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Heriot Watt University Multilingual Debate
This year, once again, senior pupils took part in our annual visit to Heriot Watt University’s Multilingual Debate. This was, as always, an extremely interesting experience.  The motion, that we should all be able to access public services in our native tongue, was interpreted by final year students into French, Spanish, German, Polish, Arabic and, for the first time, 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 enjoyed seeing interpreting skills put into practice and they were very impressed by the undergraduates’ linguistic skills. They ended the day with a tour of the campus, with some of our pupils intent on applying 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 2016
In June, a group of S1, S2 & S3 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 Granada and discover the wonder and history of The Alhambra Palace, the Moorish quarter of El Albaicín and the cave dwellings of Sacromonte. 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!

Word Wizard 2016

Four of our Mandarin pupils took part in this year's annual spelling competition, Word Wizard, at Strathclyde University.  No winners from St Ninian's but pupils enjoyed the challenge and the experience.

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 was also 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.