Representatives from Cambridgeshire Constabulary joined Principal Yolanda Botham, key teachers, and students as part of a Judging Panel for the Annual SAFE Award this week. This award is designed to involve students in raising the profile of issues that the Constabulary is keen to combat. This year’s topic focusses upon Modern Day Slavery, and winners have already been selected from the college’s Criminology course for hosting and presenting an effective workshop on this topic to fellow students. Rose Sayers, Isabelle Pilling and Buse Basman combined their efforts to deliver a talk highlighting this heinous crime, informing students about how it impacts people in our society and what can be done to help overcome such atrocities. Rose is keen to join the police when she finishes her education, and she commented that this was an excellent opportunity to gain insight into the work of the Police and to learn about how she can make a difference.
The workshop talk was watched by a range of students and resulted in a short film being put together by Louis Lambeaux and Zoe Ruffell-Ward, students in Performing Arts. This will be used as a showcase example of how to use creative means to communicate key messages to the public and will be shared with 6 other colleges who are also taking part in the SAFE Award Competition. Alongside the film, we are proud to say that we have had a wide range of posters that capture the message for the public, created by Graphics students. The picture below shows discussions about their professionalism and ability to deal sensitively with this important topic. The Judging Panel submitted their thoughts about the posters on show and these have been taken to Chief Inspector Kerridge of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, who will make the final decision. He will choose a winner from each school/college before a final decision about who will be chosen as County winner. Of course, we wish all of our Graphics Students good luck and wait to hear about who is to be declared the winner.
All in all, this was a great piece of work that demonstrated how our students are working with the community, and how the professional skills they are developing are preparing them for bright futures.