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INTO Newcastle students sing, dance and study their way to success

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INTO Newcastle students sing, dance and study their way to success

It’s all go this springtime at INTO Newcastle University – a couple of weeks ago, students gave an enraptured audience a magical wake-up call with a brilliant pantomime adaptation of the classic fairytale, Sleeping Beauty.

It’s all go this springtime at INTO Newcastle University – a couple of weeks ago, students gave an enraptured audience a magical wake-up call with a brilliant pantomime adaptation of the classic fairytale, Sleeping Beauty. Thirty students from the International Foundation and International Year One programmes participated in the show, which was written and staged by maths teacher, Yvonne Wancke. After the show, Yvonne said: “The students did a great job, the audiences were lovely and we are all very excited for our next show!” The performers and participants had this to say: “The rehearsals were great and I made many friends from different countries who have become a meaningful part of my life at INTO” - Zeqin X… Read the full article
It’s all go this springtime at INTO Newcastle University – a couple of weeks ago, students gave an enraptured audience a magical wake-up call with a brilliant pantomime adaptation of the classic fairytale, Sleeping Beauty.

Thirty students from the International Foundation and International Year One programmes participated in the show, which was written and staged by maths teacher, Yvonne Wancke. After the show, Yvonne said: “The students did a great job, the audiences were lovely and we are all very excited for our next show!”

The performers and participants had this to say:

“The rehearsals were great and I made many friends from different countries who have become a meaningful part of my life at INTO” - Zeqin Xie (the Herald), a Chinese student who is studying on the International Foundation Humanities programmes.

 “I really enjoyed my time in drama it helped me become more confident and much more happy” - Avanthika Nanda Sanjay (Fairy 6), who is on the same programmes.

"Taking part in the Sleeping Beauty drama is one of the most enjoyable experiences I've had in INTO. I am so grateful for the valuable friendships I have made through the drama, along with the opportunity to take part in a performance” - Wenjie Seow (Fairy 2), an International Foundation Business student from Malaysia.

 “Whenever world news is getting me down, being part of a performance with such a lively and talented group of international students is so uplifting and fun!” - Hedley Sugar-Wells (The Dame), a teacher at INTO Newcastle.

Later this spring - in early May - INTO Newcastle students will join forces with the Indonesian Student Association in Newcastle to present Discover Indonesia, northeast England’s biggest annual Indonesian Festival.

In the run-up to the event, INTO Newcastle students are helping to organise a two-day cultural bazaar - or ‘Semarak’ - featuring cultural workshops (one of which involves making and flying a traditional Indonesian kite), games and food and drink stalls. Kim, who is 19 and on INTO Newcastle’s International Foundation in Finance and Business management, had this to say: “It’s been really fun working with other Indonesian students because we’re like family and at the same time are promoting Indonesian culture.”

Other students are busy rehearsing for the many dances and drama performances which will take place as part of the festival’s ‘Retorik’ evening event and will be held at Northumbria Students Union. Humanities and Social Science Foundation student Sekar, 18, is participating because, she says: “I like dancing and want to introduce Indonesian culture to local people. It’s challenging to keep the balance between practicing and study, but it’s really fun as I have met new friends.”

That INTO Newcastle teaches international students to be all-round performers in the classroom as well as on stage was recently amply demonstrated by former student Shaun.

Having arrived in Newcastle from Indonesia six years ago, Shaun passed the International Foundation in Engineering and went on to obtain a degree in Civil and Structural Engineering and a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering at Newcastle University.

Shaun has recently become a Graduate Bridge Engineer with Ramboll, the engineering firm behind the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. You can read the story of his success here and find out more about the programmes and opportunities at INTO Newcastle and our other UK centres at INTO Study.

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INTO London students are Big Ideas finalists – again!

For the second year running, students on the International Foundation in Business Management and Law programme at INTO London have reached the final stages of the London Metropolitan University Big Idea Challenge. This is an outstanding achievement for the five INTO London students as they are the only international students to take part in this keenly-fought contest. This year, as last, competition is tough, with 18 top London colleges including Harris Academy Battersea, The Windsor Boys’ School, St Marks Academy and City of Westminster College all vying for the main prize. The Big Idea Challenge kicked off in November when London Metropolitan University held a business workshop at INTO London. Students… Read the full article
For the second year running, students on the International Foundation in Business Management and Law programme at INTO London have reached the final stages of the London Metropolitan University Big Idea Challenge.

This is an outstanding achievement for the five INTO London students as they are the only international students to take part in this keenly-fought contest. This year, as last, competition is tough, with 18 top London colleges including Harris Academy Battersea, The Windsor Boys’ School, St Marks Academy and City of Westminster College all vying for the main prize.

The Big Idea Challenge kicked off in November when London Metropolitan University held a business workshop at INTO London. Students were divided into teams and tasked with creating and pitching a business idea to their peers, mentors and employees from London Metropolitan University, who then chose a winning team to progress on to the second stage of the competition.

The next stage was held at the NatWest headquarters in central London, where students worked with industry experts from Microsoft, The Royal Institution, NatWest, RBS and many more to refine their ideas and perfect their two-minute pitch before presenting it to a large audience.

The INTO London team’s ‘Doctor Jacket Collection’ (DJC) – smart-looking, adaptable jackets with ‘smart’ features such as mobile phone charging capability and heat pads - then went through to the final stage where they had to film their pitch, which has now been deployed online for the public to vote for it. The team with the most online votes will be crowned winner of the Big Idea Challenge 2019 at an awards ceremony at The Royal Institution in May.

You can view the INTO team’s Big Idea video pitch and vote for them here - and the very best of luck to the DJC team!

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INTO Giving runners star in spring Marathons

Congratulations to those INTO employees who recently put their best feet forward to raise funds for our corporate charity! Read the full article
Congratulations to those INTO employees who recently put their best feet forward to raise funds for our corporate charity!
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