Sail away, sail away, sail away

26sep2019-sailingYear 6 from both South and Tafira schools recently successfully completed a three-day sailing course with the Escuela de Vela Joaquín Blanco in Puerto Rico. This was our 18th annual trip with the school, giving many of the children their first chance to sail on their own in Optimist boats. It's a great way for our students to develop their sea legs.

Puppet masters

23sep2019-puppetsYou learn more if the lessons are fun. With that in mind, the South School's Year 6 have been making puppets with Miss Wilson. This has made it easier for them to continue their investigation into light and shadow.

What's SUP?

22jul2019-supAs part of Enrichment Week, Tafira Juniors spent a day developing new skills on Las Alcaravaneras beach. We tried our hands at SUP paddle boarding and kayaking, learned about water rescue, and generally had a great time on the beach and in the sea with our friends!

Appy days

05jul2019-appyThe new Computer Science curriculum for Key Stage 3 has been a huge success this year thanks to the hardworking and enthusiastic learners at BSGC!

As part of the Computer Science curriculum, Miss Price introduced the students to a unique opportunity to enter all year 8 and year 9 students into an App Making Competition. The Apps were created for UK-based charities The Greyhound Trust which help retired racing dogs find a loving home and The Pearl of Africa, a charity that BSGC are looking to support on a long-term basis.

The groups attending the final event were chosen based on their documented evidence, planning and Apps. Parents Raul Espada and Adam Hoque and teacher Mrs Cuthbertson were the judges. They decided on Team Summit and The Elysian Squad.

The final event at The University of Surrey proved to be an excellent learning experience as it was fiercely competed. 120 students from several UK schools were present.

The students enjoyed thinking about expressing their thoughts and feelings, using technology in a positive way with a UK charity called The Samaritans. They learned about various pathways to study computer science, reviewing Apps from other schools and Apps for good and bad, and watched interviews with real computer scientists from Red Hat Linux.

After an exciting but tiring day, Team Summit, represented by Maite Del Campo, who also counted Carlos Villafranca, Marcos Gordillo and Tommaso Tagliapietra amongst their numbers, finished as runners up in our first-ever entry to the Open Schools Coding Competition.

The BSGC students' hard work, dedication and technical skills were recognised by the competition judges, who were also impressed with the students' confidence and excellent English-speaking skills. Next year, this unique opportunity will be open to Year 8; where we hope for further success and relish the opportunity of building on this incredible achievement!

Click here to see the app from the Elysian Squad.
Click here to see the app from Team Summit.

The beach boys and girls

04jul2019-jinamarOn Tuesday 25th June, Secondary students volunteered on an Oceans4Life Gran Canaria beach clean-up. We travelled to Jinámar's Playa de Bocabarranco. Other than the inevitable killer plastic, we uncovered a shopping trolley, an urn, and a treasure chest of rusty jewels.

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