Head´s News September 2018
A superb, positive start to the new academic year has been enjoyed by staff and students alike. Classes began after welcome talks and our first Enrichment activity was well received. During this time all the students mixed together, meeting old friends but also welcoming new ones into our community. The students discussed issues such as trust; being kind to one another and being inclusive. These are some of the core values of Palma College and it was an important session for us all. The students also were asked to reflect on their own experiences and to identify where in their learning skills they could make improvements.
The hard work begins already with the introduction of the aims and outline of the courses. Students should not be feeling overwhelmed at this stage but informed. The more competent with the learning processes they are, then the easier they will find it to make good progress.
We welcomed some of our new parents to a short talk about Palma College and the pathways their children will take with us. We value and encourage each individual for who they are and strive to enable them to make the best of their opportunities with us. Our highly successful leavers of 2018 have gone to their universities or their GAP year programmes and it has been touching to hear from some of them already. It is gratifying to hear of former students who have graduated and are now working!
Next week we are delighted to welcome our new Fast Track IGCSE students. We will be able to instil the necessary skills to prepare them for the rigours of the A Level route in the coming years. The step between the two examination points is a huge one and the introduction of the year will allow Palma College students the opportunity to be ready as quickly as possible in terms of academics for the next courses.
As busy and intense few weeks lie ahead but with the continued efforts from all members of our community we will see progression and the emergence of more adult life skills coming to the fore.
Ali Stanford Lawrence