Host families needed

Sussex Coast College Hastings is looking for local families to help host international students over the summer.

Every year the college welcomes hundreds of international students to the town to study English language courses and get a taste of studying in the UK.

The success of these programmes depends on the excellent care that the college’s network of local host families provide.

“Hastings has a great reputation internationally for attracting overseas students and our international programmes run across the year contributing a six figure sum into the local economy as well as providing a vibrancy to the town.” said International Director, Mark Allen.

Satty Chies, who works at the college, has been welcoming students into her home in Hastings for a number of years.

“We really enjoy hosting international students. It’s really good fun and the students are a welcome addition to the family,” said Satty. “We have students from all over the world staying with us, sometimes for a couple of weeks and on other occasions a few months. But however long they’re here, my husband and I really enjoy getting to know them and learning about their cultures.”

“The students we’ve had have all been extremely polite and respectful of the house rules. They always ask if they can help around the house, and occasionally offer to cook dinner for the family.”

“We have two small children and they get on really well with the students. My son likes to talk about and play football with the boys, and my daughter often has nail painting evenings with the girls, which is great and almost like they have older brothers and sisters to look up to.”

“Of course there is the financial benefit which is nice, but we also really enjoy having the students stay with us because we get to know them and develop a nice bond. By the end of their stay, we’re actually sad to see them go.”

Over the next few months groups of students from Brazil, Italy, China, and Japan will be heading to the UK to join the college, and during this time, the college will be looking for host families to help accommodate them.

The college will be able to pay £125 per student, per week, or £103 per student per week if they are sharing a room, towards the cost of providing half board occupancy.

You will need to be living in the Hastings and St. Leonards area, and the students will be aged 14 and above.

If would like to find out more, or would like to become a host family, please get in touch with the International Department at Sussex Coast College on: 01424 458577 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Libby Styling Hair

A hairdressing student from Sussex Coast College Hastings was recently given the opportunity to have her work featured in a local magazine.

The Wealden Times, a lifestyle magazine for Kent and Sussex, enlisted the help of Libby Meech to produce two different hairstyles for a photo shoot, one of which was for a wedding shoot.

Libby, who is studying on the Level 2 Hairdressing course, welcomed two models into the Plaza Hair and Beauty Salon at the college, so that she could style their hair before they headed off to the photo shoot location.

The first style was back-combed to give volume, and featured in a clothing advert. For the second style, Libby loosely curled the hair to create an elegant, wavy look, which she then finished with lavender and a purple ribbon.

Libbys Hair Style

Libby said: “I have always loved doing hair. From a young age I was always doing my friends hair and knew that I wanted to have a career in hairdressing.”

“I was quite nervous to be honest, because it was the first time that I had styled hair, that wasn’t just for fun. The magazine told me how they wanted each shoot to look, and they challenged me to come up with the styles that would fit the theme.”

“I was able to be quite creative with the styles, and the magazine editors were really happy with what I came up with. It has been a great experience and I’m now able to use the styles in my portfolio.”

Year 10 students from across Hastings, Rother, and Bexhill will have the opportunity to explore their college options during an Open Evening at Sussex Coast College Hastings later this month.

The college will open its doors on Thursday 22nd March, from 5pm until 7pm, to give students the chance to find out more about their options after secondary school. The open evening is a great opportunity to take a look around the building and talk to subject tutors, while taking part in a number of fun ‘fearless’ challenges.

Open Evening 2017

Subject areas from across the college will put on a number of themed fearless challenges. Catering lectures will put on a ‘bush tucker trial’, Public Service lecturers will set up a ‘live’ crime scene, Health and Social Care lecturers will challenge your coordination, Sport lecturers will be dissecting a heart, and Jaws and Claws will be visiting with their family of reptiles.

Heart Dissecting

Principal, Clive Cooke, said: “We really enjoy hosting these open evenings and always look forward to welcoming students and their families in to the college to see what we have on offer. It is always a very informative and useful evening, but we also aim to make it enjoyable and memorable.”

“Our fearless challenges are designed to get students to step out of the crowd and have a go at something they might not have tried before – which is just like college. Stepping out of the crowd and trying new things could open lots of learning opportunities and give you a rewarding time at college.”

They say that we perform best when we’re under pressure. You’re motivated to knuckle down and work hard. But this isn’t always the case. Pressure can affect us in many different ways.

If you find that revision and exams get the better of you; then you’ll need to read on.

We asked a selection of students, past and present, as well as tutors and advisors to help us put together a list of the best tried and tested tips to help you get on top of your exam and revision stresses.

Exam pressure tips 1

Olly is a current A-Level student, Lucy is the Student President, and Lydia is an Intensive Personal Advisor.

Exam pressure tips 2

Emily is a current Hairdressing student, Jeff is a Catering Lecturer, Richard is a Personal Trainer, and Shona is the Manager of Coast Coffee.

Exam pressure tips 3

Emily is a current A-Level student, Kyle is an IT student, Richard is a Personal Trainer, and Loy is a current Business student.

Exam pressure tips 4

Nick is a Cabin Crew student, George is a current Personal Training student, Becky is a current Beauty student, and Richard is a Personal Trainer.

Exam pressure tips 5

Victoria is a current Business student, Lorna is the college's Exam Officer, Emilia is a former A-Level student, Hannah is the college's Student Services Manager.


As the shortest month of the year flashes by, we’re now looking ahead to March.

Some of the highlights in March include: World Book Day, St David’s Day, National Apprenticeship Week, International Women’s Day, Mother’s Day, and St Patrick’s Day.

But this month’s Top 5 will celebrate British Science Week (9th – 18th March).

What better way to celebrate than taking a look at some of the most influential British scientists over the past 200 years – and wow, they’ve invented some cool stuff!


Charles Darwin

So our scientific trip through history starts almost 200 years ago with the Theory of Evolution.


Charles Robert Darwin, was born in Shrewsbury in February 1809, and suggested that fish climbed out of the ocean, grew arms and legs and created man. Ok it’s a little more complex than that, but Darwin is best known for his contributions to the science of evolution and his theory that all species of life have descended from common ancestors through the process that he called natural selection. His ground-breaking research and theory made him one of the most influential figures in human history.


Alexander Graham Bell

Next up is the man who invented the one object that many of us simply cannot live without, the telephone.


For many people, their phones are never more than an arm’s length away – but if it wasn’t for this Scottish innovator then phones may not be the life-organising tools we know them as today. Thanks to Bell’s patent for the first practical telephone, he became the founder the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) in 1885. Perhaps ironically, Bell considered his invention an intrusion on his real work as a scientist and refused to have a telephone in his study.


Alexander Fleming

Sir Alexander Fleming, by his own admission, didn’t plan to revolutionise all medicine by discovering the world's first antibiotic, or bacteria killer, but that is exactly what he did.


Fleming was a Scottish physician, microbiologist, and pharmacologist who discovered Penicillin from mould in 1928. Known as the accidental discovery, Fleming was already a fantastic researcher but had a reputation for being untidy. After returning from a family holiday he noticed that some of his cultures had grown fungus, leading him to carry out more experiments. The rest, as they say, is history. His discovery revolutionised the world of medicine and earned Fleming a knighthood.


Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Elsie Franklin made significant contributions to the world of science with her research into DNA and viruses.


In her early career she trained as an X-ray crystallographer, and during an X-ray diffraction image of DNA, particularly Photo 51, the process led to the discovery of the DNA double helix. Sadly, her career was cut short when she died in 1958 at the age of just 37; and it wasn’t until after her death that her work was truly recognised.


Alan Turing

Alan Turing is most famous for his problem solving abilities to help the Allied forces win the Second World War.


He was an English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, and cryptanalyst who, while working for the Government, played a pivotal role in cracking the German Enigma messages to give the Allies the upper hand on the Nazi’s strategy. His work is said to be the start of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.


Because the inventions and discoveries over the past 200 years have been so significant, we couldn’t stop at 5.


John Logie Baird

John Logie Baird is the third Scot in our list, and made binge-watching Nexflix possible.


Without TV, there would be no Nexflix (unthinkable). Baird moved to Hastings in 1923 and built what was to become the world's first working television set using an old hat box, a pair of scissors, some darning needles, a few bicycle light lenses, and a used tea chest. Baird then went on to develop his ideas to create the world’s first transatlantic broadcast.


6 great Britons there - but if you think we’ve missed anyone, let us know!

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A courageous three-year-old with a life limiting condition is the winner of this month’s Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award.

Elsie-rose Nugent has a condition called spinal muscular atrophy Type 1, a severe muscle weakness which can cause problems moving, eating, breathing and swallowing.

Despite her condition, Elsie-rose strives to be just like her big sister Evie-rose, and her mum Natasha Kelly says she still wants to do what everyone else does - so they just try to adapt everything.

Elsie-rose lives in Beatrice Close and attends Glyne Gap Nursery School in Bexhill.

The Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award is sponsored by Sussex Coast College Hastings and the Hastings Observer Series.

The award is presented to someone aged 18 and under who has excelled in some way. This could be in sport, their academic studies, or if they have performed an important role on a voluntary basis in their own home or the wider community.

Ashley Chapman, Marketing and Communications Executive at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said: “What a superstar Elsie-rose is! I know life hasn’t been easy for her but when I presented her with her award I could tell how determined she is. She’s a lovely little girl and I’m delighted she’s our winner.”

As part of her award, Elsie-rose will receive a complimentary meal for two and a £100 donation will be made to Demelza House Children’s Hospice.

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