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News stories from our college and cohousing community

Our New Arrivals

During the summer we welcomed two new community members to The Mount in the form of Giles and Winston from The Donkey Sanctuary.  They have settled in very well and are being looked after mainly by our co-housing team but also with help from our students.  It is lovely to see them on their daily walks around the grounds - they bring a smile to all our faces

Published 17 September 2019


Work Experience Week 2019

This year's Work Experience Week took place during the week before half-term. All students went off timetable for the week and undertook a variety of internal and external work experience placements to develop their work skills.

A massive thank you to the following organisations for providing placements: Wadhurst Manor Care Home, Wadhurst Dramatic Club, Grays Cafe, Sticky Fingers Day Nursery, Jolly Tots Day Nursery, Plantbase, Orchard Eggs, Scotney Castle, Nutley Hall and Wilderness Wood.

Many of these organisations kindly provide regular work placements for our students throughout the year. If you are a local business or organisation that might be able to do the same please get in touch by emailing gemma.sherry@mountcamphill.org

Published 5 June 2019

Trainees cultural trip to Holland

In mid-May, the Trainee students spent a week in Holland on an exciting cultural trip. Nikki, one of the house coordinators who accompanied them, recounts the highlights ....

"Having spent several months preparing, planning and raising money for the trip, it was great to finally get there!

After a very long journey taking the ferry from Dover to Dunkirk, driving through France and Belgium, we arrived in Noordwijk which sits south of Amsterdam right on the coast. Given the late hour, we had a quick supper and dived into our beds. Despite the holiday mood, exhaustion soon took over and everyone was fast asleep.

The next morning after a delicious breakfast of Dutch breads, cheeses and of course ‘Hagelslag’ (pronounced in English as: Chocolate sprinkles!) we headed into the centre of busy Amsterdam! Here we visited the Anne Frank house, where the students were able to experience and bring to life what they have been reading about in her book. This was most definitely moving and thought provoking for all of us.

The following day was much more relaxed; we headed off to the beach for a glorious day of sun and sea. Water was paddled, castles were built and all things College and study related seemed far away!

On our final full day, we visited the Van Gogh museum; seeing all those paintings so close, some of which were really quite huge, was a very special experience and rounded off beautifully what the students had been studying over the course of the academic year.

Before leaving this hectic and vibrant city, we took a final tour, this time by boat, cruising calmly though all the canals, being awed by the architecture of the buildings and the speed of the bicycles that flew past on the streets above us.

It was a long journey home, but a good opportunity to digest and discuss all that we had seen and experienced."

A huge thank you to everyone who made such a special and memorable trip possible, especially those who supported the students' fundraising.

Published 24 May 2019