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February 2019 Newsletter

Written by Michaela Bowyer. Posted in Newsletters

February was mainly about Pre-Assessments. Students and a couple of our teachers felt the pressure of sitting the test under exam conditions.

Dr Aguiló revising for the A2 Maths test with is students

Our Head of Science department Dr Aguiló sat the A2 Maths exam with his students to see how they feel when sitting the test with the clock ticking.

He scored 98%! Well done Dr Aguiló and to all of our students.

Enrichment this month

Giving our students life skills to help them deal with different situations is an important part of our Enrichment porgramme.
To help the students relax and focus the week before exams Jay from http://www. earthyoga.es visited us. She gave them breathing techniques to help deal with pre-exam stress.

Hazel from https://vipserviceschool.com/ offered a very practical skill on how to care for shoes. She explained the importance of having clean, well kept shoes as first impressions really do count! Hazel explained tips and tricks such as cleaning with toothpaste, using a rubber on scuffs and washing trainers in the dishwasher.

After the stress of Pre-Assessments we challenged the students to an egg drop, to work team building and negotiating skills. They were divided into groups, given a selection of different materials and devised a way of making their egg land safely after being dropped from our balcony.

It was great to see the team work and community spirit among them even if some of them showed us their more competitive side.

Drama Guest speakers

Our Drama students were fortunate to receive the visit of various experts in their field. We are always grateful to these professionals who offer our students the wealth of their experience and knowledge. This month they were visited by Jonathan Holloway , currently the Artistic Director of Melbourne International Arts Festival . Jonathan told them about his career and encouraged them to work hard to achieve their dreams.

Jenny Vila – Drama Lighting Designer gave them inspiration for their sets. She also shared tips on how to write about lighting for the theory component of the Drama exam.

Palma College Instagram

Love was most definitely in the air on 14th February. Our students were given an Instagram Challenge. They were asked to reenact, design and be creative when sending Valentine Day inspired photos for our Instagram page.

The IT department got involved straight away and won the prize of a box of chocolates!

Art

Art students went out to visit our Head of Humanities and Art teacher’s installation piece at https://www.ma-artecontemporaneo.com

Her piece formed part of the Un libro dos vidas exhibition. Students had the chance to see 30 different ways of interpreting one theme.

Taster Day

On 22 February we held another Taster Day and we were delighted to welcome prospective new students and their parents to college. We also had a special guest from Loughborough College who gave a presentation on the Sports BTEC we will be offering through them. There has been a very positive response to this new venture from current and new students.

January 2019 Newsletter

Written by Michaela Bowyer. Posted in Newsletters

Our holidays already seem like a long time ago as we all came back knowing we have a busy term ahead and Pre-Assessment dates are fast approaching. We have all been hard at work but did find time for some fun.

Enrichment

We are a multicultural College with students and staff from over 18 different countries, but we all have living on Mallorca in common. To share some of Mallorca’s rich heritage and for San Sebastian we had some very special guests visit us- Dimonis. They shared the story of where they come from, what you need to be a Dimoni and all the customs around it.

Ian and Amy from Renegade Martial Arts came in to give us a self defence class. It was great to see the students letting off steam while learning a new skill.

Enrichment also gives our students important life skills before they go to University and start to live alone. A2 students learnt how to prepare tapas at Lonja 18. We all enjoyed the tortilla, croquetas and other snacks they shared with us .

Deep concentration
Enjoying the efforts of their hard work!

Many of our students are receiving offers from Universities and are being asked for face to face or online interviews.
We were lucky enough to benefit from the time of two excellent professionals who gave our students some final interview practice. Feedback has been great!

And for our students who are thinking of a Gap Year. Theresa from Rustic Pathways came in and told us all about the Adventure sports and Community service trips they organise.

On College Wednesdays our staff get together to work on various CPD projects. Here the Humanities department are working on cross curricular links.

On the 22 February we will be holding another popular Taster Day. A chance for prospective students and parents to come in and meet us and find out about who we are and what we offer. We are excited to have Loughborough College joining us to talk about our new collaboration offering a BTEC qualification in Sport as of next Academic Year.

December Newsletter

Written by Michaela Bowyer. Posted in Newsletters

We all can’t believe how quickly this term has flashed by, it must be because we were having fun as well as working hard.

Although we have only had 11 school days this month, we have made the most of all of them! December started with one of our students sitting his IELTS test. IELTS is the world´s most widely recognised language test and although it is an external exam, Palma College offers full support and preparation to our students who are required to take the test to enter UK Universities.

We have all been getting very excited about the University offers that are coming in daily. For more information and to see the broad range of degree offers and Universities that our students are receiving see the post on University offers in our News section on our website

Business

In October four of our A2 Business Studies students won Golden tickets to visit the Globe Business College Munich to attend a practical workshop.

Here is what one of them had to say:

On the weekend, Friday 7th December  until Sunday 9th December I attended the Golden Globe Workshop  which was run by the Globe Business College in Munich, Germany.
I did not know what to expect, after the first night I already loved it. The atmosphere of the College, the Teachers as well as the Students were all adding to this family- like feel. We were given a job to market a product and give a presentation in our set team. This might sound easy and vague but there were many challenges, that by working together and the right communication had to be solved and were solved. I learnt about budgeting and about time-management skills. I was also taught how to present professionally in front of an audience. At first I had difficulties standing in front of people, talking or presenting a project but with the help of vocal training I got more confidence and courage.  In conclusion the weekend was amazing. There was so much variety of international students and everyone was kind and open minded.

Drama

Our AS Drama students performed their version of Henrik Ibsen’s The Dolls House. They were lucky enough to have the support from professional actress and Theatre Director Vicka Duran during rehearsal for feedback.

All the Drama students went to the Auditorium to see A Christmas Carol performed by  Isla Theatre. It was especially popular this year as two Palma College students were performing. Duncan Hodkinson Legoux a Palma College alumni, who after finishing his degree at East 15 Acting School  set up his own theatre company, came into class and talked about his acting career and gave his advice on following impulses whilst on stage.

Spanish

Our Fast Track Modern Foreign Language students sat the oral component of their exam, and they will be studying hard for the exams that start as soon as we come back in the New Year.

IGCSE Spanish students have been having fun  improving  their vocabulary and almost beating their Spanish teacher at Spanish scrabble.

Taster Day

On 17th December we held a very popular Taster Day. We opened our doors and welcome prospective parents and students with tea and coffee. Our guests had an informal chat to our staff  and a tour of both our premises. The prospective students were also able to drop in to the different subject classes to get a feel for our teaching style. Thanks to all our Student Ambassadors, as always you did a great job representing the College, we are very proud of you. We are already looking forward to the next one early next year.

Palma College Community

The Palma College community’s generosity has once again been very apparent this month, we have  supported Radio One Mallorca’s Christmas Campaign. Staff, students and their families were asked  to bring in non-perishable food items for the Age Concern Hampers and toys for the children from Son Espases and the Nazaret charity.

    

On our last day of term we all enjoyed our community Christmas lunch. We all brought in something typical for this time of year to share. Once again our table were laden and we all tried something new. We had a special awards ceremony, with  our own Christmas fairy who gave prizes to students with the best attendance, least late and the most helpful.

      

We wish you and your loved ones a peaceful, joyous holiday and look forward to seeing you on 8th January.

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Mrs A Lawrence, Head
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Mrs J Witkamp, Business Manager
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