'Learn More! Do More! Be More!' with Tottenham University
On the morning of Friday the 20th of September 2019, a very special event took place, whereby the newly refurbished lecture theatre of Haringey Sixth Form College was packed with over 160 bright-eyed and bushy-tailed primary school students ready to 'enrol' into the Tottenham University's (TU) 2019/20 cohort. Joining them were their their teachers and a few parents/carers.
In attendance were year 4 and 5 pupils from the following schools:
- St Paul's & All Hallows'
- Devonshire Hill
- St Francis' de Sales
- Brook House
- Lea Valley
- Risley Avenue
The event opened with an energetic welcome from Principal & CEO of Haringey Sixth Form College, Russ Lawrance and followed with a speech by both Dalwardin Babu (OBE) Community Development Officer/Tottenham University Coordinator and James Lane, Headteacher at St Francis' de Sale Primary School.
James ended his speech with the following inspirational message - "There's no reason you can't be a Prime Minister in the future. So my challenge to you, as primary school students in Tottenham, is to remember one thing - Learn more! Do more! Be more! Write that in your new journals and always reflect on it!"
Graduates from previous Tottenham University cohorts were given the chance to share their experiences on the project, where one student mentioned - "My time at Tottenham University last year was great because I went to Oxford University and I also went to The Houses of Parliament. Because of these trips, I know that one day I can also go to university and I can also work at The Houses of Parliament."
Guest of Honour, Mayor of Haringey, Sheila Peacock gave her encouraging speech which reflected on her time as a young student who grew up in Tottenham and also studied there too, at the site which was once known as Middlesex University (Tottenham Campus), now Haringey Sixth Form College. She then individually handed the new TU journals (which were sponsored by Haringey Sixth Form College) to every student and shook their hands to welcome them on board.
Haringey Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children & Families, Councillor Zena Brabazon gave a lovely speech on 'The importance of going to University'. Judging by the audience's reaction, you could see that it added that extra bit of encouragement for the students ready to begin their 'Tottenham University' journey.
After the event, there were opportunities for photographs and unsuspectedly, the TU students initiated the opportunity to collect autographs from from Sheila, Zena, Dal, James and Russ.
In the words of James Lane, Headteacher of St Francis' de Sales Primary School - "Learn more! Do more! Be more!" And this is exactly the message that the TU project and its participants have portrayed over the last three years, and will continue to do so.
#DiscoverTheDifference with us at our #H6Experience Open Events:
(Please click on a date you wish to attend where you will be able to register for a time slot)
|Wednesday 16th October 2019||Three||4pm, 5pm, 6pm|
|Saturday 7th December 2019||Three||10am, 11am, 12pm|
|Wednesday 12th February 2020||Three||4pm, 5pm, 6pm|
|Saturday 7th March 2020||Three||10am, 11am, 12pm|
- Tottenham University Project Launch 2019/20
- Freshers' Fair
- New Parents' Welcome Evening & Open House Event
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