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IHGS Higher Certificate Exam - Success

LMentary Success - The IHGS Awards Day 2013

The sun always shines on the IHGS Awards Day - Cecil Humphery-Smith makes sure of it.  So, with heavy rain forecast, Debbie and I headed off nice and early for Canterbury complete with umbrella and coats. This year would be the first time that one of my Correspondence Course Group would be attending. I started tutoring in 2010 and Karen Cummings is my first student to complete the course and sit the Higher Certificate examination. She had put 24 lectures and over 80 assignments behind her before sitting the examination in May. She would be eagerly awaiting the announcement of the Higher Certificate exam results at High Noon!


          Three students from my inaugural 'Delving Deeper' Higher Certificate course had also sat the examination in May and they too would also be attending. They had completed a two-year structured course of just under 50 modules and 50 assignments. Just like Karen they would have one eye on the noticeboard anxiously awaiting the noon announcement. 

          Nothing is ever easy and, after making excellent time along the A3, we found our route blocked. A crane had toppled over on the M25 and our junction was closed to traffic. There was no option we had to take the scenic route. We journeyed along quiet county lanes and passed Cobham, Leatherhead and then Cobham again before realising we were lost! We needed to bang our heads together and come up with an escape plan. Fortunately we did and we found a way back to the M25. We had been delayed almost an hour but we were able to complete the journey and still arrive with time to spare.
          On arriving at the IHGS I met other members of the IHGS Staff: Frances on reception and tutors Ann, Celia, Liz and Sarah; the Principal, Dr Richard Baker, was his usual busy self. The sun was shining (well done Cecil) and the wine was chilled.
          Thankfully all three of my LMentary students had successfully negotiated the Surrey A (and B) roads and were assembled and ready for the prize-giving. High Noon had passed, the results had been posted, and the garden was abloom with smiling faces! 
          The Earl of Lytton presented Higher Certificates to my successful trio: Danise Davies, Judith Howard and Diana Miller and presented Karen Cummings, my IHGS Correspondence Course student, with a Higher Certificate (with distinction); altogether a very satisfactory and enjoyable IHGS Awards Day.   

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