Eastleigh College celebrated another successful year for students and staff with their 2011 Annual Awards ceremony last week. College staff, governors and business partners gathered together at the College’s main campus to celebrate the exceptional achievements of the staff and students.
Among the many awards presented, several students were awarded the prestigious Governors’ awards; these are picked annually by the College Governors, to reward success and achievement in a particular area. Winners this year included the Introductory Certificate in Vocational Studies students, who received the Student Team of the Year Award in celebration of their achievements, and Level 2 Beauty student Hannah Ross, who won the Work Experience Student of the Year Award. Richard Jones was the recipient of the Governor’s Award for Endeavour, for his dedication and hard work on the Higher Education Counselling courses.
Seven students were awarded individual College prizes in recognition of their exceptional progress in their chosen subject area, whilst several College staff members were rewarded for their achievements. Robert Strachan, Catering & Hospitality lecturer, won Teacher of the Year, and the Additional Learning Support team won Staff Team of the Year Award. Employer Awards were given to Gascare and Medway Secure Centre for their contribution and commitment to education and training with the College, and New Park Manor were awarded the Work Experience Provider of the Year Award.
Mo Rogers, Additional Learning Support Team Coordinator, said:
‘We are delighted to have received the award for 'Team of the Year' for 2010/11. The award is recognition of the hard work, dedication and commitment shown by everyone to achieve outstanding success whilst developing our provision to respond to the changing needs of our learners.’
The guest speaker at the ceremony was Alex Danson, a member of the England and Great Britain’s women’s national field hockey team, with over 115 international Caps to date. Alex ended the evening with an inspirational presentation to the packed out audience, describing her successful journey to date in the sports field.
Prize winners and other attendees were also treated to a fantastic performance by Performing Arts and Foundation students. Dancing to the Glee remake of the song ‘True Colours’, the students performed a dance incorporating Makaton sign language into their movements.