EF Academy Torbay - Review #1
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2016-2018|
|Sports and Activities:||I joined Badminton club and table tennis club which are the most popular clubs at school. You can join those club even you have not ever played those sports before which I think is the best part of the clubs. The clubs are led by a senior member of the school and he is very kind but also help students to develop thier sport skills. Apart from that, I also joined Charity Commitee as a general member. Here, I have had chances to help the school raise money for many charity organisations.|
|College Enrolled:||CASS Business School|
|Home Town, State:||London|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
What makes this school unique is that staffs and students are so friendly that make you feel welcome which is hard to find eleswhere.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I would say staying in boarding school like EF which is far away from big city like London forced myself to acheive well academically as there are not many distractions. And living in international school would let me know so many people from different countries that make me absorb so many different cultures. Instead of speaking my mother language with my own people, I would have to walk out my comfort zone and it really built up my communication skills.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would say that i should have been braver. It was totally new environment for me when i walked in to a school that are full of interntional students. Been shy from the start made me missed a lot of chances to introduce myself properly and make good impressions to teachers and classmates. I hope if any other students are going to international boarding school, please never be afraid of walking out of your own comfort zone.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I would say it's the friends that i have made. Not just my classmates but also my academic teachers. Boarding school has given me the chance not just to know people in the class but also getting to know them outside. So we could know each other as a person and share our interests. I specifically enjoyed the laughter with my economics teacher when talking about his alevel experiences and my time spent with my classmates in expeditions.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Never forget to try the sausage during Brunch. It is definitely DELICIOUS. And every thursday theres cheese pasta which has always bee n my favourite lunch!!
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
We were a big family of Alevels IBs GCSEs and prep students. The variaty of the school gave us the chance to know so many about other courses and we could make our own choices depending on our own interets and ability. All the teachers were professional and passionate about teaching. The most important thing is all of them are willing to sacrifice their free time to give us extra tutorial which im so grateful about.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
As I mentioned, I joined Badminton club. So I joined badminton tournament which we completed with other local school students. There are many sports available at the school including climbing, football, dancing, maraton and a lot more. The school gave opportunities to both boys and girls to participant in those sports.However, there are some issues. The first one is that timetables of those sports varied depending on whether. Also, as EF is a small boarding school, we do not have many sport facilities. Students had to use local school's facilities including gym, football court, kitchen for cooking club, private-owned gym and local concil's badminton court.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
From my perspective, Art students had the biggest facility as they had the largest painting room and also a lot of equipments. Media students can access to many IT recourses as well.However, school should have provided design software such as Adobe software set as those software are provided in other school. Also, there is not enough space for art students to display their work and there is not enough Art teacher. Sometimes, Year 1 students are moved to other classrooms for thier sessions which should not happen.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Charity Commitee is the most outstanding student organisation at school. However, there are many student organisations such as Financial Commitee which is responsible for budgeting and organise school events for students. Also, there is Head Students is select top students to represent students when they have problems or any requests.The issue for charity commitee was that members did not have a lot of chance to work with charity organisations face-to-face, students were only told tasks that they need to complete.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The accomodation location was fine for me. The room interior was great. The only problem was that everyone had a fix study time which starts at 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m which is not flexible for many students. This is because, some students might want to study right after they finish school or late at night and do somethings else at 7:00 such as have a dinner outside, go to gym.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
For me food was not delicious but it was ok as the kitchen and dinning room were clean. esapecially the staff were always in positive mood that made me out of stress when walking into the canteen. They were literally so passionate about making new and good food for us.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town is Torquay which is known as a the warmest place in the UK. The school is not very far from sea front. Students can easily walk to town centre which has full of stores, restaurants and nice places to chiil out.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Students there are friendly and easy to get along with. I was grateful that out head teachers planned the Saturday social night with free movie and pizza for us. It was such a good chance for me to talk to my friends about topics that were not linked with coursework.
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