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End of Week Two

Written by Palma College. Posted in Corona updates

Dear Palma College community,

Hopefully this week has passed quickly for all of you. I know our staff are enjoying seeing students and interacting with them in the virtual world. The staff wanted me to say they are so impressed with students’ commitment, maturity in facing these times and their positive focus on their futures. It is very different learning from home, not having distractions, but finding it hard to stay focused. They need to try to make a weekly plan, stick to it and ask for our help.

Although we are still waiting for full details of what we need to send to the exam board for final grades we are already planning the different scenarios. Everyone that has been entered for exams will receive official results and will have the opportunity to resit any part of it at a later date if necessary.

This is the link to the most recent information from Pearson Edexcel and I have attached some questions and answers for the UK Education Department (PDF).

Palma College intends to keep teaching the whole of the third term to give structure, routine, purpose, finish courses and practice exam skills. This will help students prepare for leaving College or moving on to A2 Levels. Hopefully there will be time to do more tests and build more evidence for improving results, so it is important for students to keep working and send homework (also evidence) to their teachers. The Lower Sixth (L6) will be expected to take internal exams probably in June to show they have the knowledge and skills to move into the Upper Sixth (U6).

We still need to be a little patient until we have all the information, but please be reassured that the Palma College team is doing everything possible to make this process as easy as possible for everyone.

Thank you for your continued support it really means a lot to all of us who are still working for the students.

Kind regards & have a lovely weekend,

Jill

Apreciada comunidad de Palma College,

Esperamos que esta semana haya pasado rápido. Nuestro staff me ha comunicado lo mucho que está disfrutando de ver a nuestros estudiantes y de interactuar con ellos a través del mundo virtual. De hecho, ese mismo staff me ha solicitado que os transmita su satisfacción con el compromiso mostrado por los alumnos, así como su madurez a la hora de afrontar estos momentos de incertidumbre y por su positivismo hacia el futuro. Realmente es muy diferente aprender desde casa, pues hay que evitar las distracciones y hacer un esfuerzo para concentrarse. Intentad hacer un plan semanal, al que os podáis comprometer y de ser necesario solicitarnos ayuda.

A pesar de que todavía estemos esperando los detalles específicos de qué tendremos que enviar al comité examinador para la producción de las notas finales, estamos trabajando en diferentes escenarios con el objetivo de estar lo más preparados posible. Se emitirán certificados oficiales para todo aquél que haya sido matriculado para los exámenes. Así mismo, existirá la opción de rematricularse a cualquier parte de los exámenes en una fecha futura aún por concretar.

Este es el link que aporta la información más actualizada de Pearson Edexcel. Así mismo encontrarán más abajo un documento de preguntas frecuentes del Departamento de Educación del Gobierno del Reino Unido (PDF).

La intención de Palma College es la de continuar dando clase durante la totalidad del tercer trimestre con el objetivo de dar estructura y rutina a nuestros estudiantes, así como para acabar los temarios adecuadamente y practicar técnicas de exámen. Todo ello debería ayudar a nuestros alumnos en su partida de Palma College o en su transición satisfactoria a A2. También esperamos que sea un tiempo para realizar más tests y conseguir más evidencias con tal de mejorar las predicciones de notas. Por todo ello, es de vital importancia que nuestros estudiantes sigan trabajando al máximo nivel así como enviando sus tareas de homework (una de las evidencias) a sus profesores. Es muy probable que los alumnos de Lower Sixth (primer curso) tengan que realizar exámenes internos en Junio con el propósito de demostrar que han adquirido los conocimientos mínimos y las técnicas necesarias para pasar a Upper Sixth (segundo curso).

Debemos ser pacientes hasta que dispongamos de toda la información necesaria. No duden que todo el equipo de Palma College estamos haciendo todo lo que está a nuestro alcance para que este proceso sea lo más llevadero posible para todos.

Muchas gracias por su apoyo constante, pues significa mucho para nosotros.

Reciban un afectuoso saludo y que pasen un mejor fin de semana.

Jill

Update from Pearson – No Summer Exams

Written by Palma College. Posted in Corona updates

Dear parents, staff and students,
We have now had confirmation from Pearson that all May and June exams have been cancelled (link).
Students will be awarded certificates for the exams we have entered them for, however we still do not know what the criteria will be for grades.  With this in mind it is imperative that students continue studying until we have clarity, hopefully by the end of this week.  Also for any L6 students taking AS Levels it is important that the whole syllabus is taught as without this it will be impossible to cope with the harder A2 levels, especially if there are any gaps of knowledge.
We still need to be patient, stay focused on one day at a time and wait for the final details.

Apreciados padres y madres,

Tenemos la confirmación de que los exámenes oficiales de mayo-junio de EDEXCEL quedan cancelados (link)
Los estudiantes recibirán certificados oficiales de las asignaturas para las que habían sido matriculados. Sin embargo, en estos momentos todavía se desconoce cuál será el criterio a la hora de otorgar las cualificaciones. En consecuencia, es imprescindible que nuestros alumnos continúen estudiando al máximo nivel hasta que, probablemente a finales de semana recibamos más información al respecto. Del mismo modo, para los estudiantes de AS es imprescindible que reciban toda la formación curricular necesaria para afrontar en condiciones el curso de A2.
Debemos ser pacientes y concentrarnos en el día a día hasta que recibamos información más detallada y definitiva.
Reciban un afectuoso saludo
Kind regards,
Jill

Last updated: 24 March 2020

COVID-19 is impacting our lives in many ways and the situation continues to evolve rapidly. Our priority is keeping everyone safe and well, and providing certainty at this stressful time.

We’re committed to supporting all of our international customers, whatever your situation. It is, however, clear that this rapidly evolving global situation continues to present significant challenges, changes and uncertainty for everyone.

You and your students have put in huge amounts of work to get to this point, and we want to ensure that they achieve the grades they deserve to move to the next stage. Our focus is on providing as much certainty and clarity as we can and, as such, I would like to share with you an important update.

We have today made the difficult decision not to hold any General Qualification exams in May and June 2020 globally. This applies to iPrimary, iLower Secondary, International GCSE and International A Levels, as well as our UK GCSE and A level qualifications. We remain committed to ensuring that all students internationally receive a result and a grade, and we will award grades to international students using the same principles as for the UK GCSE and A level qualifications.

This will provide timely results and consistency for all students globally to progress to further study, university or employment.

We know you will have many questions about the details of this approach and what to do next. We’re working hard on answering these, including arrangements for private candidates, and will share further details as soon as possible.

As a UK and international awarding organisation, we’re already working with qualification experts (including Ofqual, UK Department for Education and JCQ), UK exam boards, governments and universities around the world to come together and work on one global approach, so students receive the outcome they deserve.

Thank you for your patience and support as we work to provide you with more details. We’ll continue to update here on the website, as well as directly with centres.

In the meantime, please stay safe and well. My thoughts and best wishes are with you all.

Sharon Hague,
Senior Vice President, Schools

Message from Pearson/Edexcel

Written by Palma College. Posted in Corona updates

Thank you for your bearing with us as we have been working with the Department for Education, Ofqual and other stakeholders to understand the detail of the UK Government’s decision to not hold exams in May/June.

As you may have already seen, we have this morning updated our guidance with our decision to continue offering a May/June International GCSE and International A Level examination series to our International Schools:

  • Where schools are open and a country is deemed safe, exams for iPrimary, iLowerSecondary, International GCSE, and International A Level will take place for students outside of the UK in May and June 2020.
  • Where schools are closed and public exams are not permitted due to Covid-19, students will have the opportunity to receive a grade for qualifications where an entry has been made. These will be awarded using the same principles as the UK GCSE and GCE A Level which will not have exams in any country in May/June 2020. Further information will be available in the coming days confirming the process to be followed.

We are thinking about you!

Written by Palma College. Posted in Corona updates

Dear Students,

There are times in our lives where we have to be strong and make our own destiny, and not become a victim of our circumstances. This is one of those times and I am so proud to see so many of you students are taking this responsibility into your own hands.

For those of you that are struggling, we are here for you, ask for help, let us guide you and help you plan.

Please try not to worry about things that our out of our control. We are still waiting for confirmation about our exams, but it looks like if the schools in Spain go back before the end of April the exams will run as normal. Only if we are still in lock down will there be some sort of predicted grades (based on all your learning till May).

We only have control over today, so let us all make it a good one. Our community is strong and we can support each other with chats on hangout, study groups and Netflix groups!

Keep safe and stay in touch,

Thinking of you all and your families

Breaking UK News

Written by Palma College. Posted in Corona updates

Good evening,

As some of you may already be aware, at this very moment there is breaking news in the UK stating the there will be no exams in May and June.
We are still waiting for confirmation from Pearson Edexcel (our exam board), but until that time please do not panic. They will have a plan in place, for predicted grades or another option. We also do not know if it is just for the GCE A Levels (art & drama) or also for the IAL (International A Levels).

As soon as we have confirmation from the exam board we will contact you again. Then we will review what is needed.

Students for the moment it is important that you do not stop working and keep attending classes, as we may have test internally or be given new dates for official exams.

I will be in touch again shortly.

Update Coronavirus Contingency Plan

Written by Palma College. Posted in Corona updates

Dear Parents and Students,

All students that were in Palma College today, have already received this information and have taken home all books and resources needed for the next two weeks. If they were not here or have forgotten something, please email us to arrange a time they can pick it up.We can only give information about actual government policies once they have been made official. At this moment in time, it has been confirmed that all schools will be closed for two weeks from Monday 16th.

The Examination Board is following closely the situation in each country and will take measures to make sure no student is disadvantaged by the circumstances. We have postponed the speaking exams for Spanish and German until April and will inform students of the new dates. The A2 Drama performance exams will be rescheduled. All other examinations are set for May and June at the moment.

Classes will continue as follows; Monday work on topics set by teachers, from Tuesday a new contingency timetable and virtual classes will start. We will email the students and copy the parents their new individual timetable. If a student is ill please can you inform us as usual, so we know if a student will be absent from a virtual class.

What it is expected of students, so that they stay on track with their subjects:

Academically:

  • Attend all lessons on their contingency timetable virtually
  • Check subject pages, emails, calendar invites and hangout frequently
  • Email questions to staff only between 9:00 and 17:00, staff will only reply during their contracted hours
  • Keep up to date with all class and homework and meet all deadlines

Technically:

  • Have a laptop availability with good wifi connection

Personally as citizens:

  • Do not believe or spread rumours, find the facts form the government departments
  • Remember everyone is in the same situation
  • If you become ill and are not sure if it is corona virus, call 061

Advise from Govern for students at home:

  • It is not advisable to go to: parks, cinemas, restaurants, recreational zones, friends houses, etc.
  • Avoid contact with high risk populations: people over 65 years, people with chronic diseases, or compromised immune systems
  • If you need to leave house: walk in open spaces, avoid socialising in groups, keep a distance of at least one metre with anyone, wash your hands properly
  • Use your common sense and respect the wellbeing of the community of the Balearics
  • The scheduled Parent & Teachers meetings planned for 18th March have been cancelled and the reports a little delayed, but we hope to send the reports out by the end of next week.

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this challenging time.

Apreciados padres y alumnos,

Todos los estudiantes que hoy han asistido a nuestra reunión de esta mañana, ya disponen de esta información, han cogido sus libros y recursos necesarios para las próximas dos semanas. Aquellos que no hayan podido venir o que se hayan olvidado de algún elemento imprescindible, nos pueden escribir un email para acordar el momento adecuado para recogerlo.

Sólo podemos facilitar información proveniente de fuentes oficiales y una vez ha sido publicada mediante los canales gubernamentales. En el momento en el que les enviamos este correo, está confirmado que todos los centros educativos estarán cerrados a partir del próximo lunes 16 de marzo como mínimo por dos semanas.

El comité examinador sigue de cerca la situación y tomará las medidas excepcionales necesarias para que la misma no afecte a los resultados de nuestros alumnos. En este sentido, hemos retrasado los exámenes orales oficiales de Español y Alemán hasta el próximo abril. Los estudiantes serán debidamente informados de las nuevas fechas. El examen práctico de Drama para A2 también se ha pospuesto. El resto de exámenes de la sesión mayo-junio, quedan por el momento del mismo modo.

Las clases lectivas van a continuar del siguiente modo. El lunes los alumnos trabajarán en las tareas especificadas por los profesores a tal efecto. A partir del martes un nuevo horario de clases adaptado a las circunstancias entrará en juego y empezarán las clases virtuales. Dicho nuevo horario será distribuido por email individualmente a cada padre. Les rogamos que sigan con los procedimientos habituales de comunicación con el centro, por lo que si su hijo/a está enfermo y/o no podrá asistir a alguna de las clases virtuales agradeceremos nos lo informen.

¿Qué es lo que esperamos por parte del alumnado para que estén al día con todas sus asignaturas?

Académicamente

  • Asistir a todas sus clases siguiendo su horario virtual.
  • Comprobar regularmente su correo electrónico, calendario, hangout, webs de homework y de las propias asignaturas.
  • Enviar emails con preguntas al profesorado entre las 9.00 y las 17.00. El profesorado sólo responderá durante sus horas contratadas.
  • Estar al día con sus deberes y acabar puntualmente las tareas encomendadas.

Técnicamente

  • Disponer de un ordenador o portátil así como de una buena conexión a internet.

Personalmente como ciudadanos

  • Ni esparcir ni creer en rumores y confiar solo en información de fuentes gubernamentales.
  • Recordar que toda la población se encuentra bajo la misma situación.
  • Si se encuentran mal y dudan sobre si puede ser coronavirus, llamar al 061.

Recomendaciones gubernamentales para jóvenes sin clases lectivas

  • No se recomienda bajo ningún concepto: visitar parques, ir al cine-teatro, bares, restaurantes, zonas recreativas o la visita a amigos.
  • Evitar el contacto con personas con alto riesgo frente al coronavirus: aquellas mayores de 65 años, enfermos crónicos o inmunodeprimidos.
  • En caso de tener que salir de casa: caminar por espacios abiertos, evitar la socialización con grupos de personas (incluso cuando son pequeños), mantener una distancia entre personas de al menos un metro y lavar frecuentemente las manos a conciencia.
  • Utilizar el sentido común y el respeto hacia el bienestar del conjunto de la comunidad de les Illes Balears.
  • Las tutorías del Parents’ Day del próximo 18 de marzo han sido canceladas. Los reports llegarán con un poco de retraso, aunque esperamos que sea a finales de la próxima semana.

Les agradecemos una vez más todas sus muestras de comprensión y paciencia en estos momentos difíciles que nos están tocando vivir a todos.

Reciban un cordial saludo

Update Coronavirus Contingency Plan

Written by Palma College. Posted in Corona updates

Dear Parents, Students and Staff,

After the announcement from the President of the Balearics Francina Armengol, I can now confirm that Palma College will be closed from Monday 16th March for two weeks.

I feel it is important that if possible all students should come to College tomorrow at least for the meeting at 13:45 to collect all their books and receive information for next week, but ideally they should also come to their classes.
Tomorrow we will send more detailed information.

Tras el anuncio por parte de la Presidenta del Govern de les Illes Balears, Francina Armengol, ya les podemos confirmar que Palma College estará cerrado a partir del lunes 16 de marzo por un período de dos semanas.

Del mismo modo, creemos que es de vital importancia que los estudiantes vengan a Palma College mañana como mínimo para la reunión de las 13.45, con el objetivo de recoger sus libros y recibir información para la próxima semana. Sin embargo, idealmente deberían asistir también a sus clases del día.

Como ya les hemos indicado anteriormente, mañana les mantendremos informados con más detalles.

Update Coronavirus Contingency Plan

Written by Palma College. Posted in Corona updates

Dear Parents, Students and Staff,

To reassure all of you, Palma College has a contingency plan for students in isolating and in the case the College is closed. We are keeping up to date with the constant changes from the Spanish government and the examination board. It is true that the situation at national and regional level is highly variable and one hour to another there are continuous changes, but still, we believe that we all must remain calm and try to continue working for the good of all our students as normally as possible. It seems highly likely that all schools will be closed from Monday on the Balearic islands.

As all students are in their exam year, we will make every endeavour to keep teaching them virtually, if necessary. The examination board is also reviewing and amending their procedures as things develop.

If all schools and colleges are still open, and we would like all students to attend an assembly meeting tomorrow (Friday) at 13:45, so that we can answer some of their fears of what can happen. Furthermore, we will inform them of all the procedures necessary for them to study at home.

Parents we will keep you informed via email and will send a follow up email tomorrow.

Tomorrow we will also be discussing the finer details with staff of how to put our contingency plan into action if all schools are asked to close. In the case of Madrid, the closing down has been implemented mainly for the students; teachers are still able to go to school to prepare resources or can work from home (especially in the case of being parents themselves). We hope to be able to do the same. It will be very important that students have access to a computer and internet at home and we will be expecting them to continue studying at the level they would normally do at College.

From now on until such time the schools and colleges are officially closed, we expect both students and teachers to keep all necessary resources with them, so that they can study or work from College or home. Anyone who is feeling ill or has any symptoms should inform me immediately.

The College will inform you directly via email with any updates, so please try to stay calm, find factual information (not social media hearsay) and remember all of us are in the same circumstance and need to support each other as much as possible.

There will be an announcement tonight at 19:00 on the local news from the government of the Balearics confirming when exactly schools will be closed.

Apreciados padres y madres,

Les escribimos con el objetivo de recordarles que Palma College cuenta con un plan de emergencia para aquellos estudiantes en situación de aislamiento y para el hipotético caso en el que el College deba cerrarse. Nos mantenemos informados y al día de los diferentes cambios y medidas tomadas tanto por el Gobierno Español como por parte del comité examinador (Edexcel). Si bien es cierto que se trata de una situación cambiante tanto a nivel nacional como regional, debemos mantener la calma e intentar, en la medida de lo posible, continuar trabajando por el bien de todos nuestros estudiantes con la máxima normalidad posible.

Debido a que nuestros estudiantes están a las puertas de sus exámenes, haremos todo aquello que esté a nuestro alcance para continuar enseñándoles aunque sea de manera virtual. Por su parte, el comité examinador también está analizando la situación de cerca y modificando sus procedimientos así como los acontecimientos se van sucediendo.

En estos momentos Palma College continúa abierto y desearíamos que todos nuestros estudiantes estuvieran presentes en una asamblea que celebraremos mañana viernes a las 13.45. De este modo podremos contrarrestar algunos de sus miedos de lo que puede ocurrir, así como indicarles claras instrucciones de cómo deberán trabajar desde casa si fuera necesario.

Padres y madres, les mantendremos informados vía email, enviándoles otro email mañana para actualizarles de las conclusiones del día.

Mañana también continuaremos trabajando con el conjunto de los trabajadores de Palma College para acabar de definir cómo pondremos en marcha nuestro plan de emergencia en caso de que los centros acaben cerrando. En el caso específico de Madrid el cierre de los centros solo ha afectado a los estudiantes, mientras que los profesores pueden ir a trabajar a los centros para contar con sus recursos didácticos o hacerlo desde casa (especialmente aquellos que también son padres). Esperamos poder actuar del mismo modo. Por todo ello será de vital importancia que nuestros estudiantes dispongan de un ordenador o portátil además de conexión a internet. Así mismo se esperará de ellos que continúen trabajando al mismo nivel al que lo harían en Palma College.

Desde ahora y hasta que la medida del cierre del centro se tome, esperamos que tanto profesores como estudiantes dispongan de lo necesario para estudiar y trabajar tanto en casa como en Palma College. Cualquier persona que sufra alguno de los síntomas propios o que encuentre su salud afectada debe informarnos de manera inmediata.

Como ya hemos indicado anteriormente el centro les mantendrá informados de manera puntual, por lo que les solicitamos que se mantengan tranquilos, que busquen información fidedigna (evitando la rumorología de las redes sociales) y que recuerden que nos encontramos todos frente a la misma circunstancia y necesitamos apoyarnos los unos a los otros tanto como podamos.

Se espera un anuncio por parte del Govern de les Illes Balears para esta noche a partir de las 19.00 indicando a partir de cuando de manera oficial los centros se cerrarán.

Les agradecemos de antemano su comprensión una vez más.

Policy & Procedures During COVID-19 Outbreak

Written by Palma College. Posted in Corona updates

Dear Parents, Staff and Students,

After following the rapidly changing circumstances around the coronavirus COVID-19 we have taken the decision to follow the UK government’s advice for educational organisations (link), while also adhering to the Spanish Ministry of Health’s recommendations (link). Where there are differences we are taking the more cautious version.

Policy & Procedures During COVID_19 outbreak

  • Anyone travelling back from a high risk country (category 1, including China, Hong Kong and Macao, Singapore, South Korea, the Italian regions of Lombardy (Milan Region) and Veneto (Venice Region) ) must not attend the College for a 14 day period, follow the recommended procedures and must make the College aware as soon as possible.
  • Anyone who has been in a medium risk (category 2) must make the College aware and if they develop any symptoms not attend college for 14 days and seek medical help.
  • Everyone is reminded of their individual responsibility towards our community. People at potential risk or have been in contact with high risk people should stay away from school for 14 days.
  • All students must use their own labelled water bottle and/or mug/becker.
  • If a student or staff teacher is prone to sneezing they must keep a personal supply of tissues with them at all times.
  • Everyone should exercise caution if suffering from a respiratory infection by limiting contact with other people, when coughing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, wash hands frequently.
  • The College will ensure that the cleanliness of the buildings, supply extra soap, tissues, etc. We will also help any student that is absent stay on top of their learning and email them work. Any visitors to the College will be asked to read this information and comply with it.

Our intention is not to be alarmist, because we are aware that Spain is in the low-risk category. However, it is important that we do everything in our power to continue in this way.

We are reviewing the situation on a daily basis and appreciate all your support in keeping Palma College a safe, healthy environment to work and study in.

Apreciados padres, trabajadores y estudiantes,

Tras los rápidos acontecimientos relacionados con el coronavirus COVID-19, hemos tomado la decisión de seguir las indicaciones del Gobierno del Reino Unido para las organizaciones educativas (link), a la vez que hacemos nuestras las propias del Ministerio de Salud del Gobierno de España (link). En caso de diferencias de criterio, hemos tomado la versión más cauta de la norma.

Política y Procedimientos durante el brote de COVID_19

  • Todo aquel que haya viajado a uno de los países de alto riesgo (categoría 1, China, Hong Kong y Macao, Singapur, Corea del Sur y las regiones italianas de Lombardía (zona Milán) y Veneto (zona Venecia)) tiene prohibida la entrada a Palma College durante un periodo de 14 días, debe seguir las recomendaciones gubernamentales y hacer conocedor a Palma College de dicha situación con la mayor brevedad posible.
  • Todo aquel que haya viajado a uno de los países de riesgo medio (categoría 2) debe hacer conocedor a Palma College de dicha situación con la mayor brevedad posible. En caso de desarrollar alguno de los síntomas, su entrada a Palma College queda prohibida por un período de 14 días y debe solicitar ayuda médica siguiendo los canales gubernamentales.
  • Cada uno de nosotros es responsable a nivel individual de los daños que puede causar a nuestra comunidad. Aquellos con riesgo potencial o que hayan estado en contacto con personas de alto riesgo deben mantenerse alejadas de Palma College por un período de 14 días.
  • Todos y cada uno de los estudiantes deben utilizar su propia botella etiquetada y/o su propia taza.
  • Si un estudiante o profesor es propenso a estornudar debe asistir a Palma College con sus propios pañuelos y utilizarlos en todo momento.
  • Todo aquel que sufra de alguna infección respiratoria debe actuar con cautela evitando el contacto físico con otros, cubriendo boca y nariz con el codo flexionado o un pañuelo al estornudar, evitando tocar ojos, nariz o boca y lavándose las manos con frecuencia.
  • Palma College por su parte se encargará de asegurar la limpieza de los edificios, suministrar jabón y pañuelos extra, etc. Además apoyaremos a aquellos alumnos que tengan que ausentarse de sus clases, ayudándolos en su aprendizaje y informándoles por email de aquellas tareas que deban realizar para estar al día. Los posibles visitantes de Palma College tendrán que leer la información mencionada anteriormente y deberán cumplirla.

Nuestra intención no es ser alarmistas, pues somos conscientes de que España está en la categoría de riesgo bajo. Sin embargo, es importante que hagamos todo aquello que esté en nuestras manos para que continúe de este modo.

Esta situación está siendo revisada a diario y les agradecemos de antemano todo su apoyo en ayudar que Palma College sea un entorno entorno seguro y saludable donde trabajar y estudiar.

Student Newsletter – September 2018

Written by Palma College. Posted in Newsletters

Palma College Newsletter September 2018

Palma College students have been back for nearly a month now and are already hard at work and back into the swing of College life. Staff are busy getting to know our new students, teaching new skills, and planning exciting projects such as Diversity Day, new Enrichment projects and a Taster Day on 24 October for future students to come and get to know us.

Palma College prides itself on treating each student as an individual. Two of our students took the time to write what they like best about Palma College and tell us about their goals for this Academic year.

“I think Palma College is great school because it uses a different method of teaching that’s more personalised to each student and the student’s needs. Everyone is different and Palma College takes this into account and since classes are small the teacher is more focused towards me and how I learn. They don’t treat us like “students” they treat us like adults and individuals. My aims for this year are to achieve a good grade in my exams and to get a good foundation of education so that’s next year I can build on what I learnt this year.”

“Palma College is a specialised international A-level college. The difference between Palma College and other international schools on the island is that in Palma College all the students are treated as individuals, we get individual help and treatment by our qualified teachers. This is possible thanks to the fact that it is a small school. We are all treated as grown-ups and our opinion matters, we are challenged to think for ourselves, which is an important skill to have, we learn to adapt to situations as well as different personalities. The support we get from our teachers is something important for us as young adults, because we are all going through a lot of changes and our responsibilities increase. We have a lot of important choices to make about our futures such as what university to go to and what qualifications to get that will best fit our personalities and interests. All of that is made easier on us thanks to our lovely teachers.”

Things going on in and around College

All our new students took part in a certified First Aid course provided by Tineke Training. Students learnt different skills such as CPR, how to bandage and what to do if someone is choking. All the students found the course really useful and feel more confident if they are ever faced with a medical crisis.

 

              

 

 

Following on from Palma’s very popular Nit de l’Art where our Art teacher Laurie Pearsall exhibited at Casa Planas in Palma, our AS Art and Design students visited some of the local galleries.

The group spent some time at the galleries available to them in Palma Centre and visited three galleries that inaugurated new expositions for La Nit de l’Art. They viewed the work of Miquel Mesquida at the ABA Art Lab, a collaborative installation called ‘Walk the Line’ at Galeria Maior and the diverse collective exhibition at the Gerhard Braun gallery. Each student chose one work of art to study more closely for an essay task. They were happy to take a break from the classroom and see some galleries they normally might not see.

The students said they enjoyed seeing work of local artists and appreciated how Spanish culture had influenced some of the art they saw.

Enrichment

As part of our Enrichment programme students have participated in a range of activities this month. Self defence with Renegade Martial Arts, Time management skills and Good Habits help them organise their study time. Our A2 group have started their UCAS applications. They have received help from both Jill Conway our UCAS expert and interview skills with Sabrina from Just be Sassi.

Our Head, Ali Lawrence gave guidance to students wishing to take a working gap year or who have decided to apply to Universities outside the UK.

A few of our students volunteered to help the nonprofit organisation Rana at their Charity Market last Saturday in Parc del Mar. Rana is a local charity that raises awareness and works on the prevention of child abuse.

 

 

 

We will be back next month with more news!

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