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July 2011

QRC student athlete goes for gold

QRC student athlete goes for gold

One of our high performance athlete students, Shaun Travers, has been on the other side of the world competing in the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup in Europe.

Shaun’s originally from Tauranga and was selected for the New Zealand Junior Canoe Slalom team last year, but opted to go for gold alone in his determination to reach the 2012 London Olympics.

Shaun’s best race results to date put him among the top 40 in World Cup races and he’s also ranked 2nd in New Zealand for the C1 race. Watch this space to see how he gets on.

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QRC Adventure Tourism student Shaun Travers going for gold

  • Posted By: QRC on Fri, 15th Jul 2011 @ 00:00:00

QRC welcomes new students

QRC welcomes new students

QRC has warmly welcomed another 45 Hospitality Management and Adventure Tourism Management students to campus this July.  Once again New Zealanders make up the majority of students however this year’s intake also includes students from Australia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, China, Germany, India, Reunion Island, Vietnam and the UK. 

“Our international students add an extra dimension to the learning experience for our NZ students, and bring a rich cultural tapestry and a different thinking perspective that benefits the whole college,” says International Marketing and Recruitment Manager Duncan Sadleir.

Queenstown Resort College has welcomed students from more than 30 nationalities since opening.

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Careers Advisory and Teacher Familiarisation Visit to QRC

Careers Advisory and Teacher Familiarisation Visit to QRC

Last month QRC hosted its annual careers advisors and teachers famil. This provides these influential people with the chance to view QRC facilities first hand.  It also gives them the opportunity to meet current students and academic / operational staff at QRC.
 
Activities included becoming a QRC student for a day and sitting in on ‘classes’ that explained the programmes in detail.  The group heard from Head of School and Hospitality Management Programme Manager, Harvey Bourne, Adventure Tourism Management Programme Manager, Chris Warburton and Careers Manager, Rachel Exell.

After a hard day’s learning it was ‘fun time’, including a trip on Queenstown's world famous Kawarau Jet. The day ended with a three-course fine dining experience in the QRC Common Room served by term one and two Diploma of Hospitality Management students.

Picture caption: QRC takes it's teachers famil on an exciting KJet experience

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Wine Down - it's back!

Queenstown Resort College - Wine Down - it's back!

Our Wine Down consumer tasting event is back – this year being held on Sunday 14 August from 1pm-7pm.

Wine Down is now a regular yearly fixture in the Queenstown event calendar and aims to attract over 400 visitors from all over New Zealand. QRC resident wine expert Paul Tudgay says he wants guests to taste, learn, experience and buy.

“It’s also unintimidating, fun and inspirational, with wines from all over New Zealand and the rest of the world available on the day along with great food, masterclasses and a chance to meet the people behind the wines,” he says.

Tickets will be available through Ticket Direct.

Picture caption: Paul Tudgay Hospitality Business Manager

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2012 QRC National Scholarship Programme

2012 QRC National Scholarship Programme

Registrations are now open for the 2012 annual National Scholarship.

Every year QRC gives two full National Scholarships to students starting Diploma studies, one for the Diploma of Hospitality Management and one for the Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management or the Diploma in Adventure Tourism specializing in Snowsport Business Management. 

Scholarships are open to New Zealand citizens or permanent residents who will complete Year 13 studies in 2011. The scholarship covers the tuition and course related fees for the duration of the programme and does not include the costs associated with re-sitting any failed papers. Applications close 2 September 2011.

For more information or an application form visit www.queenstownresortcollege.com

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Cameron Day and Benji Adahar winners of the 2011 QRC National Scholarship

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QRC Students lend a helping hand at TRENZ

QRC Students lend a helping hand at TRENZ

Back in May students from Hospitality Management, Adventure Tourism Management and Snowsport Business Management helped out at TRENZ 2011 through our Student Ambassador Programme.

Supported by QRC Training and Development Manager Fiona Boyer, students had the opportunity to muck-in, meet industry professionals and experience first-hand the engine room of the tourism business.

TRENZ was hosted in Queenstown for the first time and welcomed more than 280 influential international travel buyers from New Zealand’s most important visitor markets.  

Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key, talking at the TRENZ VIP function, signalled out the importance of what QRC was doing in addressing service levels and professionalism in the industry.

The positive feedback from tourism leaders regarding the professionalism of QRC students and the outstanding manner with which they represented themselves and the College has been endless.

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Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key taking time out to speak to QRC Student Ambassadors at TRENZ

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Canter for Canteen

Canter for Canteen

Recently a group of 20 staff and students took part in the Canter for CanTeen charity fundraiser and raised $4404 for CanTeen – a support network for young people aged 13-24 and living with cancer.

Led by students Jock Barr and Michael Jones, the group shaved their heads before running from Glenorchy to Queenstown (46.1km). They raised cash through individual sponsorship and donations, a sausage sizzle and street-side money collections.

Thanks to all those who gave so generously. CanTeen is a great cause and we have been hugely inspired and motivated to help as much as we can. Visit www.canteen.org.nz for more information or to donate.

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Adventure Tourism Management student and Canter for Canteen organiser Jock Barr under the blade

  • Posted By: QRC on Fri, 15th Jul 2011 @ 00:00:00

Queenstown on show for International Education Agents

Queenstown on show for International Education Agents

Queenstown always jumps at the chance to globally showcase itself as an international education destination and we’re delighted to announce that Queenstown will be the host venue for Australia and New Zealand’s largest education and student travel conference in 2012.
 
Around 500 participants from 50 different countries are expected to attend the Australia / New Zealand Agent Workshop (ANZA) from 29 February - 2 March. “Similar to TRENZ the event will facilitate one-on-one appointments between selected international education agents and NZ / Australian education providers,” says International Marketing & Recruitment Manager, Duncan Sadleir

The event will provide the perfect opportunity to showcase the region and to reinforce the fact that, in addition to an exciting and dynamic lifestyle, Queenstown also boasts a range of high quality English, High School and Tertiary education providers.

Participants at the conference will receive up-to-date information on international education trends, insights into key markets, current visa issues and guidance on building successful relationships with agents.

QRC students will also be on hand to assist and to benefit from being involved in a sizeable international event.

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QRC CEO Charlie Phillips and International Marketing & Recruitment Manager Duncan Sadleir, ANZA Organising Committee Cathy Hearps,  Destination Queenstown Convention Bureau Manager Kylie Brittain, ANZA Organising Committee Vice President
ICEF Rod Hearps

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QRC strengthens career ties with Hilton

QRC strengthens career ties with Hilton

We’re delighted that 11 QRC students have landed jobs at various Hilton properties around New Zealand.

Thanks to relationships forged by Careers Manager Rachel Exell, QRC continually looks to work with hospitality and tourism industry partners and as a reputable international hotel brand, Hilton Hotel offers fantastic opportunities for young people starting out in this exciting industry. 

Current interns at Hilton Auckland include Victor Zhu, Kirsty Robertson, Nicole Hannah and Ben Brooks while interns at the brand new Hilton Queenstown include Marsha Yukhovich, Gina Gao, Carmen Broadhurst and Francesca Bussell.

Other students who have completed internships at Hilton include Jeff Robertson - Concierge in Auckland, Jordan Vallance - Food and Beverage in Auckland, Charlotte Todd - Food and Beverage in Hilton South Wharf Melbourne and Taronish Pardiwalla who completed her internship at Hilton Auckland on Reception and has returned to work in HR Admin.

QRC graduate Priscila Machado has joined the Queenstown Reception team as Assistant Front Office Manager at the Kawarau Falls Hilton complex along with fellow QRC graduate Nicola Engelbrecht who has joined as Assistant HR Coordinator.

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From the left Hospitality Graduates Jacob Macdonald, Brook Turner, Nicky Engelbrecht, Felicity Nieuwenhuyzen and Internship students Fran Bussell and Gina Gao taking time out at the Hilton Queenstown

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