It was only last week that we announced one of our fashion students as being a competition finalist, and this week we celebrate more fantastic news from the creative arts department.
Level 3 Fashion students Aaiza Arshad and Kamile Lenkutyte, together with Level 3 Photography student Poppy Boothe, will be taking part in the Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) Fashion Futures project this year. They will follow in the footsteps of former students Holly Coutts, Ruqiya Ahmed and, most recently, Abby Foley, who made it to the finals and had her work showcased at London Fashion Week last year (pictured above).
FAD is a non-profit organisation that strives to help young creatives establish a sustainable career regardless of their background. In particular, the Fashion Futures project is an award-winning initiative that offers students an unrivalled insight into the fashion industry, supported throughout by experienced fashion professionals.
The project will allow Aaiza, Kamile and Poppy to develop their research, design, pattern cutting and garment construction skills, all the while developing their confidence and creativity.
It will take place every Saturday until the end of this term. After the Easter break, 20 finalists will be selected to continue with the project over summer, where they will make the garment which will again be showcased at this year’s London Fashion Week in September.
Fashion lecturer Julia McAusland said:
This is our third group of students to take part in the Fashion Futures project and we hope that many more will do so in the future. It is a fantastic opportunity for them to gain industry experience like no other and develop professionally as well as creatively.
We wish all three students success in this exciting project.
Lucy Cousins, one of our Level 3 Fashion students, has been selected as a finalist for the Royal Opera House’s costume design challenge.
The brief was to design costumes for three characters from Kenneth Macmillan’s hit recreation of Romeo and Juliet and then construct a costume that could be worn by one of said characters – Lucy chose to make her costume for Juliet’s nurse.
She was required to carry out lengthy research before submitting a 90 second video pitching her designs and three photos of the completed one, whilst explaining the relevance of her costume to the scene and character.
The judging panel said of Lucy’s design:
It is a well-researched design with a clear pathway to the final costume outcome; an excellent response to the brief. The supporting evidence demonstrates thoughts and process to a high level, leading to creativity and imagination in the designs. The garment is very well made with interesting elements and a close attention to detail. You have interpreted the director’s vision to a high standard.
Such opportunities place our students in great stead for their future careers and give them crucial work experience to make them stand out.
The winner of the competition will be announced on Friday 1st March at 12pm. Good luck Lucy!
We recently caught up with Luke James and Zak Jay, two ex-engineering students who have returned to College as part of their apprenticeship.
Both of them studied the Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations Diploma in the last academic year after a swift career change. During this time, they undertook work experience at Merlin Entertainments, one of the Europe’s largest entertainment companies.
Much to their delight, and ours, they were both offered apprenticeships with Merlin following their work experience placements, hence their return to College for the classroom-based learning element.
It was reassuring to learn that both of them are thoroughly enjoying their apprenticeships and wouldn’t have been where they are without the College. When asked why they specifically chose to study with us initially, both were quick to sing our praises. They said:
Havering is the most reputable local College and has the best facilities for Engineering. The staff are knowledgeable, approachable and helped secure good opportunities, which lead to where we are now.
Our Engineering Career College helped with Luke and Zak’s professional development. Through it, they were able to improve their knowledge and confidence, which no doubt contributed to the end result of them securing jobs.
Following their apprenticeships, both students are hoping to stay within the Merlin group and potentially relocate to different attractions. We wish them the best of luck for the future!
We are very proud to have recently become a London Brick Construction Hub; one of only six Colleges to receive this status.
The construction hub project was launched by Forterra, one of the UK’s largest building product manufacturers, to support Colleges that offer construction courses. They will donate 12,000 London Bricks, the company’s original brick that has been in production for over 130 years, to each college, worth a whopping £8,000.
We will also receive new merchandise for our bricklaying workshops and an opportunity for our best students to get their hands on £500 worth of tools. If that wasn’t enough, there will also be visits from the industry’s leading figures to relay their expertise.
Bob Noseda, the College’s Sector Skills Advisor who facilitated the application, said:
This is a priceless opportunity to upskill our bricklayers of tomorrow. It has created a network of Colleges we can engage with and share best practice and ideas with. It’s early days but we have to ensure we keep this status and work collaboratively in partnership with Forterra.
This incredible support from Forterra will massively enhance our learners’ experience and allow them to learn from the best in the business, ultimately helping us to produce some of the best bricklayers in the country in years to come.
Last Friday, our catering students presented Saint Francis Hospice with a cheque as result of their fundraising efforts over the festive season.
The students sold raffle tickets to customers who booked a Christmas meal at the Jubilee Restaurant at our Quarles Campus, raising an impressive total of £300.00 to donate to the cause.
This follows their efforts last year when they raised £434.00, owing to the fact that they sold tickets at more restaurant sittings. The choice of Saint Francis Hospice in particular stems from the fact that many of the Jubilee Restaurant’s customers have a connection to the charity in one way or another.
Saint Francis Hospice is an independent charity serving the Essex borough, providing free of charge care and support to individuals with life-limiting illnesses and their families. It costs £21,000 a day to cover the cost of running their specialist end of life care services, so all donations they receive, no matter how big or small, are crucial.
Andy Furneaux, a member of the charity’s community fundraising team who accepted the cheque (pictured above), extended his thanks to the College:
A huge thank you to Tony and all the catering students at Havering College for this latest donation. We are very grateful for your continued support and to all your customers who bought raffle tickets to raise money for their local hospice. We would not be able to raise the funds we need without the incredible generosity of supporters like you.
To find out more about the work of Saint Francis Hospice and donate, please visit their website, or call them on 01708 753319.