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Comic Relief – Red Nose Day!

Having fun and making a difference at the same time. Comic Relief is using comedy to heal and help. It’s been 25 years since this British charity was founded in 1985 by comedy script writer Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry in
response to famine in Ethiopia. Once again the nation is getting ready to put on their red noses and get fundraising.

Everyone in the UK, whether it’s at the offices, at the schools or at home will be taking part to help the cause. The money raised is used to help the most needy here in the UK and across Africa.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mothering Sunday, sometimes known as Mother’s Day, is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It is exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday. Mother’s Day usually falls in the second half of March or the beginning of April.

Traditionally, people visited the church where they were baptized or went to church as children. So it was a day to visit your ‘mother church’. This meant that families were reunited as adults returned to the towns and villages where they grew up. In time, it became customary for young people who were working as servants in large houses, to be given a holiday on Mothering Sunday. They could use this day to visit their own mother and often took a gift of food or hand-me-down clothing from their employers to her. In turn, this moved towards the modern holiday, when people still visit and take gifts to their mothers and grandmothers.

Today, Mothering Sunday is a celebration of motherhood.

What do people do?

Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday, is now a day to honour mothers and other mother figures, such as grandmothers, stepmothers and mother-in-laws. Many people make a special effort to visit their mother. An important part of Mothering Sunday is giving cards and gifts. Common Mother’s Day gifts are cakes, flowers, chocolates, jewellery, or clothes. Some people choose to treat their mother or grandmother to a special meal, beauty treatment or fun outing. People who cannot visit their mother usually send gifts or cards to her.

In the days and weeks before Mothering Sunday, many schools, church Sunday schools and children’s organizations help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or gift for their mother.




Happy St. David’s Day!

Today March 1st is St. David’s Day and is the national day celebrated in Wales.

Did you know that each country in the UK celebrates its own national day on their Patron Saints Day? Each country also has a flower as a national emblem. The Welsh national emblem is a Daffodil or Leek.

The Welsh flag is a red dragon on a white and green background. It is displayed for the festive mood.

St David plays a very important role in Welsh culture, but little is known about his life. It is believed that he lived to be 100 years old. It is thought he died on 1 March in 589. However, the first documents about his life only appeared around 500 years after he died. So it is difficult to tell which parts of the St David’s story are true and which are legend! He was supposed to have been very gentle but strong and tall, although he ate a simple diet. St David travelled around Wales, Cornwall in the south-west of England, Brittany in France and possibly to Ireland and Jerusalem. He founded several churches and a monastery in Wales. He eventually became a Saint in 1120, when March 1 was included in the church
calendar as St David’s Day.

March 1st is a day of celebration of both St David’s life and of the Welsh culture in Wales and around the world. Many people attend special church services, parades, choral recitals or Welsh literature readings. Schools plan celebrations, usually involving choirs, for St. David’s day.

Children and some adults wear traditional costume. On St David’s Day, some children in Wales dress in their national costume, which consists of a tall black hat, white frilled cap and long dress. Other people may pin a daffodil or a leek to their clothes as these are symbols of Wales.

The traditional meal on St David’s Day is cawl. This is a soup that is made of leek and lamb.



A testimonial from an agent

We would like to share with you a lovely testimonial from one of our agents. We are always very happy to know that we are making a difference in the lives of our students.

If you are a student or an agent, past or present, and would like to provide us with a testimonial, we would be most grateful!

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‘This is my second stay at the school as a Group Leader. Normally I don’t choose the same place to stay in Great Britain but this time I did not hesitate in choosing where to go. Everything about the school and the town is really nice, perfectly organised including the staff, teaching, school equipment, reception and accommodation.

The school is located within reach of all the basic points of the town and there are minibuses and coaches available to be take the students to their activity – which is very convenient. As for mentioning the activities they are numerous and various.

I’d like to say some special words about the host family I stayed with. They are Jean and Geoff Lucas who are in my opinion a true example of an English family keeping the traditions of their country. We didn’t have the same dish twice for the whole period of staying with them. The house is shiny, their amiableness is charming.

The students have the highest opinion of the teachers and teaching method. They keep saying that they wish they had the same teachers in their own country.

And I can endlessly keep saying praising words about the school and all the staff members.

Reception members have always been superb. Thanks a lot, we are really happy with you’.


We would like to welcome all of our new groups and individual students to Southbourne School of English and hope they have a lovely time with us.

Happy Holidays!

The school will be closed from Monday 24th December until Monday 7th January for the Christmas Holidays. During this time we will have limited access to emails but will reply to you as early as possible in 2013.

We wish you all the best for the Festive Season.

School Christmas Pantomime 2012

We are pleased to announce that, after the success of last year’s pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the office and teaching staff will, this year, present Little Red Riding Hood. There will also be cameo appearances from the Three Little Pigs, Cinderella and Buttons.  Ami takes the starring role of Red Riding Hoodie and Sally would like to make it clear that her role as the Wolf was not typecasting!

Although we’re not ready for Broadway yet, it should be great fun!

A letter from one of our host families

We want to thank you for the informative evening yesterday. A warm welcome and relaxed atmosphere made the open evening a special event which enabled us to meet other host parents, teachers and staff.

As for the school. It’s like a ‘tardis’ so spacious. Also, the original part has lots of character.  Now we have seen the surroundings that the students spend their days, we have something more in common rather than just being the host family.

Thank you again, also thanks to everyone who helped bring the evening together.

Merry Christmas from Jean and Geoff Lucas.

Quick reminder!

Our open evening for host families is being held from 19:00 – 20:30 on the 10th December.

The evening will be a chance for you to have a look around the school, meet other host families, meet some teachers and staff from the office, as well as ask any questions you may have about hosting.

We hope you can all make it and we look forward to seeing you.

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