November Update: College Interview, Stuff and Things

November 05, 2015

Wow, it's been a couple of weeks since I last posted. Apologies for that but I've been kind of busy! What have I been up to I hear you ask? Lots of things! Let's start from half way through the school term, just after I last posted an update post. 

As you may already know, I am head of the Eco Group at The Benjamin Britten High School in Lowestoft, and during the summer holidays I was contacted by one of the many people behind the Bernard Matthews Youth Awards who had come across the group's website which I created and run. She told me that she was impressed with what she had found out about our group online and informed me that we were eligible to enter the education category of the awards and sent me an application form via email which I filled in whilst waiting for a flight to Koh Samui from Bangkok Airport! I submitted the form and was thrilled to have Mr Champion burst into my SE lesson half way through the school term with a huge grin on his face and bearing the great news that we had been shortlisted for the awards. In the weeks following this great news, we had the people come in to video us for a video clip to be shown at the awards and we also received the extremely exciting news that the awards event would be hosted by actress Dani Harmer and TV presenter David Whiteley. Another piece of news which we received was that the event would be on Tuesday 27th October. This piece of news disappointed me immensely as it meant I would be unable to attend the event alongside my team as I stayed in London with my grandad for the first half of this week, as I do every year. Although I wasn't able to attend, I'd still like to talk about the awards ceremony but I'll save that until later in the post!
As I mentioned above, I stayed with my grandad in his house-boat in Hampton Court, as I do every October half term. The only difference this year is that I made my way there all by myself on the train, as opposed to having my mum with my like I normally do. I loved traveling alone because it gave me a chance to relax and enjoy the train ride (and eat free biscuits and drink way too much tea bc first class). I got there alright and was greeted by my grandad and his wife at Liverpool Street station, from which we departed on the bus to Waterloo station where we got the train to Hampton Court. The following day, we walked into Kingston via Bushy Park and had a look around the shops and got a coffee. Later that day, I had a mini birthday party with some other family members who live in London, like I do every year when I go there for it is usually on the week before my birthday! (And this year was no exception)
The next day, we went out into London during the day and then later in the afternoon we went to the car garage to look at a new car which my grandad wanted to get. The following day, of course, he bought it. I now see where I get my impromptu decision making skills from. But anyway, earlier on the Tuesday (before we bought the car), we went to Everyman Cinema to see Spectre. I loved everything about this, from the film to the cinema itself. The cinema was made up of comfortable sofas rather than your standard cinema seats and we had the most amazing ice cream during the film. For most of the film, I didn't enjoy it as much as I did Skyfall but I still thought it was great and I thought it was amazing when it got nearer the end! Later that day we went to the Hammersmith Apollo to see Dynamo. Wow. This was probably the best thing I've ever seen and the most amazing night of my life. I've never been so excited and happy. I've been watching Dynamo on TV for years but I've never even dreamed of seeing him in real life, yet there I was. The whole thing was amazing and I'm not going to spoil it for anyone. You have to see it to believe it. On the way to this, I got some very exciting notifications on my phone which came from the Bernard Matthews Youth Award Twitter feed. We won the award and I am very proud to say that! You can read more about this at
The next day, I headed back on the train but it didn't go as smoothly as it did on the way there. I got to Norwich alright but the Norwich to Lowestoft train was cancelled due to a mechanical failure so a substitute coach was put in place which unfortunately filled up before I could get on. This meant I had to get in a taxi provided by the train company with some people I didn't know and this taxi only went as far as Somerleyton, from where I got a lift from one of the ladies in the taxi to my house.
On the Thursday, my mum and I visited my aunty and baby cousin in Ipswich and then on Friday we went to Norwich. I returned to school on Monday and then Wednesday was my birthday. I had a great birthday and would like to thank everyone who made my day special by wishing me happy birthday, giving me presents or doing nice things for me. I really appreciate it and am very thankful for it all! As well as it being my birthday, I also had an interview with the principal of Lowestoft Sixth Form College which I really enjoyed. She was extremely friendly and helpful in answering my questions and letting me know about sixth form and I really enjoyed meeting her and discussing the college. I was extremely pleased to be offered a place at the college at the end of the interview and I look forward to accepting this place when it comes to it!
I'll be returning to my usual posting schedule next week, so I'll see you all in the next one!

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