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College Trip to Leeds
This February we had a College trip to Leeds. We had a look around the Royal Armouries Museum, famous for housing the National Collection of Arms and Armour, before taking a water taxi to the city centre for some shopping. We had a great day despite the weather and even managed to find a fantastic Chinese supermarket so students could stock up on their favourite treats.
Trip to Durham
On 2nd December we took our international students to Durham. We started with sampling the festive hot chocolate at the market square before the few brave ones joined the shopping crowd in pursuit of Christmas gifts for their loved ones back in China. After lunch we gathered at the front of the famous Durham Cathedral, where the annual crafts market was held and hot roasted chestnuts were served. The carol service was definitely the highlight of the day, which certainly made a long-lasting impact on the music-savvy ones – Daphne and Bella were still humming the lyrics as we drove back into the peaceful town of Hartlepool. Everyone had a fab day out and we look forward to Oliver the musical, our next social event in Stockton!
This weekend saw 6 of our International students volunteering at The Wintertide Festival at The Headland in Hartlepool. This festival is a 3 day programme of events, activities and entertainment which celebrates this proud area of Hartlepool and welcomes visitors from far and wide. The students helped with activities such as the lantern parade, funfair, workshops, art displays and craft fairs. The students loved the experience and enjoyed meeting lots of local residents, artists and visitors.
Students of the Month
This month our students of the month are Jojo (Y13) and Sarah (Y12). Jojo was recognised for ‘Improvement in English language and engagement with local community’ and Sarah got her award for ‘Excellent integration into College life and with her host family’ Well done girls. We also had Bella, Grace and Sarah receiving awards for 100% attendance in the first half term of the year. Next time we would like to see all International students receive this award.
In the half term holidays we took some of our Chinese students to Beamish – a world famous open air museum telling the story of Life in North East England during the 1820s 1900s and 1940s.
There was plenty of opportunity for traditional experiences such as riding on a tram, visiting a pit village and coal mine, trying some playground games and having a go on a the Steam Gallopers built in 1893. The students learned about traditional sweet making, life as a miner, Edwardian school days and why you wouldn’t want to visit a dentist in the 1900s. The weather was kind and everyone had a great day. We even tried out some ceilidh dancing.
We also had a visit to Jump 360 in Hartlepool in half term. It was brilliant fun although we did spend most of the day in the foam pit!
On Sunday we took some of our Chinese students up to Newcastle for the day. We visited the Quayside markets, had a cruise along the Tyne and visited the Baltic Art Gallery. There was some beautiful scenery along the river and the cruise took us from the Port of Tyne all the way to Tynemouth. The students learnt about the shipbuilding past of Newcastle and sailed past some iconic buildings such as the Millennium Bridge, Gateshead’s Sage and the Baltic Flour Mill. The markets offered a selection of different foods to try and some beautiful handmade gifts to browse. There was even time to visit the Chinese supermarket before heading back to Hartlepool.
Two of our International students received Special Awards this month. Grace (Xu Sijie) was presented with a certificate for Outstanding Achievement in Photography and Alice (Hu Meiyi) for Outstanding Achievement in Art & Design. The certificates were presented by tutors Richard Hunt and Lindsay Park along with some art materials donated by the College. This year has seen the highest number of Chinese students taking Art based subjects at HSFC and we are very proud of all of their achievements.
We held our first International summer BBQ this weekend to celebrate all of our students’ efforts in their exams and to bid a final farewell to our Y13s. Our team of student chefs worked really hard to produce an amazing selection of food that was enjoyed by students, staff and their families. We followed our delicious feast with some garden games including badminton, pin the tail on the donkey and tennis. Everyone went home thoroughly stuffed and thankfully the sun shined all afternoon.
International Academic Programme
Have aspirations of studying a degree in the UK?
Think you have what it takes to study A Levels in the UK?
Want to experience family life in England?
Want to receive outstanding support during your stay?
Want to develop your level of English?
Be part of our Honours International Programme for high achieving students?
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If so, study at Hartlepool Sixth Form College! More information on how to do so can be found in our International Academic leaflet - click here to download in English and here to download in Chinese.
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!