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Researching and investigating female scientists

Researching and investigating female scientists

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In the last three weeks we have been researching and investigating female scientists in our English lessons. We chose the topic ‘female scientists’ because we wanted to be inspired by their hard work and efforts. We gained some  additional natural knowledge about the world in our project and it was more interesting than just working on grammar! To end our project we did a podcast with a quiz, fun facts and lots of information about […]

When I first came to this school

When I first came to this school

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I remember when I first came to this school, it was on 5th January 2022. Also this was my first time in the UK. In that moment when I looked at the environment in this school, my feeling was really excited and I can’t imagine that I was really staying here in the UK. Bailey in front of Main House In my dorm room was Emma, Diana and Emilie. I think they’re so nice and […]

First impressions of Fyling Hall boarding life

First impressions of Fyling Hall boarding life

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What are our newest students first impressions of Fyling Hall boarding life? Mrs Jeeves, Head of English as a Second Language, asked Laure and Mathilde to share their thoughts. Both girls are French, are in Year 9 and will stay with us for one term. When I arrived at school I didn’t want to come because I didn’t speak English and I was very stressed. At the same time, I was happy because it would […]

English as an additional language students improve in their studies

English as a second language students improve in their studies

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As English as a second language students improve in their studies application of language to a range of settings is increasingly important. Over the past half term, year 11 students have considered the future of technological developments and in particular the rise of Artificial intelligence. This study allowed them to revise scientific language needed for their GCSE exams as well as apply their language to written articles. The article below was written by a year […]

Learning about different cultures and people

Learning about different cultures and people

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In our English as a Second Language lessons, learning about different cultures and people is something we incorporate as much as possible. Last week, Year Ten spent their lessons learning about an inspirational figure form the other side of the world, Malala Yousafzai. Students watched videos featuring her speech at the Nobel Prize ceremony as well as animated depictions of her story. We also read excerpts from her wonderful book ‘I Am Malala,’ and discussed […]

improving their English with our Juniors

Improving their English with our Juniors

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Y9 and Y10 ESL students have been improving their English with our Juniors. Working with Form One, Year 10 students interviewed a younger student about their life and their experience of school, and learnt lots of interesting things! Then the tables were turned and the younger students asked the older ones a lot of questions about their life in the senior school. They were particularly interested in what it’s like to be a boarder and […]

How it is to be a boarder

How it is to be a boarder

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If you were wondering how it is to be a boarder at Fyling Hall, here are some of my amazing experiences. I’m a weekly boarder from Germany. My grandmother lives near school, so it’s nice to see her at weekends. The first week was incredible, all the boarders got put in to tutor groups. Every day after school we had some adventures, though we don’t always do those as we have prep on a week […]

Set yourself a new purpose

Set yourself a new purpose

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In January, school started. The first week was a little bit difficult, because I hadn’t studied for a long time- since the last days of school! But then everything was fine. It was very interesting when everyone at school found out from each other and how they spent Christmas and what gifts they got. It was also very interesting when other foreign students told me about how they spent the New Year at home. The […]

It’s great to be back

It’s great to be back

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It’s the Spring Term, and it’s great to be back. I was also happy to see my family again after over four months! This Christmas holidays I went back to Germany. The first week back I made a lot of appointments and I wanted to surprise my two best friends but I ended up surprising my whole school. My friends finished school at 1pm so I went to school and waited. All my friends were […]

It is always fun to be a boarder

It is always fun to be a boarder

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Hi, my name is Keith and I am from Hong Kong. I am also a boarder at Fyling Hall School. It is always fun to be a boarder here because we have a lot of activities that we can do. For example, we can do horse-riding in games and there are lots of different trips running at the weekends. Our Y10 ESL class In my first year at Fyling Hall I realised how different both […]

A lovely time at their annual Secret Santa swap

A lovely time at their annual Secret Santa swap

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8J had a lovely time at their annual Secret Santa swap on the last Tuesday of term. All of the pupils bought presents for each other (on a budget of course!) and exchanged gifts which much excitement during tutor time. Gifts ranged from shampoo and perfume to giant bars of chocolate, from footballs to books. A fantastic festive time was had by all- especially when the Year 8s were visited by a giant inflatable Christmas […]

I like everything here

I like everything here

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I came to Fyling Hall school at the end of August and I like everything here. The people, the teachers and members of staff, the school and the surrounding area, especially the sea and the bright green hills of England. But my favourite thing of all is the weekend. Every weekend at Fyling Hall there are different trips planned with the boarders and the daily students. We did different activities like bowling, go-karting, or a […]

Coming to Fyling Hall makes me happy

Coming to Fyling Hall makes me happy

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Coming to Fyling Hall twice already makes me happy. Once at the beginning of the term, at the start of my time as a boarding pupil and more recently, coming back after half term break. Both times were completely different. I always wanted to have the opportunity to go to school in England for a while. The tradition, the close connection to the school and the other pupils: Boarding school life. I was excited when […]

How much this school means to me

How much this school means to me

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With half-term over, I already know how much this school means to me. At my old school in Germany, I didn’t like going to school at all, because the students and even some teachers weren’t nice. I’d lost my motivation to learn, I didn’t like my class, I generally didn’t like my school. Then my parents decided to send me to Fyling Hall. It was the best decision my parents could have made, and I’m […]

Subjects I love and the ones I don’t

Subjects I love and the ones I don’t

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Now that I have been at Fyling Hall School for almost a month and a half, I know which subjects I love and the ones I don’t. Just like everyone else, I have more than one favourite subject, because there are loads of fun and cool subjects- not like back home where I dislike most of the teachers and subjects! One of my favourite subjects is Games, but particularly horse-riding. What I like the most […]

Lots of things that I really like

Lots of things that I really like

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Well, this is my second time at Fyling Hall School, and there are lots of things that I really like and that are different to school in Spain.  Loving riding . . . even in the rain! I love horse-riding, I think that’s one of the reasons I came back to this school. The horses are cute, and the horse-riding teacher is so nice. Horses make me very happy.   I love horses, but another […]

In less than two weeks

Things I’ll miss about Fyling Hall

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With Half Term fast approaching, I already know that there are things I’ll miss about Fyling Hall. I will go back to Spain for ten days. I am so excited, I want to see my friends and family, but these are some of the things I shall miss. For example, the teachers. It is very motivating to see that my teachers truly care and want us to improve our English and learn new things. It […]

Being a boarder has always been fun

Being a boarder has always been fun

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Being a boarder has always been fun and now everything is starting to go back to normal. I can hardly believe it is October already! Time has flown by since we came back to school. We have had a lot of new students from all different parts of the world: Germany, Spain, France, Russia, Hong Kong, China and more! New friendships are being made, and we also have our own new boarder, Bailey the dog! […]

Boarders celebrate German culture

Boarders celebrate German culture

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Fyling Hall boarders chose Friday 1st October as the night to celebrate German culture with German night. Our German students decided what food to put on the menu and also assembled an amazing (and quite tricky!) quiz. The boarding community feasted on a meal of currywurst and pretzels, and then competed to win a variety of prizes. But what did they have to say about the evening? ‘We had a very exciting quiz about Germany and […]

Welcoming students from all over the world

Welcoming students from all over the world

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Welcoming students from all over the world is a delight! Hello everyone, and welcome back! I’m Miss Havelock, and I’m currently teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) while Mrs Jeeves is on maternity leave. That means I’ve had the delight of welcoming a whole host of students from all over the world into my classroom over the last two weeks. Each student who walks through the door of the ESL classroom is asked where […]

What makes our family atmosphere?

What makes our family atmosphere?

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With special insight into our international students, our Head of English as a Second Language asks what makes our family atmosphere? Coming to a boarding school in itself can be a nerve wracking experience. Leaving home for the first time, living with new friends, the different sights, sounds and smells around you. But this becomes harder if you are arriving in a new country with all new expectations and a language that you are unfamiliar […]

Why do we continue end of year exams?

Why do we continue end of year exams?

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End of year exams have been a staple at Fyling Hall since I started working here almost 10 years ago. Boarding students and house masters rummaging under the seating in the Barn to pull out the exam desks and carrying them across the school once the dailies leave for the day. Dr Richardson laying out the carpet and meticulously arranging the tables and chairs in the sports hall and a mad dash to the photocopier […]

How to spend half term

How to spend half term

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How to spend half term is a question many have been asking. For boarding pupils, half term is usually an opportunity to return home, and like our other students, to relax with family and to get away from school for a few days. However, given the current restrictions and quarantine times for our international students, many are again staying on school site over the break. Now the country is out of lockdown and more activities […]

Eight new international students

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Summer Term has brought eight new international students to Fyling Hall, all of whom join our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Mrs Jeeves recently led our Year 9 ESL students in writing home and looking back on their first impressions of Fyling Hall. We also took our new class mates on a tour of the school to see the sea, the horses and find some hidden treasures around the site. Here are some […]

Inspired by Amanda Gorman's wonderful poem

Inspired by Amanda Gorman’s wonderful poem

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Inspired by Amanda Gorman’s wonderful poem and recital at President Biden’s inauguration, Year 10 Second Language students spent part of last term studying the poem. Students from China, Hong Kong, Russia and Germany couldn’t end the term without trying out their own performance. With some students joining lessons abroad they had a lovely afternoon filming their sections and sending them in. We hope you enjoy Fyling Hall’s rendition of “The Hill We Climb”, inspired by […]

Exploring the traditions of the Lunar New Year

Exploring the traditions of the Lunar New Year

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At this special time of year it is always exciting to spend time celebrating with our Chinese and Korean students, exploring the traditions of the Lunar New Year and observing some of them ourselves. The multi-cultural blend of our classrooms is always a joy, but at a time of celebration it is even more exciting to share together.  In previous years we have given assemblies on Korean traditions, performed a play explaining the story of […]

Proud to have welcomed nearly forty new pupils

Proud to have welcomed nearly forty new pupils

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Fyling Hall School is proud to have welcomed nearly forty new pupils. Some from near; some from far. Some for whom English is their first language, many for whom English is their Second Language (ESL). Starting a new school can always be a bit daunting, but writing home is a great way of not only keeping in touch, but also improving one’s English. Take a look at what some of our Year 10 ESL students […]

International students’ exam success

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As we were all gearing up for Christmas, 5 of Fyling Hall’s international students were busily preparing for exams. The Cambridge English exam board are internationally recognised tests of English proficiency and incredibly difficult to achieve high grades in. The exams tests pupils’ use of spoken and written English and their comprehension in listening and reading. It was fantastic therefore, to receive another excellent set of results. Emilia took the Advanced English exam achieving a […]

Pupils say it best

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We often find that Fyling Hall’s international pupils say it best. Below is a piece of writing from an exam piece. Written by one of our short term English as a Second Language (ESL) students, we love not only how this pupil’s English as progressed, but also the sentiment. I’ve been on an English course.  It was an exchange with another student.  I went to England for two weeks, and he came to me for […]

How does Fyling Hall compare?

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Ever wondered how Fyling Hall compares? Fyling Hall’s Head of ESL (English as a Second Language), Mrs Jeeves, asked our Y10 ESL students to compare their school at home to Fyling Hall. The following is a combination of articles they wrote . . . There are some quite similar aspects between my school and this one such as moving to different spaces in each subject, tutor groups, clubs and prep. However for the most part […]

Learning in a Second Language

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We are proud of our multiculturalism at Fyling Hall.  International students are a true asset.   They encourage all of us to look at things from a different perspective.  Often referred to as English as a Second or Additional Language (ESL or EAL) students, the government defines these pupils as having been exposed to a language other than English during early childhood and “continues to be exposed to this language in the home or in the community”. They are […]

Dictionary Challenge

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Using a dictionary is something which many of our pupils find time consuming and difficult to do especially when tapping an unfamiliar word into an online dictionary or translator can give an instant result. Good dictionary skills are vital in foreign language learning and this week Year 8 took on a dictionary challenge as they worked with a partner to match up a series of jobs and professions with a definition containing some unfamiliar words. […]