Students are kings of castle

Students at TyneMet College's freshers' fair.

Students at TyneMet College's freshers' fair.

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WRESTLING on a bouncy castle wearing fake sumo suits was among the activities staged to help new students prepare for the year ahead.

Students at Tyne Metropolitan College in Wallsend and Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College in North Shields arranged various challenges as part of this year’s freshers’ weeks.

Students also got to battle it out at Nintendo Wii games, as well as picking up advice on health, careers and travel.

Careers Service, Teenage Cancer Trust, Catch 22, Metro Travel and health nurses from North Tyneside NHS Stop Smoking Clinic.

The Student Support Service gave advice and information to students who may need additional learning support to help them through their course.

Staff from NESA (North East Sports Academy) were also on hand talking to students at both colleges about free membership to NESA.

Sam Haley, director of learner services at TyneMet College, said: “It is important that all students receive advice and guidance that will support them during their time here.

“Students should be able to enjoy their college experience and be introduced to the many extra curricula activities we have on offer.”

Students at Queen Alexandra’s also received goody bags and information while were able to challenge each other in sporting competitions, eat ice cream and dress up in inflatable sumo suits to battle each other on the bouncy castle.

Denise Bolton, head of Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, said: “Freshers’ Day was a huge success; the students interacted and engaged and were able to get access to some important information that will help them during their time here.

“This is a ‘first time’ college experience for some of our new students; Freshers’ Day is an important part of their induction process, helping them integrate into the college environment in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.”