Día de Canarias 2017

31may2017-dia-canariasLast Monday, 29th May, students and teachers from the British School of Gran Canaria celebrated the culture we live in during a day packed with fun activities. To make this celebration possible, we worked hard during the days prior to the celebrations: our reward was an incredible day which all of us enjoyed!

With the help of the Year 8 students, the school was decorated during Thursday and Friday. Posters, pintaderas and flags could be seen everywhere, including the first entries for the Canarian Flag House Competition. The posters encouraged everyone to participate in this competition and to donate food for the Food Bank in Las Palmas, like every year. On Monday, after an Assembly by Year 10, where the different workshops that were going to take place were presented, the fun started. Unfortunately, the rain forced some of the workshops to remain inside, but that did not take away any of the fun. Also, a group of students from this same class prepared chorizo sandwiches that were sold during first and second break. The day passed by really quickly with the Infants singing and dancing to typical Canarian songs, they coloured Canarian decorations and enjoyed a gymkhana which included traditional games. In Juniors, a plasticine workshop challenged students to recreate typical Canarian dresses, followed by a magic show at the end of the day which took everybody's' breath away. In Secondary, everybody had the chance to make handicrafts, to practice Canarian wrestling and stick fighting and participate in very challenging intelligence games. Thank you to everybody for your support in making this day such a special ocassion.

Primary Hockey Club

29may2017-primary-hockeyFour brave members of the primary hockey club took part in their first tournament on Saturday (27th May) They won some matches and lost others, but had lots of fun and played well as a team. Overall they came 7th out of 10 teams.

Well done Carla, Carlos & Dante from Y3 and Benji Y5

Y1 South - People who Help Us

29may2017-y1-southIn Year 1 we have been talking about people who help us. We had an exciting morning when Javier´s dad came into school to talk to us about being a policeman.

Y10 Biology Trip

18may2017-biology-tripY10 recently went to the Las Mesas in la Cumbre to investigate the distribution of grasses and lichen. They worked in groups using ecological equipment including quadrats, transects, clinometers and light meters to draw conclusions about the interactions between different organisms and also about the impact of human behaviour on local habitats.

They worked solidly for two hours and enjoyed spending time in such a beautiful setting.

Solidarity Storytelling Marathon

15may2017-storytellingOn Friday 12th May 2017, Year 8 students went to Plaza Hurtado de Mendoza in Vegueta (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) to participate in the 17th edition of the Story Telling Marathon organized by the Public Library of Gran Canaria, along with many other schools from the island. The theme chosen for this year's tales was "Grandparents, insects and stories with swing". In addition, the stories written by the students representing the school were translated into a wide range of languages from around the world: Korean, German, Hindi, Sindi, Dutch, Russian, Chinese, Spanish and English.

Apart from this, Year 9 students collected bottle tops from the whole school throughout the week, and more than 100 kilos were handed over to Association Iraitza, which helps children with physical disabilities.

Representatives of the British School of Gran Canaria in the story telling were:

  • Roberto Armas, whose story "Bothers in war", was translated into Korean by Chris Park, Seung Ryul Lee and Jung Yun Park, and was read in Spanish by Daniela Valencia and Sofía Turégano.
  • Ana Bulchand, who presented the moving story "Grandmother", with the translations of Roshni Tikamdas in Hindi, Nihar Kewlani in Sindi and Sara Vollmer in German.
  • Marcos Guerra, who wrote the quixotesque tale "Don Santiago of Gran Canaria", translated into Dutch by Sammy Vila, into English by Cristian Santana and Jennifer Chaturani and it was also read in Spanish with the help of Paula Sánchez and Julia Rodríguez.
  • Sofía Melián, author of the story "Shadows at Night", who presented this text with the translations into Russian by Masha Nuez and Sergio Torrent, as well as Kai Yi Zhu´s version into Chinese, and the help of Elisa Rodríguez reading the text in Spanish.

Although students at the school had to nervously wait until they could finally tell their stories, this incredible experience will remain with us for the rest of our lives.

Cristina Valido and Priyanka Pradhan


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