Student Photography

As one of our electives, our Director of Studies, Charlotte, has been running a photography class. Here are some of the groups best photos!


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Welcome to London!


The third excursion of the course was a trip to London! The exciting day started with the TATE Modern Gallery. Here the students were given their excursion task which involved taking pictures for 5 different themes which allowed the students to show off their creative talents.


Next, we walked to the London Eye – the most popular tourist attraction in the United Kingdom with over 3.75 million visitors annually. The students enjoyed the breath-taking view of London on a beautiful sunny day! The students were also given fun facts about the eye and the neighbouring parliament in their groups by their attentive group leaders.


After lunch, the students were led on a walking tour in their groups to see the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace before finally arriving at the Trafalgar Square. The students then had free time to explore the impressive National Gallery.

After the gallery, the students were guided to Covent Garden and given free time to explore the local area and “shop ’til they drop”.


Finally, the students were treated to some of the best pizza in England* – Pizza Hut! They were then taken back to Princess Helena for some much deserved rest!


*probably not the best pizza in England

Blog Post Winners – Lena and Rachel, and Jane (Zhenya) and Vika!

One of our Electives from the first week here at PHC was “Making a Blog” – students got the opportunity to create a blog and write their own blog posts. We decided to have a competition for the 2 best blog posts, which would both go onto the official CAE at PHC website! So here you are – the best blog posts from the Blog Elective (well done girls!)

Tips for a perfect stay in Princess Helena College

– by Lena and Rachel 

Welcome to PHC, we hope that you will have an amazing stay here, and you will have it, because it is a huge college with a big garden, a swimming pool, so you will have a lot of fun!

  • Things that you must not forget:

– Some sport wear: There are lots of sports activities, you’ll love them!

– A swim suit: There is a big and beautiful swimming pool, so you should bring your own swim suit.
– Some snacks: The meals are fine but it is always better to have some snacks so you never go hungry.
– Pocket money: You have some free time, so you can go shopping to spend your hard earned cash.
– Lots of socks: You can put your clothes in the laundry but maybe the socks will be lost forever…
– Some chill clothes: it’s really cool to have something comfortable to wear, make yourself look the part!
  • How to be with the other students:
– You should be social if you want to meet new friends and you should be nice if you want to keep them.
– Go and talk to some new people, you can ask them anything that takes your fancy… their joys in life.
– Keep that smile!
– Don’t be mad if someone doesn’t understand what you say, just repeat it slowly and then start shouting… (a recommendation from my English teacher!)

  • Worried things:
–  You could be exhausted at the end of a day because we do a lot of different activities, but don’t worry, you will sleep well at the PHC’s beds!
– We know that when you will arrive at PHC, you will think that it’s too big, but you won’t get lost.. there’s always someone of the staff who can help you!
– Don’t worry if you don’t find any friends at the first day because you will meet them on the second or the third day.
We hope that our tips will help you to have an exceptional stay in PHC!

Excursions – by Jane (Zhenya) and Vika




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On Tuesday we were in Hitchin at first time. When we arrived to the city we went to fair to by something what we want. All of as bought a lot of sweets for a very good value. So, we had 45 minutes. Then we had to by some clothes for our fashion show. But we had only 10 pounds. It was very difficult but we did it. After that we had free time when we were walking with our friends, eating and taking some photos. In the end of our advantage we came back to our camp.

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Cambridge is situated about 50 mile north-by-east of London. On Friday we went to Cambridge. We spent amazing day in this town. At first our teachers shared out us into 8 groups and then we went to the excursion.For this day we had a 1 task: all children shoud take one photo of the best thing and one photo of the worst thing about this town. Then we had a lot of free time to buy some souvenirs, and walked with our friends. Finally, we had punting. It was really fantastic.   

Cambridge Photo Challenge!

On our trip to Cambridge on Friday the students had to complete our photo challenge – to take pictures representing the best and worst sides of Cambridge.

Here is what they came up with:




Today we’re on our London excursion so stay tuned for more photos of our students happy to be in the capital city!

Science Experiments

One of our most exciting afternoon activities from last week was Science Experiments with Ethan. We had lots of fun making Coca Cola bottles explode like volcanoes and making our own DIY lava lamps, while Ethan gave us the scientific explanations behind the crazy chemical reactions!

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Watch this space for some videos!


Afternoon Tea

In preparation for going to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, our students have been practising their afternoon tea skills! Served by our wonderful teachers, they were treated to scones (pronounced s-cone-s) and British tea. Delicious!

This was also a great chance for them to chat to students from other classes and get to know them even better.

Many students got into character by drinking their tea with their little finger raised and being extra polite! “May I please be served some more tea, Sir?”

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Exploring Cambridge

Friday was the second excursion of the course, with PHC students visting the beautiful Cambridge!


To start off, students were given a walking tour of Cambridge by our social activities team. The tour included: the Corpus Clock, King’s College and the Round church (to name a few) with our social activities team providing fun and interesting facts as the students were taken round.



Next, the students were off punting on the River Cam! (The city Cambridge was named after the river). They were taken in groups of 12 and shown some of Cambridge’s most beautiful sights by boat.



After the punting, the students had to complete their excursion task which was to highlight the best and worst parts of Cambridge (photos to come soon) before being allowed some free time to explore the historic city. The students then had time to play frisbee or see The Stephen Hawking Centre before going back on the bus and departing for Princess Helena!


After a long excursion, the evening activity for the students was to relax and watch “The Hunger Games” before heading off to bed. The students had a slightly longer lie-in this morning to make sure they could go to lessons today fresh and ready to learn!

More Fashion Photos!

So you thought you’d seen all of the fashion photos? Our models were so good that we couldn’t keep the paparazzi away! Here are a few more exclusive shots of our very own PHC fashion icons- Paris could learn a few things.

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Our winners- the Garden Team!

Today the students will have the option to make some tasty treats, practice drama or go swimming, before taking part in the famous ‘Food-Chain-Game’ tonight! Expect some more great pictures tomorrow!


Fashion Show!

After the students did such a great job buying items for their outfits in Hitchin, it was time to make final amendments, see what they could add from Princess Helena’s fancy dress box, and flaunt their outfits on our very own catwalk!

A huge thank you to everyone involved and especially group 10 the gardeners for winning!

All our fantastic models!
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Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous
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The gardeners may have bribed teacher Lucy on the way to the crown…
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Our fantastic guest judges, and the horrible Michael.
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Our fantastic winners!

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