EF Academy Torbay - Review #5
About the Author:
|Years Attended Boarding School:||2009-2011|
|Sports and Activities:||That's the thing about the school. It is very traditional in the sense that in is true to the UK culture and it embraces the UK culture. I played a lot of Soccer when I was at School. I also had fun attending a few Volleyball training sessions, my interscholastic sport was definitely Soccer.|
|College Enrolled:||DUT(Durban university of technology)|
|Home Town, State:||Durban|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
What I like the most was the relationship we had with the teachers. They would encourage having a study buddy. With my study buddy, we used to wake up at 4am and study. That's because of the impact our teachers had on us. They made us understand that a lot has been put or is going towards paying for our school. The second thing I liked was the welcome we got as international students. I came from a disadvantaged family but I never felt any different from the other kids because that unbreakable bond among us was encouraged from the start.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
For me, the best thing was being that school. Leaving my home country for better education. Everything and every day of school was like a dream and I got to live through the dream and experience it.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Starting with the party. I wouldn't have danced the way I did. I really danced a lot and enjoyed myself but I was really tired the next day. I would just advise the kids to enjoy themselves and to be an active contributor to the school by playing sports and by joining the charity committee and other activities.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The food. The sausages. The English breakfast. I loved the location too. I'm currently working in the Maritime industry so the harbour was a great site. I love that Town.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Check out the harbour. Enjoy yourself. Have friends and study hard. Please sports and get a study buddy.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
We were this diverse Joyous family of Alevels IBs GCSEs and prep students. The school offers many courses and you just have to choose based on your interests and abilities. We had every kind of teacher, from the Funny one to the strict one but they had our best interests at heart. They willingly gave up their time to tutor us and give us extra classes so we could perform better.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I played soccer, and it was really fun playing with other schools. There was a gym, and I enjoyed working out and keeping fit. The sports offered were not only for male students. Females too were encouraged to go out and play. You can do climbing, Volleyball, dancing and so a lot other stuff.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Art students enjoyed the leisure of having the largest facility that the school could offer. They had the painting room and other facilities with that being said they still need to create space for the students to display their work and work Art teachers are needed because the love of Art was mutual among the learners.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Well, there was the Charity committee. Which was great really. They were able to reach out to many people. The financial committee was in charge of organizing school events and of the budget.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Considering being from South Africa I found the accommodation to be really beautiful. The interior was great and inspiring. We had to all study from 7pm to 9pm but I would also wake up at 4 am to do some work and preparation for the day ahead.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The food was the best. It was really good. I was also friends with the staff and the really accommodated that fact that South African eat a lot. I think I could see that they loved what they were doing. They came up with interesting meals and you would never eat the same thing 2 times a week. The food was tasty and sort of creative.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Torquay is said to be the warmest town in UK but I'm sure the average South African town was warmer. You would go down by the sea and just see many stores and restaurants. It was a great place to sit down and reflect on your life. I went there when I was homesick cause it's much like my town with the harbour and everything.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved the diversity more than anything. The difference nationalities really kept you learning each day. I loved the party in September when we would welcome new students. It was really something to look forward to and I hope you will too.
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