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Our Newham Learning & Skills Learner Newsletter

Update from the Head of Service- Jaspal Dhaliwal 

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Welcome to this edition of our learner newsletter! 

We have had a fantastic few weeks filled with enriching activities and inspiring events. Our ESOL learners enjoyed an educational trip to Oxford, and we were honoured to host MP Sir Stephen Timms for an engaging visit. Additionally, our community came together for a successful ESOL fundraiser, showcasing our diversity and dedication. 

As we head into the half term, we encourage you to utilise this time wisely. With the final weeks of your courses approaching, it's crucial to stay focused and prepare for the challenges ahead. We look forward to seeing you back after the break, refreshed and ready to excel.

Jaspal Dhaliwal

Head of Our Newham Learning & Skills

Important Dates

Half Term: Monday 27th May – Friday 31st May 2024 

10 Week courses end: Monday 7th July 2024 

12, 18, 36 Week courses end: Monday 15th July 2024

Upcoming Events:

  • Learner Reps Meeting - 6th June 2024, Teams meeting, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • ONLS Open Day - 20th June 2024- Beckton Globe, 10 am - 1pm
  • Summer Cake Off Competition - 24th June 2024 - Gainsborough Learning Centre ,10 am - 3 pm
  • SEND Awards Event - 27th June 2024, Forest Gate Learning Zone (Invite only)
  • Learner Awards Event - 16th July 2024, Stratford Old Town Hall (Invite only)
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Exploring skills beyond the classroom!

ESOL trip to Oxford 

This month, four coaches filled with over 150 ONLS ESOL leaners, had an amazing away day to visit Oxford and practise their English in a real environment. 

From Punting to exploring the Market to wondering around the Ashmolean museum to an exciting question and answer session of Oxford on our coach, our learners were engaged and amused. 

“I really liked today, the trip was fantastic” - Aurora 

Watch our highlight video that got over 1000 views on Instagram! @ournewhamls

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MP Visit

On Monday 20th May, over 50 ONLS learners had a fantastic opportunity of meeting an MP, Sir Stephen Timms. 

Throughout the session, learners developed their knowledge and were informed on what an MP is, a typical day in the life of an MP and how to contact your local MP. The session was followed with a question and answer opportunity with learners querying how their local MP can support with their housing situation, environmental safety, fly tipping and job opportunities within Newham. 

“The session was really good. I can’t believe I met an MP”- Aisha 

The MP was very nice. I learnt a lot from the session in particular about the political structure” - Mahmood

 Many thanks to all learners who attended the enrichment session.

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ESOL International Day

ONLS ESOL learners marked ESOL International Day on 14th May in support of fundraising for two charities, Dost centre for Young Refugees and Migrants as well as Bridges Homeless Support. 

With an opportunity to purchase food, get henna and self- portraits done, names written in Chinese Calligraphy, raffle tickets and prizes, talent and fashion show and country flag paintings, we raised a staggering amount over £715. 

A massive well done to all learners involved. We hope next year will be even better.


Learner ID Cards

We have been rolling out lanyards for all learners. 

Once you have received your lanyard, please ensure you wear your ID card at all times when around our centres. If you have not received your ID card , please go to reception.

Crèche Facility

Did you know that we offer crèche facility for learners enrolled onto a course? Why not provide your child with a safe environment to learn, grow and play in one of our crèches whilst you learn in our classrooms? 

With our specialised and experienced staff your child can play and join in with educational activities. Crèche Locations:

  • Forest Gate Learning Zone- 1 Woodford Road E7 0DH, 0208 149 5211
  • Beckton Globe- 1 Kingsford Way E6 5JQ, 0208 149 5212
  • Little Ilford Learning Zone- 1A Rectory Road E12 6JB, 0208 149 5215

Please enquire at your nearest centre

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