Parent Newsletter 3 October

Dear parents,

Firstly, may I thank you once again for the support of your children.  I cannot believe we are in October already!

This week some Year 3 pupils came to share their Spanish classwork with me. Harry Blomberg told me that he was “happy, happy, happy” to be in this new school.  He was at Swedish school before, he says.

Thank you, Harry!

 

Our School community
Please welcome Miss Carmen Delgado Guerra, our School Nurse, who joined us in September.

She complements beautifully our caring Aloha community.

María Rodríguez (Year 7) said on Wednesday “I love the new nurse, she is very kind.”  Carmen has certainly been kept very busy but it is great that she is here with her professional skills to guide us through this difficult period of time.

Drop-Off
After I boasted last week that the police had congratulated us for the smoothness of our drop-off system, they did make a request yesterday. They would like those parents who pull up at the top entrance, to ensure they do so as near to the kerb as possible so cars can still pass. 

Uniform
The children look really smart in the new uniform.  Please ensure that you have also purchased the new PE kit, as this is part of our dress code. Also, please remember that, except for PE days, trainers are not to be worn; footwear should be plain black shoes.

We are all aware that long hair is very much in fashion; however this must be tied back, not left loose.

New children
I am spending some time at the moment meeting all new children.  They all appear to be happy and settled and have shared with me some funny stories about their previous schools. 

Thomas told me that at his previous school in Muscat, Oman, they had 3 swimming pools but there were at least 30 children in a class!

Year 7 Chromebooks
I watched part of a wonderful English lesson this week where Year 7 were engrossed in correcting their marked homework, using their Chromebooks.  They looked so mature and so skilled, I thought I had walked into a class of university students!  Well done to all our Year 7 pupils who have settled into Secondary school life so well.

Miss Bronagh’s PE class
I felt very energised earlier this week when I walked past Miss Bronagh’s PE class.  The children were enjoying every minute of a hip hop warm-up and it reminded me of years ago when I could jump about like them – those were the days!

Have a wonderful, restful, safe weekend

Elizabeth Batchelor
Principal


PRIMARY SCHOOL

Dear Parents,

In my Monday morning assembly last week I talked to the children about our Aloha value of CARE. I asked them to show they care by asking each other if they are ‘OK’, or by giving an extra ‘wave’ or ‘Air Hi Five’ to all of their class groups. These small gestures have added to our teaching team focus of building the children’s self esteem and positive mindset. We may not be able to assemble together but our community spirit is not lost. Next week we will be focusing upon the Aloha value of HONESTY and distinguishing between facts and opinions when making choices.


Each month we choose one of our 9 Personal Learning Goals and we chose Respectful as the Goal to start the year. Children were asked to demonstrate that by being Respectful we aim to:

  • Treat everyone the way we would like to be treated
  • Recognise and accept that we are all different
  • Be considerate of others’ space and their things
  • Share and not waste resources
  • Look after our environment

A huge congratulations to everyone for trying hard to demonstrate this but especially those mentioned below who have been awarded their certificate for going ‘above and beyond’ in their year group.

ACM September’s Personal Learning Goal (Blossom) Award for Being Respectful

FS1, > Luca Edwards NSERI
FS2, > Arran Crossland RCEMA 
KS1, YEAR 1, > Adhara Abad Carruana MTI
KS1, YEAR 2,  > Mina Tobal Agier GLA
KS2, YEAR 3, > Sonya Anakhasyan JCH
KS2, YEAR 4, > Santino Mcavoy ITA
KS2, YEAR 5, > Lea Hazout SJD
KS2, YEAR 6, > Freya Horncastle CST


Don’t forget to log into Google Classroom to watch your child’s class teacher video posted every Friday. It is a window into your child’s learning that we love to share with you. Enjoy!


Thank you once again and I hope that you have a lovely weekend.

Talk Homework Think of three facts about yourself that you would like to share

Aloha ValueHONESTY      
October’s Personal Learning Goal TO BE ADAPTABLE

Yours sincerely

Kathryn Salmon
Headteacher, Primary
kathryn.salmon@aloha-college.com


SECONDARY SCHOOL

Dear Parents,

On my way home on Thursday, Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word by Elton John was playing on the radio. The title of this song made me think. Let me explain why!

The first word I heard when I set foot on British soil was “sorry”. My English, at the time, was awful so I could not quite understand why an apology was used so frequently. At my school in England, my friends would apologise when, for example, it rained or when the food at the canteen was not great. Why would an apology be needed in those cases? 

My parents always taught me that an apology was needed when something serious had happened and that the best way one could show remorse was by not repeating the same thing again. British idiosyncrasies slowly kicked in and apologising became second nature to me. It is amazing how one adapts to new contexts. I had a very worried mother at one point when I began saying “sorry” after I sneezed! 

The origin of the word can be traced to the Old English sarig meaning distressed, grieved or full of sorrow but nowadays people use the word more casually and in different ways. Many of us go through our days saying “I’m sorry” for the smallest things. We do it , as I explained earlier, when we run into someone, when we forget to give up our seat for the elderly on the bus, when we forget to bring something we had promised our friend. 

I am not saying that apologising frequently is necessarily wrong, but I believe that it has to be done consciously and truthfully. Therefore, if we are able to say sorry when it comes to the smallest things, it is essential that we also do it with the people closest to us, the ones we love most and when we have done something that warrants an honest apology.

I would like to finish with a question for you to consider:

If you say sorry but do not mean it, but the person you are apologising to thinks you are genuine, does it still count?

I hope you have a nice weekend.

Francisco Escobar
Headteacher, Secondary

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Darren Roth
Headteacher Secondary

Earned his BA(Hons) in English Literature from Cardiff University before completing his teaching qualification as a secondary English teacher at Swansea University. Over 17 years in South Wales, he held roles including Head of English, Head of Sixth Form, and senior management before joining Aloha College Marbella in 2012. A passionate educator, Darren finds immense satisfaction in students’ success.

His diverse interests extend beyond the classroom. Darren obtained his pilot’s licence at 17 through a Royal Air Force scholarship and continued training for years. He volunteered in the Camp America scheme, played water polo for Wales Under 18s, and taught children to swim.
Outside of his professional and athletic pursuits, Darren enjoys reading, cycling, and walking his rescue Yorkshire Terrier, Charley. A paddleboarding enthusiast, he finds joy in outdoor activities. Darren also has a flair for cooking and delights in preparing meals for friends. He holds a special affection for the Andalusian sunshine and seizes every opportunity to explore Spain and beyond.

Earned his BA(Hons) in English Literature from Cardiff University before completing his teaching qualification as a secondary English teacher at Swansea University. Over 17 years in South Wales, he held roles including Head of English, Head of Sixth Form, and senior management before joining Aloha College Marbella in 2012. A passionate educator, Darren finds immense satisfaction in students’ success.

His diverse interests extend beyond the classroom. Darren obtained his pilot’s licence at 17 through a Royal Air Force scholarship and continued training for years. He volunteered in the Camp America scheme, played water polo for Wales Under 18s, and taught children to swim.

Outside of his professional and athletic pursuits, Darren enjoys reading, cycling, and walking his rescue Yorkshire Terrier, Charley. A paddleboarding enthusiast, he finds joy in outdoor activities. Darren also has a flair for cooking and delights in preparing meals for friends. He holds a special affection for the Andalusian sunshine and seizes every opportunity to explore Spain and beyond.

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Louise Verinder
Designated Safeguarding Lead & Pastoral Care

Louise earned her BA Hons degree from Edge Hill University and went on to complete her PGCE. With a lifelong passion for sports, she always knew she wanted to become a PE teacher. She excelled, particularly in sports acrobatics, earning the honor of representing Great Britain. For fourteen years, she served as head of PE in Chorley, in the north-west of England, before embarking on what was supposed to be a year’s sabbatical in Spain.

Louise joined Aloha College in 2014 as a part-time teacher of PE. A couple of years later, she transitioned into the role of pastoral care, a role that she absolutely loves. Tasked with leading the secondary school’s PSHEE program and serving as the Designated Safeguarding Lead, she finds great pleasure in developing positive working relationships with teenagers, supporting their mental health and wellbeing, helping develop their self-esteem and confidence, as well as helping them navigate the challenges of life!
Louise is passionate about learning and developing her skillset. She is an accredited life coach with the ICF, specializing in working with teenagers. She has studied for a Diploma in NLP and has recently been awarded a Level 5 Diploma in Trauma and Mental Health-Informed Schools and Communities. 
Outside of teaching, Louise loves the simple things in life. Spending time with her family and friends, travelling, and spending time outside hiking, skiing and paddleboarding. She loves good food and she feels truly blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world.
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Sara Dickie
Head of Key Stage 2

Graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BEd (hons) specialising in English Literature and teaching children in the primary age range.  For the next 17 years, Sara worked in large, central and outer London schools.  As a senior leader in the UK, Sara raised attainment and supported curriculum development across groups of schools in the local area and worked with the local education authority to provide training across boroughs. She ensured the success of school improvement in roles such as leader of English, Maths and SEND provision over the years.  Sara moved to Spain in 2017 and is currently our Head of Key Stage 2.  

Sara has travelled to many fascinating destinations across the globe and still counts travel as one of her interests.  However, she now spends more time at her rural finca in the Andalucian mountains than ever before due to the increasing number of rescue animals she supports.  Outside of education, Sara loves to spend time in the countryside with her horses, dogs and many other animals under her care. 
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Liz Keys
Teaching & Learning

Liz gained a BA.Hons degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Hull.  After her PGCE  she began her teaching career at a state Primary School in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Her passion for teaching and her love of travel soon prompted her to take up her next role as a Reception class teacher at Bangkok Patana School in Thailand where she gained invaluable experience of working in an international environment. 

A desire to move closer to the UK prompted Liz to join Aloha College Marbella in 1997 where she has been a Key Stage leader in both KS1 & KS2. She is passionate about providing children with a Creative Curriculum which  provides exciting stimuli and first-hand learning experiences. Her interests are reading, travel and sampling different cuisines.
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Anna Sweeting
Head of Key Stage 3 and Enrichment

Completed her degree in Business, Accounting and Finance, then later a Certificate in Mathematics. Having worked in banking, accounting and education finance she started teaching by founding a tuition company in 2006 and lecturing part-time in a further education college. These both grew, and a decision was made to sell the business and lecture full time, while also leading GCSE Maths. Anna made the move to secondary education in 2015, then joined Aloha College in 2016.

Anna loves inspiring students to try new things and to grasp opportunities, you never know where they will lead! She enjoys performing in theatre shows and singing, but the most drama in her life comes from being an avid follower of Blackpool FC, a curse that she has passed on to her two sons.
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Jacqueline Brice
Head of Key Stage 4

Achieved a first class Honours degree in Mathematics and Physics from Kings College London before pursuing a career in broadcasting. She indulged her curiosity in the latest scientific and technological advances as a producer of scientific documentaries for BBC Radio and Television and then moved into fly-on-the-wall documentary making for Channel 4 with the police and the Royal Navy. Her broadcasting career has taken her flying through thunderstorms with lightning chasers in North Dakota, to crime scenes with the Metropolitan Police murder squad and from the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious to Gibraltar by Sea King helicopter. 

As her young family took priority in her life, she turned her degree into a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and brought her family to Spain, where she has continued to share her love of mathematics, science and life-long learning with the students of Aloha College for almost two decades. Over the years, she has thoroughly enjoyed leading the Mathematics Department and Key Stage 3 and now she is working as the Head of Key Stage 4, hoping to instill a love for learning and international travel in our young adults and to encourage them to value a broad range of creative, analytical and communication skills.
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Ellen Richards
Head of EYFS

Studied at the University of Chester where she completed her BEd (Hons) in  Primary education, specialising in the Early Years. She believes there is no age range more exciting and inspiring with which to work, and feels fortunate to have truly found her vocation. 

Ellen has taught at international schools in Guangzhou, China, Bangkok, Thailand and London, UK, before joining the Aloha College Marbella team in 2018 where she is currently Head of Foundation Stage. Having attended international schools herself in Maseru, Lesotho, Yokohama, Japan and South Wales in the UK, Ellen feels a strong sense of belonging within our multicultural community.
Outside of work, Ellen is most content exploring all and any creative pursuits, be it in a rather haphazard way! What she lacks in finesse she makes up for in enthusiasm, and will happily while away the weekend with her sewing machine. 
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Elaine McGirl
Head of Key Stage 5

An experienced educator with over two decades of expertise in the field of science and education. Originally from Ireland, Elaine graduated with Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Limerick after earning a Bachelor of Science in Education majoring in Biology and Chemistry. 

Driven by a passion for understanding how students learn best, Elaine has held diverse roles in education, including lecturing and tutoring in educational psychology to undergraduate students. She has extensive experience teaching various curricula, including the International Baccalaureate, A Levels and the Irish Leaving certificate, providing her with a comprehensive understanding of various educational systems. 
In 2007, Elaine joined Aloha College Marbella, where she has served as an IB and A-Level Biology teacher, General Science teacher, and Head of the Science Department. Currently, she holds the position of Head of Sixth Form and IB Diploma Programme Coordinator, demonstrating her leadership and commitment to guiding students towards academic excellence and personal growth.
Outside of teaching, Elaine enjoys Irish dancing, Flamenco, and salsa. She can play several instruments from her days in a youth marching band. Elaine loves traveling, trying new foods, and spending time with animals.
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Anne Ross
Head of Key Stage 1

Began her teaching career with a Foundation Degree in Early Years from the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland. She managed and developed a Nursery School in the Highlands for several years and was very involved in raising the awareness and the importance of Early Years education throughout many schools in the Highlands and North of Scotland. Anne then furthered her studies, experience and expertise by gaining a PGCE at the University of Buckingham to further her career in Primary education.

At Aloha Anne has always been passionate about extending her knowledge and learning, she is currently studying to become a certified Well-Being coach. She is a strong advocate of student wellbeing, emotional intelligence and social development, these important life skills ensure our students emerge more resilient and ready to face future adversities. 
Even though Anne has lived in Spain for over 20 years, she loves to explore Spain’s rich culture and many hidden treasures. She is an enthusiastic traveller with a love for diverse destinations and learning from different cultures. Anne has always been passionate about sports and keeping fit and in her spare time she loves Crossfit classes, family time and reading.
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Emma Saunders
Primary Designated Safeguarding Lead & Pastoral Car

Emma has dedicated her entire teaching and professional career to ACM. A Saint Mary’s University London honour’s graduate, holding a Masters Degree in International Education from Oxford Brookes, Emma has shaped her career into a student-centric narrative. Her experience and research into “Third Culture Kids’, which recognises our students unique educational, international and Spanish experience, was used in crafting and developing the Primary PSHEE programme, facilitating essential skills appropriate to academic, psychological and emotional well-being.

Emma’s professionalism at Charity, is helping change lives for the vulnerable, in Málaga and Africa where ACM has initiated educational programmes in Kampala. Her work as a rapporteur for the COBIS ConnectED sessions is established and recognised. As a qualified Catechist, Emma’s Pastoral Care role is busy and engaging. As a safeguarding expert and officer, fluent in Spanish, Emma analyses the latest programmes, developments and policies, at national and International level.
As a former ballerina, Emma trained young dancers for school shows and Marbella events in modern/Irish dance, and regularly performed in her native West End. Emma also enjoys entertaining family and friends, however Tara the Afghan Hound as the newest member of the Saunders family, is the one who now steals the show!
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Kate Edwards
Headteacher Primary

Kate graduated from the University of Central England with a BEd (Hons) in Primary Education, specialising in the Early Years. As an experienced leader in both UK and international educational settings, Kate is committed to providing students with a learning environment that celebrates effort and achievement in both academic and personal endeavors. In July 2019, Kate, completed the Cobis Program for Aspiring Heads, before taking on her first headship with us in 2023. 

In her spare time, Kate loves spending time with her husband and three children. They often enjoy trips to the park, constructing Lego masterpieces, strolls along the beach and splashing about in the pool. When time allows, Kate also loves to bake.  At home you’ll often find her whipping up a storm in the kitchen. Rumour has it, she dreams of donning the iconic apron on the Great British Bake Off one day! 
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Víctor Ranea
Head of Administration

Víctor Ranea se unió al colegio como Business Manager en 2003. Lideró el proceso de transición entre la antigua compañía y la fundación actual. Como responsable del área de Administración, ha participado en varios Planes Estratégicos. Además de las finanzas y los Presupuestos Generales, ha dirigido los proyectos constructivos del colegio y contribuido en los planes de marketing así como en la implementación de nuevos sistemas informáticos del área de finanzas.

Licenciado en Ciencias Economicas y Empresariales por la Universidad de Málaga, Víctor Ranea es un apasionado del deporte, con experiencia en competiciones regionales, habiendo contribuido a la creación de los clubs deportivos del colegio. Un amante de los viajes y la gastronomía, así como de la música, el teatro y el cine.