Congratulations to all students who were nominated - and thank you for all your ongoing hard work. After careful consideration by the officers of the Students’ Union, a winner was selected for their positivity, perseverance and resilience.
We are therefore delighted to inform you that the Spring Term winner of the Kingston College Jack Petchey Award for Outstanding Dedication and Commitment to College Life is Hassan Al Amin. Please join us in congratulating Hassan on his much deserved award.
Hassan is currently studying ESOL Horizons (Entry 3). Head of Section – Foundation Learning, Caroline Streliaev-Pivetta, commented: “Hassan has been granted asylum in the UK - he came here when he was 17 as an unaccompanied asylum-seeker without any family in the UK. He has only been with Kingston College since September this year. When he arrived in the UK, he could not speak a word of English; only Arabic. He wasn’t able to write in any language; he didn’t even know how to hold a pen.
“Hassan completed Entry Level 2 at South Thames College, but moved to Kingston College because he wanted to challenge himself and was finding the last course too easy. To add to this, Hassan also studies in another college on his days off during the week – despite having to come from Hounslow every day which takes him around 2 hours.
“Although Hassan studies at Entry Level 3, because he did not attend school before coming to the UK he is still behind his peers in reading and writing. But he tries his best at every task he is given; he completes homework, attends every lesson (he achieved 100% attendance at his last college) and is always punctual. He completes tasks uncomplainingly, eagerly accepts extra work, and is even repeating his ICT course in order to keep consolidating his ICT skills.
“In a class of a myriad of different nationalities and cultures, Hassan has proved to be an extremely kind and sensitive student, who is always happy to assist others when they need it. He has made many friends and enjoys participating in class activities and discussions. With staff he is respectful, polite and helpful, always opening doors, staying behind to help clear up or carrying books! He will work with classmates who are struggling in other areas of their lives, proving he is a very empathetic young man with a great deal of “emotional” intelligence. He has a very mature and pragmatic attitude to his studies and tries his best to do everything he possibly can even though he knows he is behind his classmates in terms of literacy.
“Hassan would not be considered the most academic student in the class, but it is precisely because of this that his positivity, perseverance, determination and resilience are so impressive. He is an inspiration to all students on overcoming adversity, staying positive and thinking of others.”
Hassan will be invited to a regional evening event in Richmond later on this year where winners will be presented with their medallion and certificate by members of the Jack Petchey Foundation.