At the beginning of term we will welcome three new gap year tutors from Australia and New Zealand, Courtney Powell, Isabelle McDonald and Ashley Gozzo. They will be replacing Jess, Kirby and Claire (pictured below), who left us at the end of term after their year at HOHS to return down under and start their university courses. Each year, the gap tutors become very much a part of our school community, helping in a number of different areas, particularly boarding life and our Pre-Prep classes and activities.
We look forward to meeting Courtney, Isabelle and Ashley – watch this space to find out find out how they are settling in and adapting to our cold winter climate!
At the beginning of term we welcomed three new gap year students from Australia and New Zealand, Kirby Moore, Claire Robertson and Jess McKee, who have already settled well into our school life. Jess said, “I thought it would take a few weeks to feel at home but we all felt part of the school community after less than a week!” Kirby added, “Everyone has been so welcoming; people have made sure we’re included and involved in things, which is great and makes us feel useful.” What is the biggest adjustment they have faced? “The weather!”, said Claire. “It’s hot summer back home so we’re finding it really cold at the moment even though people tell us it is unusually mild for the time of year!” Below, left to right, Jess, Kirby and Claire.
You can read about last year’s gappies Olivia, Laura and Gemma, here.
Our three popular gap year students, Laura Whiteley, Gemma Erdelyi-Gotz and Olivia Leontiades, joined us from Australia and Tasmania at the beginning of January last year and quickly became part of the team at HOHS. Thoroughly immersing themselves in school life – classrooms, boarding house and office – they gained lots of varied and useful experience in their year with us. They certainly won the hearts of staff and pupils alike! As Miss Cushing, Senior House Mistress says, “the girls have been brilliant! They arrived as staff and leave as family”.
Today, after enjoying some free time in Germany, where they visited some of the famous Christmas markets, they return to London to take the long flights back to their homes down under. By a strange coincidence, although the girls had not met before arriving at HOHS, they are now all off to university in the same city – Melbourne.
We wish the girls all the very best for the future and offer our thanks for the wonderful contribution they have made to our school life.