Palma College Newsletter October 2018
October has proven to be a busy month where we have all come to together as a Community on various occasions to celebrate our diversity.
We had a College Community lunch where all staff and students brought in their favourite dishes from their country. We were lucky enough to enjoy Dolma from the Middle East, Swedish Meatballs, German Schnitzel, Mexican Nachos, Scottish Salmon, Mallorcan empanadas and lots of delicious cakes! It was such a success that we are already looking forward to the next one. Many thanks for all your generous contributions. The food that we didn’t manage to eat was collected by a local charity asociacionesrefugi
All our students have been at work in all their subject classes. Spanish A2 students have been brainstorming ideas on renewable energies.
Our L6 Art students created an abstract colour collage in preparation for the basis of their next unit on painting.
Our IGSCE Physics students summarised and revised the topic of forces and motion. They were using flashcards to put key equations on the board and then used the collected information to make a connect map and link ideas.
Enrichment and Guest speakers
Palma College has also received a range of guest speakers. We are always very grateful to these professionals who give up their time to share their vast knowledge with our students.
British Counselling Service gave our lower sixth students a workshop on self-confidence. Students learnt that self-esteem and self-confidence are related. They spoke about their feelings and how they feel they are perceived. Sarah also touched on anxiety, how to identify it, prevent it, deal with it and how to help someone who is suffering from anxiety.
Ian Chapman from TUI came in and spoke to our A2 Business students about the Importance of Customer Care.
Brad Robertson from Asociacion Ondine gave a talk on following your dreams to all our students during an Enrichment session. He told us about how he got into marine conservation, how he reached a point in his life where he had to choose between his business – making money, and his charity work – his passion. He chose the latter. Since then the charity has grown and grown and he has had some amazing experiences – he was invited to a global meeting about plastic pollution in the oceans which was attended by some VIPs like those who are the heads of Greenpeace, etc. Brad had the opportunity to fly in private jets and stay in luxury hotels as part of this trip. His message was to follow your passion, to be honest, to keep your values and that in the end the rewards will come.
Our Business Students received a visit from Dr Walsh from Globe Business School Munich who gave them a talk on meeting consumer needs at a profit and what to do if you can’t apply it. One of the students said that after the workshop he was shocked but fascinated how every business fits into one of 3 categories .
She invited them to participate in a competition to win a weekend workshop in Munich exploring business in a larger context
Three of our students went on to win this competition and got a Golden Ticket to take place on a two day workshop at the College in Munich. The workshops are a truly unique experience and ideal for anyone who is looking to gain an integrated perspective on business, wants to experience studying business at third level before they leave school, wishes to improve their soft skills and wants to learn more about business in a challenging environment.
On 24th October we opened our doors for a very popular Taster Morning and Open Afternoon to welcome prospective students and their families. Our current students were on hand to show them round. We are very proud to have such great ambassadors. The prospective students tried out different classes in the morning and their families came in to meet our teachers in the afternoon. There will be another Taster Day in the Spring.
More to come about our Diversity Day, in a special newsletter……