Monday 18 May 2015

All in a Good Cause - Oxford Fun Run

On the 9th May, as part of the LSI Social Programme, 35 students and a handful of staff jumped on a coach to Oxford to take part in the Oxford Rotary Club annual fun run. It was our first year taking part in the race, and we joined several other language schools from across the country in a 5km run around Oxford University Parks.
It was a great opportunity for our students to do something a little different, meet people from other language schools, but more importantly, to raise money for our chosen charity, the British Red Cross emergency aid appeal. The organisation has been providing much-needed supplies to the survivors of the Nepal earthquake disaster, including food and emergency shelter. The Red Cross volunteers are also searching for survivors through the rubble of the collapsed buildings and have recently built a blood bank in Kathmandu to provide blood to help injured survivors.
We were very impressed with all our students who took part, and although we didn’t win any trophies, everyone had such a great time and tried their best. We’d like to say a massive well done to David Losua, one of our Cambridge students from Spain, who came 8th overall, and also to Nadja Patriarca, our fastest female! Even those who weren’t keen at running still walked the 5km route and cheered on the other students who were running the course. Everyone wore LSI T-shirts in the school’s signature blue, which were specially produced for the event. The students liked them so much that we will now be selling them in school (available from Belle, our Social Programme Organiser)!
After the award ceremony, we all headed down to Oxford English Centre for a post race BBQ with all the other competitors. We even managed to enjoy some rare English sunshine whilst we enjoyed sausage baps and drinks in the garden! Our students then spent the afternoon exploring the historic streets and buildings of central Oxford before heading back to Portsmouth on the coach.

 If you’d like to donate to our appeal, or buy a t-shirt, see Belle in room 305.

For more information on the event, please visit the Oxford fun run website:


Thursday 14 May 2015

Strange but True!

This may be the strangest video you have ever seen, but it's a very very good tip!

From the lovely Nicki!

Friday 1 May 2015

The UK General Election 2015

Check your knowledge of the UK General Election or feel free to use it with your students!

Our lovely Senior Executive Teacher Jeremy Catlin gave this presentation to some of our executive students in the run up to the General Election - it was brilliant and so successful that we thought we would put it on the blog for others to look at.

To benefit the most, click the square as shown here.

May Vocabulary Calender - New Beginnings

Download and print our monthly calendar - pin it up,  learn all the phrases and by the end of the year you will have an even bigger vocabulary range!
For May our theme is... New beginnings!  Spring cleaning is out of the way and thoughts are turning to changes!