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Heriot Watt University Multilingual Debate
This year, once again, senior pupils will take part in our annual visit to Heriot Watt University’s Multilingual Debate. This is, as always, an extremely interesting experience.  The motion, "that fossil energies must be quickly replaced by renewable ones", will be interpreted by final year students into French, Spanish, German, Polish, Arabic and British Sign Language. Pupils vote for or against the motion before the debate and then once again afterwards, to see how opinions have changed.  There is also an opportunity to ask questions before the final votes are cast. The pupils will enjoy seeing interpreting skills put into practice and they will certainly be very impressed by the undergraduates’ linguistic skills. They will end the day with a tour of the campus, and hopefully our pupils will be inspired to apply for a place on the prestigious interpreting course.

European Cinema Trips
Throughout the past year our students have enjoyed several outings organised by the GFT to see films from the European Film Festival.  Most recently, we attended a screening at the Showcase Cinema of, Les Combattants.  This was a comedic French film about a teenage boy who signs up for a summertime, army boot camp, all to impress the tomboyish girl he loves. 

Andalucía 2018
In June, a group of S1  pupils will set off upon our Spanish Immersion break to Andalucía. The five day trip will allow pupils to practise the Spanish language, experience Spanish culture, and see the parts of Spain which they have never seen before. They will have the opportunity to visit Gibraltar with its peculiar mix of Spanish and English culture. We will also spend a day in Malaga and end the week with a trip to Tivoli World. It is certain to be una experiencia fantástica!
 

Chinese New Year

To celebrate Chinese New Year, Ms Liu visited the Chinese supermarket with her S2 & S3 classes and finished the visit with a traditional Chinese meal.  As is customary now, there will also be an extravaganza performance in school with lots of song, dance, colour and some special guests in attendance. 

The S2 and S3 Mandarin classes will also have the opportunity to attend a Chinese puppet show in Edinburgh, with a stop at the zoo to visit the pandas.

British Council HSBC Mandarin Speaking Competition
In December 2017, S3 pupil, Eva Simpson, took part in the HSBC Mandarin Speaking competition held in York.  She delivered a very impressive talk and was highly commended by the judges.

SCEN - Scotland China Education Network Summit
A group of S4 Mandarin pupils went along to the Royal Concert Hall in November last year to watch Ms Liu sing and to take part in different workshops focusing on Chinese language and culture.  They enjoyed the cultural and linguistic experience.