Intern blog: A blast from the past at Leavers' Ceremony
26 June 2013
Donna (Ruth) Mwangase is a Pestalozzi Alumna and Marketing Intern. In this series, she gives us an insight into what it's like to be back at Pestalozzi after two years away...
Last week, I attended the Pestalozzi Leavers’ Ceremony and I could not help but remember my own Leavers’ Ceremony. Even though the venue was different, the same atmosphere of happiness and sadness lingered in the room. I tried to recall what I had said in my speech in 2011 as I sat there listening to the students give their moving speeches. As they spoke about their extended essays and course work, I remembered how my favourite lessons at Sussex Coast College Hastings had always been those of my higher level subjects: Psychology, History and Biology. I enjoyed these subjects the most because I had always been keen to learn more about them. As the students spoke about how they were looking forward to life after Pestalozzi, I remembered how happy and excited I was to be starting a new chapter of my life and also, how sad I had been to be leaving and not knowing if I would ever see the people who had been my family for two years ever again.
One thing I have enjoyed most about being back at Pestalozzi has been the chance I have gotten to meet my Pestalozzi family again. At the Leavers’ Ceremony, I got the chance to meet Chris Morell and Steve Watters who had taught me Biology and History. I was also happy to see Dave and Gisele Minnet. I had a chance to meet Vicky Wilken, who taught me Psychology, at a Host Family event a few days earlier. Seeing my former teachers, other Pestalozzi Alumni like Tongai, Claudius and Mainza, and staff members at Pestalozzi like Mags, Carol, Helen Pearson, Helen Leale-Green, Miss Yangkey and Patrick was an extremely happy moment for me. It reminded me of how fast the two years have gone by. . . It seems just like yesterday that I first came to Pestalozzi. I am having a nice time being back as an Intern and I look forward to seeing more familiar faces, as I am yet to meet my host parents again.
If you've got a question for Donna, or a suggestion for her next blog post, please get in touch: Donna.Mwangase@pestalozzi.org.uk.