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Twenty one excellent reasons to celebrate

Added on: 6th July, 2018 by O1

Twenty one excellent reasons to celebrate

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Wed, 18 July 2018

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Twenty-one amazing students from across the region had their hard work rewarded last Wednesday, as they were presented with prizes at London South East Colleges’ annual student awards ceremony.

Each winner had an inspiring story, demonstrating outstanding dedication, determination and hard work throughout the academic year.

Over a hundred guests attended the event, which took place at Rose Bruford College in Sidcup; a central point in the London South East Colleges area. Guests included the Mayor of Greenwich, the Deputy Mayor of Bexley, College governors, reprenstatives of the Orpington 1st Business Improvement District, family members, education partners and employers.

This year’s winners came from the College's Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich and Orpington campuses. They were nominated by their tutors and chosen from a range of subject areas, including business, public services, hospitality, childcare, SEN, construction and many more.

Orpington students were particularly well represented, with the 'Chair's Award' for the most outstanding student going to 18-year old Lauren Polson from Bromley. Lauren joined London South East Colleges at the age of just 14 and four years later has progressed to secure a job as an apprentice at BR6 Restaurant.

Above, Lauren with Chair of LSEC, Stephen Howlett CBE.

Picking up awards for both Apprentice of the Year and the Chair's Award for most outstanding student, Lauren said: "It's amazing to be recognised and given these awards - thank you! I have had such a great time at the college and am so well supported by my teachers and my friends. My confidence has grown so much and I am now really enjoying helping to train and inspire new students."

The Principal’s award for the most outstanding student of the year at the Orpington campus went to Natalia Podlavskaya, who has excelled in her Professional Cookery course at BR6 Restaurant and now works part time at the Lancaster Hotel in London.

Natalia said, "It's been a fantastic year for me. I started at the college as an ESOL student, then went onto a catering course. I have recently been offered a full time role at the Lancaster Hotel - which is all thanks to this college for helping me to get a work placement there. Getting this award means so much."

Above, second right, Natalia Podlavskaya

Principal and CEO of London South East Colleges, Sam Parrett OBE, presented her own awards to four students (one from each campus) who had achieved outstanding success this year. Speaking to guests, Sam said: “You cannot fail to be moved and inspired when hearing such wonderful stories of student achievement, as we have done this evening. I offer my heartfelt congratulations to every student who has worked so hard this year.

The Awards were sponsored by Morgan Hunt, Orpington 1st, News Shopper and Enjoy Print.

For more information and a full list of winners visit the LSEC website.

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Shouvik Datta - 16 Jul, 2018 - 04:40AM

Well done to Natalia Podlavskaya; it is difficult for ESOL students whose first language is not English to settle and establish themselves in Britain; being bilingual is a great asset.

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