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Newham College of Further Education in support of The Learning Revolution Trust

Newham College Of Further Education East Ham Campus High Street South, London, E6 6ER. Stratford Campus Welfare Road, London, E15 4HT.

Call: 020 8257 4000 www.newham.ac.uk /NewhamCollege @newhamcollege

The Learning Revolution Trust is a registered charity. No: 1149460

Student Awards Ceremony, Wednesday 26th June 2013


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Welcome to our Outstanding Stars Awards Ceremony Every awards ceremony is a celebration - a celebration of achievement and ambition, of spirit and success, of dedication and determination. Most of all, though, it is a celebration of people - our award winners and those who have helped them reach their goals. Success is very much a team effort and tonight not only recognises individual and group achievements but is a celebration of all who have contributed to their success. This year we have changed the range and scope of our awards and the competition has been even fiercer! Every award winner has truly earned their place here tonight. This evening gives us all the chance to celebrate those students, individuals and groups, who have demonstrated the most success, the highest effort, the best leadership and the greatest determination. We also recognise, in our staff award, the essential role of our staff in guiding, motivating and teaching. Without their hard work and dedication, there would be no award winners this evening.

Contents Messages of Support

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Awards Evening Speakers

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Sponsors 8/11 About The Learning Revolution Trust

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The Savile Row Bespoke Award & The Sir John Garlick Cup for Outstanding Engineering Student

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Apprentice of the Year

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Entrepreneur of the Year

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NUC Higher Education Student of the Year

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Champion in Promoting Equality & Diversity Award

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Achievement Award

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Excellent Role Model Award

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Outstanding Progress Award

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Contribution to College Life Award

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The Martin Tolhurst Outstanding Leadership Award

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The Lee Alexander McQueen Award

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The Learning Revolution Trust Award

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Contribution to College Reputation Award

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Group of the Year Award

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Staff of Year Award & Student of the Year Award

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Performers Biographies

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News and Events

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Sponsors’ Statements

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Welcome

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MESSAGES OF SUPPORT

MESSAGES OF SUPPORT

Denise Brown-Sackey

Parin Bahl

Martin Cumella

Principal and Chief Executive

Chair of Governors

Chair of The Learning Revolution Trust

Our annual awards ceremony is one of the highlights of the college year and I always feel privileged and proud to welcome you to it. Proud of the efforts all our staff have made during the year, proud of the support of our community and partners, proud of the efforts of the families and friends of the students here this evening. But, above all, I am proud of the achievements of our students and award winners and I would like to direct the rest of my remarks to them.

For our award winners this evening is both an end and a beginning; the end of a very successful year at college and the beginning of new opportunities and challenges and, I am sure, further successes. There can be no doubt that they are extraordinary people and it would be difficult to praise them enough for their achievements. But I would like, for a moment, to thank all those without whom those achievements would have been difficult if not impossible.

At this evening’s awards ceremony we will be celebrating the students of Newham College of Further Education, many of whom have succeeded in overcoming enormous difficulties to achieve what they have and all of whom thoroughly deserve recognition for their achievements.

In recent months 35 students facing particular financial hardship have been awarded bursaries to help with travel costs, subsistence and the costs of essential equipment to support their learning. Our ‘Eat Well Learn Well’ programme is subsidising the costs of lunches to ensure that students can be in the right condition to learn. Our work is gathering momentum and with the generous support of our sponsors, many of whom are represented here this evening, we hope to support many more students over the coming year. Best Wishes and thank you,

You are exceptional people. By application, determination and sheer hard work you have turned your aspirations and ambitions into reality. Some of you have endured hardship, disappointment and misfortune but perseverance and drive have helped you to outstanding success. All of you have made the most of the many opportunities college has given you to develop your studies, your careers and yourselves. I congratulate you all.

Our award winners are the tip of a very large iceberg. They are supported by their fellow students, many of whom have achieved similar success, their teachers and other college staff, their employers, sponsors, families and friends. All deserve recognition for their contribution to this evening and I offer them my thanks and appreciation. I would also like to thank those who have contributed awards this evening, many of whom have worked in partnership with the college for many years.

However we are also here to ensure that many more people from Newham and East London who face financial and other barriers to learning are not denied the same chance to gain access to educational opportunities in the future and to pursue their dreams.

You have, I am sure, learnt the importance of teamwork and how encouragement and, when needed, constructive criticism can lead to renewed enthusiasm and energy. You know how important the support of others has been to you and I hope you will go on to give that same support to others when they need it.

As our award winners go on to meet the future, they will take with them more than the skills and knowledge they have gained this year. They will take memories: memories of friendship, kindness and support. They are a credit to themselves and to our community.

The Learning Revolution Trust was established as an independent charity just over a year ago. Our mission is to ‘Inspire Lives’ and to make further education accessible to everyone who can benefit from it, regardless of their background or circumstances. We believe that education is the key to improving life chances and the gateway to social mobility. This vision has already attracted the support of patrons as diverse as local MPs Stephen Timms and Lyn Brown, Former Secretary of State Baroness Estelle Morris, Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Levi Roots, Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales, Olympic Gold Medallist Tessa Sanderson and iconic fashion designer Zandra Rhodes.

Martin Cumella

You are the stars of this evening. You have richly deserved your success, remember it and build on it. This is your evening, enjoy it!

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Messages of Support

Messages of Support

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The awards evening speakers Denise Brown-Sackey

Parin Bahl

Martin Cumella

Principal and Chief Executive

Chair of Governors

Chair of The Learning Revolution Trust

Denise Brown-Sackey was appointed as Principal and Chief Executive at Newham College of Further Education in April 2010. Prior to this Denise was the Deputy Principal responsible for the Curriculum, Quality and Customer Service operations at the College and was the Deputy CEO. From 1999-2002 she was Vice Principal for Curriculum, Quality and Student Achievement at Havering College of Further and Higher Education. From 1988-1999 Denise worked at Newham College of Further Education in a variety of roles including Race Equality Manager and various curriculum management positions. Denise is active in the 157 Group and London Capital Colleges. Denise is also one of the founding architects of the Newham College Access Diploma, which is widely recognised as being the inspiration behind the Qualification and Curriculum Framework.

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Awards Evening Speakers

Parin is Chair of our College’s Board of Governors. She set up and established a successful business in a FTSE 100 company and helped to secure and deliver high profile contracts. Parin also has extensive senior management experience in public sector service delivery (in education and health services) and in all these roles she has been responsible for strategic planning, capital development, regeneration programmes, quality improvement and change management. She has also worked with third sector organisations at a number of levels and is a trustee of the Learning Revolution Trust, set up to support disadvantaged students in east London.

Martin Cumella has had over 25 years experience in business, establishing his first company, Dundas Consultancy Services, in 1989. He developed Dundas to the point where it was one of the largest and most successful firms in the UK specialising in project development and funding for the education and training sector with a national and international network of clients. In 2000 he sold the company to the Tribal Group and after spending some years as a Senior Director of Tribal he established MCA Consulting, becoming Managing Director. A graduate of the London School of Economics, Martin worked for many years in the public and voluntary sectors, ultimately as Director of Policy for Fife Regional Council in Scotland before entering consultancy work. In addition to his role as Chair of the Learning Revolution Trust of which he was a founder, he is also Chair of the Tribal Group Foundation, a charity specialising in education, health and projects promoting sustainable livelihoods in developing countries, particularly in Sub Saharan Africa.

Errollyn Wallen, MBE

Samuel Olayiwola Student President

Philip Badman Deputy Principal

Keynote Speaker

Errollyn Wallen is a multi award-winning composer and lyricist. She has just been awarded the Ivor Novello Award for Classical Music 2013. Her works include symphonies, ballets, operas and chamber music. Recent largescale commissions include two works (PRINCIPIA & Spirit in Motion) featuring the London Symphony Orchestra for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games which was broadcast to a billion people around the world. Other recent works include Diamond Greenwich for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, One Night, BBC drama series (winner of the 2013 FIPA d’Or for Best Music for a Television Series) and her hit opera for children, Cautionary Tales (commissioned by Opera North). Her ongoing project, the Another America opera series has been performed at Royal Opera House and Sadler’s Wells. She has produced albums as singer/ pianist, has performed her music all over the world and has worked with artists such as Courtney Pine, Des’ree and Eternal to name a few.

HOST

Samuel Olayiwola, (18) was recently elected the Students’ Union President for the 2013-14 academic year. He enrolled last September for Electrical Engineering EAL Level 2 at the Stratford Campus and has acted as the course representative for that group throughout this time. He has so far enjoyed his experience at Newham College and has been an active part of the student community and enjoys spending time with friends in the Student Life area. Samuel has attended many meetings with the teachers to discuss issues that affect students on his course. Samuel is looking forward to continuing to gain more skills and a deeper knowledge of engineering as he works towards a career in this area.

Philip was originally a professional youth worker but in total has 35 years experience of management in youth work, recreation, adult education, and further education, following a first degree in Teaching and Youth work, postgraduate study in Community Education, and a Masters degree in Education Management. Philip held various appointments in Oxfordshire, Essex, and London, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. Philip’s responsibilities at the College include, finance, estates and facilities, campus development strategy, information, learning and communication technologies, and oversight and development of College Group subsidiaries.

Errollyn is currently working on a collaboration with David Pountney and an opera for Welsh National Opera. In 2006 her music was played in outer space on the NASA STS-115 mission. Errollyn Wallen was awarded an MBE for her services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2007. www.errollynwallen.com

Awards Evening Speakers

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SPONSORS

SPONSORS

PLATINUM

BRONZE

Building Services Engineering

Gold

SILVER

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Sponsors

Sponsors

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SPONSORS

SPONSORS

“Delivering world class academic facilities”

Neilcott Construction Limited Excel House Cray Avenue Orpington Kent BR5 3ST www.neilcott.co.uk T: 01689 8321899 E: enquiries@neilcott.co.uk

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Sponsors

Sponsors

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About the Learning Revolution Trust

Our mission is to make further education accessible to all young people in East London, no matter what their background or family circumstances. It’s a fact: education improves young people’s life chances and is a gateway to social mobility. To break the cycle of underachievement and poverty, those from disadvantaged backgrounds need to have fair access to further education to achieve their aspirations and reach their full potential. Established by Newham College of Further Education in 2012, The Learning Revolution Trust supports disadvantaged students in East London by removing the financial and social barriers to education. In this way, it is creating a culture of ambition, opportunity and learning. Our primary areas of support are: • Young learners who are in care, care leavers, or homeless • Financial support and educational materials for other students facing hardship • Help with childcare for students with children • Eat Well Learn Well’ campaign subsidised lunches for students who are unable to pay for them • Assistance with coaching and equipment for high performance sports students

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About the Learning Revolution Trust

To date the money raised has provided bursaries for up to 20 care leavers, 3 higher education learners and a number of sports students. The funds have been raised through charity events such as: Launch Event, Annual Student Awards and the Newham College 10k run. Join the revolution!

To find out more about the Trust and how to donate please visit: www.learningrevolutiontrust.org.uk Call: 020 8257 4446 /learningrevolutiontrust @learnrevtrust Visit Justgiving: justgiving.com/ learningrevolutiontrust

About the Learning Revolution Trust

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SAVILE ROW BESPOKE AWARD & THE SIR JOHN GARLICK CUP FOR OUTSTANDING ENGINEERING STUDENT WINNERS Savile Row Bespoke Award Sponsored by Savile Row Bespoke Presented by Zandra Rhodes

Catherine has been a pleasure to teach and we are confident of her future in the tailoring industry. The tailoring team unanimously agreed that Catherine is a most deserving candidate for the auspicious 2013 Savile Row Bespoke Award.

The Sir John Garlick Cup for Outstanding Engineering Student Catherine Shambler Catherine has been an outstanding student on our Bespoke Tailoring programme, working her way up from Level 1 to 3. She sets herself a very high standard in both her practical and theory assignments, and has produced a superb portfolio of work, evidence of her skills and knowledge. She has a two hour commute to study at East Ham from outside London and has family commitments as well with two school-age children, but such is her commitment to studying that Catherine often submits work for assessment before the designated deadline. We wish that all students had the same approach! As an integral part of her Level 3 course, Catherine has attended weekly work placements in Savile Row companies. These placements provide students with a unique insight into how top-flight tailoring companies operate, and give companies introductions to talented students who will be looking for employment. We have received exceptionally positive feedback from Savile Row companies about Catherine’s work during her placements, with very high praise for her skills and attitude.

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Olabanji Edwin Ajayi Olabanji has impressed all the teaching staff on the course through his determination and enthusiasm for the course. He has represented his peers at the course team meetings expressing his views and the concerns of his peers with eloquence and honesty. Olabanji has overcome his dyslexia and achieved distinctions on many of his units displaying a real talent for the mathematically based units. His enthusiasm for the subjects covered is infectious; he often plays a lead role in class discussions and evokes responses from his colleagues. We have often observed him supporting his less able peers willingly, and in a way that ‘makes the subject fun’. Olabanji has been an asset to our department and will be a fine representative for Newham College when he takes his hard earned place at university.

Savile Row Bespoke Award & The Sir John Garlick Cup for Outstanding Engineering Student

Apprentice of the Year

NOMINEES Huran Chowdhury Huran, is hard working and excellent with customers visiting Zen. He started his apprenticeship with basic skills acquired through work experience as a sales assistant and has become one of Zen’s top sellers, ensuring he meets his monthly targets and more. Huran has a great sense of ownership when serving customers and providing the best image for Zen. He is developing on his apprenticeship, on and off the job training assessments. In addition, Huran has identified many selling strategies and is able to demonstrate them with a wide range of customers who visit the Zen retail outlet. Huran is an excellent team player and contributes with constructed feedback to develop Zen as a business. His goal is to further develop his skills in retail and to become a manager of a retail outlet.

Onye Iweha Onye, came to the salon with prior skills in basic shampooing, and conditioning, and blow-drying services. She is a dedicated individual who would like to have her own salon business and raise standards in the industry for all hair types. Onye, has worked hard and consistently throughout her apprenticeship and is able to sell additional services and products to maintain salon commercial revenue. Onye is now able to manage her own diary column generating clientele for the salon and understanding the importance of becoming a salon viable stylist in a demanding industry. Onyes journey, has been one with many obstacles, she has worked extremely hard and with dedication, identifying areas of improvement and strategies to succeed and fulfil her dream of becoming a salon manager in the future.

Ben Loveday Ben is Dyslexic and struggled with the theory and written work of the qualification. However he persevered and was able to complete both Level 2 & 3 in Customer Service. He also has excellent customer service skills which are evident when he is seen dealing with clients.

“The achievement of any qualification takes dedication and commitment. In our partnership with Newham College the learner is at the centre of everything we do, it is a relationship built on excellence, where the learner thrives because of the opportunities we offer them. Opportunities, which enhance people’s careers and allow them to prosper in today’s learning environment.” Learning Curve

Apprentice of the Year

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Entrepreneur of the Year

NOMINEES Sponsored by PictureHouse

Ana De Pina Ana was an exemplary student who contributed so much to the class. Her enthusiasm for enterprise/entrepreneurship meant she became a strong role model to her fellow students. Ana was an independent learner who produced an excellent standard of work, never missing a deadline and had excellent attendance. When Ana started the course her business was just an idea, but through hard work and determination has now set up her business as a Wellness Centre, collaborating with other businesses to provide holistic therapies. Ana is a fantastic networker and is a regular at the Women’s Business Centre Enterprise Club and Ladies Who Latte networking group.

Dolendra Gurung Learners in this group have come from local schools, either through the ALN Learning for Living programme in East Ham or via NewVIC. Most students have said that they would like to progress on to the Get Ready to Work programme and the teaching team are looking at how to adapt the course to enable students to continue to develop the skills acquired on the Enterprise course.

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Entrepreneur of the Year

“ALN Enterprise students won the ‘best trade stand’ award at this year’s Team Enterprise finals at Canary Wharf. Dolendra did a really good job of delivering the teams presentation and the team was complimented on how smart they all looked, the quality of their art work, particularly Jaspreet’s logo, and the attention to details. Their business, Newham Team Spirit, designs and makes cards for all occasions using recycled materials and bio-degradable packaging – they have particularly been complimented on their colourful and quirky design style. They also produce a range of hand felted bags and hand felted beaded bracelets: they have developed their hand felting skills to produce a good quality material from which they then produce the fabric which is sent to a group of textiles students to be made up into bags, makeup bags and purses. It was a real discovery for the group that their felted products were very popular and the custom made orders have started to come in through selling at Spitalfields Market, Woodgrange Market, over the internet on Etsy.com and at the college.”

NUC Higher Education Student of the Year Angella Mullenger Angella wants to start a career in retail or continue with her further education by enrolling onto the new Level 3 Retail Knowledge qualification in September. As the team leader for the ‘Re-store’ business group Angella worked tirelessly to ensure that their business idea of refurbishing old furniture into chic saleable items was as well planned and presented as possible. She successfully led the business group through the Dragons Den style competition during Global Entrepreneurship Week. As such the group secured first place and received specialist business advice on developing their idea further. Always helpful and supportive, Angella has helped her colleagues throughout the duration of the course to achieve their best. She has been an excellent role model to the class through her kindness towards others and her willingness to be there for them.

NOMINEES Sponsored by DLA Piper

Tracy O’Mahoney BSc Counselling Tracy is looking at the concept of intuition and the role it has in counselling. Do counsellors have intuition or is it something that is learnt whilst training. I know this research topic might not benefit the strategy of NUC but in the counselling world its pretty epic considering there’s not much material on this.

Dan Howe BA Combined Studies In terms of theoretical complexity, Dan’s work has always been in a different class. His work has always been ambitious (often to a fault, as his own anxieties that he is not engaging with enough complexity have in the past led him into a world of convolution) and has seen him delve into some of the most mindnumbingly complex areas of social and literary theory. I have not known anyone else grapple so enthusiastically with Derrida, Foucault, Baudrillard, Jameson - and not known anyone else who is able to synthesise their disparate theories so fluently and effectively. Dan’s dissertation uses all of these theorists, and many others, to develop a cultural analysis of online dating websites. This work is shaping up to be impressively complex and significant, punctuated with moments of clear brilliance, in a field of study where there is little or no existing criticism. The scope for expansion of this dissertation is already clear, with the possibility for a close textual analysis of dating profiles.

Tasneem Ahmed Tasneem is a highly motivated student who has worked consistently and conscientiously to achieve a high standard in her assignments. She has maintained a positive ‘can do’ attitude throughout the programme and has been supportive of her peers. She has excellent attendance and always submits her assignments to deadlines. She has made very good progress and hopes to continue to take the Level 3 next year.

“As one of the largest UK independent training providers Lifetime Training have provided pre-employment programmes to unemployed learners in order to enable them to increase their attractiveness to employers in the active leisure sector. Learners having access to both advice and financial support from organisations such as the LRT is vital in order to maximise participation in further education for all and this is why Lifetime Training are pleased to be supporting this event.”

NUC Higher Education Student of the Year

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Champion in Promoting Equality & Diversity Award

Achievement Award

NOMINEES

NOMINEES

Sponsored by Aspers

initiative and demonstrates Faiza’s ability and aims to promote diversity and equality.

Neave Malek

Mehak Fatima Mehak achieved better grades than expected, in English, Mathematics and ICT. Her positive, proactive learning spirit has enabled her to overcome challenges to her learning in English, Maths and other subjects, due to barriers of English language and cultural background. She has been voluntarily attending extra classes of Maths, English and ICT Clubs. She is a role model learner.

Neave has studied and worked in many establishments including working in schools supporting young people with learning difficulties. She also takes a big part in amateur dramatics. Neave has been nominated for this award as it was felt that through her words and actions she has proven to be a great ambassador for Equality and Diversity throughout the college. Speaking up on occasions when she sees injustice, not only towards herself but others. Neave is wonderfully articulate and passionate when speaking about issues around equality.

Mehak respects diverse cultures and works well with in teams of different people in a very respectable manner with a friendly smile .

Faiza Adawe Faiza would like to work in the Health & Social Care sector. She has recently taken an interest in adult psychotherapy. Faiza who is severely deaf is often seen teaching her hearing peers sign language to enable communication between hearing and deaf peers. As a result some of the hearing students are now able use basic signs and therefore communication is no longer a major barrier. Faiza with support from two deaf students has set up a British Sign Language group for deaf and hearing students and staff across the College. This is an excellent

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Champion in Promoting Equality & Diversity Award

“We are advocates for providing learning and development opportunities to not only our employees but also support Newham College and the Learning Revolution Trust in the work that they do with our employees of the future. We are proud and delighted to be associated with the work done by both of these organisations and fully support the investments being made to our community.” Aspers Westfield Stratford City

1st Place Sponsored by Tony Outhart, Learning Curve

2nd Place Sponsored by Reed Education

we all hope to have in class. She is professional and works very well with other students and through her exemplary work encourages them to do better. Altafun is able to work under difficult, high pressure situations and still attain excellent results. Altafun is doing a volunteer placement in Avenue Primary school in Manor Park as a part of her Level 2 – Teaching Assistant course and hopes to become a Teaching Assistant. She confidently helps children to use computers and recommends appropriate games to reception level students to improve their learning. Her classmates, and teachers will always hold her in the highest esteem.

Ryan Birdi “Being one of his tutors I have had the opportunity to follow the student’s progression and ambitions over the years. During this period I have had the opportunity to work in close quarters with him. He is a committed individual who works steadily and consistently to pursue his goals. He adapted quickly to his new surroundings and was able to overcome initial problems. The quality of his work has been of a high standard. He has demonstrated that he is self-motivated and undertakes his own self-development. I have been impressed with his ability to both work under pressure and to handle a new subject matter”.

Fatima Khan Katarzyna Zebrowska Katarzyna is a very committed and motivated student who has been studying at the college for the last three years. She has shown a keen interest in improving her accounting skills and has made excellent progress. She has achieved top marks in all her papers to date. She is very reliable and always completes her class and homework with a high degree of accuracy. Katarzyna has very good attendance and makes excellent contribution in class. She is a member of a three-person team that used their own initiative to represent the college at World Skills UK Accounting Technician’ competition in April 2013.

Altafun Naher “I had the privilege of being Altafun’s tutor for the past two years teaching Entry level, Level 1 and Level 2 ICT subjects”. Over these two years Altafun has continued to meet the goals of the course and has shown very good achievement throughout the course with an exceptional standard of work. Altafun is a kind of a student

Fatima struggles with serious health problems yet, she continues to come into college, complete good quality work and support her peers as a student rep. Fatima’s work has been nominated for two national competitions (Warner Textile and CAMAC Archive Competition). Fatima is a lovely student who is always positive and supportive of all those around her. She hopes to go to university to study BA Hons Textiles.

Nicole Stewart Nicole is a hard working student who commutes everyday for three hours to gain her education. Nicole is consistently hard working and produces work of great quality. She has been selected to enter two national competitions, (Warner Textile and CAMAC Archive Competition). She hopes to go to Buckinghamshire University to study BA Hons in Fashion.

“This year REED are proud supporters of the LRT’s awards and see this as a way of acknowledging the strong support and close working relationship that is shared between both REED, and the college. We understand that education improves and enhances people’s lives and recognises that we should take every opportunity to celebrate their successes. It is clear that the students are ready to embrace life’s opportunities and continue the journey into fulfilling their extraordinary potential. It is a great privilege to support The LRT where the students are changing the world around them and creating a future that matters.”

Achievement Award

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Excellent Role Model Award

Outstanding Progress Award

NOMINEES

NOMINEES

1st Place Sponsored by Neilcott Construction

2nd Place Sponsored by Howard Kennedy

inclusion and build confidence in others. She identifies and supports learners who have misunderstood instructions or concepts. She is also aware of classmates who face potential obstacles and offers them kindness and encouragement. Her nurturing manner is an important counterbalance to the challenge of the drive for outstanding exam results. Many students with Lilija’s high level of ability would struggle to demonstrate so much concern for less advanced learners.

Janice Chan

Robert Davison Robert is an inspirational, outstanding student who has shown a great commitment to learning. He has an excellent record of attendance and achievement. Robert is enthusiastic and he motivates and often helps other learners in the group. His technical expertise and learning behaviour has enhanced the lives of others. Robert is an ideal role model as a course representative and ambassador and hopes to become a qualified accountant.

As an individual with special qualities, Janice has been an excellent role model. Her punctuality and attendance has always been consistent and high. She is always alert and ready to learn. Janice consistently contributes to course learning through presentations and a positive attitude. She enjoyed her course and learning and became ‘the class mentor’ early on in the year. Janice spends her class, finishing off her own work and then helping classmates with theirs. She never complains and always encourages others. Janice is planning to progress onto Retail Level 2 and eventually university. We wish Janice the very best in the future.

Jourdane Wynter Jourdane is aged 19, has a one-year-old son and this year was diagnosed with a serious health condition. As a consequence Jourdane has missed college, which on an Access course can have serious consequences. Despite these challenges, Jourdane has, nonetheless, managed to keep on top of her work and continue with her studies. She has applied and attended interviews to study midwifery at university. Jourdane is a role model for all - not giving up in the face of adversity, maintaining a positive attitude, and trying at all times.

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Excellent Role Model Award

2nd Place Sponsored by Westfield

3rd Place Sponsored by Lyn Brown MP “As a delivery partner alongside Newham College of Further Education on the “Fit for Legacy” project Neilcott is delighted to support the Learning Revolution Trust. This programme really is transforming the lives of young people in East London.”

Lilija Mitkuviene Lilija’s attendance, punctuality, written work, homework, participation, and attainment are all excellent. All of this has been accomplished while balancing health challenges and other demands of life. Lilija’s all-round achievement makes her equally eligible for recognition as an excellent senior learner, role model, and peer supporter, or as a student who deserves recognition for endeavour. Both as a course rep and classmate, Lilija has gone out of her way to promote

1st Place Sponsored by OCN

“HowardKennedyFSI is delighted to further its support of Newham College to sponsor an award for the Learning Revolution Trust. Through its CSR programme, the firm supports the charity works of its clients, particularly when helping young people access education and learning.”

Johanna Moloney When Johanna started on the course, she had little understanding of fashion, but she proved to be a student who is talented. and hard working and who listens and takes on advice. Johanna has been selected for a national archive competition and has recently been selected as a winning finalist for the Warner Textile competition, which will be exhibiting at Morley Gallery in September.

Richard Osei “Richard initially came from a local school onto the Additional Learning Needs programme. He has come a long way, developed a lot personally - and has really matured. For him, art is therapeutic and he has certainly developed his own style. Richard wants to continue at college and focus on building his life as an adult. He has recently started to live independently from his family. Richard is an example of what one can achieve over time with hard work and a desire to be successful. When he started in 2008, he found it extremely difficult to settle into college life.. We had to think very carefully about how to support him. From then to now, Richard is a changed person: he is polite, patient, committed and he most certainly deserves to be recognised for his outstanding progress.”

Maciej Ligocki Maciej started in Entry 2 class in January this year after finishing college in Poland. Although, he did not learn English in his country at all, he picks up things very quickly. He always asks questions and is ready to take new challenges. He has made a steady progress. Maciej has demonstrated an excellent attitude toward learning. The rest of the class has clearly been motivated to see someone achieving such high and exceptional levels of comprehension. A very popular member of the class who is always present and punctual, Despite being tired in the evening due to his works in the construction industry. Maciej is never late and never misses his lessons. He wants to open his own restaurant business in London.

Outstanding Progress Award

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Contribution to College Life Award

The Martin Tolhurst Outstanding Leadership Award

NOMINEES

WINNER

1st Place Sponsored by Martin Goode 2nd Place Sponsored by Reed Specialist

Abdalah Oumorou Abdalah is an immensely popular and familiar face at North Woolwich Learning Zone. As a Course Representative, friend and more than all that, as an extremely hard-working student, he has gone out of his way to promote inclusion and build confidence in his class mates, in all the various classes he attends, English, Maths, Computing etc. He has a knack of getting on well with everyone. He does this by identifying and supporting learners who have potential obstacles and showing them kindness and encouragement. Abdalah demonstrates so much concern for less advanced learners. His attendance, punctuality, written work, homework, and participation, and attainment are all excellent. Abdalah has been very focused and puts in extra hours to improve himself. Despite the fact that he works nights, he has not missed a class yet this year. As a course rep he organises the rest of the group to do group activities and even rings those who do not attend. He is the most deserving of an outstanding group of students in the class.

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Contribution to College Life Award

Ildiko Lendeczki Ildiko is a fantastic student whose motivation, ability and commitment to learning is truly inspirational. She has made great progress since she joined the college in September 2012. She is very often involved in helping other learners in her group. Her attendance on the course is excellent and she has a very positive influence on other learners’ achievement. Ildiko has worked as a volunteer ESOL assistant on a Pre-Entry course as part of her role she works alongside other ESOL students and supports them in their learning. Her work is invaluable. She has made a huge difference in the dynamics of the groups and the progress of the learners she has worked with. Ildiko has great interest in working as a teacher assistant and particularly supporting special needs pupils and students. Recently she completed a Working with Special Needs course at Little Ilford Learning Zone.

Jashandeep Rathore

Sponsored by Martin Tolhurst Mary Tuah Mary has been a credit to the Students’ Union this year. She has attended almost all of the Student Council meetings in her position as SU Secretary and as a course representative for her AS Law group. She has often spent time surveying her peers to gain feedback on how their course and college experience has been going. Mary represented Newham College at the NUS National Conference as a delegate and cast votes on behalf of our learners on key issues facing learners in FE across the country. She also voted on behalf of Newham College in the election for the new NUS National Executive. Mary’s enthusiasm and hard work will be sorely missed next year.

“Westfield Stratford City is proud to be involved the local community and is a firm believer and supporter of the Learning Revolution Trust and what they are trying to accomplish. We hope our support can make a difference and assist with the success of hardworking students striving to get an education.”

“At Alpha Building Services Engineering Ltd we support those with below average educational achievements wishing to acquire skills in order to gain employment. We provide an ethical construction, repair and maintenance training service, work experience and employment opportunities for the learners. We share the same vision with Learning Revolution Trust on helping disadvantaged young people to achieve higher education and better their career opportunity. This will not only benefit the young people but to bring prosperity to the local economic.

“Baker Tilly has worked with Newham College for several years and as part of their work within the education sector, they are delighted to support the Learning Revolution Trust as it works to improve education for young people in East London.”

Jashandeep has been a fantastic class rep and has supported not only his fellow students by tirelessly campaigning for better equipment, but also making sure that all of the classes opinions are expressed to staff and management. He is a forthcoming member of the class that is not afraid to speak up where he feels something needs to be improved. The quality of the department has been enriched through his honest comments and the improvements he has brought to the class and the department alike. He aspires to go to university to become a teacher in creative media.

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The Lee Alexander McQueen Award

Lee Alexander McQueen was a British fashion designer and couturier of international renown who started his career as a student at Newham College. With his extraordinary talent and his in-depth knowledge of bespoke British tailoring, his designs were always highly creative and beautifully made, and he produced many outstanding fashion collections. His achievements in fashion earned him four British Designer of the Year awards as well as an International Designer of the Year award. To honour and commemorate his memory, Janet McQueen, Alexander McQueen’s sister, has established an annual Lee Alexander McQueen Award to be awarded to a student studying either fashion or tailoring. To receive this prestigious award a student must demonstrate outstanding creativity and use of materials in their work, as well as a high level of practical and technical skills. Additionally, by their high attendance and commitment to learning, the student will have demonstrated the personal qualities needed for their future success in the fashion industry. It is expected that over time the names of the Lee Alexander McQueen Award recipients will build into a record of Newham College’s most outstanding fashion and tailoring students.

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NOMINEES Lisa Adami Lisa is an outstandingly talented student. She continues to work hard in all areas of her work and has an amazing mind when it comes to design. She strives to perfect her ideas and realise them in there true forms. Lisa has a quirky artist style when it comes to looking at fashion. She has also been selected as a CAMAC archive competition nominee. Lisa has worked on a placement since being a student with Naomi Ryder, a textile designer who taught on our course in October. She hopes to go to the London College of Fashion to do a BA in Fashion.

Cheila Guerra Chelia has worked hard this year, despite having to work many hours to support herself staying in London she continues to work to a high standard and always meets deadlines. Cheila is a very talented designer and has a sophisticated eye when it comes to design. Her work is developed to high standard and is made to a high level of quality. Chelia has been nominated for two national competitions one CAMAC archive competition and selected finalist for Warner Textile competition to be exhibited in Morley Gallery in September. She hopes to go to Middlesex University to do a BA Hons in Fashion.

Melissa Francis Melissa is a determined and talented student with a real passion for designing and making structured garments – she just loves tailoring and fashion, and she takes every opportunity to develop her experience and knowledge. Fortunately, Melissa’s been in just the right place to study – she has been on our Bespoke Tailoring programme at Levels 1 and 2, and is now completing her studies on the Advanced Tailoring and Garment Production Diploma Level 3 course. Quite simply, Melissa has been an excellent student, with a brilliant attitude ‘the harder you work, the greater chance of your success’. She is always keen to learn, she sets herself high standards, and works self-critically to improve everything she does – and she travels in from Ipswich to study at East Ham. The fabulous garment she has made for the College’s ‘East’ end-of-year show is just one example of her design creativity and technical skills – a frockcoat inspired by historical dress and embellished by rich hand embroidery that Melissa completed at home, such was the amount of time this garment demanded. When you see this garment you will not be surprised to hear that she has become particularly interested in working in costume as a career. Her future plans are to do an apprenticeship within a Savile Row house to improve skills and eventually theatre costume.

The Learning Revolution Trust Award NOMINEES Leanna Mack Leanna lives in Waltham Forest and is doing a BA in Counselling Studies. She is currently completing Level 5 and will be moving on to Level 6 in September. Leanna is a committed and determined student who is progressing well. She is a student who has struggled against the odds to reach where she is. She has grown tremendously since being on the access course where her potential was clearly seen. Over the last two years she has become more refined, focused and committed in her studies. Leanna achieves good grades; works well in her class and frequently shows good leadership skills. She has a passion for her studies and is a good example of what a student can achieve when given a chance to shine. Leanna would like to do masters and become a qualified counsellor. She would ultimately like to work with Domestic Violence Victims within her community to raise awareness of the problem.

Faryad Qandagha Lives in Newham and is studying on the Young Adults Programme at Entry Level 3. He completed at Entry Level 2 in the previous academic year, and Entry One the year before that. Prior to that he attended the College for two years through the Newlap School Programme. Qandagha is a responsible student who wants to be successful in life. He seems to have lost all of his family in the war in Afghanistan and doesn’t know if any of them are alive. The traumatic events in his life there have affected him immensely and some days he gets very troubled about his past and current situation. However, he endeavours to overcome his emotional state and works hard with his studies. He

strives hard to learn and be part of his class despite feeling very low at times. He is a highly committed student. Qandagha has managed to successfully pass his Nocn Step Up Award and Certificate at Entry 3. He is very keen to learn and gain qualifications that will enable him to gain employment in the future.

Amy Marren Amy is a very enthusiastic and talented swimmer. She was selected at the very young age of 14 to compete in the London 2012 Paralympic Games. She came 4th in the 400m freestyle final and 5th in the 100m backstroke. Amy was born in Newham and from birth she had her right hand missing at the level of her wrist. She has been swimming since the age of 4 and has never felt she could not achieve in sport at swimming. Amy has never complained about her disability. She holds 5 British records: 200M backstroke (short course - Oct 2011) which she then broke again February 2013 ; 800m freestyle (long course - March 2012), 400m individual medley (short course - Dec 2012), 200m IM (Short course - March 2013, 200m IM (Long course - March 2013). She also holds 2 European records - 200m IM (short course - March 2013) and 200m M (Long course - March 2013) Amy has high hopes for the 2016 Rio Olympics where she is confident she can win Olympic medals in several different disciplines.

Case Studies Jennifer’s* father passed away when she was young. She initially lived with her uncle, but the situation was difficult and she was in care from the age of 13. She is now 19 and living in supported housing. She is studying BTEC Science level 3. She does not have enough money for food, books and travel to college, so she will use the Learning Revolution Trust funding to pay for these and also to get internet access so she can complete course work at home. She would like to continue studies and go to university to study Forensic Psychology. Sarah *, a refugee, with no family here was in care from the age of 15. She is now 19 and in supported housing. She is doing a Legal Secretarial course level 2. The bursary helps towards bills and day to day living. Sarah* says: “The money from the Learning Revolution Trust has made me more financially stable. It was incredibly hard before”. *Name changed to protect identity

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Contribution to College Reputation Award NOMINEES Thamima Akhtar Having previously studied Level 2 Fashion at the college, Thamima has worked really hard this year and her work has become outstanding. Thamima has been nominated as a finalist for two national competitions (one through Warner textiles and the other through the CAMAC archive competition). Thamima’s work has also been selected to be used as a national exemplar of a good quality project work to be used as a bench mark by our external verifier. She eventually wants to attend university

Antonia Pavlovova Antonia is showing the promising signs of a future successful singer/performer. She has contributed well to college productions both internal and external. At World Skills 2012 London Excel Antonia represented Newham College on the “Have a Go” stand, her voice is claimed to have enticed others to the Newham College stand along with the singing and rapping skills of her fellow course mates. Antonia is also a regular performer outside college, so we trust that when asked where she studies she will say “Newham College” with pride!

Afsana Benozir Afsana has proven her herself to be an outstanding student during her time on the Princes Trust programme. Following on from her course she returned and volunteered for 10 months working fulltime receiving only her travel expenses. Her love and passion made her totally committed to NCFE Prince’s Trust Department. Afsana was nominated by our department for Celebrate Success which is The Prince’s Trust recognition Awards, celebrating young people who have changed their lives and those who have played a part in supporting the work of The Trust. Afsana won the national award which was presented to her by HRH Prince of Wales. Her ambition and her attention to detail made it easy to nominate her for both the Princes Trust Award and the College Award. Due to her success, drive and excellent networking the college has now gained new business partners with Samsung and Morgan Stanley. After completing her Princes Trust Programme, Afsana went on to study an Access to Medicine course and wants to go onto university to study Medicine.

“One of our core values at Havilah Prospects is Excellence and as such we are proud to be able to support young people in striving to better themselves. Over the years we have learned that the lives of young people are multi-faceted and inspite of a willingness to learn, there can be many barriers to education. As such, we take our responsibility to our local community very seriously and are happy at the opportunity to express it by supporting The Learning Revolution Trust.”

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Group of the Year Award

NOMINEES Cricket Team The Cricket team have been nominated for their ongoing commitment and enthusiasm for representing the college throughout East London and Essex in various cricket competitions. They are all well mannered and always represent the college to the highest of standards when in competition. They won the London/Essex Cricket Cup and narrowly missed out on winning the East London FE Cricket League. They are all so proud to play for the college and are a real asset to the college. They train twice a week with sometimes two matches in one week but still keep up with all of their classwork. They are an excellent example of what can be achieved through college sport. The team hope to win the East London FE Cricket League next season and retain their London/Essex Title. Starting from humble beginnings two years ago the Cricket Team has evolved into a 20+ strong squad of regular competitors making a name for themselves as one of the best college cricket teams in East London/Essex.

Football Team

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The football team hope to retain their SESSA (Southern England Students Sports Association) Central League Title and win the SESSA Cup next season. For the first time in a long time the college entered a competitive sports league, in 2012 the Football team was entered into the Southern England Student Sports Association - Central Football League. Whilst we knew we had talented players, having been working on developing a team for the last two years, not even we could have predicted an unbeaten league season, finishing first in the league in our first outing. This is evidence of the commitment and dedication of all of the players. They continued to train regularly last season despite not having regular competitive matches and have ‘bore the fruits of their labour’ this season. They are a tight knit group of young men who have achieved a massive feat whilst continuing to achieve in their studies at the college.

Team 118 commenced in January 2012. There were 15 young people aged between 16-25, from a diverse background, with mixed abilities. They bonded quickly as a team after the second week. This bond made them move away from being called ‘team’ and was renamed ‘the family’. Everything they did was as a team. In the mornings they would call each other to make sure they were on their way to college, they would meet outside and enter the building as a team. In the evenings, they would wait for everyone to complete their work and leave together. They socialized during the evenings and supported each other in various ways. During their fundraising period they sold Krispy Kreme donuts, Starbucks coffee, raffle tickets (for a laptop donated by a corporate company). They raised a staggering £850. The proceeds enabled them to complete two projects.

Not only did they win the league but they did the double winning the SESSA Plate as well. They have made people stand up and take notice of the sporting talent at Newham College.”

1. To paint pictures which were then hung on the walls of the recovery ward at Whipps cross Hospital 2. Refurbished an afterschool play hut. Individual members of the team came into their own during the project. One team member now wants to base her future career around art. They organised themselves and took on clear responsibilities which enabled the completion of the projects.

“Scrutton Bland is pleased to work with Newham College and see the tremendous successes that they have achieved with their students. We are delighted to offer our support to the Learning Revolution Trust as we strongly believe that personal financial circumstances should not be a barrier to education, and that everyone with the motivation should be given the opportunity to benefit from further education and join in those successes.”

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Staff of the Year & Student of the Year Staff of the Year Award This award has been voted by the students themselves and it recognises an individual member of staff who deserves special acknowledgement for the work they do, inspiring students by going above and beyond their call of duty. The winner will be announced on the night.

and Punjabi and can easily communicate with other students from different backgrounds to help them to achieve the course goals. Balvir demonstrates creativity, imagination in her work, for example she designed invitations for the 2012 adult award ceremony at LILZ. She is always enthusiastic about her work. She has been a tremendous student and an asset to the centre. Higher Education and Teaching are some of her future plans.

Student of the Year Award Sponsored by Martin Cumella

NOMINEES Shuvo Mia Shuvo Mia has been nominated for his passion for learning, inspiration, maturity and positivity. He arrives to school at 8am every morning, offering assistance to staff that may need it. He is seen as a role model by all students and staff. He is willing to go the extra mile for his peers, teachers and self. A very dedicated young man nominated by his peers to win the Jack Petchey Award for outstanding contribution to NewLAP. He aspires to go onto study engineering at university.

Balvir Kaur Samra Balvir completed her higher education in India but lacked computing skills. She joined Newham FE college at LILZ to do Entry level 3 -Computing in 2011 and has progressed via Level 1 to the Level 2 Computing course. Balvir is punctual and her attendance is 100%. She is selfdisciplined, self-motivated always comes to the class with a ready to learn approach and thus far her grades have been exemplary. She is fluent in English, Hindi

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Abdalah Oumorou Abdalah is an immensely popular and familiar face at NWLZ. As a Course Representative, friend and more than all that, as an extremely hard-working student, he has gone out of his way to promote inclusion and build confidence in his class mates, in all the various classes he attends, English, Maths, Computing etc. He has a knack of getting on well with everyone. He does this by identifying and supporting learners who have potential obstacles and showing them kindness and encouragement. Abdalah demonstrate so much concern for less advanced learners. His attendance, punctuality, written work, homework, and participation, and attainment are all excellent. Abdalah has been very focused and puts in extra hours to improve himself. Despite the fact that he works nights, he has not missed a class yet this year. As a course rep he organises the rest of the group to do group activities and even rings those who do not attend. He is the most deserving of an outstanding group of students in the class.

Performers Biographies

Ellie Doughty

Akasha Jam

Ellie is 19 years old and has a one year old son. Despite challenges with childcare, she still found ways to come into college for her Health and Social Care course and when she missed lessons she caught up with work. Ellie also managed to successfully undertake work placements.

London based fusion band, Akasha Jam have been spreading their infectious blend of funk, soul and RnB to an audience hungry for something fresh and imaginative. One listen to their energetic rhythms and catchy melodies is sure to have you on your feet.

At the start of her course Ellie did not intend to progress to Higher Education but, growing more confident in her ability and potential, she applied to university and was accepted at London Metropolitan to study criminology and youth studies. She will be starting her degree in September 2013.

With a constant flurry of self written, self produced tracks, their talent and drive cannot be overlooked. Its refreshing to see a group of young musicians who have such a genuine love for what they do.

Buckness Personified In January 2012, Duwane Taylor (otherwise known as Big Discipline) created Buckness Personified, a project aimed to develop confidence in young ladies through dance - particularly by challenging the raw male-dominated style of Krump. Buckness Personified is built from a mixture of girls who have experience, passion and interest in Krump, as well as Hip-Hop, Commercial, and Contemporary dance. They made their debut performance at Serious About Streetdance 2012 in London’s O2. Following Buckness Personified’s second performance at Breakin’ Convention 2012, their third appearance saw the group joined by Duwane at the Got to Dance 2013 auditions. The crew received a unanimous three gold stars and a promising response from the judges.

Caroll Thompson Carroll’s vocal and musical talents soon became evident after being noticed in her grandmother’s house, and the church she was minister for. Caroll studied classical piano and by the age of twelve she scored her first place in the National Youth Convention with her

own composition ‘I Know He Is With Me’. Carroll ran her own production company and record label alongside graduating from university. As a songwriter and producer Carroll experienced her first real chart success. The timeless ‘I’m So Sorry’ shooting straight to number one in the British Reggae Charts. With the release of singles like ‘Simply In Love’, ‘Just A Little Bit’, ‘Happy Song’ and ‘Yesterday’ and her classic debut solo album ‘Hopelessly In Love’ she was quickly established as one of the UK’s finest female vocalists selling over 750,000 worldwide.

and Best Female Vocalist 1979 by Black Echoes Music Newspaper.

Newham College Band A group of 4 extremely talented young men from Eastern Europe, the Newham College Band met at the College in the Performing Arts Department. They were brought together by Dr. Mark Walcott. He has encouraged them to hone their respective skills and explore their musical boundaries. They are now confident musicians who thoroughly aspire to a bright future in the music industry.

Christopher Max My music is like a living, throbbing, intense, colour-filled, deep light-experience that I can actually feel, and almost see and touch from the inside. It often explodes into my mind in random formations, anywhere from high-voltage rock and roll songs to acoustic pop ballads and deep classical movements, and many times I literally do not know where they come from.”

Janet Kay As a sixties child, Janet was exposed to the singing greats, especially those from the Tamla Motown stable and as a result of the exposure and inspiration, Janet’s love for singing was born. She recorded a cover version of Minnie Ripperton’s ‘Loving You’ (produced by Alton Ellis), which became a reggae smash hit spending many weeks at No. 1 in the reggae charts. In 1979, Janet made history by becoming the first British born black female to have a reggae song at the top of the British charts. The song ‘Silly Games’, (produced by Dennis Bovell) was a hit not only in the UK but also in Europe. Janet became known as the ‘Queen of Lover’s Rock’. In that same year Janet was presented with the awards for Best 7” Vinyl Single, Best 12” Vinyl Single

Hendricks “Jamaican Paleface” Jamaican born & half-bred, Tony’s comedy has a Caribbean flavour, an international perspective and is universally funny! After being voted “Best Jamaican Comedian” 1999 and 2000 Tony decided to export his unique brand of Jamaican bananas to England. Tony’s work on radio has won him a Race In Media Award as co-host of “I Love Carnival” on BBC Radio London. He currently lives in London and works all over the UK and internationally thrilling audiences numerous festivals, comedy clubs, theatre and universities. Tony is considered Jamaica’s comedy ambassador and can be seen on Air Jamaica’s in flight TV show “Island Stylee”.

Victor Romero Evans Victor began his recording career in 1977 and in 1980 he recorded and released his smash hit single ‘At The Club’, followed by a string of other reggae hits. Victor has just finished a run at the Apollo Theatre in the production ‘The Big Life’, being the first ever British black musical to hit the London West End. Performer Biographies

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News and Events NEWHAM COLLEGE STUDENTS ACHIEVE 90%-PLUS A LEVEL PASS RATE Star students at east London’s largest college took gold when A Level results were announced in August 2012.

COLLEGE SIGNS UP FOR NEW BUSINESS HORIZONS IN LONDON Newham College is becoming an enterprise leader in the further education sector after winning a multi-million pound, business contract in new technology.

Four of the highest performing students at Newham College collectively sat 12 A Level exams and achieved five A-star grades, five A grades and two B grades.

East London’s largest college launched a new IT training company, New Horizons Computer Learning Centre London, at a reception in September 2013. It beat off competition from the commercial sector to win a franchise to

Their results added to a 90%-plus pass rate at A Level achieved by students largely from low income backgrounds.

Executive Director of the College’s Stratford Campus, Conchita Henry said: “The majority of our students’ results are more remarkable because most are not from privileged backgrounds. “Their results and grades are amazing. Our students’ A level passes are hot on the heels of the national rate.

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The College’s New Horizons has already landed IT training contracts with a London borough, and several London finance houses. Newham College’s Deputy Principal for Group Operations, Philip Badman said: “This partnership shows that Newham College not only teaches entrepreneurialism but we can also do it ourselves.

Newham College already does business with 1,700 employers across London and the south-east of England, including household names as companies such as Deloitte, and Balfour Beatty.

There were 100% passes in nine subjects including business, English, History and Mathematics.

Having a small child did not stop 19-yearold Bina Patel, from Stratford, going to Cambridge University to study law. She gained an A-star in Law and in Politics and an A in History.

The US-based New Horizons has 300 centres in 70 countries around the world and is the main trainer for Microsoft and Cisco globally, training over 1.5m IT technicians and engineers annually.

“And as one of the country’s largest and most successful colleges, we’ve built a reputation for innovation, partnerships, and academic programme development. But we can’t rest on our laurels. We have to develop and grow.”

Over 30% of all A Level passes had a B grade or above, and the College bucked a national trend by increasing the tally of top grades, A-star or A, by 7% compared to last year.

“It’s great to see the effort that our lecturers put into helping them access high grades is working. Our students and lecturers should be proud of what they’ve achieved. The College’s best students can now pursue places at top universities.”

develop the skills of businesses in London as a branch of the world’s largest training IT company, New Horizons.

Star A Level student Eva

Muszynski celebrates her results

with Newham College

tutor Charlie Carter

A-stars so I’m definitely happy about that.

do medical engineering.

“Bringing up a child was stressful, but I had a lot of help from my family, friends and from Newham College.”

She said: “I feel great. I did better than I thought I would. I had some really great teachers. Charlie Carter was the best teacher ever. Before he taught me Maths, I hated it.”

Former Langdon School pupil, Eva Muszynski, 21, East Ham, gained A-stars in Maths, Biology and Chemistry. She plans to go to Queen Mary University, London to

She added: “I wouldn’t say I come from a privileged background.”

NEWHAM COLLEGE HAS A GO AT SKILL SHOWS Newham College began a £23,000 campaign, funded by European Social Fund, to boost local, young people’s skills and job prospects.

Managers and tutors aimed for over 3,000 14-19-year-olds to attend a series of events at the East Ham Campus between October 2012 and March 2013 as part of the London Skills Show’s Local Have a Go. The campaign started with short, one-off college classes or tasters in hospitality, hairdressing, beauty and fitness for pupils from Lister Community School, Plaistow and Central Foundations Girls’ School, Tower Hamlets.

In 2013, its efforts includes the launch of Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at Newham College, a HealthFair workshop for schools, a college open day, culminating in Apprenticeship Week Deputy Executive Director of the East Ham campus, Steve Smith said: “This is a great opportunity to raise aspirations and participation in high quality learning activities for young people. We want to include unemployed people and those with learning difficulties.

During the Global Entrepreneurship Week beginning on 11 November, the College will put on talks and workshops that promote social enterprise.

“As a college, it’s part of our ethos that as many of our students as possible to have work experience and learn about enterprise.”

The week featured advice from the chief executive of Social Enterprise UK, Peter Holbrook.

The College’s funds for the campaign came from European Union’s European Social Fund through the Skills Show’s Local Have a Go. News and Events

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News and Events PEOPLE USE THEIR HEART TO RUN FOR A ‘REVOLUTIONARY’ CAUSE

HELP OTHERS ACHIEVE, EDUCATIONALIST TELLS NEW GRADUATES

A former student came first out of 438 runners in the Newham College 10K Run on Sunday 14 April.

Thirty-nine students celebrated gaining qualifications at the degree awards ceremony of Newham College University Centre higher education faculty.

Ex-Newham College student Jamal Mahamed, 30, from Plaistow finished the race, in just under 34 minutes while the leading woman, Krystle Balogun, 26, from Chadwell Heath, finished in 43 minutes.

Newham University Centre (NUC) held its first graduation ceremony at its East Ham Campus in March.

Over 70 NUC students successfully completed courses in leadership and management, counselling, combined studies, education studies and the PGCE.

He commented: “This ceremony is a fantastic occasion. I’m impressed about how well students have done. I’m proud of our students and the support given to them by our staff.

Lecturers and staff at NUC offer special help students some of whom gain entry without the normal requirements.

“NUC is an opportunity for people who wouldn’t otherwise have gained a degree.”

Head of NUC, Dr David Arnaud, was pleased that 40 per cent of graduating students gained a first-class grade.

He said: “This is inspirational and to be with other students is a lift. I see it as a duty for us to try to be an inspiration for those coming up behind us.”

The race went from West Ham Park and back via local streets and was dedicated to the students’ charity, The Learning Revolution Trust.

Newham College’s chair of governors, Principal and chief executive, Denise Brown-Sackey and Deputy Principal Philip Badman praised the graduates at the ceremony.

Jamal said: “I always do athletics. It was a good day. There were lots of people and there was sunshine. I did the race for fun but it’s also in a good cause.”

Speaking at the ceremony, leading educationalist, Dr. Tony Sewell told graduates that they should be role models for young people in the inner cities.

Jamal, who works for Royal Mail, studied English at the College in 2010, now plans to train to run the London Marathon. 2,018 people across London, including professional athletes, and Newham College staff and students took part in the 10K Run and the East London Half Marathon. Both races were organised by the Tessa Sanderson Foundation and Academy.

NEWHAM COLLEGE KEEPS ITS IIP GOLD AWARD Newham College kept its Investors in People Gold Status award that it first gained in 2009.

Former Olympic gold medallist Tessa Sanderson CBE said: “The turnout was fantastic and the weather was great. I’ve had some fantastic responses from people saying they enjoyed the course and the cause.” The Learning Revolution Trust (LRT) provides financial support to people from east London facing particular hardship to enable them to access to educational opportunities. Launched last October with support from Newham College, it has raised around 32

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After gaining a degree in Combined Studies, Carlton Gabiddon, wants to set up a charity to support young males in east London.

£70,000 from public-spirited businesses and individuals. It has already made 29 awards to 15 teenagers in or leaving care, 11 budding athletes, two undergraduates and an apprentice. The typical award is between £1,000 and

£1,500 paid over a year that help pay for travel, books, course material and living costs that would otherwise stop people taking up study.

IIP gave the College an improved score after completing a rigorous, three-yearly assessment. The Gold Status is held by only 3% of IiP accredited organisations in the country.

The winners of the East London Marathon were: Eliud Kipserem, 26, from Kenya, in 77 and minutes and the female winner was Emily Biwott, 27, in one hour and 25 minutes.

The reassessment involved a thorough examination of the policies, procedures and activities that promoted the continuous development of staff.

Inspectors interviewed staff to check whether their experiences matched the College’s aspiration. They also examined a detailed portfolio of evidence compiled by the College’s Training and Development team. IiP Assessor. Glenn Duggleby commented “NCFE continues to be an organisation whose values, vision and mission are highly visible and especially in relation to inclusion and diversity, they sit at the very core of that they deliver to their students and the local wider community.”

The cross section of staff who were interviewed were drawn from both teaching and business support areas. New development programmes which are to be launched in 2013 include training for middle managers and Office 2010 training to tie in with an upgrade to IT systems.

Newham College in a minority of organisations with a Gold Status

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SPONSORS’ statements Alpha Building Services Engineering Ltd Alpha Building Services Engineering Ltd always aim to be become London’s leading provider of high quality construction training, reaching a diverse range of communities and Individuals aspiring to improve their building expertise and vocation qualification. We have a very wide client outreach and this include young people aged between 14 - 19. At Alpha BSE we supporting those with below average educational achievements wishing to acquire skills in order to gain employment. We provide an ethical construction, repair and maintenance training service, work experience and employment opportunities for the learners. We share the same vision with Learning Revolution Trust on helping disadvantaged young people to achieve higher education and better their career opportunity. This will not only benefits the young people but to bring prosperity to the local economic.

Baker Tilly Baker Tilly has worked with Newham College for several years and as part of their work within the education sector, they are delighted to support the Learning Revolution Trust as it works to improve education for young people in East London.

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Sponsors’ Statements

Lifetime Training

Havilah Prospects

As one of the largest UK independent training providers Lifetime Training (supported by funding through Newham FE College) have provided pre-employment programmes to unemployed learners in order to enable them to increase their attractiveness to employers in the active leisure sector. We therefore understand at first hand, the various challenges faced by some learners and/or potential learners who wish to engage in learning but also have significant pressures (including financial) which could jeopardise their intentions. Learners having access to both advice and financial support from organisations such as the LRT is vital in order to maximise participation in further education for all and this is why Lifetime Training are pleased to be supporting this event.

One of our core values at Havilah Prospects is Excellence and as such we are proud to be able to support young people in striving to better themselves. As an experienced training provider, we take great joy in educating and teaching and even if we are not the ones directly imparting the knowledge, we are pleased to help facilitate the process in some way. Over the years we have learned that the lives of young people are multi-faceted and in-spite of a willingness to learn, there can be many barriers to education. As such, we take our responsibility to our local community very seriously and are happy at the opportunity to express it by supporting The Learning Revolution Trust and helping to remove financial barriers to education.

Scrutton Bland Scrutton Bland are very pleased to work with Newham College and see the tremendous successes that they have achieved with their students. We are delighted to offer our support to the Learning Revolution Trust as we strongly believe that personal financial circumstances should not be a barrier to education, and that everyone with the motivation should be given the opportunity to benefit from further education and join in those successes.

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