Parent Newsletter 22 May

Dear parents,

I hope this newsletter finds you all safe and well.

My message this week is short, because I want you to take time to read, enjoy and celebrate the following document:

NIS Inspection Report Aloha College Marbella

Following their recent visit, the educational inspectors’ report gives a true evaluation of our wonderful, successful, high-achieving school.  I thank your lovely children for being instrumental in our triumph, and on behalf of you, the parents, I congratulate all our members of staff for enabling us to achieve a report which praises so highly all the aspects of Aloha College Marbella.  

As the report states, it was a team effort!

Let’s celebrate!

From here, we do not relax, we continue to grow our school into being the best we can be.

Please email me any comments or questions you have regarding this report.

Have a lovely weekend.


Another busy week. I hope you have read, enjoyed and celebrated the report from the external inspectors of the recent visit to evaluate our school. We are proud of its findings as they confirm and highlight what a great school we are.

This week we welcomed back 16 children and their teacher after they had to self-isolate for 10 days. At the end of the day they all went home with some sugarless sweets which I had promised them for all their efforts during their online learning.

Children’s Spanish work
Congratulations to Taisiia, Elija and Olivia (2KED) for their efforts in producing beautiful, informative Spanish work. Srta Encarnita, quite rightly, was very proud of their achievements and so was I.

Regarding Spanish lessons, Don Diego, Head of Primary Spanish, was proudly boasting about the classwork in Srta Patricia’s Year 2 Spanish class. He claimed, and I agree, that the standard of the children’s work in this class was Perfecto!! In the photo below Mark, George and Phoebe (2NMO) proudly show their Spanish books. ¡Muy bien!

Olivia Langeland and Milana Vaiciulyte (Y2 KED) chose roses as the subject of their observational drawings. Just look at the result!

Year 6 Transition Days
Next week our Year 6 pupils are going to spend 4 days in Secondary School, following a full Secondary timetable. They are all very excited.

Following this, they will finalise their assessments in Primary School. They will then relax with a “fun bonding day” at the beach in San Pedro, led by external monitors and their teachers.
In the final week of term we will celebrate special Graduation Assemblies (separately, according to our Covid protocol), to which Year 6 parents will be invited to attend. Finally, there will be a special party for just the Y6 children to enjoy. More details of these events will follow.

Y3-4 Virtual Maths Presentation
Miss Liz Keys, Head of Lower Key Stage 2, has invited the parents of Year 3-4 children to a virtual Maths Presentation on Calculation Methods on Tuesday 25 May. Thank you to all those parents who have signed up for this event; for those who haven’t, there is still time. We hope you find it valuable.

Finally, congratulations to all our Nursery and Reception children and their teachers who celebrated “Super Hero” day. All came dressed as their favourite superhero (including me) and thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful day.

Enjoy a wonderful sunny and safe weekend with your families.

May Personal Learning Goal – TO BE ETHICAL
Next week’s Aloha Value  – RESILIENCE

Elizabeth Batchelor


Dear Parents,

The second part of our mission statement says: 

We strive to inspire all learners to reach their true potential and to be responsible citizens in a global society.

What opportunities does Aloha College Marbella provide to students in order to achieve this? This week, I would like to talk about CAS, a programme at the heart of the IB Diploma which encourages students to develop the necessary skills to become exactly as our mission statement declares: responsible citizens in a global society. I am sure many of you have not heard of CAS before, unless your child is in Year 12 or Year 13.

CAS stands for Creativity, Activity and Service. All IB students are required to create a portfolio of experiences within these strands during their final two years at school. This part of the diploma focuses on creating opportunities for students to become “Global Citizens”, so that learners not only achieve great academic results but also demonstrate an interest in extracurricular experiences by making valuable and meaningful contributions to their school as well as their local, and even international, community.

Three Year 12 students took on an independent project whose aim was to raise awareness for the rarest children’s genetic condition known as Acrodysostosis. Shailin Katebiyan, Yu Ru Liu Fu and Isabel Van de Brug all embraced this challenge wholeheartedly and spent the last 8 months putting together their mission called “Imagine Life”. They achieved a fantastic result two weeks ago, hosting an event for more than 85 guests, with performances from fellow students playing the piano, dancing classical ballet and singing on stage whilst the rest of their peers from the Interact Club helped with raffle sales and auctions throughout the event. These students demonstrated a very high level of professionalism and skill in their planning and organisation. They were so driven and committed to this project.

The event raised over 10,000€. This is an impressive result, especially in current times. The three students demonstrated each of the seven learning outcomes for CAS which range from overcoming challenges and developing personal growth to showing commitment and engagement, but more importantly to act in consideration of others and encourage ethical values. 

I am immensely proud and grateful to this team of Aloha College Marbella students for being excellent role models and making their CAS project one that reaches out beyond the school.

I hope you have a nice weekend.

Francisco Escobar
Head of Secondary