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Things to do in Southbourne in the summer!

With summer around the corner we thought it would be great to tell you about the events that are happening here in Southbourne and in the surrounding areas!
Whilst soaking up the summer sun on Southbourne beach can be fun, there are even more things to do throughout the day and in the evenings too!

Summer Live: July 1st-August 14th

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The event features live acoustic music and art demonstrations throughout the day as well as an English Garden Summer Bar – for students at Southbourne, you can simply get the yellow 1b bus into Bournemouth Square, and voila, you are there!

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Quay for my Car – starting July 1st 18:00-21:00

Every week at Poole Quay from July 1st, there is a different theme of vehicle being showcased by any car owners that fit the theme of that week! For students, simply take the 1b or M1 bus to Poole and stroll down to the lovely Poole Harbour Quay!

The date of each theme are below:

1st July – Red open top sports cars and Red convertiblesminis
8th July – Minis
15th July – Italian Stallions
22nd July – Land Rovers featuring Defenders
29th July – Best of British – pre August 1983
5th August – VW Air-cooled
12th August – Lotus 7s & Caterhams
19th August – TVRs
26th August – American Dreams

Evening Nature Walk and Picnic on Brownsea Island – July 8th 18:00-21:00

At Poole Quay you can jump on a special Brownsea boat and make your way over to the island!
Here you will be taken on a walk around the island and you can discover more about the nocturnal wildlife!
Tickets are only £10.

Nightlife clubbing/bars! (18+) – Every evening

In the evening, Bournemouth comes alive! With arguably some of the best clubs and bars in the UK – such as Halo, Cameo, BarSo and Lost Paradise (Lost Gardens) to name just a few! You’ll definitely appreciate the nightlife in Bournemouth and have a great time partying with your newly found friends!

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Summer Breeze on the Quay with Fireworks – July 21st 19:00-22:00summer fireworks

Summer Breeze is a weekly event throughout the summer holidays every Thursday evening on Poole Quay!
With great live music, awe-inspiring street entertainment, special themed nights and a spectacular fireworks display at 10pm (22:00)!

Bournemouth Pier Zip Wire

Ever wanted to zip line or have done before and would love to try it again? Then the world’s first pier-to-shore zip line in Bournemouth will allow you to do just that, soaring over the sea and down to the beach!

£18 for a single ride! Or £32 for a dual ride with a friend! (April-September)

zip lining bournemouth pier

Southbourne and the surrounding areas in Dorset have so much for all ages! So why not come to study at Southbourne now and explore the finest events, beaches, excursions and more that the UK has to offer!

Famous Idioms and Phrases

The English language is filled with idioms that can be used to express what you may want to say in a more subtle, poetic and/or appropriate manner. These famous idioms and phrases also give an insight into the principles and values of different regions cultures/society.

The ball is in your court – it is for you to make the next decision/step.actions words

Bite off more than you can chew – taking on a task or tasks that are far too big.

Don’t judge a book by its cover – do not judge someone by what they look like.

Hit the nail on the head – doing or saying something that is exactly correct.

Once in a blue moon – something that happens when it’s a very rare occurrence.

Every cloud has a silver lining – be optimistic, when times are tough, there will be good times!

An arm and a leg – when something is very expensive.

Actions speak louder than words – people’s intentions can be judged better by what they do rather than what they say!

Happy Mothering Sunday

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.

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So a chance for all of us on this special day to say thank you to our mothers for the life and the love they have given us and remembering all that they do.

Wishing you all a lovely Mother’s day!

Mix and Mingle

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Mix and Mingle – when all of the students went to rooms 3 and 4 to practise speaking, was a great success. All of the students enjoyed getting to know new people, and at lunchtime a lot of those new friendships seemed to be growing!

Once again, we see the ‘big happy family’ atmosphere of the school being deepened… and Alison is happy to see so many people speaking English outside the classroom as well as inside.

More photos on our Facebook page – link available on our homepage or click here.

Happy Holidays!

All of us at Southbourne School of English wish each and every one of you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR filled with peace and prosperity!

Seasons Greetings from SSE


All of you, I am sure know Becky, our former welfare officer here at the school. She is now in Panama learning Spanish and will be in Costa Rica and Nicaragua – lucky girl!
While at Nicaragua, she will be helping build homes for poor people. Please see her message below and lend a helping hand and build a home for someone in need.
Becky 1
MESSAGE – ‘Hi Everyone! I am going to volunteer with a project called 4 walls in Nicaragua for 4 weeks in January. I have funded the trip myself and any donations go straight to the charity to buy the bricks for the house. 4 Walls provides safe and stable homes for families living in extreme poverty in El Sauce, Nicaragua. Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in the Americas, along with Guatemala and Honduras. Volunteers work alongside a member of the family (who needs the house) and Nicaraguan builders to build brick houses with secure doors and protection from outside. 100% of all donations for this project go straight into buying the materials for the houses and paying the Nicaraguan builders. The cost for one house is below:
$10 = a bag of cement

$15 = 100 bricks
$75 = enough bricks for a wall
$100 = a door
$400 = a roof
$2000 = a whole house – takes 2 weeks to complete 1 house (incl. wages for a Nicaraguan bricklayer)

Becky 2If anyone wants to donate, you can give either put it in the envelope or give it to Oriana. She will then transfer it to me before I go to Nicaragua. Every little helps if anyone would like to contribute a few pounds toward the house that would be amazing. More information about the project can be found on:

I will keep you posted with photos of the improvements. Thank you for your support’!

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