As another academic year draws to a close it is a good moment for us to reflect on the achievements of the students at Palma College. Those who are leaving us have mapped out their immediate futures but, more importantly, have gained the skills they need to support themselves in decision making and even risk taking. They have matured immeasurably over the two years with us and taken part in all that we offer. The destinations of leavers and the degree courses they have applied for amaze all of us in their diversity and location; the benefits of being a truly international college are such that we all learn so much about other countries.
The students who now are in their second year are a great group. Their enthusiasm and energy is felt throughout the College and they are using critical thinking skills very well. They understand that A Levels are not only hard work but the key to their future plans. The guest speakers at the College have remarked on more than one occasion how impressed they have been with the interest shown and the questions asked of them. They have great potential to move onto Higher Education or other routes and they have begun working on this next step.
A gentle reminder that the examination results for AS and A Level are released on 16th August. The A Level students should be available to come into College to collect their results and confirm their university places (if heading to the UK). If they are off the island we will of course email them as soon as is practical that day.
Summer work is expected for Art and English Literature but otherwise we would encourage general reading, particularly for those studying a modern foreign language. Term starts on 5th September and we would appreciate full attendance from that date.
The staff and I wish you and your families a very pleasant summer and we look forward to seeing returning parents in September when we will be holding some information afternoons regarding university options.
Ali Stanford Lawrence