A successful business empire is the kind of thing entrepreneurs dream of after years of hard work, but Channan Warmington-Lewis Moore, a BTEC Level 3 Business student at the College, has achieved it already!
Kychan Teen Magazine, the free teen lifestyle publication she launched four years ago to empower and celebrate people in her community, now has a monthly print run of 5,000. On top of this, Channan’s event company, Kychan Smile, has organised a wide range of events including make-up and nailcare training courses, a Miss Kychan Teen Supreme pageant, a tea-dance, an art competition and – due to happen this October half-term – a dance battle!
Channan launched Kychan Teen Magazine because she noticed, as a 13 year old, that “there were no magazines out there that weren’t all about celebrities and gossip.” This led Channan and her sister to produce and print a magazine to mark Black History month, filled with interviews with inspiring black women and men in the community.
“We printed 30 black and white copies,” she remembers. “The following month people started to ask us why they hadn’t received that month’s magazine, so we decided to start our business.”
The free colour magazine features “celebrities” of the community – young people doing amazing things, and inspirational adults who have built interesting careers – along with fashion and beauty tips, careers advice and competitions. It is distributed through schools, youth clubs, colleges, doctors surgeries and elsewhere in the community, and can also be read online at www.kychan.co.uk.
Channan says: “The most challenging thing about running my business is that a lot of adults don’t take us seriously as young people – they see it as a good hobby rather than a business. But when you see people’s smiles and happiness at our events and get such positive feedback from the magazine, it’s so worthwhile.
“Our Miss Kychan Teen Supreme pageant, which took place on 3 June, was our most successful event to date. It gave young people aged 9 to 16 a stage to shine and created some fantastic memories for everyone who attended.”
“Although Kychan Ltd was established before I came to Lewisham Southwark College, I feel that what I’m learning will help me to progress even further with my business.”
Come and join in the fun as we set up our stalls at Bermondsey Carnival and Lewisham People’s Day! These are FREE events that are open to all and includes a funfair, music, food, stalls, and more!
Bermondsey Carnival have also created a great music programme, welcoming a UK reggae and ska showcase to their stage, not to mention the return of ‘Rumble in the Jumble’ – their own mass jumble sale where you could discover a hidden treasure!
Lewisham People’s Day is a celebration of art, craft, music and community, with performances across seven stages and over a hundred exhibitors, craft stalls and caterers!
At Lewisham People's Day, as well as getting a henna or glitter tattoo, at our stalls you can try your hand at a game of Batak, an exciting fast-paced game where your reaction speed is put to the test! By playing, you will also have the chance to win a fun prize! At Bermondsey Carnival you will also be able to play for the chance to win a prize!
Our staff will be on hand to provide information about our courses and answer any questions you may have about studying with the College.
Bermondsey Carnival is on 1st July at Southwark Park from 12pm to 8pm.
Lewisham People’s Day is on 8th July at Mounsfield Park from 12pm to 8pm.
For more information about these events and what we’re up to, check out our events calendar on the website!
You can get in the spirit of the action by following along on social media using the dedicated hashtags #BermondseyCarnival for Bermondsey Carnival, and #PeoplesDay for Lewisham People’s Day.
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What better way to learn English than to get the chance to speak it on the radio? ESOL students have been doing just that, practicing their English skills in a series of interviews for LSCollege Radio.
The students learnt four modules of radio production, including Communication Skills and Interview Techniques, to enable them to produce their interviews.
Around 45 ESOL students took part in the project, as part of the ESOL Young Enrichment programme led and managed by their teacher, Elma Curran, which involved learners interviewing each other, posing questions that ranged from ‘what kind of music do you like?’ to ‘what do you think of Brexit?’ Students also opened up about what it’s like to study in London, what they most miss about their home country, and what they dream of doing in the future.
Both the interviewers and interviewees come from countries all over the world, including Afghanistan, Gambia, Romania, Peru, Bangladesh and Vietnam.
Each learner is studying on one of the College’s wide range of ESOL courses which are designed to give people who are not native English speakers the vital spoken and written English skills they will need to study and work in the UK.
Many of the skills learned in the project are transferable, have helped students gain confidence and can lead to employment and further education opportunities in the future.
Head of ESOL Young Learners, Annette Duncan, comments: “This activity is a great example of how the College gives learners the opportunity to stretch themselves outside the classroom. Doing a radio interview is quite a daunting prospect, especially if it’s not in your native language, but our ESOL students really rose to the challenge!”
Lewisham Southwark College are delighted to announce a brand new Apprentice programme at Shakespeare’s Globe Trust, an Arts and Education charity based on London’s Bankside, incorporating our world renowned Theatres, Exhibition, Tours and Education programmes.
From September 2017 we will be offering one-year apprenticeships in partnership with Lewisham Southwark College – specifically aimed at those who reside in the borough of Southwark and are not currently in Education, Employment or Training.
Apprenticeships will be available within our Globe Education team, Theatre, Communications department and Visitor Experience (Exhibition and Tour)
Who is eligible to apply?
To qualify for the programme applicants should be resident within the borough of Southwark; not currently in employment, education or training and seeking an opportunity to make a fresh start, develop skills, qualifications and a career within the creative and cultural sector. Applicants must be over the age of 16 when starting the programme.
We will offer a competitive weekly salary plus benefits including holidays, discounts and subsistence.
We’ll be holding an open day on Monday 5th June – so please come along to find out more. Staff from Shakespeare’s Globe Trust and our training providers – Lewisham Southwark College, will be on hand to answer questions that applicants might have.
Formal applications may be submitted from 10th June via Lewisham Southwark College website https://www.lscollege.ac.uk/apprenticeships. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment and interview with College staff before final interviews with the team at Shakespeare’s Globe.
Open Days will be held at Shakespeare’s Globe, on 5th June between 10am and 12pm and 3pm to 5pm. Please arrive 15 minutes before your preferred time-slot.
Make your way to our stage door entrance – 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT.
Auguste, who studied on our Level 3 Creative Craft (Floristry) course from 2015-2016 and now works for the Beckenham Flower Studio, won a highly coveted Silver-Gilt medal (the second highest medal that can be won) in the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year competition. Placed within the top five of all competitors, she dazzled the expert judges with her flamboyant flower display which combined orchids and other colourful plant varieties in an ingenious way, and featured a stunning butterfly centre piece.
The annual Chelsea Flower Show, held in May, is the most famous flower and garden event in the UK and perhaps even the world. Thousands of keen gardeners flock to the showground at the Royal Hospital Chelsea to see the avant garde show gardens designed by leading names in horticulture, as well as the work of up-and-coming stars like Auguste.
Louise Roffey, who was one of Auguste’s tutors during her time at the College, says: “We are all so proud of what Auguste has achieved, and delighted to have played a small part in her success. Winning a medal at Chelsea is seen as the pinnacle of a florist’s career and to achieve this so early on really demonstrates her extraordinary skill and flair.”
- Southwark Business Awards launch 13th February 2018
- Alumni have the code for success 13th February 2018
- Inspirational former student in award-winning documentary 09th February 2018
- The power of mentoring 29th January 2018
- College announced as Southwark Business Awards Headline Partner 25th January 2018