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This week we’re looking forward to the start of the London Olympics, and waiting with bated breath for what promises to be an incredible opening ceremony on TV tonight!  Will you be watching?

Let’s take a look at some of the more peculiar things that have been happening in the news:


  • A nine-year-old piano playing prodigy, after he set a brand new Guinness world record: the youngest solo musician ever to headline their own tour.
    Read more about the talented youngster here:

  • Cheese fans, as new research suggest that the foodstuff may help in the fight against diabetes.
    Read the story here:


  • Airport security at Manchester Airport, UK, after an eleven-year-old boy managed to board a flight to Rome – despite having no passport, flight pass, or any other identification!
    Read the story here:

  • The UK’s London Olympics organisers, who displayed the South Korean flag to the North Korean team during a woman’s soccer match.
    Read the story here:


"The joy of effort is more important than the thrill of victory.” – Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic movement


This week all of our facts are about the Olympics.

  • In 1921, Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games, borrowed a Latin phrase from his friend, Father Henri Didon, for the Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius ("Swifter, Higher, Stronger").
  • The last Olympic gold medals that were made entirely out of gold were awarded in 1912.
  • The first opening ceremonies were held during the 1908 Olympic Games in London.
  • Women were first allowed to participate in 1900 at the second modern Olympic Games.
  • Tennis was played at the Olympics until 1924, then reinstituted in 1988
  • When choosing locations for the Olympic Games, the IOC specifically gives the honour of holding the Games to a city rather than a country.


This week we’ve got an incredible video of a fearless skydiver diving back to Earth from an astonishing 18 miles up in the atmosphere:

OK, let's move on. How did you find last week's homework? Well, here are the answers:

  1. Do you know what time Olga's plane GETS IN ?
  2. Paul is really intelligent but sometimes he has problems GETTING his ideas ACROSS
  3. I really should wash the dishes, but I don't feel like it. Maybe I'll GET AROUND TO them tomorrow morning
  4. That shirt is really ugly. Why don't you GET RID OF it?
  5. I'm sorry, but you're too late to say goodbye to Angela. Olga GOT ON the plane about 20 minutes ago.
  6. I don't know where Jane was going. She just GOT IN her car and drove away."
  7. She doesn't have a car. She GETS AROUND by bicycle, bus, or taxi
  8. It's going to be hard to pay the rent now that you've lost your job, but somehow we'll GET BY
  9. When you GET OUT OF the bus, cross the street, turn right at the roundabout and head for the seafront.
  10. Everyone knew OJ Simpson was guilty, but his lawyer was clever and GOT him OFF
  11. Olga, why can't you and your sister ALONG Everyone else GETS ALONG WITH her just fine!
  12. I was really upset when my father died. I thought I would never GET OVER feeling so sad.
  13. Paul discovered that one of his teachers was stealing from him so he GOT RID OF him.
  14. You'll have to GET UP much earlier than usual tomorrow. We have to leave by no later than 6:00 AM.

And the riddle ?

Sometimes clear or maybe muddied,
By scientists it is studied.
In a cup or in the sea,
Old Mother Nature gives it free.

The answer is of course WATER.

I will be on a summer holiday now for a week, and therefore there won’t be a newsletter on the 3rd August. Instead, I will write to you on the 10th August, and set you some more homework then!

Best wishes


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