Canterbury is a fascinating city, with hundreds of years of history – in fact, it dates back to Roman times. The impressive cathedral has been a place of worship for more than 1,400 years, and is the ‘headquarters’ of the Anglican Church (The Archbishop of Canterbury is the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion). Pilgrims have been travelling to this city for hundreds of years, and they were the inspiration for Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’.
Apart from its history, Canterbury has a fantastic selection of shops, entertainment, museums and eateries, and makes a great day out. What’s more, it’s only half an hour from Broadstairs by train.
Broadstairs may be a small town, but you don’t have to travel far to do some serious shopping! Just outside the town (with great bus links) is Westwood Cross Shopping Centre, with over 50 stores including Primark, TK Maxx, Marks and Spencer, HMV, Next and The Body Shop. Food and drink outlets include Costa Coffee, Cafe Rouge and Nando’s. There is also a multi-screen cinema to keep you entertained, and there are excellent gym facilities.
Louise and Angela are the Accommodation Officers for Hilderstone College. Louise has been in the role of Accommodation and Welfare Officer for just over a year, coming from a background in education and safeguarding roles. Angela is the Deputy Accommodation and Student Support Officer and has been in the role for 2.5 years, previously working with the homeless and for a local University. This is what they have to say about their work here:
‘Our job is to place our students with families in the Broadstairs community. We ensure students are suitably matched to families in respect of dietary needs and any special requests as far as possible! We work very closely with our homestay hosts and they become part of the team. This includes visiting them in their homes, resolving any issues that may arise (usually due to communication!) with their students and supporting them in the very important role they play for Hilderstone students. We have families that have been hosting for as long as 40 years and we work with new hosts all the time. Hosting students proves to be a very rewarding experience and you really do get to meet some very interesting people from all over the world and some longstanding friendships are made.
We also ensure the students are happy and well cared for, including safeguarding our students, particularly those under the age of 18. We work very closely with all of the departments in Hilderstone including marketing, who get the students here in the first place and the teaching staff. Hilderstone College staff really do work as a team!
We both enjoy the role as it enables us to meet lots of people in our community and from all over the world and it is very satisfying when students go home having had the best experience and our hosts have enjoyed having them to stay!
If you would like to join us as a homestay host for Hilderstone and live in Broadstairs, then please do get in touch:-
By email – email@example.com By phone – 01843 869171
Can you correct the use of tenses/verb forms in these sentences?
1) This is the first time I am eating lobster.
2) Charles Dickens has written many novels.
3) I had a bath when the phone rang.
4) This time next week, I have finished my exams!
5) When I finished dinner, I had done the washing-up.
6) I have been writing thirty emails this morning!
7) ‘What nationality are you?’ ‘I am coming from France.’
8) I can’t come out tonight because I will have dinner with my
Check the answers below…
Here at Hilderstone, we have students from all over the world – so it’s important for our students to know the words for their nationalities!
Do YOU know the nationality adjectives for these countries?
Example: England – ENGLISH
3) The Netherlands/Holland
This week it’s all about that tricky issue of English spelling! Can you spot the spelling mistakes in these sentences? And can you correct them?
1) Apparently they had a big arguement and are no longer
2) At the beginning of the meeting, the commitee members
discussed neccessary improvements to the town.
3) The Prime Minister was publicly embarrassed when her
deputy resigned without her knowlege.
4) It can be very stressful working in this bussiness, so it’s
important to have supportive colleges who you can depend
5) It’s a small independant music store, but it’s been very
succesful and has recieved several awards from the industry.
See below for the answers.
Do you know the word in English for these definitions?
1) The area for pedestrians at the sides of the road
2) The thing people put their money and credit cards in
3) The pieces of material you hang up on your windows
4) The shop where you buy fruit and vegetables (not a
5) The thing you put across your chest when you are in a car,
6) The open shoes that you wear in the summer
7) A person who fixes your pipes and water problems.
8) A person who who looks after your children when you go out
9) A piece of jewellery you wear round your wrist
10) A large, important church.
See below for the answers!
no news is good news
We say this to make somebody feel better when they are worried about someone/something and they haven’t received any information.
pull someone’s leg
Say something that is not true as a way of making a joke.
out of kilter (out of whack)
Not in exactly the right position or condition or not working in the usual or proper way in relation to something else.