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  • Film screening showcases students’ work for counselling service

    Published 11/06/19

    Students studying TV & Film held a special screening of six short videos based on the theme of ‘anxiety’.

    The original, 30-second films, were created for the Havering & Brentwood Bereavement Service (HBBS) to promote and raise awareness of #4ME – a unique, free counselling service for young people.

    The films will be used on the HBBS social media platforms.

    The upper sixth students, all in their final term of the Creative Media Production (TV & Film) BTEC Diploma, were asked to work in groups to make a short film aimed at helping teenagers suffering from anxiety.

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  • Top honours for students at College Awards Evenings

    Published 10/06/19

    Students who have worked hard, shown an excellent commitment to their studies or an outstanding contribution to the College community were celebrated at Awards Evenings.

    Attended by parents, governors and staff, the evenings were a chance to honour those students who have dedicated themselves to being the best they possibly could this year.

    Bursary awards were presented to eight exceptional students for excellent progress, determination and attitude in their subject area. These special awards are handed out in memory of members of staff from the College, and student Jodie Chesney, who all sadly passed away while working or studying here.

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  • Students aim to find the Middle Ground during passionate debate

    Published 07/06/19

    A debate entitled Where Are We As A Society – United or Conflicted? was held for students to discuss issues including immigration, gender and the police.

    The group discussion was organised by A Level student Gabrielle Prah who wanted to use the debate to write an article for student magazine, The Writeous.

    Inspired by the Youtube series Middle Ground, Gabrielle invited students with different and similar beliefs to join the discussion, posing the questions: We live in an age of progression – do we? We have overcome our restraints and we are liberated – are we?

    The statements debated were: Immigration is holding back the UK; White privilege doesn’t exist; There are more than two genders; I trust the police to protect me.

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  • Community-minded students receive Jack Petchey Awards

    Published 31/05/19

    Students who have gone the extra mile to make a difference in the College community have been honoured with Jack Petchey Awards.

    Charlee Wood, pictured left, Eitan Robinson and Freya Barnes-Wassell were chosen by the College Council as the deserving winners from a number of worthy nominations.

    They all received a framed certificate and £250 to be spent on a project of their choice which will benefit a group of young people.

    Charlee was nominated for being a true asset to the College. She is an extremely hard working student who is aiming for top grades in her A Levels, despite having to cope with dyslexia. She has volunteered at every Open Day as an Ambassador, as well as helping out at other College events. She attends every extra-curricular activity she can and is always enthusiastic and willing to come to the aid of others. Charlee can often be found studying in the Library and has decided to give her £250 prize money to benefit a library project.

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  • Putting our students’ futures first

    Published 24/05/19

    A busy schedule of visits and events organised by the College’s careers service – The CUBE – has given students plenty of food for thought about their futures.

    Students Marissa Adufo and Devang Pandya (pictured) were both selected to take part in the Think Investments programme which involved five employer masterclasses and two work shadowing opportunities with top City Investment companies.

    The students met with current apprentices and found out about the different career paths available in the finance and investment sector. The programme culminated in a graduation ceremony at Barings Asset Management, which both Marissa and Devang attended.

    Budding journalists attend Reuters talk

    Students had the rare opportunity to hear from a former journalist about what it is like working for an international news organisation like Reuters.

    Retired newsman David Cowell visited College to speak about the spread of fake news and how it undermines serious media coverage and factual news stories.

    He said social media, particularly Facebook, had contributed to an increase in sensationalist and exaggerated journalism.

    The talk was organised by Reuters in partnership with Peter Keep from the Charlotte Project, which enables young people to engage with journalists, giving them a better understanding of the job. Peter set up the Charlotte Project in memory of his wife who was a successful journalist at Reuters.

    Code like a girl programme

    Student Isla Qureshi took part in a four-day Coding Programme at Vodafone where she learnt the technical skills to build her own website.

    The Coding Programme encourages girls who are hugely under-represented in STEM fields to gain the skills and confidence to thrive in a STEM career. 

    Isla said: “The workshop was an amazing experience that helped me learn new skills. I had no previous experience of coding and yet at the end of the workshop I was able to set up and code a functional website.”

    The programme forms part of Vodafone’s wider ambition to be the best employer for women by 2025.

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  • Sea creatures story wins creative writing prize for Eleanor

    Published 22/05/19

    Student Eleanor Morgan was chosen as the winner of the College Library’s Creative Writing competition with her short story about Freedom.

    Written through the eyes of sea creatures kept in a tank who watch a young child at play, the thought-provoking piece was a clear winner according to the judging panel.

    Eleanor, who is studying A Levels in English Language & Literature, Film Studies and Fine Art, was presented with her £25 book token by Librarian Jennifer Cooper. Her story will be published in this month’s College magazine, The Writeous.

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  • MP hears inspiring stories from students during #LoveOurColleges week

    Published 20/05/19

    Local MP Julia Lopez visited College on Friday to hear inspiring stories from students about how Havering Sixth Form is helping to shape their lives.

    The meeting, part of the #LoveOurColleges campaign, brought together current and former students, governors, staff and Principal Paul Wakeling, to share the reasons why they believe government funding for colleges should be increased.

    Paul said: “We have called the meeting today because I think it is important to celebrate the work that we do and to raise the profile of colleges in the minds of everyone, including MPs. We fulfil the hopes and ambitions of students every year – and the students here today are a testament to that.”

    Former student Ethan Gates, 20, attended the meeting and spoke about how the college instilled in him self-motivation and self-directed learning. He is now a self-made entrepreneur who has a thriving radio station business based in the West Midlands.

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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 - 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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