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  • Love is in the air as campaign gains momentum

    Published 13/05/19

    A heartfelt message from staff and students is being sent to the government this week as Havering Sixth Form College embarks on a week of action to support the #LoveOurColleges campaign.

    The campaign, spearheaded by the Association of Colleges (AoC), aims to persuade the Treasury to provide meaningful and sustainable investment in colleges across the country.

    Beginning Monday, 13th May and ending on Friday 17th May, the week - more details can be found at https://www.loveourcolleges.co.uk/ - will raise awareness of the fact that over the last decade, colleges have had to deal with an average 30% funding cut, whilst costs have increased dramatically.

    This has resulted in finances being strained and fewer hours of teaching and support for young people. It will ultimately impact upon businesses, communities and the wider economy.

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  • Students strike a pose at Fashion Taster Day

    Published 06/05/19

    Students got in the style for a Fashion Design Taster Day held at Ravensbourne University.

    Attended by a group of lower sixth Art & Design students, the taster day aimed to dispel some of the myths about university life and also gave them an idea of the different types of art degrees that are available to study. 

    The students enjoyed a tour of Ravensbourne, which is located next to the O2 Arena in London, and were able to speak to some of the existing students about their art projects and their experience of studying art at university.

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  • Sports Careers Day gets students fit for their future

    Published 29/04/19

    A special Careers Day aimed at students studying Sports BTEC courses was held to raise awareness of the opportunities open to young people when they leave College.

    The inspiring day included presentations from a Sports Coach, Personal Trainer and Physiotherapist as well as talks about sports-related degrees from the University of East London (UEL), University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) and the University of Chichester. 

    The event was organised as part of Linking London's National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) in partnership with Havering Sixth Form College. NCOP is a Government-funded programme which aims to increase awareness of the range of higher level opportunities available and enable students to make informed decisions about their future, whether that might be studying for a Higher Education qualification, commencing an Apprenticeship or going into employment.

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  • Oxbridge Conference is ‘insightful and informative’

    Published 22/04/19

    A trip to the Oxbridge Conference held at Epsom Downs Racecourse was attended by 17 of our students, who are all part of the College’s Aiming High programme.

    The visit, organised by CUBE manager Nikki Phelps and Higher Education and Employment Advisor, Lindsey Dacosta, gave students considering applying to either Oxford or Cambridge Universities the chance to attend talks by admissions officers and subject specialists. There were also current university students on hand to answer questions about day-to-day life on campus.

    The presentations included course specific sessions; applying to Oxford and Cambridge; student life; making a competitive application; and student finance and careers.

    There was also a Teachers and Higher Education Advisors Programme that ran for visiting staff throughout the morning giving information on additional admissions requirements, personal statements, interviews and teacher references.

    Student Jasmine Leake said: “Overall, it was a good, informative experience.” Student Daisy Middleton added: “It was very useful for those wanting to go to Oxford or Cambridge, as well as for finding out tips and other details on specific courses.”

    Student Ewan Newall said: “The competitive application talk was insightful and reassuring and the subject talk I attended was interesting and demonstrated the range of disciplines that the degree would combine.”

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  • Sporting success for College teams

    Published 15/04/19

    Netballers put on the performance of their season, winning 14 – 8 against St Dominic’s Sixth Form College in a competitive AoC league match.

    Unfortunately, the game had to be shortened due to St Dom’s arriving late after getting stuck in traffic during the journey from their campus in Harrow on the Hill, North West London.

    But there were excellent performances all round from the Havering Sixth Form players and they dominated the game from the start. As the match went on, they piled on the pressure which forced interceptions and allowed our team to capitalise and score. The team were: Left to right, Deborah Nzau, Dzestina Moliejute, Safi Zamiate, Fine Okemadu, Britney Owusu, Abbie Lagden, Jodie Packham and Valerie Njenga.

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  • Medical workshops for students aspiring to be doctors

    Published 08/04/19

    College students hoping to become doctors took part in a special Medical Day along with pupils from local schools.

    Held at Havering Sixth Form College, the Medical Day challenged the high-achieving students with workshops on Diagnostics, Emergency Resuscitation, Anatomy and Medical Ethics.

    The day was organised by MCS Projects and the sessions were run by university students from Barts Hospital and UCL.

    They also gave students a presentation on successful applications to Medical School and they answered questions on their lives as Medical students.

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  • Jack Petchey Awards for students who have made a difference

    Published 01/04/19

    Deserving students have received Jack Petchey Achievement Awards for standing up for others despite difficulties in their own lives - and for the positive impact they have had on the College community.

    The three winning students were selected by the College Council from a number of very worthy nominations.

    The winners were Samantha Rogers, Caragh Scurr and Ashleigh Christie.

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  • In Deepest Sympathy

    Published 29/03/19

    Earlier today the funeral of Jodie Chesney took place. Staff and students close to Jodie – who was an A Level student at Havering Sixth Form College - attended at the invitation of her family, and were able to pay their last respects to her. 

    Jodie was tragically killed at a park in Harold Hill earlier this month.

    Principal Paul Wakeling gave a short address at the request of Jodie’s family and paid tribute to a young lady whose shocking death is a great loss to her family and friends as it is to the College community.

    Commenting on how the College community reacted to Jodie's death, Paul said: “I am proud of the way that students and staff responded to her death in working together to show their love for her and to support one another.”

    Speaking about Jodie herself, he added: “Her friends said of her that Jodie's joy would never fail to spread to others. She was a much loved member of our College community who is, and will continue to be, truly missed.”

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  • Fearless Girl event gives students advice on City careers ​​​​​​​

    Published 25/03/19

    In celebration of International Women’s Day, a group of Havering Sixth Form College students recently attended the Fearless Girl event at the London Stock Exchange in the City of London.

    The event, hosted by the Brokerage and State Street Global Advisors, was specifically aimed at young women, encouraging them to break barriers and enter the world of financial and professional services in the City.

    Fearless Girl is a statue which was commissioned by State Street Global Advisors and placed in the heart of New York’s Financial District on the eve of International Women’s Day 2017 to raise awareness about the importance of gender diversity in corporate leadership.

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  • Thought-provoking talks and tips from authors

    Published 22/03/19

    Workshops and talks by visiting authors as well as a Creative Writing Competition were held in the Havering Sixth Form College Library in celebration of Reading Week.

    Author Lydia Syson, a young adult fiction novelist, held an informative session, giving students tips on how to write a story using her MEAL plan (Main point, Evidence/Example, Analysis and Link).

    Later in the week, philosopher and author Dr Stephen Law visited College to hold an Aiming Higher Drop-in session and also gave a thought-provoking philosophical talk on free will and whether we learn and are enriched through suffering.

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  • Former students give presentation on why they chose the Apprenticeship route

    Published 20/03/19

    Students had the chance to hear all about the fantastic apprenticeships that TfL have to offer young people as well as enter a TfL Innovate Challenge competition.

    Current TfL apprentices spoke about the schemes on offer to students once they leave college, such as apprenticeships in Transport Planning, IT, Engineering, Building Surveying and General Management.

    Former Havering Sixth Form College students Leah Rawlins and Haris Seedat spoke about their roles as General Management apprentices and how varied their jobs are.

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  • Athlete Yusuf sets his sights on 2020 Olympics

    Published 18/03/19

    Havering Sixth Form College student Yusuf Bizimana has just become the England U20 champion in the 800m athletics track event.

    Now Yusuf, a former pupil at Emerson Park Academy, is training hard to fulfil his dream of competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games next year.

    The 18-year-old from Romford, who is studying the Business BTEC Extended Diploma and is on course to achieve the top grade of Triple Distinction*, travels all over the country to compete – and won the gold medal to become England champion at Sheffield a few weeks ago. He also represented Great Britain last month in Serbia, competing in a world class field, and this month he travelled to Wales to run for the England team.

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