Last Monday, 5th November, our Higher Education (HE) graduation ceremony took place at the stylish Orsett Hall in Grays.
Though it was a very busy afternoon, it was also a very successful one that concluded the students’ time at Havering College. All of the blood, sweat and tears paid off for this moment.
College Principal Paul Wakeling commenced proceedings with a welcome and congratulations speech. He said:
The graduation ceremony is the highlight of the College’s Higher Education calendar when, together, we celebrate the achievements of our students. Today’s graduates have worked hard to achieve something very special; most have balanced their studies with busy family lives and demanding jobs.
As well as sharing achievements and sharing the excitement that achievement brings, graduation ceremonies are also a time of reflection on the past and contemplation of the present and a bright future.
Paul’s welcome was followed by a speech from our guest of honour, the truly inspirational Mike Brace CBE, DL. Born in Hackney, Mike lived a normal life until, at the tender age of ten, he was blinded by an exploding firework. Fast forward 50 years, and Mike is a former Paralympic skier, social worker and leader of disabled charities.
His determination and perseverance in the face of adversity was very moving and all in attendance – staff, students and guests – were able to take something from him.
And then it was the moment we had all been waiting for, the award presentations. Pride filled the room as each student went on stage to collect their award, and whilst not all HE students were present, we would like to congratulate every single one of them.
We wish you all the very best for your future.
SafeGuard Clothing recently donated one of its premium bullet resistant vests from its own range to us.
The donation was made as part of SafeGuard’s initiative to partner with local and regional Colleges to promote education and awareness of safety. The leading manufacturer of premium body armour has made it a mission to improve the education base of institutions and help them offer better practical experience to students enrolled on Public Services courses.
Havering College is the latest education institution in the line of many to receive a donation from SafeGuard Clothing. The donated bullet resistant vest puts the focus on the importance of safety and protecting the lives of law enforcement and military operatives. In the light of the increasing number of terrorist attacks, urban crime, random assaults and shooting incidents, it’s becoming necessary to educate students at College level on the importance and use of body armour.
Vital information that can improve safety awareness and survival rates amongst Public Service officials includes knowledge of new materials used in the design of bullet resistant vests, correct size and carrier type selection and fit, and updated NIJ standards.
The equipment will be used for demonstrations in our Public Services courses to educate students on the working mechanics behind the design and structure of tactical armour.
Thomas Bowman, Clothing Communications Manager at Safeguard Clothing, said:
We are pleased to assist Havering College in the improvement of their Public Services courses and the donation of one of our bullet proof vests aims to expand on the learning experience of students.
The brand is known for its strong commitment to industry standards and innovative development – something that Colleges partnering with the company will surely benefit from. Both we and SafeGuard are interested in raising awareness amongst students about industry best practices, safety equipment standards and mechanics.
Such partnerships are greatly beneficial to our students as they provide access to an industry leader's expertise and technology advancement, enriching their learning experience. The use of SafeGuard's bullet proof vest in our courses will demonstrate the working mechanics behind staying safe in the line of work that involves daily risks.
It was our pleasure to donate £800 to Hope 4 Havering last week in recognition of their contribution to the local community.
Hope 4 Havering is a charity dedicated to tackling the borough’s homelessness. Their Catalyst Night Shelter is open every night of the week, and they strive to identify the specific help that each guest needs in securing accommodation and accessing employment.
The donation is a result of our Level 3 Enterprise students’ (pictured) fundraising efforts during the last academic year. They planned and ran a small enterprise stall in the refectory, where they sold cakes, sweets, birthday cards and drinks. All proceeds were donated to Hope 4 Havering.
Such assignments give the students a good opportunity to put into practice what they have been learning on their course, and in doing so preparing them for similar opportunities in their professional career.
We would like to highly commend Hope 4 Havering for their continued efforts, and extend a thank you to our staff and students that took part in the enterprise sales to raise money for such a good cause.
If you would like to donate to the cause, please click here.
On Wednesday 31st October, we welcomed Lord Baker to our Ardleigh Green campus, where he discussed his recently-implemented Baker clause and the careers strategy that it forms a part of.
The Baker clause, which was introduced in January this year, is an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act. It obliges schools to allow training and further education providers to promote their offers to pupils in years 8 to 13 in order to find out about non-academic pathways, and they could face direct intervention from the Department of Education if they fail to meet this requirement.
As such, it directly affects Havering College in that we will, hopefully, be able to extend our academic offers to a wider range of potential students. In doing so, we anticipate a steady rise in the number of learners in years to come.
This event gave guests – which included the Deputy Mayor of Havering, local head-teachers/careers advisers and members of the local authority – an unrivalled opportunity to discuss the strategy with Lord Baker directly through a Q&A session. We were also pleased to have some of our own learners present who were deeply engaged and put forward their own questions.
As a College, we pride ourselves on our endorsement of quality careers education, recognising the impact it has on the overall success of the College and our students. We continue to offer a range of activities to introduce our students to the world of work, including compulsory work experience placements, industry days and guest speakers.
College Vice Principal Asfa Sohail said of the event:
It was a great pleasure to have Lord Baker join us to discuss the careers strategy. It was a very intimate afternoon that allowed guests, as well as our own staff and students, to find out more about the strategy and what exactly it means for them.
Overall, the event was a great success and we would like to thank Lord Baker and all guests for attending.
Tyana Murray-Davidson, one of our Level 3 Extended Dance Diploma students, was recently awarded The Diana Award.
Established in memory of the late Princess of Wales, The Diana Award was introduced to continue her legacy by recognising young people who go above and beyond in their local communities. It is one of the longest running awards for young people aged 9-25, and also one of the most prestigious they can receive.
It has sunk in that I’ve won the award, but I’m still shocked that I was able to be nominated and to win it. But I’m very happy that I did.
It seems that Tyana is quite the model young person; in addition to receiving The Diana Award, last year she was also nominated to be the Young Lord Mayor of City of London. She was voted into this role by fellow young people of the capital, who no doubt related to Tyana’s passion around equality, racism, ageism and women in sport. In this role, she has chaired the city Youth forum and has been involved in many activities and events with the current Lord Mayor.
Huge congratulations to Tyana on both of the above successes and long may they continue.