Award-winning designer gives masterclass to fashion students

An award-winning British fashion designer recently paid a visit to Thurrock recently to deliver a masterclass to Fashion students of South Essex College. Julian Roberts, who has shown 13 collections at London Fashion Week, demonstrated a revolutionary pattern cutting technique he invented, called ‘subtraction cutting’, to fifty BA (Hons) Fashion Design and FdA Fashion and Textiles students.

Public service students ride the seas

The two-day residential trip tested the students’ sailing ability together with skills in planning, leadership, teamwork and problem solving. Students learned to sail in all directions and are now able to sail in light winds under supervision. With the support of qualified instructors and dedicated lecturers they sailed through their Royal Yachting Association Level 1 Dinghy Sailing qualification.

Student achievements shine at annual Celebrating Success evening

NEARLY 160 students were shortlisted from over 8,000 from across all three campuses of South Essex College of Further and Higher Education in Southend, Basildon and Thurrock in an evening celebrating outstanding students. The deserving students come from a whole range of courses, including BTEC National Diplomas, A-Levels and Access to Higher Education programmes to name but a few.

Jake wins award in apprentice contest

Jake, who recently completed his Electrical Apprenticeship with BCS Electrical of Tilbury, was put forward for the competition by South Essex College where he has been studying for the last 4 years and attained the coveted prize of Apprentice of the Year.

“Jake has done really well over the term of his apprenticeship with us”, said Mr. Ross Bannister, Senior Partner of BCS Electrical. “ He is now the third of our Apprentices who have been awarded ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at South Essex College, so we must be doing something right!”

Sport students pitch in to organise football tournament at Charlton Athletic stadium

The first year student enjoyed the experience so much he is now considering a career in event management. Bradley continued: “I’d never really thought about going into event organising but after this experience it’s definitely something I’d consider once I’ve finished my course. The highlight for me was watching everyone else have such a good time.”

College celebrates sporting success

Overall Player of the Year went to Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport student Bradley Vaughan, 18, from Tilbury. Course Leader and Head of Football Academy at the Thurrock Campus, Paul Vaughan said: “Bradley has been a fantastic student for the past two years and his attendance has been second to none. As well as being captain of the team this year, he has been signed to the Tilbury First Team and been on loan with Southend Manor this year. He is an excellent footballer and has used this college experience to develop his skills as a player he’s done really well.”

Film competition students have a Cannes do attitude

A GROUP of BTEC National Diploma Media (Moving Image) students from South Essex College have entered a short film into a competition at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival that takes place next month. The strict rules of the competition, called Straight 8, meant that the three minute 20 second film had to be filmed on a super 8 cine film camera with no editing or post production, so was all filmed in-camera.

Logistics awards put NEETs on road to success

Perry Harding, 17, from Grays is one student who has benefitted from the course. He said: “Before I started at South Essex College I wasn’t doing anything because I didn’t get the grades to get onto the college course that I wanted to do. I saw this course and thought anything was better than doing nothing but I didn’t realise just how much I’d get out of it.

The fast and furious future of cars dazzles motor vehicle students

Motor Vehicle students at the College’s Basildon Campus were recently visited by Graham Noakes, a Senior Technician at Sytner BMW in Harold Wood. Graham gave the students a talk about electronic communication within a modern vehicle. The packed hall learnt about the advancements in technology and the new features of cars such as self-parking, massage chairs and vehicles that automatically slow down when you approach a speed camera.

College cook-off gives food for thought

One of those students who could stand the heat and stayed in the kitchen was Josh Wright, 20, Grays. The Level 3 Catering and Hospitality student said of the experience: “It was good to see what the Southend students do and equally for them to see what we do over in Thurrock. It was good fun seeing our different styles of presentation. Today was really good because it was against the clock; if you didn’t get it done you didn’t send any food any out but I’m used to that as I work in London.”

South Essex College welcomed to London 2012’s Get Set network

National Diploma Sport and Exercise Sciences students, Sophie Drake, 17, from Corringham and Yohan Fonseca, 19, from Southend were especially excited by the achievement as the pair are hoping to compete in the Games next summer.

Both Olympic Hopeful nominees at the Southend Sports Awards 2010, swimmer Sophie and boxer Yohan are currently in training and hoping to have their Olympic aspirations realised by being chosen to represent Team GB at the world’s largest sporting event.

South Essex students spread Christmas cheer to local elderly

Whilst some are tucking into their turkey others are struggling to have something basic to eat let alone a Christmas dinner, that’s where the Retail students come in! The group made 10 Christmas hampers, with helpful donations from both staff and students from across all three Campuses as well as putting on a raffle with all the proceeds going to Jack Evans Court