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Staff blog: Sarah Kadri's April update

10 April 2013

Sarah Kadri is the Student Programme Assistant at Pestalozzi, helping the students and organising on-site activities. Here she give us an update about what's been happening!

Easter Egg hunting on the Pestalozzi EstatePestalozzi students will be returning to college from next week for their last term of 2013. For the second year students, the summer term will be a time of great effort as they will sit their final exams. It is a tense time for them, but most of the students are doing extremely well academically, so it will simply be a matter of good revision and controlling nerves! The first year students are progressing well and benefiting much from the IB programme. Many have expressed that the extended essay, a task which involves independent research and critical thinking, is one of most stimulating aspects of the course. It is interesting to see that their topics range from Russian history to electrolysis of water!

The IB1s have also had to think about their future prospects. Visits to Brighton University and the University of Kent have given them varied exposure to life in a university campus setting, as well as the opportunity to hear lectures in a number of academic fields. The Opportunities Programme at Pestalozzi has worked hard to provide students with employability skills and set up informative career presentations, too. Work experience is becoming essential to compete for scholarships and jobs in modern times.

Celebrating Holi at PestalozziBoth first and second year students have had the chance to meet with professionals from various sectors and enquire about their paths. Emanuel Forlemu, a professional in the finance field, gave an inspirational presentation to the students just last week. He is originally from Cameroon and despite his humble origin, with perseverance and ambition he managed to get himself a full scholarship at the University of Oxford. In this present time, when students are anxious about university offers (some receiving good news, others who will make the most of their gap years), we feel it is important to remind the students how far they have already come and how much more they will be able to achieve. They are after all exceptionally bright and motivated; they still however have to make themselves stand out, and at times create their own opportunities.

The April snow showers haven’t deterred the students from carrying out their usual extra-curricular activities. On top of those, students braved the cold and ran the Hastings Half-Marathon, celebrated the Holi festival, participated in an Easter egg hunt, took part in a fashion show and performed at Hastings Beatles Day.

Hastings Half Marathon 2013The new first year students will hopefully all be coming to Pestalozzi in early September. All selections in-country have taken place, and will be finalising student selection for the next cohort in these coming weeks. Each year group is very different, and I am looking forward to see what the dynamic of the coming year will be like.