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  • Red Hot Kili-Trekkers get set for charity climb

    Published 09/12/19

    Sports tutor Mike Smith has been training hard for an adventure of a lifetime when he and nine of his friends – together known as the Red Hot Kili-Trekkers – will climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.

    Mike, who teaches BTEC Sport at the Sixth Form, has been working out in the gym and cycling to get fit, as well as completing a practise climb up Ben Nevis, a Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition, and a five-day hike on the Yorkshire Moors in preparation for the mammoth challenge in February.

    The Red Hot Kili-Trekkers, all connected to Maldon Cricket Club, where Mike plays cricket, are hoping to raise more than £30,000 for four charities: The Teenage Cancer Trust, Alzheimer's Society, MIND and the David Randall Foundation (set up in memory of 21-year-old cricketer David Randall who passed away from cancer).

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  • Honour for Apple-Jane as she is chosen as Mayor's Cadet

    Published 27/11/19

    Sixth Form Sport student Apple-Jane Hayward has been selected as the official Mayor’s Cadet to accompany the Mayor of Brentwood on civic engagements.

    Apple-Jane, who is in the first year of studying the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport at our Wingletye Lane site, is the first ever Mayor’s Cadet to be selected.

    As part of her role she attends many events with the Mayor of Brentwood Councillor Keith Parker, meeting and greeting people from local charities and organisations.

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  • Student Yara shows true compassion

    Published 04/11/19

    Caring Yara Lopes Borges has been praised for her compassion and thoughtfulness after she sat with an elderly resident and held her hand as she passed away.

    Yara, studying Health & Social Care at the Sixth Form, was undertaking her work placement at Barchester Park View Care Home in Dagenham when she was made aware that one of the terminally ill residents was close to passing, but that none of her family could get there in time.

    The former Ilford Ursuline School pupil volunteered to sit with the elderly lady, made her as comfortable as possible and held her hand until she sadly passed away.

    Yara, 18, said: “I felt because the lady’s family couldn’t be there that someone should be with her when she passed and I didn’t mind doing that. Some people find it traumatic but I didn’t, I found it a peaceful experience. I could feel her presence in the room and then I realised that it wasn’t there anymore.

    “I checked for her pulse but there wasn’t one and I realised she had passed with me sitting there holding her hand. It was the weirdest feeling but I felt the family would have been comforted to know that someone was there for her and she didn’t pass away alone.”

    Yara has been working at the care home every Friday since September as part of her BTEC course, and says she really enjoys it. She said: “I help out with the meals, read stories to the elderly people, play games like chess with them and speak to them about their lives. There is some personal care involved too, such as helping them wash and dress.”

    She added: “I find it rewarding and it makes me feel like I have done something good. You do get emotionally involved sometimes, it’s hard not to. I did have a few tears when the elderly lady passed away because it is sad to see.”

    The Sixth Form’s Vocational Faculty Leader, Teresa Gladwin, said: “Yara showed a great example of care and practice with maturity and demonstrated perfectly the values of what she has been learning.”

    Yara is hoping to go to either Birmingham or Middlesex University to study Midwifery when she leaves college next year.

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  • Mind-blowing trip to New Scientist Live

    Published 28/10/19

    Top performing science A Level students had a memorable and inspiring trip to the New Scientist Live show at London’s Excel Centre.

    The lower sixth students studying Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Geology were able to immerse themselves in high-tec operating theatres, dig into the future of farming, explore the moon like never before, experience a virtual reality rollercoaster, test their skills as an air traffic controller and listen to talks from the greatest minds in science.

    Options on the different scientific pathways they could follow after their A Levels were showcased at the Your Future in STEM exhibition, where they found out about careers and also courses at top universities.

    There were talks at the five main stages, delivered by leaders in their field, including Why Did We Become So Smart?, A Cure for Ageing, Using Drones for Good and A Robotic Eye on Cancer.

    One of the students said: “The show was amazing. I really liked the VR rollercoaster but there were so many different things to see and do. The King’s College medical stand gave a real insight into studying Medicine.”

    Maths, Science and Technology Faculty Leader Marianne Knott said: “It was great to see the students really engaged in the day. They had options to attend talks covering lots of different topics and all delivered by leading scientists. They were able to take part in mini science projects and even met an actual astronaut, Apollo 15’s Al Worden.”

    One parent commented: “Thank you for giving my son the opportunity to go to New Scientist Live. He really enjoyed the day and was buzzing with enthusiasm for everything he had experienced.”

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  • Care home residents so impressed with industry placement students

    Published 14/10/19

    Two of the Sixth Form’s Health & Social Care students – Cassie Johnson and Leah Hurley - were showered with praise by residents and staff at The Oaks Residential Care Home in Upminster, where they carried out their Industry Placement.

    Manager Jenny Freeman could not speak more highly of the two students, who both completed the Health & Social Care BTEC Extended Diploma this year.

    She said: “Well done to Cassie and Leah for putting so much into their placement here. They both made a really big impact during their time with us and the residents loved having them around. We will all miss them so much but we wish them all the best for the future.”

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  • Havering Half Marathon brings College and the community together

    Published 08/10/19

    Community spirit was in full force when students and staff got involved in the Havering Half Marathon on Sunday.  

    Organised by Havering Mind – a local mental health charity - the fun and friendly event with around 1,000 runners, brought all sections of the community together.

    The College was one of the major sponsors of the race which started and finished on the field at Abbs Cross Academy, Hornchurch. Students from our Travel & Tourism and Public Services courses got involved by volunteering to help early in the morning with the runner registration desk.

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  • Parliament tour for Politics students

    Published 07/10/19

    Lower Sixth A Level Government & Politics students saw first-hand how Parliament works with a tour around both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

    The visit, organised by tutors Tom Porter and Katrina Fuja, was entertaining and informative, taking in the Commons Chamber, the Lords Chamber and the historic Westminster Hall.

    The students then took part in a workshop on democracy in action.

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  • Good Samaritan student Reuben stops bus to help man who had collapsed in the street​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    Published 02/10/19

    Sixth Form student Reuben Bunce-Mason didn’t hesitate for a second when he saw a man collapsed and having an epileptic seizure in the street.

    The upper sixth A Level student was travelling on a bus to college on Thursday morning in Corbets Tey Road, Upminster, when he saw the man lying bleeding on the pavement.

    Reuben, 17, who is studying History, Media Studies and Sociology, rushed up to the bus driver and asked him to stop so that he could get off and give first aid to the man.

    The former Army Cadet said: “The man was bleeding from his nose and mouth and had rolled onto his back so he was choking on his blood. He was having quite a severe fit, so I took control of the situation and placed him in the recovery position.

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  • Fantastic opportunity for TV and Film students at Ravensbourne

    Published 27/09/19

    An eye-opening trip to Ravensbourne University London in the summer gave BTEC TV and Film students an insight into the different careers available in the industry.

    Around 20 students from the Sixth Form visited Ravensbourne – which is located right next to the O2 Arena and is known for its design, fashion TV and media courses.

    Creative Media Production (TV & Film) Tutor Holly Whelan said: “While we were there, each student was given a different job within the TV gallery and on the production floor, as well as a team of two who were filming behind the scenes.

    "It was a fantastic opportunity for the students which really gave them hands-on experience and an insight into the different roles in TV and film production.

    "They took part in interviews and produced a film of really high quality."

    Ravensbourne, pictured right, is striking with its circular windows and its proximity to the O2 Arena


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  • Medics student shadows heart surgeon on work experience

    Published 19/09/19

    Student Masooma Ali, who is part of the upper sixth Medics Enrichment group, completed a four-day work placement at Barts Hospital with heart surgeon Mr Kulvinder Lall, who at 36, is one of the youngest cardiac surgeons in the UK.

    Masooma, who is studying Biology, Chemistry and Graphics A Levels, said it was a fantastic experience where she got to see the surgeon at work in the operating theatre as well as the general day-to-day life of a busy hospital.

    The former Chobham Academy student is now aiming for Medical School and eventually would like to become a surgeon.  Details of her interview by The CUBE Work Experience Officer Carla Leonard are below:

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  • Javelin thrower Max takes aim for Paris Olympics

    Published 18/09/19

    Javelin specialist Max Law has racked up seven consecutive titles as Essex Champion – and now has the Paris Olympics 2024 in his sights!

    Former Hall Mead School pupil Max, who is studying for the BTEC Extended Diploma in Business at college, took up javelin throwing at the age of 9 and has gone on to achieve tremendous success in competitions all over the UK and Europe.

    His first big breakthrough was in 2016 when he broke the World Age 13 Best record. He ended that year ranked number 1 in the world in the U15 age group.

    Max has since represented Great Britain in the European U18 championships in Hungary, where he placed fourth, and this summer he competed for Great Britain in the U20 Javelin at the Loughborough International, also finishing 4th against some of the top senior throwers in the UK!

    This season he collected the South of England U20 title with a personal best throw of 68.57m, the England Athletics U20 title and he won the inaugural Home Nations U18 Cup in Dublin.

    Max trains four times a week at Hornchurch Stadium, juggling his sessions around his studies, a part-time job, and social life.

    This winter he will be training hard to hopefully qualify for the World Junior 2020 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, which will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

    His coach at Havering Athletics Club, Sam Harrison, said: “Max’s future is full of exciting challenges ahead with the European U20 Championships in 2021, the Commonwealth Games in 2022, the European U23 Championships in 2023 and the main big target of the Paris Olympics in 2024!”

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  • Oxford University Professor’s talk inspires History students

    Published 13/09/19

    A guest speaker from the University of Oxford, Professor Adam Smith, visited College to talk to History A Level students about the American Civil War and why the North defeated the South during that conflict.

    The students have chosen the American Civil War as the focus of their coursework this year and gained some invaluable insights from the presentation.

    The visit was organised by Faculty Leader and History tutor Larry Auton-Leaf who felt that the students would benefit from hearing from an American Civil War specialist.

    Professor Smith, the Edward Orsborn Professor of United States Politics and Political History at Oxford, said he was impressed with the quality of questions from the students.

    Tutor Kieran Clements, who hosted the event and is pictured with the Professor and some of the students, said: "I was delighted to welcome Professor Smith to the College. Our students were really engaged by his session and learned so much from it. It is a tribute to the College that a lecturer from such a prestigious institution as Oxford University would give up their time to come and speak to our students."

    The History faculty has other visits by academics planned for the forthcoming year.


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