Spanish Bank of Algae (BEA)

15may2013-banco-algasFollowing a study on the relationship among the economic sectors on the Canary Islands, Social Science studies brings students closer to the concept of R&D within the business sector related to Biotechnology. The purpose is to awake the curiosity and interest in science and technology, by providing potencial academic and profesional guidance to the students, relating to these international sectors.

Students' Comments:

Bryn: I think it was very interesting. Now I am going to observe algae and learn about the at school.

Himesh: I found it very interesting and I want to know more about algae and learn about them with more detail.

Vikas: Investigation about algae is very interesting. Now I want to experience it.

Ana: I found it very interesting, because I didn't know that algae were so neccesary.

Sara: I foud the trip very interesting and educational. I didn't know that algae were so important for our lives. The trip also inspired me a lot to study something similar to what we've seen during the visit.

Manuel: Really cool! I really enjoyed the visit and I would like to repeat the experience. I didn't know that algae were so important.

15may2013-banco-algas2Yashna: I really liked the visit. I learnt a lot about algae and how important they are for life.

Carlos: I has given me a new interest in marine and acuatic topics thanks to the BEA.

Alex P: The visit was OK and it has helped me understand some doubts I had.

Edu: A quite interesting visit. I didn't know that investigation on algae was so vast and how much we need algae in our day to day lives!

Luis: It was quite interesting to understand the importance of algae in our history. They are our ancestors!

Lasmi y Bea: We had a great time. It was a very productive visit. We will hopefully come back again!

Pedro: Very useful experience to learn about natural life.

Kajal: I think it was a unique experience to visit the BEA, I found it very useful and quite interesting. I hope I can do another visit of this kind soon.

Year 10 Visits the ITC

14may2013-itcIntroducing our students to start learing about socio-scientific and technical education is an emerging need. Renewable Energies or Clean Energies constitute an undeniable opportunity for this pourpose.

The school trip to the Technological Institute of the Canary Islands (ITC) was a wonderful opportunity to consolidate and understand concepts related to energy: sources, extraction, exploitation and technologies used. In this way, Social Science takes on the challenge of offering our students a meaningful education in this area.

The students' impressions are illustrated below:

Pedro: The visit was quite productive as an introduction to renewable energies and to learn how to create one for me.

Alex G: It was spectacular to witness first hand how renewable energy was gathered and produced.

Javi: We visited all the buildings and we could see all the experiments that the scientists had carried out.

14may2013-itc2Bryn: I really liked it, more than the BEA (Spanish Banck of Algae) excursion.

Adrián: One of the best experiences, which will immensely help us produce, develop and complete our ideas about renweable and non renewale energies and advanced technology.

Himesh: It was a very good experience and I learnt a lot more about renewable energies. It was more entertaining than the BEA.

Ana: I learnt new and very interesting things that I didn't know. It was very entertaining.

Sara: I really enjoyed this trip because it was very interesting. We visited places that I didn't know about. It was very beneficial. Thanks for this opportunity, Señor Torres.

Luis: An interesting visit, because the guide gave us a tour around the whole area. I really enjoyed the trip.

Alex P: It was interesting to see the facilities, but the explanation was short.

Carlos: A very profitable visit, I really liked it.

Yashna: I liked the trip. It was interesting to see everything, although the explanation could have been better. I ejoyed the previous visit more.

Bea:I think it was an interesting visit, although most of the things they explained to us, had been taught already in class. It was a bit short.

South School - Space and Divali

In the Spring term Year 3 studied a topic about Space. In addition to covering the Geography and Science objectives this topic also gives students the opportunity to develop their skills in ICT, Art and Design and Technology. The children used ICT to locate and extract their own information about the structure of rockets and worked collaboratively to design their own model and decide upon the materials and equipment required. The children shared thier learning with their peers by presenting their finished rockets to the class. The pupils were actively involved in evaluating and appraising the models. 13may2013-space
In Year 3 the children learn about Hinduism and this term the focus was on festivals. We decided to study Divali and the children wrote letters to a parent and invited them into our class to talk about the traditions and customs during this celebration. The class had the opportunity to try some Indian food, they had mendhi patterns drawn on their hands and participated in art activities including making Diva lamps. The class thoroughly enjoyed this afternoon and it gave them a deeper understanding and appreciation of Hindu festivals. 13may2013-divali

Fun, Team Building and Biology – all in one fieldtrip!

08may2013-y7-8-jardin-botanicoY7 and Y8 recently went to the Jardín Botanico to take part in a team building activity and, at the same time, find out about Canarian flora and about the history of the botanical garden itself.

Within in each team were assigned roles and responsibilities:

  • A coordinator responsible for keeping the group together and ensuring that the group worked as a team.
  • A secretary responsible for making notes for the group about the information found.
  • A map reader responsible for guiding the group through the complex pathways of the gardens.
  • A collector responsible for gathering interesting specimens found on the ground of the gardens and producing a display of the groups findings.
  • An artist responsible for sketching diagrams of different plants found in the gardens.

Students learnt how to work together to achieve a goal, how to listen to each other, how to overcome problems (like getting lost!) and how to share ideas. The better they mastered these skills the more they found out about the Jardín Botánico (and the more fun they had!).

Book Swapping Day

29apr2013-Book-swappingSince April 23 was World Book Day, the Spanish Department (with the help of the English Department) organized a Book-swapping event that took place in school on Friday 26 April. Secondary students had the opportunity to bring books that they no longer wanted to keep at home. They received a voucher for each book they brought. These vouchers were then exchanged for books on the day of the event, which was really successful. It was especially moving to see how our older students generously gave some of their vouchers to younger pupils so that they could also take some books home on the day. We would like to thank all the families that allowed their children to bring books to school. Thank you to all our pupils, particularly to the Y12 and Y13 students who helped organized the event throughout the day.

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