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Hastings Mayor Celebrates With Pestalozzi's Graduating Students.

Pestalozzi staff and students gathered at St Mary in the Castle on Monday 15th June to celebrate the students’ graduation after two years of study at Sussex Coast College, Hastings.

Guest speaker Hastings Mayor, Cllr Bruce Dowling, spoke about his early memories of Pestalozzi stating "Over the past 50 years Pestalozzi has always been there for me. Hastings has always involved Pestalozzi and Pestalozzi has always involved us”. He received a warm round of applause when he noted that a donation to support a Pestalozzi scholarship was money well spent when you see the real differences that Pestalozzi students go on to make in their home countries. Cllr Dowling also commented that "Hastings is one town with many voices; Pestalozzi provides fantastic opportunities for everyone in the town as the students add significantly to its diversity”. Second year student Bwalya Kasanda reinforced this when she said "Because of Pestalozzi I have learnt to value my own culture and share that with others”.

Bwalya Kasanda reflecting on her time at Pestalozzi.
Bwalya Kasanda giving her speech at the Leaver's Ceremony.
Binayak receiving his certificate from Cllr Bruce Dowling
Binayak Datta receiving his certificate from Cllr Bruce Dowling.

The celebration gave the second year students a chance to reminisce about their time at Pestalozzi, thank their tutors at Sussex Coast College, their host families and friends and pass on a few words of wisdom to their successors. Guests were treated to a video contribution from graduating student Liona Muchenjne who has already returned home to Zimbabwe prior to undertaking a summer-school ahead of joining 2014 graduate Audrey Koti at UC Berkley.

The evening also provided an opportunity for the first years to wish their senior colleagues well as they graduate from the International Baccalaureate and A-Level programme. They did so in song with a spirited rendition of Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’.

Susan Walton, Pestalozzi CEO, commented that "This is always a bittersweet event as we celebrate the successful outcome of two years of very hard work on the students’ part, knowing that we will soon be saying goodbye to them.” She added "All of the students that come to Pestalozzi become part of our family and I am proud of each and every one of them”.

We also take this opportunity to wish our first year students a good summer holiday as they go home to their families and to volunteer in their home communities.

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