Students’ Successes Celebrated at Spring Awards

03 April 2019 | Uncategorised

Fundraising projects, an outstanding commitment to learning and overcoming adversity were just some of the achievements celebrated at City College’s Spring Student of the Term awards.  

The event recognises students who have gone above and beyond – making a positive contribution to the College or local community, or overcoming personal challenges to achieve in their studies.  

The award winners were joined by family, friends and their nominating teachers. They enjoyed a delicious celebration meal prepared by the College’s catering and hospitality students before receiving their awards.  

Penny Wycherley, Principal of City College, said: “The Student of the Term awards are an important event for the College and a great way to celebrate the success of our students. Events like these are a celebration of some of the remarkable achievements of our students and recognise publicly their hard work and commitment.

“These students, some of whom have had to overcome additional barriers, are each progressing incredibly well and deserve to be congratulated. The staff at the College are enormously proud of their accomplishments and the way in which they reflect so well on the City. It really is an honour to celebrate the outstanding qualities and achievements of our students and to share in their successes with family, friends and teaching staff.”

Award Winners

Ismail Mustafa, 33, Saltash
English Student of the Term

When Ismail’s lecturer first met him in 2013, he could not write, or read any more than his own name. Over the past few years he has worked hard to develop his literacy skills, whilst raising a young family and working.

“I really enjoy the College environment and am really proud of what I have achieved over the past few months. Coming to college has helped me to develop my literacy skills. I am now able to complete forms and deal with correspondence with confidence. I am looking forward to completing my Level 1 Functional Skills in English and this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my lecturers.”

Tom Briggs, 18, Torpoint
Science Student of the Term

When Tom’s step-dad sadly passed away, the biomedical science student demonstrated incredible grit, determination and resilience, focusing on his goal of going to university and maintained a focus on revising for and sitting his science exams despite the sad events.

“When I came to the College, I had no formal qualifications. I was really pleased to gain my Level 2 in Applied Science and now I’m nearing the end of my level 3, am really proud to have received an offer to study biomedical science at the University of Plymouth. It’s been challenging for so many reasons, but the College has been really supportive and it’s great to be recognised for my hard work.”

Hannah Tustain, 17, Millbrook
Music Performing & Production Arts Student of the Term

Hannah has a hearing impairment, but has developed excellent personal strategies for ensuring there is no barrier to her learning. As a compassionate and caring member of her group, Hannah always looks to support other students and has already made a significant contribution to College life through a number of performance projects, including playing a number of roles in a recent performance of ‘One Million Tiny Plays About Britain’ by Craig Taylor. She is currently working with her group on a new piece of original theatre which explores modes of communication, highlighting the perils of not understanding a given situation, particularly for the hearing impaired.

“I love my course at College. My confidence in acting is really developing and it’s been great to play a part in developing the signing skills of staff within the department in order to better support other students like myself. Hopefully, this will help me to further develop my skills and scope as a theatre maker.”

Hannah Roberts – Cossey, 21, Ivybridge
Access to Higher Education Student of the Term

Access student, Hannah, was celebrated for her sunny outlook and deep compassion for others – which stands her in good stead for a career as a midwife. As a real team player, Hannah was nominated for an award not only for her exemplary approach to learning, but also for her heavy involvement in her group’s fundraising project.

“I love being part of the Access community at the College. The staff and students I work with are great to be around and there are so many opportunities for students to get involved with. The fundraising project has been so much fun. I’ve loved being involved in bake sales, arts and crafts, designing, and organising raffles for charity and it’s lovely to have received a Student of the Term award.”

Vanessa Hawken, 43, Devonport
Caroline Mayne, 51, Mutley
Apprenticeship Students of the Term

Vanessa and Caroline were both appointed as assistant managers at kitchen and homeware chain Lawsons and knew the value an Apprenticeship would bring to making them a success in their new roles, but they didn’t anticipate winning Student of the Term awards for their work ethic and teamwork.

Caroline said, “I’ve worked in retail for 35 years, six of which have been at Lawsons as a part-time sales assistant. The support I’ve received from my family and assessor at the College have made returning to education possible. They have motivated me and reassured me that the hard work is all worthwhile which has clearly paid off.”

Vanessa has worked at Lawsons for 14 years and her hard work was rewarded with a promotion to assistant manager. She said: “I was keen to improve my knowledge and the Management Apprenticeship has taught me everything I need to know to become an efficient manager. Caroline and I have really supported each other through the qualification and to be recognised for that has been lovely.”

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