student celebration day food distribution table

Student Celebration Day 2016

On Wednesday 14th December we hosted the end of term student celebration day. Everyone had a great day and left feeling positive and inspired. The day started off with a series of workshops held by Lloyds Bank who volunteered their time to share their knowledge with us as part of their volunteering scheme. We were really happy to welcome them to ELATT HQ and they really enjoyed chatting to all the students. The workshops they hosted were on financial literacy, business start-ups and CV and cover letters.

The workshops were very well attended and many questions were asked. Lloyds Bank shared their professional and personal experiences with the learners and where possible gave one-on-one advice and guidance. The ‘Financial Literacy’ session taught students practical budgeting tips and how to manage their bills better all the way to how to make good investments. Whilst the ‘Business start-up’ sessions gave practical guidelines about the legal side of setting up a business. Whilst this was extremely inspirational it proved that there’s a lot of work that goes into setting up on your own. The CV & cover letters workshop was extremely well attended and all the students absorbed the practical tips and recommendations. We are hoping to host even more workshops with Lloyds Bank in the new year as many students felt the sessions weren’t long enough. We want to say a huge thank you to Lloyds Bank for taking part and sharing their time and knowledge with us. It was a great way to inspire everyone after a lot of hard work this term.

After the workshops everyone was invited to Haggerston Community Centre for a feast of food and music. We were so impressed with the turn out and we loved how it turned into a party! Students and staff danced in celebration with each other and met new friends. It was a great way to celebrate the end of term and thank you again to everyone involved!

Rabiya & Folanta our students from our Level 1 ESOL class said:

‘When we came for the celebration we smelt the food everywhere. We saw a lot of tables with chairs. Inside the community hall we saw Christmas decorations. On the long tables there were a lot of dishes, salad, curry, drinks, fruits, rice and breads. There was a loud music. Somebody was dancing, took pictures and enjoying.’