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Since 1912

If you’ve ever looked closely at our logo, you may have noticed the words “Since 1912”. This refers to the year that The London School of English opened its doors for business for the first time, and in this week’s post we’ll be having a look at how the school has marked the occasion.

It’s been a busy year here for many people in London, and especially here at the school where we have been celebrating our centenary.  A centenary is a 100 year birthday, and the school is fortunate (and old enough) to reach that age this year.  If we were a person, we’d be a centenarian and we’d be expecting a telegram from the Queen.  If we were a married couple, we’d be getting a rather large diamond.  To mark the event, we have been busy with special celebrations and competitions to mark the occasion.

Last month saw our main celebration at Kensington Palace.  The event was attended by almost 200 guests, both from the school, the local community and the language teaching industry.  It was a very special event and it was great to celebrate with our partners and to see so many old faces.  You can see photographs from the event here.

In addition, the school also held a centenary photo competition, open to all course participants and members of staff.  The theme was “100”, and the picture above was the winning entry taken by Balazs Simon who works in our IT department.  The top three entries on our website here.  Congratulations to all the winners.  We have also opened a new school in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and you can find pictures of our new centre on our Facebook page.  Good luck to all the staff.

So as you can see it’s been a very busy year for us, and here’s to another 100 years!


logo - (n.) the symbol of a company

to open your doors for business – (idiom) to start operating as a business

to mark an occasion – (idiom) to observe or celebrate an event

centenary – (n.) a period of 100 years

centenarian – (n.) a person who has reached the age of 100

telegram – (n.) a message sent by a telegraph machine

old faces – (idiom) in this situation, people you haven’t seen for a long time

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