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Last week seven of our BTEC Level 3 fashion students visited Kielce in Poland as part of an Erasmus+ project looking at role models and democracy. The visit included working with Polish and visiting Italian students in school as well as a city quest around Kielce and a trip to Krakow. The Polish students taught everyone a dance, the Italian group demonstrated how to make tiramisu and the English students showed everyone how to make paper roses.

Their teacher, Tapiwa Dingwiza, said "it was useful experience for students to leave their comfort zones, adapt to new surroundings and make new friends from different cultures. Above all, it boosted their independence and self-confidence through presentations and group projects. These are all valuable skills which will help them to transition to university life".

The next Erasmus project trip will be in November, when a group of Level 3 art students will visit a partner school in Waldkirch, Germany.

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Southwark College is closely monitoring all communications and guidance as it becomes available. This information is for students and staff and reflects updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). We are prepared to escalate our contingency arrangements in the event of change.

The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the WHO and international community. For staff and students, it remains business as usual across our sites and our workplaces.

Please note that, at present, this advice refers only to arrivals from Wuhan, and not the remainder of China. If you have returned from Wuhan you should:

General guidance for those planning visits to Wuhan or other destinations in China

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) maintains updated travel advice for those planning a trip to Wuhan or other destinations in China. This is available at:

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

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This advice is derived from The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-uk

Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/