Meet the busy wee bees at a Scottish school

Outdoor learning is central to the ethos at St Leonards School in St Andrews, with beekeeping, bushcraft, and Beach School amongst the core elements embedded in the International Baccalaureate curriculum and co-curriculum. From cooking ‘wee bannocks’ over the fire pit in the outdoor classroom – to bring Year 1’s study of the traditional Scottish retelling…

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Take a magical trip to the world of Narnia

There’s always been something magical about The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. C S Lewis’s novel from 1950 spearheaded The Chronicles of Narnia series, introducing us to the magical land, and creatures which have become touchstone points in popular culture, in Aslan and Mr Tumnus, as well as the White Witch. Currently on tour,…

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It’s definitely worth trying to grab hold of Letting Go

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, according to the old song (and film). And it most definitely is in Letting Go: A Timeline of Tales, by Gerda Stevenson. The Twelve Stories in Letting Go take us on a journey through landscape, language and turbulent times, from the mid-19th century to the present day, and into the…

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The country’s favourite pancake toppings revealed

Shrove Tuesday here – and we hope you’ve got your batter, frying pan and amateur pancake flipping skills at the ready – but most importantly, the toppings. Whether you like your pancakes smothered in Nutella, or you prefer the classic Lemon and Sugar, deciding can be a ‘toss up’ with so many toppings to choose…

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Justin recognised as a Master of Wine

An Edinburgh man has been crowned as a new Master of Wine. The news was announced by the Institute of Masters of Wine, as he is one of two new members of the IMW. Justin Martindale is based in Scotland and Jonny Orton is south of the border. There are now 420 MWs globally –…

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New appointment at Scotland’s Rural College

A new appointment to Scotland’s Rural College will help the institution enhance and develop its business-led research portfolio and academia to business engagement. Dr Susannah Bolton, who has been appointed to the new post of vice principal – enterprise and knowledge exchange, will play a leading role in shaping and growing SRUC’s enterprise activities and…

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Scotland’s capital shown literally in a different light

When people visit Scotland, something they always notice is the weather. You can never quite guarantee that it will be the same two days in a row – look at the past week, for example – heavy rain and wind on Saturday, and Sunday was like a cool summer’s day. This inclement weather has been…

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Be Your Best Self backs Scotswomen in farming

There’s spaces available on a course through a scheme that supports women living or working in agriculture in Scotland to build their confidence and enhance their skills. The Scottish Government-funded ‘Be Your Best Self’ programme, whose delivery agents include experts in personal development facilitation, mental fitness coaching and agriculture, currently has a few remaining spaces…

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Scotland’s Census 2022 launches

Scotland’s Census 2022 launches today (February 28) with a call for households across Scotland to complete their return. The census is a unique count of everyone in Scotland; it is used to plan vital public services and inform investment in areas such as education, transport, health and social care. For the first time it is…

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Maggie Alphonsi MBE to mark International Women’s Day

Maggie Alphonsi, the face of international women’s rugby, is to help celebrate International Women’s Day in Scotland. She will open a stellar line up of events running from Tuesday, 8 March – Friday, 11 March with an online session, as the University of Aberdeen once again hosts a series of inspirational online and in-person events.…

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