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(FRONT COVER) CTC Student MagazineCTC Student MagazineCTC Student Magazine SSSUMMERUMMERUMMER 201220122012
PRINCIPALS FOREWORD 3
GO APE! 4
WORLD BOOK DAY 5
INTERVIEW WITH JUSTIN KON 6
NATURES PREDATOR 7
I TOOK AN ARROW TO THE KNEE 8
A LABOUR OF LOVE: TEACHING 10
CAMBRIDGE INTERVIEW EXPERIENCE 11, 17
THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD 12
CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES 14
A VISIT TO THE LONDON EYE 16
TALK WITH THAIS 18
FOOTBALL FUNDRAISING 21
MUSIC, INC: MAKING NOISE WITH A DIFFERENCE 22
INFORMAL CONCERT 24
HOBBIES AND TALENTS; TRADITIONAL DANCING FROM AROUND THE WORLD 25
LEAVERS PHOTOS 26
I t is hard to believe that we are moving towards the end of
another academic year at CTC. It only seems like yesterday
(and certainly not last summer!) that I wrote an article for
the College Magazine in which I paid tribute to CTCs founder
Principal, Roger Osborne, and to his dream of creating this great
place of learning of ours. If anything, the past year has again
demonstrated just how committed and determined we are at
CTC are to the continued pursuit of academic excellence. I was
reminded of this in March when I attended the annual awards
ceremony at the House of Lords for students who sat A level and
GCSE examinations at colleges belonging to CIFE (the Council for
Independent Education) in 2011. Around 20 independent schools
and colleges belong to CIFE so if I tell you that a quarter of the
academic prizes awarded that day went to CTC students you will
appreciate how proud and privileged I felt to be present. Such awards serve as a reminder not only
of the dedication and efforts of our students and staff, but also of just how much can be achieved
through the pursuit of ones academic goals and ambitions. With this in mind, I wish all CTC
students a very successful examination period and look forward to celebrating your achievements
with you later this summer. As for this latest edition of the College Magazine, I would like to
congratulate everybody involved in it and to thank them for emphasising that for all our focus on
studying and sitting examinations we also enjoy being part of a close-knit, friendly and
international community. I have been fortunate this year to visit, on behalf of the College,
countries as diverse as China, Latvia, Cambodia, Estonia and Vietnam and in each of them I was
made aware of the high regard in which CTC is held by parents, students and alumni and,
specifically, of how great that sense of community and integration is valued. It is a very special
feature of daily life at the College and one which we must always work hard to maintain.
Well done to the Magazine team and best wishes to all for the summer!
Mario Di Clemente
T hey say that the best way to overcome
your fear is to face it. Strangely enough it
The decision to join the activity was more than
spontaneous. I did not even bother to find out
what it really was, that activity with such a fancy
name. I was simply attracted by a colourful poster
stuck on the B52 door and encouraged by an
enthusiastic invitation from Mr. Torres. Thats it.
Only God knew what kind of adventure was
actually waiting for us.
There were 12 of us which is quite impressive for
a 10 a.m. Saturday morning event. Luckily, the
destination was quite far away, so we managed to
sleep an extra 2 hours with the quiet music of the
morning radio. The college van stopped at a
remote location and everything started from then
Thick ropes, safety belts, a pretty instructor
explaining how to work with equipment, Mr.
Torres walking around and taking photos, terrible
screams far away - that was my very first
impression of the place. I was not particularly
scared until we had to have a go.
I promise that I have never experienced anything
like that before. I cannot estimate the actual
height at which we had to overcome the
obstacles, but people down there seemed to be
no bigger than ants. My heart was beating so fast
that sometimes I thought I could not control my
movements. I must admit that I have a sort of
height phobia, but the most terrible thing is that
there was no way to go back: you must either
keep going or - keep going. We had to pass over
the long suspension bridges made from wooden
boards situated at a certain distance from each
other. And the golden rule was, Always stay
attached if you dont want to fall down and end
your lifes journey in such a pathetic way.
The most frightening moment, I remember, was
when we had to jump and slide towards a huge
By Quynh Chi Le (Kate)
net. That was a split second when I started to
think of my family, my friends and thats when 18
years of my life just flashed in front of my eyes so
quickly - as if everything which had happened to
me before became no longer important, apart
from the dearest people whom I love. It was
freakingly scary yet breathtaking, unbelievably
dizzy, yet unforgettable. I cannot find better
words to describe my feelings. I felt proud. Proud
that I could surprise myself, face the fear and
In summary, every article conveys a message to
readers and this one is not an exception. The
moral is: opportunity knocks only once, so when
you are young grab every single available
opportunity to try and discover something new.
Listen to Mr. Torres. He knows what hes doing!
World Book Day
World Book Day originated in Catalonia. People would
give gifts of books and roses to each other. This
tradition began 80 years ago. The day is now
observed in approximately 30 countries across the
world, although interestingly not on the same day in
To celebrate this event a book bring and buy sale was
held in the library on March 1st.
Students and staff kindly donated books which were
then sold to eager customers.
The book sale along with a quiz made a grand total
of 92.10p. These proceeds were sent to Book Aid
International. The organisation uses the money to
distribute books in developing countries. This is
done to help promote literacy by creating reading
and learning opportunities for disadvantaged
children, in order to help them realise their potential
and eradicate poverty.
By Sara Akhavan
INTERVIEW WITH JUSTIN KON
When were you at CTC?
I came to CTC in the cold, wintry month of
December 1975 to do my A Level course which I
successfully completed in June 1976. I left
Croydon to pursue my tertiary education at the
University of Essex in September 1976.
Where and what is your occupation now?
I am a Managing Director of a Logistics Company
in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
How did it feel being one of the earlier batches
of Malaysian students in CTC?
I was the second batch of Malaysian students to
study in CTC. There were less than 10 Malaysian
students studying at CTC during my time. As we
were far away from home, we became a closely-
knit group. Later, we began to make new friends
with the English students and many other students
from Luxembourg, Japan, Nigeria, Thailand, Hong
Kong, Iran, Pakistan and Indonesia. This gave us a
very good exposure as CTC is like a mini United
Nations with students coming from all over the
How was Croydon in the 1970s and what are
the biggest changes you think it has made?
I remember Croydon was a very beautiful town
with many green parks, wonderful shops at the
Whitgift Centre and restaurants in the mid 1970s.
Today, the population is probably much more
cosmopolitan with many more departmental
stores, shops, a wide choice of restaurants, office
towers and luxury apartments. I also noticed CTC
has grown by leaps and bounds with new premises
being added to the original building, a well-
stocked library, up-to-date computer facilities,
cyber caf, increased student numbers and a very
international student body.
In September 2011, I was travelling from London
to Brighton by train which had a brief stopover at
East Croydon Station - I found the First Capital
Connect train to be very clean and comfortable
compared to British Rail in the 1970s. The skyline
in Croydon has definitely been transformed for
the better. As Croydon is just south of London, I
learnt that many foreign companies are locating
their offices there too.
What was the first thing you thought to
yourself, when you arrived in Croydon?
Culture shock came to my mind as everything
looked so different from home. The weather was
very cold which was a complete contrast to our
warm, tropical climate of a perpetual summer.
The food was bland but I told myself that I had to
adapt my taste buds and learn to appreciate
British food, otherwise, I would go hungry.
How did you cope with the