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Our Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in Performing Arts learners are rehearsing at the National Maritime Museum this week, with actor Jeremy James.

They’ll soon get to perform at the Greenwich venue as part of an informative plague takeover event – due to take place on 21 November 2015 from 11am to 3pm.

The upcoming event celebrates the Museum’s new exhibition ‘Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire and Revolution’. Open to the public, plague takeover will include sights and activities such as:

·         A ‘Rat Pack Promenade’ led by the ‘King of Rats’

·         Make-up artists recreating unhealthy facial appearances

·         Picking your own herbs to help ward off the affliction

·         Plague victims stumbling through the galleries

·         The opportunity to try on a plague doctor’s outfit

Karla Ptáček, Head of Performing Arts at Lewisham Southwark College, said: “This is a great experience for our degree level students and gives them a real taste of professional practice.  The opportunity to do a site specific promenade performance at this world heritage site will be excellent for their CVs.  Luckily they are well primed for ‘Plague Takeover’ having spent this term working on gothic and ghoulish material.”

This announcement follows recent news of the successful Halloween Mash Up and selected national tour participants.

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Dean Phillips and Peace Onomor, both 18, have been selected in a theatre adaptation of Quentin Blake’s much loved children’s book ‘Clown’. Director Teresa Early , who adapted the book for the stage, approached the Drama Department when two of her cast members withdrew. Dean and Peace are studying in their second year of UAL Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts auditioned and won these roles. Not only are they being paid for rehearsals and performances but this gives them much needed professional experience for their UCAS applications.

Dean will be playing the lead role of ‘Max’ who tries to woo ‘Eileen’, played by Peace. Our students find this funny at times because they’ve been friends in real life since they were 4 years old! Although they say that having a friend by their side is reassuring.

Dean and Peace both wanted to thank teaching staff at the College, saying: “This is an opportunity that we wouldn’t have had if it wasn’t for the dedicated staff at College. They don’t want us to just learn here, they want us to get work outside too and are willing to use their professional contacts to make that happen..”

Karla Ptáček, Head of Performing Arts at Lewisham Southwark College, said: “We’re so proud of Dean and Peace for securing parts in a professional play alongside their studies. They both work hard in class and this has paid off in getting experience which will make them stand out in their drama school auditions next term. We will be going taking their classmates to see ‘Clown’ to show our support.”

Tickets are still available for the show, and can be purchased here.

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Lewisham Southwark College has celebrated the official topping-out ceremony for its Southwark campus in The Cut, Waterloo.

The College’s £40m project - built by Balfour Beatty – will feature state-of-the-art facilities including science laboratories, fashion studios, sprung dance floors, and the latest business and computing technology. The rooftop terrace offers stunning views over London – with views of the London Eye, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Shard.

A number of students, staff and tradespeople were invited to the opening, with special guest Richard Kalmar from Southwark Chamber of Commerce and senior representatives from Balfour Beatty and Deloitte.

Principal and CEO, Carole Kitching said: “The ceremony marked an important point in the development of our award-winning campus in the heart of South London. Students, employers and industry came together as Balfour Beatty’s guests to get a flavour of the additional training opportunities that will be available to young people and adults from summer 2016.”

Senior Contracts Manager from Balfour Beatty, John MacLeod said: “We are delighted to mark the completion of the main structural frame with our Client, and guests. Everyone can see the building taking shape now and we look forward to the successful completion of this wonderful project in summer 2016.”

More information about the new campus can be found at:


Our new alumni association – Lewisham Southwark College Alumni & Friends – has now officially launched. We’ve created the group to help College friends, past and present students and local businesses re-connect with each other, and we’re delighted with the feedback so far.

Over 1,300 registered users have signed up to – in less than one week!

Some of the key features of the association include:

·         Networking opportunities: reaching out to old classmates and creating new business contacts

·         College event invitations, and social and professional online networks to help boost your connections

·         A useful blog comprising tips for your job search, including how to write your CV and questions to ask yourself when changing career

·         Fantastic discounts, including 10% off Tien treatments at our on-site beauty salon, flower orders from our on-site florist and any meal at Phoenix Restaurant

We’re also welcoming those who want to get back in touch with us and help support the College as it moves through a time of major transformation and change. You might like to provide a work experience opportunity, for instance, or send through a testimonial to inspire others.

Whatever your situation, we’re tremendously grateful to those who want to help inspire more to take up further education. This is simply because your own experience, or practical assistance, can encourage the next generation of learners to begin their own exciting journey – just like yours.

If you’re a current or former student, interested in joining us, we’d love to hear from you. You can discover more at and do feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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