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  • Home renovations give construction students ‘live’ online lessons

    Published 27/05/20

    A Havering Colleges construction teacher is renovating his bungalow during the Coronavirus lockdown in order to give his students live and interactive lessons online.

    Alan Burgess has turned his home into a construction site as he undertakes structural, flooring, roofing and plumbing work as the students, studying Construction & The Built Environment at our Rainham campus, have been watching, answering questions and offering solutions to him via laptop video links.

    Alan, who is the Senior Curriculum Manager for Construction, said: “I was going to refurbish our home anyway, but I have brought it all forward so that I could give the students the chance to see work in progress while they can’t get into college. It seemed too good an opportunity to miss.

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  • Comedian Matt Lucas reveals our Havering Heroes winner!

    Published 26/05/20

    The winner of our #HaveringHeroes schools competition was revealed in an exciting online video announcement by comedian Matt Lucas!

    Former Little Britain star Matt, who will be co-hosting the next series of the Great British Bake-Off, named our winner as Marshalls Park Year 7 pupil Skye Culham, who won £100 in vouchers with £100 cash for her school.

    Skye drew a colourful picture of key workers, with the heartfelt message: “To all key workers, I’d love to say thank you, not just for the jobs you are doing but for the tireless hours you have been pursuing. You save lives and still thrive, you are a hero and despite being incredible you ask for zero.”

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  • Sewing scrubs to beat the virus

    Published 15/05/20

    Havering Colleges’ students and staff are helping in the fight against Coronavirus by sewing surgical scrubs at home.

    Michaela Lee, a Fashion student at our Ardleigh Green campus, and former students, Jasmine Portway, now studying Costume Design at Bournemouth University, and Abby Foley, studying Fashion Design at De Montford University, are busy at their sewing machines each day making the uniforms for doctors, nurses and other key workers.

    Staff members, including Fashion Lecturer Julia McAusland, Fashion Technician Rebecca Punter, Sally Donovan from Staff Development, Sixth Form Student Coach Jane Buckle and Senior Curriculum Manager Brian Martin and his wife are also involved, along with Student Coach Pauline Morse, who is knitting pairs of red hearts for Intensive Care patients - one heart stays with the patient, the other stays with their family who are unable to visit.

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  • Garden makeovers by students working at home

    Published 14/05/20

    Nothing can stop our students! Coronavirus and the closure of college has not deterred Tommy Best and Alfie Martin who are both on the multi-skills Construction course at our Rainham campus and have been practising their bricklaying and patio-laying skills by giving their gardens a makeover.

    Tommy, below, and Alfie, left, are home educated but are part of the college’s 14-16 provision, which offers students in Years 10 and 11 who find mainstream education difficult, the opportunity to study a vocational qualification part-time. The 14-16 study programmes focus on job-related learning which for some students is the key to their future success.

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  • Paramedic Tara faces some tough decisions

    Published 12/05/20

    Tara Murray, 23, says her normal working day as a Paramedic has been tipped upside down during the Coronavirus crisis.

    The former Havering Colleges Sixth Form student studied the BTEC Extended Diploma in Science before going on to Brighton University.

    She now works as a Paramedic for SECAmb out of Lewes Ambulance Station and says the COVID-19 pandemic has given her some tough decisions.

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  • Proud of former students caring for COVID-positive patients

    Published 07/05/20

    Former students Louise Galley and Naomi Herbert have been making the college extremely proud as they continue their work as NHS nurses on the frontline, caring for COVID-positive patients during the Coronavirus pandemic.  

    Louise, 21, studied A Levels in Sociology, Psychology and Health & Social Care before leaving the Sixth Form in 2016 to study Adult Nursing at Kingston University. She now works at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.

    Naomi – who was Naomi Skilleter while studying at college – has been leading a training programme for other nurses at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, in how to care for patients affected by Coronavirus and was recently interviewed for a BBC News report.

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  • Our students are winners in online debating competition

    Published 06/05/20

    Two students representing Havering Sixth Form took part in an online debating competition during the lockdown and were crowned the winners.

    Isabel Tookey and Harry Bruns, both A Level students who attend the college’s Debating Society each week, run by tutor Toby Marshall, volunteered at short notice to enter the contest, organised by the Battle of Ideas (boi) charity on behalf of Debating Matters.

    They were asked to argue against the motion ‘Childhood vaccinations should be compulsory’ and coped extremely well with the new virtual format of debating online – essential during these unprecedented times.

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  • Pulling together to support local communities in the fight against COVID-19

    Published 24/04/20

    College staff are playing their part in helping to support our local community and the NHS by making PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) face visor masks and sewing scrubs to protect doctors, nurses and key workers.


    Product Design and Engineering tutors, Guy Reid, Paul Douglas and Kyle Balcome, are using a 3D laser printer in the technology workshop at the Sixth Form campus in Wingletye Lane, to cut and then hand assemble 300 visors.


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  • Havering Heroes Competition

    Published 23/04/20

    Get creative and enter Our Havering Heroes competition to win fantastic prizes!

    There have been many heroes applauded during the Coronavirus crisis – and now we are asking school pupils in Years 7 to 11 to pay tribute to their own Havering Hero in this fantastic competition!

    With almost £1,000 in prizemoney up for grabs, the competition aims to bring the community together during these unprecedented times.

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  • Our Foundation Skills students working on the NHS front line

    Published 23/04/20

    We are very proud of two of our Foundation Skills students who are currently employed as key workers on the front line at Queen’s Hospital, Romford.

    Joseph Woodger and Gina Crudgington have been keen to keep up their work in portering and patient dining all through the Coronavirus outbreak.

    Both students have an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) and started in September 2019 with Sodexo for their work experience.

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  • College teams up with former engineering student to produce door pullers for NHS workers

    Published 20/04/20

    A former student has collaborated with the College’s head of Engineering to create a special door puller for NHS staff to use in hospitals in a bid to reduce the spread of Coronavirus.

    Elliot Dervish, an ex-Engineering apprentice, originally came up with the idea to protect his mum Janine, who works at Basildon Hospital.

    He designed the gadget and printed some on his 3D printer for his mum to take in for her colleagues. They proved so popular, he was inundated with orders!

    Sunny Bamra, Havering Colleges’ Deputy Curriculum Director for Automotive and Engineering, has been busy helping to print and produce the door pullers on a 3D printer at home.

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  • Principal runs marathon for Jodie

    Published 24/02/20

    Principal of the Havering Colleges, Paul Wakeling, completed the Lenham Cross Winter Marathon in Kent on Sunday, 23rd February, in memory of Sixth Form student Jodie Chesney, who was brutally murdered on 1st March 2019.

    The tough course - up and down hills and forest trails in the wind and rain - involved 27.5 miles and 4,300ft of elevation. Paul is limping around college today!

    Jodie’s tragic death sent shockwaves through the college and the country as a whole. Due to the horrific nature of her murder, and subsequent deaths around the country relating to knife crime, Jodie’s father set up a charity in Jodie’s name – The Jodie Chesney Foundation - with the help of a team of experienced youth services professionals.

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