Students' Success During Lockdown

Students continue to stay engaged as the College transitions to online learning

ESOL Students - Chefs, Authors, Poets

Our ESOL students have been busy during lockdown creating recipes, poems and stories.

  • Take a look at all their amazing recipes here
  • The beautiful Poems are all available to read
  • Read stories about moments in their lives here

Alison Arnaud, Principal of Tower Hamlets and Hackney campuses, was the main judge and announced the winner! Read her comments -

Entry One - David Lopez - "What I loved about this piece was the care taken around the choice of words and the power of simple statements. The powerful message at the end really resonated: my favourite line was 'when I see a person suffer I suffer; when I see a woman suffer, I cry...' and what a good reference to talk about a mother's suffering as like a pandemic."

Entry Two - Abdirahman Abddillahi - "Another very personal and powerful story about the value of family. I loved how his love was first born when his daughter was born but then was born again when he met her for the first time. And I was reminded how lucky I have been to spend all of my children's childhoods with them. My favourite line was 'Swimming in a sea of longing'. This was sad but beautiful."

Entry Three - Mohammed Yusuf Chowdhury - "Another proud father! I really liked how Mohammed reflected on the changes fatherhood meant for him and explored his new responsibilities but with joy. What came out of this piece was a real sense of pride! I loved the line 'when I took her home the whole world was smiling'. I remember that feeling very well."

Level 1 - Aleksandra Kylovic - "This was such a powerful allegory. The idea of love as a garden works really well right now when we are all noticing our own gardens and parks as places of sanctuary. This piece felt so wise- especially in the final paragraph - which did what all great stories do and helped us understand the bigger message. Aleksandra's uses of adjectives was liberal and enthusiastic- a real writer in the making. I will certainly 'think profoundly' and agree love ( or a garden,) should be shared by all."

Level 2 - Andreia Indequi - "What I loved about Andreia's style was the direct address in how the end of her piece made contact with the reader. The challenge that was laid out was that we all have the 'hidden door' and that felt exciting and real when I read it. Andreia's writing has moments of real individualism too. I loved 'the princes woke up. Interesting' Great change of pace and perspective."

Overall these were fantastic pieces of writing and almost impossible to chose between as they are all clearly worthy winners. I have thought about them all and the one that I keep coming back to is the personal account of a man's love for his mother. In really difficult times, when we all want some certainty and safety I think we are all valuing our families - and perhaps our parents - even more. So because his love was so clear , his efforts so careful and the result so beautiful, my overall winner is David Lopez.

NCC Students Qualified Friends of the Earth

Three of our Level 3 BTEC Health and Social Care learners have achieved their qualification from Friends of the Earth. Students Fatima Ceesay Sanuwo, Shenique Gordon and Ksenija Zabolotnaja, received a qualification called My world My home.

The course is 9 months and involves building a portfolio, and attending a wide range of events.

This year part of the course was completed online, as was the Awards Ceremony to celebrate the learners success. Fatima, Shenique and Ksenija all attended the awards ceremony, and Ksenija spoke confidentiality and represented Hackney Campus at the nationwide Zoom ceremony.

The presentation shows their journey from September 2019 to July 2020 and the skills they learnt during the course. They have worked together from three different groups, attending conferences, leafleting and volunteering to organise campaigns including the global strike.

All students have been very hands on and have talked to shop owners about plastic and the environment and attending conferences to learn new skills in leadership and management.

They have also attended meetings with the local MP and discussed air pollution. During lockdown they came up with an idea to keep people safe but still involved in activities by creating posters, videos and marketing materials.

Lockdown success can be any age

We have received some great feedback from some parents of our nursery school children, take a look at what they had to say:

"Thank you for these activities, I have been doing some of these with Usayd already and he has been really enjoying it."

"Just to say thank you for your update emails during lockdown. I appreciate all the attachments you include for my daughter. Kindly pass my thanks onto her lovely key worker Mabel for the work she is sending too. This is all very much appreciated."

"Thank you for sending the weekly activities and links It kept us busy."

"First of all I want to say thank you. I did some print activity and my son really enjoyed it. Thank you for sending over some great activities"

Rewarding our students success

As we are getting used to a new way of online teaching and learning, our School of Health Sciences and Social Care have developed a new incentive for students.

The following students are receiving an accolade, because they have engaged extremely well with online learning and the submission of assignments.

May Winners: Congratulations to:

  • Modou Jallow – for hard work as the 2nd year Level 3 BTEC Class representative.
  • Shenquie Gordon – who has also committed on top of her qualification to the Friends of the Earth Project.
  • Alliyha Idundun – who has committed to the programme and worked hard over the two years.
  • Olabamji Balogun – a very committed first year student who was nominated for hard work and determination to achieve his goals.
  • Cindy Mayisa - a very committed first year student who was nominated for hard work and producing outstanding work.
  • Khadija Siddiqua - Hard work and commitment, setting goals and remaining focused.
  • Bervelyn Duah - Aiming for the highest grades and consistently working hard.
  • Chideria - for achieving a distinction for completion of her unit on Public Health;
  • Samirah - for submitting work towards Working in the Health Sector, and Public Health. Samira has also gained a merit in her Safeguarding Children unit.
  • Nellie - for gaining a Merit in her Safeguarding Children unit.
  • Ceyda - for gaining a Distinction in her Safeguarding Children unit.
  • Alliyha - for passing her Safeguarding Children unit with a Merit.
  • Ceyda - submitting work towards Working in the Health Sector unit and gaining a Distinction in her Safeguarding Children unit.
  • Lia - for submitting her Public Health work and gaining a distinction for her Safeguarding Children unit.

These students will be receiving an individually designed chocolate bar in the post from their tutor.

Rewarding Success Part 2

Since March 2020 Health and Social Care have been holding monthly awards for their learners. This has involved learners been nominated by tutors, and then the SCM sending out congratulatory post cards and chocolate. This month a number of learners are leaving the college having completed a 2-year programme, they are progressing to Higher Education. The team would like to wish them well and reward them for all their hard work. As we cannot reward them in person, handmade chocolate bars are in the post.

BTEC Health and Social Care Awards Level 3, year 2, The staff would like to wish them every success in their chosen career.

The following learners have received an award:

  • Lia Mcgregor
  • Samirah Ahmed
  • Rahela Aktar Hamid
  • Tasnia Choudhury
  • Trisha Rabbani
  • Saffi Mboob
  • Tasnim Ahmed Begum

April Virtual cooking competition winners

Congratulations to Victoria Holguin Mosquera and Krzysztof Kulinski - our winners of last month's rice dish virtual cooking competition!

Our virtual cooking competition provides all our hospitality and catering students the chance to develop their skills and their confidence in lockdown. Victoria Impressed judges with her king prawn vegetable rice and Krzyszrof with his Lockdown Vegetable Rice.

Thanks to all our Hospitality and catering students from Hackney and Redbridge campuses for taking part in the Rice Dish Cooking Competition.

Tony Pecoraro, Hospitality and Culinary Arts lecturer said “I've been impressed by the dedication, commitment and outstanding cooking skills displayed by all our students in the cooking competition”

Creative Cooking competition under lockdown keeps students engaged

Aspiring chefs at our Rouge restaurant were tasked with creating pasta dishes to encourage positivity amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The cookery competition was a great way for student chefs to showcase their fantastic cooking, budgeting and time management skills.

Students battled it out by cooking amazing pasta dishes to impress judges from our Hospitality and Culinary Arts department. Congratulations to Nathan lines for wining our first ever online cooking competition with his Pandelli pasta dish. He is currently studying a level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hospitality Services.

Nathan Lines said “It is very encouraging to have these competitions to engage in during the lockdown period, the support from tutors and the college has been incredible”

Tony Pecoraro, Hospitality and Culinary Arts lecturer said “Congratulations to all students for taking part and setting such a high standard. It is really great for students to get involved in competitions like this, they get so much out of it and I hope they will continue working on their culinary skills during this lockdown”

Our award-winning Rouge restaurant and kitchen creates a professional and inclusive environment that emphasises employer engagement and creates learning programmes that are dynamic and highly relevant. As well as providing invaluable insight and inspiration for building a career within the hospitality industry.

Student shout outs

The current COVID-19 situation has meant that our students are experiencing a big transition, however there are several students that have embraced remote learning exceptionally.

We are so proud of the following students for leading by example during this difficult time, well done to:

  • Riyadhul – being a role model to all students and demonstrating a brilliant level of understanding and skills whilst learning at home.
  • Sumaya– showing remarkable resilience and has developed positive professional approach to her online learning.
  • Maria– Demonstrating excellent organisational skills and really developed her communication skills.
  • Zak– His journey through the Access programme has been amazing and has acted as an excellent role model to other students by sharing the information gained from his qualification.
  • Tasnia– remaining engaged with her course, despite challenging conditions.
  • Anisa– Has showed continued motivation during the change to online learning.
  • Benji– Continued determination to complete units for the qualification from home and has stayed fully engaged with his course.
  • Cindy– Amazing work throughout Easter, proving she is truly an independent learner.
  • Sulaiman - Highlighted by Michelle Stultz, Senior Curriculum Manager for Construction and Technical Services at Tower Hamlets College, as being a High Performing Student. Having took part in the Easter Quiz, came one of the TOP TWO students in the whole department.
  • Khalad - Highlighted by Michelle Stultz, Senior Curriculum Manager for Construction and Technical Services at Tower Hamlets College, as being a High Performing Student. Having took part in the Easter Quiz, came one of the TOP TWO students students in the whole department.'

Even more victories for the New City College Basketball Academy!

After an incredible unbeaten regular season, students from the New City College Basketball Team have a lot to celebrate about!

Basketball students bask in the glory after winning this season’s Academy Basketball League (Eastern Conference)! This weekly competition thoroughly supports the needs of potential elite athletes by giving them the opportunity to test their skills during the academic calendar.

The Academy Basketball League is an invitation only competition that comprises of 30 teams, split into four conferences:

  • East
  • West
  • North
  • South

Not only did the team win the Eastern Conference, but they were one of 16 teams that progressed to the National Playoffs where they battled their way to the finals! But unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the final was cancelled.

Successfully competing in these competitions garnered regional awards for three of our students! Sports student Abdul Maliq Oke successfully made the Eastern Conference second team, whilst Lanre Ayinla and Moses Gordon made the Eastern Conference first team!

If that wasn’t enough, Moses has been awarded with Defensive Player of The Year for his overall stats in rebounds, steals and blocks! He was voted by the coaches of every other team in the league.

Coach Billy Marsden says:

“I could not be prouder of this team, the progress made this season is remarkable, each individual player on this team has brought something different and it was a recipe for success. The players receiving the National honours are just the tip of this very large iceberg. This year has truly been a team effort. Taking nothing away from Maliq, Moses and Lanre, their performance this year has been nothing but inspirational to their team mates, they have left a lasting legacy at this college. I would like to thank Head Coach, Andre Lockhart (London Lions Player) for his outstanding commitment with our ABL team this year, his attention to detail has pushed our athletes to the next level this season. Very excited to see what he brings next seasons”

Poems and posters for our NHS

Our ESOL students have been creating some beautiful poems and posters to be sent to the Barts Health NHS Trust, part of Royal London Hospital. Our ESOL programme focuses on teaching English as a second language, so writing for these posters and poems is great practice.|

Take a look at some of their lovely creations…

Congratulations all, and good luck for the future!

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