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  • Higher Education and Careers event inspires students to aim for fantastic futures

    Published 24/04/17

    A Higher Education and Careers Day offering students ideas to plan their next steps for a successful future was held at College.

    The event, which ran all day, involved universities, employers, apprenticeship providers and training agencies and was attended by more than 1,000 lower sixth students.

    There were 50 different stands at the Careers Fair where representatives were available to answer questions, hand out prospectuses or leaflets and give advice.

    There were also 68 talks for students to choose from, where guest speakers gave informative presentations on everything from Student Finance, Student Life and How to Choose a University course to Roles in TV and Film Production, Careers in Nursing, Routes into Teaching, Careers in Business and Finance, Working in the Fashion and Music industries, Working Abroad and Gap Year opportunities.

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  • Students honoured at EPQ Celebration Evening

    Published 17/04/17

    A Celebration Evening to acknowledge outstanding achievement and commitment in the Extended Project Qualification was attended by students, parents, staff and governors at Havering Sixth Form College.

    The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a challenging piece of extended writing which involves carrying out academic research and then producing a university-level piece of work and presentation.

    Students can choose a topic of their choice to research and the project can be in the form of an essay or report, or an artefact, musical composition or dramatic presentation, backed up with paperwork.

    The EPQ, which is studied alongside A Levels or Level 3 BTECs, is highly-regarded by universities and employers because it helps the student develop a range of study skills and demonstrates a dedication to independent learning.

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  • Lord Lexden visit gives students insight into life at Westminster

    Published 10/04/17

    Havering Sixth Form College hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords last Friday to encourage students to become more engaged with the political and parliamentary process. 

    Conservative peer Lord Lexden, formerly known as Alistair Cooke, met with Politics students for an hour to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords. This was followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster in general.

    Learning Plus Officer Claire Hackett said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to interact with someone who knows the parliamentary system inside out, as it can sometimes seem far removed from their daily lives.”

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  • Brave and thought-provoking testimony from Holocaust survivor

    Published 05/04/17

    Holocaust survivor Susie Barnett gave an interesting and enlightening talk to History students about her family’s life in pre-war Germany and how they all managed to escape – but ultimately paid the price as a family.

    Susie was born in Hamburg, the youngest child of four. Her father was imprisoned in a concentration camp and her one brother and two sisters were taken separately to England on kinder-transport.

    Baby Susie was left with her mother in Nazi Germany and they only managed to escape the horrors of the Holocaust due to a ‘miracle’ when a caring couple from London managed to help them move to England.

    Although both her parents and the four children survived, they never lived together again as a family and Susie said this was damaging to them all, especially to her, because she spent most of her childhood in children’s homes or foster homes.

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  • Cricket team’s spirit shines through as they reach runners-up spot in indoor league

    Published 03/04/17

    The College Cricket Team had a great run this year in the Chance to Shine Indoor Cricket League, held at the Sports Dock, University of East London, in the heart of the Docklands.

    Captain, Kudiwa Kamudyariwa, competently led his team to a runner’s up spot this season, against a competitive field of local colleges and schools.

    New Vic and Newham College are notoriously the strongest teams in this league, however Havering Sixth Form stole all the headlines by narrowly missing out on a winner’s spot by just one point.

    The cricket team also had a fantastic run in the regional competition qualifiers, where they lost out in the final to New Vic. It was a very close fought match which could have gone either way, but New Vic managed to steal a win from the last ball of the game.

    Cricket at Havering Sixth Form College has progressed dramatically over the last two years, and with a healthy squad of players to choose from, the players are confident they can secure some silverwear in next year’s indoor competitions.

    The squad players, who are coached by Sport teacher Hermes Solomonides, are: Kudiwa Kamudyariwa (Captain), Jack Payne, Harry Gilham, Louis Pickering, Oliver White, Ammar Khan, Abdal Altaf, Kai Hatton and Sam Childs.

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  • Students raise £600 to help educate youngsters in Sierra Leone

    Published 29/03/17

    A fantastic sum of £600 was presented to EducAid Director Miriam Sesay who visited College to give an insight into the lives of young people living in Sierra Leone.

    Miriam, who has been awarded an MBE for her outstanding contribution to education and charitable work in the African country, has been at the helm of EducAid since 1998, helping the very poorest children gain access to an education.

    She was thrilled with the money raised by generous students who took part in RAG (Raise and Give) Week activities, Black History Month and gave donations from their book deposits.

    Since Miriam moved to Sierra Leone in 2000, EducAid – which is the College’s nominated international charity - has built and developed a network of successful schools and she said the £600 would pay to educate three children for a full year.

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  • Anti drugs talk filmed by former students for TV documentary

    Published 27/03/17

    Former drug addict Paul Hannaford gave a brutally honest account of his early life involved in drugs, knife crime and gangs during a presentation to students.

    Paul, who is a reformed character and now visits schools and colleges up and down the country to educate students about the dangers of drugs, was filmed for a documentary as he spoke about his spiral into drugs and gangs as a teenager.

    The documentary is being made by former Havering Sixth Form College students Nick West and Joe Trodd for their independent TV production company and will be put out for commissioning to TV channels later this year. The former Media and Film Studies students, who left College in 2012, are making the documentary with other film-makers about the UK’s drug policy and whether prohibition works.

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  • Events planning – Travel & Tourism students find out the facts on festivals

    Published 20/03/17

    Travel and Tourism students learned about festival organisation and events management when they were visited by Laurie Edmonds from the Brentwood Festival 2017 team.

    Laurie gave a presentation to the students which included information about job roles at the event, health and safety, finance and sponsorship.

    She also spoke about volunteering at the festival, which this year is running from July 14th to 16th with acts including Heaven 17, Go West, Jocelyn Brown, The Real Thing, Status Quo and Midge Ure. There is also weekend camping available, a VIP area, food village, festival market and a fairground.

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  • School News App launched

    Published 13/03/17

    An interactive new app which brings all the latest news, events and important information straight to your phone has been launched by the College.

    We frequently update this website throughout the year to ensure you are kept up to date with interesting and essential bulletins which affect you, but now we have launched an app to make it even easier to access this information.

    Called the School News App, it has been developed by the company e4education. It can be used on a mobile or a tablet and can be downloaded for free from the iOS and Google Play App stores.

    Download it now to see all the easy ways that you can keep up to date with what’s going on in College.

    Just go to the relevant app store on your phone and search for School News. Once the app has been downloaded, simply enter our postcode - RM11 3TB - to subscribe to updates and opt into push notifications, allowing you to receive instant updates on important news, such as College closures, exams and student achievements.

    • Get push notifications to your phone as news happens - In the event of a snow day, or unexpected College closure, you’ll receive a notification straight to your mobile device explaining what’s happening and when we think the College will reopen.
    • Quickly check timings for events - Keep up to date with the latest College dates, term times and key events directly from within the app.
    • Feel better connected - With galleries, blog posts and news items, our School News App will help bring you even closer to what’s happening at our College.
    • Import events in to your calendar - The app allows you to import events straight into your phone or tablet calendar so you can check for clashes and set reminders for upcoming important events.
    • Contact the College directly through the App - Need to get in touch? You’ll find all the details you’ll need in the app.
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  • Your daughter or son's future

    Published 10/03/17

    Next week our students will either be engaged in Mock exams for A Level, AS Level and GCSE or in completing work for their BTEC programmes. All students have been fully briefed by their teachers about when they are expected in College and what they need to be doing at home to be successful.

    As ever, we ask parents and carers to work in partnership with us, everything you can do to encourage them, assist with their time management and encourage good eating and sleeping habits will be of huge benefit.

    Next week is also our Interview Week for students planning to join the College in September and appointments are strictly by prior invitation only. Late applicants will be receiving an invitation shortly for a future date.

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  • Alien Uncovered bring bags of attitude during College performance

    Published 06/03/17

    Former Dance student Shae Barry came back to College to give a colourful performance with her band - X Factor stars Alien Uncovered.

    The girls, who got to the live shows of The X Factor last year, brought their unique brand to the College, singing a few tracks - including their new single Handle It - and then spent time talking to students afterwards about their journey from hopefuls to recording artists.

    Shae, from Hornchurch, (with the blue and black hair) studied Dance, Law, Spanish and English Language while at Havering Sixth Form and told students she was pleased to be back at the place where it all started for her!

    She said: “I enjoyed my time here and we thought it would be cool to come back and visit. Since we left the X Factor we haven’t stopped. We’ve been gigging up and down the country and we’ve been in the studio recording and working on our EP.

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  • Media students launch social action campaigns to raise awareness

    Published 24/02/17

    Social action campaigns on issues relevant to young people were launched by students on the Creative Media Digital Publishing course as part of their current BTEC assignment.

    They chose a cause or charity they felt passionate about, researched it and then planned and implemented a campaign in order to raise awareness.

    The students designed promotional materials, created websites, made posters, baked cakes and set out tables during lunch time in the College Atrium to promote their causes, bringing them to the attention of other students.

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