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Candlelight and fireworks nights in Bournemouth

Candlelight nights fireworks 1It is that time of year when Bournemouth’s award-winning Lower Gardens are beautifully illuminated by thousands of candle lights in coloured glass jars which is one of Bournemouth’s oldest traditions. This all started… in 1896 when Princess Eugenie of France visited Bournemouth and her route was lit by candles. This will take place every Wednesday starting from the 31st of July, and 7th, 14th, & 21st August.

Also don’t miss the Spectacular fireworks display in Lower Gardens and at Pier Approach every Friday at 10.00pm from the 26th July to 23th Aug 2013.

Summer programme at Southbourne School of English

Summer at Southbourne School of English in Bournemouth is finally here! Our 12 week long summer programme began on 10th June. Take advantage of our last available places and have an unforgettable experience with us this summer!

During the summer period, we offer a range of summer vacation courses. Our VGC and VIC courses are for adults. Our BYS course is a homestay course for juniors. Junior residential courses are our BCS and PFS courses. All of our summer courses are inclusive of activities and excursions.

For more information on our courses, activities and excursions please see our details on this website.

Happy St. George's Day!

How is St.George’s Day celebrated in Bournemouth?

St. George is the Patron Saint of Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and Sea Scouts.

To celebrate St. George’s day in Bournemouth, last Sunday more than 1,000 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Sea Scouts marched through Bournemouth as part of their annual St George’s Day parade.

The children and young people marched along the coast from Durley Chine in the west of Bournemouth towards Bournemouth’s Pier Approach before congregating at Bournemouth Gardens for a promise ceremony.

They were led by Christchurch and District Community Concert Band. The Mayor of Bournemouth, Counsellor Phil Stanley-Watts, was among the dignitaries waiting to take the Scout’s salute.

Did you know the Scouting movement has its roots in the local area of Bournemouth?

In 1907, Robert Baden-Powell, the founder, held an activity camp on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour. This started the Scouts. Outdoor activities are a key part of the Scouts and include camping, woodcraft, aquatics, hiking, backpacking and other sports. Scouts also have an easily recognizable uniform. Their motto is ‘be prepared’. The Scouts emphasize good citizenship and decision-making by young people. The Scouting movement is now found all over the world.

St. George's Day

St George’s Day is celebrated in ‘England’ on 23 April, in honour of St George, the patron saint of England.
Who was St St George? …
A story dating back to the 6th century tells that St George rescued a maiden by slaying a fire-breathing dragon.
What is the national emblem of England?
The national emblem and national flower of England is a red rose. The flower has been adopted as England’s emblem since the time of the ‘Wars of the Roses’ – civil wars (1455-1485) between the royal house of Lancaster (whose emblem was a red rose) and the royal house of York (whose emblem was a white rose).
What is England’s National Dress? England does not have a national dress.
How does England celebrate St George’s Day?
By tradition, 23 April is the day for a red rose in the button hole, the national flower. However, unlike other countries, England does not celebrate it like Americans celebrate 4 July with fireworks. In fact, you are more likely to see big St Patrick parades in England celebrating Ireland’s National Day, than you would see any sign of St Georges Day being celebrated. For most people in England St George’s Day is just another ordinary working day.
Interesting Facts:
• Despite the fact that St. George has been the patron saint of England since the 14th century, only one in five people know that St. George’s Day falls on 23 April.
• More than a quarter of people living in England do not even know who their patron saint is!
• Shakespeare was born on 23 April 1564 and he died on the same day in 1616.

Julia’s House – Southbourne School’s chosen charity

Julia’s House is Southbourne School’s chosen charity, after being voted for by members of staff out of long list of possible charities. We held a charity Bake Sale at school in which the office staff and teachers baked lovely cakes and raised £ 70 in support of Julia’s House and this week, Thursday the 28th of March we are holding a charity Easter egg raffle.

Julia’s House is Dorset’s only hospice dedicated to children with life-limiting conditions. The majority of the children the charity cares for are unlikely to live beyond the age of 18.

The aim of Julia’s House is to maximise and enrich the quality of life for Dorset children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. They provide support from diagnosis to death and beyond for the whole family. The charity offers multi-disciplinary end of life care in their hospice building or in the family home.

Complementing the work of the Julia’s House Community Team, which consists of nurses and carers who travel the county, the children’s hospice provides life-changing support for families both in their own homes and in the hospice itself.



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.




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