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College celebrates its City Achievers 2016

4 July 2016

City College Brighton and Hove recently held its City Achievers 2016 student awards ceremony hosted by Juice 107.2’s Guy Lloyd at its Main Hall on Pelham Street. These are the College’s top achievers, as nominated by their tutors for a variety of reasons - they may have performed extremely well on their course, helped others in class or overcome huge personal barriers. From a cohort of around 6000 students, the College chose 39 winners in areas as diverse as Art & Design, Business, Hairdressing, Music, Digital Arts, Carpentry, Sports and Catering, with one overall College-wide winner.

The overall winner was confirmed as Hairdressing student Sadie Martin. Her tutor Allen Hyatt says:'What makes Sadie such an outstanding student is her incredible dedication, empathy and eagerness to support others, whether that’s helping her peers in the classroom or always going the extra mile when we’re dealing with customers in our City Revival training salons. Everyone in the department adores Sadie and is so proud that she’s won the overall City Achiever award. She’s a joy to teach.'

City Achievers 2016

City Achievers 2016

Sadie says: 'Winning this award felt amazing and so unexpected. It’s a fantastic course and I’ve loved ever moment. What’s made City College so special for me is that as well as giving you the confidence to put into practice all the skills you’re taught, you’re very much supported and encouraged to develop as an individual.'

City College’s Principal Sharon Collett says: 'This was my first experience of the City Achievers awards ceremony and it was the most inspirational evening of the year. The students who are invited to this event present themselves as ordinary, but are actually extraordinary. Their stories often show how they’ve been successful whilst experiencing significant challenges. I’m so very proud of all our students and also of the staff who support them to progress in their education and careers.'

Other notable winners included Film-making City Achiever Amber Azzopardi. Having gone through the upheaval of re-locating from Wales, Amber has been a dynamic, proactive and high-achieving student throughout the year. As well as supporting other students’ projects with both her technical and acting skills, she has been a key member of the team of students who’ve been live streaming events from the Brighton Dome. Amber says: 'This award means a lot to me. Everyone at the College has been so nice and welcoming and I’ve got so much out of the course. The tutors have a really open, supportive teaching style that helps bring out the best in your creative ideas.'

Art & Design City Achiever is Izzy McNaughton’s perseverance, resilience and pure drive has impressed students and staff alike. She has consistently demonstrated exceptional commitment and wholehearted enthusiasm for everything she does despite a very challenging year. Izzy says: 'This award represents something very special to me because I came straight from being home schooled to City College and I feel I’ve really grown as a person here. I used to be very reserved and quiet and I’ve really opened up and feel much more confident in myself and figuring out what I want to do with my life. The teachers have been incredibly supportive during a difficult time. I lost my mum last year and they kept me going the whole time. I’ve felt that I have a home here and feel that I can do anything I put my mind to while I’m here. It’s a wonderful College.'

Science City Achiever, Emilie Blake-Kirk, who has a chromosomal condition called Turner Syndrome, has difficulty with maths but she’s always wanted to pursue a Science career and hasn’t let her condition hold her back. She’s already attended an astronomy camp with the European Space Organisation in Italy and, through the College, she’s been accepted for work experience at Sussex University’s Genome Laboratory.

The sheer determination that Childcare City Achiever Hannah Johnson put into obtaining a high grade on her BTEC Diploma Childcare course made a big impression on her tutors. While benefiting from the support the College provides her with, she in turn supports her peers and attends extra placement hours to gain experience with children with special needs.

ESOL City Achiever Fatma Gerui, who is originally from Libya, has moved up through the ESOL levels more quickly and more systematically than most students. She has done this by consistent hard work and has overcome the significant challenge of working to a different alphabet than her first language of Arabic.

Digital Arts City Achiever Oliver Chettle is a Deaf learner who has consistently worked to a very high level and been ahead of schedule despite a hospital stay earlier in the year. He shows an incredible level of enthusiasm and produces original, highly distinctive work. His tutors expect him to excel as a creative professional.

Building Trades City Achiever Paul Rawlins is a mature, hearing-impaired student who has been successfully studying Level 3 Painting & Decorating to boost his career prospects. Paul comes to College on his days off to mentor younger hearing-impaired students and is a fantastic role model for everyone on the course.

The tutors of Plumbing City Achiever Luke Ellyatt have witnessed him grow and achieve so much and he’s already achieved a Distinction and Merit in his studies. He’s an extremely kind, hardworking, conscientious student who goes out of his way to help others and looks set to be a great ambassador for the plumbing industry.

There were also external awards, with the Golden Alumni’ award for outstanding former students going to Sam Bishop. At the age of just 19, having completed his plumbing apprenticeship with City College and a local company, Sam decided to start his own plumbing business. Ten years on, his business has gone from strength to strength and he now has a team of 15 working for him. Sam has continually supported the College by providing apprenticeship opportunities for young people and helping promote its apprenticeship campaigns.

Sam says: 'Winning this award from City College means a huge amount to me, from the early days of training to be a plumber to now employing young talented people, I can only thank them for their support over the last 10 years.'

The ‘Employer Contribution Award’ went to Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival for working in partnership with the College to provide film-making students with excellent hands-on experience of live streaming some of the Dome’s most high-profile shows, particularly during the Festival.

Carole Britten, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival ‘s Director of Marketing says: 'We are absolutely delighted to receive this award - this is a fantastically successful and important partnership for Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival – it delivers real results for us in terms of building new online audiences - and it is great that it is being recognised by City College as being of real benefit and value to the Film and Creative Media students who’ve been involved in producing such high quality live streams of our performance events for the last 4 years we have been working together.'

There was special thanks to Matt Shooman (father of one of the College’s former City Achievers, Harry Shooman) and the company he works for, Dyn, who have made a generous donation to the College which will be used to buy state-of-the-art equipment for the overall winner’s department. Dyn is a cloud-based Internet Performance Management (IPM) company that monitors, controls and optimizes applications and internet infrastructure.

Full list of City Achievers:

Overall winner – Sadie Martin

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Access - Ainhoa Boyer

Acting - Helen McIntosh

Additional Learning Support - Rebecca Scrivins

Adult Learning - Vaughan Riley

Apprenticeships - Mirjan Muhadri

Art & Design - Izzy McNaughton

Art Foundation - Ivy Deacon

Beauty - Thi Kim Lien Vo

Building Trades - Paul Rawlins

Business - Chloe Marchant

Carpentry - Harrison Lea-White

Catering - Beau Salanson

Childcare - Hannah Johnson

City Plus - Avril Allgeier

Computing - Jack Ainsley

Digital Arts - Oliver Chettle

Electrical - Jordan Patrick

Engineering - Sharn Lemon

English & Maths (Adult) - Fahti Arslan

English 16-19 - Callum Beaver

ESOL - Fatma Gerui

Film-making - Amber Azzopardi

Foundation Learning - Mariem Beshary

Hairdressing - Sadie Martin

Health & Social Care - Millie Balackyi

Maths 16-19 - Ashley Toner

Motor Vehicle - Karl Williams

Music - Oliver Jayawant

Pathways - Gewargios Joseph

Photography - Charley Hodson

Plumbing - Luke Ellyatt

Prince’s Trust - Leon Knight

Public Services - Chantelle Howlett

Science - Emilie Blake-Kirk

Sport - Jack Whitmore

Teacher Education - Paul Heath

Travel - James Carlisle

Visual Arts - Romy Loughman

Community Awards:

‘Golden Alumni’ Award - Sam Bishop

Employer Contribution Award - Brighton Dome & Festival

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