High achieving students at New City College's Redbridge campus came together at their student achievement awards evening last night, where they received their individual awards and enjoyed the recognition of their success in front of an audience of proud family members and teaching staff.
22 awards were presented on the evening at the event held at the college's Chadwell Heath campus. The awards represented each curriculum area of the college as well as two special Deputy Principal Awards.
Special guests included Councillor Zulfiqar Hussain, the Mayor of Redbridge and his wife and Mike Gapes MP for Ilford South, who both presented awards on the evening.
Brogan Nathaniel-Brooks and Maira Asad, who are former students of the college, gave inspiring speeches during the ceremony.
Brogan is a former sports studies student now working as a Youth Leader at the charity BoxUp Crime and is a recent winner of the Mayor's Young Londoners Award. Maira studied business and finance and progressed to Queen Mary University. She is now working in the HR department in the headquarters of Barclays in Canary Wharf.
Ms Narzny Khan, Deputy Principal at the New City College Redbridge campus said:
It is wonderful tonight to recognise and celebrate the achievements and successes of our students. They have excelled in their studies and overcome challenges and exceeded expectations and often acted as role models for their peers and the next generation of students coming here.
Every student was a winner on the evening and particular highlights included:
Desilava Marinova, winner of the Access to Higher Education award. Desilava came to the UK from Bulgaria at 17 years of age, but became ill and had to receive hospital treatment, which is ongoing. Her hospital treatment has motivated her to become a health professional and she completed her Level 2 Science course with distinctions despite many hospital appointments. Having completed her Access Dipolma, Desilava is now progressing to the University of East London to study biomedical sciences and train for a career in the NHS.
Reece Bhopal, winner of the Business and Finance student of the year. Reece impressed his teachers with his commitment and dedication to this studies. The college provided a supportive environment for Reece to flourish in his studies where he has progressed from Level 1 to Level 3 in business studies alongside studying English and maths. He has now been accepted to study business management and marketing at university.
Amy Duncan-Crump, winner of the Health and Social Care student of the year. Amy has impressed her teachers with her self-motivation, commitment and participation in classes and helping her classmates. She has achieved distinctions in every unit of her course and is on course for a triple distinction in her award. She also found her own placement at the maternity unit at Whittington Hospital and received glowing praise from the team at the hospital. She has been accepted to study midwifery at the highly regarded University of Surrey, which is one of the most competitive degree courses to gain a place on.
Fadomo Abdulrahman, winner of the science student of the year award. Fadomo came to the UK in 2011 from war-torn Somalia with her mother and siblings to make a better life. The only words of English she knew were 'I don't know English.' She had to learn English and has managed to get nine GCSEs including an A* in English Literature. Her science work is at distinction level and she has completed a work placement to prepare her university application to study radiographer. She has accepted an offer to study at City University. She is well respected by her peers and provides support to them and her teachers praise her as an exemplary student demonstrating hard work and determination to make a success of her life.
The winner of the Deputy Principal's Team Award was the early year's students who have raised £1,000 for the Richmond House Children's Hospice. They were praised for their innovative ideas for fundraising and for enthusiastically engaging staff and students. Aside from raising money, the experience has improved the student's numeracy skills, business skills and their communication and employability skills and an understanding of British values. This award was presented by the Mayor of Redbridge.
Emilia Rykowska, winner of the Deputy Principal's Award for Outstanding Contribution to College Life. Emilia was praised for her involvement across the college, including being a student ambassador and joining a girls-only programme called GROW (Girls Realising Opportunities Within) which she attended voluntarily to aid her personal development. She has also been the Student Union safeguarding officer and joined the Career Ready Programme to develop her employability skills. At GROW, she has helped others to develop confidence and been a 'big sister' to other members. She also completed a safeguarding survey with students to make them aware of the issues and the safeguarding officer. Her teachers praised her for being very proactive with ideas and projects and being an excellent student. This award was presented by Mike Gapes MP.