A World of Culture; You Don't Need to Travel the Globe to Get a Whistlestop Tour of World Culture as the Students from Atlantic College Can Provide That in an Evening. Alison Young Reports

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A World of Culture; You Don't Need to Travel the Globe to Get a Whistlestop Tour of World Culture as the Students from Atlantic College Can Provide That in an Evening. Alison Young Reports


Byline: Alison Young

* HE students from the multi-cultural Atlantic College are taking to the stage for their charity show packed full of vibrancy and fun.

The International Show is an annual performance that reflects the culture of the different countries of the teenage students who attend the college.

The college is a unique place, located in the quiet Vale of Glamorgan countryside, and thousands of miles away from the 70-odd countries which many of its students call home. This year's show is organised, devised and run purely by the college's students.

Hanna Song, 18, originally from South Korea but who moved to Bridgend 10 years ago, is one of the show's organisers and is in her second year at the college.

"I lived so close to the college but didn't realise it was here until a friend came here and recommended it to me. It's an amazing place, at my old school I was the only pupil from South Korea but here I can be South Korean and British at the same time," she said.

Another of the organisers Imae Chua, 18, from Malaysia, said: "I heard about Atlantic College from one of my mother's friends who used to send her children here for swimming lessons during the summer months and they were taught by the students.

"This friend knew I was interested in community work and when I did some research on the college I knew I'd fall in love with it here which I have."

Vice-principal Nick Lush said: "The show has been running for many years and is something which the students put together themselves with no help from staff.

"Basically it is a culmination of the best bits from the students' Sunday night national evenings which are held throughout the year and in-volve groups of students putting on sketches, singing, reading poetry or making music. …

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