Education news from St Mary's School, Tristan da Cunha and Tristanians studying overseas.

Stamp issue: Island Life - Through Their Eyes

Stamps showing island life through the eyes of Tristan schoolchildren.
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Update as Storm Relief Voyage Team gets to work

Survey of damage and repair work from Tristan Administrator
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Peter Symonds students from Tristan da Cunha secure A-levels

By Sam Hatherley, Apprentice reporter at the Southern Daily Echo, published 19th August 2019

Students from the most remote settlement on the planet have become the first in a generation to achieve A-level results and vocational qualifications.

Jade Repetto, Rhyanna Swain and Janice Green

Left to right: Jade Repetto, Rhyanna Swain and Janice Green wave their A Level exam results

Janice Green, Jade Repetto and Rhyanna Swain travelled from the island of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic to Peter Symonds in Winchester, boarding at the college while they studied for post-16 qualifications.

Janice gained A-levels in business and product design and a BTEC subsidiary diploma in sport, Jade gained A-levels in business, classical civilisation, and English language and literature, and Rhyanna gained A-level English language and a diploma in health and social care.

They are the first inhabitants of Tristan da Cunha to make the journey to Britain for their education in nearly 30 years.

Commenting on her results, Janice said:

"My mum studied in Britain and encouraged me to grab this experience, as it was my one opportunity.
I am very pleased with my A-level grades, especially as they resulted in a better outcome than expected. This means I have a wider range of opportunities allowing me to choose the best possible higher education course for me.
I am very thankful for all the support given to me by the staff and especially my teachers from Peter Symonds which has enabled me to achieve this."

The students plan to spend some time at home in Tristan da Cunha for a year or two before returning to the UK to continue their education, with Jade and Janice considering apprenticeships and Rhyanna a career in nursing.

Jade said: "I've made friends for life and had experiences and opportunities I would never have had otherwise."

Rhyanna added: "Being the first in a number of generations to come away to further my education feels like a big achievement."

The original article can be read on the Southern Daily Echo website.

St Mary's School July Storm Impact

Update on Tristan da Cunha's education as school opens after the storm in temporary accommodation.
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Storm Update 24th July 2019 and Further Pictures

Update on the aftermath of the July 2019 storm, with photos of the damage to the school, factory and elsewhere.
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Head Teacher Peter Foster Leaving Tristan

Head Teacher Peter Foster will leave Tristan on the next Edinburgh voyage, so the school held an assembly to say good bye to him.
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School Sponsored Walks

Students from St Mary's School did sponsored walks to raise money for the Cyclone Idai appeal.
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End of 2019 Term 1 St Mary's School

Awards for specific achievements were presented at the end of term assembly at the school.
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Vet Visits the School

Veterinarian Aniket Sardana visited the school to talk about his work and about caring for dogs.
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