RHACC Celebrates Learner Achievements in Online Awards Ceremony

RHACC launched its online Learner Awards 2021 ceremony at 1pm on 16 July to recognise its highest achieving learners. The ceremony, which is now viewable here, celebrates the hard work and determination of its students and showcases the transforming role that adult education plays in enhancing the lives of its learners.

RHACC Learner of the Year was Creative Industries student Marisha Khan, who also won the Creative Industries Learner of the Year award. Her tutor Gareth Nash said “Marisha is an absolutely outstanding student. It has been inspiring to see her talent develop across the year and her communication skills grow with them. She is a deserving winner of the student of the year award and the College is very proud of her achievements.”

There were over thirty nominees and the quality was so high, judges had a real challenge selecting winners, In fact, Billy Woollard and Tyler Denyer were named as joint winners of the Access to Higher Education award because the judges felt they were both deserving of the top prize.

According to Billy’s tutor, Alison Granger “Billy has excelled on the course, receiving Distinction grades for the graded units in Literature, History and Law. He is always eager to absorb all guidance and feedback from his tutors and as a result, he has made excellent progress. His attendance and punctuality have been exemplary, and he conducts himself with the utmost professionalism in online lessons.  

Tyler’s tutor, Manoj Nanda said “Tyler is a confident and talented eSports gamer who always brings energy to lessons, probing and asking the right questions to try to get ahead. He has submitted his assignments on time and has achieved Distinctions across most of the modules. Tyler is confident and has an exceptional independent attitude to study and sets a great example for other students.  He has contributed greatly to the college and his course and provided useful views to inform the development of curriculum with staff too! He is to go to Staffordshire University to study Games Design and development.”  

Aiden Coffey won the Supported Learning award, with his tutors Laura Ercolani and Ellen Yianni saying “Aiden’s dedication and passion for cookery throughout the lockdown has been incredible. He has completed all the tasks assigned and attended all online classes regularly with a smile and positive attitude. He's very helpful in the classroom, his manners are impeccable and has developed a very supportive attitude towards his classmates, particularly a new learner who has language difficulties. He also supports all staff in keeping the kitchen very clean and safe.”

The Business and Vocational Studies award was won by Kim Sheldon. Kim was nominated by Porlyin Rhoden, who said “Kim transferred to a new Level counselling group, and integrated well and began to really shine, completing her placement hours within a short space of time, which was very impressive considering she started her placement hours later in the programme. Her current teacher says, “she is a joy to teach”. Kim has inspired others throughout her studies and is due to complete her L4 Counselling course in July 2021.”

Natalja Savina was the winner of the Women’s Education award. She was nominated by Manoj Nanda, who said “Natalja has been totally committed to learning, always on time, doing extra work outside class and helping students in her class. She is quick to learn, grabs opportunities and clearly loves acquiring knowledge and skills and putting them to immediate, practical use. She has gone from having low IT skills to becoming extremely proficient within a matter of weeks. Nothing gets in her way and she is determined to succeed, jumping onto Google to find the answers to any problem and experimenting with all the tools shown to her. She shows dedication and outstanding development and progress.”

Last, but definitely not least, our winning Foundation Learning learner was Boo Linehan, who was nominated by Nina de Voil. Nina said “Boo has demonstrated real commitment to learning.  She engages with the subject, questioning and identifying her own errors. She also continues to think outside the lesson, sometimes starting homework in the early hours of the morning to fit it in before getting her children up and going to work. Boo has said that “she loves studying” and it is this spirit has helped make the class come alive on Tuesday evenings. Boo is expected to be successful in her forthcoming exam and it will provide the gateway to the Level 3 childcare qualification which is her primary aim. 

The event was hosted by RHACC Principal Gabe Flint and winning learners were invited into the College to be presented with their certificates by the RHACC Chair of Governors, Professor Andrew George. Sarah Olney, MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston recorded a special message of congratulations for the winners and runners-up.

Gabe Flint said, “Despite the difficulties so many of us have faced this year, we’ve been determined to continue learning, whether that’s online, or on site in a Covid-safe way. Today we’re not just celebrating the achievements of some of our most outstanding learners, we’re recognising the hard work and dedication all our learners have shown in keeping focused during the pandemic.’’

Professor Andrew George said, “Today is a real celebration; a celebration for the learners who have won the awards, and a celebration for the staff who have supported them.”

Sarah Olney MP said, “Everybody who’s successfully participated in learning at RHACC this year can feel particularly proud of everything they’ve achieved.”

The RHACC 2021 Learner Awards Ceremony film can be viewed below.