Key stage 4 and 5 NEWSLETTER
Dates for your diary.
BST Annual Prize Giving will take place at All Saints Church in Parque Taoro on Wednesday 17th December at 14.30.
Mock exams 9th -16th December
Christmas holidays start on 19th December at 12.00 and school re-opens on Thursday January 8th 2015.
The BST annual Prize Giving will take place at the All Saints Church in Parque Taoro on Wednesday 17th December at 14.30. Parents of students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 are invited to the service and to tapas and drinks in the church garden. We hope students who finished Year 13 in June and their parents will join us for this special celebration.
The BST Art Exhibition.
The Art department at BST is proud to present a selection of this year's AS and A-level artwork at The English Library, Parque Taoro, Puerto de la Cruz.
Headlining the exhibition is the extraordinarily talented Alex Gunnarsson whose AS work won the Cambridge Outstanding Achievement award as Best In Spain last year. Earlier this year an article featuring his work and method was published in the prestigious magazine The Artist, in the UK. This year there is an opportunity to see his dazzling A-level artwork which was awarded an A*. Alex is currently studying Art in London.
The AS level students who are taking part in this year's show are: Lea, whose mixed media paintings are based around the hustle and bustle of Arabian street markets where spices and embroidered clothes, shisha pipes and sacks of beans and pulses glow with colour.
Emma's rock guitarists with their splashy backgrounds add a contemporary feel to the selection as well as her witty visual comments on stereotypes in which we see rugby players doing surprisingly feminine things!
Denise has based her work on portraits and here we can see how her high level of precision and technical skill show her ability to capture a likeness or facial expression.
The close observation and study of reflections in Jack's work shows influences from Escher and completes this year's selection from year 12.
Paintings will be on show from Wednesday 10th December and will run through the Christmas holidays during which time we hope to attract as many visitors as possible. On Monday 15th December and Wednesday 17th December from 3.00pm Art teacher Ms. Chapman, and some of the students will be at the library to show visitors around. The exhibition is open on the following days and times. Don't miss it!
LIBRARY OPENING TIMES
News from the Science Department
A researcher from La Laguna University came to the school to show our students how to do this practical safely, reducing the risk of coming into contact with potentially harmful pathogens.
This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to make contact with high level researchers and learn how they work. These techniques are also in the British curriculum and will be really useful to help our students pass their exams with high grades.
Students throughout the school bought poppies at the end of October and the first part of November to commemorate the passing of soldiers in war.
The aim of this assembly was to explain the significance of the poppies, plus to introduce other students to the poetry of Wilfred Owen, a famous poet from the First World War.
The assembly began with a nostalgic song from the War, We'll Keep the Home Fires Burning, plus some images of the time. Yaiza introduced the assembly, explaining about the war and Wilfred Owen's poetry, which is about the pity of war. This was followed by Nika reading part of The Send-off, explaining that, even as the young men went to the Front, the onlookers foresaw the possibility of their death.
Andrea and Yaiza presented some facts about the War and challenged the other students with such chilling facts as:
• During the summer and autumn of 1914, France lost as many men on the battlefield as the US army would lose in all of the wars of the 20th Century.
Carla explained about Craiglockhart, in Edinburgh, where both Wilfred Owen and his mentor Siegfried Sassoon were sent. The hospital is now part of Napier University, which Carla has recently visited.
Mishale explained about both the mental and physical effects on the soldiers, with excerpts from two poems.
Following this, the students watched a touching video produced by Yaiza, Laura and Carlota.
Carolin then explained the significance of poppies:
Flanders, the whole western part of Belgium, saw the most concentrated and bloodiest fighting of the First World War. There was complete devastation. Where once there were homes and farms, there was now a sea of mud, a grave for the dead where men still lived and fought. Only one other living thing survived: the poppy flowering each year with the coming of the warm weather brought to life hope, colour and reassurance to those still fighting.
In 1918 Moira Michael, an American, wrote a poem, We Shall Keep the Faith, in which she promised to wear a poppy "in honour of our dead." This began the tradition of wearing a poppy in remembrance.
The Year 12 English AS students, led by Joshua and Carla, all presented Owen's ironic poem The Last Laugh which contains effective onomatopoeia.
Nika quoted some lines from one of Owen's most famous poems, Dulce et Decorum Est. She explained that the Latin quotation means "It is meet and right to die for one's country", but that Owen thought of this as a lie told by the people who did not go to war.
Everyone who attended the assembly agreed that it was both informative and moving and Ms Carey and Mr Maughan would like to congratulate all of the Year 12 AS English class, who contributed to the assembly. Well done!
The following day, on 11th November, at 11.00 am, the school held a two-minute silence, following which students and staff symbolically "planted" their poppy beneath a bush in the Yeoward playground.
For the Fallen
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
The Last Laugh
‘O Jesus Christ! I'm hit,' he said; and died.
Whether he vainly cursed or prayed indeed,
The Bullets chirped-In vain, vain, vain!
Machine-guns chuckled-Tut-tut! Tut-tut!
And the Big Gun guffawed.
Another sighed,-‘O Mother,-mother,-Dad!'
‘My Love!' one moaned. Love-languid seemed his mood,