2019 will soon be upon us, and before we know it, London's New Year’s Day Parade will be in full swing.
The theme for this year’s parade is ‘London Welcomes the World’. The borough of Havering has an annual presence at the parade and for many years, the College has worked closely with the council to produce the borough’s float. Most notably, the vintage steam train that our construction students built back in 2015 won an impressive third place.
The current Mayor of Havering, Councillor Dilip Patel, visited the College yesterday to choose the winner of an in-College competition organised by the quality team, which encouraged students to propose an idea for the float.
We received submissions from the ‘Busy Bees’ children of Stepping Stones Nursery, a local scouts troop, as well as various curriculum areas. After much consideration, the Mayor chose the Busy Bees as the overall winner, awarding the nursery staff with a £50 voucher to spend as they see fit for the children.
Members of the council have previously met to brainstorm ideas for the parade and have managed to get Store Room Youth Theatre on board who will provide two groups of dancers, and they also envisage having people representing different cultural attires to emphasise the diversity that London offers.
It is set to be an exciting day and building the float is a valuable opportunity for our construction students to put their skills and knowledge into practice.
Congratulations to the Busy Bees on winning!