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  • Olympian hands out sporting honours at Presentation Evening

    Published 14/06/18

    Sporting performances and achievements were rewarded at a College Sports Presentation Evening, attended by former student and Olympian Peter Bakare.

    Peter represented Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics playing Volleyball, and is now a great ambassador for the sport. He was a student at Havering Sixth Form College from 2005 to 2008 and studied A Levels in Media, Graphics and Maths followed by the Art & Design Foundation Diploma.

    At the presentation evening, Peter gave an inspirational talk and handed out trophies for Sports Personality of the Year, Most Improved Players and team awards to those students who have showed terrific commitment, leadership and talent throughout the year.

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  • Caring students volunteering on the wards at Queen’s Hospital

    Published 12/06/18

    A group of five Havering Sixth Form College students with dreams of becoming doctors are currently helping as volunteers at Queen’s Hospital, Romford – and are loving the experience.

    The students, Rory Fitzroy, Ashleigh Christie, Farah Bachar, Elizabeth Egundebi and Gyrie Pocais, are all on the College’s Medics programme and are aiming to study Medicine at University and go on to work in the medical professions.

    They are the first ever cohort on the Students in Volunteering Programme which is being run by BHR Hospitals Trust – and it is proving a highly successful project for both the hospital, the students and the patients.

    As part of their duties, the students carry out small tasks on the wards and have been trained to feed patients at mealtimes. They also spend time talking to those who do not receive many visitors, and assist with activities to keep patients occupied as well as completing admin and other paperwork on the ward desk.

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  • Students’ outstanding contribution celebrated at Awards Evenings

    Published 08/06/18

    More than 100 students who have shown outstanding commitment to their studies and those who have made an excellent contribution to the College community were honoured at Awards Evenings.

    Attended by parents, governors and staff, the evenings were a chance to celebrate those students who have dedicated themselves to achieving the best they possibly could this year with hard work, determination, 100 per cent attendance, being Student Ambassadors, belonging to the College Council or making a stand-out contribution to their Faculty.

    Special Bursary Awards of £400 each were presented to seven exceptional students for progress and attitude in their courses. These special awards are handed out in memory of seven members of staff from the College who all sadly passed away while working here. 

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  • Marvellous Marvin wows Britain’s Got Talent judges

    Published 04/06/18

    Former Havering Sixth Form College student Marvin Muoneké was one of the shining stars of the recent Britain’s Got Talent TV show – and even got the thumbs up from superstar Robbie Williams who was in the audience!

    Marvin, 22, was part of jazz-singing duo The Ratpackers, who got through the audition rounds of the popular ITV show back in January by wowing the judges with their rendition of New York, New York.

    They were then chosen from hundreds of other acts - who all also got the required four ‘yes’ votes - to appear in the live semi-finals on Friday night (June 1st) and by then had changed their name from The Ratpackers to DeMille and Muoneké.

    Marvin and his singing partner Dennis DeMille, 52, opened the live show on Friday and brought the audience to their feet with their fantastic performance of That’s Life.

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  • Film screening shows how students rose to challenge of sensitive subject

    Published 29/05/18

    A special screening of five short films made for the Havering & Brentwood Bereavement Service by our Creative Media students was described as stimulating and professional.

    The films were created for HBBS to promote and raise awareness of #4ME – a unique, free counselling service for young people in Havering and the surrounding areas.

    The students, working in five groups, were tasked to make a short film aimed at either 11-18 year-olds who had suffered the loss of a loved one, or aimed at parents of primary school children in the same situation.  The collaboration between the College and the counselling service was part of the Film & TV BTEC Diploma’s Social Action and Community Media Production units.

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  • Students Take the Stage at Covent Garden theatre

    Published 22/05/18

    Drama students had the opportunity to work with professional theatre-makers when they took part in workshops run by the prestigious Donmar Warehouse Theatre in Covent Garden.

    The lower sixth BTEC Performing Arts (Acting) students were invited to join the theatre’s Take The Stage project to create their own piece of performance work based on the theme Perceptions, in response to the play The Way of the World.

    In a series of workshops held over two months, both in the West End and at College, they worked with theatre-makers Joseph Hancock and Ruby Thompson from the Donmar Theatre, where stars such as Lenny Henry, Gemma Arterton, Dominic West, Janet McTeer, Una Stubbs and many more have performed.

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  • Amique’s first date story wins Creative Writing Competition

    Published 21/05/18

    The winner of the College’s Creative Writing Competition, run in celebration of World Book Day, has been announced as student Amique Gill.

    Amique won the first prize of a £25 book token, and runners-up Sian Bannister and Ridima Thapa each received a Creative Writer’s Notebook.

    Students were asked to write either a short story or a poem, no longer than 800 words, and Lee Smith, Subject Leader for English Literature, was the judge.

    He chose the three best entries and announced Amique’s piece as the winner.

    All three are being published in this month’s HSFC student magazine, The Writeous.

    Former Frances Bardsley School student Amique, who is studying English Language, Criminology and Law at College, said: “I am so surprised I won! I have always been interested in creative writing, so thought I’d enter the competition but didn’t really think I would be in with a chance. My story was a romance about a first date, partly based on a true story and partly written for entertainment.”

    Librarian Jennifer Cooper said: “The standard was very high and Lee had a difficult job of choosing a winner but congratulations to Amique. All the entries were certainly interesting reading and I hope it has inspired the students to carry on writing.”


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  • Silver success for dedicated Duke of Edinburgh students

    Published 14/05/18

    Seven students who have shown grit, determination and commitment, were presented with the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award at Havering Sixth Form College last week.

    The presentations, by Principal Paul Wakeling, were made during the Governor Development Conference, to students Alex Fidgeon, Austeja Grabauskaite, Ellie Irving, Ana Marques Roque, Jack Payne, Lucas Robinson and Ridima Thapa.

    Paul said: “This is a prestigious award which celebrates not only their grit and determination in the Expedition element, but also their continued dedication in the other sections which have required prolonged commitment at a time in their lives when they have been very busy with their academic studies.

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  • Employability workshops inspire Business students to reach for career goals

    Published 11/05/18

    A Recruitment and Selection Day at Havering Sixth Form College has inspired Business students to reach for their career goals.

    Students on the Level 2 Business BTEC First Certificate course were given the chance to develop employability skills during the day which culminated in a mock job interview and feedback on performance.

    Dressed in smart attire as if they were attending a real interview, more than 40 students took part in the day which involved workshops on CV writing, application forms and preparing for an interview.

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  • Champions! Footballers and badminton players take top trophies

    Published 09/05/18

    Footballers were celebrating becoming the champions of the KickOff@3 charity tournament run by the Metropolitan Police at the same time that the College Badminton team finished top of the AOC Mixed League!

    The double success was the highlight of a notable week for sport which saw many students studying courses ranging from A Level Maths, Spanish, Religious Studies, Geography and Criminology to BTEC Business and Sport come together outside of their curriculum studies to represent Havering Sixth Form in various competitions.

    The football team played well to end up eventual winners of the tournament after a hard-fought match against Havering College, beating their rivals 2-1 in the final.

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  • Rave reviews for music students’ charity gig ​​​​​​​

    Published 08/05/18

    The College theatre was standing room only when music students put on a fantastic night of entertainment last week.

    Playing popular chart tunes - old and new - 23 students performed in five separate bands and raised £150 for St Francis Hospice from the sale of tickets and donations on the door.

    The audience were astounded by the professionalism of the musicians and singers, who are all studying the BTEC Music Performance course, and said it was the ‘best gig of the year by far’!

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  • Delicious drama with a side of comedy

    Published 03/05/18

    A blend of short plays by Alan Ayckbourn and Michael Frayn were performed for a recent exam assessment by the College’s upper sixth BTEC Acting group.

    Called Felina, the production featured light comic observations of human behaviour. It was set in a restaurant and billed as a ‘delicious taste of drama with a side of comedy’.

    The collection of short scenes, such as Between Cheese and Jam, A Stiff Drink, Speaking for Two and Drinking Companions, came together to form the show, which was the students’ final production as an ensemble, having worked together for the last two years.

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