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PRIMARY NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY

STAFF
Welcome back to Laura to the Koala class after her maternity leave and to Helen returning to Year 1B.
Welcome to our new Year 5 teacher Jennifer Dalbeck.
Welcome to Susanne Caspers, a German student, who is helping in La Luz in Year 3 for 5 weeks.

YEAR 1
Year 1 thoroughly enjoyed a pirate themed day which included dressing up, treasure hunts, singing and games.

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TALENT SHOW
The Primary talent show was a huge success. Well done to all the finalists who performed and included pianists, dancers and singers. The standard was exceptional.
The winning act was a comedy act by Simón, Victoria, Pedro and Matias from Year 5 and their prize was cinema tickets.

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CARNIVAL
Early Years had a special Carnival assembly and children from Playgroup, Nursery and Reception performed 3 dances. Parents were invited to stay to join their children at snack time.

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All pupils enjoyed dressing up and the winning costumes in Primary were:

Year 1B-Olivia
Year 1M Lucía
Year 2H Nora
Year 2C Giaele
Year 3S Alejandra
Year 3Z Irene
Year 4G Jan
Year 4M Andrea
Year 5D Kai
Year 5S Lucía
Year 6J Sofia
Year 6M Álvaro

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Congratulations to all the winners!

SPORTS STUDENTS FROM BRISTOL
Children from Years 1 to 6 were very fortunate to take part in fitness activities led by coaches and students from the AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence). Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed thesese ssions and were praised by the coaches for their enthusiasm and great behaviour.

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NIÑOLANDIA
Year 2C organised a very successful drawing competition for their families. The children were also able to demonstrate their artistic skills. It was a pleasant surprise to see the quality of the art work done. Congratulations to Year 2C for showing such great effort and interest in organising this event.

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First prize                                Participants


Year 3S invited their families to come to school to hold a paper aeroplane competition. Parents and relatives produced fantastic paper aeroplanes. There were medals for the prettiest, fastest, those who planned better and also for those who did the best stunts. It was a very close competition and the jury of students in Year 3S found it very difficult to make a decision. Congratulations to Year 3S for organising this event.

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One of the gold medals                         Making aeroplanes fly

SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS
Diego in 6M class won a gold medal and 2 bronze medals in a swimming competition in Valladolid, Spain. Pablo in Year 5 also got a gold medal in swimming.

CONGRATULATIONS
Miss Amelia Zaher gave birth to a daughter on 3rd March. Lulú-Amal weighed 3.43kg. Congratulations to all the family!

TYPT NEWS
TYPT are preparing a Drama Festival for Sunday the 26th April in which they will perform some short plays.
The Tuesday TYPT group (years 8 to 10) are performing a hilarious short play called Puppylove.com about a group of school children who set up an on-line dating site to find themselves a partner for the school dance. Some of the older students are preparing abridged scenes from William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. On the same day the younger Monday group are performing some scenes which have been adapted from the Roald Dahl novel, 'The Witches' and are enjoying bringing to life the wonderful characters that
Roald Dahl created in his novel.

YEAR 4 GARDENING
Year 4 pupils have thoroughly enjoyed planting all types of seeds at La Luz eg. carrots, onions, garlic, cauliflower.... We look forward to seeing the fruits of their labour in a few months.

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We hope you have enjoyed reading our newsletter.


KEY STAGE 3 NEWSLETTER 5 -TRINITY SITE
February 2015

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Friday 6 th March: Year 8 Excursion to Aguamansa.
Tuesday 17 th March: Year 10 Activity and Drama Day with Mayco School.
Parents' Evenings:
  • Tuesday 21 st April Year 7 (1), 8 (1) and 9 (1).
  • Thursday 23 rd April Year 7 (2), 8 (2) and 9 (2).
KS3 Exam dates: 4 th June - 10 th June inclusive
Fiestas:
Monday 1 st June
Thursday 11 th June
End of Year Trip to England: 15 th June - 20 th June

OTHER NEWS
Bristol Academy of Boxing
The British School welcomed back the Bristol Academy from England once again this month. This time we were visited by three professional boxing coaches and 15 students from the academy.
They attended all three sites and demonstrated their training techniques and allowed our students to spar against each other. As always the event was very well run and safe for all involved. The students really enjoyed being part of something that was new to them.

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Mayco school
This term Year 10 will participate in the exchange day with Mayco school. The students from both schools will visit the Los Realejos Sports Centre and participate in a Drama and Sports Day on 17 th March.

Valentine's Day Disco
Once again the students of KS3 got the chance to visit our Yeoward site to participate in the school disco. The night was enjoyed by all and attended by many sixth formers who helped to run the event.
The disco generated about 400 euros and the money raised went towards furniture for the sixth form common room. We would like to thank Mr Arthur and the teachers involved for hosting the event.

Drama News

TYPT are preparing a Drama Festival for Sunday the 26th April in which they will perform some short plays. The Tuesday TYPT group (Years 8 to 10) are performing a hilarious short play called Puppylove.com about a group of school children who set up an on-line dating site to find themselves a partner for the school dance.
Some of the older students are preparing abridged scenes from William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
On the same day the younger Monday group Year 5 to 7) are performing some scenes which have been adapted from the Roald Dahl novel, 'The Witches', and are enjoying bringing to life the wonderful characters that Roald Dahl created in his novel.
Later on in the year, the youngest children will be performing scenes from Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our newsletter.

FEBRUARY 2015
Key stage 4 and 5 NEWSLETTER
Yeoward Site

Dates for your diary

Thursday 12th March : Year 11 Options meeting.
As your son/daughter is nearing the end of Key Stage 4 (Year 11) and preparing for IGCSE examinations, we would like to invite you to a presentation about Key Stage 5 (Years 12 - 13).
We will explain to you about the examinations taken at the end of each year and what the results of these examinations mean for those students who wish to apply to a university.
Following the presentation, teachers will be available for consultation about their subjects and the content of the courses in Years 12-13.
Students should accompany their parents to the meeting which will take place at the Yeoward site on Thursday 12th March at 3.15pm.
At the meeting, parents and students will be given a form to complete before Wednesday 25th March, confirming the decision about their option choices.

Friday 13th March: Year 10 Excursion to Teide The Spanish
Department have organised a geological visit to the National Park. On this occasion they will have the great privilege of being accompanied by Dr Nemesio Pérez, a prestigious volcanologist, Scientific Director of ITER (Technology Institute of Renewable Energy and Scientific Co-ordinator of the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands. (INVOLCAN) The
Year 10 Students will leave school very early in the morning, at 6.30 am in order to maximise the time spent on the excursion which forms part of the project they have been studying on environmental protection and natural geological hazards in Spain.

Friday 13th March: Controlling Exam Anxiety Workshop and Talk.
Year 11 students will attend a talk by Eparquio Delgado, a highly respected educational psychologist from the Universidad Europea de Canarias. The talk will also include a practical workshop suggesting ways of reducing exam stress. Students from Year 12 and 13 may also attend if they are available.

Tuesday 17th March : Year 10 Mayco Activity Day
Year 10 students will participate in various activities and Sports with the Mayco School from La Laguna at the Sports Centre in Los Realejos. Students will start and end the day at the Trinity site.

Thursday 19th March : Accident Prevention Talk 1.30 - 3.00pm
A speaker from AESLEME will give a talk to students in Year 12 and 13 about the prevention of traffic accidents which lead to brain and spinal injuries. The talk will be in English.

Friday 27th March : Xtreme Lip Sync Battle!!
As a light hearted activity before the Easter break and the upcoming series of exams, students will be participating in a Lip Sync Contest in the afternoon. This is the first time we have held this event so the results should be quite surprising!

News:

Exams!
The 2015 IGCSE, AS and A level exams are now under way. The oral components of the language exams have started and various practicals are also taking place.All students have been given an individual timetable of their exams and should now have prepared their revision programme. A copy of the complete exam timetable will be posted on the school webpage shortly.


Bristol Academy of Sports.

On Thursday 26th February students from the UK visited the school and lead a workshop on Boxing Fitness with our students. They were very impressed with the skills and enthusiasm of our students as can be seen in these photos.

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AS Drama Practical

Last week Year 12 Drama AS group performed an extract from Mike Leigh's tragicomedy, 'Abigail's Party' in front of many different audiences. The performance was for the purpose of the practical element of their AS examination and was worth 40% of their final mark.
The play was absolutely fantastic and the acting really was superb. One of the requirements of the AS course is that students choose a practitioner and rehearse an extract of a play of their choice according to the methods of that practitioner. Our students chose the father of naturalism, or 'method acting', Stanislavski.
Constantin Stanislavski had very specific ideas about performance and said that the audience should feel like they are watching 'a slice of real life' when watching a play. For this reason he always aimed for total authenticity in his set design and so did our students. We transformed the English room at the Yeoward site into Beverley and Laurence's living room for three days and aimed to make our audience feel that they really were in someone's house.
We were so fortunate that Carlos Acosta from 'Rastro Santa Ursula' generously lent us many items of furniture and artefacts genuinely from the 1970s. In this way we were able to achieve our aim of creating a set that really looked like a living room from the 1970s. Our favourite things were the marble old fashioned telephone with a working dial, the record player and the marble coffee table as well as the crystal decanters that were cleverly filled with ice
tea and water to represent brandy and whisky.
Rastro Santa Ursula is a real cavern of curiosity - you really never know what you are going to find there and the prices are very reasonable! The shop is situated on the main road running through Santa Ursula and is open every day except Sunday.
A huge thank you to Carlos Acosta and everyone at Rastro Santa Ursula and great congratulations to our very talented AS Drama students. It is a huge relief that everything went so smoothly and we look forward to the results in August !
Here are some photos of the scenery and the actors from the performance:

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Target- setting
Following the school reports which were issued at the start of January, several students were set targets to encourage and improve their effort and attainment grades. These have all been reviewed.

Uniform
Parents are reminded about the school uniform policy which is published on the school website. Even though there may be days when the weather is quite cold, students must adhere to this and wear the correct clothing. It is strongly recommended that jackets are labelled with the student ́s name so that the items may be returned if they are mislaid. Remember, fluorescent coloured trainers are not allowed!

House activities
This month, we have held a Football tournament during the lunchtimes. This was a very close competition and was eventually won by Year 10 /11 Timanfaya (Red) Dani Jordan and Aarón have been invaluable in helping to organise this event.

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Also we still have the Chess Tournament going on......and on....and on....!! There are some very strong competitors participating in this event so I am sure the final will be one to watch !!

Reminder!
We are sure that you know already, but just to remind you, the school will be closed from Monday 30th March for Easter holidays. School will re-open on Monday 13th April

We hope you enjoyed reading this month ́s newsletter!


 
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