Last Thursday, 5th October, Year 11 students spent the morning working as volunteers for Red Cross during the fund-raising event Día de la Banderita. This was a wonderful opportunity for students to understand how important it is to cooperate and help people in need. Red Cross volunteers praised them for their politeness and commitment to work. Although they were exhausted after so many hours walking and asking for donations, they were also fulfilled with emotion as they know this little contribution will make a big difference. Well done, Year 11!
The British School Community,
I am writing to share the sad news that Mr Ron Kerry-Williams, former Head of the school from 1974-90, has passed away. He was a long serving, highly respected and much loved educator and Headteacher.
He worked in the school, alongside his wife Angela, for fourteen important years during which time the school grew significantly with many building projects and increased student numbers being overseen by Mr Kerry-Williams. With these developments the ethos, spirit and warmth of the school remained constant , guided under the careful hand of Ron Kerry-Williams. It is 27 years since Mr Kerry-Williams' retirement but it is a glowing testament to his legacy that former pupils from the 1970s and 80s regularly return to school, all speaking with warmth and affection of their former Head. Please see attached photograph of Mr Kerry-Williams with school staff in 1981-82.
Our sincere condolences to Angela and Kerry-Williams Family.
On 14th September 2017, I went to the prize-giving ceremony because Catherine Machlab (Y2) as I won the Las Palmas Local Police Mascot-Drawing Competition.
On arrival, we saw a police dog exhibition. Then we tried on a police helmet and bullet-proof vest. We also saw the police cars and vans.
In the prize-giving ceremony, we received amazing presents. We are very thankful to the police for such an amazing day and gifts.
As we were leaving, we met the mayor of Las Palmas, Augusto Hidalgo and took pictures with him.
The best thing of the day was to hear all my peers congratulating us when we were back at school.
Teresa Han - Year 8
On the 25th June 2017, we were lucky enough to travel to Germany and have a very rare opportunity to improve our German and meet people from all around the country. We were picked up by a very friendly woman named Jenny who later on became our German teacher. Our camp was located in Naumburg, south from Berlin and included over 200 people. We had classes in the morning. Our teacher was exceptional and we had so much fun learning with her. The camp offered so many creative activities that took place later on in the day. These activities included bubble football, volleyball, cycling, dancing etc. and were lots of fun.
I think we can all proudly say that this was an exceptional and very successful trip, where we made so many friends and got to practice our German. Many thanks to our two teachers, Ms. Sánchez and Ms. Santana who made this possible for us and to Mr. Clark for supporting this idea.
BSGC Academic Awards
- Most Merits Awards
These awards are presented to the pupils who have received most merits from their teachers during this academic year.
5th place Y7SJ Adrián Gil Alemán
4th place Y7SJ Maite Del Campo Martínez
3rd place Y8MS Julia Rodríguez Hernández
2nd place Y9JW Carla Campanario Torres
1st place Y8MD Alberto Gordillo Fuertes
- Crest Awards
These are awarded by the British Science Association.
"CREST Bronze provides a real-life experience of 'being' a scientist and working on STEM projects, allowing students to experience the project process; improving their enquiry, problem solving and communication skills."
Three of our Secondary students have been recognized with these awards this year:
Maite del Campo Martínez – Bronze award for the project "Investigating how Stem Structure affects the uptake of Dyes by Plants". (CERT)
María Nuez Vostokov – Bronze award for the project "Investigating factors affecting Mould growth on Bread". (CERT)
Priyanka Pradhan Adwani – Bronze award for the project "Investigating the effect of Water Hardness on the Strength of Hair". (CERT)
British School Association Awards for Academic Achievement
This is awarded to the pupils who, in the opinions of their teachers, through a combination of effort and ability have reached their highest level of achievement during this academic year.
Joint 3rd Rachel Gao Domínguez - Daniela González Santana
2nd Jae Hoon Han
1st Maite del Campo Martínez
3rd Julia Rodríguez Hernández
2nd Kai Yi Zhu
1st Priyanka Pradhan Adwani
3rd Jorge Rodríguez Toledo
2nd Carla Campanario Torres
1st Ziyu Xu Ying
3rd Chantal Pérez Kluin
2nd Girish Sirwani Ramani
1st Sarina Ramchandani Ramchandani
Joint 3rd Alicia Quintana Cabrera
Viren Sirwani Mulani
2nd Noemi Pérez Kluin
1st Elena Gordillo Fuertes
3rd Kelly Wan Ye
2nd Viren Ajay Pradhan Adwani
Joint 1st Carlota Hopkins Guerra - Andrea Risueño Navarro
Y13 Awards were given during the Graduation Ceremony that took place on Saturday 24th June. The students awarded were:
3rd Violeta Quintana Aguilar
2nd Sara Navarro Galván
1st Ignacio Funes Martín
BSGC Creativity, Movement and Performance Awards
- BSGC Art Award
The Art Prize is awarded to the student who has excelled in the curricular activities, demonstrated passion and interest in this subject and produced independent work to a level exceeding the norm.
This year's winner of the BSGC Art Prize is Maite Del Campo Martínez, from Year 7.
- BSGC Music Award
The Music Award is awarded to the student who has demonstrated an outstanding level of musicianship through the school year. The pupil also displays exceptional reliability, commitment and enthusiasm in all curricular and extra-curricular activities, and has consistently and extensively contributed to the wider needs of the school community through music.
This year's winner of the BSGC Music Awards is Jae Min Kim Kang, from Year 10.
- BSGC Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year Awards
The BSGC Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year Awards are presented to the student who has excelled in a wide range of sporting activities in lessons, the Enrichment Programme and British School teams. They have consistently demonstrated an outstanding work ethic and commitment to physical activity whilst upholding and modelling the key attributes of honesty, integrity, resilience, leadership and collaboration. Their positive attitude and attainment is also displayed in participation and performance in sport outside of school.
This year's winner of the BSGC Sportsman of the Year Award is Gabriel Megías Loustau, from Y10.
This year's winner of the BSGC Sportswoman of the Year Award is Gisela Arbelo Romero, from Y11.
BSGC House Awards
House Captains were elected by house members on 26th April. We would now like to invite the new House Captains to come to the front of the hall before the House Awards are announced.
ROQUE NUBLO: Viren Pradhan, Lakshita Pursnani.
TEIDE: Pablo García, Elena Gräser.
TIMANFAYA: Jose Arbelo, Miguel Ángel Escudero.
- House Final Awards
- House Music Competition
3rd – Timananfaya Score 55
2nd – Teide Score 63
1st – Roque Nublo Score 65
- Combined House points total
3rd – Roque Nublo 1560
2nd – Teide 1832
1st – Timanafaya 2170
- Overall House Champions 2016-2017 - TROPHY
3rd – Roque Nublo 23
2nd – Timananfaya 33
1st – Teide 34
BSGC Special Awards
- BSGC Spanish Reading Award
This prize is awarded to the student who, in the opinion of their teachers, has shown a passion for reading in Spanish; making books their best friends and companions, and who has helped other students understand the benefits of reading by sharing their passion with their groups.
This year's winner of the BSGC Spanish Reading Award is Daniela González Santana, from Y7.
- BSGC Spoken English Award
This award is reserved for the pupil who has displayed the highest level of excellence in spoken English throughout the academic year. It recognises their consistent excellence in English communication in addition to their ongoing commitment to promoting the use of spoken English in the British School.
This year's winner of the BSGC Spoken English Award is Samuel Vila Van Wijk, from Year 8.
- BSGC Contribution to School Community Award & COBIS Student Achievement Awards
This is awarded for the selfless contribution to the well-being and support of other students through their daily actions, or by their support and leadership of school clubs or student support activities. Each member of staff can nominate one member of the school community for this award.
This year's winner of the BSGC Contribution to School Community Award is Lakshita Pursnani Pursnani – Year 12, for the third year in a row.
- BSGC All Round Scholarship Award
The criteria set to award this scholarship state that "the student will have a strong academic base but must also have shown clear leadership abilities and acted as a role model to other students; shown a level of excellence or expertise in Art, Drama, Music or Sport, representing the School at competition or performance level; actively taken part in charity and fund-raising events; assisted fellow students when needed; shown understanding, compassion and appreciation of cultural differences within the school; represented fellow students as a member of the Student Council".
This year's recipient of the BSGC All Round Scholarship Award is Marina Márquez Peña