Darcel Osei of the West End hit musical ‘The Lion King’ visited our Ardleigh Green campus last week to deliver a musical theatre workshop to our performing arts students.
The workshop was an invaluable experience for the students, which taught them the process of auditioning and what West End rehearsals are really like.
The workshop was very demanding but also very valuable. The students visibly progressed during the two hours and were able to realise the pressures of the West End routine.
Following the workshop, Darcell hosted a question and answer session with the students, which gave them the opportunity to ask her questions about her journey, how she got to where she is today and her plans for the future.
She also explained the significance of mock auditions, explaining that they test how quickly someone can grasp choreography routines. Praising the students for their valiant efforts, she said:
They did good. They were really focused and even though there were things that I could tell they weren’t necessarily very comfortable with, they gave everything a good shot and that’s all I could have asked for.
The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learnt a lot from their time with Darcel. China Francis said:
I loved it. You’ve got to push yourself in this type of industry. Every day is a new milestone, you push yourself to a new limit. I would love to do something like that again.
A huge thank you to Darcel for her time, and we hope to see some of our own students on the big stage in the near future!
West Ham United recently invited a group of our Foundation Skills learners to the store at their London Stadium ground, where students were shown different work areas within the store and even tried some of the job roles including personalising shirts, shirt printing and shop-floor duties.
The invite was in celebration of Purple Tuesday, which aims to encourage customer-facing businesses to make changes to improve the experience for disabled customers over the long term.
Foundation Skills lecturer Sian Cappi said of the experience:
The students absolutely loved it. They’ve enjoyed coming along, looking at how everything works. They’ve enjoyed the supermarket sweep, going around the store and looking at different items too. For them to come here and see they could possibly find employment within the store is fantastic for them.
Supporting Sian’s statements, the students also expressed their enjoyment, with many saying they had ‘lots of fun’ or ‘a lovely time’.
The entire team at West Ham were fantastic with the students and really did put them at ease. They all took the time to explain the different areas of work within the store and were very friendly and approachable.
To the students’ surprise, they were also invited pitch side, where they were able to see the pitch close-up and have their photos taken in the dugout seats, as shown above.
A great day was had by all and we would like to thank West Ham for the priceless opportunity.
Throughout the 2017/2018 academic year, and through the summer of 2018, we continued our participation in the Green Wheels project.
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We were instrumental in Green Wheels’ project successfully developing all the modules, which were then translated and adapted to national laws and specific country condition by each project country (Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary).
Then they were further tested and piloted throughout the academic year and adjusted and adapted in the course of delivery to end the second year of the project, demonstrating and sharing the experience with all the other partners in Bratislava in June 2018.
As a valued provider of knowledge in the project, we created videos with content related to each part of the training modules. Pilot training in high schools in all partner organisations in Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary is still in progress and will continue during the current academic year.
We attended the fourth Project meeting in Slovakia, which was organised by Duálna Akadémia. At this meeting, we discussed the development of materials as well as aspects of project management. Alongside this, a training program for non-project schools was organised.
The Green Wheels Project successfully passed through the first interim report and the College continues with disseminating the results in the course of 2018/2019.
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.