Newham College celebrates its Shining Stars of 2019

Newham College is extremely excited and proud of its most exceptional students, honoring them on Thursday 27th June.

Newham College held a grand ceremony to mark the achievements of its most exceptional students on the evening of 27th June. Hundreds of our guests and VIPs including UK fashion icon Dame Zandra Rhodes, Labour MP of East Ham, Stephen Timms, and members of the press and businesses sponsoring the awards. Six-time Olympian and gold medallist, Tessa Sanderson CBE co-hosted the ceremony alongside Andrew Mitchel of Newham College.

Celebrity guests included Governor and guest speaker, Bobby Seagull, also known for his University Challenge on BBC, as well as The Chase's 'Dark Destroyer', Shaun Wallace. The ceremony opened up by a catwalk show from the College's hair, beauty and fashion students performing in front of an audience of over 400. 

The annual Shining Stars Student Awards Ceremony honors students who have made extraordinary accomplishments in 2019. Winners from every area and level of the College are awarded trophies whilst nominees relieve highly commended certificates. Their achievements included representing the College and its values positively, gaining consistently good grades, making outstanding contributions to College life, moving into successful employment, promoting equality and diversity and much more.

Zoe Benwell, a digital marketing apprentice level 3, was up first for winning the College Achievement of the Year Award, sponsored by the Newham Recorder. She was praised for her "outstanding commitment" after growing in confidence and making a mark within a media agency.

Excellence and Innovation Award, sponsored by Academy 1 Sports, was awarded to Deno Hawthorne, on a supported internship, for his continued drive, enthusiasm, and initiative within his Asda placement. He is an inspiration and role model for the next cohort of interns.

Outstanding Progress Award, sponsored by Gateway Qualifications, was awarded to Sumrah Ibrahim, BTEC Fashion National Diploma Level 3 student after pushing herself, responding well, to being stretched and challenged. She is a very conscientious learner who has made exceptional progress on her course. 

Apprentice of the Year Award, sponsored by Digital Skills Solution, was awarded to Tasheen Sahebdin, Business Administration Level 3 student after her impressive performance with work and college. She's a great team player and is also always on hand to help fellow apprentices. She's also now been offered a position within her company, Buhler. 

Work Experience Student of the Year Award, sponsored by McDonalds and Newham Chamber of Commerce, went to Vanessa Kay Fernandes, BTEC Health and Social Care Level 3, for her excellent two-week work experience, and the care agency has offered her a job because she was working so effectively. 

Enterprise and Employability Student of the Year Award, sponsored by The Madison Square Garden Company, was awarded to Alexandra Rotariu, Intermediate Diploma in Professional Cookery, because she demonstrates a true passion for professional cookery over the course of the year. Her success is all more inspiring as she came to the UK in 2011 not being able to speak any English. 

"We are honoured to support Newham College and the Learning Revolution Trust in recognising and celebrating the outstanding achievements of all the students nominated at this year’s Shining Stars Awards. Their dedication to furthering their education and career development is inspirational and a tribute to the hard work of all who are involved in this programme.."

Nancy Danahy, Senior Vice President of People Acquisition at The Madison Square Garden Company

Learning Revolution Trust Student of the Year Award, sponsored by Martin Cumella, went to Jeffrey Darkwa, Access to Health Professions Level 3, for achieving distinctions right across a range of subjects. He is motivated and determined to fulfill his goals, always showing an excellent level of dedication, enthusiasm, and commitment to meet deadlines. 

Work Ready Student of the Year Award, sponsored by MarcoMedia, was awarded to Alistair Hideg, Steps to Enterprise student, for his exemplary entrepreneurial skills having overcome a number of challenges including homelessness. Alistair is a true leader, team player, and entrepreneur.  

Outstanding Contribution to College Life Award, sponsored by Tereza Joanne, went to Daniella Bargan for her inspiring, committed, excellent drive, bringing energy, enthusiasm and great support for everyone. She's raised charity for Great Ormand Street Hospital as well as giving speeches for London Youth. 

The Staff of the Year Award, Sponsored by Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City, went to Bindya Faisal.

Representing Newham College with Distinction Award went to the Newham College Cricket Team. They have entered the AOC outdoor cricket and two tournaments in positive spirits following a successful training period with academy coach Zaheer. The cricket team is a credit to the college, having gone above and beyond this year. 

The Governors' Award, sponsored by the Newham College Governors, went to Monique Smith, Diploma in Electrical Installations Level 2, despite some learning difficulties, Monique has been doing well in her online exams and the performance of her practical tasks has been outstanding.  

Group of the Year Award, sponsored by TS&B Contractors Limited, went to Children and Young People’s Workforce. This group work in a number of childcare environments from schools to nurseries. They will often work cohesively in small groups to complete classroom activities and presentations so they can achieve the criteria for their own apprenticeship qualifications. 

Equality and Diversity Award, sponsored by London Borough of Newham and supported by Stonewall, was awarded to Tamanna Siddiqa, Focus on Employment 4. As well as being a hardworking, responsible and friendly student, Tamanna has been an inspiration to fellow students and support to them on many occasions.

Higher Education Student of the Year Award, sponsored by Capita IT & Networks, was awarded to Saima Rafiq, BA Child, and Adolescent Psychology, for being a bright, motivated, ambitious student who is headed towards a first in her subject. She's also consistently been the best student in her cohort. 

Further Education Student of the Year Award, sponsored by the University of East London, went to Martin Muhumuza, BTEC Advanced Extended Diploma in Engineering because he is the 'perfect role model' to his classmates in terms of his behavior, maturity, commitment, and determination. Next year he aims to pursue a bachelor degree in engineering. 

Each award was sponsored by a business or organization for the college's chosen charity, the Learning Revolution Trust (LRT), organization support disadvantaged students suffering financial and social barriers by offering them support grants to help them continue in education. This year, the LRT helped over 650 students and raising a staggering £57,419 to help students suffering hardship, the most since its formation in 2012.

So far we’ve helped around 650 people, but there are thousands out who can benefit from this. Even the smallest amount of support can make a huge difference such as providing someone with an oyster card, to providing someone with clothing for someone to start going into an office or an interview.

Martin Cumella, Chair of the Learning Revolution Trust

It’s extraordinarily rewarding to support individual talent on their journey to a great career. Employers also have a real opportunity to talent spot and make sure they are able to benefit the great students that leave Newham College.

Paul Stephen, Principal and Chief Executive, Newham College


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