December 2016 Newsletter- Secondary

December 2016
Key stages 3, 4 and 5 NEWSLETTER
Trinity Site

Dates for your diary

• Friday 13th January : Reports for Years 10, 11, 12 and 13
• Monday 16th January : Parents’ Consultation Years 10 and 11
• Wednesday 18th January : Parents’ Consultation Years 12 and 13
• Thursday 26th January : School production “ Bugsy Malone”
• Friday 27th January : School production “ Bugsy Malone


Friday 23rd December – Friday 6th January:
Christmas Holiday






Geography news
On Friday 11th November Year 10 Geography students joined all of Year 8 students on an excursion to Teide's National Park. They were taught by National Park instructors about the richness and unique flora and fauna of the area as well as its volcanic origins. Year 10 students also collected data to help them with their geographical investigation. They asked tourists visiting the Park questions which they had already designed in lessons, to help them investigate if tourists are damaging the National Park. It was a very enjoyable day and all students learned more about a geographically important place just on their doorstep.




Halloween in La Luz

Students from years 7, 8 and 9 were able to treat their younger friends at La Luz to a Storytellers event held on Friday 30th October.
The students organised some interesting adverts and film clips in between stories told. The younger students were able to taste the delights of a Halloween juice with floating teeth and eyes.
All the students from Key stage 3 wrote spooky Halloween stories for their proposed audience. Unfortunately, only a few were able to be selected, though much praise was given to the quality of so many.
All students from Key stage 3 were delighted with the audience participation, and reaction. The students look forward to returning and collaborating with their younger friends.








 Poppy Appeal

On November 11th students presented a short assembly for Remembrance Day in honour of people who lost their lives in wars. At 11.00 am , the students observed a two minute silence. A total of €66.38 was raised by selling poppies. This has been donated to the British Legion in the UK



Art competition.

This year students from Year 8 and some from year 9 once again took part in the INTERNATIONAL LIONS CLUB 's annual Peace Poster competition which takes place in schools all over the world. The posters were done as part of the school curriculum and many of the participants produced some beautiful art work that has since been displayed around the school.
Congratulations to Meritxel, Year 9, who gave up her lunch and break times in order to enter the competition. Her poster "A Celebration of Peace" was selected by LIONS club representatives as the best in the school and it will now be sent to Madrid where it will be judged again in the second phase of the competition.




Pen Pals with friends in Hupendo – School , Kenya.

Both Year 10 classes guided by their English Language teachers were able to complete the written task of writing to selected participants from the Hupendo School in Kenya.
All students participated and sensitively wrote to their Pen pal, covering a variety of aspects of their lives, and included within an envelope a range of small gifts which they selected and brought.
The letters, together with three large boxes full of donated spectacles were taken in person by the founders of the School Karin and Fritz Nicolay.
These are pictures that we received from the German couple who asked for the donation of the spectacles. These are some of the people who got the spectacles.

Thanks to all of you and to all parents and students!







The students of Hupendo School in Kenya were able to reply recently to their BST penpals. Within their letters they generously included small gifts which our students really appreciated and valued. We hope the cultural exchange will continue in the new year.






Participation in World Diabetes Day

The British School of Tenerife was invited to attend an official presentation in the Ayuntamiento de Los Realejos on World Diabetes Day, held on Monday 14th November.
The talks emphasised the importance of preventing the disease, especially Type II diabetes caused mainly by inappropriate lifestyles and eating habits.
From an early age we must influence our children to eat more fruits, vegetables and do plenty of exercise every week. Adults should also have blood tests done to ensure that there is a proper balance of the glucose in their blood.
BST thanks the Asociación de Diabetes de Tenerife, a leading NGO that supports families and patients physiologically and educationally, for their kind invitation.





KS4 + KS5 Reports and Parents’ Consultations

Mock exams for Years 11 - 13 and Internal exams for Year 10 took place during the last two weeks of term.
Following the Christmas holidays, parents will receive reports and exam results on Friday 13th January.

There will then be Parents’ consultations with teachers.

Years 10 + 11 (Key Stage 4) : Monday 16th January

Years 12 + 13 (Key Stage 5) : Wednesday 18th January

Appointment sheets will be given to students during the previous week.

Prize Giving 16thDecember 2016

At the British School of Tenerife, we are proud of our students and their achievements and we feel it is important to honour their successes by holding an annual Prize Giving ceremony. This year the ceremony was held at the Conference Centre in the Old Casino in Parque Taoro. It was such a pleasure to have the event in such beautiful surroundings
This is our opportunity to formally hand our students their examination certificates and to congratulate them. We also recognise those students who have made a continued effort throughout their studies in order to achieve their qualifications. This year’s special awards are :

The Connolly Award for Determined Effort in IGCSE 2016 Anna Bella Theisen

The Simmonds Award for Determined Effort in A Levels 2016 Laura María Córdoba Oliva

Bernard & Richard Yeoward Award for Academic Excellence in IGCSE 2016 Gabriel Felipe Pérez Góngora

The Linklater Award for Academic Excellence in A levels 2016 Jan Dienstl





Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards

Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards are a group of awards issued by the Cambridge International Examinations which recognise exceptional learner achievement in Cambridge examinations around the world.
These outstanding results are recognized by employers and institutions around the world as proof of academic excellence.
There are more than 10,000 Cambridge schools in over 160 countries worldwide and approximately 53 schools in Spain offer Cambridge exams.
Following the Cambridge exams at our school in June 2016, the following students have achieved special recognition.

The first award is called Top in Spain and is awarded to learners who have gained the highest standard mark in the country for a single subject.
(June 2016) A Level Business : Jan Dienstl
(June 2016) A level Art and Design : Joshua Raúl Gorroño Chapman

The next award is called Top in the World and is awarded to learners who have gained the highest standard mark in the world for a single subject. Here, at the British School of Tenerife, we have several students who all achieved exactly the same high standard in a particular subject and so will receive equal recognition.
(June 2016) IGCSE Spanish : Ana Vich Cólogan
(June 2016) IGCSE Spanish : Oliver Reid Vega
(June 2016) IGCSE Spanish : Sofía González Llanos
Congratulations to all these students !


Year 11 Visit to AEMET

As part of the Physics classes, Year 11 students went on an excursion to Santa Cruz on Friday, November 25th. They visited the Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET) where they had the opportunity to learn about weather predictions and the different instruments the meteorologists use to obtain all the necessary data for their predictions.






Year 9 visit to Guimerá Theatre and Museum, Santa Cruz

Year 9 students, accompanied by Miss Paterson and Miss Kirk visited Guimera Theatre to see a jazz concert and then visited the Museum of Nature and Man in Santa Cruz.







Talk from National Police

The staff and students at The British School of Tenerife were very fortunate to have visits in November from Beatriz and Iván from the National Police Department who gave some very informative talks about school bullying.

The students showed interest and were very responsive to the talks.





Carol Concert Years 7,8 and 9

The concert was held on 20th December at Santo Domingo Church in La Orotava. Many thanks to Jessica Paterson for all the time and effort dedicated to putting on such a wonderful concert which was enjoyed by all. Many thanks also to our special guest, Mr Chris Darby from UK, who accompanied the choir to sing a wonderful song which he had composed himself.




Year 7 Geography Competition

Year 7 Geography students worked on projects about Africa this term.
The winners of the competition were: 1st María 2nd Carlota 3rd Chelsy





School Production : Bugsy Malone

Students from Years 8 and 9 will be performing in an exciting school production of Bugsy Malone which is to be held at La Casa de la Cultura in Los Realejos. There will be two performances. Thursday 26th and Friday 27th January. Tickets will be on sale after the Christmas holidays.




Mobile phones and Smartwatches
Parents are reminded that the use of mobile phones is prohibited on the school premises. Smart watches are also forbidden in school.





Parents are reminded about the school uniform policy which is published on the school website. Even though there may be days when the weather is quite cold, students must adhere to this and wear the correct clothing.
It is strongly recommended that jackets are labelled with the student´s name so that the items may be returned if they are mislaid
There are so many unclaimed items of school uniform! Please check that your son/daughter has not lost any items.





Medicines Appeal for Venezuela
We have collection boxes in the school offices on both sites collecting unused medicines that you may have at home. The boxes will be regularly sent to Venezuela where there is a serious shortage of medication. We will continue this appeal throughout the year.
Donations of unused, unopened medical supplies are also welcome even if the date has expired.





We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year !



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