Lewisham College’s great relationship with The Young Vic theatre has resulted in an unexpected opportunity for our construction students. 

Learners from Deptford campus have been invited to carry out building refurbishments in The Platform, a rehearsal room and space for local community groups at the theatre. 

The project has been a great chance for students to experience several stages of the construction process from planning resources, design and project management to using their specialist construction skills to create an exciting new workspace. Students on Carpentry, Maintenance and Painting & Decorating courses are currently working on the project, while Plumbing and Electrician students will soon be tasked with checking the facilities before the rooms are put back in use. 

Lewisham and Southwark Colleges have built a strong partnership with The Young Vic – which is located near Southwark College – over a number of years, but this is the first time construction students have been involved in a major collaboration. 

David Barker, Head of Construction at Lewisham College, says: “This has been an excellent opportunity for our construction students to improve their craft in a real working environment. I’m very proud of the high standards and professionalism they’ve brought to the project, which has transformed the space into a really special place for performers and the community.”
Helen Elizabeth Garcia and Rosa Ndong Osa, both studying ESOL GCSE at Lewisham College, have co-written a ground-breaking drama which is being performed to mark the fifth anniversary of the fatal stabbing of James Hunter in Sydenham. 

‘SAFE’ will be staged by Spontaneous Productions at the TNG Youth Centre in Sydenham on Friday 31 May, at 6pm (free entry). 

Helen and Rosa wrote the play as part of a workshop held at the College, and will now see their work brought to life by a professional cast. ‘SAFE’ explores the pressures on young people and shows what can happen if they make the wrong – or right – choices. It centres on Jacob, a motivated young man who is heading for university when his girlfriend becomes pregnant. As pressure builds, he is faced by a difficult decision: should he work hard and go to university or take the easy road to gang life for some quick cash? 

Aimed at challenging expectations about London’s youth, ‘SAFE’ is part of a James Ross Hunter Youth Support Organisation (JRHYS) event which will include music, dance and spoken word contributions from young performers. There will also be a range of activities including arts and crafts, a bouncy castle, food by the RTG Kitchen and music by DJ Tease, as well as the launch of Five Years Later by Collet Hunter about the loss of her son. 

Tutor Francisca DaGama says: “We are so proud of Helen and Rosa for their hard work writing this play and highlighting the very real choices young people face every day. These two students are a great example of the talent and dedication which young people have to offer, and I hope the audience of ‘SAFE’ take away a positive message of hope for the future.” 

‘SAFE’ will be performed at the TNG Young Centre, 111 Wells Park Road, Sydenham SE26 6AD at 6pm on Friday 31 May 2019. Music, dance and other activities from 4-6pm. Entry is free. For more information, please contact



The Creative Arts Department is having a Fashion Show on the 20th of June, we'd love for students across the college to participate as models for our garments. There will be refreshments on the day.

The casting for the show is on the 22nd of May at 2 pm (Wednesday) and the 23rd of May at 3 pm (Thursday). We will need to take your measurements and contact details so it won't take more than 20 minutes.

Please come and participate as it will be a fantastic event!


The Deputy Mayor of Planning, Regeneration and Skills Jules Pipe CBE visited Southwark College today as part of Love Our College’s week, a national campaign by the Association of Colleges to promote the good work that colleges do across the country.

Jules toured the campus with Principal, Annette Cast and AoC Director, Mary Vine-Morris, dropping into creative arts classes and looking at rehearsals for an upcoming Shakespeare performance. He also took time out to chat to a large group of students, including representatives from the College’s student union.

Annette said: “We were delighted to host Jules today; he was really keen to see the College at work. This is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the great facilities and raw talent that we have at the College. We are located so close to City Hall, that I hope he pops by again soon.”

Another important aim of the Love Our Colleges Campaign is to lobby government for better investment and fair pay for college staff. Further Education Colleges are an essential part of our communities, they are crucial to driving social mobility and providing the skills to boost local and regional economies.

Jules said: “I thoroughly enjoyed meeting staff and students at Southwark College. The Mayor and I are determined to ensure that we have a skills system that meets the needs of Londoners, so it is always good to meet young people who are passionate about learning and maximising their potential.”

Love our Colleges Week continues, and you can find more information at

Jules with students

Jules with Annette and Mary


Students and staff enjoyed a visit from the local policing team today, as officers brought a wide range of leaflets, promotional items and also some hats/helmets for visitors to try on for themselves.

The aim of the exercise is to build trust in the community, by explaining the process of stop and search, offering advice on telephone and online scams as well as looking at crime statistics locally.

Andrew in kit

PCs Binning and Zlatev said: "We have been overwhelmed with the amount of interest today, we have had so many students coming up to talk to us about tackling crime and they've loved looking at the information we have brought, as well as trying on the helmets and protective equipment for size. We're looking forward to coming back soon."

Students will see the officers regularly over the next few weeks in a bid to extend their engagement with the younger residents they serve.



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