A British Exchange

Exchange trips are a great opportunity to get a feeling for a different country and to make new friends.Despite the chilly February weather, our Spanish and Russian students had a wonderful time with their British exchange partners at Rendcomb College, which is in the picturesque Cotswolds area of England.They joined their new friends in the classroom, took part in extracurricular activities and went on excursions. These included a visit to Oxford University and a trip to the theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. But for all the cultural highlights, probably the best moment was an all-out snowball fight in the wintry English countryside!

Carnival Week!

Carnival week was a great laugh!Themes included odd socks…

…silly hats… …painted faces……and full fancy dress. Any excuse not to wear school uniform!

How To Hit The Road…Safely!

Bikes, scooters and motorcycles.

They’re all convenient and speedy ways to get from A to B. But although it’s exhilarating to feel the wind in your hair, that’s exactly what you shouldn’t do.Our secondary students were treated to an interesting and informative presentation by local police officers about road safety. They spoke at length about the importance of wearing a crash helmet and other types of body protection.Some of our students were good sports and agreed to model the safetywear for the benefit of their friends. Now, whatever mode of transport they choose, they know how to minimise the risks and enjoy it to the full.

Learning By Teaching

A great way to embed your own learning is to teach it to someone else.

That’s why a favourite technique used by many of our teachers is to encourage students to create presentations in order to pass on their knowledge to their classmates.When they are producing a “lesson” for their friends, students often research a topic more deeply than they would otherwise. What’s more, they tend to think creatively about how to put across the information they’ve discovered…which makes it more memorable for the rest of the class.Students take great pride in putting together an interesting, colourful and informative presentation, and, as you can see here, they work hard to achieve it.

Passionate About Poetry

It’s the time of year when our whole school becomes passionate about poetry.

Traditionally, schools in Scotland celebrate Burns Night (the birthday of the famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns) by holding poetry recitals and competitions. Scotland is a long way from our school on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, but a Scottish teacher was determined we should share in one of her country’s favourite cultural events. So now, for the sixth year running, we have held a Burns Night competition, where each class competes to produce a poetry performer par excellence.

Students in every class from Year Two to Year Nine chose a poem to learn and perform for their classmates. The winners were chosen by a mixture of class vote and teacher judgement. Then we all got together in our auditorium to watch the class champions battle it out.Poetry is a great learning tool. All age groups respond to the power of words, and memorising verse is a good workout for the grey matter.As well as learning poems, many classes also wrote their own. The majority of our students don’t have English as their first language, but they were still able to produce some powerful work.Watching them on the stage, we were impressed at the pride they took in their performances, and the enjoyment they gained from sharing some superb poetry.

Learn It By Saying It

There are some lessons where we positively encourage students to chat.

Because if you’re learning a new language you really need to be able to speak it. And one of the most enjoyable ways of doing that is to have a conversation with someone else. At our school, most of the secondary students learn four languages: English, Spanish, German and Valenciano. Here, you can see some of our Year 8 students practising their Valenciano. Their Valenciano teacher has taught them vocabulary relating to characteristics of the body and the mind. Now the students are using what they have learned by asking and answering personal questions (within reason!)You can see from the interest and concentration in their faces that it is an engaging way to exercise their Valenciano. And as we are in the Valencia region where the language is widely spoken, they can use their new skills to talk to the people they meet when they’re out and about.

Ho, ho, ho!

 

You’re never too old to enjoy a visit from Father Christmas!Our primary children received their Secret Santa presents from Father Christmas, and several of our secondary students — including these Year 7s — helped him give them out. Ho, ho, ho!

Europe’s Natural Beauty

 

In Europe, we are blessed with many areas of outstanding natural beauty and it’s right for us to work towards their preservation.In Year 7, we’ve been learning about the climate and landscapes of Europe.In learning about them, we can also appreciate their great value and ensure we do what we can to save them for future generations.

 

 

 

Make Like An Egyptian

 

One way to get a great feel for Ancient Egypt is to make your own ‘papyrus’.In Year 8, we like to think we’ve become quite expert at doing this.We’re also getting to know some of Ancient Egypt’s most important gods and goddesses.Maybe we’ll take a look at Egyptian hieroglyphics next. After all, languages are a speciality at Elian’s!

Track and Field Success

 

Our secondary athletes did us proud in the Elche interschool athletics competition this year.They came away with an impressive haul of 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings, which meant the Elian’s team gained 4th place overall (out of seven schools). What a fantastic effort!

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