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For our technical theatre, drama, dance and music students, the beginning of the year has seen some amazing opportunities – from working with renowned theatre companies to attending a university masterclass!

Our tech theatre students are busy working on the Royal Opera House’s prestigious annual Design Challenge – trying to repeat last year’s success when they won – as well as helping backstage with the English Touring Theatre on upcoming productions of ‘Silver Lining’ by Sandi Toksvig and ‘Nell Gwynne’. Somehow, they are also finding time to think about Higher Education opportunities: they’ll soon attend a masterclass by University of South Wales and are also due to go on a backstage tour at RADA in February.

Meanwhile our drama students are also benefiting from a host of great opportunities. Year 1 students are currently taking part in a 6-week series of acting workshops delivered by the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, as well as preparing for a site-specific production of Brecht. Year 2 students have two performances coming up, both of which will be staged at our exciting new Southwark campus. One of these productions will be in partnership with exchange students from Riga Cathedral School in Latvia as well as the College’s FD Music students.

It’s also a busy and exciting period for our dance students as they prepare for their final shows which will take place at the LW Theatre (for HNC students) and Peckham Theatre (for Level 3 students).

Head of Performing Arts, Jon Fell, says: “The way our students have seized these opportunities shows how proactive, hardworking and professional they are. What they’re learning through these hands-on activities will be invaluable as they progress on to work or further study.” 

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Students across our campuses celebrated Martin Luther King day on Monday 16 January – and have been telling us on social media how his work continues to inspire them.

Martin Luther King fought for equality for African Americans and was a driving force in the American civil rights movement in the 1950s and 60s. He played a key role in peaceful protests such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, where he delivered his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech calling for peace and equality.

A great speaker, he told people “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle,” and said that the goal of education was “intelligence plus character”.

Assassinated in 1968, Martin Luther King’s work led to black Americans finally getting rights such as the vote, and segregation in education and public places being abolished.

Martin Luther King’s legacy continues to inspire people around the world today including pop artists such as Beyoncé, who protested against racial discrimination in her half-time Super Bowl performance and through her ‘Formation’ release. Movements such as #BlackLivesMatter continue Martin Luther King’s work by campaigning against racism towards black people by police a]nd others.

The College’s students were asked to comment on Facebook and Twitter about what Martin Luther King’s work has meant to them, which generated a great response. 

Charlene Wight, said "It’s important to remember those who have and will work tirelessly to achieve the right to vote for everyone. People like Martin Luther King sacrificed quite a bit for people to move forward. I don’t just mean black people, but for the whole world to move forward.”

Tutor Mark Dakin said  "As an educator, I've done my best to send the same message to my students and colleagues. My generation has helped us make progress, but I challenge the next generation to ensure Dr. King's dream becomes a reality."

"Martin Luther King Jr. taught me that non-violence and peaceful protest can bring about change and justice" shared James Garrick. 

Between January and March, Lewisham Southwark College have over 100 courses starting – so you can start the New Year with something exciting to look forward to!

The courses are from a wide range of subjects – including art, fashion, construction, music, business, dance, and health and social care…just to name a few.

Our courses are under three main headers for you to explore:

English and Maths: If you want to improve your English or maths – these are the courses for you. We have some entry level courses, as well as ones that will prepare you before going to take GCSEs. We’ve also released new dates for more ESOL classes.

Work and Professional: If you want to either change jobs, or top up qualifications you’ve already got, have a look at the wide range of courses on offer. If you need any further help, we have free guidance officers who can help make sure you get the information you need.

Leisure, Hobby and Interests: Fancy learning a new skill for something you’re interested in? Then these are the courses for you! From life drawing to DJ skills – there’s a wide range to choose from.

Many of the courses are also fully funded – so you won’t pay anything! On application we will check your eligibility for funding.

Click here to look through the courses, and apply for one today!

The Lewisham Southwark College Marketing team have been shortlisted for the TES FE Awards ‘Marketing / communications campaign of the year’ 2017. This comes following success from the FE First Awards last month where the team won Gold award in the ‘marketing team of the year’ category, and a Silver in the ‘school leaver recruitment campaign’ category.

There’s strong competition on the shortlist, but the team are just happy to be listed beside some really impressive colleges.

Sonia Furley, Head of Marketing, says: “We’re so pleased to be shortlisted for this national award. It’s a lovely way to finish the year, where the team have worked hard alongside a wide range of staff in the College to deliver our objectives. It’s an honour that this work has been recognised by such a prestigious publication.” 

The awards ceremony takes place on 24 February 2017 at Grosvenor House, London. 

 

Many commercial artists work for years without getting the opportunity to create a project for a leading brand – but our Art & Design students got the chance while still at College.

The Level 3 and Higher Qualification Art and Design students helped design an ‘Outdoor Experiential Event’ for car company Honda, in an opportunity organised by London Metropolitan University. The project is being delivered by global brand experience company Jack Morton, which has designed the set for America chat show ‘The David Letterman Show’ as well as a number of concepts for Honda under its ‘The Power of Dreams’ brand slogan.

This was a unique experience for the students: although London Metropolitan University has worked with other colleges in the past, this was the first time a College’s students had been asked to produce work for a real client.

The project involved working on a live brief to create the Honda stand for the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and began with a three hour workshop at the Lewisham Way campus. London Metropolitan’s Head of Interior Design Kaye Newman and Interior Design course leader Janette Harris, along with Jack Morton’s Senior Interior Designer Lee Kew-Moss, taught the students the key skills they’d need to carry out the challenging brief.

Kaye Newman said: “The students developed a variety of concepts in the workshop to a high level, and the research carried out in a short period of time was very good.”

Head of Art, Fashion and Media Natalie Garner added: “I worked closely with Kaye to bring together a project that would allow our students to prepare for Higher Education by understanding how the skills they learn at College translate to their professional practice.”

The students will soon get to present their concepts to the interior design faculty at London Metropolitan University and Jack Morton, and the most successful concept will be awarded a prize.

 

 

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