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Havering students make campus proud ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Twelve deserving students from Havering Colleges were honoured at the annual New City College Student Achievement Awards ceremony.

The event was streamed live from the TV studios at our Ardleigh Green campus in Hornchurch, and was watched on the night by hundreds of people.

Special guest was former professional footballer and now TV host, Alex Scott MBE, who presented the Student Ambassadors of the Year award to twins Elijah and Marcus Chiemeke-Eneso, above, who are studying Engineering.

The proud Havering students, based at our Sixth Form, Ardleigh Green and Rainham campuses, who received awards were:

Rayan Bessadi and Billy Huang - Joint Social Sciences A Level Students of the Year

Rayan and Billy are Economics students and went to a seminar at the London School of Economics hosted by Lord Jitesh Gadhia, a former member of David Cameron's 'inner circle'. They both greatly impressed Lord Gadhia who somewhat unusually asked his assistant to write to the college to commend them. His assistant wrote: “It was great to meet Billy and Rayan. Lord Gadhia said they asked the most incisive questions in the room and held the most robust debate! This was especially impressive as they were amongst our executive masters – these are students who are senior diplomats and Managing Director-level executives from various parts of the world.”

Elijah Chiemeke-Eneso and Marcus Chiemeke-Eneso - Student Ambassadors of the Year and Group Principal’s Award for Contributing to College Life (main picture)

The student ambassador programme is a voluntary initiative which enables young people to develop their leadership and communication skills. Twins Marcus and Elijah were obvious choices for this award. Both are an absolute pleasure to teach and both give their time willingly to help out at college. Everyone knows the twins! If you want volunteers for any evening event, they are there; summer enrolment, they are always helping; student union, they are organising events and promoting activities. They are not just students of the college, they are a big part of the college. Life outside the classroom has not been easy for them, but be sure they will turn up to every event and every lesson with a huge smile on their faces.

Benjamin Clarkson - Accounting and Business A Level Student of the Year

Ben is the epitome of the perfect business student. With 100% attendance and punctuality, he is also polite, friendly, bright, and hard-working. Ben developed excellent relationships with staff and students while at Havering Sixth Form and consistently demonstrated his enthusiasm for Business and Accounting, by reading around the subjects, and engaging fully with the news and current affairs. He is a critical thinker who is not afraid to ask questions but is willing to properly explore alternative viewpoints. Confident in his ideas, he also listens attentively to the opinions of others. Ben has now secured one of the very few places on a PWC Accounting degree apprenticeship at the University of Nottingham and we have no doubt that he will continue to be a great success in the future.

Miles Hayward – 14-16 Student of the Year and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Student of the Year 

Despite his young age, Miles has been an outstanding student both in terms of academic ability and behaviour. He is inquisitive and attentive and has a mature attitude to all aspects of his learning. Prior to joining the college in September 2019 he had been home-educated for a number of years but this did not impact his transition, and he adjusted exceptionally well to being in the college environment. Miles is also respectful and motivated. His positivity and permanent smile, combined with his strong work ethic are just some of the reasons why Miles is so popular with staff and students alike. He has certainly made the most of the opportunities at the college and without doubt is destined to go far.

George Kovalenko - Humanities A Level Student of the Year

George takes a strong and committed interest in the study of English. He contributes with perception, and asks questions that both demonstrate his intellectual curiosity, and show his determination to plug any gaps in his knowledge. George has overcome a language barrier in a short time, and his written work has developed in sophistication and accuracy as the year has progressed. He responds positively to feedback and is acquiring a detailed understanding of the assessment criteria. He divides his time effectively between his studies and other interests, including teaching and playing guitar. George is highly recommended for this award.

Zoe Marshall-Warriner - Performing Arts Student of the Year

Zoe's achievements were particularly in A Level Dance where her level of effort and commitment were exemplary. She always gave 100% and consistently met her deadlines. She was a team player and would always help her classmates in practical sessions to ensure they were not struggling. Zoe had previously experienced some personal issues whilst at school which affected her mental wellbeing and, in turn, knocked her confidence. However, whilst at college she was able to use Dance as an emotional and physical outlet, allowing her to flourish and regain the confidence she had once lost. It has been so uplifting to see the change in her. Zoe was a pleasure to teach, fully reaching her considerable potential, both personally and academically.

Jordan May - Joint Business Studies Student of the Year

Jordan has been an excellent student throughout the year. Not only did she achieve a Distinction*, but she was the top student in the business department across the Havering campuses. She shows great leadership qualities and during the lockdown, along with her group members, she completed a 5k walk for the NHS with her family and friends. They raised almost £200 to buy the NHS staff presents to show their appreciation. Jordan is a student who never gives up. She deserves to be recognised for her hard work and we are very proud to nominate her for this award.

Jack Simmons - Construction and Technical Services Student of the Year

Jack showed outstanding commitment on the Level 1 Bricklaying course, coming into college on days off to practise his skills. He pushed himself each week and, prior to lockdown, was working on spiral piers, something that Level 3 students struggle to build as they require immense mathematical ability and focus. Not only was Jack talented himself, but he was also often seen helping and supporting others in the workshop. He was the first ever student from Havering to be selected for the regional heats of the World Bricklaying Skills (Skill Build) competition. Sadly, COVID led to the contest being cancelled, but we firmly believe Jack would have been in the running as a winner. He is now set for an apprenticeship with Swift Brickwork, and we know he will make a great success of this.

Shaylee Simmonds - Creative Arts, Design and Media Student of the Year

As soon as she joined Havering Sixth Form, Shaylee demonstrated commitment to her studies. She was well organised, always tried her best and worked hard. But outside of college Shaylee had to overcome incredibly challenging circumstances at home, as she was a young carer looking after her Mum and younger brother. Shaylee’s mum became very unwell but Shaylee coped as the primary carer for her and for her brother who was still in primary school and had his own special needs. Despite these difficulties, and with never a complaint, Shaylee produced some stand-out work for A Level Photography and achieved 2 A grades and a C at A Level. She has shown herself to be a remarkable student and an amazing young woman and she truly deserves this recognition.

Sophie Willson - Motor Vehicle Technologies Student of the Year

Sophie embarked on the Level 1 Motor Vehicle course at Havering, and, during her time in college she has faced quite a few challenges. Despite these difficulties, she has always worked really hard and produced some very good work. Even during the hard times of the first lockdown – which was particularly difficult for students on such a practical course - Sophie remained totally focussed and completed all of her theory work to a good standard.  Sophie also provided much help and support to other members of the class, being generous with her time and her knowledge. Sophie progressed with flying colours onto the Level 2 course and has already made a great start to her studies.