Students gain valuable work experience at local high school
Our students Elizaveta from Russia and Jurijs from Latvia recently went to work at the local high school in Tenbury Wells. Our A Level and foundation students were all given the opportunity to work within local companies. The work experience scheme helps students gain valuable experience and insight into the British business sector and allows students to get a taste of life after university.
Elizaveta said: "It was really interesting to see inside a local British high school as it was very different to Saint Michael's where all the students are international. I was amazed at the size of the classes". It's been a really good experience!"
My Four years in Saint Michael's was like being at home. Now that I'm at university, I recognise and appreciate the intimacy that the school offered me. Teachers took the time to identify individual needs and help pupils to better their learning. Plus, we had the opportunity to make lasting friendships from countries I had never even though possible.
Mojirayo Ogunkanmi, (Former head girl), 2011-12
Studying Business Studies at Saint Michael's encouraged me to to continue my studies of the subject at degree level. The teachers built my core knowledge of different market structures and marketing opportunities, which will prove crucial to my university studies.
Egle Dauksyte (Prefect), 2012-13, Lithuania
The support I received from the Principal during the university application process was a great help and has helped me to prepare for the next level of my academic studies.
Will Pyne (Former head boy), 2012-13, England
All the students here are very friendly and always help each other. The teachers are of course very kind to everone also. If we have any questions about studies or anything else they answer us at any time.
Akane Fuji, current student, Japan
In many cases, Saint Michael's College are able to provide students and parents with documents translated into their native language. This is just one of the ways that studying in an international school can make life easier for you. If you require any documents translating then please ask and we may be able to help you.
Interview with Fatou and Ezgi
An interview with Fatou and Ezgi.
This week we are fortunate enough to get an interview with two of the liveliest girls at the school – Fatou Diallo and Ezgi Ulucelebi
Fatou joined the school last year from Canada and Ezgi came to the school from Istanbul almost three years ago. Although Fatou studies A Levels and Ezgi is in her final year of GCSEs, the two girls have become good friends; hanging out in the school and when they’re out shopping on excursions!
Ezgi recently became the head border for Ouseley House, which is a big responsibility - especially for a GCSE student. Her role at the school involves raising any issues at regular boarding committee meetings.
Adam: Hi girls, how did you first get to know each other?
Fatou: We were both living in host families last year and we first started talking in the taxi on the way to the college. Now we both live in the school residence and get to hang out even more!
Adam: What do you like doing when you’re together?
Ezgi: We get to go on lots of excursions which is great because we get time to go shopping and see all the different cities.
Adam: So you like shopping then? Do you have any favourite shops?
Both: Yes! We love Primark, it’s really cheap and quite good quality.
Adam: What do you like about the school?
Fatou: I like the teachers and all of the staff in general. The environment here gives you another way to see
England. It is very peaceful here and everybody in the school helps you. In Canada and Guinea, where I’m
originally from, it is different – here people always say hello and try to help.
Adam: Do you have a favourite lesson?
Fatou: I really like business studies, it’s taught well and it’s relevant to what I want to do in the future. I want to work in the petroleum industry just like my father.
Adam: So Ezgi, was it difficult to adjust to life at Saint Michael’s having come from a big city like Istabul?
Ezgi: At first I found it hard, as Saint Michael’s is very quiet. I adjusted quickly because the staff were really helpful and they helped me to make friends quickly. I’m the only Turkish student here so I had to speak in English all the time! Now I have friends from lots of different places and my English is much better than when I came.
Adam: So you both used to live with a host family? How is it living in the school residences now?
Fatou: The buildings are really nice and modern. All of the residential team are great, especially Mrs. Riley (Head of Boarding) because she helps everybody with any problems.
Interview with Nina and Nadja from Montenegro
Every year at Saint Michael's we have around 30 different nationalities studying at the school. This year we will be interviewing different students to hear about their home countries and also their experiences here at Saint Michael's. Our first interview is with Nina and Nadja - our first ever students from Montenegro. Top reporter Mr. Stracey managed to get an interview with the two busy students!
What were your first impressions of the school?
Nina said that she arrived at night and felt really excited about what the place would look like in the morning. Nadja said that she was struck by everybody’s friendly face. They were both keen to find out about everyone’s cultures, about the food, and the dining room.
What are your thoughts about England in general?
“We have visited Hereford, Birmingham and Worcester so far. People have asked us why we are smiling. I think they have even worried that we might be smiling at them. Not at all! It’s just the way we are. We have noticed that everything is programmed here. Both in SMC and around the country, everybody seems to know what they should be doing. This contrasts with our country. There’s also a historical past connected to the cities. In our cities, historical monuments were destroyed in the war. England is always at the forefront of things, and the climate is so different. We are Mediterranean, so for us it rains a lot here.”
How have you found the classes at St. Michael's?
“ In our previous school, classes sometimes started at 7.30 am, I think here in SMC times are better. We like the fact that here we have practical lessons in our subjects like Science for example. In Montenegro we study theory only."
Tell us about your home country.
"We have a great variety of landscape in Montenegro. We live in the city, but in half an hour we can drive to the coast across high mountains.”