This year’s London annual summer party was bigger and better than ever. The London team arrived early to blow up balloons and set up tables which were to hold the whopping 50 pizzas, the sweet stall and the giant version of Jenga. The photo booth arrived shortly before the taxi loads of students got there and the evening was sure to be a success.
Over 150 guests attended, including tutors and friends of The Access project. All 50 pizzas were eaten in the first hour of the party and there were screams from the games table as students competed with each other for the ‘coveted’ prize of Jenga Master. The queue for the photo booth didn’t seem to shorten as students lined up to practice their graduation poses in the full gown and mortar board. The Access Project message board had some great posts on, including “I’ve had a great time being tutored, thanks” and our favourite “thank you, best project ever”.
West Midlands Fun
Excitingly, the West Midlands Access Project community had their first ever summer party this year, which was hosted in our brand new West Midlands office, the exposed brickwork made the London team very jealous.
Like the London party there was pizza, drinks and vibrant conversation. The West Midlands message board also had some great posts including,“I actually don’t know how I would have gotten through Year 11 without the help of Ms Beech (Programme Coordinator) and Ryan Gill (tutor), thank you so much”.
Poetry was the main attraction in the West Midlands with the spoken word artist, Aliyah Denton making a special appearance. She performed two pieces, the first was about how she communicates with her grandmother who speaks a different language to her and the second was about social mobility, widening participation and discrimination which was of particular relevance to our students.
At both events the awards ceremony began with nominees and their friends sitting down excitedly to hear the results. Please see below for a full list of winners, including winners of the not so conventional awards in the West Midlands.
Year 10 tutee of the year- Shariq Ashgar- Central Foundations Boys School- “Shariq’s nomination best represented all of TAP’s values”
Year 11 tutee of the year- Brandan Josiah- Central foundation boys school-“We have been impressed with Brandan’s maturity and ability to help out and get involved even at the last minute”
Year 12 tutee of the year- Callum Monaghan- St George’s Catholic School- “Callum has gone through the biggest transformation of all my students”
Year 13 tutee of the year- Moshina Ahmed- Clapton Girls Academy- “Moshina has been so positive and engaged this entire year”
Professional development -Ihan Yonis- Lilian Baylis Technology school- “She has become and expert communicator and juggles her time incredibly well”
Highest student tutorial attendance for a school- St Aloysius’ College and St George’s Roman Catholic School
West Midlands Winners
Year 11 tutee of the year for commitment to tutorials- Mommna Mirza- Waverley School
Year 13 tutee of the year for commitment to tutorials- Myah Ali- Holte School
The Access Project tutee of the year- Dylan Makani- “I doubt there are as many students who have put in as much effort as Dylan has over the past two years”
Most tutorials this academic year:
Rob Laker- 159 hours
Bushnu- 106 hours
Greg James- 72 hours
Highest student tutorial attendance for a school- Waverley School
Highest number of tutored hours- Ormiston Forge Academy
Worst reason for missing a tutorial- Ben- Ormiston Forge Academy – Missed his tutorial because he’d passed his driving test that week and needed to celebrate
Most collaboratively written personal statements- Harveer- Ormiston Forge Academy
“Hey Miss” Award- Mandla Moesley School
Most disorganised student- Maryam Ismail Ali- Holte School
“Hey Miss” award- Year 13 girls- Holte School
Over organised student- Omar Mostafa – Mosely School
Over-zealous student- Zarrin Tasnim – Holte School
Most requests for a bus pass- Atif Khan- Moseley School
The silent nod award- Mohammed Shomaim- Waverley School