In one day it’s DECEMBER !!!

Hi Guys, Have you started your Christmas Shopping? If not you can always join our London Trip on the 08th December 2012 – special Christmas Shopping! YIPPIE! You will be able to wander around the busy areas of Oxford Street and Piccadily Circus, ready to buy fabulous gifts for your family or yourselves. Tomorrow is the first of December so did you buy an Advent Calendar? It's such fun, every day you can get one tasty chocolate before or after school. Om nom nom…In the supermarkets you can find a variety of advent calendars, some cheap and others more expensive. Check out my two different advent calendars! One is more traditional than the other one. Pretty cool, isn't it? I reckon it will be really yummy! Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are our staff suggestions on places to visit. In Bristol you can go to Cabot Tower, enjoy an amazing view of the city and meet the squirrels! Why not take a stroll in Clifton Village and walk on the Clifton Suspension Bridge (at around 4.30/5.00pm you can see the bridge illuminated) You can even go along the river Avon, take nice pictures and stop at a nice cafe. Did you know that from this weekend, on the Waterfront Square, there will be a vintage & handmade christmas market? Over 40 stalls set up selling various things such as vintage clothing & homeware, handmade gifts, decorations, jewellery, cakes, flowers, children toys…and so much more! Out of Bristol, from Bristol Temple Meads (train station) you can get the train and visit some great cities nearby. Please have a look at my selection of places below. Bath Bradford-on-Avon Weston-Super-Mare Portishead Cardiff Clevedon Exeter  Check out the map. Have you been to the German Market in Bristol? If not, on the 18th December our EC Bristol Activity Leader will be … Read more

A Brand New Week…

Hi Guys, How was your weekend? We are on the last week of November so you might be asking yourselves; what are the activities this week? Tuesday afternoon: Laser Quest. What is laser quest? It's a game based around infrared (IR).There are over 140 Laser Quest centres worldwide. Laser Quest's oldest centre is located in Stourbridge, West Midlands, England. The aim of Laser Quest is to tag the other players as many times as possible. The players are equipped with an infrared/laser 'gun'. Players start the game in a large multi-level arena. Thursday afternoon: Brand New EC BRISTOL Activity Indoor Climbing. What is Indoor Climbing? It is an increasingly popular form of rock climbing performed on artificial structures that mimic the experience of outdoor rock. (you climb inside a building) Friday afternoon: Art Gallery Visit. Which one? We are going to the Arnolfini with our EC Activity Leader. I really suggest you to go over there because at the moment the Arnolfini is holding a very nice exhibition called Gost Log, made by Matti Braun. His work is often based on concrete histories and stories of specific people and ideas. You will be also able to see the Infra Lion Exhibition by Damien Roach. He appropriates images and materials from different parts of culture, then changes them through ideas that imagine new ways of seeing and thinking about them. Sad moment: Unfortunately, Chiara Fortunati's last day of work at EC Bristol was on Friday. The EC Bristol Team wants to THANK her a LOOOOT for her hard work, energy, enthusiasm and her great attitude. Chiara was a really good part of the team. She brought a lot to the school and we will all miss her, best of luck! We also have a new member of staff, her name is Gaïd Le Fol-Caraes and she will be among us until March. … Read more

It’s the weekend !!!

Hi Guys, We've had such an amazing and exciting week!!! Unexpected and Surprising moment: The Queen in BRISTOL. She came really close to EC BRISTOL School (only 15 paths away from it)!!! Can you imagine that? Some of our students can now say that they saw THE QUEEN. Her Royal Highness Elizabeth II visited Bristol on Thursday morning for the first time in 7 years. The Royal Couple arrived by Royal Train just after 10am and made their way in the State Bentley Limousine to the Bailey Caravans Factory in Ashton. Then The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh made their way to one of the oldest historic buildings, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, where she and husband Prince Phillip watched a performance of Peter Pan. The Queen also visited nearby M Shed where she had lunch.  Bristol welcomed her with open arms. Check out our pictures and videos on our EC BRISTOL Facebook Page.    Joyful and Exciting moment: The making of the EC Bristol Christmas video. On Tuesday we recorded a few shots with our own Father Christmas Ingmar Albig (director of the school) and other members of the staff. And on Thursday we made the final shot. On Friday everything was ready! Ready to be sent to all the EC Schools. Do you want to watch the EC BRISTOL Christmas video? No worries, you will be able to watch it on our Facebook Page next month!!! Time goes so fast. Next week is already the last week of November!!!! Are you looking forward to the Christmas holidays? What are your projects? Involving moment: Yes EC Bristol is taking part in Movember, What is Movember? During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of mens' faces in the UK and around the world. The aim … Read more

December is getting closer…

Hi Guys, How was your weekend? So what can you tell me about Stratford-Upon-Avon and Bourton-on-the-Water? Which city did you like most? If you don't have any ideas of what to do this weekend, you can always go to London. I'll warn you, the weather might be colder than Bristol. If you have the opportunity to go, you should walk along the river THAMES, away from the hustle & bustle of the city. You will be able to enjoy an Amazing view. London is awesome. If you are a shopaholic, you should head off to the busy Oxford Street, Piccadily Circus and Kensington. You will find a wide range of shops! If you are an Arts person, you should go and visit the museums (British Museum, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, Science Museum, National Portrait Gallery…). Let's talk about our EC Bristol Weekly Programme…what's new this week??? A SWIMMING POOL !!! How exciting! Did you go and enjoy a nice swim yesterday? Please give us some feedback! We are also running a Graffiti Tour this week. Join the tour, take loads of pictures and have a look at the brand new graffii from BANKSY. This Saturday the school is organising a Stonehenge and Salisbury trip. The cost of the trip is £28. In the next post, I will tell you more about Stonehenge so stay tuned! Did you know that some of our EC Bristol students went on a trip to Stonehenge for an EC Photo-shoot? Have a look at our EC BRISTOL Facebook Page, open the Marketing Pictures 2012 folder and check them out. Yesterday all the staff were full of excitement because we had to record a Christmas Video to send to all the EC schools. Only one last piece has to be filmed tomorrow and everything will be … Read more

Last day of a busy week…

Hey Guys, What's up? Busy week? How are your courses going? Please share your opinions on our EC BRISTOL FACEBOOK PAGE. GLAGLAGLA…the weather got very cold, the winter is here, the decorations in the street are up, ready for the people to stare at them, the German market in Cabot circus has opened its doors, offering a wide range of cakes, beers, hot wine and sausages. The weekend is the perfect time to enjoy it. Quarker Friars have set an ice rink up, as they do every year. This weekend some of you will join the STRATFORD-UPON-AVON & BOURTON-ON-THE-WATER trip with our Activity Leader. You will discover the hometown of William Shakespeare and hopefully be as inspired by this charming city as Shakespeare was. Write some notes about the trip and hand it into Sarah or Dan and they will correct it. The atmosphere at the school is really lively: students playing guitar, others singing & chatting and teachers being funny. Wow EC Bristol ROCKS!!! Have a look below at our pictures. Soon on our EC Bristol Facebook page, you will be able to see & listen to the students playing guitar and singing. This week the Bridge Walk was a bit darker than the usual walk. Yes, the clocks went back and now at 5.00pm it's dark. But Clifton Suspension Bridge is always amazing. In the day time or at night, the bridge is always shining, beautiful and a great place to visit. Did you know that at the moment in the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery there is an exhibition of the Wildlife Photographer of the year? The entry is free but there is a £2 recommended for donation. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is an international showcase for the very best nature photography. The competition is run by two UK institutions: the Natural … Read more

Another week begins…

Hi Guys, How was your weekend? Did you do anything nice? Personally, on Friday I attended an Art exhibition with some other people from EC. A very nice one! They were sculptures made of spoons, forks and knives and paintings. The artists exhibiting at the Grant Bradley Gallery are Barry Lewis, Ruth Garrood, Chris Prior and Andy Council. I recommend you go, you will be charmed by the sculptures that recreate a safari as well as paintings of animal and human forms. And on Sunday afternoon we went to have typical English afternoon tea & scones. What are scones? Scones are the easiest English teatime treat. They often have dried fruit or cinnamon. So scones are a single-serving cake or bread, they are usually made of wheat, barley or oatmeal with baking powder and are baked on baking trays. They are lightly sweetened. The scone is a basic component of the cream tea or Devonshire tea. It differs from a tea cake and other sweet buns. It's the start of a new week of course and activities. So let's see what EC Bristol is offering this week! Join the Bowling Activity tomorrow 13th November. On Saturday 17th November, a new trip will be organised to Stratford-Upon-Avon and Bourton-on-the-Water and we highly recommend you go. It's a perfect opportunity for you to visit William Shakespeare's house and walk around his town. And, like each week, we are organising the Orientation Tour, Bridge Walk, EC Social and Art Afternoon. We count on you! We want you to join our EC Bristol activities & trips! Please have a look below at our weekly calendar: Have a great week! The EC Bristol Team xx

Almost the WEEKEND!!!

Hi Guys, It's almost the WEEKEND!!! What are your plans? Are you doing something nice? Are you joining the OXFORD trip? If you want to stay in Bristol, you can always go to Cabot Tower (at the top of Park Street), meet the squirrels (cute!) and enjoy an amazing view of Bristol from the top of the tower. However, you can go to Clifton Suspension Bridge as well and have a walk in Clifton Village. For your information, we organise a Bridge Walk every Wednesday at 16:00 so don't hesitate to join our EC ACTIVITY LEADER. It's the beginning of November, time to give you some information about next coming trips and activities. For the first time next week we are organising a trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon, home of William Shakespeare – dramatist, poet and actor. He is considered by many to be the greatest playwright of all time. Included in the trip you will have the possibility to go to Bourton-on-the-Water which is a village that lies on a wide flat valley within the Cotswolds (area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). There are new activities on the 20th November 2012: Swimming Pool and on the 29th November 2012: Mountain Climbing. It'll be lots of fun! Please find below EC BRISTOL's Monthly Activity Calendar 🙂 Have a great day!!! The EC Bristol Team xx      

THIS WEEK !!!

Hi Guys, Did you enjoy Bonfire (Guy Fawkes) Night? Did you go out on Monday night? Did you see the fireworks and the bonfire? Here some facts for you about BONFIRE NIGHT also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Guy Fawkes Night and Firework Night: The celebration of Guy Fawkes Night comes from the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. A group of English Catholics tried to assassinate King James 1st of England and replace him with a Catholic king. They set some explosives under the House of Lords where the king would be the next day. However, the plot failed. Guy Fawkes, the man guarding the explosives, was caught. The King's Council allowed the public to celebrate the king's survival with bonfires, so long as they were "without any danger or disorder". This made 1605 the first year the plot's failure was celebrated. Now every year people light bonfires and set off fireworks to "remember, remember the 5th November, gunpowder treason and plot." Yesterday some of our students went on a Ferry Boat Trip on the river Avon. The students enjoyed a fun and relaxing time on the ferry seeing the sights along the river.   Today I'd like to share the activity calendar from this week with you guys. You can find it at Reception and on all the computers screen + the main TV in the Lounge Room.               The next activity coming is MOVIE NIGHT on Thursday at 16.00. What is the movie? James Bond 007 SKYFALL. No worries guys, the movie is subtitled. As well as our other activities there is also an ART AFTERNOON (Art Gallery or Museum Visit) on Friday at 14.45. You will go and visit the interesting and educational museum M SHED. At the moment the museum is exhibiting WALLACE & GROMIT's Pirate Boat and holding a great exhibition about identity through paintings and photographs from the … Read more