Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52MUSIC 31 1) What are you currently studying and where? I am currently studying Single Honours Music at Keele University 2) What has your first year of University life been like? My first year of University has been quite enjoyable. Before coming to University I had many worries as there are many stereotypes about what University life is like. However, you quickly learn that many people there are similar to you and you learn a lot more about who you are as a person. 3) What have you enjoyed most? The freedom! The freedom of not being at home with family is not for everyone which is understandable as for many people this is their first time moving away. However, it is a valuable experience as you gain independence such as cooking and cleaning for yourself. 4) What have been some of the challenges? As this is my first time moving away from my family, I think the hardest challenge would be cooking for myself and trying to eat three meals a day! You don’t realise how much you miss your mother’s cooking until you’re living on takeaways and ready made meals. 5) Have you joined any clubs/ societies/ groups etc? At University, there are so many societies out there so everyone doesn’t feel left out and miss out on the University experience. I have joined a few music societies such as the two orchestras that the University has. 6) How did your time at HGS prepare you for life at University? At HGS, I had a number of teachers that I could talk to about my concerns of University before I moved in September. Every teacher I spoke to gave me advice on what it is like at University and the best way to prepare myself so I would advise anyone who has concerns about moving to University to speak to a teacher as they have been through it before. 7) What was your best moment at HGS? I thoroughly enjoyed helping out the music department when there were open days being held for Year 7’s and for sixth form students but my best moment at HGS was performing at the awards assembly in front of the staff and the year before me who were collecting their achievements during their time at HGS. 8) Any advice for our Sixth Formers? • Bring a voice recording device so when you go to lectures/seminars, you can just hand it to your lecturer before the lecture starts so it will be all recorded for you to listen back when you revise. • Go to as many events as you can during Freshers Week. Universities tend to hold a variety of events for first year students to help them settle in and meet new people. • As you’re going to be sharing a kitchen, I would advise you to bring cutlery and plates which are distinctive (a certain colour or patterned) so it won’t be mixed up with your fellow flatmate’s. • You’re going to have more spare time than expected so join as many societies as possible and find other hobbies to keep yourself busy. • Enjoy yourself! Remember that everyone will be in the same boat as you so try not to worry about going to university. Universities also provide a lot of support for students as they understand many people will struggle. 2015-2016 MUSIC EXAM RESULTS Hanzblyth Camanzo Grade 1 Merit Piano Amritpal Randhawa Grade 1 Merit Piano Joe Seferi Grade 1 Distinction Piano Sandeep Ubhi Grade 2 Pass Piano Akhil Gandham Grade 2 Merit Piano Samuel Grego Grade 2 Pass Classical Guitar Abishek Dey Grade 2 Merit Classical Guitar Jai Patel Grade 2 Merit Classical Guitar Cameron Amin Grade 2 Merit Classical Guitar Charlie Vannakorn Grade 2 Distinction Classical Guitar Salih Ahmed Grade 2 Distinction Classical Guitar Jagraj Kahlon Grade 2 Distinction Classical Guitar Khanh Pham Grade 3 Distinction Piano Brandon Masih Grade 3 Pass Classical Guitar Seth Griffiths Grade 7 Pass Classical Guitar Karl Frater Grade 7 Merit Classical Guitar Brandon Masih Grade 7 Merit Classical Guitar There are more than twenty students yet to take their music exams this year – we wish them every success. INTERVIEW Martin Nguyen with Martin Nguyen joined HGS in 2013 to study for his A-levels. He is a talented musician who plays violin, viola and piano and studied at the Junior Conservatoire here in Birmingham.