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The Hilderstone Magazine October 2016

Hilderstone News:

  • Staff changes  - In the last few months, Hilderstone has seen several staff changes, which we wanted you all to know about. Ian Johnson, who was our Director of Studies until 2013, has been appointed College Principal, taking over from Jon Burton.  Jon left in July to become the Chief Executive of IATEFL.
    Ian is keen to build on Hilderstone’s success and reputation and is busy planning new courses, which we will let you know about as soon as they are launched.
    Nancy Card, whom many of you will know as our Head of Administration, has made a career change and has begun training in school teaching.  Natacha Telo (Academic Administrator) is now working alongside Lynne Hoenes, Head of Marketing and is dealing with enquiries and enrolments.  Sue Simpson, our Marketing Assistant, got married in September and has also left the College.
    Some of our teachers and trainers retired in the summer, including Tessa Woodward, Seth Lindstromberg and Deborah Robson.  We’re sure you’d like to join us in wishing them a happy retirement.  We held a barbecue in their honour in July.  You may have seen some photos on our Facebook and Twitter sites.

  • 2017 dates and fees - The launch of our new brochure is now available! This is online and in print. Please contact us if you would like a copy or click here for the new brochure.
  • Website update - Our new website is now live. We hope you will like it! Please contact us with any feedback!

Cambridge exam students remembered

Once again we have been celebrating exam success with our Cambridge students. Students who did the CAE (Advanced) and the FCE (First) exams produced a great set of results, including 100% success at FCE. We congratulate the students and thank the teachers for their hard work.

Since the last edition we have welcomed groups from Germany, Portugal, Switzerland and the Netherlands and will soon be welcoming new friends from Italy too. Since the beginning of September, we have welcomed students from Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the UAE and Turkey.

Grammatical hint
This is a problem that often confuses British people. When do you use “less” and when do you use “fewer”?
We’ll give you answer in the next edition.

Can you discover the seven-letter word using each of the letters only once? Email your answer to us, including your name and nationality, and we'll let you know who was the fastest in next month's edition!

Last month's winner: congratulations to Nadia La Cava from Italy for being the first to reply to us with: 'example'.

Phrase of the week
Each week we feature a 'phrase of the week' on our Facebook page and Twitter feed. Follow us to get the latest one each week. Here are three of last month's:
Phrase:   head and shoulders above

When somebody or something is much better than others


A - Barbara finished the 200 metres miles ahead of everyone else.
B - I’m not surprised; she’s head and shoulders above every other runner in Kent.


pull no punches


Speak in a very honest way, without trying to be kind


A - How did the meeting go?
B - Well, Helen pulls no punches when she’s angry, so one or two people were a bit upset.


on my plate          


Things that can occupy your time and energy


A - Would you like a coffee and a chat?
B - Sorry I have too much on my plate at the moment and I have to finish these emails.

  • Broadstairs Food Festival takes place from 30th September – 2nd October along the clifftop in Victoria Gardens.
  • There are exhibitions at the Turner Contemporary this month:
    • The main exhibition at Turner Contemporary this month (starting 8th October) is JMW Turner – Adventures in Colour.  The exhibition will show over 100 Turner works in both oil and watercolour. 
    • Yinka Shonibare's exploration of conflict and resolution, with more than 100 pieces of work centering on the use of the circle in art. This is also a showcase of Kent's up and coming artists.
    • Also Saturday 8th John Akomfrah is in conversation with David Olusoga. Acclaimed British artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah will talk about his work and new film Vertigo Sea.
  • Two Cliffs Film Festival in Ramsgate from 8th -15th October, celebrating new and unique local and worldwide films.
  • Looping the loop festival of performance, throughout Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate from 14th- 23rd October.
  • Margate Beachcross on 22nd–23rd October. Watch the quads and motocross bikes racing over Margate sands.
Student stories
Ja (Suttithra) completed two (yes two!) Masters degrees in Law in the UK and is currently managing a holiday island resort while waiting to take her bar exams for the Thai Ministry of Justice.

“I came here with low skills in English. However, I made a lot of progress and I graduated with two Master's degrees from UK universities. I am proud of myself!

At Hilderstone there were amazing teachers, helpful and friendly staff and great host families. I am very thankful to you all for always supporting me. I enjoyed everything in Hilderstone. Thank you for precious moments and good memories.”
If you have a student story you would like to share - please email us with a photograph and a short description of what you are doing now!

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