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Rebecca goes behind the scenes at Queen’s Theatre panto

Fashion student Rebecca Roberts was given the opportunity to find out what happens backstage at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch.

  Rebecca, 17, completed a week’s work experience in the wardrobe department, helping to make, alter and fit costumes for the theatre’s forthcoming panto, Robin Hood, which is playing from this Thursday 28th November to Sunday 5th January. 

 The second year student, based at our Ardleigh Green campus, said: “I have been making, hemming and adjusting the guards’ costumes. It’s been great, really busy, and I’ve enjoyed the work and seeing what happens behind the scenes. I’m looking forward to going and seeing the Panto and spotting the costumes that I helped to make!”

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Queen’s Wardrobe Manager Nicola Thomas said: “Rebecca has been so helpful to us at this very busy time of year with the panto just about to start. It has also given her a good insight into the type of work that goes on.”

Two of Rebecca’s fellow students on the Fashion course, Asanti Johnson and Maica Da Silva, also benefited from a week’s work experience at the theatre.

The college’s Work Placement Coordinator Linda Hammond said all three students who assisted with the costumes would have their names printed in the panto programme, which would be great for their CVs.

To book tickets for Robin Hood at the Queen’s Theatre click here

In another boost for potential employment opportunities, Caliston Ltd, a Digital Marketing company, came in to talk to Media, Animation, Games and IT students at our Ardleigh Green campus.

Since September, Caliston have had 10 students undertake work experience with them - with an ongoing plan to have 2 students a week.

Students can get advice and information about the many work experience opportunities available by visiting Linda and the team at Ardleigh Green and also The CUBE team at the Sixth Form. These placements provide good industry knowledge and often lead to apprenticeships.

A little bit of festive cheer came early when students from Havering Colleges’ Ardleigh Green campus in Hornchurch took up a week’s work experience at the Jermain Defoe Foundation in Romford - packing Christmas boxes to send to vulnerable children in the Caribbean.
The Foundation was launched in 2013 by England footballer Jermain Defoe to support homeless and abused children in his family’s home country of St Lucia. Since then the Foundation has expanded to surrounding Caribbean Islands and the UK - and Jermain has been awarded an OBE for his charity work.
The students, all studying on the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) programme at the college, enjoyed the experience of decorating and covering the boxes, choosing appropriate gifts to go in them, packing them and then loading them into vehicles in order to be shipped abroad.
Student Mamadou Gando Bah, 17, said: “I’ve been very happy to work here. I have enjoyed it and it is a good feeling knowing that we are helping children to have a nice Christmas.”
Nicola Charles and Dexter Tyler, from the Foundation, both said the students had been a great help. Nicola added: “They have been a joy to work with – they are such good representatives of the college.”

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Our Higher Education graduates were honoured at a presentation held at Orsett Hall.
Principal Paul Wakeling addressed the audience, saying: “Today’s graduates have worked hard to achieve something very special. Most have balanced their studies with busy family lives and demanding jobs. That is a great achievement.”
He added: “As graduates you become part of the College’s history, traditions and memories – a history we will continue to build into the future. As you celebrate, I hope you will join me in paying tribute to the staff of the College, who make an essential contribution to the success of our higher education students and programmes.”
To apply for Higher Education degree courses at our Ardleigh Green campus, click here or to find out about other courses for Adults and those aged 19+ which include Free Online courses, click here.

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Hair and Beauty students based at our Ardleigh Green site, Hornchurch, really got into the spirit of Halloween when they displayed some devilishly disgusting looks with hair creations, make-up and costume ideas for one of their course units.

The Level 2 and Level 3 students used original concepts to showcase their models – all within a specially created scary ‘tomb’, decked out with skeletons, spider webs, pumpkins, candles and fake body parts covered in pretend blood.

Hairdressing Lecturer Mark Pawsey said: “Some of the work the students have created is of a very high standard. They have really put a lot of effort into this unit which has allowed them to be inventive and adventurous with their creativity.”

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fashion students 3Our Fashion students got into the festive spirit by helping to dress up the windows of Roomes Stores in Upminster.

The Ardleigh Green-based first year students were on work experience and had a major role in decorating everything in the shop windows, including the mannequins, shoes, bags, accessories and the sparkly Christmas garlands and ornaments.

Not only is their beautiful work on display in the high street windows, the students are also arranging in-store festive decorations, Christmas trees and even the popular Santa’s grotto.

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