Around 160 people joined in the celebrations with guests including the Mayor of Richmond, Councillor Martin Seymour, governors, staff, students and their families along with representatives from local secondary schools, the Metropolitan Police and local businesses. Students currently studying catering and hospitality prepared and served a range of delicious food for the evening and guests also enjoyed entertainment provided by students from the college’s performing arts department.
The Chair of College Governors, Cathy Bird, and the college CEO and Principal, Robin Ghurbhurun (pictured, below left) welcomed guests to the occasion, with the awards presented to students by Sky broadcaster and former Richmond College student, Gemma Morris. Gemma (pictured, below centre) studied A levels at Richmond upon Thames College between 2000–2002, gaining A grades in Sociology, Photography and Film Studies. She currently presents, produces and reports on Sky’s technology show, Swipe.
During the evening, 26 awards were presented to students who had been nominated by their teachers for their dedication and efforts during their time at the college as well as for success in their studies. The outstanding academic achievement award went to International Baccalaureate Diploma student Mobeen Salih, who achieved an outstanding 43 points out of a maximum 45 points. He will now be reading Philosophy and Spanish at Oxford University. The award for outstanding vocational achievement went to Hemani Bhatt who achieved a maximum three distinction stars in her BTEC Extended Diploma Business course. She has recently begun a Higher Apprenticeship in Human Resources with Kingston Council.
College CEO and Principal, Robin Ghurbhurun said, “I am delighted to congratulate our most recent award winners on their splendid achievements and thank them for the innumerable ways in which they have contributed to the vitality of the college. As award winners, these students are our best ambassadors and I look forward to hearing of all their future successes.”
Other awards included the Greatest Contribution to College Life prize for Luke McCabe, College Team of the Year to the Student Union and Sports Team of the Year to the netball academy. A level student George Imafidon (pictured, below centre) won the inaugural Students’ Choice Award.
Chair of College Governors, Cathy Bird, commented, “Whilst the awards evening is about the achievement of our students, we must also recognise the great effort put in by the teachers and the support staff. We are all very proud of what Richmond upon Thames College stands for and what it achieves.”