This week, three Christ the King sixth form students have
been awarded a scholarship from Private capital fund management firm, Metric
Capital worth £15,000 each.
Each successful student was carefully selected according to
their academic performance and formal interview process. Christ the King
students Veronica Marafini, who hopes to study Translation and Interpreting
with Modern Languages at the University of East Anglia, Kafilat Alogba who
hopes to study Law and Sociology at the University of Warwick and Chanin Peart
who hopes to study Business Management at the University of Westminster, all
successfully received a scholarship worth £15,000 over the course of their
The Metric Capital scholarship programme with Christ the
King is in its eighth year and to date has awarded £300,000 in scholarships to
hardworking, ambitious Christ the King students. Metric Capital, worked
in conjunction with Our Turn Global, a charitable organisation that uses social
media to raise awareness about initiatives that have a positive impact on
society to award the scholarship.
The scheme is led by Metric Capital’s Managing Partner, John
Sinik. John was first introduced to Christ the King by one of his
mentees, and he was inspired to create the Metric Scholarship Programme after
meeting high performing, aspirational students at Christ the King, who dreamt
of going on to University, but couldn’t afford it.
Metric Capital Managing Partner John Sinik says:
“Tuition fees are only a part of the expense of going to University.
There are living expenses that can be overwhelming for people and ultimately
drive their decision not to go. The scholarship plays a key role in
allowing the students to pursue their dream of obtaining a University degree”.
Collegiate Principal Shireen Razey says: “We are
delighted to continue working in partnership with Metric Capital with this
fantastic venture. We are so proud of our hardworking students at Christ the
King and it is a great opportunity to support them in their university
This month, we held the Christ the King Evening of
Celebration at CTK St Mary’s. Our annual Evening of Celebration provides our
students with the opportunity to reflect on the friendships, knowledge and
skills that they have developed whilst studying at Christ the King. The event
allows us to honour all their hard work and academic and extra-curricular
There were a variety of keynote speakers at the 2019 Evening
of Celebration. Christ the King: St Mary’s were pleased to welcome alumnus Ren
Balogun who offered her congratulations to the 2019 leavers on their dedication
and hard work and reflected positively on her own experiences as a Christ the
King student. After completing her studies at Christ the King, she went on to
study Sociology at the University of Bath, where she worked assiduously in
order to achieve her BSc Hons qualification. Ren now works as a Business
Development Manager at the youth employability organisation: Circle Collective.
Former CTK St Mary’s student Trevor Gomes spoke with great
eloquence about how his time at Christ the King gave him the strong academic
foundation he needed to excel in his career. Trevor went on to achieve a First
Class honours degree in Business Management at the University Of Westminster
Business School and was awarded by the Dean as the highest achiever on his course.
He currently works for BT as a Business Analyst and has recently been appointed
as part of a team to lead the next stage of BT’s consumer brand EE’s 5G
It was a great privilege to have all our guest speakers join
us in celebrating the achievements of our students and Christ the King would
like to extend its sincere thanks to them all for taking time out of their busy
schedules to honour the occasion. The College would also like to commend all of
the 2019 leavers on their tenacity and hard work and looks forward to welcoming
them back on results day in August 2019.
A group of students from Sidcup have scooped the
runner-up prize in a major business challenge.
The students from Christ the King Sixth Forms took
part in the London Metropolitan University’s annual Big Idea Challenge for
schools and colleges. The competition aims to raise entrepreneurial interest in
teenagers across London, encouraging and supporting them to treat it as a
At the awards ceremony, held at the Royal
Institution, Ayodeji Adebiyi, Lucky Aragua, Joseph Kwaw, Aliy Salako, Kimarnie
Bell and Daniel Komon succeeded with their idea called Enough Is Enough. This
is a youth centre that focuses on careers advice and work experience to tackle
the rising rates of knife crime throughout London, as well as engaging young
people in sports and music. “Our goal is to make a youth club to get youth
off the street, to prevent violent and knife-related crimes,” said Aily
Salako. “The next step in taking our business forward is to look for
investors, and also thinking of ways we can improve our idea. We also don’t
have a website or a way for people to contact us, so that is a priority to take
our idea to the next level.”
The Big Idea Challenge for schools and colleges runs
alongside the London Metropolitan University’s annual Big Idea Challenge, which
invites students, alumni and staff to enter their idea and win a shared prize
pool of £30,000 to launch their winning idea. Previous winners have gone on to
launch businesses which have created hundreds of jobs and millions of pounds
Toby Kress, head of the Accelerator hub at London
Met, which helps start-ups, said: “This year’s Big Idea Challenge was
bigger and better than ever before. “I was seriously impressed with the
ideas entered this year. At London Met, we have such a diverse community and
the array of ideas produced really showed me that our students and staff really
can make a difference.
“At Accelerator, we put our all into supporting
the winning ideas, and I am excited to see how these ideas develop next.”
Over 800 students from the three
Christ the King sites in South East London took part in supporting their local
communities, across London.
Students took part in activities
such as helping feed the homeless at Brixton soup kitchen and taking part in
the pay it forward initiative, helping to support the homeless at Second Shot
Coffee in Bethnal Green. Students from Christ the King St Mary’s in Sidcup,
Aquinas in Brockley and Emmanuel in Lewisham, gave their time to help out at
foodbanks in Greenwich, Eltham and Lewisham and visited a care home in Deptford
to take part in activities with the residents. Students also worked in ‘The
Charity Shop’ in Sidcup, which raises funds for the Canterbury Oast Trust,
which supports people with learning disabilities in education and work.
The Christ the King motto is ‘Ut
Vitam Habeant’ which means ‘that they may have life’ and every student in
encouraged to develop as a whole person and to be actively involved in both the
college and in their local community.
This year students have taken part
in a number of charity events. They have donated goods and volunteered time at
local food banks, taken part in sponsored walks to raise money for Second Shot
coffee. At Christmas, Christ the King students created Christmas boxes, filling
them with goods to donate to the Samaritan’s ‘Operation Christmas Child’
appeal’. At Easter, students created Easter baskets, filled with treats
and messages of hope for the children of local Delmelza hospice, and refugee
children, who have no access to benefits, through the Revive charity.
initiative is called Acts of Charity, it is not only about charity work.
Christ the King students also actively get involved in community work.
Christ the King students have taken part in litter collections in local parks,
worked in care homes and primary schools and got involved in recruiting new
shops to join Lewisham’s water bottle refilling scheme, which allows people to
refill plastic water bottles on their premises to reduce plastic waste.
Principal Rob McAuliffe said “At Christ the King we aim for all of our students
to develop into young people that will go on to make a positive contribution to
society, and the charity and community work, is an important part of
this. Helping the local community helps our students to make a positive
contribution to their area they live and study in. Students find getting
involved in the activities really rewarding, as well as building confidence,
team building and leadership skills, which they will use to help them as they
progress onto University or employment”.
TonyST MARY'SGrades achieved: A*A*BAProgressed to: Oxford UniversityCourse: A Level Maths, Physics, Fine Art and Further Maths
“CTK has always encouraged me to aim high, which has led me to apply to the University of Oxford and I am so pleased to begin my studies there. ”
Ella Mae ST MARY'SGrades achieved: A A B AProgressed to: University of SheffieldCourse: A Level Law Level Psychology A Level Sociology Extended Project
“What I enjoyed about CTK was meeting students from different backgrounds and sharing a desire to succeed. As an Advanced Graduate Programme student, I was given the motivation and confidence to work to the best of my ability. ”
ChiefST MARY'SGrades achieved: BBBProgressed to: Queen Mary University Course: A Level Maths, Physics and Chemistry
“I really enjoyed my learning at CTK as lessons were relevant, engaging and challenging, whilst cultivating a warm, dynamic atmosphere.”
PreciousST MARY'SGrades achieved: D*D*D* Progressed to: City University of LondonCourse: BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care
“Studying BTEC Health gave me the best opportunity to realise my dream. I’m incredibly appreciative of all the support and assistance I received throughout my course. From the beginning, the staff recognised my ability and didn’t give up on me.”
OluwafoluhanmiST MARY'SProgressed to: University of HertfordshireCourse: A Level Biology, Chemistry and PE
“Although studying A Levels can be challenging, my teachers make my lessons enjoyable and easier to understand. The teachers at CTK are really friendly and are more than happy to help. I hope to go on to study Physiotherapy at University.”
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