Sythwood Children’s Centre host Awards Evening for inspiring students
Tuesday night saw Sythwood Children’s Centre hold a celebration evening at the H.G. Wells Centre in Woking for students who had taken part in the adult education courses offered by the centre, to parents and carers of children aged 0-5 years, living in the local area.
As the largest children’s centre in Surrey, Sythwood has a reach of well over 3,000 families with the aim of supporting parents and their children from early pregnancy through to primary school, providing a range of services tailored to the needs of the community.
The celebration evening which was organised by staff at the children’s centre along with Woking Borough Council, began with drinks and a warm welcome from staff, followed by speeches from the Mayor of Woking, Cllr Graham Cundy and Chair of Governers at Sythwood Primary School & Children’s Centre, Ruth Simpson congratulating the students on their achievements. Tutors from Woking College, Rachel Simpson and Kirsty Angus, who had taught the English GCSE and ESOL classes also said a few words before certificates recognising everyone’s hard work and commitment to learning were presented.
Inspiring stories from the students were displayed on the night including one of a local parent who back in her home country of Iran, was a successful young journalist penning various short stories, a novel and reviews about local theatre for which she was handed the ‘Golden Pen’ Prize.
At Sythwood Children’s Centre she enrolled in the ESOL course and said “I started this course for two reasons, firstly I wanted to improve my confidence as I’m always suffering from low self confidence in the English language, and secondly because I want to give myself another chance to write my stories not in my mother language. When I started I didn’t have a clue about how to start writing again, especially in English! I wasn’t sure if I can do it but everything has changed for me. When I listened to the words from the tutor after she read my short story, I felt that maybe I can write in English better than I thought! This journey has been awesome for me and I want to learn more and more.”
Sophie Johnson, a mum of one who completed the English GCSE course said “The prospect of taking a GCSE in my twenties was very daunting, but I found that my tutor Kirsty kept me focused and calm and had a great understanding of the way that I learn, shaping the course around my individual needs. The environment was perfect for me as I have a 2 year old daughter who received wonderful care from the staff at Sythwood in the crèche, leaving me free to concentrate on my learning. The combination of supportive teaching and professional childcare makes this the perfect environment for young parents like myself.”