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I really like the community environment at this school...

was pleased when I found out I could chose the subjects I wanted to study at GCSE as in Nigeria you don’t have the choice. Joining in Year 8 meant that I studied every subject so by Year 9, when it came to selecting my options, I knew what I wanted to study. With help and advice from my teachers I chose GCSE History, ICT, French and Spanish – along with the compulsory subjects. Learning French here is different too. In Nigeria it is more about written French, but here I was able to take part in speaking exercises in class and when we went on a trip to France I had to speak the language to the locals. This really helped with my confidence and pronunciation. I improved greatly during this time and received an award for my language work - it was nice to be rewarded and my hard work recognised.

I really like the community environment at this school, I have had many opportunities to get involved and make new friends. House events are good fun: I’ve enjoyed House Music and House Dance, being in ‘Leo’ House we created an excellent Lion Dance – we didn’t win, but it was good to work and perform together. I have become very interested in sport too and have been a member of the Netball, Hockey and Rounders’ Teams – representing the College at various school fixtures. Now in the Sixth Form, as I am required to dedicate more time to my academics, I don’t have as much time for sport but I still endeavour to remain an active a member of the First Girls’ Hockey Team.

Another aspect I enjoy about being here is being on the coast. I love being so close to the sea because we (boarders) are allowed to take walks and participate in fun activities taking place on the seafront for example, the Southsea funfair in the summer term. I settled into British-school life quickly, and successfully, I am studying A Level: Chemistry, Maths and Philosophy. Coming to a British school from Nigeria has widened my horizons, both inside the classroom and on the sports field. I arrived with my older sister Esther from Stella Maris Boarding School in Abuja.

Precious – a 6th Form boarder at St John’s College

Posted: 09.05.2018
Tags:  student focus

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