We just had a visit from Liann (who normally works in the office) and her lovely little baby girl Isabella - our youngest honorary member of staff! They both looked so beautiful and happy :-)
Today we had a surprise visit from Erwin Rieder and his wife. Erwin was a student at English in Chester in 1979! and back then he even helped owner (and his homestay host) Richard Day to paint the school! What a wonderful surprise! it's always great to welcome former students and listen to their happy memories of the school:
'I booked a one month stay in Chester and came to England by my car (a Renault R4 'self-designed') and stayed with Richard and Patty Day.
I arrived on a... Sunday in July 1979, it must have been the 15th, in Chester. One of the first things I did after arriving, I went to the school with your father and helped him to paint something (maybe a floor).
About the school I only remember that I liked very much the relaxed atmosphere between teachers and students. We had lots of interesting lessons and discussions and often went together to the 'Pied Bull' after school or sometimes in the evening or on week-ends.
There were a lot of interesting trips to the surroundings of Chester – and some a little farther.'
Richard is on a whistle stop tour of Japan, Taiwan and Korea visiting agents and schools. Here he is pictured with Vivian from Broadway in Taiwan!
Saiden and Orietta, teachers from the Province of Limon in Costa Rica studied with us for 4 weeks in January. Their stay was sponsored by BritCham in Costa Rica and the agency Intercultura de Centroamerica AFP, S.A. who are keen to broaden the experience of public school English language teachers. English in Chester was able to offer a partial tuition scholarship through the Richard Day Scholarship Fund. Richard said that he was very happy to help this very worthwhile initiative and to have such wonderful, enthusiastic people in the school.