Truly international

CELEBRATION: Avonbourne Sixth Form in Bournemouth has celebrated the contribution its international students have made to the college. Here are some of Avonbourne’s current international students.

CELEBRATION: Avonbourne Sixth Form in Bournemouth has celebrated the contribution its international students have made to the college. Here are some of Avonbourne’s current international students.

A Bournemouth sixth form has celebrated the global impact of its international students.

Avonbourne Sixth Form recently put out the flags for its many students who come from far and wide to study at the school.

As part of the celebration the college invited its overseas students to write about their experiences of learning in England.

And they all responded, providing a permanent snapshot of what it’s like to study far away from home.

Alessia Canevotti, from Italy, wrote: “What I am enjoying the most is the fact that when I don’t have a lesson, there are many places I can study but also do research because there are always available computer and books.

“I have needed to get used to the food, because here the food is quite different.

“Speaking two languages helps a lot because now I can understand both better, even Italian. I am more self-confident because I can speak with more people now and travel almost everywhere with confidence.”

As well as Italy, overseas students at Avonbourne hail from Romania, Germany, Slovakia and the Netherlands.

The international students are all studying a wide range of subjects at Avonbourne.

They were supported through both GCSE English and Maths whilst taking on three or four additional A Level subjects.

One of the students was also selected to be part of the Erasmus+ international schools’ scheme — which sees students and teachers from Turkey, Hungary, Spain, Finland and Poland working together to complete a project on literature local to the area.

Executive headteacher of Avonbourne Trust, Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, said: “We pride ourselves on being an international academy and teach our students that we are all citizens of one globe.

“Our overseas students have totally embraced life at the college and have had a really positive impact on our sixth form.

“The other students have enjoyed reading their responses to life in England and it’s encouraging some to think about travelling and to appreciate the benefits of being bilingual.”

Avonbourne Sixth Form is part of the Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Trust, which comprises Avonbourne College (girls 11-16), Harewood College (boys 11-16) and Avonwood Primary (mixed 4-11).

 

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