Recently one of our teachers, Sue, was invited to teach a small group of teenagers in St Petersburg, Russia, on a trip organised by Perspective Language School. Here is Sue’s account of her trip, with some great photos.
Hi everyone, my name’s Sue and I am one of the teachers at Hilderstone College. I have been working here for nearly five years and I love it!
Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to go to St Petersburg in Russia for the college to teach English to a group of teenage students from the Orenburg area in the South of Russia. It was a special project arranged by their school for them to combine learning English with a winter holiday including the period from New Year to the Russian Orthodox religious celebration of Christmas Day on the 7 January. Due to that I had a second Christmas with the students and we enjoyed all the lit up Christmas trees and beautiful sparkling lights in the city and after lessons on Christmas Day, exchanged Christmas presents, played games and compared Christmas traditions in our different countries.
A part of my role as Head of Marketing is to attend workshops and exhibitions designed to meet new educational tour operators. These events are a wonderful opportunity to meet new partners from around the world – all in one room!
I pre-make appointments and at the event, each educational tour operator comes to my table for a 20 – 30 minute meeting. In that time, I need to make Hilderstone stand out as being a language school they would like to send students to. Of course, there is a lot of follow-up afterwards and getting to know each other on a professional basis.
Our partner educational tour operators are paramount to our student recruitment activity and have a very important role in helping students to enrol in the best possible school to meet their personal needs and goals.
We are delighted to announce the news of a special award presented to Tessa Woodward, who many of our readers will remember as a key member of the teacher training team at Hilderstone for many years. Tessa retired from Hilderstone in 2016 but has remained active in the profession, editing the Teacher Trainer and maintaining her connections with professionals from all over the world.
Tessa attended a ceremony in London on 18th June and was presented with the British Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018. This is recognition of Tessa’s huge contribution to the profession through her teaching, training of teachers and teacher trainers, writing and publishing activities. At Hilderstone we are especially grateful to her for the years of service that she gave to the College and the work she did with hundreds of course participants. Many will also remember the support she gave to dozens of work colleagues in her capacity as the College’s professional development co-coordinator. All at Hilderstone congratulate her on her fantastic achievement.
For a video of the ceremony, further tributes to Tessa and her acceptance speech, please click here.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org By phone – 01843 869171
Hello, my name is Lynne Hoenes. I first came to Hilderstone in 1999 as Marketing Assistant and now I am Head of Marketing. I work closely with the Principal to plan and oversee all of our marketing activity.
An important part of my role is to liaise with Educational Tour Operators who recruit students from around the world to study at Hilderstone, making sure they have the support and resources to promote the College well.
My job involves some travel: representing Hilderstone at education exhibitions and workshops, meeting students, parents, teachers and our overseas partners. I consider myself very lucky to have the opportunity to do this.
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Hi, my name’s Sam (short for ‘Samantha’). I first came to Hilderstone College back in 1997 as a summer teacher (while I was teaching in Slovakia), and have worked at many schools since. However, Hilderstone is such a great place to work that I’m really happy to be back here!
After twenty years of teaching, I’m excited to be working in a new job – I am based in the Marketing Department. I help the Head of Marketing with new group enquiries and we deal with our international partners that send many of our students to us. I assist with enrolments and liaise with all the departments – Finance, Academic and Accommodation – to make sure that everything goes smoothly. You will often find me in the Multi Media Learning Centre: this is one of my favourite places in the College because it’s nice and calm at the end of a busy day!
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Hi – I have been at Hilderstone for nearly four years now, working on all the courses from the teenage groups through to the IELTS classes and Teacher Development courses. I have worked in a number of diverse places around the world including, most recently, five years in universities in the Gulf, which was a fascinating experience. In a previous life I was also a language teacher, this time in a London secondary school.
Although I am a native of London, my base is in Broadstairs which, in addition to having much cleaner air and a beautiful coastline, boasts some unique places such as my two favourites The Chapel pub and The Palace Cinema. I am sure you will discover your own on your stay with us here.
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Hello everyone! My name is Natacha, I am married and I have a beautiful baby son. I am a tutor and the Academic Administrator at Hilderstone College.
I’m originally from Portugal where I had the chance to start teaching English. I also had the pleasure of living in Mallorca (Spain) for a brief period of time. Four years ago I moved to England and I started working here in July 2014. I have been teaching mostly Intensive English and IELTS preparation courses. Continue reading “NATACHA TELO: Academic Administrator / Tutor”
Hi! My name’s Lee. I have been at Hilderstone since 2012. I came here from the British Council in Seoul. I have also worked in Japan, Switzerland, Italy, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Spain and Siberia.
At Hilderstone I am currently the DoS. My main job is to make sure that both teachers and students are happy with their work. I teach when I can and I also enjoy going to visit clients and ETOs in their country. I enjoy learning about where our students come from.
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