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.
As you may be aware, this week is national Colleges week and we are pleased to be supporting the Love our Colleges campaign.
The campaign is an opportunity to highlight all of the efforts that go in to making Colleges what they are, as well as the outstanding staff and students that make it all possible. It is also an opportunity to rally for government reform regarding College funding and payment, as a result of the 30% cuts that have been imposed over the last ten years, which has impacted Colleges drastically.
It goes without saying that we are very proud of the College we have become since our establishment in 1947. As an Ofsted-rated good provider, we continuously strive to create a safe and stimulating environment in which our students can learn, grow and improve, fulfilling their abilities and ambitions.
Ultimately, the dedication of our staff allows us to achieve the above, and the success that our students and the College have seen recently, as well as in the past, speak for themselves, as do some of the praise our students have given:
If it wasn’t for the provision here I would never have gone to University because I didn’t have A-Levels. I plan to do my masters here too - Kerry Seager, studying the Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Foundation Degree.
Havering College to me is both a home and a family. A home because they accept you for who you are, and family because the tutors are like parents who teach you new things every day – Tashana Johnson, Applied Science and Technology student.
Havering College was the only place that had the course I wanted to do. The support from them has been really helpful; they’ve helped me grow as a confident person and offered me opportunities – Abby Foley, Level 3 Extended Diploma Fashion student.
So, as staff and students, how can you get involved with the campaign? You can join the lobby of parliament today, post on social media using the #LoveOurColleges hashtag and sign the official petition. As a show of support for Havering College, you could also follow us on our social media platforms and comment on them about raising awareness of the funding challenges Colleges are facing.
Support us, support the campaign, and together we can make a difference.
It is with great pride to announce that five of our foundation learning students have been selected to represent Havering College at the finals of the Inclusive Skills Show, which will be taking place on Saturday 17th November at the NEC in Birmingham.
The Inclusive Skills competitions give young people with learning difficulties and disabilities a platform to showcase their talents, with the aim of improving their self-esteem and confidence.
Georgia Tugwell achieved the gold position in the Catering heats and Louie Carabine took home gold position in the Health & Life Science heats, with Shane Miles coming close in the silver position.
Our third gold position was earned by Cameron McCrimmon in the Horticulture heats, with Einaras Macijauskas not too far behind with silver.
Dan Spacagna, the current Head of Inclusive and Foundation Learning, expressed his delight at the students’ achievements:
We are very proud of all of our students that took place in the competitions; they all put in the utmost effort and for five of them to make the finals is just amazing.
Well done to all the students that participated in the heats and good luck to the five finalists!