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Students across our campuses celebrated Martin Luther King day on Monday 16 January – and have been telling us on social media how his work continues to inspire them.

Martin Luther King fought for equality for African Americans and was a driving force in the American civil rights movement in the 1950s and 60s. He played a key role in peaceful protests such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, where he delivered his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech calling for peace and equality.

A great speaker, he told people “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle,” and said that the goal of education was “intelligence plus character”.

Assassinated in 1968, Martin Luther King’s work led to black Americans finally getting rights such as the vote, and segregation in education and public places being abolished.

Martin Luther King’s legacy continues to inspire people around the world today including pop artists such as Beyoncé, who protested against racial discrimination in her half-time Super Bowl performance and through her ‘Formation’ release. Movements such as #BlackLivesMatter continue Martin Luther King’s work by campaigning against racism towards black people by police a]nd others.

The College’s students were asked to comment on Facebook and Twitter about what Martin Luther King’s work has meant to them, which generated a great response. 

Charlene Wight, said "It’s important to remember those who have and will work tirelessly to achieve the right to vote for everyone. People like Martin Luther King sacrificed quite a bit for people to move forward. I don’t just mean black people, but for the whole world to move forward.”

Tutor Mark Dakin said  "As an educator, I've done my best to send the same message to my students and colleagues. My generation has helped us make progress, but I challenge the next generation to ensure Dr. King's dream becomes a reality."

"Martin Luther King Jr. taught me that non-violence and peaceful protest can bring about change and justice" shared James Garrick. 

Between January and March, Lewisham Southwark College have over 100 courses starting – so you can start the New Year with something exciting to look forward to!

The courses are from a wide range of subjects – including art, fashion, construction, music, business, dance, and health and social care…just to name a few.

Our courses are under three main headers for you to explore:

English and Maths: If you want to improve your English or maths – these are the courses for you. We have some entry level courses, as well as ones that will prepare you before going to take GCSEs. We’ve also released new dates for more ESOL classes.

Work and Professional: If you want to either change jobs, or top up qualifications you’ve already got, have a look at the wide range of courses on offer. If you need any further help, we have free guidance officers who can help make sure you get the information you need.

Leisure, Hobby and Interests: Fancy learning a new skill for something you’re interested in? Then these are the courses for you! From life drawing to DJ skills – there’s a wide range to choose from.

Many of the courses are also fully funded – so you won’t pay anything! On application we will check your eligibility for funding.

Click here to look through the courses, and apply for one today!

The Lewisham Southwark College Marketing team have been shortlisted for the TES FE Awards ‘Marketing / communications campaign of the year’ 2017. This comes following success from the FE First Awards last month where the team won Gold award in the ‘marketing team of the year’ category, and a Silver in the ‘school leaver recruitment campaign’ category.

There’s strong competition on the shortlist, but the team are just happy to be listed beside some really impressive colleges.

Sonia Furley, Head of Marketing, says: “We’re so pleased to be shortlisted for this national award. It’s a lovely way to finish the year, where the team have worked hard alongside a wide range of staff in the College to deliver our objectives. It’s an honour that this work has been recognised by such a prestigious publication.” 

The awards ceremony takes place on 24 February 2017 at Grosvenor House, London. 


Many commercial artists work for years without getting the opportunity to create a project for a leading brand – but our Art & Design students got the chance while still at College.

The Level 3 and Higher Qualification Art and Design students helped design an ‘Outdoor Experiential Event’ for car company Honda, in an opportunity organised by London Metropolitan University. The project is being delivered by global brand experience company Jack Morton, which has designed the set for America chat show ‘The David Letterman Show’ as well as a number of concepts for Honda under its ‘The Power of Dreams’ brand slogan.

This was a unique experience for the students: although London Metropolitan University has worked with other colleges in the past, this was the first time a College’s students had been asked to produce work for a real client.

The project involved working on a live brief to create the Honda stand for the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and began with a three hour workshop at the Lewisham Way campus. London Metropolitan’s Head of Interior Design Kaye Newman and Interior Design course leader Janette Harris, along with Jack Morton’s Senior Interior Designer Lee Kew-Moss, taught the students the key skills they’d need to carry out the challenging brief.

Kaye Newman said: “The students developed a variety of concepts in the workshop to a high level, and the research carried out in a short period of time was very good.”

Head of Art, Fashion and Media Natalie Garner added: “I worked closely with Kaye to bring together a project that would allow our students to prepare for Higher Education by understanding how the skills they learn at College translate to their professional practice.”

The students will soon get to present their concepts to the interior design faculty at London Metropolitan University and Jack Morton, and the most successful concept will be awarded a prize.



Floristry learners have helped to stage the first ever London Poinsettia Festival – a lavish celebration of the nation’s bestselling Christmas flower.

The Festival, which takes place at London’s Clifton Nurseries, features the work of celebrity florist Larry Walsche who was commissioned to decorate the Nurseries’ stunning glasshouse. Bringing a key element of his design to life, Lewisham Southwark College floristry students have created dozens of mossed poinsettia in varying shades of red, pink and white, which are suspended at varying heights around the greenhouse to form a showstopping display.

The students worked tirelessly to complete the decorations in time for a glitzy press launch on 29 November.

Their proud tutor Carol says: “The students had to use a lot of skill to create each decoration, and showed great professionalism and attention to detail in the way they approached the work. The overall effect they helped to create was superb and complimented by everyone – a true tribute to this iconic Christmas flower.”



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