The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London presented College Excellence Awards to its brightest and best at a glittering awards ceremony held within Tottenham Hotspur Football Club last Wednesday (8 December).
Awards for Excellence were presented to outstanding learners from each of the College’s curriculum areas, including, apprentices, partner employers and staff.
Former student of Performing Arts, Delroy Ogiste, gave Tottenham’s packed Bill Nicholson Suite the guest of honour speech. Now studying BA (Hons) Acting and Theatre Studies at the prestigious London School of Film, Media and Performance, Regents College, Delroy said: “I owe everything I am to the College. I first came to an Open Day planning to train as a fitness instructor but got the taste for acting instead. The College believed in me, which taught me to believe in myself.”
An award winning student, who scooped the high-profile VQ Day Industry Insider Prize, competing against hundreds of colleges and student actors throughout the country, Delroy also won a scholarship to pay his Regent’s College tuition fees. VQ (Vocational Qualification) Day held on 23 June each year rewards and promotes the vital and excellent work going on in colleges, nationwide, every day.
Presenting the Awards, Paul Head, Principal and Chief Executive of the College, said: "The Awards are the College's opportunity to celebrate excellence, achievement, commitment and success. They highlight the skills and drive of our outstanding students, the commitment to workforce development of our partner employers, and the dedication and enthusiasm of our staff."
Over forty awards were presented across the College’s 13 curriculum areas, as well as special awards for Higher Education, Key Stage 4, Tutor of the Year and Employer of the Year.
Two awards for Exceptional Performance went to students, Shackeria Daley and Daniel Zurawski.
Shackeria won the award after completing her Applied Science BTEC National Diploma Level 3 in May and gained triple distinctions. She is now studying for her degree in Nutritional Studies at London Metropolitan University, while continuing to work as a Learning Mentor at the College.
Daniel Zurawski who joined the College aged 15 progressed quickly and achieved distinctions in every one of his nineteen modules for his IT BTEC Level 3. He is now 19 and studying for his degree in Computer Science at King’s College London - one of the UK’s most prestigious universities and in the top ten of all universities nationally.
Daniel said: “One of the best things about my time at the College was that I was driven to succeed, never to give up, and to aim as high as possible.”
Other drama students at the packed ceremony included actors Patricia Edwardson, Daniel Nicholson-Porter and Jasmeen James, studying Performing Arts BTEC Diploma (Acting Pathway) Level 3. Each gave a profound and uplifting performance of their specially devised piece, ‘Triangle of Opinion’. Tackling issues of lost love, escaping domestic violence and single motherhood – they showed how education has the power to transform lives.
Singer songwriter Keisha Rodney gave a thrilling performance accompanied by fellow Music Technology BTEC Diploma Level 3 learner James Rodney, who also sang his own composition.
The awards are held annually to celebrate excellence and are sponsored by several College partners who generously donate gifts and prizemoney to the winners.
A gallery of images from the evening are available to view at www.flickr.com