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Summer Is Back

Summer is back!

So don’t miss a chance to come to Bournemouth, learn English and have an unforgettable experience with us this summer! Our English language courses are interesting  and well planned, delivered with a fully loaded fun filled 12 weeks programme for all to enjoy.

Checkout our vacation courses VGC and VIC for adults, and our BYS homestay and BCS residential courses for juniors.

All our summer vacation courses include weekly activities from Monday to Friday and a full day excursion trip once a week (Saturdays) to either London, Oxford or Bath – please see adult programme and junior programme.

In your own time you can use the fantastic local transport links to travel around the UK, such as from Pokesdown train station and Bournemouth Coach station. England has so much to offer you, here is a great article on 100 things to do in England which is a useful guide for you to use.

Mix and Mingle

There are four main reasons for learning English in Bournemouth, England:
1) To pass an exam
2) To be able to speak to customers and colleagues at work
3) To be able to study at an English-speaking university
4) To be able to speak to people from other countries in a language all of those people understand.

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This morning students at our school, Southbourne School of English Bournemouth, got to mix and mingle and had the chance to practise their ‘small talk’ skills when the whole school got together in one room. They had to speak to people who weren’t in their class and who didn’t share the same native language.

It’s not always easy to go up to somebody and start speaking English, but nerves soon disappeared and everybody got down to the task of getting to know each other.

The teachers looked on proudly as their students showed what they could do in speaking. After this, the ‘family’ feel of the school should be even stronger – there’s no excuse not to be speaking English in any break because everybody knows each other now!
See more photos on our school Facebook Page

Southbourne School Supports Bournemouth Cherries

AFC Bournemouth v Bolton Wanderers - Sky Bet Championship

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For me this is achieving the impossible. For all football fans, this is the perfect story and hopefully it gives hope for every club that you can come back from oblivion and get to the Premier League,” said Mostyn.

Only 6 years ago, the Cherries were at the brink footbal doom and were almost liquidated. It was thanks to the bucket collection and a generous £100,000 donation by Mostyn that saved the Cherries.

The 3-0 victory over Bolton took the Cherries three points clear of third-placed Middlesbrough with just one game left.

“We’ve climbed right through the leagues and into the Premier League. It’s just incredible. I don’t think anybody, not even the craziest optimist, would ever have thought this was possible,” he said .

Bournemouth will now battle Watford for the Championship title on the final day of the season with the Hornets holding a one-point advantage over the Cherries.

‘We will survive in the Premier League’

The Cherries will head into next season’s campaign as huge underdogs but Mostyn says.

“I think we’ll survive,” Mostyn said. “We are going up with Watford and we’ve got four points from them this year, we beat QPR last year and we should have got more points from Burnley.

“The reality is we are going to be rubbing shoulders with football’s glitterati next season and we’ll do ourselves proud.

“I am so proud of everybody and my total respect to the owner, the chief executive and all the staff. When I first arrived, we could not afford a first-class stamp.”

Why Choose Southbourne School of English, Bournemouth?


Here at Southbourne School of English, we make learning English fun. We’re based in Bournemouth by the sea, one of the UK’s most popular locations for international students.

Thousands of students of all ages have passed through our school doors since 1966. Many of our students make friends for life.

We run internationally accredited English courses in well-equipped classrooms, all equipped with the latest interactive whiteboards. As well as excellent teaching, our students benefit from trips to famous British landmarks such as London, Oxford, Bath and Stonehenge.

All year around, students study and socialise with us here at our school in Bournemouth. But best of all, we enjoy the experience together – that is why you should choose Southbourne School of English, Bournemouth.

Hengistbury Head poetry competition

If you enjoy poetry then Hengistbury Head is the place to be this Saturday……

Hengistbury Head poetry competition

Do you enjoy poetry? Do you ever write any poetry? This Saturday, 21st March, we our launching our first ever Hengistbury Head poetry competition.

The competition is open to all, with three age categories. The theme is Hengistbury Head, its wildlife, landscapes, views, and people’s experiences of this special place. Go down to the Visitor Centre on Saturday any time between 2pm and 4pm to find out more.

James Manlow, Bournemouth’s very own poet laureate will be on hand with tips and advice. Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day

Sheep on St Patrick's Day


History of St Patricks Day

The patron saint of Ireland brought Christianity to Ireland. He is believed to have died on 17 March sometime in the 5 century (some scholars place his death in AD 461) but the modern origin of the festival now celebrated globally stems from the 17 century. It was designated a religious feast day after the Vatican officially recognised the date in 1631.

It is an official public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat.

However, St Patrick’s Day is celebrated far more widely.

Not until fairly recently. It wasn’t even an Irish public holiday until 1904, although the Irish elites did celebrate in the latter half of the 19 century with an annual ball held in Dublin castle – but for most ordinary folk it remained a quiet day. Until the mid-1960s many pubs remained closed on 17 March.

The holiday – as we know it today – stems in great part from the United States, rather than the emerald isle and are credited with turning it into the party we know it as today.

Facts about St Patricks Day

  • Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is all about the patron saint the day is named after.
  • St. Patrick’s Day is the national holiday of Ireland and is usually celebrated on March 17.
  • Corned beef and cabbage are traditional foods eaten on this holiday.
  • Most people, whether they are Irish or not, wear green on this day. One of the Irish traditions is to pinch anyone who is not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day.
  • It is believed St. Patrick, a Roman-Britain-born Christian missionary, was born in the late fourth century and is credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish people

See more information about St Patricks Day here:

Happy St. David’s Day!


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

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.

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