During December our Music Department entertained students and staff at Southwark College.

This was the first of several lunch time showcases featuring performances by some of our talented Year 1 Music Performance and Technology students.

There were a number of solo performances with accompaniment. We offer a range of musically inspired events throughout the year including concerts, performances and talks. Our aim is to enrich by providing a range of popular music events for staff, students, alumni and guests.

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Level 3 business students joined forces with local charities, doctors and the police to stage a special knife crime awareness event at Southwark College on 13 December.

Around 200 students from both Lewisham and Southwark Colleges attended the lunchtime event, which aimed to provide an insight into knife crime and how people can protect themselves without knives, enabling them to feel safe within their local communities.

Guest speakers – including the local police, medics from Kings College Hospital trauma unit, local charities Yac & K and Khulisa, and SPAC Nation church – told students about their services and invited them to get involved in local initiatives in the future. The College’s drama students then presented a role-play showing how knife crime happens and how it can be avoided.

Attendees then got the chance to ask questions and discuss issues around knife crime during a Q&A session hosted by the organisations present.

Sue Hughes, Head of Business said: “With knife crimes responsible for the deaths of 50 people in London during just the first three months of 2018, this is a huge problem which is destroying young lives. This initiative by our business students was a fantastic, positive step towards tackling knife crime and making London a safer place.”

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On 6 December, Southwark college held a ‘Celebration of success’ event to highlight the achievements of learners who have boosted their employability – with three quarters gaining a job – as a result of a course run with ISS. A specialist quality cleaning services company, ISS forms a Sector Based Work Academy with the College.

The course, which was aimed at helping unemployed people to get back into work, included a week of study and site visits with recognised organisations such as the South London and Maudsley trust, followed by a guaranteed interview. Attendees had to be referred by their JCP advisor or by a company that supports unemployed people.

From the course, 75 per cent of learners were offered a job on completion, many of whom spoke about their experience at the celebration event. Learners told the audience how the course had developed their confidence and restored their trust in employability programmes, as well as talking about their journey since completing the course.

As a result of this highly successful learning programme, the College is working with ISS again this year in the hope of getting more referrals and enabling more people to get back into employment.

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We’re proud of our leading role in ‘Learning for Life’, a new video produced by ITN Productions which highlights the huge value of Further Education (FE) for society and our economy.

Featuring interviews with Lewisham and Southwark Colleges’ students and staff, the film – which premiered at the Association of Colleges conference – shows how FE colleges like ours equip students for the world of work, helping young people and adults into a fulfilling career.

The film calls for the government to ensure adequate investment in the FE sector, which educates over 60% of people over 16 and more than a million adults in England.

This Autumn, multiple classes of ESOL students took part in a scheme designed to get more local people into the Tower of London to enjoy this amazing attraction.

The Community Access Scheme (CAS) offers free entry and practical advice and support for exploring the Tower to adult community groups and education providers based locally to the Tower of London. So both Lewisham College and Southwark College teachers took part in training at the venue to become ‘Tour Leaders’. They were then able to take groups of students to the Tower, and teach them about the rich history and stories which make the Tower of London so attractive to visitors.

The students loved what they saw and experienced, and used their new English writing skills to pen some pieces to record their feelings and reactions to their visit.

Masooda wrote: “I know that this historical Tower is very important in British history. Our new generation must know about it.

“I am impressed by this building because it was built nearly one thousand years ago, and it hasn’t crumbled. The building skills of those people were incredible, so when I saw this building I was just amazed!”

Shaymaa wrote: “I learnt that the Beefeaters have their own houses and their own GP [at the Tower] and a lot of their needs met on the site. Our teacher told us the story of the Bloody Tower.

“I enjoyed a lot seeing the Crown Jewels and the video of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth which was very interesting to see. “

Now the teachers are trained it is hoped many more groups of students will be able to see the Tower in action.

Julie Hutton, Head of Adult ESOL, said “We just love this project, it gives our students access to an attraction they might not otherwise be able to go to. Their excitement about learning British history in a location like this is touching to see, I’m so proud of the great success of this project.





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