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Speak easy

ENGLISH

Robert Gordon's College pupil Tomas Sanders, 15, has won the English- Speaking Union's 2012 public speaking competition. The event, sponsored by the Confucius Institute for Scotland, helps pupils to speak confidently in a public setting. He spoke on "Why China Matters", competing with 10 others in the final.

Thinking film

CROSS-CURRICULAR

New teaching resources using film extracts and a range of other materials have been launched by Lord Puttnam, president of the Film Distributors' Association (FDA). The resources are designed to support, illustrate and promote engagement in history, English, modern languages, primary literacy and film studies. www.film education.orgthinkingfilm

Bionic winners

ENGINEERING

A team of four S5-6 pupils from Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh has won a national engineering competition run by the Engineering Development Trust. Judges were impressed by the team's system to control and receive feedback from a bionic hand.

Here's to HK

ECONOMICS

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London has launched a competition to give secondary pupils the chance to study at a Hong Kong university summer school. Pupils have to describe why they think Hong Kong would be a great place to study. Deadline is 25 May. www.hketolondon.gov.hkstudent_ competition. htm or email competition@hketolondon.gov.hk.

Veggie event

HEALTH

Moffat Academy in Dumfries and Galloway partnered social enterprise firm Let's Live Local for its first "Ready Steady Veggie" month. Events included cookery, storytelling and crudites and dips for nursery and primary pupils, taking the "veggie pledge" to eat more fruit and vegetables, making affordable "veggie recipe cards" and producing an eco- drama, The Forgotten Orchard.

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