Visit to La Provincia

10feb2017-la-provinciaOn Wednesday 30th November and 18th January the children of Year 9 embarked on a trip to the local newspaper La Provincia. We were taught the process of creating and producing a newspaper. They also showed us their huge facilities. I have to emphasize how quiet everything was at that time. Photographers and journalists would have returned in a few hours in their workplaces. We also spoke to a very nice man who illustrated to us how the whole issue of the newspaper worked on the Internet. When we arrived there were around 800 users reading La Provincia's news on the Internet live.

Before leaving we took a photo of us all together with a poster of La Provincia, we then made a mannequin challenge at the door of the establishment. Most of us were reading the newspaper of that day that they happily gave us, a kind gesture on the part of La Provincia. Thank you very much to all those who made this trip possible!

Sheikh Nije 9JW

Inspiring Individuals 9

23jan2017-inspiring-individuals-9In the first Inspiring Individuals' talk of 2017, Stephen Clark visited the school to talk about working as a nurse and midwife. This provided an fascinating insight for BSGC students contemplating a medical career. Indeed, they were plenty of questions from Years 7 up to 13 which Stephen provided detailed answers to.

SAL Off-site Activity

20dec2016-sal-trianaOn Wednesday the 14th of December Mrs.García and Mrs.San Frutos took the second language Spanish students on a school trip to Triana to learn about traditional Canarian Christmas celebrations, and to also improve our spoken Spanish skills.

We started off in Parque San Telmo where we visited a small traditional chapel and Mrs. San Frutos explained to us the meanings of the different decorations inside the church, such as the three ships hanging from the ceiling. We proceeded to Triana, where we were given questionnaires and sent off in groups to ask local people about how they celebrate Christmas. This allowed us to connect with local people whilst also improving our spoken language skills. After interviewing a few locals we continued to ´Pizco´ sandwich bar for a light snack, here we ordered in Spanish and spoke amongst ourselves in Spanish as well. To finish we went to buy souvenirs.

This day has proved to be a great experience as I have seen a visible difference in some students confidence in speaking Spanish. Furthermore I also believe interacting with local people has portrayed the school in a positive light, in addition to improving my knowledge of Canarian customs.

Christmas Football and Volleyball Tournament

20dec2016-sportsHosts: American School
Other Competitors: Oakley

The tournament was the first outing for our all-new BSGC 50th anniversary football and volleyball kits. Thanks to sponsors UCMAS, CANARY BUS and printing by BASE:sports for all our fantastic kits.

From start to finish, every BSGC student did themselves proud, conducting themselves in the right manner, and committing to every tackle, shot, block and smash.


The 14+ were outstanding in all matches, other than a slight drop in form against the Oakley team, letting them back into the match at the end of the tournament. The whole team work really well together, and are clearly a close team on and off the pitch which is fantastic to see. I wouldn´t expect anything less from the girls but to win the tournament as they did saw them only dropping one set over the day, and staying positive throughout. There was some excellent setting from Belén, some loud encouragement from Annabelle, and, at one point, the children from the American School became the girls' personal cheerleaders. Well done all around, a deserved win.

Very pleasing performances all around for the 16+ team. Each match was best of three sets, each set consisting of first to 21. The first set against the American School started slowly. The team were still warming up, but they got back into it and found themselves on set point. The girls missed out when the score was 26-25! A shot that rebounded off to the back of the court meant BSGC lost the first set 27-25. Everyone played very well in that set, but they let their heads drop, losing the second set also. Next up was Oakley, a very strong team who had beaten us earlier on in the year. The scores were close all the way through, but despite some outstanding blocking from Paula and some heroic recoveries from Carlota and Lorna, the team lost 2-0. Two unfortunate losses but very promising performances all around. The team is really shaping up nicely for the new year, and it won't be too long before we get our first win.


The 14+ team started off well, beating the American School 4 -2. Solid performances all around, with some very good technical abilities coming from the top men. In the second leg, we lost 2-1; the American side scoring the winner in the last few minutes. But it was too late for them and the ´´Young Lions´´ finished the match winning on aggregate 5-3. In the last meeting between the sides, the Y 9/10 squad had finished by drawing 4-4 with Oakley, but could they get their revenge? Losing 3-2 in the last minute, Dani made a surge forward from the back and caused all sorts of problems in the defence, before striking the ball past the onlooking goalkeeper...the ball rattled the crossbar and the final whistle went. Resulting in an unfortunate loss in the first leg. The second leg was very similar to the first one, BSGC fighting hard against a very tough Oakley team. With the score tied at 3-3, a shot from Fernando hit the crossbar and post and spun on its axis on the line...over the line? The referee said no goal! The score stayed at 3-3 until the last few minutes when Oakley scored twice from counter attacks leaving them 8-5 aggregate winners.

Over two legs, the year 16+ team beat the American School 3-2 and 4-2. After an excellent display all around, a brace from Modou, and a powerful free kick once again from Sebastian, ´´The ´Red Lions´´ won on aggregate 7-4. But the goals didn´t stop there. After a tight first leg against Oakley which finished 2-2, BSGC fought hard and kept their composure to finish the second leg on top, winning 4-3 overall. Two wins from two meant The Lions had won the tournament. Congratulations to a strong defence and a skilful and powerful attack, a rare combination, but one we should pride ourselves on.

Manager Mr Johnson (along with coaches Srta. San Frutos and Mr Hirtes) were really impressed by the level of commitment, skill and maturity that was shown by all the BSGC students throughout. We can take "Pride in our Lions". Happy Christmas y Feliz Navidad! 2017 will be the year of the Red Lions!!!

Inspiring Individuals 8

14dec2016-inspiring-individualsIn the final Inspiring Individuals' talk of 2016, Brian Goldthorpe visited the school to deliver an entertanining PowerPoint presentation in the ICT Room. Brian is the owner/chief instructor of Arinaga's Davy Jones Diving. His career advice to students is that a job for life is a rare thing these days and that developing a broad spectrum of skills is more worthwhile than specializing.

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