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Principal’s Post - summer in Edinburgh

Summer in Edinburgh

It’s official, Edinburgh really is the place to visit.  Three recent surveys have placed Edinburgh attractions in their top ten ranking. The National Museum of Scotland took first place in the top ten visitor attractions in the UK. The museum is packed full of stunning Scottish treasures and exciting exhibitions, such as ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ – which starts tomorrow. For more information www.nms.ac.uk/our_museums/national_museum.aspx 

In a survey of the top ten parks in the UK, Princes Street Gardens and Holyrood Park were ranked second and fourth, respectively. While Edinburgh Castle is consistently the number one castle to visit in Scotland.  People across the world continue to be fascinated by the Edinburgh as a place to spend time in. As our students will testify, it is also a great place to study English. The next two months see the population of Edinburgh double from 500,000 to more than 1million as tourists and students alike flock to the city.

My favourite time of day in Edinburgh is early morning, with the mist hanging over the parks and gardens and my favourite sight is the rooftops of the city at sunset, with our glorious northern sky.  What’s your favourite Edinburgh sight?

In an earlier post I mentioned the competition to name the new bridge currently being built across the Firth of Forth.  At last the name has been revealed – the Queensferry Crossing will now link the two sides of the Firth of Forth when it opens in 2016.

News from the school

We start our summer timetable next week. This means a fifteen-minute earlier start in the morning (09.00) and a longer lunch break (12.15-13.30). It also means an early finish for some students in the afternoons. This is so everyone can really enjoy spending time not only in the school but also in the city and make use of every opportunity to experience Edinburgh at this time. So we look forward to welcoming all our summer students and our summer teachers too.

Words in the News

This weekend the words ‘music, mud and mayhem’ are in the news as the largest greenfield music festival in the world takes place in Glastonbury (in the south of England). This mother of all music festivals is a very traditional British festival. It attracts some 135,000 festival goers who, whatever the weather, are there to listen to some really great bands and singers. Rap, reggae, folk, pop and jazz are all well represented.

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

Students in Princes Street Gardens at lunch time. It is only 2 minutes walk from the school!

Holyrood Park with Arthur's Seat in the background. A fantastic park close to the centre of Edinburgh.

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