Dear folks, It is with interest that I observe the need of some of our posters to try to help others with their spelling and grammar. Sometimes we are polite, sometimes we are a little blunt and on other occasions we are just a tad rude and patronising. The Hippo recently tried to help someone and the response was awkward to say the least. Nevertheless, the helpful advice was taken and the overuse of exclamation marks was temporarily reduced. None of us is perfect and, despite our own (alleged) errors, we persist in trying to support our colleagues. Why do we bother when the rules often conflict with modern practice? Let me give an example. One of our community, a dear Manmaker, regularly posts in a patronising and self-promoting manner. Her/his postings almost always involve serious grammatical errors of the type that indicate a poor education in grammar. (S)he justifies these errors on the basis that they are simply 'jottings'. IMO the problem is that the public image this person portrays is sloppy in the extreme. An example of poor and, in fact, clumsy expression from the English Director of the International School of..... (not the Manmaker) is as follows. Make of it what you will. On my side I am not impressed. How many serious or not so serious errors are there? Does it matter? In my opinion it does. For you, it may not. Dear All, Welcome to the website for ......... I have taught in various international schools around the world and when we as a family have a new appointment we buy the various travel guides to that country. As usual the guides give a good picture of the country. We hope that this site does the same thing for our school. Information is one thing, but visiting is another. We encourage you to visit our school, for students to spend a day with us. This lets the potential new students have a firsthand experience and can report back to Mum and Dad about the day. You will see that the IGCSE Cambridge and the IB Diploma are our external exams of choice. Their academic credentials are well known. We use the UK SATS for the KS1, KS2 and KS3 to give us information on the students? progress. We support the Arts with students regularly taking part in plays and productions. After school private music classes are accommodated and Visual Art can be taken at the IB Diploma level. The sporting facilities are second to none in .... and our teams have the opportunity to practice and compete with other schools. We see all our traditional academic endeavours, arts and sports as supporting the holistic development of our students. I hope that we will meet soon.