Newham College Celebrates Students’ Achievements

Newham College hosted a major celebration to mark the achievements of its most exceptional students on the evening of 27th June.

Newham College hosted a major celebration to mark the achievements of its most exceptional students on the evening of 27th June. Hundreds of guests, including UK fashion icon Dame Zandra Rhodes and the Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz OBE - who studied at the College 29 years ago - attended the event with local Councillors, members of the press and businesses sponsoring the awards. Former Newham College student, rising UK dance artist Mr Jayvic, performed live for the audience of over 300, following a catwalk show from the College’s hair, beauty and fashion students.


The annual Shining Stars Student Awards Ceremony honours students who have made extraordinary accomplishments in 2018. Winners from every area of the College, including Newham College University Centre, were awarded trophies and every nominee received a highly commended certificate. 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.


The further education student of the year award, sponsored by the University of East London, went to Lee Morgan, who is studying Access to Health and Social Care. Lee left school with no qualifications, but he has proven himself to be an exceptional student during his time at Newham College. Alongside his Access course, Lee volunteers at a youth justice organisation and works part time supporting young people with severe mental health problems to live independently. Lee has been offered a place on a leading social work degree where he was only one of 60 students to be offered a place out of 2500 applications.


The title of Newham College University Centre’s Higher Education Student of Year, sponsored by Capita IT & Networks, was awarded to David Pender, who was commended for his significant achievements despite facing personal adversity. David is training to become a counsellor and received this award because of his excellent attitude, attendance and achievement. He has also demonstrated a keen willingness to support other students and represent them in numerous ways.


The Love Food Champion was sponsored by Café Football. This award was won by Coreena Corbett. To win this award Coreena spent time in Cafe Football’s kitchen competing against the other nominees. She was also praised for her true passion for food and the way she has immersed herself in learning a wide variety of skills and techniques, not only at college but at home as well. She regularly practices dishes in her own time to perfect her performance and has been a great role model for punctuality and attendance. Coreena is very thoughtful of others’ perspectives, is a good listener and is always willing to help her peers.


Each award was sponsored by a business or organisation, raising a fantastic £52,537 for Newham College’s chosen charity, the Learning Revolution Trust. The money will go towards removing financial barriers that reduce opportunities for many students in east London to progress.

It was a fantastic evening! All of the winners and nominees are amazing. I know they will go on to achieve great things in their lives and in the community.
Paul Stephen, Newham College Principal & Chief Executive



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