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Students and staff at Lewisham Southwark College, wore green and took part in a range of activities in support of the Green for Grenfell Day on Friday 15 June.

The Debating Club’s first debate of the year was on the question of how to re-use the site of the Grenfell Tower, whether it should become a permanent memorial or whether it should be used for social housing, including a memorial for those who lost their lives in the fire of 2017.

The College also welcomed the BBC London’s Education Correspondent Mark Ashdown who filmed the college’s Travel and Tourism students selling drinks and snacks to the passing public with profits of £150 going to the Grenfell charities.

Students Imogen Oto and Valaya Salter spoke on camera of their impressions of the debate earlier in the day, and what the Grenfell disaster meant to them. The piece went out on the early evening and late evening news on Friday.

Travel and Tourism lecturer, Patricia Manzi said: “The Grenfell disaster is felt as keenly in south east London as it is in West London. The students can see that this kind of thing could happen everywhere, and across the whole London community we stand together as one.”

Studying IT and computing at Lewisham Southwark College is the stepping stone to great things for many talented and ambitious learners. Six students have recently graduated from London’s leading universities, demonstrating that the sky’s the limit if you’re prepared to work hard and stay focused.

The students, who studied IT and computing courses at the College before applying for their degree programmes, are Nazrul Amin (who has graduated from Queen Mary University), Gary Whitnell and Abdiqani Sultan (University of Greenwich), Abdulkadir Mohamed (Goldsmiths University), Ivan Kluychev (City University) and Riyanat Shittu (King’s College London).

With London businesses urgently requiring skilled IT professionals, the future is bright for the graduates, and some have already won roles with highly competitive companies. Ivan Kluychev is now a Technical Support Engineer at Oracle Corporation UK while Riyanat Shittu is Site Reliability Engineer (Intern) at Google.

 

Stopping racism and war and ending hunger and homelessness were just some of the challenging topics ESOL students were inspired to write about in a recent project.

The students, in the ESOL Young class, were moved to put pen to paper after they watched a video called ‘Be The Change You Want To See’, which was based on the famous motivational words of Mahatma Gandhi.

The message of the video is that if you want to see other people change, you first need to change yourself and become an example of what you want to see in others. Watching it sparked a discussion among the ESOL class about what changes they’d like to see in the world and how they could ‘be the change’. The students then wrote up their ideas as blog posts for the Lewisham Southwark College website.

On the topic of homelessness, Kornelija Gedvilaite wrote: “We in the world have so much homelessness. How can we change it? If we help a homeless person, in the future he could help you.”

Abdulkader Hassan wrote: “I think to change the world you must understand people first, because if people understand each other, peace will come, war will stop, hunger will go away.”

ESOL Lecturer Segun Fayase said: “It was delightful to see the class really engaging in discussing how we can make the world a better place. They worked really hard on the project, typing up their ideas and finding images to illustrate the pieces.”

Talented young footballers from Lewisham Southwark College have shown they have what it takes to perform on the European stage. On a recent football tour to Holland, the youth team were victorious against their opponents Haarlem – the club where Dutch sporting legend Ruud Gullit first made his name.

The 17-strong squad from Lewisham Southwark College’s Football Academy travelled to Amsterdam during May half term as part of a partnership between the College and Haarlem Football Club.

A semi-professional club with its eye on climbing the leagues, Haarlem attracts talent which goes on to feed the premiership in Holland. It was the training ground for Ruud Gullit, who debuted with the Club at 16 and later found fame with Ajax before becoming a football manager. He captained the Netherlands national team which won the UEFA Euro in 1988.

Keen to follow a similar path, the Lewisham Southwark College team put on a great display, not only winning 3-2 against Haarlem’s youth team – but also taking on the Club’s adult team and only losing by a single goal in another 3-2 finish.

While the Football Academy goes on tour every year outside the UK, the College’s partnership with Haarlem offers a unique opportunity to expose sports students to a different culture and competitive football at semi-professional Club level.

David Harrild, Head of the Department for Sport, said: “The tour was a truly life-changing experience for our students. Playing against Haarlem opened their eyes to the kinds of careers they can access within football and the importance of adopting professional standards. They also really bonded together as a team. I’m very proud of the way they performed and have high hopes for their future success.”

 

Lewisham Southwark College Students are in the black and blue kit

Travel and tourism students from Lewisham Southwark College have been thrown in at the deep end on work placement at the luxurious Aquasis hotel in Didim, Turkey – and have risen to the challenge so well that staff would like to keep them on!

The group of eight students are currently in Didim spending two weeks on a placement funded by Erasmus+, the EU programme which promotes opportunities for students to study and work abroad.

Gaining invaluable face-to-face customer experience, the students are working on reception and in guest relations, helping guests with everything from checking in to booking the resort’s many a la carte restaurants. Feedback from the hotel staff has been highly positive, with the management expressing a wish to keep some students on for the rest of the season if that was possible.

Opened in 2016, the 5* Aquasis Deluxe Resort & Spa has 600 rooms and caters for guests from all over the world including the UK, Germany and Russia.

International Manager at Lewisham Southwark College Shazi Giner, who has travelled with the students, comments: “I am so proud of the way that our students are interacting confidently with guests, handling queries and potential problems in a really professional manner. It’s great to see them putting what they have been learning at college into practice in such a very fast-paced, demanding environment.”

 

  

    

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