Last Friday 20th April we celebrated the launch of our Links Programme, which is part of the Erasmus+ funded ‘3Es for Youths in VET: engagement, empowerment and employability’ project.
The purpose of this bespoke study programme is to improve the educational outcomes, life skills and employability of young people who are already NEET (not in education, employment or training), or are at risk of becoming NEET.
Running over the course of three days a week, the Links Programme will consist of 560 study hours throughout the academic year, resulting in a Gateway Level 1 Certificate in Progression at the end of it.
The launch was kick-started by a welcome presentation from Vice Principal Asfa Sohail, which outlined the College’s vision and success to the guests. Amongst them were representatives from Future Gateways, Prospects and Havering Council.
Teaching and Learning coach Eleni Alexandrou then delivered a presentation about the 3Es Project, which was followed by an Introduction to the Links Programme by Julie Surridge, the Schools Liaison Manager and Michelle Letch, the Foundation Skills Programme Manager.
Both of these presentations really emphasised the inclusive, supportive environment for all that we strive to achieve at Havering College, as verified by Applied Science and Technology student Tashana Johnson. She said:
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.
We are extremely proud to announce that Abby Foley, one of our Level 3 Extended Diploma Fashion students, has been selected as a finalist in this year’s Fashion Futures project hosted by FAD.
FAD is an award-winning charity that provides young people with a platform to enhance their creative careers through a range of fashion workshops, competitions and professional experiences.
The Fashion Futures project gives 16-19 year olds instrumental hands-on training and industry practice which will prepare them for further study and the workplace. It is a fantastic opportunity that will allow Abby (pictured above) to strengthen her knowledge and skillset.
Following in the footsteps of Holly Coutts and Ruquia Ahmed, previous Havering College students who were selected as finalists, Abby will attend a summer school to complete her garment, which will be showcased by a professional model at the end of London Fashion Week in September.
She expressed her thanks for the support she has received from the College during her studies:
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 they offered me opportunities like FAD and work experience.
Abby’s talents have secured her an unconditional place at De Montfort University where she will continue her studies and we do not doubt that she looks forward to a promising career in the fashion industry.
Students across the dance, musical theatre and extended drama courses will collectively perform their final show, Art in Motion, at the Queen’s Theatre on Monday 4th June at 7:30pm.
The show will feature an impressive range of creative pieces including jazz and urban dance routines, musical theatre duets and solos, and puppetry and movement pieces. There will also be a special guest appearance from the College’s music department.
The students have been working incredibly hard on their final performances and this is a great opportunity for them to showcase their talents to a wider audience. The feel-good variety show will be a great way to end and evidence a year of diligence from our students.
Tickets will be on sale from April 17th at a cost of £12 for adults and £10 for concessions (under 16s and OAPs). They can be purchased online, in person, or by phoning the Queen’s Theatre box office on 01708 443333. Staff and students at Havering College can purchase a ticket at a reduced cost of £5. This can only be done in person at the box office upon proof of I.D.
So free up your diary and come on down to the Queen’s Theatre for a fantastic evening! Be sure to follow the Creative Arts department on Instagram and Twitter for the latest shows, tickets, trips and news.
Our catering students were proud to present Saint Francis Hospice with a cheque on Friday 16th March as a result of their recent fundraising efforts.
Over the Christmas period, the students sold raffle tickets to customers who booked a festive meal at the Jubilee Restaurant at our Quarles Campus, raising an impressive total of £434.00 to donate to the cause.
Tony Pecoraro, Lecturer of Hospitality and Catering, explained his choice to support Saint Francis Hospice in particular:
It is such a worthwhile charity and many of our customers have a connection with it. I have done fundraising events for the hospice in the past as I know they have to raise a lot of money.
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. Each year they are tasked with raising more than £7,000,000 and without donations such as ours, they would not be able to provide the honourable service they do.
Sarah Williamson, Head of Fundraising at the Hospice, commended the efforts from our students. She said:
This was a superb effort from Tony and the catering students at Havering College and we are grateful to all the customers who supported the raffle. Without the support of our community and organisations like this, we would not be able to provide our extensive end of life care services to people when they need them the most.
To find out more about the work of Saint Francis Hospice and to donate, please visit their website, or call them on 01708 753319.
Here at Havering College, we greatly encourage all learners and staff to be creative, resourceful and innovative.
The MAD (Make a Difference) Digital Challenge, launching on Monday 19th March, is designed to encourage an entrepreneurial approach to problem solving and will require students to work cooperatively to harness technology and develop ideas in a professional capacity.
Students are invited to propose an idea for how the college can use technology to improve the teaching, learning and assessment experience, or the student experience as a whole. You do not need to be a programmer or a designer to win; all that is needed is a strong idea and the enthusiasm and commitment to see it through from paper to reality.
You can submit your ideas by yourself or as a team. All you have to do is film a short presentation of no more than two minutes about your idea, which can be done on your mobile, and submit a short write-up of your idea by completing the form below.