Outstanding student achievement celebrated at inspiring awards evening

Outstanding student achievement celebrated at inspiring awards evening

It was truly a night to remember as outstanding students were honoured for their resilience and commitment at the New City College Student Achievement Awards presentation evening on Monday.

Special guest at the inspiring celebrations was rapper, author and broadcaster Guvna B, who spoke about his teenage years growing up in the East End and how his college and community leaders had a huge influence on the direction of his life.

He emphasised the importance of education and praised the student award winners for their hard work and dedication.

Held during Love our Colleges Week at the Leonardo Royal London City hotel, the evening paid tribute to students who had overcome adversity and achieved beyond expectation. Proud families and VIP guests from local businesses and the community heard testimonials of aspiration, endeavour and excellence – with other students shown on video clips explaining why college is so important to them.

Tying in with the Love our Colleges campaign, the awards evening raised awareness of all the brilliant things that colleges do, day in and day out to build communities, boost business and support individuals. The winning students were all examples of how their college journeys have had a profound effect on their lives.

Some had demonstrated care and compassion for their peers, others had overcome personal tragedy. Many had shown outstanding commitment to college life or had worked hard to achieve in difficult circumstances. All the winners were role models who had brought a positive energy to the classroom.

As well as the awards presentations, the 200 guests were treated to an electrifying performance from the West End musical Six by students studying Performing Arts at New City College’s Havering Sixth Form campus.

A motivational poem written by current Tower Hamlets campus student Avri Forbes was read out by event host and singer Amy Mottram, who also performed the Labi Siffre song, Something Inside So Strong.

The awards evening illustrated how New City College is at the heart of the community with a wide reach across diverse neighbourhoods – working to improve economic prosperity by providing the training and skills to help young people and adults find their future careers.

CEO and Group Principal Gerry McDonald, closing the ceremony, told the audience: “What a wonderful evening we have had. I have been impressed and inspired by our students and their stories tonight. We are immensely proud of all of them for these incredible achievements. I would like to thank our sponsors for their support of this important evening and I also want to thank my teaching and support staff colleagues who have helped our students to reach such high standards of progress and achievement.”

Many guests commented on the fantastic event, saying it was uplifting to be a part of such an inspiring evening.

One said: “It was such a slick, professional and well organised event which showcased the excellent curriculum and opportunities available to students at NCC. It was so inspiring to hear the winners’ stories and how they have gone over and above with their studies to achieve their educational and career goals.”

A Level Computing and IT Student of the Year winner, Dylan Roskilly, shared his message:
“I would like to thank my subject teachers John, Luda and Alan for their commitment to push me beyond the boundaries of the A-level curriculum while also offering constant support and personal feedback to ensure I was always on the right path throughout my sixth form journey. Their dedication has allowed me to further my education to university. I would also like to thank NCC for providing a safe environment and great facilities to study in.”                                                                                        

The Student Award winners were:

  • Rawda Alnajm – The Group Principal and CEO Award for Outstanding Achievement and Contribution to College Life
  • Hibah Malik – The Françoise Beregovoi Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community
  • Daniil Kucalov – Student Ambassador of the Year
  • Matthew Carter – Green Ambassador of the Year
  • Nabeel Ahmed – Adult ESOL Student of the Year
  • The New Vision Theatre Company– Team of the Year: Afi Okaidja, Amy Yusuf, Camron Bashorun, Freddie Arch, Robin Kettleborough, Harry Reed, Mia Festa, Nathan James, Renata Popa, Saqib Bashir, Shyan Talbot
  • Sajjad Khan – Art & Design Student of the Year
  • Solomon Macauley – English Student of the Year
  • Wahida Ali – Health and Social Care Student of the Year
  • Tamara Denishchuk – Mathematics Student of the Year
  • Mischa Garrad – Motor Vehicle Student of the Year
  • Aizhan Sadirbayeva – International Student of the Year
  • Mohammed Wahidur Rahman – Higher Education Student of the Year
  • Will Scott – Apprentice of the Year
  • Kweku Odoom – Construction and Building Services Student of the Year
  • Iqra Hussain – Work Experience Student of the Year
  • Olga Alexeev – Adult Student of the Year
  • Tayyaba Arif – Computing and IT Student of the Year
  • Fatima Zahra Namajee – Early Years and Childcare Student of the Year
  • Lucy-Ann Gibson – Foundation Learning and SEND Student of the Year
  • Demmi Mason– Hair and Beauty Student of the Year
  • Lewis Oatham – Hospitality & Catering Student of the Year
  • May Faulkner– Public Services Student of the Year
  • Mohammed Amanul Islam – A Level Business, Accounting and Law Student of the Year
  • Bambi Porter – A Level Humanities and Social Sciences Student of the Year
  • Habib Diallo – 14-16 Student of the Year
  • Maif Hossain – A Level Maths and Science Student of the Year
  • Charley Johnson – GCSE Student of the Year
  • Julija Jaseliunaite – Applied Sciences Student of the Year
  • Dylan Roskilly – A Level Computing and IT Student of the Year
  • Sabina Kuku – A Level Dance Student of the Year
  • Charlotte Marshall – Sport and Fitness Student of the Year
  • Luke Morley – Media Student of the Year
  • Jake Merritt  – Performing Arts Student of the Year
  • Victoria Janusauskaite– Travel and Tourism Student of the Year
  • Hoa Nguyen – 16-18 ESOL Student of the Year
  • Kadija Humed– Business, Accounting and Finance Student of the Year


If you would like to be part of our success, come along to our Open Event on Saturday 18th November, from 10am to 2pm, to see what we can offer you. See here for more details.

See all the photographs from our fantastic evening here.