A group of students from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London were recognised for their hard work at the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards ceremony recently.

The students are currently studying ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and attended the ceremony at Alexandra Palace last month.

Bruno Melo, Nilton Da Costa, Joel Vangente, Mohammed Sharif, Aylin Emin, Naima Mohammed, Baryal Khan, Aiste Jurksaityte and Nathalie Passarella received awards on the night for excellent attendance, punctuality, showing respect in the classroom, taking initiative and helping their peers.

In addition, ESOL teachers Juliet Chau and John Hutcheson received outstanding teaching awards for helping students to progress and being motivational in the classroom.

The Jack Petchey Foundation was established to support programmes that benefit young people and the awards recognise those who make a wholehearted effort and valuable contribution to their club, school or community.

One of the winners, Aiste Jurksaityte, is originally from Lithuania and has been living in the UK for two years learning English.  Currently she is studying ESOL Entry Level 3.

“I like my course, my teachers and classmates.  My personal tutor makes the lessons really interesting,” Aiste said.

“I am very happy with my English now and can even help my friends.  I want to thank my teachers, classmates and everyone who helped improve my English, which is a beautiful and very important language.”

ESOL teaching staff from the College also attended the ceremony including Melike Asan, Azize Asan, Elmira Atashzaran, Songul Usta and Mike Lezama.

Curriculum Manager for ESOL Foundation 16-18s, Melike Asan, said she was very proud of the award winners.

“Our learners achieve outstanding results because of the dedication of ESOL team members and the students,” she said.

“I am very happy to see the students and staff recognised for their achievements and contributions.  It’s very encouraging and motivational for us all.”

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