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.