South School in the pink

15oct2018-south-pink-dayCharity is at the heart of everything The British School of Gran Canaria does. So the South School were delighted to organise fundraising for ACCM. The Asociación Canaria de Cáncer de Mama y Ginecológico is one of Gran Canaria's most well-known charities and is committed to improving the quality of life of women diagnosed with cancer and their families.

They set up stalls and sold T-Shirts and raffle tickets.

Posters were placed around the school to promote a whole school Pink Day, where children and staff were asked to donate 1€ for the privilege of wearing pink clothes on Friday 5th October.

This was all in order to raise pupils' awareness and money for cancer research, specifically breast cancer.

On Saturday 6th October many parents, pupils and staff participated in the Long Walk in Maspalomas, further supporting this charity.

All together our school community raised a staggering 948.81€.

Heartfelt thanks to all who participated – we had a lot of fun at this event.

Leaders of the future

15oct2018-leadershipThe development of our Student Council took another stride forward at the beginning of October, with the introduction of a scheme which is very aptly called Learn To Lead. This student-centred approach to collaborative working respects the fact that whatever our age, experience or expertise, everyone's contribution is of value. Learn To Lead provides the ethos, process and tools through which every individual can be heard, and can involve themselves in truly student-led and student-owned projects and events. Another important emphasis of Learn To Lead is to instil the deep sense of ownership, accountability and responsibility which is naturally ingrained in a culture where everyone is working together to accomplish shared goals.

Over 65,000 children have been shown how to use this approach, and the benefits have been proven in hundreds of schools and organisations. Students and teachers gain a renewed sense of commitment to their school; they improve their social, organisational and communication skills; and develop confidence through becoming more aware of their strengths and being able to recognise and utilise other people's ideas and talents.

We were very fortunate to welcome Maxwell Jeffery, one of the CEOs from Learn To Lead, to deliver initial training to 25 of our students and teachers. Maxwell was impressed by the fascinating, mature ideas and discussions our students provided. We then subsequently trained a further 60 pioneering volunteers, all of whom showed a burning desire to contribute to the development of the school. With a total of over 80 children and teachers now armed with the ethos and collaborative nature behind Learn to Lead, we can look forward to experiencing stronger, more inclusive engagement from our school community than ever before.

Out and about with BSGC Geography

25sep2018-geographyGeography is all about 'getting out there' and so on Monday 17th September, Year 11 Geography students travelled to the Telde beaches of Melenara and Playa del Hombre. The objective of this trip was to gather primary data for their IGCSE fieldwork component which constitutes 27.5% of their final grade.

The aim was to discover whether visitors to the two beaches ultimately had a positive or negative impact. Students worked efficiently and independently. They gained valuable first-hand knowledge of data collection and now look forward to writing up their findings and making use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to enable them to present their data effectively. Martina, Paula, Pablo, Manuel, Cristina, Faina, Bella and Shivani all put in a tremendous effort on the day!

Tomb Time

13sep2018-tombYear 6 South had a lovely surprise this week (Tuesday 11th September). Our artist friend Julia Fraser returned to see us. She helped us make tombs for the mummies we created with her back in the summer term.

Moving Science

12sep2018-disalabA DISA Foundation mobile science laboratory visited our Tafira school on Tuesday 11th September and opened its doors to our students, from Y5 to Y8, to participate in hands-on and fun practical science activities. These focused on Canarian marine biology and its significance to our islands. This visit represented a very positive addition to the students' in-school science education.

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