Appy days

05jul2019-appyThe new Computer Science curriculum for Key Stage 3 has been a huge success this year thanks to the hardworking and enthusiastic learners at BSGC!

As part of the Computer Science curriculum, Miss Price introduced the students to a unique opportunity to enter all year 8 and year 9 students into an App Making Competition. The Apps were created for UK-based charities The Greyhound Trust which help retired racing dogs find a loving home and The Pearl of Africa, a charity that BSGC are looking to support on a long-term basis.

The groups attending the final event were chosen based on their documented evidence, planning and Apps. Parents Raul Espada and Adam Hoque and teacher Mrs Cuthbertson were the judges. They decided on Team Summit and The Elysian Squad.

The final event at The University of Surrey proved to be an excellent learning experience as it was fiercely competed. 120 students from several UK schools were present.

The students enjoyed thinking about expressing their thoughts and feelings, using technology in a positive way with a UK charity called The Samaritans. They learned about various pathways to study computer science, reviewing Apps from other schools and Apps for good and bad, and watched interviews with real computer scientists from Red Hat Linux.

After an exciting but tiring day, Team Summit, represented by Maite Del Campo, who also counted Carlos Villafranca, Marcos Gordillo and Tommaso Tagliapietra amongst their numbers, finished as runners up in our first-ever entry to the Open Schools Coding Competition.

The BSGC students' hard work, dedication and technical skills were recognised by the competition judges, who were also impressed with the students' confidence and excellent English-speaking skills. Next year, this unique opportunity will be open to Year 8; where we hope for further success and relish the opportunity of building on this incredible achievement!

Click here to see the app from the Elysian Squad.
Click here to see the app from Team Summit.

The beach boys and girls

04jul2019-jinamarOn Tuesday 25th June, Secondary students volunteered on an Oceans4Life Gran Canaria beach clean-up. We travelled to Jinámar's Playa de Bocabarranco. Other than the inevitable killer plastic, we uncovered a shopping trolley, an urn, and a treasure chest of rusty jewels.

Mysteries in the mist

03jul2019-mysteriesAfter reading Secretos en la nube, Y9 students met Jorge Alonso, the author of the book, who gave them a talk about the risks of Internet and online safety. Like the characters in the story, they understood why it is important to make a responsible use of new technologies. All of Year 9 learnt a practical lesson for the 21st-Century world that they will never forget.

By royal appointment

02jul2019-royalOn Friday, June 14th, we couldn't wait to wake up. The seven of us were so excited and more eager than ever to get to school. Yet our adventure had already began three months earlier when we entered the What is a King for You? contest.

It was time to collect our award. It didn't matter what prize we were given. We already felt like winners as we'd made the final line-up.

Arriving at the airport, we met some of the competition. On the plane, we were handed chocolates, sweets, and wipes. After landing in Tenerife, we were bused to the Canary Islands Government Headquarters.

We felt very fortunate to be one of the 38 finalists from a total of 784 participants. They showed us into the room where you could see all the entries. Then we passed to where they announced who would have a reception with King Felipe VI.

Here, we met the Deputy Education Minister, the Fies Foundation President, and the Orange Director who handed us our consolation prizes. We were sad not to win. However, we were happy to make it over to Tenerife in the first place.

Alexia, Alma AB, Ernesto, Sara, Adriana, Carla P and Carlos

Canary chronicles

26jun-2019-canariasTafira Year 6 have finished their time at Primary School by creating projects about the Canary Islands.

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