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International Academic Programme
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Annual Celebration of Success
We held our annual Celebration of Success event on Thursday 4th May. This was a special night to award the students with their graduation certificates and outstanding student awards. We invited our host families, teachers and International students to help celebrate and enjoyed some great food and fantastic student performances. We are so proud of our Y13 students and wish them every success as they leave us to move forward in their academic careers. Good Luck to you all!
International Newsletter Spring Edition
Welcome to the second edition of our International Students’ Newsletter. We have had another busy term with three new students joining us in January to complete their A-Level preparation course. In this edition, we would like to share some of our students’ experiences with their host families, some very talented Art students’ work and let you know about our exciting trip to London.
Our international students will soon be graduating from HSFC and have made a celebratory video showing their time here at college. Video made by Wicky, one of our students.
Feng Haoxuan's Visit to Middlesbrough FC
Student Feng Haoxuan (Julian) attended his first English football match on Saturday supporting Middlesbrough FC with Student Coordinator Anna and her family. Unfortunately, Boro were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City but Julian loved the experience and is looking forward to his next match.
Students went to Billingham Forum Ice Rink this month to sample ice skating, some for the first time.
Chinese New Year Celebrations
On 19th Feb 2017, some of our Year 12 students and their hosts attended the annual Chinese New Year celebration which was held at the Grand Hotel in Hartlepool. The event, organised by the Hartlepool Chinese Association and the local council, offered a range of activities such as the Chinese culture quiz, lion dance, singing and dancing performance, and Tai Chi demonstration.
Two of our Year 12 students, Grace and Daphne performed on stage and Grace will continue to work with the association as a member of the committee. It is a fantastic opportunity for international students to get involved in community life and promote their own culture.
Half Term London Visit
Twenty of our International students came on a College trip to London at half term. We had a fantastic time with an itinerary that took us from 221b Baker Street to The Land of Oz!
Setting off on an early train from Hartlepool we arrived in the capital at lunchtime and immediately went to have a look at Platform 9¾ at Kings Cross, a must for any Harry Potter fans. We then made our way to our accommodation for the stay, a lovely Youth Hostel in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral which was once home to the choristers of St Paul’s. After a quick break we headed onto the London Underground to Victoria where we boarded the London open top bus tour which took us around Hyde Park, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Covent Garden. The students went off to explore the sights for the afternoon, many heading to Chinatown for some delicious food or to Harrods for some serious shopping.
Our evening activity was a night time tour of London, based on the story of Sherlock Holmes. This had been requested by several of our students and our guide Maureen was amazing. She made the tour fun and interesting and we saw many of the filming locations from the tv series Sherlock as well as the Arthur Conan Doyle locations for the original Sherlock Holmes stories. We also learnt about the Great Fire of London, Henry 8th and lots of insider knowledge about the buildings and history of the City.
Day two started with a river cruise along the Thames from Tower Bridge to Westminster. We had a brilliant vantage point to see some of the most famous sights of London including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The London Eye, The Shard, The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Again, the students had the afternoon to explore with many heading to Buckingham Palace or Trafalgar Square. We met for dinner at Planet Hollywood before heading to the theatre to watch musical Wicked, which got a standing ovation from our students.
After breakfast on day three we split the group with some visiting Tate Modern and others choosing to visit the Museum of London before heading back to Hartlepool to enjoy the rest of the half term holidays. Everyone had a fantastic time and wished we could have stayed for longer. Maybe next year…
Welcome New Students
Last week we welcomed three new students to College. Du Jiawei (Jason), Kang Xi (Bella) and Wang Jue (Daphne). We look forward to working with you all.
Happy New Year ‘Shin Nian How’
We have held a week of celebrations in College to welcome in the year of the Rooster.
Tuesday saw Chinese students writing the British students’ names in Chinese. On Wednesday we offered Chinese tea tasting. Thursday we had a feast of Chinese food and watched some video messages from parents in China wishing their children Happy New Year. Friday saw our Chinese emperor and empress giving out red envelopes and rice crackers for good luck. We also screened a BBC documentary about Spring Festival in China with some Chinese inspired snacks. The café offered a Chinese menu all week and we had New Year quizzes in tutorials. We wish everyone a happy New Year.