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Celebrating student success at 2018 awards ceremony

On Wednesday 12 December, our King’s Cross campus hosted its 2018 student awards ceremony, recognising and rewarding learners for their hard work. Hundreds of students and staff packed the atrium to watch the awards, which were opened by two student musical performances.

Celebrating student success at 2018 awards ceremony

The ceremony was hosted by Jasbir Sondhi, Head of Learner Experience, who presented the students with prizes, depending on their position. Third place received an Amazon voucher, second place, an Amazon Kindle and first place winners recieved a tablet.

Principal Award
Marquis Coker

He has overcome great concerns and anxieties to make the transition from school to a large FE campus where he is now thriving. He truly is the original social butterfly and a true asset to the college with his wonderful humour and gifted personality.

Most Improved/Progress Made
1st Place – Carlos Becerra

He came from abroad and has been able to improve on his spoken and written English, as well as become a D* student.

2nd Place – Teklom Bahta

For continuing to work hard and remain ever-cheerful despite the uncertainty of his home-office application.

3rd Place – Vanesa Yordanova Kasabova 

She progressed from Level 2 to Level 3 and has made huge progress in closing her knowledge gap by working independently, contributing in class, meeting deadlines and asking questions and actually taking feedback on board and acting on it. She is on course to achieve a Distinction this year.

Student Volunteer & Community Contribution
1st Place – Angus Gardner

He has been involved in the Barclays Eagle project and has helped people enhance their IT knowledge and boost their confidence. In addition, he has been helping his colleagues by sharing knowledge and experience during their classes.

2nd Place – Eamonn Finn Butler

He has worked closely with our technicians team to help and support the running of the college workshops. He works one day a week to work with Jamie and Sam, our technicians.

3rd Place – Imogen Faulkner

She made the transition from Alexandra Centre to King’s Cross Centre this year and has settled into life at Kings Cross. Her contribution to college life is excellent as is her contribution at College Park School where she volunteers one day a week as a classroom assistant on her work placement.  

Overcoming Barriers (Learner Journey)
1st Place – Bailie Copley

She has care responsibilities at home but she does not let this impact on her contributions in class or the quality of work produced.  She will actively seek work that she has missed and will ensure she meets all her deadlines.

2nd Place – Jose Manuel Torres Sapeg

Despite being profoundly deaf, Jose has made great progress over the two semesters he has been with the college. His written work is on a par with and often better than that of his hearing classmates, and yet he has never heard English spoken. He rarely misses a class and is grateful for the support of his teachers and BSL interpreters. Jose acknowledges his progress and says he is now clear he wants to work with deaf children and is confident that he will be able to in the not too distant future.

3rd Place – Ghazal Formooli

Despite being a carer she has attained D* academic status. She is the main carer for her mother and she has always produced her assignments on time to a very high standard. She has a very proactive and mature attitude to her studies and she taken on A Level Chemistry in addition to her Science – Level 2 to be able to apply for Pharmacy.

Learners of the Term
1st Place – Patrik Hanti

Phenomenal 3D software skills, and a supporter of BAME & women in tech. He has overcome illness to achieve good grades and attendance. Supports his teachers and peers in class.

2nd Place – Connor McKenna

He has excelled on his supported internship taking on a new catering placement where he is proving to be a star. His all-round attitude to learning and beautiful manners would make any of us proud.  He is destined for a bright future which he thoroughly deserves.

3rd Place – Wengel Teklay

She is an extremely conscientious student who, from her first day in the class, has taken every opportunity to practise and improve her English and develop her skills.  She is always attentive and engaged. Her attendance is excellent and she always reviews classes and does her homework. Moreover, she always says when she doesn’t understand something or needs further clarification or practice.  As a result she has progressed with leaps and bounds. 

Work Placements
1st Place – Sanduni Bimasha Weerasuriya Mudiyanselage

Work placement at Chubb Insurance. Sanduni has received incredible feedback during her placement, all business areas she meets with are impressed by her enthusiasm to learn. They would love her to join the company after college.

2nd Place – Shyanne Sorolla

She was a student with very low self-confidence who has flourished during the employability programme and secured a work with Small Green Shoots.

3rd Place – Joseph Ayodeji Odukoya

From his work placement at Wilmott Dixon, he has received great feedback and has been encouraged to join the company through an apprenticeship after college.

Angus Gardner, Level 3 Computing student and winner of the Student Volunteer & Community Contribution category, has been involved in the Barclays Digital Eagles programme.

Angus said “It is nice to be able to help the community in a way that I believe isn’t done enough. I am really pleased with my prize and will continue to volunteer in any way I can.”

Westminster Kingsway College Principal Kim Caplin said: and said: “Congratulations to all those who were recognized today. It is fantastic that we can commend so many students for their wonderful achievements including volunteering and contributions to the community, and to hear the interesting stories of their learner journeys and progress made. Well done!”


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