Seevic students celebrated at awards evening
Friday, 23 September 2016
More than 50 high achieving and dedicated students were handed awards this week at Seevic College’s annual Student Awards Evening.
The college celebrated a superb year of success with Principal Dan Pearson awarding prizes to students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, exceptional commitment or overcame significant barriers to achieve their qualifications.
Students were also presented with certificates after successfully completing their Higher National Certificates and Diplomas.
Holly Smiles, who completed a Travel and Tourism Diploma, was named as Student of the Year.
Presenting the award, Principal Dan Pearson said: “The winner of this award has shown drive and determination in securing a job in the industry she wants a career in, whilst still maintaining her commitment to her studies at the college.
“She got accepted as a student helper before later gaining employment as grounds staff at the airport, and still managed to get a Distinction in her Travel & Tourism Diploma.
Holly, 18, lives in Benfleet and came to Seevic from the Appleton School. She is currently working as ground staff at Southend Airport and is hoping to pursue a career as cabin crew.
She said: “I’m overwhelmed.
“I never knew what I wanted to do, it was the last year at college I really figured out what I wanted to do. I wasn’t expecting to win this at all.”
Holly’s tutor added: “On joining the course her passion to work in the industry was made very clear. She made excellent progress with all aspects of her course and was dedicated to developing her skills in order to succeed with her goal in gaining a full-time position as Cabin Crew.”
2015-16 was a successful year for Seevic College. The A-Level pass rate was more than 99% and 33 A-Level subjects, including English and Maths, have a 100% pass rate.
It was also a successful year for young people studying Vocational qualifications at the college, with 100% pass rate on 15 out of 16 Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma courses.
Across the college, 120 students achieved a triple distinction or above with 65 of those gaining triple distinction * (equivalent to three A* grades at A-Level).
Principal Dan Pearson said: “Our Student Awards ceremony is a great event that shows how our students make exceptional progress from their starting points.
“It is a time to reflect on all of the hard work and a chance to reward those that have put in extra effort.
“Congratulations to all our award winners and I wish them well for the future.”
Former student Thomas Vesey was invited back to Seevic College to deliver the keynote speech at the awards evening.
Thomas joined Seevic in 2013 from Castle View School on Canvey. He studied A-Levels and achieved an A in Maths, B in History and C in Physics as well as an A in AS Economics.
After completing his A-Levels, Thomas secured a position at Ernst and Young in London – one of the biggest professional services in the world.
Thomas has also taken on a new role at the company as a School’s Alumni Ambassador for Seevic College, being a point of contact between Ernst and Young and the college.
Speaking at the awards evening, Thomas said: “Thanks to Dan and his team for inviting me here tonight, and for hosting an event such as this to celebrate the success at the college. It certainly does not feel a year ago since I was sat where you are as a student at this awards evening, and I am thrilled to be involved again.
“Upon reflection I see lots of what I learned during my A levels translating into my job. I distinctly remember during one maths lesson in my second year in which my tutor Nick constantly asked me why? With each answer I gave, encouraging me each time to think deeper into why we were doing this, and what the purpose was. That “why” focus is something I still use today when I challenge my findings.
“The tutors here played a vital role in helping me to develop these skills, and focused greatly on not just teaching me what I needed to pass my A-levels, but also skills I could use in the next steps of my education.”
Rebecca Harris, Castle Point MP, added: “Seevic is a superb college and those that come here and make the most of it can achieve almost anything they put their mind to.
“I love to come here to celebrate the amazing achievements. Everyone should be incredibly proud of themselves.”
Seevic College’s first Open Evening of 2016-17 will take place on Tuesday 4 October, 6-9pm.
Visitors can pre-register here.