This term students and staff were all working towards Pre-Assessments, which are our internal exams to assess where students are at in relation to the official A level exams they will be sitting in May and June.
During Enrichment Dr. Aguiló showed them how to organise their revision time using a visual planner.
Students are putting what they learnt into practice during free study periods in the Common room and classroom. Each one finding which method of revision works best for them.
To help students manage their stress levels we had an open group talk with a guest speaker and counsellor who lead a discussion on the pressures students are faced with at school because of parents, friends and social media. The outcome of the discussion made our students aware that they are all experiencing similar problems and that they are not alone. They also received a relaxing session of yoga with Earth Yoga and a workshop on Thai massage, generously delivered by a former student’s mother.
Our Upper Sixth students, who are receiving exciting University offers, had a practical class with lots of fun as they learnt about laundry symbols and what they mean, followed by a clothes folding challenge, sewing and ironing. They took on the challenges with enthusiasm and all with a varying degree of success.
Lower Sixth also had the opportunity to learn some valuable life skills when they attended a cooking workshop at Lonja 18 Open Kitchen. They learnt to make some simple dishes which they all shared together.
Thank you to Line from Cleanwave who talked about how and why Cleanwave movement was set up. She shared their documentary Out of Plastic and gave us tips on how to reduce single use plastic and explained that even small actions help as long as they are consistent.
Ilsba gave our A2 students a workshop on sign language and the challenges deaf people face. They learnt that every language has its own sign language, where its taught and the differences between between being deaf and mute. Our students found it in their own words a very humbling experience.
All our students had an interactive workshop with our onsite SEN expert to raise dyslexia awareness. They had the chance to feel what its like to have dyslexia and other specific learning challenges. They were taught what dyslexia is and its possible causes. The students were shown many ways to help a dyslexic brain with learning and many other neuro diverse ways of learning that could be helpful to them.
Congratulations to Luke our IGCSE student who not only completed his IGCSE course in just one year but also received the highest mark in Spain for his official exam. Here he is with his Award for Excellence from the exam board.
Its an exciting time for Upper Sixth students as they receive University offers for a range of degrees at different International Universities. Click here for a list of the offers.
We celebrated reaching half term and the end of Pre Assessments with another one of our Community lunches. Always a huge success.
It’s been a great term, thank you to all of you who have helped make learning so positive and fun.
Just be Sassi’s Sabrina came back and gave an informative workshop pushing our students out of their comfort zone so they felt real interview nerves. Afterwards she gave them tips and strategies to deal with them.
A2 Psychology students have talked about Anorexia Nervosa and tried different learning styles to present the information they studied. They explored the underlying causes, possible explanations and treatments for anorexia.
We love how supportive our students are of each other. Helping with homework and always making new students feel welcome and comfortable.
AS Art and Design students recently visited the subtle imaginary landscapes in pencil by José María Díez in the ‘Somos Paisaje’ exhibit at the MA Art Contemporaneo Gallery in Palma. There was great excitement when opening their new student packs as they get ready to start their independent portfolio work for Component 1!
We had a great afternoon out at the SRT University fair. Students had the chance to meet and speak with representatives from International Universities and find out about different courses and career paths.
Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to this year’s Radio One Mallorca Charity appeal. Toys that you donated will be given to children’s charities and the food and toiletries to Age Concern.
We were lucky enough to receive a visit from Dr Daniel Christian Wahl who opened an interesting discussion about why we need to go beyond sustainability and why sustainability is still very important. He tried to answer the many questions of our students and listened to their fears. The presentation was filmed and students were interviewed by Antoine Bonsorte, who is making a documentary aimed to give young people a voice on Ecological matters.
After a long term and lots of hard work from both Staff and students we has some fun at our last Enrichment of the year with silly Christmas games. Getting students to have have fun and consolidate friendships.
We also had plenty of Christmas cheer at our community lunch. Thanks to all of you who brought in dishes. Staff started their Christmas holiday with tapas, feeling proud of what we have achieved and of the young people we are lucky enough to get to spend so much time with and that inspire us to do more every day.
Autumn has been a season for visitors and getting to know each other better and forming new friendships.
Time flies when you are having fun and studying hard! All our students have been working hard, especially our Fast Track German and Spanish students who have the first component of the official exam. Their speaking exam will test their vocabulary, grammar and debating skills on topics such as travel and the environment, youth matters, lifestyle, health and fitness. Our Fast Track courses offer the students the opportunity to complete a two-year course in just one year.
Visitors have included Glynis German who gave an insightful Enrichment on who we are, how others see us, being true to ourselves and a lively discussion on what an ideal world means to each of us and how we are in control of making that vision a reality.
Some of our A2 students have already started receiving University offers and have had interview skills workshops form Sabrina from coaching just be Sassi to help them get over their interview nerves and confidently answer questions and talk about all their skills and talents.
A2 students also had a fun morning and afternoon with Ross from Luxury Taste Maker where they learnt to cook lots of dishes from just a few simple ingredients. Parents ask them to cook at home because what they made at the workshop was delicious!
Our Psychology teacher gave a presentation on the facts, the effects and what to do it you are faced with peer pressure on taking drugs. This was followed by a visit from Paticipación Ciudadana the Police who gave an informative talk on drugs and dispelled many myths around the drug laws in Spain.
Our AS Spanish group got to hear all about Gorka’s adventures whilst travelling in Africa. He talked to us about work in Ghana and what he gained from it. We learnt how every little action however small is useful and how we should always try to help.
CEO of Palma Pictures Mike Day talked to our AS students about his Career Path and the Film and Media industry. It provoked an interesting discussion on minorities within the industry, advertisements and if they still work. He also explained how he promotes Spain as a destination for filming given its wide and varied landscapes. For instance turning Sotogrande into looking like the Bahamas and Almería into Australia for the Netflix series The Crown.
We made the most of the beautiful October weather to do some Team building games in the park. A lighthearted way to get to know each other better through laughter. Along the same lines, we asked all our students to find their inner child and be playful in an Enrichment involving Improvisation.
A2 Drama delivered their first official Drama performance and were lucky enough to receive feedback from the talents of actress Lluqui Portas, Juana Maraia Peralta and Lucia Sanches from the theatre company AsMarias. Also present was Josep Orfila who is starring in the Ib3 TV series Mai Neva Ciutat.
Life at Palma College has been busy since we got back at the beginning of September. We are getting to know our new students and welcoming them to the Palma College Community. We are happy to be offering 3 fast track courses this year in German, Maths and Spanish, getting students through a 2-year course in just one year.
Our collaboration with Loughborough College offers the opportunity for our students to study a BTEC in Sport. They spend a day a week at the fantastic installations of Best Swim Centre in Colonia San Jordi.
Our student leadership team helped organise our first Community lunch, a wonderful opportunity to share our favourite dishes and chat in an informal atmosphere. Thanks to everyone who made it a success. Any leftover food was as always, donated to the homeless charity http://asociacionesrefugi.org/ We are already looking forward to the next one in December.
As part of our Enrichment programme aimed to give our students valuable life skills, we have had visits from Tineke training for a First Aid course and Renegade Martial Arts who gave an active workshop on Self-defense.
Upper Sixth had expert advice on personal statement writing for their UCAS applications and are now working with Coaching Palma – Just be Sassi’s Sabrina to help with interview techniques.
Lower Sixth have learnt more about their Learning styles and Keywords to help them understand exam questions. Upper Sixth has a more reflective session and used breath and visualisation to mediate on their inner thought process.
Lessons are in full swing and because of our wonderful central location, our Chemistry students had the treat of studying over coffee and ensaimadas with their teacher. Spanish students have been making visuals to learn and discuss the pros and cons of urban living and lifestyles. The AS Art and Design students have been practicing their critical analysis skills while looking at art on display in the galleries of Palma for La Nit de L’Art exhibitions. In class, they have practiced portraiture using charcoal and modelling for each other.
March was a month for solidarity. At Palma College we share a wonderful community spirit supporting each other, local and international charities that are important to us.
This month our A2 Drama students had their official performance exams. They have been rehearsing, preparing their set and costumes with the support of our Drama teacher Currusca. They were also lucky enough to have various professionals visiting them to offer advice, support and feedback.
Palma College was delighted to see so many of our student’s families on our Parents Meetings day. We held a cake sale to raise money for https://prostatecanceruk.org/ research. A charity very close to our hearts. As always the Palma College community came together and gave generously. We raised 415.66€
On the 12th of March, the AS Art students had the opportunity to meet the artist Tia Zanoguera, who shared with them his past experiences of people who inspired him like Lucian Freud and how he ended up creating art which concentrates on the individual and the infinite possibilities that are connected to it.
His stories also were somewhat encouraging as he explained how he “develops complex ideas, full of contradictions, but well that’s art you never actually know what you are doing…” which many art students can relate to during this critical period in their artistic careers!
Not only that, but he also shared with them valuable pieces of advice, such as the idea that art is an endless discovery of the world and oneself, as well as that “The teacher is sometimes more important than the material”, which got a smiling reaction of agreement from the class and the Art teacher.
Some of students joined the march #fridaysforfuture. The marches, held in over 100 countries are the initiative of the young Swedish student Greta Thunberg to raise awareness on climate change. Over 500 students from across Mallorca took part chanting their message through the streets of Palma
Asociacion Es Refugi
Toni Llabres came in to tell us about the work he does with http://asociacionesrefugi.org/ He shared alarming statics on how and why people become homeless and encouraged our students to get involved by volunteering. He told us how the shelter is open at any time for anyone who needs their help and support.
In order to support our students in their fast approaching exams we held a revision planning work shop lead by Dr Aguiló. It is designed to teach them how to plan their revision time effectively. We have already seen lots of students using their free time in the Common room to study
Thursday 28th, as the last Enrichment before the grueling exam period starts, the Palma College students were visited by different professionals, who spoke about their careers and the path that lead them to where they are now.
Everything from Interior yacht training to Ecological Clothing brands, Marketing experts to AI innovations and even a Fashion & Event Photographer were in attendance. Each presenting their mixed careers in different ways, for example, Su Dodd’s presentation of her Clothing Brand, turned into a fascinating debate about global warming, as she petitioned less for her clothing brand and more for what role we play in aiding to stop climate change.
However, the presentations by these professionals were not just helpful for the students when informing them about possible career choices, but also most experts had similar answers to the question ‘What have you learned most in your career?”, as each believed that it does not necessarily matter what you study at University, you can make mistakes, change careers but the most important thing they learned was it will work out as long as you go with your gut. Which for the A2 students especially, who are entering their final months of College before entering the world of Universities and careers, gave an air of comfort on their future.
Fashion designer Eli from Sunvibes Mallorca chatted to students interested in design about her passion for what she does. The reoccurring theme that students heard from many of our visitors about how all her products are ethical is something that interests our students.
Hazel and Linda gave information on the courses that students looking to get in to the yachting industry should take. They gave them a realistic vision of what working on privates yachts is really like and also answered questions on rates of pay, tips and types of trips and crossings and the difference between charter and private yachts.
Sorvait – International Fashion and Event photographer told our students of how he unexpectedly entered the photography business. How important it is to work in something that we feel passionate about. He also told us how important it is to keep learning, experimenting and developing to find your true passion and talent.
Chris from the Innovation Lab at TUI gave us something really different to think about . He along with his team focus on digital guest experience where they drive innovation to deliver a better holiday experience for over 20 million people a year. It opened an interesting debate on virtual reality and artificial intelligence technology, its pro and cons and where it will lead us in the the future.
Julija- Expert in marketing and strategic brand management with in-house experience of such global brands as SAMSUNG, L’OREAL, KERASTASE, MARS & WRIGLEY, WHISKAS, PEDIGREE, talked to a large group of students interested in hearing her vast experience. Her lecturer and international experience allowed her to deliver an informative, practical talk. She was able to answer a wide range of questions, helping students know what to do and where to go after finishing their University degree. We are very much looking forward to welcoming her back to give a two part presentation to our Business students next month.
Preparing for the Inevitable – how to live a fulfilling life! A beautiful Enrichment lead by Glynis German where we were so proud of a students for how maturely and respectfully they thought, questioned and reflected on life and death.
We shared our last Community lunch of this Academic year with good spirits, great food and looking forward to a well deserved break!
February was mainly about Pre-Assessments. Students and a couple of our teachers felt the pressure of sitting the test under exam conditions.
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 programme. 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!
Her piece formed part of the Un libro dos vidas exhibition. Students had the chance to see 30 different ways of interpreting one theme.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.