As our first term is now successfully underway we now present to you our first monthly newsletter.
We will share general school information and then some special events from the primary and secondary section of the school.
We welcomed 136 new students to our school and all appear to have settled well. We hope all our new parents have been happy with the school to date.
12 new staff also have been settling in, thank you for supporting them. We welcome:
Raquel Gómez joins Belén Cerezo in the brand new Main Reception! Do you like their new uniform?
And if our new nurse Teresa thought she was going to have an easier life, she was badly mistaken…
Teresa sees an average of 30 pupils a day for various reasons, from a blister to an upset tummy. She thinks it is busier than the Costa-del-Sol accident unit!! (Rumour has it the children just love her!)
As you know we sadly said goodbye to Susan Robson, who retired after 29 years service. On her behalf she asked me to thank you for all your kind messages and gifts, she was quite overwhelmed.
Fatima Fernández will assume Susan’s position. She will lead the Admissions department and act as my Personal Assistant (P.A) . I know she is going to be a great success.
We have communicated with you regarding our Covid Protocol which follows the Andalusian guidelines.
We do not ever try to “Cut corners” regarding the safety of our children. We know that at times this causes frustrations but like you we hope the restrictions we follow will not be required to be in place forever.
To date ACM has had three positive cases of Covid since reopening. The guidelines were strictly adhered to with the appropriate people self isolating for the required ten days.
All people concerned are safe and well.
SCHOOL COMMUNICATION CHANNELS
As we have new parents, and as a reminder to all of our established parents, we would like to remind the list of channels that allow communications between parents and school. Some parents have requested this and we think it might be useful. Click the link for more info:
PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS
Goldilocks and the Three Bears made an unexpected stop by our Foundation Stage. The children loved retelling and acting out the story and taking on the roles of all the different characters. The highlight was when they made porridge just like the bears! Measuring ingredients and mixing it all together, experimenting with different toppings such as honey, berries and sugar, selecting their favourite and… the best part, tasting it!
Gasps of excitement and claps of joy could be seen and heard in all of the Key Stage One classrooms as they began their new unit of learning in IPC, The Magic Toymaker. Children were invited to bring in their favourite toy from home as they began to learn the science behind what toys are made of, how and why. As budding Scientists, they also began to explore the types of forces used to make toys work. The excitement and enthusiasm have convinced us that we may have some expert scientists in our midst! Moving forward towards the end of term the children will be designing their very own board games. Watch this space Dragons Den!
Exciting times in year 3 this week when they swapped their classroom for a Chocolate Lab! They donned their lab coats and blindfolds, had their clipboards and research questions at the ready to test different types of chocolate. As scientists, they judged the chocolate by smell, texture, look and of course taste. The overwhelming favourite was… milk chocolate! A quote from our budding scientists, “This is the best ever IPC Entry Point.” We wonder why? 😉
Diego and Benjamin were brilliant when explaining how they worked out a challenging maths problem to the rest of their class. They explained carefully and clearly each step of the problem, inviting the other children to respond to their questions. Future teachers or professors in the making?!
SECONDARY SCHOOL NEWS
Beach Clean by Carlota Loma (YEAR 13)
For our CAS project, Camila and I decided to help the community by organising a beach cleanup for secondary. We created certificates and posters to promote the event and spread the word around school. It took place on Sunday 19 September at La Playa del Cable from 11:00h to 13:00h. We were delighted to see the number of people who attended, many more than we expected! We ended up being a group of approximately 20 students from KS4 and KS5 (Years 11, 12 and 13) and three members of staff ( Ms Menmuir, Ms Anais and Ms Pérez).
We handed each student a pair of gloves and a bag as soon as they arrived and immediately got to work. We collected so much trash, especially in between the rocks where there were ropes and fishing equipment which unfortunately ends up in the sea and entangles animals. The only inconvenience was the weather as it was very hot! When we had cleared the area, we handed out the certificates and thanked participants for coming. We are very proud of what we achieved. It was a very successful event.
To promote independence and leadership growth, within our co-curricular programme we have students organising, planning and leading a range of activities. From Year 13, Ricardo Holmes and Hesam Zakeri run a Coding Club for KS3 students. Julian Zavaglia and Marco Santaella are leading the popular Makers Club and Melika Shafiypour is organising the Debate Society. From Year 11, Tom Gainey and Lola Cooper are running the Drama Club for Years 7 to 10. Their commitment and dedication is commendable, as they are juggling this with their classes and homework commitments, and the students in their clubs can’t praise them highly enough.
Inter House Drama Festival
Hot off the press! We are currently in the early planning stages for the first ever drama festival, scheduled to take place in February. An evening of celebration for the creative arts, this event will be entirely student led and we can’t wait to see what they will produce. The festival leadership team are currently making their decisions about the event, watch this space for more information!
Year 10 & Year 12 Art trip to Málaga
There is nothing like seeing Artwork first hand, looking in a book or on the internet does not have the same impact.Therefore, it was very exciting to finally take our students out on the first school Art trip since the Covid Lockdown began. Year 10 and Year 12 Art students visited the Picasso Gallery in Malaga.
Year 12 A Level and IB students took part in a cyanotype workshop whilst the Year 10s took in the permanent Art collection, gathering research for their portfolios. Following this, the two groups attended the Contemporary Art Centre where they were able to see a very wide range of artistic styles including film work by Bill Viola and Cindy Sherman, as well as installation work by the italian painter Michelangelo Pistoletto, action and object artist, and art theorist.
The students thoroughly enjoyed the trip and returned to school inspired and enthusiastic about creating their own new artworks. They will be following up their research in forthcoming lessons.
We hope you have enjoyed our main news. In two weeks time we will send our first monthly pastoral letter which will update and inform you of all what we are doing in this important area.
In the meantime, please continue to check emails and school social media to keep up to date with regular news and information.
Have a lovely weekend with your family.