Pupils at Rothesay Academy who are undertaking the Skills for Work programme (which links Argyll College UHI and Rothesay Academy) have been putting their skills to the test last week, with the Hairdressing students taking part in a Hairdressing Creativity Presentation Competition.
The Hairdressing course - one option of many, including including Rural Skills, Creative Digital Media, Childcare, Uniformed and Emergency Services and Construction - gives students a practical introduction to hairdressing. Students learn about the salon environment and about the different roles and responsibilities in hairdressing. Specific course skills involved are employability, shampooing and blow-drying hair. In the “Creativity Unit” students are able to experiment with style ideas.
The students are studying at different levels - Joanne Thorburn nearly achieved her Intermediate 1 level and the remaining students are studying Intermediate 1 level and have completed their first year, going onto their second year in August.
Results are as follows:
First prize of £25 went to Chloe Glen, whose model was Holly Colhoun.
Second prize of £15 went to Joanne Thorburn, whose model was Kirsty Barratt.
Third prize of £10 went to Hanna Young, whose model was Marcela McMillan.
There were also four runner-up prizes of £5, which went to Claire MacPhee whose model was Antonia Reilly, Meagan Smith and model Marissa Ballantune, Hanna Hendry and model Megan Poole, Alice McMillan and model Olivia O’Donnell, Ryanna Anderson and model Alison Shaw.
Judging the creations were Argyll College’s Linda McLaughlan, Rothesay Joint Campus Principal Wendy Brownlie and Academy teacher Dale Somerville. The students were judged not only on the final outcome but on the techniques, products, styling tools and the outfits used.
Linda told us that huge thanks is owed to Argyll College tutor Kate Thornton, staff at Nadia’s Hair and Body Salon for their assistance on the day, to Isabel McCormack for doing the models make up, to Kieran Parkins for doing the sound, Paul Simpson for taking the professional photographs, and to Wendy Brownlie and Dale Somerville for helping to judge.