British Study Centres News April - June 2009
Ardingly College Accredited by the British Council
We are pleased to announce that our junior vacation course programme based at Ardingly College has been accredited by the British Council.
Our residential Easter and summer vacation courses for young learners at Ardingly College offer students from as young as 10 years up to 15 years old, the opportunity to live and study in a safe, secure residential setting, close to some of the UK's most exciting attractions.
We were all very pleased with this summers student feedback where 99% of our students rated our teaching programme as "excellent/good", 95% of students said our activities programme was "excellent/good" and a staggering 100% rated our specialist sports options of tennis and watersports as being "excellent/good".
We hope our junior vacation courses in 2010 will be as equally as enjoyable for our young learners!
New Academic English Course
This week sees the start of the new specialist Academic English course in our London, Oxford & Brighton schools! This course is aimed at international students who plan to study at university level in the UK. It is made up of general English language learning and IELTS preparation as well as writing skills and study skills.
We also offer higher education counselling to each student as well as guiding them through the UCAS process, so we hope many overseas students will benefit from this fantastic programme! Please see the course description for more details.
Summer Boat Party 2009
The 23rd of July saw the annual Summer Boat Party, which is traditionally the highlight of the BSC London social programme. This year’s party lived up fully to expectations and a great time was had by all. One hundred and eighty students and 40 staff, including teachers, student services and marketing were in attendance, selling out the event, and made it a special time for all who came.
The boat started its journey at Battersea Power Station, passing the famous sights of London and giving some spectacular views, finishing at Thames Lock. A flurry of pictures was taken and they have been appearing on Facebook. As an initially sunny evening descended into night, the return journey afforded views of London under darkness, including the City of London and Canary Wharf which were particularly stunning.
The winners of the previous week’s student Treasure Hunt were also announced- well done! Thanks go to the social organizers, Claudia and Alex for ensuring everyone had a great time and taking pictures, and to Lucy for organizing the event.
IELTS Success in Oxford
Oxford has just had another great success with its latest group of IELTS test takers. Students who took the exam in recent weeks all scored well above average with scores of either 6.5 or 7.0 – enough to get them into the universities of their choice here in the UK!
Congratulations to all of you: Noor (Saudi Arabia) 7.00; Abdullah (Saudi Arabia) 7.00; Saqer (Saudi Arabia) 6.5; Ji Hyun (Korea) 6.5; Lucia (Germany) 6.5 and Miriam (Germany) 6.5.
The current group of IELTS students come from Italy, the Czech Republic, Sweden, France, Germany, Denmark and Sudan and are planning to go on to study medicine, business, IT and economics at British universities.
As well as IELTS preparation, they are all taking extra speaking and listening lessons to help them with these parts of the test, and some have added on extra grammar and writing to help improve this skill which will come in really handy once they start their degree programmes.
Special thanks to Dita and Chris, the teachers who helped them to achieve their goals.
Murder Mystery Party in Brighton Speakeasy
Staff at British Study Centres Brighton dressed up as characters from 1920s USA for a murder mystery party set in the prohibition era. School Director John Veale, sporting an impressive moustache for the night, organised outside caterers to prepare some delicious food and the school café was transformed into a Chicago “speakeasy” for the night with croupiers running a roulette wheel and pontoon table to add to the atmosphere.
Guests were enthusiastically acting out their parts and halfway through the evening shots rang out and Notorious Nick (Academic Director Christian Tiplady) was found dead. Various clues were uncovered and alibis checked until the murderer was revealed to the Chief of Police (teacher David Ford). By that time everyone had enjoyed a wonderful evening of drinking (non-alcoholic drinks) and gambling (with fake money)!
Ardingly Junior Summer Centre Is Now Open
This week sees the start of our first ever summer camp for young learners at Ardingly College in Sussex. We are delighted to welcome 110 children aged 10-15 years from across Europe and beyond. This first week includes trips to Royal Tunbridge Wells and London as well as exciting evening activities such us 'Welcome Disco' and 'Karaoke'. Students and Staff alike are enjoying the beautiful English countryside and are looking forward to a hot and activity-packed summer.