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Student Case Studies

  • Achille Pezzini - Italian

    Name: Achille Pezzini
    Age: 20
    Nationality: Italian

    When were you at Rossall (Year to Year)?
    2016 to 2018

    What House were you in at Rossall?
    Maltese cross

    What did you select to study at Rossall?
    A Level Drama, Art and Photography

    What did you like most about the UK?
    The strength of friendships and the social life

    What are you studying at University and where?
    I am studying electronic music production in Guildford

    What do you hope your future career to be?
    I would love to make a living out of performing all around the world and making music

    What would you say to any student considering Rossall to study?
    You will have the opportunity to experience many different things: subjects and activities, and learn about different cultures

    How would you describe the lessons at Rossall and how different is the teaching to that in your home country?
    Lessons at Rossall are enjoyable and productive at the same time, in Italy is exactly the opposite.

    Which teachers most inspired you?
    My photography teacher Ms Cathy Sharp, she is a legend.

    Outside of the classroom what activities did you take part in?
    Basketball and football

    What are you favourite memories?
    The occasional breaking of rules without being seen and discovering the next day that somehow the whole school knows everything about it, teachers excluded (hopefully).

  • Philippe Gaud - French

    Name: Philippe Gaud
    Age: 17
    Nationality: French

    When were you at Rossall?
    2014-2018

    What House were you in at Rossall?
    Mitre Fleur de Lys (MF)

    What did you select to study at Rossall?
    I completed the two-year GCSE course at Rossall and then went on to study the International Baccalaureate in Sixth Form. My subjects studied at standard level were Maths, Geography and French; at higher level I studied English, Design & Technology and Business Management.

    What did you like most about the UK?
    The diversity in cultures and the school boarding system.

    What are you studying at University and where?
    I am currently undergoing a design diploma in Paris at Strate School of Design. I plan to go to Loughborough University, in the UK, in September 2019 to study Industrial Design.

    What do you hope your future career to be?
    I hope to be a product designer and maybe start my own company in the future.

    What would you say to any student considering Rossall to study?
    To give it a chance and to get involved in all the school has to offer. There are so many varied opportunities available at Rossall; there is something for everyone.

    How would you describe the lessons at Rossall and how different is the teaching to that in your home country?
    You have a closer relationship with your teachers because of the smaller number of students per class. The method of teaching is more rewarding and the choice of subjects are broader in the UK than they are in France. It is at Rossall that I got my first taste for design.

    What were your first impressions of the School?
    I was impressed by the environment and the atmosphere; the healthy community life and strength of connections is exceptional, especially inside the boarding house. I was also stunned by the school facilities and by the kindness and support given by people in the school.

    Which teachers most inspired you?
    I would say Mr Corrie (Housemaster of boys House, Mitre Fleur de Lys) because of his capacity to manage and talk to people. Which I now find an extremely important asset in today’s working world.

    Outside of the classroom, what activities did you take part in?
    I played Rugby, Hockey, Cricket and Tennis.

    What are your favourite memories?
    The time I spent with friends and in my boarding house, house competitions and sports, and my last year as MF House Captain.

  • Paula Miranda Hernandez - Mexican

    Name: Paula Miranda Hernandez
    Age: 15
    Nationality: Mexican

    When did you start at Rossall?
    September 2018

    What House are you in at Rossall?
    Rose

    What are you studying at Rossall?
    Year 11, International Courses

    Why did you select to live and study at Rossall?
    I wanted to improve my English and to experience living in a different country and environment. Here at Rossall I am also able to keep practicing golf.

    What do you like most about the UK?
    That it is a very safe country compared to my own, so I feel more free.

    What do you hope to study in the Sixth Form?
    IB

    What do you hope your future career to be?
    Of course my ideal career would be to become a golf professional, but I am also interested in something that involves business, not sure exactly what though.

    What would you say to any student considering Rossall to study?
    It is a great opportunity to make all kinds of friends from different parts of the world, which is amazing. You will be encouraged to try different types of activities, and you would be in a very safe and friendly environment.

    How would you describe the lessons at Rossall and how different is the teaching to that in your home country?
    Lessons at Rossall are not as hard as I thought they would be. Teachers understand that the pupils studying the International Courses do not have perfect English, and that studying in English is new for us. My school in Mexico is very similar to Rossall, the only difference is the language.

    What were your first impressions of the school?
    I was very excited when I first arrived; Rossall is a beautiful school. I thought it would be very strict and everyone would be serious and not very open. It is the opposite of this and although strict (rules at school don’t go far from the basic ones every school should have) everyone is extremely friendly

    Which teachers currently inspire you?
    My Business Studies teacher, Mr. Remmington and the Director of Golf, Mr. Hemmings

    Outside of the classroom what activities did you take part in?
    I am part of the advanced program in the Golf Academy

    Do you have a favourite moment you could describe since you started at Rossall?
    When I won best girl in my first golf tournament representing Rossall. Also the Rose House residential because that was the first time all the new girls connected and we had so much fun.

  • Siwat Dumsuwan - Thai

    Name: Siwat Dumsuwan
    Age: 12
    Nationality: Thai

    When did you start at Rossall?
    September 2018

    What House are you in at Rossall?
    I board in the Junior Boarding House, Anchor and I am in Dragon House, which is for all Year 7 and Year 8 pupils.

    What are you studying at Rossall?
    Maths, English, Science, History, Geography and many more.

    What do you like most about the UK?
    The Football and weather because in my country (Thailand) it is very hot.

    What would you say to a pupil considering Rossall to study?
    From my first experience, I think Rossall is a fantastic place. I am very surprised with how beautiful the School looks. When I first my Houseparents and teachers they were so kind. I actually completely forgot about my parents.

    How would you describe your lessons at Rossall?
    I would describe my lessons as fun but educational because you can have fun for the whole lesson but you get lots of knowledge from that lesson too.

    What were your first impressions of the school?
    It is not only my first impression of the School but it is actually my first impression of England too. Studying at Rossall is a very big step for me. It is a wonderful opportunity and a great experience.

    Which teachers inspire you?
    Director of Sport, Mr Cropper inspires me because I like sport a lot and he is a very good example of a sports person. He plays all different sports very well and looks very elegant and he is always calm. This is very much how I would like to approach my sport.

    Outside of the classroom, what activities do you take part in?
    I take part in different activities dependent on the term. In the Michaelmas Term I took part in Football and Russian. In the Lent Term I play Hockey. I like to pick a sport activity because I enjoy sport and I try to select a different sport that I had never ever played. During the Summer Term I am looking forward to playing a traditionally English sport, Cricket.

    Why do you love boarding?
    I love boarding because during every minute of boarding I gain new experiences and knowledge. We have trips to different places every weekend. I like to step out my comfort zone, Thailand is so far away and I had never experienced Europe before. In my opinion I think everyone given the opportunity should step out of his or her comfort zone – you will not regret coming to Rossall.

    What is your favourite thing about Rossall?
    I like the atmosphere, the people and the teachers. I like everything here and I think Rossall is all I need.

  • Vasilisa Pavshinskaia - Russian

    Name: Vasilisa Pavshinskaia
    Age: 19
    Nationality: Russian

    Years at Rossall:
    2014-2017

    What House were you in at Rossall?
    Rose House

    What did you select to study at Rossall?
    IGCSE, A Levels: Design and Technology, Art, and Business Studies

    What did you like most about the UK?
    The greenest grass in the world!

    What are you studying at University and where?
    I study BA Product Design at The University of Edinburgh.

    What do you hope your future career to be?
    I would like to work in the field of UX (User Experience) design and sustainable design. I am fascinated by ergonomics and the psychology behind the way we interact with the world around us.

    What would you say to any student considering Rossall to study?
    Try to take every opportunity to participate in the school life. I suggest getting involved in Drama and Music – these are the best after school activities. Also, be prepared to get blown away by strong Rossall winds (bring your warmest coat)!

    How would you describe the lessons at Rossall and how different is the teaching to that in your home country?
    I think the main difference between Rossall and my previous schools in Moscow is that my teachers at Rossall knew me so much better. Most of my teachers were Houseparents or Tutors, which made it easier for students to find them at any time during the day to ask study-related questions or to just have a nice, friendly chat.

    What were your first impressions of the school?
    “Looks like Hogwarts, I want to study here!”

    Which teachers most inspired you?
    Miss Bendelow was the most amazing Houseparent and Drama teacher. She always took good care of all the Rose House girls, of me and my older sister, Polina. My Design Technology teacher, Mr Hodgetts, inspired me to choose Product Design as a university degree, and I am extremely thankful for all the knowledge and skills he taught me during my GCSE and A Levels. Mr Wallace, my Business Studies teacher, inspired me to choose Scotland as my university destination. Miss Holder-Williams, with her creatively wonderful approach to teaching Art, inspired me to work hard on my sketches and to always think outside the box.  Another great experience I had at Rossall was being a part of Miss Young’s chapel choir. I would also like to mention Miss Littlefair, who taught me singing for almost 3 years. She is the best singing teacher I ever had. The list of my favourite teachers is endless, I was very happy to have met these people and to learn so much from them.

    Outside of the classroom what activities did you take part in?
    My favourite sport was ice skating. I also enjoyed being involved in chapel choir as well as school theatre plays and musicals.

    What are your favourite memories?
    House Jollies, show nights for ‘Grease’ and ‘Les Misérables’, Christmas Carol services, House Singing and also pyjamas and pizza night after Rose House won the House Singing in 2015!

  • Narissa Hamdam - Malaysian

    Name: Nik Sorfina Narissa Nik Hamdam
    Age: 20
    Nationality: Malaysian

    Years at Rossall:
    2016 – 2018

    What House were you in at Rossall?
    Wren

    What did you select to study at Rossall?
    A Levels: History, Economics and Business Studies

    What did you like most about the UK?
    I have travelled to the UK numerous times before I started studying in Rossall and since a young age have fallen in love with the sceneries and landscapes and the convenience of everything from travelling and opportunities provided for a student. The football scene is great as well!

    What are you going to study at University and where?
    It is all currently dependent on my A Level results but I hope to study International Relations in the University of York.

    What do you hope your future career to be?
    I am never one to be very set and certain on future paths but as of currently, I hope to pursue a career as being a part of the United Nations, hopefully on the Economic and Social Council.

    What would you say to any student considering Rossall to study?
    As the youngest of three daughters, and coming from the other side of the world, Rossall has definitely taught me to be independent in every aspect of my student life. It has provided me with a wide range of opportunities, from academics, sports to having significant positions around the school. My friends will also definitely support me on this, Rossall has ultimately helped me break out of my shell, helping me get out of my comfort zone and adapt to new surroundings. It has allowed me to form invaluable friendships with people from different parts of the world and aid me in developing a better understanding on different cultures and backgrounds.

    How would you describe the lessons at Rossall and how different is the teaching to that in your home country?
    Education in my home country is definitely more textbook-based, and to a certain extent the environment I was in led me to believe that grades really did mean everything and defined you. Rossall is different as it allows you to submerge yourself in different areas outside of the traditional academics that you can strive in from representing the school in sports or the CCF to taking part in musicals and drama performances. Rossall gave me the chance to explore other options to pursue in whilst still providing me with the lessons and help I need to gain a top grade in my A Level subjects.

    What were your first impressions of the school?
    I was in complete awe of the beauty of the architecture and the buildings, it was as if it was straight out of a postcard! Being an avid Harry Potter fan myself, it definitely gave me a strong Hogwarts vibe and the House system definitely helped me adapt and get comfortable to the school environment quickly.

    Which teachers most inspired you?
    My subject teachers definitely gave me the much-needed confidence to fully reach my potential in my individual subjects. It was easy to ask questions and ask for help when I needed it and most importantly they made me less anxious and eased the pressure to score in my A Level. My houseparent, Mrs Williams have been the pillar of strength I needed when I was doubting myself and felt down and she has definitely been a mother to me, having my back throughout the two years I have been in Rossall. Ms Young, Deputy House Parent of Wren, has had a massive role as both my tutor and a deputy house parent in helping me decide my future path from my personal statement to helping me choose university accommodations.

    Outside of the classroom what activities did you take part in?
    I tried several different activities and games throughout my 2 years here. I have been a member of the Model United Nations, Amnesty Club, Beginners Italian, Girls’ Basketball and Football, Hockey, Cooking, Tennis and Fitness. I have also delved in sports I have never tried before I stepped foot in Rossall such as Lacrosse, Rounders and even had a go at Cricket.

    What are your favourite memories?
    There are honestly too many to mention, from making memories with friends to becoming both a school monitor and house captain. It’d be a very long list but I can assure that Rossall will be a place you make plenty of memories in.

  • Anh Vu - Vietnamese

    Name: Anh Vu
    Occupation: News reporter and anchor at Vietnam National Television, since 2014, after I graduated from City University of London, having majored in Media and Communications.

    What year did you join Rossall?
    22 April 2007, I am not very good with dates, but the day I joined Rossall is one of my favourite personal anniversaries.

    What boarding house were you in?
    I went to Lugard Girls first. Then I moved to Wren House for my IB.

    Why did you decide to study in the UK?
    For the UK has one of the best educations in the world, manifesting in many of its schools and universities, which rank very high up in global charts throughout the years.

    What made you choose Rossall School?
    Have you heard of the term “Hogwarts of the North”? One look at the archway featured on the prospectus and I fell in love. It was very similar to what a sixteen year-old Vietnamese girl would imagine Hogwarts looked like. The more time I spent there, the more I realised that Rossall was not only beautiful and charming but the sense of camaraderie there was amazing.

    What were your first thoughts when arriving at Rossall/UK?
    I thought everyone was very friendly. It was the first time I had been abroad on my own, and while my mother was worried sick at home, I was settling down easily with all the new friends I made. The teachers were beyond helpful. They were like a second family. I remember the first teacher to welcome me to Rossall was Mr. Fergus Livingstone. He had the most welcoming smile and firmest handshake.

    What do you think is the biggest difference between the UK and Vietnam that a Vietnamese student would have to adjust to?
    I think it is the autonomy that a student is given in the UK. You will be the one to make choices about what subjects you like to pursue and what to drop (for me, it was a permanent goodbye to Physics and Chemistry), hence you will be able to hone in on what you do best. And when you are the one who makes 95% of your educational choices, there is very little reason left to not try your best.

    Did you go on to study after Rossall, and if so where?
    I went on to study at King’s College London. After finishing my BA in History and Politics, I continued to do my Masters in Media and Communications at City University of London.

    What qualifications did you gain from Rossall?
    International Baccalaureate, with 43/45 points.

    What would you say is the biggest single thing that you learnt from your time at Rossall that has helped your career?
    Oh wow, there are so many things, though. Can I list more than one? Rossall taught me about being ready to help others, being able to accept failures, being humble as to ask for help and for others to educate you whenever possible. In the media industry that I am working in, those qualities are super important. I frequently work in teams, we make mistakes (some of them witnessed by an audience of millions) all the time, and I have never met anyone who considers themselves too good to learn from others. We are constantly updating each other on new news, on better methods to present news and to do journalism.

    What would your advice be to a student from Vietnam considering studying at Rossall?
    Brace yourself for the cold winter!

    What did you enjoy most about your time at Rossall?
    Obviously the friends, the many holidays we celebrated at Rossall, the Dining Hall that offered Asian food during Lunar New Year so us Asian students would not have felt too homesick. Education-wise, I loved the lessons, which were both practical (we had numerous biology experiments in the lab) and motivating enough to keep us studying even outside of classroom. We also enjoyed the opportunities to do sports whenever we can. I had the most fun practicing squash with my friends there. Let’s not forget the planetarium that made us feel like we were floating in the galaxy.

    Are you still connected to friends made at Rossall?/Do you catch up with OR’s?
    All the times. We have a strong OR community in Vietnam. All of us went on to pursue our own paths, but we all share that same sense of pride that comes from having spent time together at Rossall.

    What career advice would you offer to a Vietnamese student who is considering studying abroad?
    I think you should always aim high whenever possible, do not let the idea of being an international student hold you back in any way. I applied for and succeeded in securing internships with the BBC, then the Daily Mail. And those experiences definitely helped when I applied for my job in Vietnam

  • Thao Thanh Dao - Vietnamese

    Name: Thao Thanh Dao
    Occupation: Associate at Boston Consulting Group
    Rossall House: Wren

    What made you choose Rossall School?
    There are three main reasons. Firstly, Rossall came to Vietnam to interview students and that gave a very good impression on your dedication to talk to us. Secondly, Rossall offered me a scholarship so the incentive was there. And lastly, after researching more about the school and speaking to some Rossall alumni in Vietnam, me and my parents found that this was a good place to live and study.

    What were your first thoughts when arriving at Rossall/UK?
    I thought it was a peaceful place with buildings that looked like ones I saw in old movies.

    What do you think is the biggest difference between the UK and Vietnam that a Vietnamese student  would have to adjust to?
    The weather I suppose. You might not feel it at first, but the gloomy weather can affect your mood and wear you out at times. Better be prepared!

    Did you go on to study after Rossall, and if so where?
    I went to Cambridge University to read Aeronautical Engineering.

    Did you achieve a scholarship for Higher Education study?
    Yes, I achieved a full scholarship for my degree from Jardine Foundation.

    What qualifications did you gain from Rossall?
    I did A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics (typical Asian) and got A*A*A*A

    What would you say is the biggest single thing that you learnt from your time at Rossall that has helped your career?
    Since Rossall is very international, with students from many diverse backgrounds, I learned a lot about different culture and also improved my communication skills while being there.

    What did you enjoy most about your time at Rossall?
    I really enjoyed the time I spent with my friends in Wren House, chatting about everything in the world.

    Are you still connected to friends made at Rossall?
    I am still in contact with some of my friends on Facebook and in Vietnam.

    What career advice would you offer to a Vietnamese student who is considering studying abroad?
    There is a common misunderstanding that a lot of people have which is “what you study in university will be what you work on later”. That is often the case, but not entirely true. Your career direction can change many times during your study, and even when you are already working. And of course, there are jobs out there that accept people from all backgrounds, regardless of their degrees. So, it is okay to not know what kind of jobs you want to do, because, believe it or not, you can do any jobs if you have the wills. What I hope the young students do is find what they like and study about that. Studying is only enjoyable when you like your subjects. After that, whether you choose to pursue what you like or change your direction to something else for your career, it is totally fine. Spend some time to ask yourself what you truly enjoy doing, don’t be affected by opinions of your parents or your friend’s decisions, then go for it.

  • Roddy June Lau - Chinese

    姓名 : Roddy June Lau
    年龄 : 19
    国籍 : 中国人
    罗素中学就读时间 : 2016-2018
    罗素 : Mitre Fleur-de-lys
    学科 : 国际高中毕业考试科目-物理, 商科,中国文化,英语,数学和哲学

    你最喜欢英国的什么方面?
    热情,友好的当地人。

    你将就读哪所大学的什么专业?
    伦敦大学学院,本科,哲学

    你希望自己以后的职业道路是怎样的?
    做学术,也非常希望能够有机会成为上议院议员。

    如果请你对考虑来罗素中学学习的学生讲一些感想,你会跟他们分享些什么?
    罗素中学是一所非常优秀的学校,在这里有很多机会帮助你实现自己的想法。相信自己, 跳出自己 的舒适区,打破成见和传统思维。

    你对罗素中学的初次印象是什么?
    罗素的天气很美丽。

    给你鼓舞最多的老师是哪位?
    J. Freiesleben先生, Hall博士, D. Dohmen 博士,还有很多。

    你参加过哪些课外活动?
    我选修了一门我本学科以外的课程,我也是模拟联合国社团的成
    员等等。

    使你最难忘的是什么?
    让我难忘的有很多,每次和J. Freiesleben先生深入富有智慧
    的对话,我在这里交到的朋友,在教堂里唱国歌和卡门,还
    有学校的颁奖日,太多美好的记忆。

  • Haiyang He (Oscar) - Chinese

    姓名 : Haiyang He (Oscar)
    年龄 : 20
    国籍 : 中国人
    罗素中学就读时间 : 2015-2018
    罗素 : Maltese Cross House
    学科 : A level 数学, 进阶数学,化学,物理,中文

    你最喜欢英国的什么方面?
    天气和文化

    你将就读哪所大学的什么专业?
    帝国理工 药物化学

    你希望自己以后的职业道路是怎样的?
    我希望能够在一家制药公司工作并且可以研制新药物。

    如果请你对考虑来罗素中学学习的学生说一些感想,你会跟他们讲什么?
    希望大家充分利用在罗素中学学习的机会。如果你想实现任何想法和目标,总会有人愿意给你提供 帮助。

    你在罗素中学上学是怎样的体验,与在中国的教学和学习相比较有哪些不同?
    在罗素中学,老师会采用和学生多种多样的互动方式教学,老师最关心的是学生是否真正理解了知 识。如果你真的理解了,他们会知道。如果你不懂,可以随时请教他们,老师们会为你进行额外讲 解。而在中国,我觉得上课的方式有些枯燥,你只需要接受被教授的知识点,不需要理解它,你只 需要把知识点背过,然后在考试时取得高分就足够了。我喜欢英国的教学方式,因为老师们会亲自 带着你思考知识点,帮助拓展你自己的理解能力。

    你对罗素中学的初次印象是什么?
    很大,富有,历史性。

    给你鼓舞最多的老师是哪位?

    我所有的老师们都给了我鼓励,如果把他们一一列出来会非常长。他们总
    会想尽办法帮助你打开思维并且教会你如果将知识在实践中得到运用。他 们不只是教你如何学习,也会努力发掘你的兴趣点。

    你参加过哪些课外活动?
    我尝试过很多的活动,比如社团,跑步,下棋,还有物理奥林匹克。

    使你最难忘的是什么?
    歌咏比赛,圣诞活动,House Jolly.

    A LEVEL RESULTS:

    Chemistry – A*
    Chinese – A
    Further Mathematics – A*
    Mathematics – A*
    Physics – A

  • Tai Koon Shing (Adrian) - Chinese (HKSAR)

    Name: Tai Koon Shing (Adrian)
    Age: 19
    Nationality: Chinese (HKSAR)
    Years at Rossall: 2015-2018
    Rossall House: Maltese Cross
    Subjects studied: iGCSE: Design Technology, Art, and
    A Levels: Art, Product Design, Graphic Communication, Chinese

    What did you like most about the UK?
    The education system and the views in the cities.

    What are you going to study at University and where?
    Architecture at the University of Edinburgh.

    What do you hope your future career to be?
    I hope to be an architect, illustrator and a businessman.

    What would you say to any student considering Rossall to study?
    It’s a warm place, although the weather is actually cold.

    How would you describe the lessons at Rossall and how different is the teaching to that in your home country?
    At Rossall the lessons are in small groups and the teachers provide good advice. Studying in Hong Kong is much more compact and they mostly focus on science, maths and economics. But I like art-based subjects
    more, that’s why I decided to study in the UK.

    What were your first impressions of the school?
    It’s huge and there is lots of grass.

    Which teachers most inspired you?
    There are lots, including Mr Wallace, Mrs Holder Williams,
    Mr Hodgetts and Mrs Wolstencroft.

    Outside of the classroom what activities did you take part in?
    Cookery club, tennis, squash and art club.

    What are your favourite memories?
    Working all day in the Art Department and DT Department. Christmas
    celebrations. Making friends at school and spending free time with them.

    A LEVEL RESULTS:

    Art – B
    Chinese – A
    Design Technology – B
    Graphic Communication – A*

  • Arina Nakada - Japanese

    Name: Arina Nakada
    Age: 17
    Nationality: Japanese

    When did you study at Rossall?
    September 2018 – July 2019

    What House were you in at Rossall?
    Dolphin

    What did you study at Rossall?
    EAL, Maths, Combined Science, Art, DT

    What do you like most about the UK?
    The people, history, buildings and British traditions

    What would you say to someone considering Rossall to study?
    The School offers a good quality of education within a safe environment. There is a variety of subjects offered to you, so you will have no problem finding what you want to study.

    How would you describe your lessons at Rossall?
    There is lots on offer – they are Interesting and easy to understand.

    What were your first impressions of the school?
    At first, I thought the buildings and the atmosphere to be very beautiful. In addition, the teachers and the monitors in my House were kind and helpful. Every student appears to enjoy his or her school lives.

    Which teachers inspired you?
    Mrs. Cheah-Pritchard who was my English as an Additional Language teacher and Miss.Hall who was my Design Technology teacher.

    Outside the classroom, what activities did you take part in?
    I joined dancing and running clubs. They were fun and I made friends thanks to the extra-curricular activities. On the other hand, I wish I had joined the hockey club because I have never played it and it is a very popular sport in the UK. I discovered many sports, which I had not known before coming to study in the UK. It is a very good opportunity to play new sports.

    What did you love about boarding?
    I loved my boarding house, Dolphin. My houseparent, Mrs Pendlebury is amazing. She cares for the girls very much and always makes our time in the House fun. Every night, we came and sit in the House office and talked about all sorts of things with her. Obviously, that really improved my English. There are many girls from various countries in every House. We experience many cultures. My world was broadened.

    What was your favourite thing about Rossall?
    I liked the events at Rossall very much. One of my favourites was the School Christmas dinner. We had traditional English Christmas meal with Turkey, all the trimmings and Christmas pudding – it was so exciting. We celebrate Christmas together as a whole school and I really liked that.