BSGC Go Tree Planting on Gran Canaria

27jan2020-plantingA group of approximately 120 students, parents and staff travelled from Tafira and the South to Valleseco to participate in a Fundación Foresta project to plant trees and reforest the island. After instruction from the Foresta monitors, the BSGC volunteers split into small groups tasked with the responsibility of digging holes, planting especially-selected trees and preparing the planted trees for irrigation and future survival. The planting process was energetic, which kept us warm, whilst also being very fulfilling, seeing how many trees we had planted for such an important project.

After completing our morning's work, we moved to a nearby finca where we helped clear debris left after last summer's fires. The fresh air and hard work ensured that everyone was ravenous, and our hunger was sated by sumptuous spread of satisfying Canarian fare.

The school will be visiting another area of the island next weekend (Saturday 1st February) to participate again in this important tree-planting project.

 

 

 

 

 

Shopping trip

23jan2020-las-arenasOn Tuesday 21ˢᵗ January the 17 IGCSE Geographers from Year 11 undertook a comprehensive investigation in support of their classroom studies. This investigation concerned the impact that the Las Arenas shopping centre has had on the surrounding area. Has it had a positive effect on the area? Has it stimulated development?

The Year 11 students were fantastic, demonstrating autonomy and a self-critical approach to their data-collection activities. They developed confidence to interview the public and collect qualitative as well as quantitative data ready for further analysis in the classroom. Well done Year 11, you were a credit to the school.

Mr King

A recipe for samba

23jan2020-sambaOn Friday 17ᵗʰ January, the South School's Year 5 students received a special visit from Tafira's Mr Wilson, the secondary school art teacher. Mr Wilson worked with the children to show them how to create instruments out of waste materials such as plastic bottles, empty cans and food tins. The children will decorate the instruments and use them to create a samba band.

Mr Payne, our music specialist, will rehearse with the children over the next several weeks, to show them how to finetune their own samba music. The children will then perform this to their parents as part of our Carnaval celebrations in March.

Recognising Outstanding A-Level Achievement

16jan2020-a-levelOn Friday 20ᵗʰ December, our secondary school held a very special assembly as we welcomed back 2018-19's Year 13 to receive their A-Level certificates. Head, Mr Julian Clark and Key Stage 5 Head, Ms Sarah Cuthbertson, handed out the certificates to the group of former pupils who achieved exceptional results in a range of subjects offered by the school. These phenomenal examination performances have led to our most recent alumni securing places at Europe's leading universities, including Bristol, London, and Oxford.

Charity continues at school

13jan2020-charityAt BSGC, we have a strong commitment to preparing our students to become capable, compassionate and active custodians of the world, with acts of service playing an important role in this preparation. Over the last few months, our Year 10 students have organised two charitable collections and, by doing so, they have developed a different perspective to life on the island.

In October, secondary students donated unwanted clothes that the Year 10 students collected and weighed, with prizes awarded to the Tutor Group with the heaviest clothing donation (7MF) and the most donated items (8SS). A group of Year 10 volunteers then visited the Iglesia Evangelica de Jinámar on November 5th, to distribute the clothing, which was extremely well received by the local community.

As Christmas time is often a time we treat ourselves to delicious food and some families do not have the luxury, our Year 10 led an initiative to collect Christmas sweets for the needy families. The students arranged the collection and donation of these gifts to Iglesia Evangelica de Jinámar.

The participating students gained invaluable transferrable skills through their involvement in these charitable collections; all letters to parents, notifications to students and school wide publicity for the collections were created by Year 10 students. The students who visited the Jinámar Church clothing bank prepared an assembly sharing their thoughts and experiences with other students in the school. However, perhaps the most important thing students learnt was the fulfillment experienced when helping others!


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