Swindon College Students Wow Staff and Peers at FE Awards!

25 June 2019

Swindon College hosted its annual Further Education Awards with a fresh new take! Students across a range of subjects were recognised for their outstanding achievements. In previous years, awards were named after courses but this year the college reshaped them in an effort to recognise students that have really stood out in other areas. This included students that have overcome adversity, made an outstanding contribution to society or demonstrated incredible employability skills. Staff and peers were really taken back by the heart warming and remarkable stories that emerged.

Guests were greeted with canapes served by the catering students and the awards we spilt into 3 categories; Star Awards, Memorial Recognition and Superstar Awards.
 
We’ve featured some of our winners’ stories below:
 
Contribute to Society Award winner
Charlotte Brinkley

Despite living at home with dementia, Health & Social Care student Charlotte put her all into her work placement at a Dementia Care Home. Charlotte went above and beyond by visiting the residents on Christmas morning with presents after hearing some of them don’t have families to visit them.
“I thought if they don’t have any family members then I could go in and celebrate it with them on Christmas Day morning. We spoke about what they did when they were children. The Smile on their faces was like a little kid at Christmas all over again. It was sweet and I really enjoyed it. I would definitely do it again.”
Charlotte also brought in 150 cupcakes for the staff and residents on her birthday, when asked about this she said “I just like helping people because I think they deserve the same as everyone else”.
Charlotte’s teacher Louise said
“Not once did she give up! Charlotte went above and beyond. Charlotte always puts others before the needs of her own and is always going the extra mile. . Charlotte is a pleasure to have on the course and an asset to the college and the community.”
 
Swindon College heard so many of these heartening stories and was incredibly proud of the high calibre of students as well as their supporting staff. For the full list of award winners below view the list below and join us in congratulating each and every one.

 

Unsung Hero Award
Guodong Xu

Guodong joins Swindon College 4 years ago on Public Services Level 1 and since then he has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty. He attends a maths class on a Friday (even though he already has his Maths qualification) to assist other students who are working towards their GCSE. He has exceeded the expectations of staff and gone out of his way to help his peers and staff. All of this he does while maintaining exceptionally high standards in his own work and his attendance.
Teacher Jamie Rice said
“It is the measure of the man he is, that he does not see his actions as the outstanding actions they are, but simply his duty to help others. Guodong can be considered an inspiration to his peers and on behalf of the Public Service team and the English and Maths Department we would like to congratulate him on his well-deserved award.”


 
Employability Award sponsored by Swindon Bus Company
Kathryn Hawkins

Kathryn is completing her 2nd year studying for a level 2 Diploma in Food & Beverage Service.  When she joined my class she was quite shy and reserved and a little anxious.  Her confidence grows each term, working in our training restaurant and coffee shop over the first year of the programme.  This, her 2nd year, she has really progressed and her efforts and professionalism have been outstanding.
Her teacher Faith Marles said
“I remember the day she told me she has a trial shift at Miller and Carter Steak House and she was so excited and proud when she was offered a jobs with them.  She has now been working with them for just over a year and has received a promotion. She is very much a part of their team! The manager there has recently suggested to Kathryn that she joins their management training in-house programme, however I am very pleased that she has decided to return to Swindon College next year to continue her studies onto Level 3 Hospitality Supervision. I am very proud of Kathryn and I know she will be an asset to any employer in the future.”
 
Swindon College heard so many of these heartening stories and was incredibly proud of the high calibre of students as well as their supporting staff. In total, 18 students stepped onto the stage and receive recognition for their achievements! For the full list of award winners below view the list below and join us in congratulating each and every one.

 
Star Awards
 
Most Inspirational Student sponsored by Intel
Jade Henderson

 

Outstanding Contribution to STEM sponsored by Philip Harris
Aaron Dinsdale

 

Outstanding Commitment to Professional Development, sponsored by Morris Owen
Chelsea Jefferies

 

Outstanding Contribution in Respective Industry sponsored by Ellions
Bethany Price

 

Tradesperson of the Year sponsored by Hills
Katie Peaple

 

Classmate of the Year sponsored by Michaels Workwear Swindon
George Woodward-May

 

Stand Out in Curriculum Area sponsored by Aramark and Ellisons
Connor Ballard & Sanvy Brito

 

Contribution to Society sponsored by Swindon Advertiser
Charlotte Brinkley

 

Student Leadership Award sponsored by Intel
Olivia Edwards


 

 
Memorial Recognition
 
Allan Mellar Award sponsored by Mr & Mrs Mellar
Harry Brewer-Fifield
 
Reg Arman Award sponsored by Jane Thomas
Ezekiel Okunlola


 
 
Superstar Awards
 
Overcoming Adversity Award sponsored by Intel
Nicola Baker
 
Employability Award sponsored by Swindon Bus Company
Kathryn Hawkins
 
Unsung Hero Awards sponsored by Russums and Acorn Press
Adele Patrick and Guodong Xu
 
Innovative Student of the Year sponsored by Wasdell Packing
Adelle Cook
 
Excellence Award sponsored by Ellions
Tia Stepp