22. February 2021

Welcome back!

Hope you all had a good break during the half term enjoying the warmer weather and some sunshine.

Remote Learning Guide Reminder

  • Online lessons will take place via Google Meet

  • Attend your online lessons punctually.

  • If possible, turn your camera on

  • Dress appropriately

  • Hide or blur your background as appropriate

  • Submit assignments via your teachers preferred platform or method (Classroom, email, MyVarndean etc) on time, and ensure they reflect your best efforts.

  • Ensure that interactions with fellow students in your class continue to be respectful and polite as they would be face to face.

  • Please take care when sending messages or emails to staff and think about the working and tone of your email. Be courteous and realistic as they are to you. Remember, you are not texting your friends.

  • Sign into lessons using your college email address. If when you try to join the Meet the button says "Ask to join" then you are not signed in with your Varndean account and need to switch account in the top right corner.

Students who do not have a suitable device to access lessons can borrow a Chromebook from the college to access MyVarndean, Google Classroom, Google Meets and complete their assignments.

The College is also able to assist with providing internet connectivity, such as dongles. This is available to all students who attend college on: digitalskills@varndean.ac.uk.

The college is open every day for all students who do not have a suitable place to study at home as well as for students who may be vulnerable or are children of key workers. We are open the following times, as per our timetable, Monday and Wednesday from 8:30am until 5:30pm and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm. Students can access this by contacting: office@varndean.ac.uk

If you have technological issues or need support in accessing an IT service you can find support at the Digital Skills webpage here https://sites.google.com/varndean.ac.uk/digital; or email the digital skills team at digitalskills@varndean.ac.uk.

Student Union Elections 2021

Your Student Union - Your Voice

We are looking for the next Student Union Executive. Please see the information here and watch the SU President Bo-Min talking about the upcoming elections.


Deadline for applications by 5th March

Study Skills & HE Sessions

At The University of Sheffield, they have developed a successful programme of virtual delivery for Year 12 and 13 students during this academic year.

Their HE sessions can be viewed here plus they have a range of study skills sessions which may be useful to those currently learning from home.

CLUBS & SOCIETIES - What's on this week

Enrichment Clubs and Societies

Please see the link to see what societies are currently running and email the lead person if you are interested in finding more about it or joining to receive a google classroom link


Wk 4 E&IdDG
Programme for early spring 2021


Our wellbeing team are available on: wellbeingzone@varndean.ac.uk if you’d like someone to contact you.


Careers appointments can be booked via My Varndean homepage or can be requested by email

Any enquiries email: careers@varndean.ac.uk

Volunteering and international work experiences

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars apprenticeships are now open for applications.

Providing practical training in the specialist skills required to build ‘the best car in the world’, Apprentices will spend two to four years training at our Global Centre of Luxury Manufacturing Excellence, based in Goodwood, West Sussex.

Applications close on 14 March 2021.

There will be a Virtual Apprenticeship Information event on 9th February, from 6-7.30pm.

This event will give participants the opportunities to meet Apprentices and representatives from our Training and Recruitment teams, and to find out more about our apprenticeships.

Registrations can be made using the following link: https://bmwgroup-events.webex.com/bmwgroup-events/onstage/g.php?MTID=eae574c43006829ed8f9fc3a569600d6c



Drawing Anatomy: A Practical Course for Artists.
Paul Cézanne
Lethal Repetition: Serial Killing in European Cinema
Critical Insights: Nineteen Eighty-Four
Critical Insights: The Hobbit
Critical Insights: Lolita


The Vogue Archive - looking for some inspiration for your next textiles or photography project? Why not explore our excellent online resource, The Vogue Archive. You can view every issue, from the very first in 1892 to the current month. The Vogue Archive preserves the work of the world's greatest fashion designers, stylists and photographers and is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture and society.

If you'd like to find out more about how to use this resource Read the Guide


Inside Broadmoor: Criminally Insane This documentary marks the 150th anniversary of Broadmoor, home to Britain's most notorious killers. With exclusive and unprecedented access to Broadmoor’s archives, this film unfolds the extraordinary history of the world’s most famous and feared hospital. (12)

The Hobbit (Trilogy)
An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies. In the first film,
a reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home, and the gold within it from the dragon Smaug. (12)

Forensics: The Real CSI
Multiple cameras follow serious crime investigations in real time, revealing the crucial role cutting-edge forensic science now plays in bringing criminals to justice. (15)

It's a Sin
Drama from Russell T. Davies about five friends. With their lives tested as they grow up in the shadow of AIDS, they're determined to live and love more fiercely than ever. (15)


LGBT+ History Month is an annual event taking place every February, raising awareness of and combating prejudice against the LGBT community, while celebrating its achievement and diversity. We have lots of resources for you to discover...find films in the LGBT+ History Month folder on ClickView, or use our click and collect service to borrow some books.


The Library Moodle page is your one-stop portal to all our amazing resources, including ebooks, magazines, TV programmes, films, research databases, helpful resource lists and more - all accessible on all devices.


Follow us on Instagram for our most up-to-date information on new resources and other news: @varndeancollegelibrary


Look who visited us in the library recently! This is Digby, lovable hound of our principal, Donna-Marie. He'd taken advantage of our Click & Collect service and requested Mikhail Bulgakov's The Heart of a Dog. Excellent choice Digby, please do leave a review on the library catalogue when you've finished!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do all we can to help. Contact us by email on library@varndean.ac.uk. If you have any items out on loan that are due back soon, please don't worry about them at present - we don't expect you to return your books until it is safe to do so and we will be renewing all student loans to cover the entire college closure period.