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Tue 19

Open Day

19 November at 17:30 - 20:00

A celebration to remember

June 20, 2019

The picture includes Kevin Standish, the Principal and Jayne Dickinson, Chief Executive of Orbital South Colleges with a group of Award winners.


Over 350 guests, consisting of family, friends, staff and governors attended the prestigious end of year Awards Event at the College on Tuesday 18th June. The students were dressed in graduation gowns, providing a sense of grandeur to the occasion.

The Awards Ceremony is held annually to celebrate the outstanding achievements and efforts of the students, including both curriculum awards as well as awards for outstanding contributions to the College Community.

The Principal, Kevin Standish, in his opening speech made references to the many accolades the College has won during the academic year, notably; The College was placed at the incredible position of no 4 in the NCFD top 100 index at the National Centre for Diversity Grand Awards in January 2019 and was also awarded the prize for the most improved organisation of the year. Among the accolades there was also a mention for one of the Sports students Romell Glave who recently attended the Best Learner ceremony at the House of Lords in May, as the College’s overall Best Learner. Romell is not only an exceptional Sports student, predicted to achieve a triple Distinction*on his course but is also a dedicated Sportsman who competes outside College at elite level in Athletics, namely the 100metre sprint. In 2017 he was the fastest U17 in the world at 100metres.

The Student of the year Award went to Mohanavarna Manohoran, the Student President who has been exceptionally proactive, playing a crucial role on the Student Partnership Council, Departmental representative for Science, a Language Ambassador, as well as taking an active part in charity events throughout the course of the year.

The presentation of the awards was interspersed with an amazing variety of exceptional performances given by current and past students, from a variety of genre, including, singing, poetry and aspirational speeches and we were also entertained by the Pandemic Steel Orchestra, a local band which is based in New Addington, consisting of players from the local community.

To conclude the evening, the Chief Executive, of Orbital South Colleges, Jayne Dickinson addressed the audience with an inspirational speech. This was followed by professional photographs and a celebration buffet.

Outstanding contribution award winners for the awards evening with Xav Tinto, Student Services Manager.

Categories: All, College Awards, Events, Student Success.

AC National Centre for Diversity - Most Improved Organisation of the year 2019 National Centre for Diversity - Number 4 in the Top 100 Index 2019 Leaders in Diversity National Centre for Diversity Top 100 Matrix The Quality in Careers Standard EU

As part of its funding agreement with the Skills Funding Agency, John Ruskin College vocational courses are part or fully funded by the European Social Fund.