Movember Spain

10dec2018-movemberMovember started as an Australian movement but it has grown internationally and we have been fundraising to collect money for men with prostate and testicular cancer. Our interest was piqued by an informative Secondary assembly about these health issues which could affect 1.7 million males by 2030. Year 12 have been selling cakes, overseeing a crossbar challenge, and arranging a Tache-a-teacher event where three students will paint moustaches on the lips of three teachers of their choice. At The British School of Gran Canaria, we're committed to changing the face of men's health.

Mónica Valido Sanchez (12MC)




Science Matters

26nov2018-science-mattersTafira's Year 4 enjoyed an informative visit to the desalination and water treatment plants in Telde as part of our science topic on states of matter. We were treated to a guided tour of the facilities. This helped us to learn so much more about the water cycle and water conservation.

Cooking up a storm

23nov2018-alicia-arencibiaWe've recently appointed a new cook at The British School of Gran Canaria. It required dragging her away from a hot stove to secure this interview. Ladies and gentlemen, meet and greet, Alicia Faber Arencibia.

1.) Welcome to The British School of Gran Canaria, Alicia. Who were your culinary heroes growing up and why?

Thank you so much. I feel very welcome and greatly appreciated by all. It truly is a pleasure to be part of the great family of The British School of Gran Canaria.

Whilst I had never contemplated working in a school before, this opportunity has turned out to be a wonderful experience which is fuelling my creativity. My management skills are evolving and also increasing, if possible, my desire to cook. Working with children is very rewarding, although it requires great concentration due to food allergies and intolerances.

I fell in love with the kitchen because of the smells and laughter emanating from the cocina in my grandmother's house, and through my mother with her delicious family meals. Both stirred a love for cooking... as I grew up I became interested in gastronomy and obviously I was learning from the forerunners of the kitchen like Escoffier and little by little also from Rick Stein, Carme Ruscalleda and Gordon Ramsay amongst many. They made me dream... and my love for the stove turned into a passion. Then I discovered another passion, the pastry, and I became a creator of delicacies.

2.) What's your catering background?

I started helping in the kitchen of my mother's restaurant and I was learning in different establishments while studying. Then I decided to start my own catering business 'Delicias de Alicia'. I've also completed a master's degree in pastry.

3.) Could you share your signature dish with us and explain why it's one of your favourites to make.

This will sound very simple: my favorite food is cottage pie. As a child, my grandmother prepared it especially for me every birthday. I keep that memory with a lot of love in my heart and there is no star dish that can top Grandma's Cottage Pie.

4.) Papas arrugadas or patatas bravas? And why?

Always wrinkled potatoes. I'm Canarian. However, the bravas are very good!

5.) What sort of changes can we expect to see on the menu?

My kitchen is all about homemade dishes. I do not use precooked meal, nor additives. Instead, I insist on fresh, natural and very varied products.

I try to introduce less common foods, to accustom children to eat everything, using my traditional recipes and also more modern ones, but without forgetting the nutritional balance and allergies/intolerances. We are a dedicated and wonderful kitchen team who cook with a lot of love and we hope you will notice and enjoy it.

Gold Standard

22nov2018-goldSailor Patricia Guerra Cabrera, a gold medal winner at the 1992 Olympics, came to the British School of Gran Canaria on Wednesday 14th November 2018. She shared her experiences with the school's students in the ICT Room with a PowerPoint presentation. During her talk, Patricia passed around her gold medal and the life-sized replica of the Olympic torch.

Patricia was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. When she was a teenager, she fell in love with sailing. Patricia started with the single-occupancy Optimist.

But by the time of the Olympics, she was competing in the 420, a boat sailed by a crew of two. Listening to Patricia, we really got a sense of the exciting atmosphere, that special Olympics feeling. After her gold medal, Patricia Guerra enjoyed a level of celebrity by appearing in the Spanish newspapers.

Luis Henderson (11KP)

Word Play

20nov2018-vocabulary-competitionOn Thursday, 15th November, Year 7 and Year 8 students took part in the second edition of the Interhouse Spanish Vocabulary Competition between the three Houses of the school (Teide, Roque Nublo, Timanfaya). They were challenged by Year 9 to guess the meanings of more than 100 Spanish words, as well as writing as many sentences as possible with them. A vibrant hall was the setting for an almighty challenge with cheers filling the room when results were announced. The competition ended in a draw. Instead of penalties, there was a sudden-death round which was won by Timanfaya.

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