Year 11 Business students visit the Gofio “La Piña” factory

16oct2012-LaPinaYear 11 Business students went with Miss Moon to the Gofio "La Piña" factory. When we arrived we were shown two videos where we learnt how gofio was made and the health values associated with it. We then toured the different levels of the factory and were able to see the processes involved in turning corn into the final product, gofio. We saw how the ingredients were toasted, cooled, ground and eventually packaged, ready for distribution.

We had the opportunity to sample some of their products. We drank gofio mixed with warm milk and sugar, most students enjoyed this, the others thought it was an acquired taste. Our tour guide was also kind enough to give us some samples to take home. We had a really insightful experience as it helped us to learn how this popular Canarian product is manufactured. If we were given the chance to repeat this experience, we would be glad to do it again!

Fraser, Divya, Fernando and Suraj.

Year 11

Year 8 on Bark Europa

Picture5On Friday 5th October, year 8 experienced the unique opportunity to go on board a working Tall Ship. The Bark Europa stopped in Las Palmas for 5 days on its way to South America and Antarctica and it will not be back in European waters for the next two years. All students had a tour around the ship in small groups from one of the crew and whilst not on board they sat drawing the ship from the quay side. It was an enjoyable day and we especially thank the crew of the Bark Europa for their kind welcome which made our trip very special.

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South Summer School

Nearly 60 children enjoyed a month of fun English lessons and activities during our Summer School in July this year.

The main objective of the summer course is to help and improve children's confidence in the English language in a fun-filled environment. All classes and activities are held in English, but realising that children have spent most part of the year in an academic setting, the classes are designed to keep the children's interest through language exercises according to age. All students are 'submerged' into the English language while attending The British School Summer School, in line with the British School's main philosophy.

This year, children from 3 to 14 years old participated in a diverse range of activities including treasure hunts, sports, water fun days, cooking, painting, singing, videos and arts and crafts. It was a fantastic success and equally enjoyed by staff and students alike.

The British School will reopen its doors for its Summer School in July 2013, giving children from 3 to 14 years the opportunity to participate in a Summer of fun learning!

Y13 Biology Trip to Maspalomas Dunes

Y13 Biology trip to MaspalomasDespite the omen of bad weather, which threatened to delay once more our field-trip to the sand dunes, the sun greeted us with a warm welcome. The aim of this trip was to gather hands-on information about the process of sand dune succession and there is no better way to learn something than actually seeing it for yourself!

Ecological succession involves the series of changes in an ecological community that occur over time after a disturbance. An ecological community undergoes various changes from when it is first colonised by plants, until a mature climax community is established. The colonisers are known as pioneer species (e.g. marram grass). These species have adapted themselves to survive harsh environmental conditions (e.g. lack of water) and grow to colonise an area. Different organisms out-compete each other as you move up a sand dune. Over time more complex species start to appear until bushes and trees arrive. These establish themselves where the conditions are better (i.e. more water availability) until the climax community is established e.g. amazon rainforest or, in the case of Maspalomas, palm groves.

CSI Tafira

Last June, something new was added to our activity plan for the end of year week. This was the C.S.I. Tafira, where we could study the techniques of a real forensic scientist.

After studying and learning the basic techniques, we tested our abilities with our groups to solve a crime!

Some of the things we learned in this activity are:

  • Revealing, transporting and comparing finger prints.
  • Comparing footprints.
  • Studying hairs and fibres under a microscope.
  • Finding the difference between two or more different pens by using chromatography
  • Analysing handwriting

Once we completed this journey through criminology and science, we received an award in recognition for our hard work.

Miguel Escudero

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