Six have plenty of fun in Cornwall

23apr2019-cornwall33 pupils from Year 6 spent eight March days enjoying the local culture and history of the UK's Cornwall. They were accompanied by five hard-working teachers who took care of their every need throughout the experience. The students first visited The Eden Project to learn more about rainforests and how primitive tribes exist in that environment.

On the second day, Year 6 saw what their lives might have been like if they were born in Cornwall at the turn of the 20th Century. Imagining working down the tin mines at their tender ages proved to be quite an eye opener. After being taught how to pan for minerals and gems, they tucked into some traditional Cornish pasties at lunch. The evening was spent 10-pin bowling and we all had a good laugh together.

Thursday saw us challenged to build a sailing boat from junk materials in the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. Pupils learned about the design of hulls in one workshop, sails in another and how to sail the boats in another. Working in pairs, they made their boats and tested them in a giant indoor wind tank. Lots of fun and a very interesting day looking at the exhibits including a 'Titanic Experience' exhibition. Lunch was enjoyed by all in the award-winning Harbour Lights Fish and Chip restaurant.

On Friday, we spent the day at Roskear Primary School in Camborne. Our pupils made scones and tasted a cream tea, engaged in a Design Challenge to build the tallest stable structure they could using spaghetti and marshmallows only, gave a simple Spanish lesson. New friends were made and the children had a fabulous time interacting with their Cornish peers. Friday evening saw our pupils souvenir shopping in Newquay – the children certainly enjoyed spending their pocket money!

The weekend was filled with more Cornish experiences. There was a visit to Paradise Park, the home of the World Parrot Trust which breeds endangered bird species and returns them to their natural habitat. Here, the children marvelled at the variety of birds, enjoyed feeding the penguins and even had a cuddle with a baby penguin. Lunch was in the Bird in Hand Pub and we were treated to a scrumptious English lunch – roast beef and Yorkshire puddings with apple crumble and custard for dessert. After lunch the children played in the Jungle Barn for a while and then went to Trevaskis Farm where they had the best Cornish cream teas available in the whole of the county. Yum Yum!

Our last day was a fun-filled one at KidzWorld and the children explored the trampolines, rollerskating rink, demon-drop slides, dodgem car rides, mini-golf and a sky-trail. Great fun! Next door there was Market World and a book stall selling children's books at rock-bottom prices – many of the pupils stocked up on English reading materials there. Happy days!

We finished off the day at the beach playing games on the sand with the Newquay Surf School staff. Throughout the week we had fabulous weather – the sun shone although the breeze was crisp.The pupils had a week's experience that they will hopefully remember for the rest of their lives.


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Finding your calling

05apr2019-careers-dayThe annual BSGC Careers Morning took place on Friday 22nd March. Parents and friends of the school came to tell us about their careers in a broad spectrum of sectors, including medicine, the armed forces, advertising, law, logistics, education, languages, IT and business. All students from years 10, 11 and 12 attended the event and were able to find out about what each career entailed. Students learned valuable information about each role and could ask questions to identify the positive and more challenging aspects first hand, helping them to identify fields that could interest them. There was a lively atmosphere in the room as volunteers and students discussed the career possibilities and what students should know in order to make good study and career choices. The Careers Morning was a great opportunity for students to learn and plan for their future vocational decisions, and we really appreciate the input from the volunteers who gave up their time to come and share suggestions with the students.



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Hooked by Books

01apr2019-bibliozonaOn Thursday 28th March, a group of 17 Year 7 students went along to the Bibliozona competition held by Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's main library. The contest focused on two books: Doramas and El Callejon de la Sangre. Students were split up into two groups: A and B.

The British School students were ecstatic to win the first group competition. Along with the children from other schools, they were also delighted to meet the author of Doramas. That was a very pleasant surprise.

Other highlights include learning a soundless clap. Whilst students were initially nervous because they wanted to do well, nobody argued or fell out when discussing the answers to the questions. Everybody just had a really good time.

We learned so much about the library's services too. Staff showed us the app for ebooks. It's also possible to watch films at the library which we didn't know about.

Justo Medrano (7CB)

Ski fundays

01apr2019-ski-tripWe had a great time on the ski trip to Girona's La Masella from March 3rd to 8th. On and off the piste, we did so many different things. So, as well as learning how to ski on the nursery slopes, we hiked to historic capital Puigcerda where we immediately hit the sweet shop. We also took the water at Roman baths over the border in France and went bowling in La Molina. Another highlight was skiing at night as well as swimming in the hotel's heated pool. There was so much to choose from at the hotel's buffet meals. We also held our very own fashion show and everybody laughed so much.

Mónica Zhou (7MF)

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