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Principal’s Post - Spring 2016

Spring has sprung

Spring is good news for ECS Scotland’s excursion programme as many favourite visitor attractions are opening their doors to once again to welcome our students.  Falkland Palace, Traquair House, Tantallon Castle and Dunbar (birthplace of world renown environmentalist, John Muir) will once again feature on our Wednesday afternoon excursion list.

Spring and autumn are Scotland’s most stunning seasons with regard to colour. Today Scotland is bathed in bright yellow, purple, orange, green and blue as crocuses and daffodils open their faces to the sun. The days are getting longer and longer, people are getting active and visiting the great outdoors. 

This weekend students are visiting the coast or climbing Edinburgh’s local hill ‘Arthur’s Seat’ to enjoy the wonderful vistas on offer. Scotland’s countryside is a great restorative for a busy week spent studying.

News from the school

Our school is always full of a diverse range of students, often with fascinating interests.  A few weeks ago one of our young Swiss students revealed she had helped to set up a foundation to help orphaned and abandoned children in Guatemala. On a visit to the Central American country, she had been affected to help such children and in her free time works with the Swiss-based Sonrisa del Corazon foundation. Here is a photo of her with one of the children helped by the foundation. For more information on the goals of the foundation or to make a donation, visit www.sonrisadelcorazon.ch/index.php/en/

We have already held our first TOLES (Test of Legal English Skills) examination this year and currently await results. Other students have also successfully taken IELTS examinations and still others are engaged in preparing for the Cambridge examinations.  Judging by the number of students who are interested in taking English language examinations, it seems examination success is still important for one’s career even after leaving school far behind. For many of our students it provides a strong focus and motivation for continuing to improve their English. Remember ECS Scotland can help you prepare for a range of examinations; BULATS, IELTS, Cambridge FCE/CAE, others available on request.

Words in the News

Ben’, ‘peak’ and ‘GPS’ are words in the news this week. 

The UK’s highest mountain is Ben Nevis in Scotland. Due to the precision of today’s GPS technology, the recent re-measuring of the mountain revealed that it had ‘grown’ by 1 metre. So next time you are asked how high Britain’s tallest mountain is, it’s 1,345 metres not 1,344m. 

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

Joelle in Guatemala

An volunteer from Sonrisa del Corazon

Spring has sprung! Bursts of colour all around Edinburgh.

Ben Nevis. photo from www.visitfortwilliam.co.uk

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