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Student Newsletter – October 2018

Written by Jill Witkamp. Posted in Newsletters

Palma College Newsletter October 2018

October has proven to be a busy month where we have all come to together as a Community on various occasions to celebrate our diversity.

We had a College Community lunch where all staff and students brought in their favourite dishes from their country. We were lucky enough to enjoy Dolma from the Middle East, Swedish Meatballs, German Schnitzel, Mexican Nachos, Scottish Salmon, Mallorcan empanadas and lots of delicious cakes! It was such a success that we are already looking forward to the next one. Many thanks for all your generous contributions. The food that we didn’t manage to eat was collected by a local charity asociacionesrefugi

All our students have been at work in all their subject classes. Spanish A2 students have been brainstorming ideas on  renewable energies.

 

 

Our L6 Art students created an abstract colour collage in preparation for the basis of their next unit on painting.

 

 

 

 

 

Our IGSCE Physics students summarised and revised the topic of forces and motion. They were using flashcards to put key equations on the board and then used the collected information to make a connect map and link ideas.

Enrichment and Guest speakers

Palma College has also received a range of guest speakers.  We are always very grateful to these professionals who give up their time to share their vast knowledge with our students.  

British Counselling Service gave our lower sixth students a workshop on self-confidence. Students learnt that self-esteem and self-confidence are related. They spoke about their feelings and how they feel they are perceived. Sarah also touched on anxiety, how to identify it, prevent it, deal with it and how to help someone who is suffering from anxiety. 

 

Ian Chapman from TUI came in and spoke to our A2 Business students about the Importance of Customer Care.

 

Brad Robertson from Asociacion Ondine gave a talk on following your dreams to all our students during an Enrichment session.  He told us about how he got into marine conservation, how he reached a point in his life where he had to choose between his business – making money, and his charity work – his passion.  He chose the latter.  Since then the charity has grown and grown and he has had some amazing experiences – he was invited to a global meeting about plastic pollution in the oceans which was attended by some VIPs like those  who are the heads of Greenpeace, etc.  Brad had the opportunity to fly in private jets and stay in luxury hotels as part of this trip.  His message was to follow your passion, to be honest, to keep your values and that in the end the rewards will come.

Our Business Students received a visit from Dr Walsh from Globe Business School Munich who gave them a talk on meeting consumer needs at a profit and what  to do if you can’t apply it. One of the students said that after the workshop he was shocked but fascinated how every business fits into one of 3 categories .

She invited them to participate in a competition to win a weekend workshop in Munich exploring business in a larger context

Three of our students went on to win this competition and got a Golden Ticket to take place on a two day workshop at the College in Munich. The workshops are a truly unique experience and ideal for anyone who is looking to gain an integrated perspective on business, wants to experience studying business at third level before they leave school, wishes to improve their soft skills and wants to learn more about business in a challenging environment.

 

On 24th October we opened our doors for a very popular Taster Morning and Open Afternoon to welcome prospective students and their families. Our current students were on hand to show them round. We are very proud to have such great ambassadors. The prospective students tried out different classes in the morning and their families came in to meet our teachers in the afternoon. There will be another Taster Day in the Spring.

 

 

More to come about our Diversity Day, in a special newsletter……

 

Head’s News October 2018

Written by Jill Witkamp. Posted in Newsletters

Dear Parents

Half term is approaching and as always it is hard to look back and see how much has been achieved in the classroom in the few short weeks of this term.

This week I am so proud to be Head Teacher of Palma College.  The students, and our staff, opened their classrooms to host visitors on Wednesday and their friendly welcomes to nervous potential students was simply amazing. They are obviously proud of their College and happy to show it off!

Diversity Day was similarly amazing. Our community heard the story of one of our students who had to flee Iraq as a refugee. The emotion in the room as this brave young girl spoke was palpable. Thereafter the different activities, fun, laughter and intrinsic learning was felt by all of us. The day ended with a competitive blindfolded football match and a film show of the day. We reaffirmed that we are a community who work hard but more importantly work together.

As we have not set formal homework during the half term holiday we hope they will all have a good rest and – just perhaps – they may want to revise or consolidate their learning to date!

Thank you for supporting your son or daughter through this first half term. I look forward to welcoming many of you at parents´ morning in December which you will be invited to shortly.

Kind regards and have a very pleasant half term as a family.

Ali Stanford Lawrence

Head Teacher

Student Newsletter – September 2018

Written by gregory. 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!

Head´s News September 2018

Written by Jill Witkamp. Posted in Newsletters

Head´s News September 2018

 

A superb, positive start to the new academic year has been enjoyed by staff and students alike.  Classes began after welcome talks and our first Enrichment activity was well received.  During this time all the students mixed together, meeting old friends but also welcoming new ones into our community.  The students discussed issues such as trust; being kind to one another and being inclusive.  These are some of the core values of Palma College and it was an important session for us all.   The students also were asked to reflect on their own experiences and to identify where in their learning skills they could make improvements.

The hard work begins already with the introduction of the aims and outline of the courses.  Students should not be feeling overwhelmed at this stage but informed.  The more competent with the learning processes they are, then the easier they will find it to make good progress.

We welcomed some of our new parents to a short talk about Palma College and the pathways their children will take with us.  We value and encourage each individual for who they are and strive to enable them to make the best of their opportunities with us.  Our highly successful leavers of 2018 have gone to their universities or their GAP year programmes and it has been touching to hear from some of them already.  It is gratifying to hear of former students who have graduated and are now working!

Next week we are delighted to welcome our new Fast Track IGCSE students.  We will be able to instil the necessary skills to prepare them for the rigours of the A Level route in the coming years.  The step between the two examination points is a huge one and the introduction of the year will allow Palma College students the opportunity to be ready as quickly as possible in terms of academics for the next courses.

As busy and intense few weeks lie ahead but with the continued efforts from all members of our community we will see progression and the emergence of more adult life skills coming to the fore.

Ali Stanford Lawrence

Head

 

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.

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Mrs A Lawrence, Head
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Mrs J Witkamp, Business Manager
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