Celebrating student success in 2019 and 100 years of adult learning

The annual adult learning and skills 2019 student gala celebration event was held recently at the Macbeth Centre. The event on Wednesday 27 November also marked an extra-special 100-year anniversary of adult learning.

Joining staff and students in the celebrations were our very own Mayor Cllr Darryl Brown, and Harry Sanders from the Mayor of London's office.

Each year the adult learning and skills service holds a celebration evening to mark each student's achievement and success in their learning from across each department. This year it included speakers from: languages and humanities; art, crafts and performing arts; childcare and teaching; and skills for life.

A new strand – student to tutor career progression – was introduced for the first time this year. Several students have gone on to teach within the adult learning and skills service.

Proceedings got underway with an uplifting recital from the Agewell singers, a choir based at the Macbeth Centre, followed by introductions from programme managers and students from each department talking to the gathered audience about their experience and learning journey.

Childcare and teaching students on the accredited learning courses also donned gowns and mortar boards for the special occasion.

Lynn Fleary, food studies tutor at the Macbeth Centre, crafted some specially baked creations to commemorate the special 100 years occasion.

Harry Sanders, Mayor of London office, said:

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for inviting me to the event on Wednesday evening. Your team did a fantastic job in organising everything and I really enjoyed being there to share it with everyone.

It was lovely to have the opportunity to hear directly from the learners and tutors. I thought the stories were really quite inspiring and seeing how proud all the learners were was very touching."

Eamon Scanlon, Head of Service for the adult learning and skills service, said:

"Thank you to everyone involved in organising our very successful Student Celebration of Success yesterday evening. It was also very special to recognise 100 Years Centenary of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning in the UK.

The event went extremely well and the learners that we heard last night were inspirational. The students who spoke last night, not only highlighted their learning achievements, but thanked our staff for supporting them on their journeys. So, you should all be very proud of the part you've played in helping our students achieve their ambitions."