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Principal’s Post - Loch Ness Monster Found


People in Scotland and around the world woke up to the dramatic headline this week that ‘Nessie’ our world famous monster had finally been found in the depths of Loch Ness.

Alas, it turned out not to be the true living humpbacked green monster but a nine metre cinema prop which had floated to the bottom of Loch Ness almost 50 years ago. The prop had been created for a film involving that other famous Scottish icon, Sherlock Holmes.  Unfortunately, the prop sank to the bottom of the loch before appearing in the film. Now the prop has been discovered during an in-depth sonar survey using a state-of-the-art underwater robot to determine what really lies at the bottom of Scotland’s second deepest loch.  Read about the story here.

With or without a monster, Loch Ness is a fascinating place and just one of over 600 lochs found in Scotland. The word ‘loch’ is the word used in Scotland for a lake. It comes from the Gaelic word ‘lochan’ meaning a small lake or pool. So why not combine visiting Scottish lochs and monster hunting this summer with improving your English. After all, Nessie speaks English and you wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity of a chat with her, would you?

News from the school

This week news we have news from teachers Belle and Flora, who are both out of school this week.  Belle is attending the 50th Annual IATEFL conference in Birmingham. Over four days, she will be attending workshops and lectures on the latest developments in English language teaching, learning and practice. On her return to school, she will share what she’s learned with all our teachers to further enhance the teaching and learning in ECS Scotland.

Flora, on the other hand, has been volunteering with the sail training charity, Ocean Youth Trust. This is a charity which gives hands on sailing experience to young people around the beautiful Scottish coastline. Hopefully she won’t be ‘all at sea’ when she gets back into the classroom next week.

Words in the News

In’, ‘Out’ and ‘Referendum’ are important words in the news this week.  Scotland is once more involved in a referendum, but not about its own future as an independent country.  This time the Scottish people have to decide whether the UK should remain a member of the European Union. To be ‘in’ or ‘out’ will dominate much of the news in the UK until June 23rd, the date of the referendum.  Fingers crossed for the right vote.

Keep on studying English and let us have your snippets of news too.

The Loch Ness Monster is found. Photo from http://nerdist.com/loch-ness-monster-found-kind-of/

IATEFL English teachers 4-day conference. Photo from https://sandymillin.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/iatefl16summary/

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