The students from Inclusive and Foundation Learning decided that they wanted to give something personal to the local community this Christmas. They chose the residents of Bards Court Sheltered Complex whose lives they thought might be brightened by some individual Christmas cheer. They put together 28 festive hampers which included a wide range of non-perishable foods which had been donated by staff and students. The students themselves then then held a raffle which raised over £50 to spend on luxury additions to the hampers such as Christmas puddings, cakes and chocolates.
The hampers were delivered to the residents by the students and were received with much excitement and enthusiasm.
Foundation skills students at Havering College’s Quarles campus took to the kitchen this week to produce culinary Christmas delights. In teams, they had to create their own recipes, prepare and then bake their treats.
After much hard work and effort, a mouth-watering array of gingerbread men, chocolate cakes, fairy cakes and mince pies were presented to the judges - Nick Gunyon, Curriculum Manager for Hospitality and Daren Nunn, Curriculum Manager for Foundation Skills.
The judges commended all the students for their effort, teamwork and attention to detail and awarded first place to the bakers of the gingerbread men, Jason Egalton and Alex Jozefcyk. Nick Gunyon, himself a teacher, said “I feel very honoured to have been asked to judge this competition. In my department we run professional cookery courses and if my students baked to this level I’d be very proud”.
Jane Scott, Foundation Skills lecturer and organiser of the day commented: “It went better than expected and above all the students really enjoyed the competition. It gave them a sense of achievement and built confidence in their own skills”.
All in all, Havering College’s first ever Bake-Off was a resounding success. In order to keep the pot boiling, watch this space for their Easter Challenge.
On the 9th of December, 10 educational representatives from South Korea visited Havering College.
All were from top organisations including the Department of Education, Further and Higher Education Schools, National Universities and Business Corporations. They were very keen to see just how a successful, advanced college in the UK is run.
On arrival the delegates received a warm welcome from the principal Maria Thompson. This was followed by specially tailored presentations regarding their respective subjects of interest, Construction and Engineering.
One of the college’s star students, Jaye Beardsell, attended and was mentioned during the construction presentation. Jaye started as a Level 2 Bricklayer, has completed a level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma and is now thinking of enrolling on a degree course. She is an excellent demonstration of the student journey and what Havering College students can achieve. Overall, the presentations were very well received by the delegates and inspired many interesting comments and questions.
Having completed this segment of the visit, the delegates were then invited to take a tour of the campus. The college was its usual hive of activity and every department visited showcased its specialism perfectly. The delegates appeared suitably impressed with both the commitment of the students and the facilities they enjoyed. One delegate commented wistfully that he wished his students in South Korea could enjoy the same level of equipment that the Havering College students could.
This experience was so much more than simply a visit from another country’s representatives; it was the marking of the start of an international friendship between two nations. South Korea and Havering College have begun a relationship that will flourish and hopefully allow in the future, similar encounters to the benefit of both.
For the 5th year running, Havering College went live for HC Television Week.
Produced by the students as part of their coursework, HC Television week offered a fantastic line-up of student films including documentaries, dramas, music videos and more.
It was an extremely successful week and one that some might describe as the best in Havering's history.
Highlights of the week include Principal’s Question Time and the foumour question-and-answer debate show, Havering Asks, hosted by Fred Dove and featuring Andrew Rosindell MP (Cons), Ivana Bartoletti (Lab), Craig Bennett (Friends of the Earth) and Rania Hafez (Muslim Institute).
At the beginning of November, Havering College opened their new Hi-SET Hub, a dedicated project to aid advanced development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics within the college. The Hi-Set Hub will work with businesses to encourage real life problem-based learning and will ensure that workforces are trained with the skills that companies need to thrive.
The Hi-SET Hub opening was a great success which not only gave students the opportunity to network with potential employers, but was also a day filled with inspirational and enterprising ideas. Simon Singh, PhD MBE writer and broadcaster, officially opened the Hub with a most powerful and engaging speech. He explained how an understanding of maths and science is so valued by employers across a huge spectrum of occupations because it develops the rational and analytical thinking skills that are vital in problem solving and innovation. He demonstrated the wide range of applications for maths, using the fact that The Simpsons, one of the most successful comedy series of all times, is written by mathematicians and is literally littered with mathematical references. Who knew maths could be so entertaining? And above all, he communicated to the audience just how important and beneficial this exciting STEM project is.
The launch gave a fantastic insight in to how the Hi-SET Hub will work and all the potential this project has to offer. With more of a focus on STEM subjects, students will become better qualified consequently attracting more high-skilled jobs to the area.