Years 8, 9 and 10 Cultural Trip to London 2013

27feb2013-LondonTrip2013Some of the pupils from year eight, nine and ten had the great opportunity to visit the big city of London under the supervision of four teaches Miss Vina ,Ms Poyser, Mr Pink and Mr Brevitt, where they stayed for five days from the 28th to the 2nd of February 2013.

On the 28th everybody was anxious to arrive. We had a 3 hour plane journey and a one hour bus ride before we arrived at our destination. We had the pleasure of meeting our coach driver called Spike, who had a fantastic sense of humour. These hours seemed like days for us but finally we arrived in London. Once we arrived at the YHA hostel, we all rushed in and left our bags in reception and hurried to get our dinner. Once we finished, Miss Vina told us our room numbers and we all went to sleep after a long, tiring day.

On the second day of our trip, we went to the London Eye where we could admire the beautiful buildings below us. We were very high. The next place we went to was the Tower of London; it was incredible and we had a lot of fun. Afterwards we passed Tower Bridge where we took amazing photos. Then Carmen convinced Miss Vina to go to Starbucks and we all bought a delicious drink. We finished the day by having a great time bowling and dancing.
The next day we had a tour around London with a guide, she was called Ingrid. We saw many buildings like Big Ben, which was beautiful. We also saw the biggest building in Europe and many more things. Ingrid took us to Buckingham Palace so that we could see the changing of the guard. Everyone was amazed at how they were dressed: they looked like toys. Ingrid finished her tour and we went to see the Globe Theatre. We learnt many interesting things. After dinner we all saw War Horse in the theatre; it was fabulous and we were all stunned with the presentation.

The next day we were taken to Stratford-Upon-Avon to visit William Shakespeare´s birth place where they taught us many things about his life. As we learnt so much about Shakespeare, it was time to learn about his wife´s life so we went to Ann Hathaway's cottage and fortunately we stepped on the same floor that they did!

Then we went to our hotel in Stratford: The Premier Inn. This was very comfortable and we had a lovely time. We finished the day with some scary stories that happened in Stratford, narrated by a witch and a wizard, which was a fun way to finish the trip. But it was even better when we had a delicious desert at dinner; hot chocolate with brownie and vanilla, very sweet!

On the final day we returned back to an ordinary day´s work. Everyone had a fantastic time in London and we will never forget this trip: it was memorable.

Please see the full gallery through this link!

Student Comments

• "The experience that I enjoyed the most, believe it or not was the theatre. It was awesome and EPIC!"
• "My favourite moment was the show of War Horse, it was fantastic - the horses looked real and I could imagine and understand everything."
• "Visiting the London Eye - although I was afraid of the height, I had a fantastic time and it was a great experience."
• "London Eye was one of my favourites because I could see London perfectly."
• "What I liked the most was the presentation on species at the Natural History Museum."
• "I loved it when we visited the Tower of London."
• "A favourite moment was the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace."
• "I liked the trip in general, it was well organised and a good cultural experience."
• "It has 'united' us and it was a good opportunity to talk to people you don't normally talk to."
• "I am going out of London with new friends."
• "I liked seeing the old historical buildings in Stratford and listening to the scary ghost stories."
• "The trip was amazing."
• "Bowling was great – we got time to bond."
• "I really liked the performance of Hamlet and the acting which took place."
• "A good thing was learning more about Shakespeare and his family."
• "I enjoyed living new experiences and learning lots of new things."
• "We saw London in the view of an English person."
• "Overall, I loved this trip and I hope we repeat this experience."
• "Sincerely, thank you to all the staff."

Y12-13 Nobel Prize Talks

27feb2013-nobel-forumA group of our Y12 and Y13 students had the opportunity to attend various talks given by some Nobel Prize winners last December. This was possible thanks to an invitation made by the University of Las Palmas.

On December 10, some of our students listened to different talks dealing with business and economic issues, including one given by Mr Finn Kydland, who was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. The title of his conference was "Political uncertainty and economic growth". These students were accompanied by Miss Moon.

On December 11, another group of our sixth formers and Mr Arocha visited the "Facultad de Medicina" , where they listened to a series of talks about health related issues and challenges. They had the great opportunity of listening to three Nobel Prize winners: Mrs Ada Yonath (Chemistry, 2009), Mr Werner Arber (Medicine, 1978) and Mr Aaron Ciechanover (Chemistry, 2004).

We are sure our students really benefit from attending these events. We would like to thank the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for their kind invitation.

Primary Football - American School vs. BSGC

Wednesday 30th January saw our Year3/4 and Year 5/6 football teams in action at The American School.

Despite 4 – 1 down at half time, the boys and girl of Years 3 and 4 fought back valiantly in the second half to steal a well-deserved victory by 6 goals to 5.
Notable performances were, Alberto as striker who scored a fantastic direct free kick worthy of the great Lionel Messi himself and Elisa who ran around the pitch like a Terrier Dog, tackling hard, passing accurately and being 100% involved in the game. She was rewarded by scoring a wonderful goal in the second half with an unstoppable header into the top right corner of the American School net.

Years 5 and 6 boys started weakly against the home side with several defensive and goalkeeping errors allowing the American School to go 4 goals to nil clear by the end of the first half. However after a half-time team talk by trainer Mr. Steven, the team emerged confidently to take the game by the scruff of the neck in the second half, scoring 6 goals to the opponents' 2. The final score being a draw, 6 goals each.

Ruben became the league's top goal scorer with his Ronaldo-like precision shooting and the team have retained their unbeaten record in this year's league.

Congratulations to all who took part, it was a grand display of sportsmanship and camaraderie between the schools.

Andrew Bailey
Head of Primary

‘Switching on’ of the Christmas Lights, in Plaza Santa Ana, Las Palmas


The Senior School Choir (Yr 7-13) were once again given the honour of performing several musical pieces at the official ceremony to celebrate the "switching on" of the Christmas Lights, in Plaza Santa Ana, Las Palmas. The spectacular setting in front of the grand Cathedral added much to this fantastic occasion, and despite the threat of rain which threatened to disrupt the event, all was successful. As ever, the choir stepped up to the occasion and gave a fantastic performance, which was hugely enjoyed and appreciated by the large gathering of spectators. We would like to congratulate all of the students who took part in this event, and thank them for all of their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm. Well done!!

You can see the full gallery through this link.

Tafira Primary Christmas 2012

14feb2013-christmas-tafira-concertThe end of the Autumn term saw every child from Nursery through to Year 6 involved in fabulous Christmas festivities. Christmas certainly arrived with the first of our Primary shows.

Children from Nursery to Year 2 performed a heart-wrenching musical Nativity. They demonstrated supreme confidence when singing and acting on the stage in front of nearly two hundred family, friends and visitors. Notable was their command of English, almost perfect pronunciation and expressive orations, a true testament to their acquisition of English from a very early age and the quality of teaching in the Foundation and Infant department.

Many congratulations to children, staff and parents for their enthusiastic involvement and support which enabled this show to be such an emotive success – not a dry eye in the house, so to speak!

The following day was the turn of our junior children to impress with their singing, acting and dancing in the Christmas Show – 'Bethlemayhem'! To see the obvious joy and happiness on the faces of our pupils whilst rehearsing and performing reinforces all the positive reasons for putting on such a show. The up-beat songs, expertly taught by Mr. Payne, included a plethora of talented soloists. The witty script, written by Mrs. Patterson enabled children to share their advanced mastery of English and the coordinated dances were all outstanding and a real pleasure to watch.

Every year the standards get higher and higher – can't wait for next year's Christmas Concerts!!!

The concerts also raised more than 300€ for our elected charity this year – UNESCO.

You can have a look at the pictures of all our Christmas events through this link.

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