Students Honoured at Adult Learners’ Week Awards
Last Thursday 25 July saw Morley’s annual Adult Learners’ Week awards ceremony honouring the achievements of our students and staff over the last year.
Students were celebrated in five categories; achievement, creativity, effort and hard work, teamwork and the Morley volunteer award. Staff awards included staff contribution and distinguished service.
Morley Principal Dr Andrew Gower welcomed guests and was followed by keynote speaker Johnny Harris, a former Morley student and successful actor.
Johnny discussed his upbringing in Kennington, having left school at 13 he had heard about Morley College from his mum and came to an open evening when he was 19. Johnny reminisced about meeting Drama tutor Craig Snelling that first day and taking him to his first acting class. From this first meeting Johnny regularly attended drama courses and found a lively social scene which led to forming a theatre company with his fellow students. From there came several plays and short films before landing this breakout role in the Shane Meadows TV series This is England ’88 which lead his BAFTA nomination.
After that more opportunities arose but as Johnny recalls it was a, “domino effect that all started by walking through these [Morley] doors.” Johnny credits Morley as the start of his education and the College having the biggest impact on his life.
The awards ceremony also featured readings by the winners of the 125th Anniversary Writing Competition followed by a jazz dance performance. The evening was rounded out with music from the Morley Studio Jazz Ensemble.
Zainab Kanu (Introduction to Health and Social Care), Patsy Wright (Thursday Printmaking), Zhyldyz Torobekova (ESOL), Elizabeth Akins, Brenda Arno, Doreen Crawford, Winsome Ennis, Mary Jacob, Sarah Janikoun, Gryvonne Najair-Bellinfante, Claire Norton, June Stillman (South London Singing Group for the Visually Impaired).
Cedoux Kadima Tshizanga (Art Foundation).
Effort & Hard Work:
Patricia Whittingham (Parent Champions), Richard Molloy (Reflexology), Miles Sutton (Music in Time: Jazz and Popular), Shobha Deowantee Ramhit-Mahabir (Flamenco Introduction and Beginners).
Sarah Inkpen, Michaela Simmons, Joyce Bardoville, Alice Benson, Theresa Dugbo, Beiju Mahoi, Vera Nyoagbe, Oluyemisi Joy Shodiya, Mojisola Shonowo, Funmilayo Sikiru, Bilikisu Zannu (Entry Literacy).
David Holah (Tutor), Molly Okell, Josephine Okell, Sarah Boyd, Rebecca King, Adam Jefford, Louise Sumner, Leonard Hughes, Jane Spooner, Felicity De St Croix, Deborah Evans, Mark Stuart-Smith (Printmaking Beginners Plus), Shireen Pompey (Creative Writing Group), Garry Rutter (Art Foundation), Stephen Griffiths (Sound Art).
Shirley Ariel (Sculpture)
Christopher Collister (Reflexology), Sally Burton, Joanne Edwards, Frank Harvey, Carol Plaskowski, Lorraine Weir (Piano 2), Maria Scialdone, Marcina Arnold and Vishesh Mehta (Kathak Intermediate), Diego Alves, Nana Amoako, Wendy Betsworth, Claudia Brown, Anne Clare, Jacinta Cross, Felicity Field, Margery Nicholson, Bim Oyadare, Alberto Panetta, Damon Timmons, Jennifer Yates (Solo Singing 1 & 2), Jane Richardson and Sally Richardson (Tap Advanced).
Parent Champions at St Stephen's Children's Centre: Adetola Adedeji, Muna Ali, Angelita Barrozo, Loretta Diegbe, Lamia Elmoudden, Maria Lurdes Freitas, Philomena Gyamfi, Clare Maple-Foster, Victoria Parsons, Amelework Sahile, Carla Tosta
Morley Volunteer Award:
Eloy Garcia (Printmaking Department Volunteer)
Alex Mayer (Art and Design), Denzil Forrester (Art and Design), Ian Mandleberg (Humanities), Frank Connelly (Art and Design), Maggie Baird (Access to Higher Education).
Ruth Brown (Community Learning).
Distinguished Service Award:
Bennett Maxwell, Gordon Rose.