Students have been diving in, in some cases literally, to their new courses as term gets underway at Falmouth Marine School.
Groups studying watersports, marine engineering, marine biology and boatbuilding have taken the first steps towards their career goals and Head of Falmouth Marine School, Justin Olosunde, said it’s “great to see so many smiling faces on campus”.
“I am delighted to welcome this year’s cohort and returning students to Falmouth Marine School,” he continued.
“Over the next few weeks students will be getting to know their surroundings and enjoying an action packed induction programme, full of various events.”
One of those events was an orienteering challenge for students to familiarise themselves with the town they are now studying in and the local businesses on their doorstep.
Marine Biology student Sommer Moore, 16, previously from Camborne School said she has lived in Cornwall all her life.
“I’ve visited Falmouth regularly, but the orienteering task introduced me to places I didn’t even know existed,” she explained.
Watersports student Toby Allen, 16, previously from Helston Community College, said his first week was fantastic.
“It’s been a first class week and I really enjoyed getting to know everyone on my first day at the beach games on Gyllyngvase beach, especially as the sun was out,” he explained.
“I also enjoyed Kayaking with the Gylly adventures team. It was difficult conditions as we were kayaking up-wind but knowing how to work with the elements is what will make me a good instructor.
“It’s only been a week, but I know I made the right decision to train at Falmouth Marine School.”
The campus on Killigrew Street has been delivering marine courses since the 1950s and recently had a £3 million investment, hosting state of the art marine engineering centre, high quality teaching spaces and a dedicated marine science lab.
The practical elements of the boatbuilding courses continue to be located in the heart of the boatbuilding industry at Ponshardon and the Watersports practical sessions are run in partnership with one of Cornwall’s leading watersports providers, South West Lakes.
“Our focus is on creating a realistic working environment, which enables students to develop and flourish, not only academically, but by gaining real employability skills,” Justin continued.
“We are looking forward to a great academic year and we are now planning for the arrival of the students looking to study on our higher education courses.”