College of FE honours its best students
AFTER a tumultuous academic year, the Guernsey College of Further Education was able to come together last week to recognise hard-working students.
It was unclear whether the annual Celebration of Achievements would be able to take place until relatively recently. This resulted in a smaller-than-usual turnout at the Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts.
The event recognises course performance and personal achievement, as well as progression, improvement and community spirit.
Principal Louise Misselke said students had to cope with the community changing overnight. But they had still managed to complete their courses.
‘It was fantastic to be able to hold this event this year and I am so proud of all of our students’ achievements, particularly given the unique challenges they have faced this year with their study programme,’ she said.
‘Their success is a real testament both to their own individual commitment and also to our amazing team who have put so much effort into delivering the learning curriculum in the difficult circumstances the island has been dealing with. I would also like to thank Sovereign Trust and SPF for the generous support.’
As well as 13 progression awards, faculty awards were presented to Brandon Carberry, Nikita Le Prevost, Josh Tugby, Mia Tapp and Alex Adamson.
The Sovereign Shield – which recognises students who demonstrate an extra commitment to their community – was awarded to Phoebe Stewart.
The office administration student was nominated for her commitment to supporting and caring for those with mental health issues. As well as volunteering to support Guernsey Mind activities and fundraising for them, she actively helps to improve the mental wellbeing of those around her.
The overall student of the year, which was sponsored by SPF Private Clients, was Brandon Carberry.
The 21-year-old has just finished five years at the college, where he completed a Level 3 University Arts London Extended Diploma in Creative & Digital Arts, for which he gained a merit.
‘It was a really big surprise [to get the award],’ he said.
‘I never thought I would win such a fantastic award. But everyone’s a winner. I’m just glad five years of work paid off.’
He is continuing his studies at South Essex College in September with a course in film and television production.
n The college is one of three organisations that make up The Guernsey Institute and has around 5,000 enrolments every year.