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Word for Wednesday: December


In the Western world, the most widely used calendar is the Gregorian calendar, but some of the names of the months come from the calendars used by the ancient Romans. The calendar of Romulus had ten months, beginning with the spring equinox in March and ending in December.

Although December is no longer the tenth month, it is still named for its position in the ten-month calendar - 'decem-' is Latin for 'ten'. September October, and November are also named for their old positions (seventh, eighth, and ninth), and July and August used to be called 'Quintilis' and 'Sextillia' (fifth and sixth).

You can read more about where the months get their names from here:

Have a wonderful Christmas!


23 Dec 2015
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I have just finalised the progress of the year groups and am delighted to see that from December to June 53% of the 98 students using Spellzone have raised their standardised scores to 100 and above.

One of the students has put in a huge amount of effort in completing Spellzone at least 3 times a week since his arrival with us in January. Looking at his scores after the latest GL testing, his standardised score has risen from 99 to 131. This is a truly phenomenal result. I just wanted to share the best result I have ever seen.

Terrie Penrose-Toms, Casterton College

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