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The reputation of our skilled floristry students has spread far and wide, judging by the variety of events where their services have been requested in the near future.

Within the next month floristry learners will be creating the flowers for the Norwuz New Year event for the Afghanistan & Central Asian Association; an RAF Benevolent Fund event for 240 guests in Holborn; a staff/company floristry workshop; and a wedding at Devonport House Hotel, as well as providing the pedestal and wreath for a funeral.

Then in July, our floristry students have been asked to create a floral display for a staff summer festival at Newbury showground organised by Immediate Media – which previously commissioned the College to provide flowers for its Radio Times party.

These valuable work experience opportunities form an important part of our florists’ learning at the College, giving them a true insight into what it takes to succeed in the industry.

Tutor Louise Roffey says: “We aim to give students a variety of work experience which puts their skills to the test, and they always rise to the challenge. We are really proud of what they achieve, often working to very tight deadlines, and the great impression they make on events organisers and guests.”


Our drama and dance courses have an incredible record for helping students to progress on to university – and this year’s talented Level 3 students are no exception.

Eight drama students have beaten off stiff competition to win much sought-after places at leading universities and drama schools, while eight dance students have gained places at some of the country’s most elite dance schools, conservatoires and universities – with many students getting multiple offers!

Level 3 drama student Selina Jones has scooped offers at London’s Queen Mary University to study BA Theatre and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) for BA Acting, and made it through to the second round auditions of LAMDA, Rose Bruford, East 15 and Royal Welsh. An amazing fourteen offers have been received in total by students Selina, Jake Mills, Indre Navickaite, Danny Cox, Rae Kelly, Cian Feasey, Emanuel Mendes and Alfie Russell to study at Queen Mary, MMU, Southbank University, Coventry University, Goldsmiths University of London and the Royal School of Speech and Drama.

Our dance students have been just as successful, gaining places at some of the most prestigious dance schools, conservatoires and universities in the country. Josmaury Bandes Becerra and Andrei Nistor have received offers from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (while Andrei is also waiting for a recall at London Contemporary Dance School); Jonah Allen, Arethajay McEwen and Goran Gbo from Bird College; and Irene Andrea Paniagua, Abigail Rose and Rishan Walker from Middlesex University – which is renowned for its dance degrees.

Showing the highly professional standard they have achieved at the College, the dance students performed at Catford’s Broadway Theatre on 15 March as part of the Lewisham Live Dance Showcase, where they were chosen to close the show.

Head of Performing Arts Jon Fell says: “Our drama and dance students have come such a long way since they began at the College, demonstrating exceptional dedication and hard work day in, day out. They have fought off fierce competition to gain offers at these leading institutions and we are incredibly proud of what they’ve achieved.”

Lewisham Southwark College was delighted to welcome a delegation of education agents from Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Iran on a UK familiarisation tour on 22 March specially arranged by the British Council.

A great opportunity to reach out to international students wanting to come to a leading London college for English language or other courses, the visit was a resounding success, with the agents enthusiastic about everything the College has to offer.

During the day, the four international agents listened to presentations on our range of international courses, our approach to teaching, and how we support students’ progression. They were given a full tour of the College and got the chance to sit in on an English language class and chat to some of our international students. We also worked with Britannia Student Services to enable the agents to visit local student accommodation.

Janet Lunam, Head of International, organised and hosted the day along with International Manager Shazi Giner and Vice Principal: Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Gordon Gillespie.

Janet says: “The familiarisation tour was a fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate what a great place the College is for international students. The agents were very impressed with the excellent facilities our Southwark campus offers, our central location, and the high level of support we offer students from all over the world.”

 

Students on the College’s ESOL programme have won the top prize in the prestigious Euroscola competition - a trip to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Part funded by the European Parliament, the annual competition is open to Lewisham young people aged 16 to 18.

Using their English and foreign language skills, the six students had to develop a presentation on a European theme – such as BREXIT and the future of Europe – which was filmed and sent to the judges. The students, together with their Progress Coach Nina Mirzaei, prepared their presentation entitled “Global Warming in Europe”, which made a great impression with its content, style and delivery.

Feedback from the Civic Suite was glowing for the students: “Wow! The students really know about climate change! They were clear, concise, and informative. The innovative approach they took in drawing together and presenting methods for reducing climate change was particularly outstanding.”

On 29th March, the students will travel to Strasbourg where they will get to be MEPs (Members of European Parliament) for a day, along with 300 other young people from across Europe. The students will get a real taste of how the Parliament operates by getting the chance to work in multilingual groups and discuss some highly topical issues such as security and human rights, migration and integration, and the environment.

Annette Duncan, Head of ESOL Young People, comments: “The students have done incredibly well to put together a very professional, interesting and thought-provoking presentation. With BREXIT a hot topic, this will be a fascinating time for them to visit the European Parliament and exchange views with people from a diverse range of cultures and countries. I’m really proud of their success.”

 

The chance to visit another country and learn about its cuisine from professionals – one of the highlights for contestants on TV series Masterchef – is a dream for any aspiring chef. So when 11 catering students from Lewisham Southwark College were invited to spend two weeks in Italy on a work placement, they grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

The students arrived in Italy on 10 February, and are now immersing themselves in every aspect of Italian cookery. After visiting a trade fair featuring local food, they spent a day in Venice where they sampled Venetian delicacies and enjoyed a tour of the city provided by teachers at the host school.

It was then ‘down to work’ as the students joined Italian students in traditional working kitchens where they have learnt how to use unfamiliar ingredients and prepare classic dishes such as Sacha Torte, biscotti, plaice Millanaise, monkfish wrapped in San Danielle ham, and risotto with a medley of seafood.

The work placement has been funded by the EU Erasmus+ programme.

David Harrild, Head of Service Industries at Lewisham Southwark College, said: “Coming to Italy, the home of some of Europe’s most famous dishes, and working in authentic Italian kitchens using traditional methods of cooking has been a wonderful opportunity for our catering students, and one they will never forget.

“The students have risen to the challenge and learnt a huge amount despite the language barrier. Stepping out of their comfort zone to work in a very different environment to the one they’re used to will stand them in great stead when they begin their professional careers.”

 

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