Autumn is arriving to Scotland: misty mornings, warm spells of bright sunshine and glorious golden, red and bronze colours of the trees. The frenzy of the many festivals is over and Edinburgh has returned to its calm grandeur. The holidays are over, the children are back at school and everyday life resumes its natural rhythm.
Last week I spent a few days on the west and north-west coast of Scotland. The roads in the far north are small and winding, the beaches are made up of pure white sand and the sunsets are a dream. The purple heather and glowing rowan berries, together with the magnificent sea air combined to ensure that the Principal returned relaxed and reinvigorated. Next time you are in Scotland, a trip to the north is not to be missed, whenever you are here.
News from the school
We have said farewell to our stimulating and charming summer students and summer teachers too. The prize for the student with the most original job goes to Marco, who was also performing in the Fringe festival as a clown. Guess who the prize for the most talkative student goes to?
August also saw ECS Scotland hold its first TOLES examination as an examination and its tri-annual plus British Council inspection. A big thank you to all the students and teachers who positively supported us during this time.
Words in the News
‘Auld Alliance’, ‘Flooers of the forest’ and ‘James IV’ all remind us of today’s 500th anniversary of the battle of Flodden in Northumbria (just south of the Scottish border). Over 15,000 young men died in the space of two and a half hours in this battle against the English – which Scotland lost. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/0/23795766 for more information on the battle and its consequences for Scotland.
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