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COVID Protocols for Students

Dear Students,

We hope everyone is keeping well and had a restful break. We would like to advise you on the updated guidance for attending face-to-face classes and events with Transitions and WACI.

Until further notice, the following protocols will be in place and it will be required that you follow them for admission into RCS buildings. These protocols apply to all staff and students of RCS, including participants of all ages.

If there are further Scottish Government regulatory changes that affect these protocols, or if test availability becomes problematic, we will issue further guidance. It is unfortunately in the nature of this fast changing situation that our protocols may have to change at short notice.

Protocols

  • You must test twice weekly with a lateral flow test (rapid antigen), and register your result here for entry to RCS buildings.
  • If you are aged 12 or over, you must be prepared to show your negative result confirmation email at the entrance to RCS, and the test must have been taken within 72 hours of the time you require entry to the campus.
  • We will only look at the result, and not retain any data.
  • If you are 12+ and do not show a negative test result obtained within the last 72 hours, which must be a confirmatory email AND NOT A NEGATIVE TEST CASSETTE, you will not be admitted to RCS buildings that day.
  • All students should continue to wear face masks (unless they have a medical exemption), continue to use the hand sanitizers around the building and keep a distance whenever possible.

If you test positive:

  • Register your result online via the government website https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.
  • You must begin self-isolating immediately.
  • We ask that you let RCS know so that we can support you and contact tracing – If you are a Transitions or WACI student and you do not attend Juniors, you can tell us you  have tested positive by emailing transitions@rcs.ac.uk or waci@rcs.ac.uk

If you are asymptomatic, you do not need to do a PCR test. If you are symptomatic, you should register your LFT result online, and take a confirmatory PCR test.

Best Wishes the Fair Access Team

Holiday Greetings from Fair Access

As we have approached the end of the year we wanted to thank all our students for your commitment during such challenging times. We can see how hard all our Transitions and Widening Access to the Creative Industries students have been working and the Fair Access Team are really proud of you all. 

We believe that the performing and production arts have the power to change lives and we’ve seen this first hand through our workshops, outreach, creative projects, performance trips, creative conversations and events. We hope that you all get to spend the time with the people you like the best over the holidays.

Advice and Support

We have also compiled a list of support services offering advice and support for care experienced and estranged young people over the festive period should you need them:

1/ Time to Talk –  A number you can call for confidential support and advice.

www.reesfoundation.org/time-to-talk

2/ Stand Alone Festive Guide – A guide offering ideas of how to cope with common festive frustrations. 

www.standalone.org.uk/guides/festive-guide

3/ Become Charity – Information including Christmas link-Ups and Advice line information.

www.becomecharity.org.uk/for-young-people/care-advice-line/support-at-christmas

Take care everyone and we hope you have lots of fun.

With much love from the Fair Access Team.

Pre-Juniors Movement Workshop at Blackfriars Primary School

RCS dance tutor Suzanne Shanks recently delivered taster workshops in creative movement to 150 young people at Blackfriars Primary School in the Gorbals.  

Group of young people sitting on an assembly floor stretching their toes.

Suzanne said: ‘Highlights of the day were being able to see so many boys doing well…there’s a little bit of a barrier in the West of Scotland – the attitude of ‘boys don’t dance’ still very much exists, so it was so lovely to see them relax and enjoy parts of the class. I had several boys put their hand up to demonstrate exercises like skipping and the musicality tasks.  It was so great to see.’   

One teacher commented, ‘The session was good for [pupils’] mindfulness, breathing, balance and core’ and one of the young people said, ‘We practised our hand co-ordination, and it was very hard, but I kept practising it at home actually, and now I can do it!’ and another pupil told us, ‘I like that we got to dance freestyle and do whatever we wanted to!’ 

We are now inviting a number of pupils and their family to further taster workshops at Wallace Studios and hopefully can offer Transitions places at Pre Juniors! Well done to everyone who got involved!

On The Edge Update

 ‘On The Edge’ KeyWorker Projections 

A Collaboration with Bash Art Creative

Watch some of the KeyWorker Projection highlights produced by Bash Art Creative in collaboration with the Fair Access Department.

Throughout October and November of this year, a series of large-scale outdoor video installations were used to create creative portraitures and performances to explore the role of key workers, teachers, artists, and people who have made a significant contribution to our lives and communities in these testing times.

The portraits and performance workshops took place across Glasgow in localities such as Castlemilk, Drumchapel, Milton and Easterhouse. It was fantastic to see so many people come out and get involved with the project within their local communities.

Coming up next

You can get involved with our new workshops in 2022 if you live in Castlemilk and are interested in performance. Visit here for more information.  

'What It Means To Be Me' Event

Screening and Discussion Event

Are you or someone you know care experienced or estranged and interested in the performing/production arts? Do you want to get involved in a discussion about the impact of the arts on this group? Then come along to our screening and discussion event in partnership with GMAC.

We will be doing a screening of our wonderful films that showcase our work with care experienced and estranged students people including our own RCS students alongside younger participants.

Who: For Care Experienced and Estranged Young People interested in the arts and people who support and celebrate those young people.
When: Thursday 20 January, 5:50-7:30pm
Contact: Louise Brown at l.brown5@rcs.ac.uk

Hear Me Out!

Hear Me Out! provides a safe space for care experienced young people to discover their voice, their own vibration, and to be heard.

People sitting around a large roll of paper making notes

Music is about vibration and the release of energy, a vital way of us connecting with ourselves and checking in with our emotional well-being. Having your voices heard is such a vital part of life, through our words, our gestures or our music. Often we don’t give it the importance that it deserves.

Participants attend warm and welcoming workshops with experienced vocal studies staff and students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. These workshops encourage participants to unlock their voice – no sound is incorrect and all sound is encouraged and celebrated.

Our Hear Me Out project started on November 13 and runs until Dec 4.

If you would like to find out more about the work we do with care experienced and estranged students, you can email our fair access manager on j.paul@rcs.ac.uk and can read more on our Corporate Parenting pages.

On The Edge - CPP Workshops

Coming to Castlemilk in February!

An image of a nurse projected onto the side of a building with a group of people watching.

 

Are you aged 16+ and do you live in Castlemilk?  Are you interested in acting, performance and the arts? If so, we’ve got something exciting happening in February that could be right up your street!

Building on our fantastic On The Edge Project in collaboration with Bash Art Creative, RCS Fair Access will be running free performance workshops in Castlemilk. Our exciting Contemporary Performance Practice Workshops are designed for those who are aged 16+ and interested in exploring performance. The activity will take place at Netherholm Community Hall.  Sessions start on Tuesday, February 1st, from 6.30-8.30pm and run every Tuesday until March 1st.  Why not have a go?!

If you or someone you know is 16+, lives in Castlemilk is interested in performance, get in touch with Louise Brown at l.brown5@rcs.ac.uk or on 07568 997 307. You can also contact Eddie Cusick at eddie.cusick@theneucommunities.co.uk

Otherwise, just come along on Tuesday 1st February.

BEd (Bachelor of Education - Music) Pilot Module

We are currently running a pilot module for young people who are interested in becoming music teachers.

Six students from our Widening Access to the Creative Industries and Transitions programmes have been learning all about what it means to be a teacher, how the national curriculum works and all things music education. They are building the skills they need to get ready to apply to become a music teacher at RCS. We are delighted with how the course is going.  

‘It’s great to see the (Transitions) students grow in confidence as they explore aspects of Educational Policy and discuss what it means to be a teacher in the 21st Century’ Mairi Warren BEd Lecturer

If you are a music teacher with students interested in a career in teaching music, why not get in touch. Your students may be eligible for our Transitions programme and applications are now open. Click here to find out more or contact Transitions on transitions@rcs.ac.uk

Deadline: January 2022

Term One Performance Trips

Our Term One compulsory activity kicks off over the coming weeks with two exciting performance trips.

A heeled shoe on a table surrounded by fairy lights.

Firstly, we will be taking our pre-Juniors students to see Cinderella.  We can’t wait to see RCS acting students performing panto again in the building and sharing the experience with our youngest students.

For all other students not yet in their year of application, we have been working with the Edinburgh International Festival and dance company Akram Khan, to share their award-winning performance Chotto Xenos.   The performance has been specifically designed for young audiences and there will be three screenings to make sure that everyone can come along, followed by a thought-provoking activity to get the best out of the experience.

Fair Access Expo 2021

We’re excited to announce that bookings for our upcoming Fair Access Expo are now open!!! 

Come along and join us on Thursday 4th November for open discussions around Widening Access to the Arts. 

We are delighted that the wonderful screen actor Julie Hesmondhalgh will be opening the Expo, sharing her passion for the arts and its power to transform lives and communities. We will also be sharing stories and flagging up opportunities for people interested in a career in Dance, Drama, Music, Film, Production, Theatre and the Performing Arts. 

This year, the main discussions that you can take part in are:

 Young People as Champions of Widening Access to the Arts 
A group of young people will come together to share their experience of choosing the arts as a pathway. We’ll delve into what it’s been like and how they see themselves moving forward.    

 Where Theatre Meets Film 
In this discussion we will hear from theatre-makers and filmmakers and people who do both – we will explore the many varied opportunities that are available in Film and theatre and how both practical and creative disciplines can straddle both art forms.   

 Being Working Class in The Arts 
A career in the arts is not always celebrated as a life choice or even as an option at all – in this panel we will hear from a panel of speakers from working-class communities who have forged creative careers, often against the odds.   


Registration now closed!

Head over to rcs.ac.uk/fair-access-expo to watch again


Attention all teachers and community groups:

If you would like to make a day of it and are able to host the event streamed live into your classroom/space, we have goodies!!! Register your interest in hosting a live stream of the Fair Access Expo to your young folks and we will send you through a box of goodies to give out on the day. Request your pack in Question 4 of the form by telling us roughly how many young people you are hoping will attend. The event will run from 12noon – 3pm.