Report of Diss U3A December meeting

The subject of December’s meeting was STUDENT LIFE TODAY organised by educationalist and local U3A member Richard Hewitt who went on to introduce six students aged between 16 and 18 years of age from Diss, Hartismere and Langley Lodden high schools.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will take place on the 2nd January 2014 at Diss United Reformed Church commencing at 10.30am.

For further information on Diss U3A please visit our website or telephone 01379 642674.

Each of the students gave a short talk explaining the changes that were now taking place in their lives following the transition from high school pupil to sixth form student, bringing with it the recognition for the need for self- motivation, independent study, the choice of subjects and realisation of the amount of work involved in A level study. All acknowledged how important the internet had become to today’s students and education in general. The years between 16 and 18 were also about personal development and independence in preparation for university. All the students spoke with humour and confidence and were happy to take questions from the audience many of whom were no doubt comparing their own experiences of education in somewhat earlier years. The final speaker was Julie Bidwell director of Suffolk Anglia Ruskin University who concluded her talk by saying that in her experience education should continue throughout life and of all the skills that could be acquired the ability and desire to learn is one of the most important. She then joined Richard Hewitt in congratulating the students on a most interesting and entertaining presentation.

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