ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE FOR THESE YOUNG INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE TALENTS
Young international students aged only 14-16 years brought the house down with an impressive stage show at Tower Hamlets College.
The 19 young students, many of whom until recently did not speak any English, impressed the audience, including College Principal Gerry McDonald, with their stage talents, in a show which included an abridged version of Romeo and Juliet, classical dance routines and a student band performing contemporary songs ‘All of Me’ and ‘This’ by John Legend and Ed Sheerin respectively.
Students Elios Marku and Faemaislam Orin Khan further impressed the audience with their individual readings from Twelfth Night and The World is a Stage.
All of the students participating come from different countries and backgrounds around the world including Bangladesh, Hungary, Italy and Spain. They recently arrived with their families in the UK and had little or no knowledge of English until they started studying at the College.
The students now attend classes for 25 hours a week at Tower Hamlets College and receive English language, maths and science teaching as well as classes in sports, arts and drama.
Tower Hamlets College has a direct entry provision for students aged 14-16 who have newly arrived in the UK. Currently 19 students are enrolled at their Arbour Square campus in Stepney. The College has capacity to grow its provision and plans to enrol more young people newly arrived in the UK.
Gerry McDonald, Principal at Tower Hamlets College said:
‘This was a wonderful show and all the more impressive as these students are so young and all new to the UK. They are all learning English, so to stand up on the stage and recite Shakespeare and sing Ed Sheerin in public is remarkable. We are very proud of all the students tonight.”