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Principal’s Post Spring 2013

Today the signs of Spring are everywhere in Scotland. Tiny colourful crocuses, dainty snowdrops and magnificent golden daffodils are all opening their flowers to herald in Spring. Flower heads of purple, white and yellow are peeping out from under an icy blanket of snow to bask in the bright sunlight of a northern Spring.  Now is the time to read or re-read the glorious springtime poem of the Romantic poet, William Wordsworth - ‘Daffodils’. This wonderful description of hundreds of daffodils dancing in a spring breeze will definitely dispel any wintery gloom. 

News from the school

Some of our teachers have been ‘busy bees’ recently attending professional development workshops to keep up-to-date with their knowledge about teaching English. Teachers have attended workshops on ‘Reading and Writing’ and EAP (English for Academic Purposes). It’s always good for a teacher to sit on the other side of the fence and be a learner too, don’t you agree?

Words in the News 

This week the words referendum, turnout, vote and Union Jack are in the news. No, not to do with the United Kingdom’s sometimes ambivalent attitude towards the European Union, but connected to the Falkland Islanders 99.8% vote in favour of remaining part of a UK overseas territory, despite being 8,000 miles away in the South Atlantic Ocean. The Falkland Islands are named after a 17th Century Scottish nobleman, whose name ‘Viscount of Falkland’ comes from the very same Falkland Palace that we visit with students on one of our afternoon excursions. One more example of the connections between Scotland and the rest of the world.

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

To herald = be a sign that (something) is about to happen

colourful crocuses

dainty snowdrops

golden daffodils

daffodils in Princes Street Gardens

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