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Student Newsletter – September 2018

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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!

Press Release – 22/6/18

Written by gregory. Posted in Newsletters

Palma College for Sixth Form studies is delighted to announce they are opening an Elite Fifth Form year for IGCSE students.  Students must be in their 16th year to be accepted for a place on this one year fast track course.

Demand for IGCSE is growing and Head Teacher Ali Stanford Lawrence and Owner Jill Witkamp Roberts feel the time is right to extend the excellence in education which already exists within the Sixth Form.  The fully qualified staff are available to work with the Fifth Form students to prepare them for the IGCSE exams.  10 different subjects are offered.

With the waiting list for sixth form places increasing year on year this is the time to extend the excellence in education to a younger year group and to prepare them for the difficult transition to the demands of A Levels.

The Fifth Form will be running from this September.

 

Ali Stanford Lawrence

https://www.palmacollege.com/igcse/

Head’s Message – June 2018

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Dear Parents

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.

Kindest regards

Ali Stanford Lawrence

Head Teacher

Next Steps for Palma College Students 2018

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One of the great successes of Palma College is the ¨Next Steps´ programme where all L6 students are given careers advice and plan for their futures.  Not all students want to pursue an academic route and we look for vocational programmes or apprenticeships for them.

This year we have been astonished by the depth and breadth of the students´ ambitions and very proud of them seeking out courses to help them on their journeys.  We have three confirmed unconditional offers for the UK which is and testament to the strength of their applications; and many exciting opportunities both within Europe and North America.

 

Commercial Music                                                     Bath Spa University

Liberal Arts                                                                  Winchester University

Liberal Arts                                                                  University of Essex

Creative Writing                                                         Bath Spa University

Media and Communications                                   Winchester University

Commercial Music                                                    Bath Spa University

Liberal Arts                                                                 Winchester University

Liberal Arts                                                                 University of Essex

Creative Writing                                                        Bath Spa University

Drama, Theatre and Performance                         University of Lancashire

Louise, one of our Swedish students, has an unconditional offer from Winchester University to read Liberal Arts.

Natural History                                                          University of South Wales

Theatre and Drama                                                   University of South Wales

Drama                                                                          Bath Spa University

Tourism Management                                              University of Canterbury

Tourism Management                                              University of Sunderland

Tourism Management With Languages                University of Greenwich

International Tourism Management                     Middlesex University

Biological Sciences                                                    University of Essex

Forensic Biology                                                        University of Staffordshire

Biomedical Science                                                   University of Bedfordshire

Forensic Science                                                        University of Bournemouth

Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation        University of Central Lancashire

Operating Department Science                              University of Huddersfield

Biology                                                                        University of Portsmouth

Paramedic Science                                                    University of Worcester

Operating Department Science                              University of Huddersfield

Paramedic Science                                                    University of Portsmouth

Events Management                                                 University of Greenwich

International Events Management                        University of Brighton

Events Management                                                University of Winchester

Events Management                                                University of Bournemouth

Events Management                                                Leeds Metropolitan University

Broadcasting, Journalism & Communications    Glyndwr University

Media and Communications                                  Aberystwyth University

Media and Performance                                          University of Salford

Stadium and Events Management                        UCFB

Automotive Engineering                                         Harper Adams University

Motorsport Competition Car Technology           University Centre Myerscough

Motorsport Managements                                    University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Motorsport Technology                                          University of Bolton

Tiffany, from Mallorca, is off to study Motorsports in the UK on an unconditional offer. It is exciting to see a young woman moving into the traditionally male world of motor racing!

International Business                                           University of the West of England

Business and Management                                   University of East Anglia

Business Management                                           University of East Anglia

International Business                                           University of Westminster

Business and Management                                   Oxford Brookes University

Fashion Design                                                       University of the Arts, London

Fashion Design                                                       Instituto Marangoni, London

Drama                                                                       University of Exeter

Drama                                                                       University of Essex

Drama and Theatre                                                University of Kent

Drama                                                                       Bath Spa University

Sports Management & Development                 University of Portsmouth

Sports Studies                                                         University of Winchester

Sports and Exercise Therapy                                Southampton Solent University

Annabel, from the UK and Mallorca, is heading to Southampton to study for a degree in Sports Management on an unconditional place.

Business Management                                          ESADE, Barcelona

Dirección Hotelera Internacional                        UIB, Mallorca

Aina, from Mallorca, is heading for a degree in Fashion Making & Styling in Haute Couture at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, Paris.

Dima, from Russia, is yet to decide between California, Switzerland or Barcelona!

Certificate of Higher Education

in Professional Make-up Design                          Delamar College, London

Business Marketing with Digital Tech                Geneva Business School, Switzerland

Business Administration                                       San Diego University, US

Business Administration                                       California State University US

One student is going on a planned GAP year to South America.  There are many opportunities for safe and socially aware programmes around the world.

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Mrs A Lawrence, Head
al@palmacollege.com

Mrs J Witkamp, Business Manager
jw@palmacollege.com