send our best wishes to Christopher and his team for involving our school community in this project and for the success of his latest collection.

World Book Day.
Pupils enjoyed a range of activities, organised by the English Department to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday March 7.

Every pupil in the school was issued with a £1 Book Voucher which can be redeemed at any bookstore. In addition to this pupils in First and Second year enjoyed taking part in a wide range of book-related activities including quizzes, speed-dating and blogging.

There was also a very successful book drop organised which gave pupils the opportunity to pick a book from the box in return for an old book which they had read. In addition to this pupils enjoyed finding out about their teacher’s favourite character in a book via a Powerpoint presentation on the large screens around the school.

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New one

The days of pulling your hair out to replace a lost button are over because now you can just take a picture of one of the remaining buttons, scan it and then print a new one. It was just announced at SXSW that Makerbot is releasing it’s new Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner which allows you to copy objects and then print them. This is pretty much the Star Trek: Next Generation Replicator except (unfortunately) it doesn’t rearrange subatomic particles.
Programmers are becoming fashion designers and fashion designers are programmatically enhancing their costumes. I can’t draw to save my life, but what I can do is download designs created by someone that has design skills, configure a 3D Printer as many times as I need to in order to get the perfect print and click ‘Run’ like I did to print a stretchy bracelet I downloaded for free from Thingiverse.

Traditional e-textiles and sewing machines will be around for awhile to come, but a whole new wave of fashion ideas are emerging because of technology for either practical or purely aesthetic purposes. Both professional and hobby fashion designers alike can easily integrate technological advances into their work, and even non-designers like myself can take those Jams I made 20 years ago and program them to change from a bright color to a more tolerable, subtle hue with the press of a button.

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Pop icon

Pop icon Adam Ant is making his eagerly-awaited comeback with his first album and single in 17 years, a world tour and a film.
The national treasure, who rose to fame as lead singer of post-punk group Adam and the Ants in the early ’80s, before embarking on a hit solo career, earned ten UK top ten hits – including three number ones – and became a figurehead for the new romantic movement in the UK.Crusties rejoice as The Levellers return to Bath on May 13.

Twenty five years in the ‘business’ and ten years of their own sell-out festival, Beautiful Days, are powerful proof that Brighton band Levellers are still a force to be reckoned with.
Renowned for their energetic live show, longevity has not diminished the band’s ability to get everyone in a room, or field, dancing.

From Slik and The Rich Kids to Ultravox and Band Aid’s Do The Know It’s Christmas?, Midge Ure has produced consistently innovative and excellent pop music.
Fronting Ultravox, Midge had nine top 10 albums and sold in excess of 20 million records in the UK alone before moving on to an equally successful solo career.Make a note of his Komedia show on May 17 in your diary.Former Marillion front man Fish visits on May 30.

Fish’s solo material has built on his already solid reputation as a singer-songwriter.His career, spanning almost 20 years of the entertainment industry, is notable for his charismatic stage performances and uncompromising lyrics.

Rami

Rami – This was a mess of too many ideas, not well meshed together. Frankly, it wasn’t flattering and the proportions were odd. It broke up the body too much cutting her in threes – off the shoulder, tight at the waist and then tight again at the hip. Then the full skirt. From the side there was a lot of odd bunching in the stomach area – not cute.

I, personally, am not a fan of that slammerkin/harlot – style off the shoulder sleeve and this was a little Scarlett O’Hara grabs the bed sheets (she already used the curtains) and it doesn’t work out well. For someone as impeccable as Rami this had some sloppiness and serious flaws. I did like the color, which was fresh, bright and unexpected.

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