NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS FROM
EALING, HAMMERSMITH & WEST LONDON COLLEGE
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Actors prepare for Bollywood
Students win awards
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Actor Prepares A Level and BTEC Celebrating
Actors Prepare National Diploma Diversity
at EHWLC! Glory Competition
Best ever results 2008
at A Level and It’s back, it’s bigger – it’s better than ever!
BND! Enter our Celebrating Diversity Competition
Page 6 and win a prize worth £500! Page 7
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Best Ever Results!
A record number of students achieved best ever A Level and BTEC
National Diploma results across the College this year!
Over 400 students completed their A levels at Ealing, Hammersmith
& West London College, gaining outstanding results. Their success
proves our commitment to delivering success.
Inderdeep Charlotte Daniel Dianne Paol Komal
Chemistry (A) Maths with Psychology (C) English (A) Maths (A) Biology (B) Physics (C) BTEC National Health Studies BTEC National Diploma BTEC National Diploma IT
Mechanics (B) Chemistry (C) Sociology (A) (Triple Distinction) Graphic Design (Triple Distinction)
Site: Southall Site: Ealing School: John Paul II High School Site: Hammersmith Site: Ealing Site: Southall
School: Dormers Wells School: Northolt What next? Chemical Engineering School: North Westminster What next? Spatial Design at Central School: I went to school in India
Students from our Southall site What next? Dentistry What next? Gap Year at Warwick University Community School St Martin’s College What next? Computer Science
What next? Nursing at Kingston at Royal Holloway
“These results are a wonderful testimony to the achievements “The teaching at the College “I found out about the College “I found out about the University “I would recommend vocational
of our students giving them the confidence to move forward has been excellent.” through Connexions. I’m going College from my sister who qualifications if you want to get “I’ve been very happy here
“I’ve recommended the College to
towards further studies or employment. It is equally a tribute to take a gap year before I also went here and had a all of my friends! I would definitely out of the classroom and try and recommend the College
to the effort and dedication of all our staff, who work tirelessly WATC decide what to do next.” really good time!” come to do nursing here at the something different.” to other students.”
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to support our students to fulfil their potential.” UDENTS G College if they did it.”
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ALBERT SQUARE STAR
pass rate C National Diploma Eastenders bad boy Juley Smith, played by Samer said “It’s been a great day
= 96% Joseph Kpobie, was guest of honour at our and really exciting to meet Jo-Jo –
65% = nu annual awards ceremony for students with thanks to my course I’ve been able to
grades or ber of triple merit learning difficulties and disabilities. do some acting myself – I love going
to the Twilight Drama class. I’m also
Students from our learning centres across west
Students from our Ealing site Students from our Hammersmith site a bit of a fitness fanatic and go to the
London were rewarded for their efforts over the
ng Diversity Comp
gym. I’ve made lots of friends and I
past academic year, which have been achieved
was voted the class representative
despite significant obstacles. The students, who
It’s back, all have mild to severe learning difficulties or
this year which was fun.”
disabilities, completed a range of courses with a
it’s bigger strong emphasis on building confidence,
communication and work skills.
and it’s better! Taking time out from playing the show’s wide
boy, Joseph presented over 300 students with
their certificates of achievement at the ceremony
Use your creativity to demonstrate what at our Barons Court site. Speaking to students
diversity means to you and you could win a Joseph said “I’m so pleased to have been invited
prize worth £500! here today, I’ve had a lovely time meeting you all
– congratulations on all of your achievements and
Please see your class tutor for more information
thanks for having me!”
and an application form.
Deadline for entries: Friday 14th November Samer, who attends our Hammersmith site was
awarded a certificate after improving significantly
in his communication skills and confidence – so
EHWLC Helping to SHAPE much so that he will now progress onto our Work Samer with Eastenders
star Joseph Kpobie
our students' lives Experience Challenge.
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f Achievements Awards 2008 chievement
remony rec ognis es student a
a moving ce Special Award Winners
Four students received Special Awards in addition to their academic awards for
showing outstanding commitment and success on their courses. They were invited
onto the stage to receive their gift and certificate.
Entertainment was provided
by our talented Performing
Students were recognised for their exceptional achievements
in education at our annual Celebration of Achievement Awards Mum Awarded for Achievement
A woman who left school at 14 and went back to
ceremony on Thursday 18th September 2008. college to sit her first ever exam at the age of 46
was awarded for her achievements in education
Over 350 guests including 100 students, their families and staff were invited to the event at Porcester
at the ceremony. Lesley, who is a mother of four
Halls in Bayswater to collect their awards and listen to an inspirational speech by 400m athletic world
and studies at our Southall site is flying high and
champion Derek Redmond.
is set to continue studying an IT & Maths course
at the College.
New Ed Pikulski Special Science Award l-r: John and Derek Redmond
l-r: Malalay and Derek Redmond
An extra special touch
NVQ Level 1 in Horticulture Sociology, Psychology and Politics (A Levels)
was given to our COA
Academic Excellence in the Curriculum Award Achievement Award
ceremony this year with a
“I’m pretty shocked to have received this award. “I would like to thank the staff at the Southall
new award presented in
I had no idea it was coming but I’m very pleased. site, especially Gordon Mestrum who helped
memory of a much loved
I’ve had to get through a lot to be where I am through every step of my education. This award
member of staff who
now so I’d like to thank my tutors Vanessa and was totally unexpected so I am a little emotional.
passed away last year.
Alison who were very understanding. They were a Good luck to everyone at the College for
Ed Pikulski worked in our
great support and after tonight I feel inspired to the future.” l-r: Acting Principal Martin Rosner, Lesley and Derek Redmond
Science department at
our Ealing site from 1973 “I left school at 14 as I used to get really frustrated
until 2007. His wife was in class and was a bit unruly. I then went on to
invited onto the stage to have four children and over the years have
present the award for suffered from depression and other personal
outstanding achievement problems. My church (St John’s in Southall)
in science to student suggested that I go back to College to try and get
Sheida. my life back on track.
After I enrolled at College, I underwent tests and we
Ed Pikulski Award Winner discovered that I’m actually Dyslexic. I was then able
l-r: Acting Principal Martin Rosner, Director Lynne Pearson, l-r: Acting Principal Martin Rosner, Director Amrik to get one-to-one help in class as well as tutorials to
Sheida arrived from Iran without the ability to Jing and Derek Redmond Marwaha, Leigh and Derek Redmond help me cope. When I first started I didn’t think I’d
speak English but nevertheless embarked on
Jing Leigh be able to cope as I was so nervous but I am now
studies in A Level Maths, Chemistry, Biology and
NVQ Level 1 Professional Chef The Prince’s Trust Programme starting lessons on my own for the first time.
Physics. Whilst learning these subjects she then
Contribution to the College Community Award Determination and Progress Award I would just like to show people that there is now
had to learn the English language at the same
“I didn’t expect this but it’s very exciting. My tutors “I’m overwhelmed at winning this award. the support in place to help those in a similar
time! Through sheer hard work and determination,
have been brilliant – a real support for me as my The College has really helped me, not just in my position to myself and I would like to encourage
and a natural aptitude for science, she surpassed
husband is actually working in Thailand. I’ve been college work but in my personal life and has them to get back into education – it has done so
everyone’s expectations, including her own,
offered a job as a Commis Chef at the Hilton so given me the strength to succeed.” much for my confidence and self-esteem.
achieving A grades in her exams. Not only that
everything is going really well for me.”
but in one of her exams she achieved 100%. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me
l-r: Mrs Pikulski & Sheida get to where I am today from my church, to the
“Congratulations to all of our students for demonstrating such tenacity and commitment during their
mental health service and of course the College.
studies. Their stories encapsulate what colleges in this country are about – enabling students from
Guest Speaker As one of Britain’s greatest ever 400m athletes,
Derek Redmond’s career includes gold medals at
every walk of life to succeed in education. Our winners have set the bar for future students, but
I remember thinking that I wouldn’t be able to stay
on the course when I discovered I had Dyslexia but I
Derek Redmond World, European and Commonwealth levels.
mostly they are testament to their own courage, effort and sheer determination to succeed. I would
like to add my heartfelt congratulations to them as they have achieved so much, often under very
wasn’t allowed off that easily! Now I'm hoping to
He has seen his fair share of heartache as well as become an accountant.”
demanding circumstances.” Martin Rosner, Acting Principal
triumphing over adversity, most famously during the
Barcelona Olympics when his hamstring snapped
during the semi finals. Derek, a medal favourite, Staff Recognised... Andy Burningham “We wish them every
struggled to his feet and hobbled the remaining Award for continued success at Ealing,
Congratulations to Rob Lynch (Tiling) and Andy
250 metres in a scene that has become one of the Determination Hammersmith & West London
Burningham (Carpentry & Joinery) who both
most enduring in modern Olympic history. Speaking and Progress College and in their careers in
received Awards at the ceremony.
to students he emphasised the importance of education and training.”
committing yourself to your dreams and what it The lecturers from our Building Crafts & Services Jim Gallagher –
takes to set goals, overcome obstacles and succeed. Department were acknowledged for their success, Division Manager for
“Congratulations to every student here today. Like dedication and achievement on the Certificate in Rob Lynch Building Crafts & Services
successful athletes, you have kept your eye on the Education course. Both lecturers came straight Exceptional
ball, remained focused and achieved your goals.” from industry into education just two years ago. Student Award
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STUDENTS AWARDED HELENA
KENNEDY FOUNDATION AWARDS
Actors Prepare fo We are extremely pleased to announce that a
record six students from our College have
been selected for bursaries worth £1000 each.
The students who attend our Hammersmith,
Southall and Ealing sites were selected from over
300 applications nationally, for the coveted Helen
The UK’s first Bollywood What do you do on the course?
Kennedy Foundation bursary and were presented
with their awards at the Houses of Parliament.
Bollywood dance Firstly, I would like to
acting school has opened Martial arts congratulate our The bursary aims to help academically talented
Yoga college Basketball students who would like to progress to university
its doors! Acting for camera, TV and film team who won the but feel the experience would be too costly.
Vocal training Greenhouse West
The first intake of students are now working London Schools
towards becoming the next Bollywood superstars Project Basketball League last year. The team
Courses start in September, January and May and
at our College. never lost a league game once and beat other
each course lasts 3 months – You can apply now!
colleges such as Westminster Kingsway,
The UK and Europe ‘Actor Prepares’ School is the
How much does it cost? St Charles, SFX and William Morris convincingly
brainchild of Bollywood star Anupam Kher
£4000 each time. This year we will be defending our title
(Jasminder’s father in hit movie ‘Bend it like Habib with Dame Helena Kennedy
and competing in a prestigious cup competition. Habib
Beckham’). The course has been established as a How can I apply?
The team will be training and playing home BND Business
result of a partnership between ‘Actor Prepares,’ www.wlc.ac.uk or www.actorprepares.co.uk
games from our very own new sports hall at Tutor: Richard Dawkins
Heathrow City Partnership and Ealing, FREEPHONE: 0800 034 0384.
Hammersmith. – Good Luck guys! Where next? London Metropolitan University
Hammersmith & West London College. International caller? Dial: 00 44 208 741 1688.
(Business Economics and Finance)
This year has seen more students then ever
contesting posts on the executive committee.
Good luck to all the candidates! Last year’s SU
d star? BND Graphic Design
FACT! The next Bollywoo president is running for a second term in office
and if achieved will be the first student to have
Tutor: Christie Archer
Where Next? University of
‘Actor Prepares’ has its own talent held two terms as President.
Hertfordshire (Graphic Design)
company and students will automatically The Student Portal has been revamped this year
and you will find the new NUS – Student Union
be placed on its books free of charge! icon in the ‘quick links’ section. Included in this
"The students who have been selected have overcome a range of
section is information about the NUS extra card and
New Democracy Card, sport and recreation and all obstacles during their educational and personal journeys. However, they
the portal news items from 07/08 for you to view.
never gave up and persevered with their studies; despite all the challenges
There were plenty of exciting events going on, so
be sure to check them all out – you can expect
in different areas of their lives.” Nancy van de Broeck, Careers Manager
“We’re looking for people from all ethnic and the same exciting activities again this year!
cultural backgrounds, ages and sexes. From the Fresher’s Fair we have been busy
My team want to work with rough gem stones
and polish them into professional actors.”
collecting information about what type of
activities you want and we will be putting on the
most popular activities, but also doing our best to
New Term – New Facilities!
Anupam Kher help students with more individual tastes take Start Your Day with Costa Coffee! Costa Coffee is now officially open at our
part in what they want to do also. Acton and Hammersmith sites at subsidised
rates for students. In addition to hot and cold
“I am passionate about providing students with a Student Volunteers
drinks, Costa will sell a selection of
We want you!
wide educational choice and am truly proud that We want students to get involved with volunteering
sandwiches and snacks.
our college has set a benchmark by providing this opportunities which the college will be introducing
over this academic year. Volunteering is a very
new course for UK students.” rewarding activity and students are encouraged
Paula Sayer, College Director, Ealing Institute of Media to visit the informal education stalls that Liaison
Ealing Institute of Media is part of Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College Officers will be setting up throughout the year.
The new Sports Hall at Hammersmith will open
Our first ever Actor Prepares
apprentices with DDA Anupam Kher. after half term and students are required to book
their session in advance with their Student
FACT! Liaison Officer – more details to follow... News
items and updates to the programme will be
There are now more Indian films appearing regularly on the student portal news
shown in UK cinemas than UK films! section, so be sure to access this area often.
new student som After all, you wouldn’t want to miss out!
Anupam gives a
Student Liaison Manager
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Introducing... Yasmin* LADY ROWERS GEAR UP FOR OLYMPICS
Top GB female rowers blew the competition
*one of our longest serving Course Reps! out of the water at this year’s Beijing
Olympics – and prepared for victory with us!
Eight of the UK’s top female rowers, including
Yasmin Skills You Need
reigning world champion, Annie Vernon, enrolled
Course: BTEC National Diploma IT Practitioners To be a Course Rep you need listening skills and
onto a Motor Vehicle maintenance course last
have the confidence and intelligence to ask the
academic year as part of their training.
I’m in my 4th year at the College and started on a right questions. You also need to be friendly and
GNVQ Foundation IT and Business. Originally I in time the skills you learn all lead to you The athletes won silver at the Olympics and
come from Iraq and settled with my family over becoming a generally more confident person. before they left for China, spoke about how our
here in 2004 because of the war over there. Now students in my class call me ‘mum’! flexible approach to lessons made them choose
our College. They attended evening classes at our
When I first arrived it was weird because my first It’s important to have Course Reps in place as not
Acton site, with staff re-arranging classes to
language is Arabic and obviously everything was everyone has the confidence to speak up to
accommodate their training.
in English so I had to learn the language quickly! teachers – some people are too shy and so it’s
I enrolled at this College as it’s right next to great that students have someone to speak on “Our lottery fund grant is used for education
my house. their behalf – they feel like they can buddy up purposes so that if we eventually decide to leave
with friends to get their problems solved. rowing we have something to fall back on. Ealing,
I chose to study IT because eventually I’d like to
Hammersmith & West London College is the only
get into programming and problem solving and As part of being a Course Rep, we have
college we found who could accommodate us as
become a software developer. I found out about organised lunches out and trips to
we often have to re-arrange classes due to
Course Representation through our tutorial group places like Thorpe Park – it was
competing or training. We are really happy to
and my class put me forward as one – apparently great but I don’t like rides so I held
have found a practical course which allows
they thought I was confident and articulate! everyone’s bags! As a College, we are committed to encouraging and thanks to the positive feedback we’ve
us to learn as and when we can.”
more women to get involved in engineering. had from these students, more women are
After being the IT Course Rep for three years, not Once a year, all the Reps come Baz Moffat, Olympic Rower
The Motor Vehicle Maintenance course is just enquiring into our courses. We hope to run this
only have I got my IT qualifications, but I’ve had a together to discuss issues and
one of the ways we work with students to ensure course again in September with a view to
wider education in terms of learning negotiation, help each other to solve
that lessons meet their needs and are flexible to establishing other short evening classes in a
decision making and communication skills which problems. I’ve met lots of other
accommodate changes in arrangements. variety of subjects.”
is really going to look good on my CV. Reps this way and it was helpful
to know that everyone has had Motor Vehicle courses are excellent for women as
My role means that I have to speak up for my Speaking about his Olympian students, tutor
similar problems. they can learn the basics of maintenance, such
class and represent my fellow students, Steven Williams said “It’s really exciting for me
as oil changes, replacing brake pads and basic
sometimes I have to help to solve arguments and I also think studying has to be fun and I hope as a teacher to see how world class athletes
body work. When it is time for their car to go into
liaise with teachers as a third party. The Course that I’ve helped to make the atmosphere in operate. They are very receptive and dedicated
a garage, they have the knowledge needed to get
Rep system really does work as we’ve seen class more relaxed and friendly. This year to learning – especially as a team. They put
the best service and price out of mechanics.
improvements and solutions to the issues we I’m going to be a mentor to BTEC First Certificate everything into all their tasks and are so
have brought up. students which I’m really looking forward to. competitive. They race each other all the time If you are a woman and interested in learning
– the other week they were racing to see who how to keep your car in top condition, contact:
Think you’ve got what it takes? The athletes with tutors Dav
and Steven Williams. e Potter, could jack a car up fastest! We really want to 0800 980 2175 or visit www.wlc.ac.uk
Speak to your Course Rep to find out how you
encourage more women to take up engineering for more information.
can get involved...
HOWZAT! STUDENTS ARE CRICKET KINGS
Congratulations to Sandeep and his cricket
team who batted to victory at the first ever
Postgraduate Hospitality Management Cricket
Tournament in the summer.
The tournament was organised for the Returner
Groups (students who have completed 1 year
industrial experience and then return to College
for a further 3 months). The day was such a
success, the tournament will now become an
annual fixture with a brand new engraved trophy
Course: BTEC Health & Social Care
handed to the winners.
Did You Vote at the Student Union
The match was organised by Business tutor
Colin Clark and held at Trailfinders Sports Club in
Do you think it’s important that west Ealing, thanks to Business lecturer Hugh
students get the opportunity to have Hutchison’s connections with the club.
their say about life at College?
“We had a great time competing with everyone –
“Of course – it’s my first year at the
it was a great way to get together and do
College but so far, for me, everything
something different which we all enjoy after
has been really good – including the
studying so hard all year.” Sandeep
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NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS FROM EALING,
HAMMERSMITH & WEST LONDON COLLEGE
Who’s Who at
Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College
Name: Val Franklin What is your favourite part of the job?
I enjoy working with a range of colleagues and
Job Title: Head of Information, Advice & Guidance
learning new skills. I’ve just finished a Project
Role: My role is to ensure that everyone passing Management Course that has helped enormously
through our doors receives impartial advice and with getting some new initiatives off the ground
guidance and can make informed decisions about at the College.
their education and progression into university or
What is the least favourite part of your job?
employment. I manage around 70 staff who are
I enjoy working with computers but I prefer the
all dedicated specialists in their respective fields
‘real-time’ interaction of face to face contact.
e.g. careers advisors and counsellors.
What 3 things would you take to a desert
Did you go to College or University?
I studied Psychology, Sociology and Human
Biology at Greenwich Community College before
going on to study Psychological Sciences at the
Some good company!
University of East London.
Dates for your diary!
Open Evenings (4-7pm) Hammersmith
Acton Tuesday 11th November
Wednesday 19th November Tuesday 20th January 2009
Wednesday 25th February 2009
Ealing Tuesday 25th November
Wednesday 19th November Tuesday 13th January 2009
Wednesday 11th February 2009
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