May Half Term Camp 2024

May half term camp 2024

We were delighted to welcome students to another exciting half-term at Pippa’s camp at Rugby School. Our students arrived on Friday, and it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces alongside some new ones.

My team and I have prepared a fantastic programme filled with engaging activities, learning opportunities, and fun experiences, committed to ensuring students had a memorable and enriching time at camp.

Louise Hughes
Camp Director

Day One

Upon arrival, students were shown to their accommodation where they spent the afternoon unpacking, relaxing, and exploring their home for the next 10 days. The campus buzzed with excitement as friendships old and new began to flourish.

At 6pm, we gathered for a delightful supper, followed by a welcome briefing from me, your Camp Director, Louise Hughes. This was an opportunity for everyone to get acquainted with the camp staff and learn about the exciting programme we have in store.

 Day Two

The first official day of the half-term holiday was intentionally relaxed, with no compulsory activities or study sessions. Students could choose how to spend their time, whether it was studying in their bedrooms, relaxing, or socialising in the common rooms. This free time allowed everyone to settle in comfortably and bond with their peers.

After lunch, students had the option to explore the school campus and walk into Rugby town centre. This excursion provided a wonderful opportunity to see more of the school and local area. Students enjoyed shopping, visiting local cafes, and spending time with their camp friends.

 

After supper, we hosted a mocktail-making masterclass. Students formed teams to recreate the recipes and techniques shown to them and made delicious fruit drinks. It was a fun and interactive session, filled with creativity and laughter, and everyone enjoyed tasting their fruity concoctions.

 Day Three

Some students opted for a refreshing swim at the school’s indoor pool, while others took the time to study or simply enjoy some quiet time. It was wonderful to see everyone embracing different activities according to their preferences.

After lunch, students had a variety of activities to choose from. They could continue studying, or participate in sports such as netball, badminton, or dodgeball. These activities provided a perfect balance of mental stimulation and physical exercise, catering to the diverse interests of our students.

After supper, students had the chance to unwind with some entertainment. Some ventured to the local cinema to watch either the Garfield movie or Planet of the Apes film, enjoying a cinematic experience with their camp friends.

Meanwhile, back at the boarding house, other students indulged in some baking fun. They decorated cupcakes with colourful frosting and toppings, creating delicious treats to share with their peers. It was a delightful evening of creativity and teamwork.

Day Four

Our Mathematics and Science tutors joined the students for the morning study sessions. They conducted 1:1 meetings with those seeking extra support, tutoring, or help with revision. These personalised sessions aimed to address individual academic needs and enhance understanding.

For students wanting a break from studying, the fitness centre was available. This provided a great opportunity to recharge and stay active, ensuring a healthy balance between academics and physical well-being.

The afternoon continued with more study sessions for those who chose to focus on their academics. Additionally, a variety of sports and activities were available including basketball, yoga, football and rounders.

In the evening, we hosted a lively paint party where students learned to draw caricature-style portraits. This fun and creative session allowed them to practice their new skills by drawing each other. It was a fantastic way to end the day, filled with laughter as students shared their artistic creations.

 Day Five

Students were supported by tutors in Science, French, German, English, and Maths during their study and revision sessions. These sessions provided personalised assistance to help students excel in their studies. For those seeking some physical activity, badminton was available in the morning, offering a fun way to stay active and energised.

We were thrilled to welcome Mr. Badri, a teacher from Eton College, who joined our camp to provide a seminar on study skills and revision techniques. His insights and strategies were invaluable, helping students to develop effective study habits and improve their academic performance.

In the afternoon, students had the option to continue their study sessions or participate in a variety of physical activities such as dodgeball, Pilates, gym and volleyball.

The evening was filled with a series of energetic and fun team challenges. These activities fostered a sense of camaraderie and friendly competition, allowing students to bond and create lasting memories.

 Day Six

Our study and revision sessions continued with dedicated tutors in Maths and Science available to support students. These sessions provided invaluable assistance, helping students to tackle challenging topics and prepare effectively for their upcoming exams.

Later in the day, students had the option to go on an exciting excursion to Birmingham. This trip offered a wonderful opportunity to explore the city, enjoy some sightseeing, and experience a change of scenery.

For those who preferred to stay on campus, there were plenty of options to keep them engaged. Students could continue their study sessions or take part in various sports activities, ensuring that everyone had a productive and enjoyable day.

In the evening, we hosted a special movie night featuring the most recent Top Gun film. It was a fantastic way to unwind and have fun together. Students enjoyed the movie with popcorn and ice creams, creating a true cinema experience right here at camp.

 Day Seven

Our students continued to prioritise their school work during the morning sessions. Our dedicated tutors in Science, Languages, and Maths were available to provide extra support, ensuring that each student could make the most of their study time and address any challenging topics.

For those looking to take a break from their studies, we offered a trip to the local art gallery and museum in Rugby.

In the afternoon some students had a very exciting trip Paddleboarding at a Local Lake: This excursion provided a fantastic opportunity to learn paddleboarding in a beautiful natural setting. Students enjoyed the fresh air, practiced new skills, and had fun on the water.

For those inclined towards creativity, an art class was conducted by a local artist. Students explored various techniques and created their own masterpieces, guided by expert instruction.

The evening featured a thrilling camp quiz. Throughout the week, numbers, pictures, and clues had been strategically scattered around the boarding house to test students’ observation and memory skills. Using these clues, students worked together to solve a series of mathematical and general knowledge questions. It was a fun and challenging way to wrap up the day, fostering teamwork and sharpening their wits.

 Day Eight

As well as our usual Maths and Science teachers, we had James Copeland-Jordan the Head
of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at Cheltenham College  give a STEAM masterclass and 1:1 tutoring sessions. James is a Chemistry teacher with over 10 years’ experience, he has become a specialist at conveying complex concepts to students of all abilities with a particular focus on exam craft.

The masterclass explored the STEAM disciplines, what students need to know and do to get ahead and how they can ensure they are best prepared for their future in the STEAM fields. University choices, career paths and subject choices were also discussed as well as they can work with their current school as well as industry professionals in the UK and back at home and alumni networks to help support and navigate their journey.

Staying at the home of rugby, we couldn’t miss the chance to play a game of Tag Rugby. It was a thrilling and enjoyable session, embracing the spirit and history of Rugby School.

Jessica, a local artist, offered a nature-based art lesson using new techniques. This session allowed students to explore their creativity while drawing inspiration from the natural world.

The evening was filled with excitement as we held a dodgeball competition. Teams competed energetically, showcasing their skills and teamwork. The winning team was rewarded with delicious Krispy Kreme donuts, adding a sweet ending to an action-packed day.

 Day Nine

Saturday, our last full day of camp, was designed to ensure students returned to school rested and rejuvenated:

Students enjoyed a lie-in on Saturday morning, providing a chance to rest and recharge. Those who preferred to study could do so in the comfort of their bedrooms, taking advantage of the quiet time to prepare for their return to school.

In the afternoon, we held a lively badminton tournament, allowing students to showcase their skills and enjoy some friendly competition. For those interested in exploring more, an excursion into Rugby town centre was organised. This outing gave students a chance to see more of the local area, enjoy some shopping, and savor the final moments of camp with their friends.


May Half Term Camp 2024

Dear Parents and Guardians...


We are delighted to welcome your children to another exciting half-term at Pippa’s camp at Rugby School. Our students arrived on Friday, and it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces alongside some new ones.

My team and I have prepared a fantastic programme filled with engaging activities, learning opportunities, and fun experiences. We are committed to ensuring your children have a memorable and enriching time at camp.

We will keep you updated with plenty of pictures and stories through our social media platforms and these camp diaries. Stay tuned for all the latest news and highlights from Pippa’s camp!

Warm regards,

Louise Hughes
Camp Director

Day One

Upon arrival, students were shown to their accommodation where they spent the afternoon unpacking, relaxing, and exploring their home for the next 10 days. The campus buzzed with excitement as friendships old and new began to flourish.

At 6pm, we gathered for a delightful supper, followed by a welcome briefing from me, your Camp Director, Louise Hughes. This was an opportunity for everyone to get acquainted with the camp staff and learn about the exciting programme we have in store.

 Day Two

The first official day of the half-term holiday was intentionally relaxed, with no compulsory activities or study sessions. Students could choose how to spend their time, whether it was studying in their bedrooms, relaxing, or socialising in the common rooms. This free time allowed everyone to settle in comfortably and bond with their peers.

After lunch, students had the option to explore the school campus and walk into Rugby town centre. This excursion provided a wonderful opportunity to see more of the school and local area. Students enjoyed shopping, visiting local cafes, and spending time with their camp friends.

 

After supper, we hosted a mocktail-making masterclass. Students formed teams to recreate the recipes and techniques shown to them and made delicious fruit drinks. It was a fun and interactive session, filled with creativity and laughter, and everyone enjoyed tasting their fruity concoctions.

 Day Three

Some students opted for a refreshing swim at the school’s indoor pool, while others took the time to study or simply enjoy some quiet time. It was wonderful to see everyone embracing different activities according to their preferences.

After lunch, students had a variety of activities to choose from. They could continue studying, or participate in sports such as netball, badminton, or dodgeball. These activities provided a perfect balance of mental stimulation and physical exercise, catering to the diverse interests of our students.

After supper, students had the chance to unwind with some entertainment. Some ventured to the local cinema to watch either the Garfield movie or Planet of the Apes film, enjoying a cinematic experience with their camp friends.

Meanwhile, back at the boarding house, other students indulged in some baking fun. They decorated cupcakes with colourful frosting and toppings, creating delicious treats to share with their peers. It was a delightful evening of creativity and teamwork.

Day Four

Our Mathematics and Science tutors joined the students for the morning study sessions. They conducted 1:1 meetings with those seeking extra support, tutoring, or help with revision. These personalised sessions aimed to address individual academic needs and enhance understanding.

For students wanting a break from studying, the fitness centre was available. This provided a great opportunity to recharge and stay active, ensuring a healthy balance between academics and physical well-being.

The afternoon continued with more study sessions for those who chose to focus on their academics. Additionally, a variety of sports and activities were available including basketball, yoga, football and rounders.

In the evening, we hosted a lively paint party where students learned to draw caricature-style portraits. This fun and creative session allowed them to practice their new skills by drawing each other. It was a fantastic way to end the day, filled with laughter as students shared their artistic creations.

 Day Five

Students were supported by tutors in Science, French, German, English, and Maths during their study and revision sessions. These sessions provided personalised assistance to help students excel in their studies. For those seeking some physical activity, badminton was available in the morning, offering a fun way to stay active and energised.

We were thrilled to welcome Mr. Badri, a teacher from Eton College, who joined our camp to provide a seminar on study skills and revision techniques. His insights and strategies were invaluable, helping students to develop effective study habits and improve their academic performance.

In the afternoon, students had the option to continue their study sessions or participate in a variety of physical activities such as dodgeball, Pilates, gym and volleyball.

The evening was filled with a series of energetic and fun team challenges. These activities fostered a sense of camaraderie and friendly competition, allowing students to bond and create lasting memories.

 Day Six

Our study and revision sessions continued with dedicated tutors in Maths and Science available to support students. These sessions provided invaluable assistance, helping students to tackle challenging topics and prepare effectively for their upcoming exams.

Later in the day, students had the option to go on an exciting excursion to Birmingham. This trip offered a wonderful opportunity to explore the city, enjoy some sightseeing, and experience a change of scenery.

For those who preferred to stay on campus, there were plenty of options to keep them engaged. Students could continue their study sessions or take part in various sports activities, ensuring that everyone had a productive and enjoyable day.

In the evening, we hosted a special movie night featuring the most recent Top Gun film. It was a fantastic way to unwind and have fun together. Students enjoyed the movie with popcorn and ice creams, creating a true cinema experience right here at camp.

 Day Seven

Our students continued to prioritise their school work during the morning sessions. Our dedicated tutors in Science, Languages, and Maths were available to provide extra support, ensuring that each student could make the most of their study time and address any challenging topics.

For those looking to take a break from their studies, we offered a trip to the local art gallery and museum in Rugby.

In the afternoon some students had a very exciting trip Paddleboarding at a Local Lake: This excursion provided a fantastic opportunity to learn paddleboarding in a beautiful natural setting. Students enjoyed the fresh air, practiced new skills, and had fun on the water.

For those inclined towards creativity, an art class was conducted by a local artist. Students explored various techniques and created their own masterpieces, guided by expert instruction.

The evening featured a thrilling camp quiz. Throughout the week, numbers, pictures, and clues had been strategically scattered around the boarding house to test students’ observation and memory skills. Using these clues, students worked together to solve a series of mathematical and general knowledge questions. It was a fun and challenging way to wrap up the day, fostering teamwork and sharpening their wits.

 Day Eight

As well as our usual Maths and Science teachers, we had James Copeland-Jordan the Head
of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at Cheltenham College  give a STEAM masterclass and 1:1 tutoring sessions. James is a Chemistry teacher with over 10 years’ experience, he has become a specialist at conveying complex concepts to students of all abilities with a particular focus on exam craft.

The masterclass explored the STEAM disciplines, what students need to know and do to get ahead and how they can ensure they are best prepared for their future in the STEAM fields. University choices, career paths and subject choices were also discussed as well as they can work with their current school as well as industry professionals in the UK and back at home and alumni networks to help support and navigate their journey.

Staying at the home of rugby, we couldn’t miss the chance to play a game of Tag Rugby. It was a thrilling and enjoyable session, embracing the spirit and history of Rugby School.

Jessica, a local artist, offered a nature-based art lesson using new techniques. This session allowed students to explore their creativity while drawing inspiration from the natural world.

The evening was filled with excitement as we held a dodgeball competition. Teams competed energetically, showcasing their skills and teamwork. The winning team was rewarded with delicious Krispy Kreme donuts, adding a sweet ending to an action-packed day.

 Day Nine

Saturday, our last full day of camp, was designed to ensure students returned to school rested and rejuvenated:

Students enjoyed a lie-in on Saturday morning, providing a chance to rest and recharge. Those who preferred to study could do so in the comfort of their bedrooms, taking advantage of the quiet time to prepare for their return to school.

In the afternoon, we held a lively badminton tournament, allowing students to showcase their skills and enjoy some friendly competition. For those interested in exploring more, an excursion into Rugby town centre was organised. This outing gave students a chance to see more of the local area, enjoy some shopping, and savor the final moments of camp with their friends.


Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes:

Meet our Head Office Team

At Pippa’s Guardians, our commitment to excellence extends far beyond supporting students whilst they are at school. Behind every successful guardianship service, there’s a dedicated team working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the safety, well-being, and seamless experience of our students and their families. At Pippa’s Head Office we have many teams who work behind the scenes to look after our students.

Travel

Our experienced travel team is the backbone of student mobility.

From coordinating airport transfers to managing last-minute flight changes, they ensure that students travel safely and comfortably.

Their expertise in navigating the complexities of travel, especially during challenging times like the global pandemic, is invaluable.

Safeguarding

The well-being of our students is paramount, and our safeguarding team is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of care. With a focus on physical, emotional, and mental well-being, they work closely with parents and school experts to address any concerns promptly. Their commitment to safeguarding reflects our dedication to providing a safe and nurturing environment for every student.

Administration

The first point of contact for queries and paperwork, our administration team plays a crucial role in facilitating communication between parents, schools, and guardianship services. Whether it’s assisting with paperwork or providing letters for visa applications, they ensure a seamless administrative process for parents and students.

Finance

Behind every financial transaction lies the hard work of our finance team. From invoicing parents to managing student expense accounts, they ensure smooth and efficient handling of financial matters. Their attention to detail and prompt communication provide parents with peace of mind regarding their child’s financial arrangements.

Host Family

Our host families are an integral part of the Pippa’s Guardians experience, and our host family team is dedicated to selecting and vetting families who provide a safe and caring home for our students. Their meticulous recruitment process ensures that students receive the best possible experience outside of school.

Admissions

Our admissions team assists parents every step of the way, from answering initial inquiries to processing registration forms. Their expertise in guiding families through the admissions process ensures a smooth introduction to Pippa’s Guardians.

Japan

With a focus on introducing UK boarding schools to Japanese families, our Japanese team plays a vital role in facilitating cross-cultural exchanges. From organising events to providing translation services, they help bridge the gap between Japanese families and UK education.

Business Development and Marketing

Keeping our community informed and engaged is the mission of our business development and marketing teams. From industry updates to social media management, they ensure that parents, students, agents and schools stay connected and informed about our services and offerings.

Camps

Our camps team creates enjoyable and enriching experiences for students through residential camps. By combining study with sports, activities, and excursions, they offer students memorable experiences during school holidays.

Chinese Liaison Officer

Rebecca is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, English, and Chaozhou Hua. She serves as a vital link between Chinese parents and guardianship services, facilitating communication and resolving issues efficiently. With her multilingual skills and accessibility across various platforms, Rebecca ensures seamless communication between parents, guardians, and area managers.

At Pippa’s Guardians, each team plays a unique role in ensuring the success and well-being of our students. Together, they embody our commitment to excellence and provide a supportive and nurturing environment for every child under our care.


February Half Term Camp 2024

培宝的营地日记

亲爱的家长们,

我们很高兴能在世界著名的拉比公学举办2024年二月假期营。学校一流的设施和高质量的宿舍为培宝假期营提供了完美的环境。

今年2月,许多学校都迎来了中假期而我们的假期营正好在春节前夕开营,因此我们为学生们准备了一顿特别的新年晚餐,并举办了多项以春节为主题的活动,让我们的中国学生庆祝春节,同时也让其他学生了解中国文化

第一天

在学生们陆续抵达营地的第一个晚上,我们为他们准备了一顿丰盛的春节晚餐,让他们在观看新年晚会的同时享受美食。随后,学生们利用用餐后的时间开始熟悉宿舍设施,并互相结识新朋友。

第二天

我们的假期营旨在帮助学生充分利用一切学习机会,同时我们也认识到休息和放松对于成功学习的重要性。在周末上午,学生可以根据自己的意愿选择留在寝室。有些学生选择在寝室里学习,有些学生选择与朋友们进行社交活动,还有些学生选择躺在床上,为下午的学习和活动课做好集中精力的准备。

我们每天下午都为那些渴望摆脱学校作业束缚的学生提供多种活动选择。周六下午,我们提供了羽毛球、排球、制作灯笼和烹饪中国饺子的活动。此外,我们还为那些希望专注于学校作业的学生提供了自习课。晚饭后,我们一起放烟花、玩游戏庆祝。为了遵循中国传统习俗,培宝团队向所有学生发放了红包作为礼物。

第三天

周日早晨,一些学生早早起床,前往学校体育中心享受晨泳的乐趣。友谊在这个过程中逐渐形成,一些学生约好在宿舍楼的公共区域玩游戏。丰盛的午餐后,许多学生参加了一日游前往拉格比,他们在当地的商店闲逛,还游览了拉比校园和市中心。

周日晚上的娱乐活动包括团队竞赛和游戏。其中包括花生竞赛,参与者需要在最短的时间内用筷子夹起尽可能多的花生。还有改版乒乓球游戏,参与者需要将乒乓球弹入杯子中。此外,还有麻将游戏供大家参与。

第四天

星期一上午,假期营的辅导老师在学习中心为我们提供了数学、物理、化学和生物方面的学术咨询和一对一辅导。下午的活动包括网球、曲奇饼干装饰、瑜伽和网球。丰盛的晚餐后,学生们参加了团队知识竞赛和寻宝活动。

第五天

在星期二上午,学生可以与我们的辅导教师进行一对一的数学、科学、英语、法语或西班牙语辅导。此外,那些希望在学习之余放松一下的学生还可以去健身房和健身套间进行健身运动。我们营地也请来了大学顾问师James Harding为有意申请英国大学的学生举办了一场精彩的研讨会,讨论的主题包括如何撰写个人陈述、选择最佳大学以及申请流程。

下午的时候,学生们可以自由选择参加不同的运动项目。此外,我们还邀请了一位卡通艺术家来教授学生们以中国新年为主题的绘画技巧。
晚上,学生们可以在学校游泳池尽情畅游,或者参加我们的音乐格子游戏问答活动。

第六天

周三上午,我们为许多专注于学习的学生提供了数学辅导、自学和复习课程。此外,我们还安排了陶艺绘画和健身课程。

在星期三这一天,大部分学生都选择参加了一次到伯明翰的一日游。有些学生一起去购物,有些则去庆祝中国新年,体验充满活力的华人区。晚上,我们享用了丰盛的晚餐后,大家都参加了举办的情人节电影之夜活动。大家一边吃爆米花,一边放松身心。

第七天

星期四上午,学生们接受辅导老师的指导,学习科学、英语、法语和西班牙语。

此外,我们还邀请了切尔滕纳姆学院的STEM负责人James Copeland-Jordan来进行一场关于STEAM学科重要性的研讨会。

在研讨会上,Copeland-Jordan先生向学生们详细讲解了他们需要了解什么、做什么以及如何为自己的未来做好最充分的准备,以在这个领域取得成功。

下午,Copeland-Jordan先生为希望获得与STEAM学科相关的个人建议和咨询的学生提供了一对一的服务。

其他学生则可以选择参加足球、篮球、游泳、躲避球等运动项目,或者参加由英国铁人三项全能教练指导的健身课程。

 第八天

星期五是我们营地辅导老师和学生们的最后一天。学生们积极寻求学习上的帮助。

上午学习之后他们精力充沛地去健身房锻炼。

下午,学生们可以选择参加网球、艺术、羽毛球和无挡板篮球等活动。学习中心也继续为有学习需求的学生开放。

第九天

星期六标志着我们假期营的最后一天。在这个假期营中,学生们都非常努力学习,并积极参加各种运动比赛,结交了许多好朋友。我们非常感谢拉格比公学提供了一个绝佳的场地,让我们能在五月份再次回到这里参加下一次假期营。

我们的最后一天非常轻松,让学生们可以精神饱满地返回学校。上午他们可以去游泳,下午则可以到拉格比镇上游览。

晚上,学生们与他们的新朋友一起玩游戏,然后整理行李,准备第二天一早返校。我们非常期待在五月的假期营再次见到大家!


Camp Diaries - February 2024

Pippa's Camp Diaries

Dear Parents and Guardians...

We are delighted to be hosting our 2024 half term camps at the world famous Rugby School. The excellent facilities and quality boarding houses provide the perfect setting for Pippa’s Camps.

This year, February half term for many schools, and the start of our camp was on Chinese New Year’s eve so we had a special dinner prepared for students upon their arrival and a Chinese New Year theme to many of our activities, allowing our Chinese students to celebrate and our other students to learn about the Chinese culture.

 Day One

As students began to arrive for their first evening at camp, we prepared a Chinese New Year dinner for students to enjoy whilst watching the New Year’s Gala.

Students then spent time enjoying the boarding house facilities and getting to know each other.

 Day Two

Whilst our camps help students maximise every study opportunity, we do also recognise the importance of rest and relaxation to aid successful learning. On weekend mornings students can remain in their bedrooms  if they wish. Some of our students studied in their bedrooms, some socialised with their friends and others simply had a lie in, ready to focus in the afternoon study and activity sessions.

Every afternoon we offer students a choice of activities if they wish to take a break from their school work. Saturday afternoon’s choices were badminton, volleyball, lantern making and cookery – making delicious Chinese dumplings. Study sessions are also available for those wanting to focus on school work. After supper we celebrated with fireworks and games and the Pippa’s team handed our red envelopes (a Chinese tradition) as a gift to all our students.

 Day Three

On Sunday morning, a few students were up early and enjoyed a morning swim at the school sports centre. Friendships have already began to form and students were meeting to play games in the boarding house.

After lunch many of our students joined our excursion to Rugby to visit the local shops and see more of the school campus and the town centre.

Sunday evening’s entertainment was team competitions  and games including the peanut race – a challenge to pick up as many peanuts with chopsticks as possible in the quickest time, pong – bouncing a ping pong ball into cups and Mahjong.

 Day Four

On Monday morning our camp tutors were at the study centre providing academic consultations and 1:1 support in mathematics, maths, physics, chemistry and biology.

Our choice of activities for the afternoon included tennis, cookie decorating, yoga and rounders. After dinner, students took part in a team quiz and treasure hunt.

 Day Five

On Tuesday morning students could request 1:1 time with our tutors if they wanted help in Maths, Science, English, French or Spanish. Alternatively, those who wanted a break from their studying could enjoy the gym and fitness suite.

Pippa’s University Advisor, James Harding, hosted an optional seminar for students interested in applying to UK universities. Topics included writing a personal statement, choosing the best university and the application process.

Later than day we had a choice of sports, and a cartoon artist teaching our students drawing techniques with a chinese new year theme.

In the evening students could enjoy lane swimming in the school pool or take part in our musical bingo quiz.

 Day Six

Maths tuition was available on Wednesday morning or self study and revision sessions for many of our students who have been very dedicated to their school work.

We held a mindfulness session in the morning consisting of pottery painting and then a trip to the gym for those who wanted to keep fit.

An optional excursion to Birmingham was available for students who wanted to do some shopping or continue the Chinese new year celebrations in Birmingham’s vibrant Chinese Quarter.

Most of our students attended this trip, so in the evening we relaxed with a valentine’s day movie night with popcorn.

 Day Seven

On Thursday morning, Science, English French and Spanish tutors were available to students.

There was also a seminar by James Copeland-Jordan, the Head of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at Cheltenham College.

The seminar explored the STEAM disciplines, what you need to know, what you need to do to get ahead and how you can ensure you are best prepared for your future in the STEAM fields.

Mr Copeland-Jordan then spent the afternoon at camp for 1:1 sessions with students who wanted personal advice and consultations relating to the STEAM subjects.

For other students there were a choice of sports including football, basketball, swimming and dodgeball as well as a fitness class by a full qualified British Triathlon coach.

 Day Eight

Friday was the last day with our camp tutors so students made the most of the opportunity to seek assistance with their studies.

Later in the morning, students feeling energetic headed over to the fitness gym.

A choice of activities was on offer for the afternoon, tennis, art, badminton and netball or the study centre remained open for those wishing to carry on with school work.

 Day Nine

Our final day at camp. We have worked hard, played hard and made some great friends. Rugby School was an excellent venue and we are thrilled to be returning here in May for the next camp.

Our final day was quite relaxing so students could return to school refreshed. Swimming was available in the morning followed by an excursion in to Rugby for the afternoon.

In the evening students played games with their new friends and packed up ready to depart the next morning back to their schools.

We hope to see you all in May!


May Half Term Camp

Pippa's Camp Diaries

Dear Parents and Guardians...

The Pippa’s Camps team arrived at Sherborne International School to glorious sunshine where they eagerly awaited the students arrivals.

The camp is organised by Camp Director Louise Hughes (centre) Camp Coordinator Jodie Godliman (right) and Chinese Liaison Officer Eden Yang (left).

The majority of our students attending this camp are preparing for GCSE, A level or Common Entrance examinations as so the focus is heavily on study and revision this time around.  We have a variety of excellent tutors onsite to support students during this important time in the academic year.

 Day One

We kicked off the first day of our half term camp with a study skills workshop which was led by Mr Adib Badri from Eton College.

This interactive workshop looked at:

How to be an effective learner
How and when to revise
Successful study techniques

Later in the day we headed over to the classrooms for self study sessions. Those who wanted to take a break from study, joined a game of football and basketball.

After supper, some students retired to their bedrooms for online lessons or further revision, others took advantage of some social time, competing in a table tennis tournament.

 Day Two

Whilst our camps help students maximise every study opportunity, we do also recognise the importance of rest and relaxation to aid successful learning. On Sunday morning students could therefore remain in their bedrooms during the morning if they wished. Some of our students studied in their bedrooms, some enjoyed basketball in the sunshine, whilst others simply had a lie in, ready to focus in the afternoon study sessions.

Every afternoon we offer students a choice of activities if they wish to take a break from their school work. Sunday afternoon’s choices were indoor climbing, football, art (glass painting) and badminton.

Later in the evening, our students divided into teams to compete in a scavenger hunt, using their problem solving skills to race to the finish.

 Day Three

On Monday morning our camp tutors arrived in the study centre ready to support our students. Academic consultations were available for mathematics, french, spanish, arabic, german, physics, chemistry and biology.

Our choice of activities for the afternoon included swimming, basketball, netball and tag rugby. Although many of our hardworking students opted to remain in the study centre.

 Day Four

Our camp tutors returned to the study centre providing academic consultations and 1:1 support in mathematics, english, french, spanish, arabic, german, physics, chemistry and biology.

Our choice of activities for the afternoon included tennis, badminton, gym, climbing and music practice.  Students were also able to remain in the study centre and revise if they wanted to.
In the evening, our students cooled off from the sunny weather with an ice cream and movie night.

 Day Five

Our camp tutors returned to the study centre providing academic consultations and 1:1 support in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.

After our morning study sessions, some of our students joined a guided tour of Sherborne Abbey. A beautiful and historic building founded in 705AD. We then enjoyed an ice cream before heading back to camp.

We also had a cookery and biscuit decorating class with some tasty treats for all the students to enjoy.

 Day Six

Our students have been making the most of the camp tutors. From revision of tricky subjects, past papers and proof reading to conversation practice and essay writing.

Many students joined our optional shopping trip today to Clarks village where they also enjoyed ice creams and bubble tea.

It was a warm evening so we had lots of fun playing water dodgeball outside on the lawn.

 Day Seven

Science tuition was available for students during their final study session as this was by far the most popular subject requested during camp. Academic consultations and past papers were available all morning.

In the afternoon students who were not studying played netball or enjoyed a textiles lesson outside on the lawn where they designed and created their own pillowcases. We also had students go to their music centre to practice their instruments.

 Day Eight

During our final full day at camp, some students took advantage of a lie in so they could return to school rested. Others who were early risers went to the school gym or studied.

Later that afternoon students played badminton and tennis or showed their talents in an art class.

On Saturday we were celebrating a student’s birthday, so our final evening was a joint farewell and birthday party. We had party games and music in the hall for students with prizes for the winners of the games.

 Day Nine

Students bid each other a fond farewell as they departed camp to return to their own schools. New friendships had been formed and we hope they will reunite at the next Pippa’s camp.


February Half Term Camp

Pippa's Camp Diaries

Dear Parents and Guardians...

We are delighted to be hosting another Pippa’s camp. This time at the wonderful Tudor Hall School near Oxford. As students arrived on Friday, it was fantastic to see so many familiar faces as well as some new ones.

My team and I have an exciting programme prepared for your children and will keep you posted with lots of pictures on our social media platforms and through these camp diaries.

Louise Hughes
Camp Director

Day One

As schools closed for the half term break, students were making their way to Tudor Hall for the start of our February half term camp. As students arrived they were shown to their accommodation and spent the afternoon unpacking, relaxing and exploring their home for the next 10 days.

At 6pm, we all headed over to the dining room for supper and a welcome briefing from Camp Director Louise and introductions to the rest of the camp staff.

 Day Two

As the first official day of the half term holiday, there were no compulsory activity or study sessions. Students could therefore choose between studying in their bedrooms, relaxing or socialising in the common rooms.

After lunch, students had the choice of football, netball, gym, basketball and studying.

After supper, our evening social event was a “getting to know you” scavenger hunt. Students were given a series of questions that they had to answer. The answers could only be found by talking to their fellow camp mates and staff as each student unknowingly had one answer.

Questions included; Who is the oldest student? Who is a vegetarian? Who has a Canadian passport? Who was born in September?

This got students talking to each other and was a perfect ice breaker to begin the camp.

Day Three

Sunday morning allowed students another chance to relax and rest before study and tutor sessions commenced.

In the afternoon students chose from a variety of activities including badminton, dance, tag rugby or a walk in the fresh air to the local farm shop and cafe. Classrooms were also open for those students who wanted to spend the afternoon studying or practicing music.

Our evening social event was a music quiz. All of our students were very good at the quiz and determining a winner was very tricky as we had a number of students with the same number of points at the end. After holding tie breakers with fellow students shouting and cheering, we settled on two winners, Anton and Ronit – Well done boys!

Day Four

Study and revision started first thing on Morning morning with tutors in Maths and Science on hand for 1:1 consultations or group revision.

After the lunch break, students could choose further study sessions or from the camp activities which included art, rounders, gym or netball.

In the evening we held a mini olympics event where students competed in teams in a series of fun challenges.

 Day Five

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Our morning started with tutoring sessions in Science, English, Spanish and French alongside self study and revision.

After lunch students could choose to continue their study, or take part in a valentine’s cookie decorating, badminton or dodgeball.

In the evening we held a valentine’s disco with lots of dancing.

Day Six

Tutors in Science joined our morning study sessions to assist students where needed.

After students had completed their self study and revision, some students joined our excursion to Bicester shopping village, others chose to stay on campus and study further or take part in Basketball or Badminton.

Later that day, students relaxed with a movie and pamper night.

Day Seven

Students have now been at the camp a week and very familiar with the routine and the campus.

Tutors in Science, English, Maths, French and Science were available to tutor or assist the students as required.

After lunch, we had a variety of activities available, including art (clay sculpture making) basketball, volleyball, or show practice. Classrooms remained open for those wanting to continue their studies.

In the evening we held a lip sync/ talent show in the hall. Students performed dance routines they had prepared in groups and as solos.

Students watching were very supportive, clapping and cheering on their camp mates as they bravely took to the stage.

Day Eight

Students made the most of their final day with our tutors, booking 1:1 and small group revision sessions.

After lunch we held further study sessions as well as a cookery class, dodgeball and gym activities.

After supper we held a games night for students in the common room.

 Day Nine

Our final day of camp before students depart and return home to their schools. The day started with rest and relaxation in their boarding houses so that students could feel refreshed before restarting classes at school.

In the afternoon we offered study sessions, an outdoor walk and badminton.

Later in the evening, we held a farewell party before students packed their suitcases ready to depart.


Heading home for Christmas

Heading home for Christmas.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

It is so wonderful to see so many of our students heading home for the Christmas break. It was only a few years ago that students couldn’t get home for the holidays due to the Covid pandemic, so we are pleased that this year so many students are able to get home to spend some time with their families.

At Pippa’s Guardians we pride ourselves on the fact that, when possible, we will be there in person for our students as they travel home. Our Area Managers, host families and network of chaperones are on hand to assist and to allay any worries students might be feeling about their journeys.

Some students are naturally nervous about flying so far alone, and for some it will be their first experience of flying without a guardian. So we were pleased to be able to support many of them as they boarded their plane home for Christmas. Then we enjoy following up to make sure our students have been met safely at the other end. We now look forward to welcoming our students back in the new year, after a well-earned rest.

Here are a few photos of students preparing to enjoy their Christmas holidays, whether that means getting home, or making plans for staying in the UK.

Area Manager Michelle recently enjoyed the Godstowe School carol concert, after which she collected student Nico from her boarding house. Nico then spent a lovely day with Michelle and her daughter, and later that evening Michelle accompanied Nico to the airport so that she could catch her flight back to Japan.

Area Manager Michelle recently enjoyed the Godstowe School carol concert, after which she collected student Nico from her boarding house. Nico then spent a lovely day with Michelle and her daughter, and later that evening Michelle accompanied Nico to the airport so that she could catch her flight back to Japan.

Area Manager Sam has been accompanying many of her students to the airport to ensure they all successfully make their flights home – including Melody from Headington School, who was travelling home to spend the holidays with her family in China…

Area Manager Sam has been accompanying many of her students to the airport to ensure they all successfully make their flights home – including Melody from Headington School, who was travelling home to spend the holidays with her family in China…

…and Niki, also from Headington School, who was looking forward to flying back to the US for the Christmas break.

…and Niki, also from Headington School, who was looking forward to flying back to the US for the Christmas break.

Debbie, Area Manager for Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, has been chaperoning students from local schools to Heathrow airport. Karen from St Francis College was flying home to Hong Kong for the holidays, so Debbie accompanied her to terminal 3 to ensure that she caught her flight home safely.

Debbie, Area Manager for Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, has been chaperoning students from local schools to Heathrow airport. Karen from St Francis College was flying home to Hong Kong for the holidays, so Debbie accompanied her to terminal 3 to ensure that she caught her flight home safely.

Debbie was back at Heathrow airport the following day, accompanying Emily from Queenswood School who was taking her first flight alone to Shanghai. Debbie was happy to be there to support Emily and to make sure everything went smoothly for her.

Debbie was back at Heathrow airport the following day, accompanying Emily from Queenswood School who was taking her first flight alone to Shanghai. Debbie was happy to be there to support Emily and to make sure everything went smoothly for her.

Mido used the school transport service to get to Heathrow airport from Malvern St James Girls’ School, however, this meant she arrived at terminal 3 at lunchtime, but her flight was from terminal 4 at 9pm. Pippa’s Guardians Managing Director Ben accompanied her to the correct terminal and waited with her until she was able to check in for her flight that evening.

Mido used the school transport service to get to Heathrow airport from Malvern St James Girls’ School, however, this meant she arrived at terminal 3 at lunchtime, but her flight was from terminal 4 at 9pm. Pippa’s Guardians Managing Director Ben accompanied her to the correct terminal and waited with her until she was able to check in for her flight that evening.

Ren, who studies at Windlesham House School, flew home to Tokyo for Christmas just after his 13th birthday, where his Mum was excited to meet him at the airport. They sent this wonderful picture to their Pippa’s Area Manager Anne-Marie to let her know Ren arrived safely and they were happily reunited.

Ren, who studies at Windlesham House School, flew home to Tokyo for Christmas just after his 13th birthday, where his Mum was excited to meet him at the airport. They sent this wonderful picture to their Pippa’s Area Manager Anne-Marie to let her know Ren arrived safely and they were happily reunited.

Students Sakura and Yurika are studying in the UK for a year and were recently introduced to their host family, who they will be staying with over the Christmas break. The host family have planned a festive trip to London to see the sights, a living nativity with carols at Ludlow Castle, and a gala dinner at Netley Hall in Shrewsbury for Christmas Day (with stuffed quail as one of the starters!). Sakura is a runner, so is keen to take part in a park run in Ludlow, as well as visiting her local friends that she has made. Yurika is going on a trip to Germany with some school friends for first few days of holidays, which Area Manager Gilly Hartley has helped her to arrange.

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Students Sakura and Yurika are studying in the UK for a year and were recently introduced to their host family, who they will be staying with over the Christmas break. The host family have planned a festive trip to London to see the sights, a living nativity with carols at Ludlow Castle, and a gala dinner at Netley Hall in Shrewsbury for Christmas Day (with stuffed quail as one of the starters!). Sakura is a runner, so is keen to take part in a park run in Ludlow, as well as visiting her local friends that she has made. Yurika is going on a trip to Germany with some school friends for first few days of holidays, which Area Manager Gilly Hartley has helped her to arrange.

It is not easy for our international students to take a short trip to Paris, as this requires a Schengen VISA. To apply, parents often seek the help of a VISA specialist to help compile the vast amount of documentation required. Once completed, the student must go to the VISA centre in London, accompanied by their Guardian. This process was something Area Manager, Sarah Davies from Cheltenham, was so pleased to be able to help her student with, enabling a family trip to Paris for Christmas. This is something the family had always wanted to do, so we wish them a wonderful holiday.

It is not easy for our international students to take a short trip to Paris, as this requires a Schengen VISA. To apply, parents often seek the help of a VISA specialist to help compile the vast amount of documentation required. Once completed, the student must go to the VISA centre in London, accompanied by their Guardian. This process was something Area Manager, Sarah Davies from Cheltenham, was so pleased to be able to help her student with, enabling a family trip to Paris for Christmas. This is something the family had always wanted to do, so we wish them a wonderful holiday.

In addition to Area Managers and host families, Pippa’s Guardians has a wonderful network of chaperones who are available to help support our students if they need to travel around the UK, particularly on airport runs as students fly home for the holidays. Chaperone Nick recently accompanied Lillian from Sherborne Girls to Heathrow, to ensure that Lillian could safely catch her flight home.

In addition to Area Managers and host families, Pippa’s Guardians has a wonderful network of chaperones who are available to help support our students if they need to travel around the UK, particularly on airport runs as students fly home for the holidays. Chaperone Nick recently accompanied Lillian from Sherborne Girls to Heathrow, to ensure that Lillian could safely catch her flight home.

Haileybury student Valerie had never flown on her own before so was understandably a bit nervous. Pippa’s Guardians Managing Director Ben stayed close by during check in so that she felt more confident and was able to pass through security and board her flight home.

Haileybury student Valerie had never flown on her own before so was understandably a bit nervous. Pippa’s Guardians Managing Director Ben stayed close by during check in so that she felt more confident and was able to pass through security and board her flight home.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone associated with Pippa’s Guardians a happy and relaxed Christmas break, and a healthy and prosperous new year.


更多付出和努力

在英国学习的签证有时候会非常棘手,如果学生在学生签证开始日期之前以游客身份入境,那么学校可能会要求学生离境,重新进入英国激活签证和在签注上盖章。为了完成该入境程序,学生就需要离开英国,到境外进行短暂旅行,然后重新返回英国。

这种情况就发生了Tina身上,Tina就读于索尔兹伯里( Salisbury )的戈多尔芬学校( Godolphin school )。她在她的培宝区域经理Rose的陪同下完成了一次短暂的巴黎之行。虽然这不在我们作为培宝监护人的正常职责范围内,但我们始终致力于在学生留学过程的各个方面为他们提供支持,并在力所能及的情况下提供帮助。

我们始终坚持“多走一英里(即更多的付出和努力)”的工作方式。所以,这一次我们的一位区域经理就真的“走了”几百英里!

与其把这次旅行当成一个行政任务,她俩决定倒不如把它变成一次教育体验,那么,她们能在这么短的时间内看到和体验多少东西呢?

她们乘火车从索尔兹伯里前往伦敦,然后登上前往巴黎的欧洲之星,晚上七点前抵达巴黎。在火车上,Tina说了她 A level 艺术课程的学习,因此Rose帮她定到了卢浮宫的门票,放下行李后,她们步行到巴黎市区,步入了这座令人惊叹的博物馆和艺术馆。Tina拍摄了她目前正在学习的艺术家的雕塑和绘画作品,当然还看了了世界上最顶级的画作《蒙娜丽莎》。

当天的夜晚皓月当空,是一轮满月,因此,在受到奇妙的艺术启发后,Tina拍了一张令人惊叹的“丰收之月”的 照片。

从卢浮宫出来后还有时间,她们就去埃菲尔铁塔,由于当晚天气温暖,很多人都出来欣赏夜景,10 点钟的时候,铁塔开始闪耀起令人眩目的灯光秀,这又是一个即壮观又特别的时刻。

周六早上,她们在一家咖啡馆吃了法国传统早餐,看着外面的人来人往,享受着人间烟火,这可是巴黎地道的消遣方式。然后,她们去传统商店里逛了一圈,Rose还教了Tina一些有用的法语,尤其是在糕点店,Tina决定挑战一下,带着法棍面包和传统马卡龙回学校!

爬完台阶后,城市美景尽收眼底。她们正好有足够的时间去参观圣心大教堂。

最后,是时候返回车站乘坐欧洲之星回程了,当然也是时候在Tina的护照上盖章并激活她的签证了。

法国首都之行虽然短暂,但Tina看到了一些杰出的艺术作品,学习了一点法语,置身于一些标志性建筑之间,并留下了终生难忘的回忆。

我们很高兴能够帮助Tina的签证事宜,同时还让她享受到了法国艺术和文化带来的乐趣。

(法国万岁)

 

 


British Boarding School Fair Japan

Last weekend Pippa’s Guardians, delivered our very first British Boarding School Fair in Japan (https://bbsfjapan.com/). Our decision to run such an event was based on the increasing level of interest in our School Advice Service as well as increased Guardianship enquiries.

Our goal is to recruit students from the Japanese market my demystifying UK Boarding Schools and making them more accessible. We have started this process by bringing 15 leading boarding schools to Japan where they met with over 400 families in one day. The volume of interest was simply extraordinary, and schools had lines of families waiting to speak to them from 10am to 430pm. Furthermore, information seminars provided some further context for Japanese families and feedback suggest the event itself was a roaring success.

Our research and the attendance at our event, demonstrates that more and more Japanese families are looking to access UK boarding schools for their children, often as young as 9 years old. The ISC census confirms that, in the last 10 years, there has been a 117% increase in Japanese students enrolling in UK Boarding Schools. In further research we discovered that most Japanese families see UK boarding schools as distant, inaccessible, expensive and very traditional. There is a misconception that our schools are beyond the reach of many Japanese families and therefore schools in America, Canada, Australia, Switzerland and New Zealand have been the ‘go to’ option.

Aside from running an extremely popular fair we are hosting information sessions both online and in person in Japan to talk about UK Boarding Schools. Information sessions that are well received by Japanese families as they simply lack the necessary information to make informed decisions about UK boarding schools. We have also received a lot of interest from the Japanese media; Prior to the event, we were interviewed no less than five times by leading media organisations all keen to understand the UK boarding school market further.

Ben Hughes, Managing Director for Pippa’s and managed the event in Japan. “When I was 10 years old my school had two Japanese and three Thai students as boarders and this was in 1991. It was a transformation experience for me as a young boy, I loved meeting these new cultures and getting to know them better. We even acted as their host family and visited them in Asia – wonderful!  My point is, Japanese students have been coming to UK boarding schools for years, when properly advised it can be hugely beneficial for Japanese students but also very positive for the British students too, as I can attest. Whilst Japanese students coming to UK schools isn’t new, what is changing is the sheer volume and the increase in demand for information about our schools.“

Japanese students and UK Boarding Schools, it’s a thriving, vibrant and positive collaboration for all parties and we’ll see numbers of students really starting to increase in 2024 and beyond.

Nicola Hugget attended the event representing Cheltenham College. “Our experience of the Pippa’s Guardians fair in Japan was superb. It was very well-advertised in country ensuring a large turn-out of families and we felt it was an excellent first introduction for us into the Japanese market. The trip itself encompassed many interesting elements, not just meeting parents and pupils, but also helping us to understand more of the culture. The level of information that parents received was excellent as it ensured they made informed choices in who they approached. The whole event, and subsequent visits around the fair itself were very thoughtfully and carefully structured. The use of excellent translators was also a terrific detail that made a huge difference. We will certainly want to attend future Pippa’s events overseas.”

We are very grateful for the 15 schools who took the ‘leap of faith’ with us and came all the way to Tokyo (some just for the weekend) to recruit students and to support us at our inaugural event.

Our sincere thanks to:

 

Mr Tim Day, Ms Laura Bursey Faulkner and Mr Neil Hampton from Rugby School

Mr Giles Vosper Brown from Stowe School

Mr Richard Houchin from Cheltenham Ladies’ College

Ms Lorna Dolan from Sevenoaks School

Ms Jane Jorgensen from Abingdon School

Dan Thornburn and James Postle from Millfield Prep School and Millfield School

Ms Nicola Hugget and Mr Simon Conner from Cheltenham College

Mr Dylan Smart from Blundells School

Ms Jo Covenay and Ms Lizzy Lewis from Christ’s Hospital School

Ms Pauline Jackson from Malvern College

Mr David Watkin from Culford School

My James Hills from Clifton College

Ms Rachel Debenham from Wellington School

Ms Donna Cresswell from Queenswood School

Most importantly, Amelia and Archie Hughes representing The Elms School!

 

If you are interested to hear more about how Pippa’s Guardians can help your school recruit students from Japan please do get in touch with Ben Hughes. Ben@pippasguardians.co.uk

Arigato, until next year!