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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 10:24 pm    Post subject: Training in Switzerland Reply with quote

Angela and I have just enjoyed a fabulous trip to Zurich.

We were given a tremendous welcome by the principal and staff of the international school and treated very well.

Zurich itself was in the midst of festivals and celebrations which added to the delights of our trip - and the weather was nothing short of glorious.

The training event was very lively and friendly - but one day is barely long enough to introduce the synthetic phonics teaching principles, to introduce the Phonics International resources and to embed the understanding.

If schools do wish to become well-trained in the synthetic phonics principles and the programme's resources - and to receive advice about the organisation of resources and the immediate way forward for the school, please do consider booking a two-day training event if you would like me to provide the training.

We have a few snapshots from the trip which we shall upload into our photo gallery shortly.

Many, many thanks to our hosts in Switzerland! Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just found this information on the internet about the festival we were lucky enough to observe!

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On a more traditional note, the Sechseläuten is Zürich’s spring festival, held on the third Monday in April, and is the only time in the year that Zürich’s establishment preens its feathers in public: a highlight of the festival is a parade through the city centre by the city’s traditional guilds, dressed in costume. The festival culminates at 6pm precisely with the burning of the Böögg – an effigy stuffed with fireworks – on Sechseläutenplatz next to Bellevue, to symbolize the end of winter. Throughout the evening the guilds take turns to visit each other in their respective guildhalls, most of which have happily become rather good restaurants.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sechseläuten. Copyright by: Switzerland Tourism By-Line: swiss-image.ch/Christof SondereggerThe traditional Sechseläuten spring festival sees the straw Böögg snowman effigy, a symbol of winter, being ritually burnt to welcome the new season. It starts with thousands of children and local guild members in traditional dress parading through the streets.
For guild brotherhoods, the day begins with a midday meal in their respective guild houses. Dressed in their traditional costumes, the well-fed members parade around the city. Thousands of spectators line the streets along the route.

Their destination is the Sechseläutenwiese in front of Zurich's opera house. At six o'clock in the evening the bonfire on which the Böögg stands is set alight. According to local legend, the faster the Böögg burns, the warmer and finer the coming summer will be.
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