We have had a fantastic start to the academic year with our first event - Freshers' Fair. We had over 40 stalls in the atrium at lunchtime to offer information and guidance to students. Director of Students Services, Sam Hanley, said, “Our freshers’ fair is aimed at introducing students to the extra-curricular activities that are available here and in the community. We had a look at Universities and see how they do things and tried to replicate that on a smaller scale. The point of the occasion is to show the students what opportunities there are, like volunteering, charity work, debating societies, film clubs and having fun – all the things that can make them better and stronger people in the future. Overall, it’s a great way to start the new term and I’d like to thank my colleague Barbara King for her support. She was amazing.”
16 year old Phoebe Stygall is from Felixstowe. She said, “I chose One because you are in of control your learning and I’m loving it. The fair was cool - It’s not something my schools ever did.”
Patryk Karolak is also 16 and from Felixstowe. He hopes to study Law at Cambridge when he finishes at One. In terms of the fair, he said, “I’ve walked round most of the stands and it’s been really well laid out. You get a grasp of what is going on and I’m thinking of signing up to a few clubs.”
In terms of why he chose One, he said, “I think the education is good and the teachers teach at a good level. Furthermore, I think I will get the best education here out of all the colleges I could have chosen.”
Charon Pearce, 16 from Ipswich, said, “I signed up for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and I got to find out about other activities going on outside of One. I chose One because when I came to the open days I liked the independent atmosphere, the different styles of learning and it just seemed so friendly.”
One external attendee was Essex based choreographer, Cathy Graham. She created a cheerleading squad with male and female students at One last year. In terms of this year, she said, “We will have cheerleading sessions at the One and we will be competing in a college competition and locally for Ipswich Town Football Club. The plans is to eventually try and get on Soccer Am if things go well. We have had lots of people sign up and we are also hoping to develop an elite squad as well.”
Anna Bothwell-O’Hearn is the student recruitment and marketing officer at the University of Suffolk and she came along to the fair. She said, “We are here today to promote the University of Suffolk and the courses we have on offer. The feedback has been positive. We have spoken to a number of students who have been interested in adult nursing, midwifery and sport. It was great to attend.”
Deputy Principal, Jenny Milsom, added, “There was a real buzz about the place and it was a great way to start the new term. I would like to say thank you to all the businesses and community groups who attended. I would also like to thank the staff for all their hard work in supporting this occasion and organising the event.”
Exhibitors included England Rugby, One Life Suffolk, Sanctuary Personnel, St Elizabeth Hospice, The Institute of Directors, The Source, Vertas and more.
During the event, students from the Arts department performed songs ‘on the bridge’ to all those attending.
Have a look at highlights of the event in our Freshers' Fair Video.