Added on: 5th July, 2019 by O1
Exceptional students were given star treatment on Wednesday at London South East Colleges’ annual awards ceremony which took place in the ODEON Cinema, Orpington.
Over 100 people attended the event including representatives from headline sponsors Orpington 1st and South East London Chamber of Commerce. Award winners had been nominated by their tutors and selected from across the College’s Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich and Orpington campuses. Students of all ages and from many different courses had been nominated – ranging from SEN learners to those studying for degrees.
21 students with inspiring stories were presented with prizes at the glittering event, having demonstrated outstanding dedication, determination and hard work throughout the academic year.
Orpington 1st BID Manager Chris Travers with LSEC student Pascal Ofori and Nicolas Hamilton
The guest speaker was inspirational racing driver, Nicolas Hamilton. Born with cerebral palsy, Nicolas has never let his let his disability prevent him from achieving his lifelong dream of becoming a successful racing driver.
Addressing guests, Nicolas talked about the challenges he faced growing up and his determination to succeed. He encouraged the students to never give up on their dreams.
Presenting the winning students with their awards, Nicolas said: “What a fantastic event - congratulations to all the nominees and winners. It’s great to see these young people achieving their goals, many of whom have faced challenges.
“These students have persevered, despite having had setbacks. Credit must be given to the College too for helping them to reach their goals. My advice to you all is to always be honest, determined and true to yourself – and good things will come.”
Guests were also treated to fantastic performances from Romzy, a Production Arts student from Greenwich who is currently taking the music world by storm, and a group of first year dance students.
Principal and CEO of London South East Colleges, Sam Parrett OBE, awarded her own ‘Principal’s Award’ to Joshua Tanton – a successful HE student, who is studying for a science foundation degree while working in a busy role at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.
Addressing guests, Sam said: “This is always such a wonderful event in our College calendar. Every student who has been nominated for or won an award has worked exceptionally hard this year and achieved some amazing results.
Nicolas Hamilton with student, Nikole Ogorodnikova and LSEC Principal and CEO Sam Parret
“We are also hugely grateful to our employer partners and local authorities for supporting our work and our students – these partnerships are integral to the College’s success. Going forward, we will continue to expand and grow our employer engagement activity, working within our local communities to offer people the highest quality learning experience - while helping to meet industry need.”
Nicolas Hamilton with student, Joshua Tanton, President of South East London Chamber of Commerce Helen McIntosh and Orpington 1st Executive Director Sharon Baldwin
Winner of both the HE student of the Year award and the Principal’s Award was Joshua Tanton (24), from Ashford, Kent. Joshua has successfully completed a foundation degree in biomedical science, while working full time at the William Harvey hospital. He said:
“I am really overwhelmed and rather surprised to win these awards! I am very grateful to my tutors who have been so supportive and encouraging. Studying for a degree while working full time is not easy, but it’s been a great experience and has set me on the right pathway to achieve my ambition of becoming a biomedical scientist.”
Read more about the LSEC Student Awards 2019 HERE
For more information about the many courses on offer at London South East Colleges, visit www.lsec.ac.uk. Apply now for a September start.