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  • Tragic death of Jodie Chesney

    Published 04/03/19

    It was with sadness and shock that I received the news of the tragic death of Jodie Chesney, an Upper 6th A Level student here at Havering Sixth Form College.

    Jodie was an excellent, hard-working and focussed student and her loss is devastating to staff and students.

    Our focus for the next few days will be on providing support for the college community as a whole with additional help, as needed, for those who knew Jodie personally.

    I will issue a further statement in due course. I extend my deepest sympathy, and that of my staff, to Jodie’s family and friends. 

    Paul Wakeling, Principal

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  • Copper Box win for basketball team

    Published 25/02/19

    Congratulations to our winning women’s basketball team who secured another victory by beating Epping Forest College 51 – 26.

    The game took place at the Copper Box Arena in Stratford which had previously been used for basketball and handball matches during the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

    It was a great experience playing in such an iconic venue for both teams. The Havering Sixth Form College squad continues to be successful in matches and are improving with every game.

    The photo shows, left to right:  Urysla Cotton (Coach), Latoya Raphael, Maria Ruano Delgado, Tasnim Mishu, Yasmin Chekkour, Maryam Benhmadouch and Corina Birca.

    In other sport, our Netball team had a very good opening to the match in the AoC league against Uxbridge College. They led at the start but unfortunately the momentum couldn’t be maintained and Uxbridge went on to win the match.

    A special mention goes out to our players Fine Okemadu for her shooting and Deborah Nzau for her defensive work.

    In Men’s Basketball, Havering Sixth Form College hosted Haringey Sixth Form College in their 13th game of the ABL Eastern Conference campaign, which saw Haringey take the win 141-27.

    It was always going to be a tough task with a weakened squad due to injuries and unavailable players. Haringey took no time at all in showing why they are number 1 in the Eastern Conference - scoring at will and putting Havering under constant pressure with their court presence.

    HSFC Head Coach Damien Plummer said: “It has not been a good week in regards to preparation and you can’t face the top team in your league and expect to perform without being prepared. The players now know what needs to happen to improve.”


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  • USA trip beckons for students selected as UK ambassadors

    Published 18/02/19

    A fantastic trip to the USA this summer awaits Havering Sixth Form College students Tedy Sam and James Stockwell who have both been selected from hundreds of other young people to be ambassadors for the UK.

    Tedy, 17, and James, 17, were chosen for the Hummer Tuttle Foundation and Windsor Fellowship’s UK-US Youth Dialogue Programme and as part of the scheme, they will stay in Virginia and then in Chicago with an American family.

    It is a superb achievement for the boys, as there were only 12 places available and they were selected from applicants at many other schools and colleges all over London and the South East.

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  • High quality Industry Placements so valuable to students and employers

    Published 12/02/19

    A new initiative that links Havering Sixth Form College to employers in the local and wider area has been a huge success in securing high quality work experience placements for more than 40 students.

    Government funding for the Industry Placements scheme has enabled the College to establish business contacts where employers offer extended work experience opportunities for a minimum of 45 days over the academic year.

    Law firms, insurance companies, special needs schools, office-based charities and care homes have all given students from a variety of courses the chance to build experience in their chosen future careers.

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  • Students lay roses in tribute to victims of the Holocaust

    Published 05/02/19

    Holocaust Memorial Day was marked in College by students Megan Wren and Rehab Hussain who organised a tribute for the six million Jewish people who were persecuted and murdered more than 70 years ago.

    The two history students set up a table and tape on the floor to represent railway tracks. They gave out information about the atrocities of the Holocaust and asked students and staff to lay a rose on the tracks in remembrance of those who suffered.

    They had recently been selected as ambassadors for the Holocaust Educational Trust because of outstanding work they produced for their History A Level. As ambassadors, they took part in the Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz project, visiting Poland where they examined pre-war Jewish life and were given a harrowing and emotional talk by a Holocaust survivor. They were also taken to the former Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz.

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  • Former prisoners’ stories give students thought-provoking sessions at Behind Bars Conference

    Published 28/01/19

    Havering Sixth Form College students heard from real life former prisoners at a Criminology conference titled Behind Bars – are prisons a place for Retribution, Rehabilitation or Punishment?

    Sponsored by the College’s security firm CIS Security Ltd, the whole day conference was organised by True Life Conferences and Criminology tutor Alistair Hook. It was attended by students studying Law, Psychology, Criminology, Sociology and Politics.

    The four speakers, who had all been in prison themselves – one serving 24 years for murder and another turning to crime to feed a heroin addiction – discussed different types of crime in interactive lectures which gave students an insight into how crime and violence infiltrate people’s lives and what it is like to be in prison in the UK.

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  • Reading Ahead scheme launched at College Library

    Published 22/01/19

    Students are being offered the chance to join the Reading Ahead scheme which has been launched at the Havering Sixth Form College Library.

    Run by the Reading Agency, the national scheme challenges students to choose six reads, rate and then review them. When the challenge is complete, names are entered into a national prize draw and the student receives a certificate.

    Reading Ahead is designed to inspire an enjoyment of reading at the same time as improving literacy skills.  The programme takes place every year in public libraries, colleges and workplaces.

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  • Dance performances showcase students’ talents

    Published 14/01/19

    An interesting variety of group and solo pieces were performed as A Level students put on a Dance Showcase in the Havering Sixth Form College theatre on Friday.

    The lower and upper sixth students performed routines titled Howl, Cool, This Place is a Shelter, Paint It Black, One by One, Cold, Cell Block Tango, Trumpet Solo and Running.

    The appreciative audience enjoyed the contemporary style of dance in both the group and individual performances.

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  • Former student Tele so proud to be the youngest Havering Councillor

    Published 08/01/19

    Former Havering Sixth Form College student Tele Lawal has proved that young people can make a difference and follow their dreams by becoming the youngest ever and the first black female Councillor for the London Borough of Havering.

    Tele, now 23, was just 22 years old when she was elected as Labour Councillor for Heaton Ward in Harold Hill last year.

    Since then she has been out and about in the area, campaigning for improvements in housing, community safety, and working with a local church to reduce anti-social behaviour.

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  • Students’ festive spirit helps those in need

    Published 19/12/18

    Kind-hearted staff and students at Havering Sixth Form College have donated a trolley full of festive goodies and other items to help those in need this Christmas.

    The full-to-the-brim trolley was delivered to the charity The Harold Hill Foodbank which is run by The Trussell Trust and distributes emergency food and other supplies to those in crisis.

    The trolley was left in the College’s Quad for staff and students to fill up with non-perishable foods, toiletries and baby items – and the response was phenomenal with the trolley flowing over with delicious goodies.

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  • Performing Arts students really hit the heights!

    Published 19/12/18

    Talented actors, singers and dancers at Havering Sixth Form College certainly rose up last week when they performed the hit Broadway Musical ‘In The Heights’ to an appreciative audience.

    Written in a hip-hop style by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also penned the West End show ‘Hamilton’, it meant the students had to learn the complex lyric and rhythm patterns that go with that style of music – and audiences over the three days of shows agreed that they pulled it off magnificently!

    The students were all from the Performing Arts BTEC course and, so that everyone had an opportunity to show off their talents, there were two casts who performed two shows each.

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  • College taster days inspire school pupils to Aim High

    Published 17/12/18

    Almost 100 most able pupils from local secondary schools took part in Aiming High Taster Days at Havering Sixth Form College.

    The two stretch-and-challenge days for high achievers from partner schools gave the Year 10 and 11 students the chance to experience specialist teaching as well as gain an insight into future opportunities, such as access to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.

    Schools including Bower Park, Emerson Park, Hall Mead, Marshalls Park, Hornchurch High and Royal Liberty brought along their top pupils to attend interactive sessions at the College titled Imagination & Speculation, Thinking Logically, Higher Order Thinking Skills, Thinking Ahead and A Historical Moral Question.

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