March & April 2019 Newsletter

Written by Michaela Bowyer. Posted in Newsletters

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.

Drama Visitors

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.

Parents day

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€

Visiting Artist

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.

#fridaysforfuture

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

Thank you for all your doantions!

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.

Revision workshop

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

Careers Panel

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.

Thank you to Su Dodd, Linda Revill , Chris Carmichael, Eliza, Hazel, Soravit and Julija.



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 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 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!

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.

University Offers News

Written by Jill Witkamp. Posted in Newsletters

As always at this time of year, the students are very excited as they are receiving offers of places on degree courses from universities, firstly from the UK but also from further afield.  Head teacher Ali Stanford Lawrence says she is delighted with depth and breadth of courses applied for.

‘This year has demonstrated to me how the world of work is changing and the degree courses on offer have developed to reflect this change in society.  One of our young students has been offered an unconditional place at university in the UK to study Cyber Security.  This is an obvious reflection of the diversity of long term changes that lie ahead for young people.’

Other offers are for courses such as: Biomedical Engineering; Biomedical Science; Business Management and Finance; English & Creative Writing; English Literature & Psychology; Computer Game Applications; Fashion Design; Hospitality and Film Production.  Three students have received unconditional offers based on their personal statements and AS grades.

Applications are also in progress for universities in France, Italy and Holland as well as Spain.  The depth and breadth of the knowledge of the staff ensures that each student is appointed a teacher who is familiar with the application process of specific countries.  The Head of UCAS, Jill Conway, regularly attends training in the UK to ensure she is up to date with procedures and new developments and can assist each student in their research and application process.

As the Head teacher states ‘Here at Palma College we work closely with each student and their families to find the best next steps for them, whether it is in Higher Education, a GAP year or the world of work.  Each student is unique and travels their own pathway, but we are proud of all of their achievements.’

12th December 2018

 

WELL DONE TO ALL U6 STUDENTS –

LOTS OF GREAT OFFERS ARRIVING DAILY

 

We are delighted that the UK University offers are arriving thick and fast! To date:

University of Bolton                      Biomedical Engineering

Manchester Met University         Biomedical Science

Anglia Ruskin University             Business Management and Finance (with Placement Year)

University of Brighton                  Business Management with Finance (with placement year)

University of Hertfordshire         Business and Finance

University of Salford                     Business & Financial Manageme (with Professional Experience Year)

University of Salford                     English & Creative Writing

St Mary’s University                      English Literature & Psychology

Abertay University                         Computer Game Applications Development

Abertay University                         Game Design and Production

Abertay University                         Biomedical Science

London Met University                 Medical Bioscience

London South Bank                       Bioscience

University for the Creative Arts  Fashion Design

University for the Creative Arts  Film Production

Glasgow Caledonian                      Computer Game Design

Kingston University                       English and Creative Writing

London South Bank                       Tourism and Hospitality

University of Westminster           Tourism and Event Management

University of Westminster           Business Management

Nottingham Trent University      Cyber Security

 

Student Newsletter – November 2018

Written by Jill Witkamp. Posted in Newsletters

After a well-deserved half term break and all still feeling positive and motivated after our Diversity Day, we returned to College knowing that November would be a very busy month. Especially for our A2 Drama students who had one of their official Performance examinations.

Palma College doors are always open, and we are always happy to receive visitors who give up their time to share their knowledge and experience with us. This month has been a busy one!

Ged Kennedy from Easyjet came in and had our Business students building a package holiday. They proposed and designed a Hawaiian holiday with tree house accommodation for us!

They also received a visit from Paloma Garcia from Inturea who specialises in Digital Marketing. She gave a talk on social media for brands. Paloma has been kind enough to invite our Business students to Inturea offices for a tour and a firsthand view of a Marketing office environment.

We have had some exciting Enrichment projects this month. The Hummingbird Project where Rosalinda came in to share the project with our A2 students. Students were asked to think where they see themselves in 10 years, what small steps they can take to get there and to come up with ideas and prototypes to deal with mental health issues amongst adolescents given the shocking statistics from the WHO.

Our U6 students have been following an Interview Skills programme with Life Coach Sabrina from Just be Sassi

Over the past few months our students participated in a variety of different activities with Sabrina to help them prepare for their upcoming University interviews. After spending time going over their personal statements with them to get a feel for who they are and what they plan to do in the future, she set about researching their University and career choices to offer them a tailored interview. The sessions culminated in a mock interview. Students came dressed for the occasion and with a suitable amount of nerves that made the experience very realistic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They all learnt a great deal including the importance of pre-interview nerves and how to deal with them. Students went into the interviews in small groups to observe peers and get feedback.

When the interviews had finished students came together to talk about how they felt about the experience and how it went. They also had the opportunity to ask how to handle different questions and how to answer the most difficult question of all. “Who are you?”

 

The feedback from both Sabrina and our students was very positive and we will see how far they have come when they come face to face with our external interview panel early next year to consolidate their interview skills.

Our AS students visited  Lonja18 for one of our favourite Enrichments – Cooking classes. We learnt to make all kinds of Mexican dishes such as tacos, quesadillas, nachos and guacamole. Students were really hands on, learnt how to chop, peel, fry and mash. A couple of them even volunteered to wash up!  When they finished, we all sat down together and enjoyed a delicious lunch. It was great to see students so engaged and learning not only new skills but also trying new flavours and foods.

The students were really proud of themselves!

 

 

 

 

The last Enrichment for this month was a fun Practical Finance lesson lead by the Headteacher. All our sixth-form students came together to learn how to balance accounts and were challenged to find the best option to book a flight and train tickets online within a specific time frame.

For the second part of the lesson they were put into teams and learnt how to calculate interest rates, make decisions on how to budget to cover living costs and how to work out tax bills. The team with the healthiest budget at the end of the year won a prize.

 

 

In our Estudi General building our Maths and Science students have been hard at work sitting assessments. Dr. Aguiló and all the other members of staff are very proud of how they have been studying to try and achieve good grades.

 

 

And our College dog Rubiol is always on hand for a cuddle.

 

 

The A2 Drama students have had important deadlines this month, as well as their Performance  Exam, but still found time to visit Palma’s beautiful Theatre Principal  to see La Omisión de la familia Coleman about an everyday family. It originates from Teatro Timbre 4, an Argentinian theatre company and has travelled around 22 different countries. The visit forms an important part of the Drama course as students practise their critiquing skills.

Nerves and stress were tangible amongst them ahead of their examination performance, but with the generous feedback and guidance from Drew Donovan and Jenny Whiffen from Isla Theatre Project they felt confident and we were all very impressed with what they achieved.

 

A2 Art students have worked on their third outcome of their Art piece for Component 1.  Here students are cutting and sawing different materials for their structures. One to form a cube which will be the central part of their piece and the other is working on a frame for the illustration that he plans to lay out in a box.

 

 

 

 

 

Spanish students have been out and about in our neighbourhood, looking for examples of how Palma supports recycling and other environmental related issues and the work EMAYA does. Students have been preparing a Powerpoint presentation in class on their findings.

Staff have talked about a range of subjects and shared lots of ideas in their Inset afternoons, which we hold every Wednesday. They have shared digital resources to use in the classroom, report writing tips, and had a special session on SEN (Special Educational Needs).

That was just a snapshot of our November. We are busy preparing for our Open Day on 17th December and lots of other Christmas treats. While students who are taking their exams in January will be making the most of their last classes before their exams.

 

Diversity Day Newsletter

Written by Jill Witkamp. Posted in Newsletters

Diversity Day 2018

How do we start to share with you all the intense emotions and fun we shared on our Diversity Day?

Diversity Day is a chance for the whole College to come together and take part in a range of activities to try new skills, pull us out of our comfort zone and work together.

Our students gave us lots of feedback on the day and here is what they said:

“Diversity Day is a Palma College tradition, this type of day is organised once every other year and it brings our community closer. We have different activities in which our teachers also take part and the point is for everyone to have fun. It’s something very different from the usual day in college.”

This year’s Diversity Day was kept a secret from our students. They were asked to come to College in comfortable clothes and with an open mind and a sense of humour.  On arrival they were put into teams to mix groups and ages.

“I really enjoyed it because we related with the U6 and got to know them more”

Then we took everyone’s mobile phone away.

“It was a great day having fun and also it was amazing being able to have a day without phones just talking and getting to know more about the other students.”

In addition we did not have the mobile phones something that compelled us to socialize with each other and that I really enjoyed, as many times when you are with the phone you are not even bothered to look at the person in front of you and talk because apparently there is something more interesting going on in your screen.”

Our Diversity Day starts with a key note speaker. This year we were very privileged to have our own student Zahraa start the day with her story of how she escaped from Iraq during the war, her harrowing journey to Greece, what life is really like in a refugee camp and how she arrived in Mallorca.

“In a few words it was amazing. I do love and admire that she could stand up and talk about one of her most horrible experiences in life with a smile and just taking the positive things out of it. She was able to transmit her humanity to all of us and the fact that we get the experience of being a refugee from an actual person that we know who has gone through it, is much truer and more impactful than many things they tell on the news. Because experiencing something is not the same thing as hearing about it from the other side of a screen. And hearing this terrible yet life changing experience from Zahraa makes each one of us reconsider our life and the value of it, and being thankful with what we have and don’t ask for more, because if we do not learn how to be thankful, we will neither learn how to appreciate what we have. So yeah I thank Zahraa a lot for sharing this emotional speech with all of us.”

 

“Zahraa’s speech was incredible. It was very emotional and inspiring. I found it very brave of her to tell her story to all of us and makes me happy to call her a friend and a school mate. I think she has a strong voice, she is in general one of the kindest and strongest.”

 

“I felt so free !!!!!!”

After a huge round of applause, wiping away of tears and few moments for reflection our fun filled activity day was about to commence.

Students were split up into their teams and started the different workshops organised for them.

Krista from Cancer Support Mallorca and Proyecto Micky- Almohada corazon gave students and teachers an informative chat and then students got involved in creating cards and messages to accompany the hearts for Proyecto Micky.

Here is what students and teachers said:

“it was interesting and nice to be able to help create cards for the patients. Because I as student we need to support that situation” 

“It was a great way to get our not so arty students to be creative and involved in local charities”

 

“It is always good to help others are going throughout that situations. The leaders are so kind, and they explain why they do this in a very motivated way.”</i

 

While one group was busy doing this another two were involved in more active workshops in our other building on Estudi General.

Paula Baumgartner from Disfrute movimiento came in to share her creative movement workshop with us.  Howls of laughter could be heard from the street as students used their imagination and got involved in all kinds of movement expressing thought, releasing stress and team building.

“I had fun and It was good to reduce stress was very nice and encouraging and it was extremely fun.” “Liked trying something new.”

“It was a way to express myself just with moving around. As a group we had a lot of fun and you were able to let go of your embarrassment.”

“Paula’s activity was very inspiring because you were able to let go of your fears, your embarrassment, do what you want to do and be who you want to be. Express yourself in whatever way. We had a lot of fun we laughed a lot and there was a great group connection.”

 

In the classroom next door Janis from  Crossfit Mallorca put our students and teachers through their paces with a workout.

“I enjoy sports and working out, something that’s only made better by doing it in the company of friends”

“Because I felt that it helped to reinforce my muscles and know the spots on my body where I need to focus on the most, e.g. abs”.

“Super entertaining and energetic, happy to know new techniques for training.”

Following on from Zahraa’s opening speech, Refugees Welcome Illes Balears spoke about the new charity they are setting up in Mallorca where refugees can find ways to become more integrated in society and where residents who can open up their home and help the refugees integrate. Students participated in role plays to discover all sides of a refugee’s journey.

“I really enjoyed this exercise because you were able to get in the skin of a refugee or a house holder and really feel how complicated it might be.”

“It was an eye-opening lesson that made me more aware of the issues that immigrants have to face when moving to a new country.”

The next hour we all swapped rooms. Students were visited by Klaus Hillebrecht from The Artist Mallorca  Klaus is a director, composer and writer and was also nominated for an Emmy for his compositions for National Geographic. Klaus offered a workshop in voice coaching and voice awareness.

“He was a nice guy and very widely knowledgeable in his work “

Joachim from Perrocador came in with his dog and everyone fell in love.

” It was interesting and the puppy was sooo cute I loved it “

“He talked about the history of dogs, the importance of adopting, also how to educate your dog.”

“It was interesting to learn how should we treat our pet, especially dogs”

“Was fun, involved dogs which is always a bonus”

“I felt it was interesting to listen to Joaquim about his experience and knowledge about dogs and how to treat them but also about how they are treated nowadays. In addition, as I heard that they need more Volunteers I will be glad to help with dogs that need a home.”

Another group were very active and learnt an Afrobeats dance choreograph with Anny Rodriguez from African dance Reovlution Mallorca Even our staff and teachers who say they have no rhythm got involved and had lots of fun.

“It was difficult, but she was great and full of energy. We all participated and laughed and moved a lot.”

“Fun to do something completely different in College”

“She was very nice and encouraging. The class was fun and I liked learning something new”

So much fun, it brought the group together as everyone were quite uncomfortable in the beginning but eventually just started laughing.”

“it was very fun and had a great time”

THEN IT WAS LUNCHTIME

As we are all huge fans of Es Badulake we asked them to provide a picnic for us.

When asked what their favourite part of Diversity was one student replied “Lunch time, delicious baguettes and cookies”

The cookies were a huge hit with everyone, especially Ali.

After lunch and with the sun shining, two of the groups were sent on a masterminded Geo scavenger hunt around our beautiful city. It was a race against the clock as both teams were given clues dotted around the city to find the hidden treasure. Both teams were hugely competitive and maybe a little cheating went on.

“I liked it because as a group we had to look to find everything very quickly, but it was very hot and we had to run a lot.”

“The idea of the hunt was good since it improves our teamwork abilities and also makes us more familiar with Palma”

 “Good exercise, now I’m good for like a month, weather was very nice too, a very enjoyable afternoon”

Another group was more reflective and creative with the visit from Jacky from Age Concern Mallorca. Jacky talked about the services Age Concern provides. Our students made doggy bags to be sold at the Christmas markets to raise funds for the charity.

“It felt ok to do it because I know I was helping with the age concern campaign”

“it was nice doing something to spread awareness, Jackie told us new things that we didn’t know before and it is comforting knowing that there are organisations like this one. Hopefully we helped raise funds.”

“it made me feel useful”

 

 

Hazel from VIP service shared her expertise on how to iron a shirt perfectly and how to sew on buttons. For many of the group it was the first time they had used an iron, but even the more experienced teachers learnt a few new tricks.

 

Lots of students who didn’t participate have asked that Hazel comes back so they can learn too!

 

For the last activity we all came together to play football – Blind football. Teams were made up of one blindfolded member who received instructions from their partner on where to find the ball and how to kick it to score a goal. There was definitely a lot cheating going on and some showing off of football skills. We all had a great time playing, cheering on our team and feeling happy to be with such great friends and colleagues in such beautiful surroundings.

 

While all this was going on Kim our fantastic photographer was racing around taking photos and sending them to our film editor extraordinaire Greg who put together a wonderful video of all the days event.

We rounded up the day the same way as we started it, all together, thanking Michaela for arranging and co-ordinating the whole day.  Then we watched the video of the day amidst laughter and a fantastic sense of being part of a wonderful community.

Some final comments from our students:

“I think that Diversity Day in general is a day that is important to have in an educational community as it does not just connect the students together but also the teachers as they form part of the activities, the students are doing. I think is lovely how the fact of experiencing so many activities as a college in one day creates an emotional closure with everyone. In my opinion this is something that could be done more often as it is important that the students are together as a big family and feel the support of each and other.”

“Diversity Day is an exciting day filled with lots of new experiences and challenges. As well as inspiring the students, it also brought them closer as a community.”

“Diversity ay was a really fun day, where we all had so much fun and did things we had not done before. It was also a great chance to get to know people better that you don’t normally talk too, which I really appreciate as a new student this year!”

“Diversity Day allowed us all to share our personal opinions and experiences by carrying out activities together. As we tried new things together, we got to see each other’s reactions and therefore get to know each other much more”.

“Diversity Day was the best day we’ve all became as a family, reunited. all became familiar with each other’s stories and inspirational speeches. The activities were really fun and advanced from them in the same time, we had to think with ourselves, think in knowledge, think about others, and all of this was in a fun way, but we learned something from each activity. The organizing, the photos, the food, the vibes, everything was perfect. We needed this day. Thank you so much Palma College for offering such a nice opportunity to share our nice moments with each other. This is going to stay in my best memories I had in my life. I love you all”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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