Waltham Forest College

Create Your Future - Open Evening Wednesday 17th May 2017

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Catering & Hospitality Student Awards Show


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It was a full house at Catering & Hospitality Annual Student Awards Show in the Mallinson Restaurant. The Principal, Chef Alyn Williams along with some past students were guests at the event.

The show opened with The Principal praising the hard work and dedication of the Catering students as well as the staff, who had organised the event.

Past student and Michelin Star Chef, Alyn Williams gave some words of advice to the students and emphasised the need for dedication, hard work, but most of all passion. He shared a brief background of his career, from humble beginnings to owning a five-star restaurant in Mayfair. He inspired the students to keep up with hard work and strive to complete their studies.

Other past students such as John Modeste, Sous Chef at Searcys Tansley and Lewis Bannaman, who is currently working at Wembley Arsenal Stadium Conference Room, presented the awards to the students.

The awardees of the night were:

Markeisha Wiggins
Juan Esteban Tama Santacruz
Alexander Hillier
Khadija Talbi
Seida Sahpaz
Christina Ayinke Omideyi
Liz Adegoyega

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All photos are available to view on our Facebook page

At the end of the evening, students laid out a spread of canapés and drinks that they had prepared for the guests. Guests mingled and offered their congratulations.

The awards evening was a great success filled with inspiration, laughter and achievement. A big thank you to all our sponsors and business associates for your kind donation towards the awards prizes.

Creative Industries students’ first pop-up shop leads to a charity success!

Following a very successful pop-up shop, the Creative Industries students’ handover a cheque for the sum of £462.40 to the Mayor; who helped raise funds to support bowel cancer treatment at Whipps Cross Hospital.

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In March, Creative Industries students partnered with Waltham Forest Council to launch their very own and first pop-up shop in the heart of Walthamstow. The Hoe Street Central shop stocked bespoke handmade pieces, fashion illustrations and ran workshops and fun activities engaging with the local community; all of which were designed and organised by students at Waltham Forest College.

Fashion students, Joy Peters and Shaquay Olowoporoku were part of the collaboration, designing handbags, t-shirts, paintings and personalised cards, which sold out within hours of the store opening. The students have found pop-up shops to be a growing trend that ties fashion and charity work together, and in this style of collaboration, results in giving back to the community. 

Joy Peters said, “The pop-up shop was very successful. We enjoyed engaging with customers, showing our work and getting people involved to donate”.

Committed to his charitable efforts to Whipps Cross Hospital after battling through bowel cancer, the Mayor was pleased to accept the cheque from the students, who had fundraised with the local people to support his appeal.

The Mayor said, “I thank the students for their incredible support. The donations will make a real difference to people affected by bowel cancer”. 


Red Nose Day

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Thanks for all donations and those who supported Red Nose Day event in the Student Common Room. From fun games, raffles, cake sales to karaoke, we raised £504.22 for Comic Relief.

Thanks again for Life Skills, Vision 12 students and Student Union for organising fantastic fund-raising activities to raise awareness and donations.

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Artist Gavin Turk meets Creative Industries students

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Gavin Turk is an international artist and has exhibited in major Museums and Galleries throughout the country. Today, Gavin Turk visited the Creative Industries department to hand over his official art catalogue to help and guide students into a successful career in the Art and Design industry. The Art & Design students were delighted to receive a glimpse into his art and life as a contemporary artist.


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Business students develop water pump for third world to get their hands on People's Choice Awards

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Level 2 business students gave up their time to make a positive change and impact on the community and the world with plans that tie to their career.

Raul Cadar, Micheal Anunobi, Armandas Stephanovas and Ali Alamtory entered London Met’s Big Idea Challenge 2017 finals for a chance to win the People’s Choice Award, mentorship and £30,000 worth of investment.

Over 100 students across London are getting involved in the biggest enterprise competition run by the business incubator Accelerator. Part of London Metropolitan University, Accelerator gives students and graduates a taste of entrepreneurship.

All students said, “This is a life-changing opportunity for us. The experience and the possibilities from participating in this program are endless.”

The finalists presented their idea of the ‘Water Sterilisation Pump’ for parts of the world that suffer from lack of clean water supplies. The pump will help those affected by a shortage of water by cutting down logistical issues and improve health in the community.

Armed with their wittiest lines and ready for tough negotiation, the students are hopeful that their pitch will make a big enough splash to walk away as winners of the Big Idea Challenge 2017.

The Big Ideas Challenge is the latest in a series of events facilitated by Waltham Forest College that aims to equip students with real life experiences, opportunities to develop essential work skills and address significant needs of the community by working together.


The voting line is now open.

To vote for Group 1: Water Pump Sterilisation Pump, follow this link http://bit.ly/2nHdSTr

To vote for Group 2: Food for Transport, follow this link http://bit.ly/2oc5HfF

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