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Lewisham’s bid to be London’s Borough of Culture, ‘LoveitLewisham’, was launched on 7 September 2017 at one of London’s most renowned museums, The Horniman Museum and Gardens, in Forest Hill.
Speaking to over 100 people attending the launch, the Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, urged residents to back the 'LoveitLewisham' bid.

The Mayor of London launched the Borough of Culture competition in June 2017.
Two winning boroughs will be named London Borough of Culture, one in 2019 and one in 2020 and up to six other boroughs will receive support to deliver individual projects.
Each winning borough will be awarded just over £1million to deliver a year-long cultural programme that brings people and ideas together to celebrate its creativity, collaboration and character.

Sir Steve said: ‘Lewisham should be London’s Borough of Culture because of the creativity, character and diversity of our people. Culture is everywhere in Lewisham, from the brilliant Broadway Theatre to the amazing Albany to south east London’s largest free summer festival, People’s Day. Let’s make Lewisham London’s Borough of Culture.’

Back their bid

You can support our bid in three ways:

·         Add your support to our back the bid pledge
·         What would you like to see in Lewisham if we become London's Borough of Culture 2019?
·         You can also use the hashtag #LoveItLewisham to share pictures or posts on your Twitter, Facebook or Instagram accounts. The best ones will be shared on our Love It Lewisham website.

Level 3 Business student Channan Warmington-Lewis-Moore has won the nOSCARS Woman of the Year Award as a result of her amazing work empowering young people living with HIV. She was announced winner at a glitzy award ceremony – which included guest of honour Prince Leo of Croatia – on 13 November at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham.

The high profile nOSCARS awards, organised by charity NAZ, recognise the people, programmes and media that are making a difference in minority communities to challenge HIV and homophobic stigma.

Channan, who turned 18 on the very day of the awards ceremony, beat off stiff competition from a shortlist of adults, many of whom had years of experience in HIV activism, to win ‘Woman of the Year’.

The judges said: “Drawing on her own experiences, Channan has empowered young women to overcome the stigma of HIV by presenting an alternative, positive role model.” They were particularly impressed with the way Channan educates other young people living with HIV on social media, including her Youtube channel.

A very active entrepreneur, Channan founded her own company, KYCHAN Limited at the age of just 13 with the aim of creating fun, inclusive opportunities for young people in her community. She publishes a free teen lifestyle magazine, and organises a wide range of events including make-up and nailcare training courses, a Miss Kychan Teen Supreme pageant, and art and dance competitions.

Channan says: “When I heard I’d been nominated for ‘Woman of the Year’ I was very happy but I never thought I’d win the award because there were lots of adults who’d done great work in my category. When my name was announced as winner, I was over the moon!”

Level 3 Music students have been rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in the music industry, having got the chance to work at Amplify – part of BBC Music Introducing.

Held from 6 to 9 October at London’s Excel Centre, Amplify was the first event of its kind in the UK, and marked 10 years of BBC Music Introducing – the programme which finds and supports undiscovered artists, propelling them to success. Nine Lewisham Southwark College students were selected to carry out work experience at the event, providing artist liaison for the event’s promotors SME. This saw the students supporting the needs of the BBC event hosts and performers including George Ezra, Everything Everything, Declan McKenna, Blossoms, Rae Morris, Slaves, Nao, The Big Moon, Yizzy and Jake Bugg.

Amplify was aimed at offering aspiring musicians exclusive access to these major performers through intimate talks, music masterclasses, recording workshops and performances.

Music Tutor Chris Baker says: “This was a fantastic work experience opportunity and the students responded very positively to it. We are really pleased that employers like the BBC and their partners are choosing to approach Lewisham Southwark College when looking to source potential employees – it speaks volumes for the quality of our courses and students.”

Lewisham Southwark College has partnered with The Fan Museum in Greenwich and Europe’s leading fan maker Sylvain Le Guen for ‘Street Fans’ – a project which unites two seemingly diverse art forms: traditional fan making and street art.

The highlight of the project is an exhibition featuring art by 30 international street artists, which is being shown at The Fan Museum from 19 September to 31 December. This has been jointly conceived by the museum and Paris-based street artist Codex Urbanis.

As part of the Street Fans project, the College has staged three highly successful events aimed at enabling students and the local community to get inspired by this unique combination of artistic genres.

On 3 October, Lewisham Way campus welcomed school children from three local schools, Trinity School, Bonus Pastor Catholic College and Middle Park Primary School, to two special workshops along with the College’s Level 3 Art students. Run by local street artist Nathan Bowen in collaboration with The Fan Museum, these sessions gave participants the chance to design their own fans, gathering lots of expert hints and tips along the way, with Nathan picking his favourites and awarding prizes at the end of the workshop. The artist also designed two wonderful bespoke pieces of art which are now on display on campus.
A Street Fans Masterclass, staged at Southwark campus on 10 October, was an intimate opportunity for Foundation and Level 3 Art and Fashion students to work directly with Sylvain Le Guen. Our students rose to the challenge of creating fans from scratch, and got to see some of Sylvain’s beautiful creations including the fan from the recent Cinderella movie! The Masterclass was followed by a unique Q&A session with Sylvain and Jacob Moss, curator of the exhibition, which was attended by art students, alumni and arts-based businesses.

The Street Fans exhibition takes place at The Fan Museum, 12 Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ER from 19 September to 31 December.

The annual Lewisham Southwark College Student Awards, staged at Lewisham Way campus on 12th October, was a truly inspirational evening of celebration, entertainment and community spirit. 

Welcoming the Award winners, their friends and families, staff and special guests, the evening highlighted the dedication, determination and hard work of students who have often overcome major challenges to get where they are today. 

Principal Carole Kitching opened the event and introduced guest speaker Shakira Martin, President of the NUS and an LS College alumna who gave an inspiring talk about her time at the College and where it’s taken her. Following the Awards ceremony, guests enjoyed drinks and delicious canapes prepared and served by our Hospitality students, and enjoyed music performed by our talented Level 3 Performing Arts students. 

During the evening, ‘Best Student of the Year’ Awards were presented to students in each subject area who have shown the best all round performance in their academic studies, enrichment activities and as active members of the College community. Those honoured in this category were:

  • Kofi Ocloo (Art & Design)

  • Karolina Cepeleva (Beauty)

  • Kyle Oneil Mohoney (Business and Finance)

  • Tia King (Catering and Hospitality)

  • Stephen Woods (Construction)

  • Elena Cebotari (Drama)

  • Mihaela Dicusara (English and Maths)

  • Gertrudes Correia Castro (ESOL Adult)

  • Abdo Daud (ESOL Young), Saman Sajjad (Fashion)

  • Julia Mills (Health and Social Care)

  • Georgette Khoury (Law)

  • Cyrus Allen (Media)

  • Michael Gough (Music)

  • Rejina Shrestha (Science)

  • Michal Waclawek (Sport)

  • Chloe Smith (Supported Learning)

  • Igor Railean (Technical Theatre)

  • Grissel Gutierrez (Travel and Tourism)

  • Kamiston Jogathilaraja (IT and Computing).

'Apprentice of the Year’ awards went to two apprentices who have gone the extra mile, impressing their employers with their professionalism, work ethic and eagerness to learn: Ryan Pinto (Level 2) and Kylean Campbell-Hall (Level 3).

The Principal gave four special awards to students who best reflect the values and ethos of LS College: Alesja Aleksandrova and Mihail Lukov (for Outstanding Contribution to the College) and Asata Selman-Jackson and Kyle Oneil Mohoney (for Outstanding Vocational Skills).

The ‘Employability Learner of the Year’ was awarded to Salma Rahman for showing the best future employment promise across the College, and the Jane Burnett Award for Supported Learning students (given in loving memory of a much-loved member of staff) went to Alex Henry. The ‘Make a Difference’ Award – awarded to a student who has made a genuine difference to people’s lives – was given to Aneesa Bhatti, while the Stephen Lawes Award for an Accountancy/Finance student who has shown exceptional dedication and commitment was awarded to Durga Thapaliya.

Carole Kitching said: “The Student Awards event is always the highlight of my year. Some of the award winners honoured tonight may become famous through their skills and achievements, and others will find real satisfaction in their chosen career. They have all shown what can be achieved through determination, perseverance and dedication.”

Sixteen organisations showed their support for the College by sponsoring the Awards, including Goldsmiths University of London, London South Bank University and FE Week. Three winners also walked away from the evening with work experience opportunities from their award sponsors. 




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