Picture finish

11feb2020-artY12 students have recently completed their coursework projects for the Cambridge Art and Design qualification. They have worked extremely hard developing their ideas and concepts, learning and perfecting techniques, and exploring the relationships between historical and contemporary art. This has resulted in a wide range of interesting final pieces.

Now they will go on to produce a short externally-set assignment. The three-day Art practical exam will follow. Well done to all students.





Putting in the extra kilometres

11feb2020-fun-runTafira Infants have been participating in a Fun Run three times a week, during December and January. This is a popular initiative that has taken off in many European countries and Miss Bland has been leading the way in Tafira, with the support of the children and staff in Reception, Y1 and Y2. Staff and children head to the outside pitch and keep moving for about 15 minutes with the aim of reaching a distance of a kilometre; this can be sprinting, walking or jogging.

The children are learning how to both pace themselves and push themselves. They are very proud when they keep moving for the entire time! The idea is that they each aim to improve on their personal best.

On Monday 27ᵗʰ, we counted how many laps (each comprising roughly 200m) each child completed. Almost all of the children in Y1 and Y2 managed a kilometre and in total those children ran a total of just over 60km! This is going to become a regular part of the timetable in Infants - well done to all involved!

Sculpture culture

10feb2020-sculpturesThe Year 10 students have recently completed a sculptural portrait project. They were tasked with exploring a theme that was personally important to them and producing sculptures. They have worked using papier-mâché, Modroc, glue guns, fabric, found objects, dry brushing, crackle glaze, spray paint, and just about every other material they could lay their hands on in the Art department.

Year 10 have developed their understanding of meanings within artworks and self expression. This is a visual demonstration of how comfortable they are with the topic. I am very proud of all of them.


Mr Wilson









Medallion man

10feb2020-medalWe regularly report on the sporting achievements of our students both in and out of school. Year 10AE's Hugo Domínguez is no stranger to these pages. He recently added to his precious medal collection in Murcia's Pinatar by winning gold, for the third consecutive year, at the Spanish Jiu-Jitsu Championships.

Christmas cheer

07feb2020-christmasLast December the house captains from our three houses (Timanfaya, Teide and Roque Nublo) put their heads together to brainstorm ideas for the annual Christmas Extravaganza. They had lots of expectations to live up to but the whole team did a great job. They presented the show in a very entertaining and amusing way which had the audience on the edge of their seats throughout. It was not easy as the audience included age groups ranging from Year 7 to Year 13 but their packed programme which included games and singalongs had everybody (including teachers) hypnotized.

The event would have been a disaster without the collaboration of the remaining house captains who were in charge of the music, coordination, and the props. The effort required to put on the show developed the house captains' teamworking skills. All in all, it was a one-of-a-kind experience which the captains will never forget.

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