The end of the month gives students and staff a welcome break from the frantic pace of teaching and learning. The new students have been more than surprised at the increase in work between GCSE or equivalent and AS level. The coursework elements in some subjects are onerous and demanding and they are, so far, coping with this! Similarly our art students are expected to spend a great deal of extra time on their projects and sketch books. Performing Arts students also have a Saturday morning lesson at PQA where they enjoy both skills teaching and Masterclasses in all aspects of the profession.
The Enrichment programme has seen Asian cooking classes; interview and presentation skills; talks from diverse groups such as Cancer Support Mallorca and Ondine Association and guest speakers like Birgit Unger from Mallorca Deluxe magazine. Some students went to Radio One Mallorca to be part of the morning show and one even sang her own songs live on the radio. Our final Enrichment Activity for this half of term involves dark spaces and laser guns!
Both the Biology and Chemistry students have been to the laboratories of Lipopharma in ParBit for their first round of practical experiements.
University applications are continuing with the first Art student having already sent hers off and is awaiting interview dates. The Performing Arts students are applying for a variety of courses including Global Theatre Studies which involves some time in the US. Those students who are applying to universities in Europe have different criteria to fulfil and are researching places in Spain, Holland, Switzerland and Germany. Each student has a duty to research the requirements for entry and we began this process with them in Lower Six to ensure they were studying the correct subjects!
We are holding our Open Morning on November 8th from 10am until 12.30pm and welcome visits from anyone who is interested in a place for 2015 or beyond. The students will be on hand to show visitors around and the teaching staff can give you more information about their subjects.