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Monday, 5 January 2015

Top 15 HLS Memories of 2014

2014 was a great year for Horne Learning Services. We tried a wide variety of different topics for classes and really had some unique and fun adventures on the way. Here is a run-down of our 15 best memories from 2014, in chronological order:

In February 2014, Qi Yao won the Horse Sound Competition


We introduced a new annual award to recognise students who have shown extraordinary commitment. In March 2014, Jen Yee won the Longest-attending Student award

First class at Petronas (PC MTBE) in Gebeng on 20th March, 2014

On March 27th, 2014 we held our first ever food testing class. Everyone brought along some food and we described the taste and our level of enjoyment, expanding vocabulary and filling our stomachs! It turned out to be the first of many

Opened up a good friendship with Sharon, the HR Manager at CSA Chemicals Sdn.Bhd. at Kuantan Port, where we taught an English course to a class of staff

Group photo on the last English class with employees of CSA Chemicals Sdn.Bhd. with HR Manager Sharon on the right (21st May, 2014)

In May 2014 and beyond, we enjoyed having colour-themed classes. Here, our fantastic students pose with Mr. Duncan

In June 2014 we conducted a special FIFA World Cup comprehension class for our adult students

A laser pen class photo stole everyone's attention in July 2014

August 2014 was the month of our first ever English class project - The Night Project. We supplied trophies, certificates and consolation prizes to all the best projects. There will be another two projects in 2015

Ah, the chocolate class! In September we delighted in a little chocolate in our adult classes, which went down a treat!

On 13th September, 2014, Superman made an appearance at an HLS English class! (Superman outfit modelled by Edric)

On 2nd October, 2014, we completed our English course with staff of Mega View Hotel

The Christmas Project, in December 2014, was the second project of the year. Students had fun expressing their creative forces on a Christmas theme

The 4 students who attended class on 26th December, 2014 helped themselves to our Christmas tidbits including kek lapis, fruit cake, chocolate chip cookies and honey cornflakes!

That was our year. We are really excited to get started with 2015 and look forward to making many more wonderful memories!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

The Christmas Project 2014 Winners

Thank you to all students who attended classes throughout December 2014 and participated in The Christmas Project. After marking we picked the best 3 entries and the 3 best runners-up. They received their trophies/prizes in class near the end of December.

Final percentages for students participating in The Christmas Project, December 2014

Here is the completed project of the top student:

Brandon's completed Christmas Project

The three trophies ready for presentation to The Christmas Project winners

Posing for a photo with Mr. Duncan, Brandon is The Christmas Project, December 2014 winner

Sher Wen poses for a photo with Mr. Duncan. She came in a close 2nd place in The Christmas Project, December 2014

Isaac takes 3rd place in The Christmas Project, December 2014, and poses for a photo with Mr. Duncan along with his project and trophy

Reagen with Mr. Duncan as he collected equal 4th consolation prize for his efforts in The Christmas Project, December 2014

Sooriyar dons a Santa hat to celebrate finishing equal 4th in The Christmas Project, December 2014, with Mr. Duncan

Ammar poses for a photo with Mr. Duncan after taking away the consolation prize for 6th place in The Christmas Project, December 2014

Monday, 15 December 2014

The Christmas Project, Dec 2014

This December at Horne Learning Services we are doing something fun for the children. 

The Christmas Project started last week and was the first of 3 parts the children will be involved in.

Our students' snowflakes decorate the wall

Part 1 - Make a snowflake
Part 2 - Design a Christmas Tree
Part 3 - Write a letter to Santa Claus

So Part 1 was finished last week (8-13th Dec) and you can see the snowflakes on the wall in the picture above. 

Parts 2 and 3 will be done this week (15-20th Dec). All 3 parts will be assessed for creativity, effort and good English. The overall winner of The Christmas Project will receive this little trophy:

Winner's trophy for The Christmas Project, Dec 2014

There will also be 2nd and 3rd place trophies, in addition to consolation prizes for other notable efforts.

Trophies ready to be presented to the Top 3 The Christmas Project entries

In Part 1 of The Christmas Project, students had 3 attempts at making a snowflake using various coloured pieces of paper and a pair of scissors. There were some excellent designs.

Students busy designing snowflakes in Part 1 of The Christmas Project, Dec 2014

Creativity often means getting messy!

A student looks at one of his three snowflakes

The top 4 scoring snowflakes from Part 1 of The Christmas Project, Dec 2014

The Christmas Project marking scheme

We are looking forward to this week where Parts 2 and 3 will be done. Part 2 - designing a Christmas tree, will be about creativity once more; Part 3 - Writing a letter to Santa Claus, will focus on imagination and good usage of the English language.

Prizes will be distributed next week (22-27th Dec) to all the best projects in class!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

December 2014 Newsletter

Seasons Greetings and a very Merry Christmas to all of our current and former students! We hope you'll find happiness in reaching out and giving to others, particularly at this time of year.

December is always a busy month at Horne Learning Services, as schedules chop and change, students stop and start, and rearrangements have to be made. What's more, Mr. Duncan is working on a new syllabus for 2015 which includes a topic for each month with fun exercises to test students' grammar, reading and comprehension, speaking, listening and creative writing skills. We hope to have the entire 2015 syllabus prepared before the end of December.

Current enrollment for Horne Learning Services is at 99% with just one space available for an adult class on a Wednesday night. Students wishing to join our classes may be added to the waiting list. This is also a good time to remind you of the Rules & Regulations page (which can be found near the top of the blog). Please have a careful read of these items which have been designed through past experience, so that both you and us can move smoothly through our English learning journey together.

December 2014 is under way and this month students will enjoy Christmas wordsearches, making snowflakes, designing a Christmas tree, writing a letter to Santa Claus, and more speaking opportunities. It should be a fun month to end the year!