RHACC Celebrates Inspirational Learners at Learner Awards Ceremony

Richmond and Hillcroft Adult and Community College (RHACC) was awash with balloons and certificates as the college celebrated the achievements of its learners at its annual awards ceremony last week.

The event, which acknowledges the inspiring achievements of adult learners in numerous different disciplines and contexts, brought together staff, students, families and friends to share in the celebration of achievement.

Hosted by the Principal Gabe Flint, the college’s new writer in residence and best-selling author Jess Kidd was the guest of honour along with the Deputy Mayor of Richmond, Councillor James Chard.

Former student Jess, who claims walking through the doors at RHACC started her on the road to her illustrious career, gave an inspiring keynote speech and said “RHACC was and is an inclusive place where all voices can be heard, a community of learners who support each other, and thanks to this place and [my tutor] Barrie I felt I belonged at university”.

She reflected on her journey from RHACC to her career as a published author and encouraged all the learners to believe in themselves and their abilities. Jess continued her speech by reading a chilling excerpt from her new Victorian crime fiction “Things In Jars” which was published in April this year – which hushed the room in silent appreciation.

The awards presented by Deputy Mayor Councillor James Chard covered all areas of the curriculum including Creative Arts; Business and Vocational; Foundation Learning; Supported Learning; Access to Higher Education; Entrepreneurship and Women’s Education.

The prestigious Learner of the Year award went to Monika Andrusiewicz who has studied English and Early Years at the Hillcroft campus as part of the Women’s Education programme. Monika was praised for her “hard work and commitment to her studies” but also the way she has supported other learners and her natural leadership skills. She is expected to continue her studies and fulfil her ambition of becoming a qualified early years teacher.

Ms Flint concluded the event by thanking everyone for attending but commenting on the tremendous achievements of all the college’s learners and the dedication of the professional team of teachers who help to fulfil their potential she said “We are passionate about how education can transform lives and that it’s never too late to learn. Our learners are testament to this, and I am delighted to acknowledge their achievements today”.

RHACC offers over 2000 courses to adults in the community at its campuses in Richmond and Surbiton. Many courses are free and there are discounts and bursaries available. To find out more visit www.rhacc.ac.uk

Barrie Selwyn (School of Ideas tutor), Jess Kidd (Award-winning author) and Gabe Flint (RHACC Principle).

Deputy Mayor Councillor James Chard, Monika Andrusiewicz (Learner of the Year), Andrew George MBE (RHACC Governor).

RHACC 2019 Learner Award winners

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