University challenges

01feb2019-universityThe prospect of applying to university is a daunting one for our older students as they contemplate making the next big step in their academic careers. Two visiting speakers were on hand recently to offer a guiding way, however. Hannah Wake, a Higher Education Adviser from the University of East Anglia, and University of Essex International Officer Keeley Alvarez came to talk to our Tafira Year 11-13s about stepping up to uni.

Rising to the COBIS Mangahigh Maths Challenge

31jan2019-cobis-mathsLast November, Year 7 to 9 students from The British School of Gran Canaria took part in the COBIS Mangahigh Maths Challenge which consists of a series of testing online maths games. Despite being pitted against considerably bigger international schools across the world, we managed to finish 18th out of 89 with 10,688 points. At the end of the first assembly of 2019, certificates and medals were handed out to the 13 Year 7-9s who amassed more than 150 points.

Magical Mozart

31jan2019-mozartYears 4 and 5 recently visited the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium to see the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria perform The Magic Flute, an opera by Mozart. We enjoyed a spectacular performance, especially adapted for children, sung in Spanish and German and accompanied by magnificent music played by a full orchestra. Here's an animated BBC version of the story.

England vs Germany: the rematch(es)

08jan2019-vs-deutscheOn 19th December, the Lionesses and the Young Lions competed in volleyball against the Deutsche Schule. It was the first outing BSGC has ever had at the official German school, in any fixture. The teams were welcomed warmly by a mixture of staff and students.

The Lionesses, who train every week, completely outclassed the Deutsche Schule and won in two straight sets of 25. A number of crucial recoveries from Carla really helped all the girls play to a high standard. There looks like there will be plenty more to come from the team over the next few years. The last-minute, makeshift Young Lions could not replicate the result of their female counterparts, however. They lost in as many sets. Yet each set was very close and, with more practice, the boys could definitely be on the winning side in the future.

So, a very positive step forward for the volleyball teams. These fixtures also strengthened Anglo-German relations on the island. Bring it on!

Festive Frolics

21dec2018-christmasMr Johnson's Christmas Extravaganza has become one of the highlights of the year, something all students and staff look forward to. The 2018 version was no exception. The pick of the proceedings was undoubtedly BSGC's take on The Twelve Days of Christmas with a partridge in a pear tree replaced by a lost locker key. 






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