Adult learners creative master pieces displayed at Queens theatre

Published: Wednesday, 27 September 2017

The Havering adult college celebrated their learners’ achievements with the Mayor of Havering at Queen’s Theatre on Monday 4 September 2017.

Mayor of Havering, Councillor Linda Van den Hende, who was guest of honour at the celebration, said:

“This was a tremendous event for Havering Learners, and one that has grown significantly year on year. It is a great achievement for the college to celebrate with the highest number of attendees this year. The event showed that you are never too old to start learning, as grandparents, mums, dads, adults with learning difficulties, ESOL learners and workers of all walks of life celebrated together.”

Learners’ creative masterpieces were displayed in the afternoon in the foyer area open to the public. This included artwork, sugarcraft, floristry, interior design, patchwork, quilting and appliqué. On top of that, there were floristry and sugarcraft taster workshops for the general public to take part in trying something new.

During the ceremony, learners and their friends and family were treated to a mesmerising fashion show by one of our fashion and dressmaking learners, Shella Omokanjuola, as well as a brilliant “Sign a Song” performance by our British Sign Language (BSL) learners conducted by our BSL teacher, Ceiri Van Haeften.

Success stories were shared by a number of learners from various curriculum areas such as Creative & Performing Arts, Languages, Teacher Training, Teaching Assistant, a representative teacher from the #KitchenSocial initiative orchestrated by the Mayor’s Office and one of our partner organisations, Spotlight Multimedia.

Learners were presented the scrolls at the celebration.

Tanya Timns, a Teaching Assistant from a local Havering school, said:

“I have attended the Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in the Classroom and Cover Supervision, as well as many short development TA courses. My experience at Havering Adult College has given me confidence to reach out to other career paths that were out of my comfort zone. I am now more focused and looking to succeed at a higher level.”

In closing, Darren Purdie, Quality & Curriculum Manager at Havering Adult College, said:

“I’d also like to thank all of the staff at Havering Adult College, whether they work front of house to meet, greet and enrol you, or whether they are the managers working hard behind the scenes to bring you the best package of courses we can, or indeed if they are our dazzling array of dedicated teachers and learning support workers who tirelessly strive to bring you the best experiences they can.”

About Havering Adult College

Havering Adult College was established in 1955 and has been offering the London Borough of Havering and its surrounding areas quality training and education for adults. In various centres across the London Borough of Havering we offer part time learning in the community.

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