Three former students from Lewisham Southwark College performed in a cutting-edge dance production at Camden People’s Theatre on 30 September.
Students Elliot Minogue-Stone, Diogo Fernandes de Jesus and Tyrrell Foreshaw – under their stage persona of ‘the Hairy Heroines’ – appeared in ‘As We Like It’, a playful, provocative piece which explores the concept of gender. The production has been created in a collaborative process between the three dancers and choreographer Orley Quick.
Elliot, who is now studying for a BA (Hons) degree in Dance at the elite Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp, Belgium, says he was first inspired to take part in the show during his time at Lewisham Southwark College.
He explains: “The development of the show actually started towards the end of my final year, and when we finished, it seemed obvious to continue. Working with Orley Quick and the Hairy Heroines is fantastic and I wanted more of that!
“I hope our show is a bit challenging for people watching. The theme of gender is such a current topic. The piece is a joy to perform as it’s slightly different every time, and it would be lovely to get more opportunities to perform it.”
Looking forward to a future in dancing, choreography and producing, Elliot says that his best memories of Lewisham Southwark College are the staff. “The whole dance department is a gem at the College. The teachers have such a brilliant understanding of the industry and prepared me so well.”
‘As We Like It’ is part of a three-week ‘Come As You Are’ festival which explores gender non-conformity and LGBT+ life, with the aim of going beyond the clichés.
If, like most of us, you’re busy dealing with the gruelling run-up to Christmas, you probably haven’t given much thought to how you’ll start 2018. But with a wealth of great adult courses beginning in January and February at the College, the New Year is a fantastic time to kickstart a new direction in your life by making the decision to study.
To find out more about what courses are starting in 2018 - when, where and how much - simply open our handy Professional Development and Shourt Course Listings below:
To apply or browse our courses on offer starting January 2018, see the links listed below:
Travel & Tourism
Cert in Introduction to Cabin Crew (Level 2) Programme
Business, Accounting and Law
AAT Certificate in Accounting (Level 2) Programme
Certificate in Skills for Professions in Business Administration and Finance (Level 2) Programme
Certificate in the Principles of Business and Administration (Level 3) Programme
Diploma in Professional Skills in Business Administration (Level 4) Programme
IT & Computing
Computer Aided Design (CAD) Programme
Award in IT Application Specialist (Entry 3) Programme
Award in IT Application Specialist (Entry Level 3) Programme
Award in IT Application Specialist (Level 1) Programme
Award in IT Application Specialist (Level 2) Programme
Health & Social Care
Introduction to Childminding and Child Development Programme
Introduction to Social Work Programme
Introduction to Nursing Studies Programme
Introduction to Understanding Mental Health Programme
Certificate in Counselling Skills (Level 2) Programme
Foundation Learning in Health and Childcare (Level 1) Programme
Whether you want to enter a completely new career in a field that’s always fascinated you, are looking for a promotion in your current job, or have been out of employment for a while and want to return to the workplace, studying for one of our vocational qualifications could give you the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your dreams.
We have a wide range of industry-focused courses available in business, IT and computing, which will enable you to gain skills that are vital in today’s workplace, or specialise in an area such as accountancy or website development. We also offer high quality adult courses in plumbing, electrical installation and bricklaying, which could open up new career opportunities for you within the burgeoning London construction industry.
Our adult courses are specifically designed to fit in around people’s busy lives, with many running in the evening, enabling you to work at the same time as investing in your future by studying. Depending on the course you choose, you will be able to study at our Lewisham or Southwark campuses, both of which are very easy to access by public transport. At both campuses you’ll find state-of-the-art facilities, an innovative learning environment and expert tutors, many of whom have a background in industry.
While financial considerations can be a barrier to returning to College as an adult, we are committed to helping make studying affordable for everyone. Our Student Support advisers are on-hand to help adults access any financial support for which they are eligible, including the Advanced Learner Loan, which is available for many of our courses. This non means-tested loan is designed to pay for all or part of the tuition fee, and repayments are only taken once your income is over around £21,000 per year – while if you progress on to Higher Education and achieve your degree, the loan is automatically written off.
The College also offers a Direct Debit option on all courses with fees of over £200, which enables students to pay in up to eight instalments, enabling you to spread the cost of the course.
Joining Lewisham Southwark College as an adult learner is an exciting step forward into your future, and 2018 is a great time to start that journey. The College recently merged with NCG, one of the largest providers of high quality education, training and work-based learning in the UK, which is enabling our students to benefit from the Group’s exceptional expertise, resources and reputation. To find out more about what we can offer, browse our adult courses.
Lewisham Southwark College has been announced as one of the lead partners in Street Fans, a major Autumn/Winter exhibition at the Greenwich Museum which unites two diverse types of art: traditional fan making and street art.
Street Fans is the brainchild of Paris-based street artist Codex Urbanus and London’s Fan Museum. The project will see Europe’s leading fan maker Sylvain Le Guen teaming up with 30 international street artists to create one-of-a-kind folding fans, which will be displayed at the Greenwich Museum from 19 September to 31 December 2017.
As part of the project, the College will stage two ‘experience’ days, due to be held at Lewisham Way campus on 03 October, and Southwark campus on 10 October. At these events, students, alumni and school groups will get the chance to learn how to make their own fans at workshops run by experts from The Fan Museum, as well as engaging with street artists as they create a bespoke piece of artwork for the College.
The event at Southwark campus will also include a special masterclass for creative industries students, and the unique opportunity to attend a talk and Q&A session delivered by Sylvain Le Guen.
The other lead partners in Street Fans – Greenwich Market and the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich University – will also be hosting events to coincide with the exhibition.
Curator of The Fan Museum Jacob Moss says: “We’re excited that Lewisham Southwark College will be bringing the concept of Street Fans to life outside of the Museum, and prompting a wider audience to look at an ancient and relatively unknown craft in a new light.”
College Principal Carole Kitching adds: “The College is honoured to be part of this exciting and innovative community initiative. We look forward to welcoming the talented artists on campus where I’m sure they will prove an inspiration to our students and visitors.”
Dear current students, new students, parents and our communities,
I’d like to tell you about a very exciting development at Lewisham Southwark College, which is opening up some amazing opportunities for students across central south London. On 1st August, the College successfully merged with NCG, one of the largest providers of high quality education, training, employability and work-based learning in the UK.
This merger gives our students access to a world-class network of expert tutors, high-tech facilities and advanced learning methods to support them as they study with us. With all five of NCG’s existing colleges recently rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, we are part of a Group which is now bringing its dedication to improving the quality of education and skills provision to the boroughs of Lewisham and Southwark.
Following the merger, we will be able to offer:
- An even wider choice of vocational courses for 16 to 18 year olds across a huge variety of subjects, building on the success of our existing programmes in areas like IT, business, construction and dance
- A stronger Higher Education (HE) offering – enabling young people to study for a Foundation degree, for example, while paying 45% lower fees and benefiting from smaller class sizes than they would at a university
- More, higher quality apprenticeships, drawing on NCG’s national expertise and excellent reputation in this area: the Group trains more apprentices than all London colleges combined
As a student at the newly-merged Lewisham Southwark College, you / your child will study at one of our three local campuses in Lewisham, Deptford and Southwark, while benefiting from our national reach and ambitious future plans. One of these plans is to review our facilities, with the aim of creating a 21st century skills college in Lewisham to match our state-of-the-art Southwark building, which recently underwent a £41m refurbishment.
There has never been a more exciting time to join Lewisham Southwark College – and you / your child could begin their journey with us this September by enrolling from 24th August. We’d love to welcome you / them and discuss the exceptional range of opportunities we can offer.
Billy Chandler, who completed a Business Administration Apprenticeship at the College while working at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, will soon take centre stage in ‘The Ends’, an exciting new play focused on contemporary London life.
Due to be staged at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden from the 10th to 15th October, the play is being funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign which has already beaten its target of £1,150 and has raised over £1,500. Billy, who has acted with the prestigious Anna Scher Theatre since 2015, will join a cast and crew of emerging talented artists for the production.
Billy says: “I first became involved a year ago when the director contacted me and told me there was a part he had in mind for me for a play he wanted to do at Anna Scher's which became one of the stories used for this play. I play Young Richard, a younger version of the main character, comparing the two Young Richard is a much different person to who he becomes twenty years down the line, the comparison is very interesting. The director asked me to channel Mike Tyson for the role which I thought was pretty cool!"
He adds: “I’ve always loved acting and the theatre, I’m hoping that appearing in ‘The Ends’ will raise my profile and help me to move into other acting jobs. Eventually it’s my dream to work as a film actor although I’d also be more than happy to work in the theatre and musical theatre, gives me a great buzz.”
In the meantime, Billy plans to continue gaining experience in the business side of the theatre sector which will help his employability between acting jobs.
‘The Ends’ is a bold, intensely emotional and funny story about lives that collide in an unexpected act of violence on the streets of London. Find out more or buy tickets on the Kickstarter website.
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