Newham College students celebrated at awards ceremony

The award winners on the night. Pic: Andrew Baker

The award winners on the night. Pic: Andrew Baker - Credit: Archant

The efforts and achievements of students at Newham College have been celebrated in a special ceremony.

Fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes, second right, award winner Aroon and Lorraine King, Newham Reco

Fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes, second right, award winner Aroon and Lorraine King, Newham Recorder editor. Pic: Andrew Baker - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of guests, including fashion icon Dame Zandra Rhodes and the mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz - herself a former student at the college - gathered to recognise some of the college’s success stories on Wednesday, June 27.

Guests were aso treated to a performance

Among those to be named as one of the college’s shining stars was Lee Morgan, who was named the further education student of the year, with the award sponsored by the University of East London.

He left school with no qualifications but is now studying an access to health and social care course, while volunteering at a youth justice organisation and works part-time supporting young people with mental health problems to live independently.

Some of the award nominees and their family before the event took place. Pic: Andrew Baker

Some of the award nominees and their family before the event took place. Pic: Andrew Baker - Credit: Archant


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He has now been offered one of 60 places on a social work degree that saw 2,500 applications.

The college’s higher education student of the year award, sponsored by Capita IT and Networks, was awarded to David Pender.

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The trainee counsellor was acknowledged for his achievements despite facing personal adversity, and received the award for his attitude, attendance and achievement, as well as supporting and representing other students.

Other students to win on the night included Coreena Corbett, who won the Cafe Football-sponsored love food champion award, and Aroon Roberto Reinoso Rodas, who is going to Coventry to study engineering.

He picked up the Newham Recorder-sponsored college achievement award, which was presented by

“It was an absolute pleasure to present this award with Dame Zandra Rhodes.

“There’s nothing more pleasurable than rewarding young people for their hard work.

“All the winners are very inspirational and I wish them all the best in the future.”

Principal and chief executive of Newham College, Paul Stephen, added: “It was a fantastic evening! All of the winners and nominees are amazing.

“I know they will go on to achieve great things in their lives and in the community.”

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