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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

Written by gregory. Posted in Newsletters

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

Written by gregory. Posted in Newsletters

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.

End of Academic Year 2017

Written by Jill Witkamp. Posted in Newsletters

Another academic year has come to an end and we are delighted to say goodbye and good luck to all our leavers.  After having five unconditional offers from prestigious universities in Spain and the UK I can say that this year we have even more confidence in the abilities and outlook of these young people who have benefitted from being part of the College.  The remainder of the students all have good offers based on their results, or are awaiting confirmation of placements in Apprenticeship schemes throughout Europe.

The Lower Six have also worked hard this year; it has been a steep learning curve for many of them and they are now establishing good working habits which will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.  With our focus being on independent learning and skills for life we are proud to observe the changes that many of them have made throughout the year.  Of course, they are young people who sometimes make errors, but overall we are very pleased with their progress.

The College has expanded again and we are adding to the teaching staff next term, with three new members of staff.  Sadly, our teacher of German has had to take a sabbatical for family reasons but we look forward to welcoming her back in 2018.  The Modern Languages Department has therefore two new members of staff and we also welcome our teacher of Psychology.  The Art Department will have two teachers and Mathematics and Sciences have strengthened their number when our current part time teacher of Maths and Physics becomes full time in the Autumn.  We are delighted with the commitment and professionalism of all our fully qualified teaching staff and that we have a truly international staff room.

The next academic year will see the College expand in student numbers although we will always keep each class to less than 10 students.  Being based on two sites this year has given the students an opportunity to refresh themselves mentally and physically between classes with the short walk between buildings and this has worked well.

For your information, may I remind you that examination results will be available on 17th August from College.  It is helpful for the students to come into College any time after 10am to collect their provisional grades and then confirm university places.  Staff will be on hand to assist with queries.  Those awaiting GCSE results can collect them on 24th August.  The term dates for next year are available on the website but all students will be expected to be present on 6th September for our first day.

Jill and I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and to wish you all a very happy summer with your families.

Ali Stanford Lawrence

Head

 

Leavers Dinner 2016 and expansion

Written by Jill Witkamp. Posted in Newsletters

©Palma College. Foto: Alex Wayne. www.wayne.nu , www.facebook.com/AlexWaynePhoto

©Palma College. Foto: Alex Wayne. www.wayne.nu , www.facebook.com/AlexWaynePhoto

Reflecting on the third Leavers’ Dinner held on 30th June Head Teacher Ali Lawrence stated that the College is in excellent health and that the entire staff is delighted to note the success of this year’s leavers in either securing university places throughout Europe and America, or taking an alternative route into work or planned GAP year projects. Life is very challenging for young people where the world has changed almost beyond recognition in terms of jobs and security and it is essential that education is preparing them for life and its adventures. It was great to see our first ever leaver return from his second year at university to support the College at the dinner!

A new Maths, Science and Performing Arts Centre has been recently acquired by Palma College in order to accommodate the growing number of students.  With many of the 16 A Level subjects already filled for September 2016, and in some subjects with two classes running, it was an opportune moment to move Maths and Sciences into their own dedicated space in Palau Reial which is a four minute walk from the main building in C/Can Veri.  The new accommodation will host Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology; additionally there is a large studio space for Drama and Theatre A Level courses.  The Departments of Languages and the Arts remains in the original building where A Levels in English Literature, Fine Art, Business Studies, ICT, and the modern languages of Spanish, French, German, Italian and Russian are taught.

With the number of different nationalities totalling 22 Palma College is where cultural diversity is celebrated and where the students learn so much more than how to pass examinations.  The Enrichment Programme also teaches youngsters how to make the transition from school to independent living and provides life skills which future employers rate as essential be it critical thinking, team work, flexibility or simply being a useful part of a community.

Jill Witkamp and Ali Lawrence, founders of the College, are delighted to be celebrating this move into additional premises and are looking forward to welcoming 50 students in September.

 

 

October 2015

Written by Jill Witkamp. Posted in Newsletters

A busy half term has now come to an end and a much needed break is upon us.  The students finished the half term by listening to a career panel talk about their own journeys from school onwards.  We were extremely fortunate to hear from journalist Jan Edwards; mechanical sculptor Simon Blades; Director General of Ca’n Solé Petit Hotel and CEO of group Events and Feelings Joan Enric Mulet Cañellas; Area Manager from TUI Charlie Bridge and last but not least Michael Leahy from the British Council.

The L6 students are busy with extending their learning skills and many of them are involved in writing lengthy coursework pieces.  The Performing Arts students have welcomed many guests from the world of the Arts over the past few weeks and Currusca, our drama teacher, continues to provide inspiration from real life experience for them.  Art students are similarly busy finalising their individual plans for investigation and some are a little surprised at the academic study which is involved in Art!  The modern languages students have been out and about in Palma visiting different attractions and putting their language skills to good use.  Business Studies and Travel and Tourism students have been out asking people to complete surveys and questionnaires to help with their studies and the Science students have been travelling to Parc Bit to use the state of the art laboratories for their practical work.  A busy time indeed!

U6 students are now working on their own next steps; sights are fixed on various pathways such as applications to university in the UK, Germany, Austria, Italy and the US.  Those who wish to follow a more vocational route are looking at opportunities within the performing arts world in France.  As a staff we all hold individual experience in helping with applications for different parts of the world and also in helping young people into apprenticeships or even into work.

September 2015

Written by Jill Witkamp. Posted in Newsletters

After the first few weeks of a new term the students are, on the whole, settled down and working hard.  It has come as quite a shock to many of the new students just how much effort and application is required of them and the leap between pre 16 and post 16 education is high.

We have already had some excellent Enrichment sessions amongst which we have had workshops on Managing Finances; Life Coaching; Interview Skills; Entrepreneurial Pathways; a presentation by The Rotary Club; an Artist’s afternoon, Study Skills and a presentation on Drugs and Sexual behaviour.  The students have remained open and interested in what our speakers have to say and we are looking forward to more exciting activities throughout the term and to our Sponsored Walk on 26th September.

The U6 have begun their applications for the next steps be it university, a further education pathway or a planned GAP year.  We do encourage all of them to have made firm decisions by the end of this term in order for us to assist in the many and varied applications that they have.

Palma College also hosted for La Caja Blanca an event for art lovers to meet the artist who they were presenting during the La Nit de l’Art 2015 –  Maria José Argenzio’s (Ecuador, 1977) debut show in Spain, with an exhibition entitled “Nobleza Obliga” curated by Fernando Castro Flórez.

 

August 2015 Update

Written by Jill Witkamp. Posted in Newsletters

We are very proud of the first cohort of students who have completed their two year A Level courses with some excellent grades, including some with 100% pass marks!  All the students who applied for university this year were successful in their first choice courses and we have spent this week confirming acceptances for September starts.

The AS grades were also on the whole very positive although it is apparent that, in a few cases, more effort needs to be given to this essential year as some students were taken aback by the level of difficulty compared to the GCSE course; there is a huge step up in terms of homework and keeping on top of important coursework assignments. For the new students joining us on 2nd September I cannot stress this highly enough.

We are inviting all parents to an information evening on Friday 4th September in the courtyard of ABC Mallorca offices adjacent to the College. This will begin at 5.30 and end about 7.30.  This is an evening only for parents both to make new friends but also to dispel some of the music that the youngsters try to spin!

In the interim we hope you all enjoy these last few weeks of holidays.

Ali & Jill

Summer Term 2015

Written by Jill Witkamp. Posted in Newsletters

Celebrating the end of their course

Celebrating the end of their course

Summer is well and truly upon us as seen in the soaring temperatures of the last two weeks or so and students and staff are enjoying a well-earned break after a hectic term.

Summer term is always challenging in a college: examinations are spread over a number of weeks and the students not only face these but the L6 go straight into three weeks of A2 level classes.  This gives them an excellent ‘head start’ on the time they have for next year’s course content and gives them a focus for keeping up their learning over the summer break.  Some students also have a longer period of work experience arranged which is a great idea as it will help them refine their university choices.

Our leavers all have conditional offers from the college or universities of their choice, apart from the option of studying in Germany which is always a late entry.  We are delighted with the successes these young people have enjoyed and are looking forward to results day, 13th August, when we will be able to confirm choices with them.  The College will be open from 9.30am until12.30 pm for students to come in and pick up results.

Examinations were not just the focus of last term. We enjoyed some fantastic Enrichment experiences plus extra workshops in Art.  The whole College was privileged to be in the audience for the Performing Arts examined pieces and the cast of the adapted ‘The Crucible’ were outstanding.  The PA students also managed to write and record a charity single for Cancer Support Mallorca which was produced to educate young men about the risk of testicular cancer.  This was so successful that the British charity ‘Ball Boys’ is to make us a visit.  We were honoured to receive a plaque from The Rotary Club to mark our involvement in the charity walk last September as the school or college with the highest proportion of students to take part and we are looking forward to this year’s walk.

As always we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of those in the workplace who give up their time to work with the young people.  Adults who give up time to inform, educate or provide work experience are invaluable in enriching the lives of youngsters and helping them to explore future options.

Our Leavers Dinner held this year at Bar Cuba was a lovely evening with all the students looking their best.  We now have to look for a larger venue for next year as the College is growing quickly.  There are very limited courses with openings for this September.

Looking ahead, the College is in great health and we are adding an additional A level course in ICT for next year.  We have many different nationalities represented and look forward to welcoming students on 2nd September with AS students joining us at 9.30 and A2 returning at 12.  We will also be inviting parents only to an information and informal gathering on Friday 4th September on the terrace of ABC magazine.

All that remains for us to say is enjoy the beautiful summer on our wonderful island!

Waves Oil Painting workshop

Waves Oil Painting workshop

 

Spring Term 2015

Written by Jill Witkamp. Posted in Newsletters

The end of a packed term is upon us and students and staff are looking forward to a well-earned break.  We have had a really busy time recently, with the regular teaching and learning taking place; the mock examinations; offers of university places coming in and of course a rich and varied Enrichment Programme.

In addition to our top Physics results from January examinations, the L6 students had their first taste of mock examinations and it was clear that some of them were better prepared than others!  However, there were some promising grades awarded to those who had revised and were thinking ahead to the very short teaching time left before the actual exams begin in May.

We are delighted that ALL the UK applicants for Higher Education or Degree courses have had firm offers from the universities or colleges of their choice.  There was particular strength in the Performing Arts applications which is fantastic and the recipient of our first Performing Arts Scholarship, Oliva May Green, has been given a place to study singing and songwriting so we are especially pleased with this. Applicants for universities in Holland, Germany and the US have a longer time scale in which to apply and we will report back on these as soon as we hear.

The Enrichment Programme has been varied and challenging.  We have too many people to thank individually here for giving up their time to support our young people, but we must mention in particular Dr James Rieley, Dr Helen Cumming and Mr Jason Moore amongst others.  They are all tremendous supporters of Palma College and we are lucky to have such a wealth of talent and experience in business to draw on.  The students have been cooking Indian and Thai food; looked at effective study skills with Martin from  Mallorca Tutoring Academy; approached the concept of budgeting; had healthy yoga and de-stressing techniques; worked on their interview skills; conflict resolution skills and more!   Charities have been engaging with the students and we have had really moving presentation form Fundación Rana.

We are proud to be able to display some of the amazing work that the students produce in and around College; particularly in the Art room.  We also have the L6 Performance Showcase which promises to be very entertaining indeed!  Next term the U6 Performing Arts students are presenting ‘The Crucible’ for the examination piece and they have been rehearsing well for this.

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Mrs A Lawrence, Head
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Mrs J Witkamp, Business Manager
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