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#LaudeInFocus November 2020

Message from the Principal

Dear families,

Many thanks to the team of “Christmas Helpers” who decorated a selection of Christmas trees around school last weekend; it was lovely to see the children’s faces as they came into school yesterday.

Whilst most of the children have assessments over the next few weeks, we are still planning to celebrate Christmas with them in a variety of ways:

Santa's visit to the Christmas Grotto for EYFS and Key Stage 1 (Wednesday 16th of December)

We have been very lucky and despite all of the Covid controls, we have managed to arrange that Father Christmas will make a special visit to the youngest learners and they will receive a small gift.

Collection of Food for Collective Calling - Whole School (Monday 14th - Friday 18th December)

Please could you send your child to school with dried food, tinned food, pasta and rice on one of these days. Collection points will be placed at the 4 school gates during drop-off and pick-up times. Our partner charity, Collective Calling will distribute these donations to local families who are struggling at this time of year.

Decorate the Classroom Door (Friday 4th of December)

The class teachers will help the class to decorate the class door for Christmas. The children are starting to enjoy the festive season by working together in their groups to decorate their classroom doors.

Christmas Jumper Day (Friday 18th of December)

The students and staff can come to school in a Christmas jumper and jeans. Uniform is not required on this day and there is no collection for charity on this occasion. We just want the children to all enjoy the last day of term

Christmas Assembly - Families invited via Google Meets (Friday 18th of December)

The Academic Heads will prepare an assembly with the teachers and families will be sent a Google Meet code so that you can join in the celebrations (see the times below).

  • EYFS: 09:30 - 10:00
  • Primary: 10:30 - 11:00
  • Secondary & Sixth Form: 10:00 - 10:30
  • ESO and Bachillerato: 10:00 - 10:30

Christmas Class Parties (Friday 18th of December)

The children can bring in food treats so that they can celebrate the end of term with their friends. The teachers will tell the children what types of food is suitable. Please remember that we are a “Nut Free School” as we have some students who have nut allergies.

These events will help the children enjoy some of our traditional celebrations at this special time of year. I have been so pleased to see the school teams working to ensure that we do maintain as many of our Laude activities even with the Covid protocols. The Remembrance Day commemoration was an opportunity for the whole school to come together via Google Meets and learn about the significance of the day across the world.

We have had to be creative with developing events and activities, and we have benefited enormously from our ISP colleagues. This term students from across the school have benefitted from taking part in the Virtual Buddy Exchange Programme (VBEP). Those students who participated had the opportunity to connect with peers from sister schools around the world, Learning about their lives and cultures.

This week our students are also taking part in the ISP Maths Challenge, with students from Primary, Secondary, and the Spanish School all competing with other ISP schools around the world. We are eagerly awaiting the results!

I do hope that you will read the various articles included in our Newsletter, and enjoy learning more about these events and the many other activities that the students have been enjoying during November.

Kind regards,

Message from the Head of EYFS and Primary School

Anti-bullying week 2020: United Against Bullying

Every year we always dedicate one week to highlight the issues surrounding bullying, and the theme this year was about being united.

We use the anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk as our focus, and this year they introduced it using the following words:

“This year, more than ever, we’ve witnessed the positive power that society can have when we come together to tackle a common challenge.

Anti-Bullying Week is no different. Bullying has a long lasting effect on those who experience and witness it. But by channelling our collective power, through shared efforts and shared ambitions, we can reduce bullying together. From parents and carers, to teachers and politicians, to children and young people, we all have a part to play in coming together to make a difference.

We’re all a piece in the puzzle, and together, we’re united against bullying.”

We began the week with Odd socks day - this is to show that we are all unique and should be proud to be who we are. We ended the day with an online assembly, with children who had been interviewed throughout the day, sharing their thoughts and ideas. You can see the presentation and interviews here: Odd socks assembly.

We also joined in with the theme song for odd socks day, emphasising the idea that we need to be united, and created a video for you to enjoy.

Throughout the week, the children continued to work on small tasks and activities to highlight the issues surrounding bullying and how we might tackle it to make a change.

Our work for anti-bullying is not confined to just one week though, as we focus on our Laude value - Empathy - for all and at all times.

Nicky de Comarmond

Early Years

Personal social and emotional development in the EYFS

Personal Social and emotional development is one of the three prime areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and one that is of the utmost importance to Laude.

PSED is what supports children in Nursery and Reception to learn to get on with others and make friends, understand and talk about feelings, learn about 'right' and 'wrong', develop independence and ultimately feel good about themselves. Children's early PSED has a huge impact on their later well-being and learning achievement.

Our children in EYFS are positively encouraged to help each other during their daily activities especially at lunch and tidy up time.

Key Stage 1

We've been thinking about Empathy and what it means

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela‘

In KS1 we have been thinking about empathy and what it means. Mrs De Comarmond held a virtual assembly, where we considered the meaning of empathy and this month we had odd socks day and anti-bullying week to help us think about other people’s feelings and points of view. We linked empathy to our personal goal of respect for other people (kindness).

We feel empathy is very important to value every person as an individual with equal rights and responsibilities, particularly in our international school, where we have such diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. We encourage the children to see other points of view, celebrate differences, value different talents and support each other with their challenges and struggles.

"Empathy grows as we learn.” – Alice Miller

Empathy is not a fixed characteristic, it is able to be developed and children become more empathetic as they grow and experience more of life themselves. It is very important that we focus on developing empathy in children in KS1, because they are at a very sensitive stage in their development. It is not easy to teach empathy but one way to help children experience different situations that can help develop empathy is through stories.

“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” - Bob Talbert

In KS1, stories are very important and we read a wide range of books to the children and encourage them to read for themselves. In Year 2 we read a book called Grandad’s Secret Giant which enabled the children to explore the feelings of the giant, who was different to everybody else in the town, but just wanted to be accepted. In Year 1 we listened to a story called ‘We are different. We are the same’ and Jigsaw Jack is always helping us to be respectful and empathetic. All KS1 love Mojo’s empathy stories on Dojo.

By reading, children begin to identify with characters in stories and are able to explore their own feelings in a non-threatening way. Reading to your child in any language is the most important thing you can do to help them develop. Alongside increasing their language and understanding of the world, it provides opportunities to gain experiences and understanding that cannot easily be provided in real life.

We are very happy that we are able to send reading books home again to increase the childrens’ exposure to books in English but remind parents that reading any stories to their child will reap huge benefits.

“Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins. And it’s up to you to make that happen. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.” – Barack Obama

At Laude we are committed to working with parents in educating our children to be respectful, understanding and empathetic individuals who will help to make the world a better place.

Lower Key Stage 2

November has gone so quickly – and the end of term is only a few weeks away. LKS2 have been working very hard travelling back in time to put themselves in the positions of Egyptians and Romans, and have enjoyed finding out about the impact of these civilisations on our lives today. Year 4 have been honing their design and technology skills this month; look forward to some spectacular Roman Chariots coming home soon. Year 3 have been taking meticulous care over their observational drawings throughout November, as well as testing out their hieroglyphic skills. All teachers have been impressed with the dedication that the children have shown towards their education this term, and we are all looking forward to sharing some of their high quality home learning projects before Christmas!

Upper Key Stage 2

Years 5 and 6 have been enjoying the value of having weekly art/ design technology lessons, which are linked to their humanities topics, as part of their timetables this year. It has given the children opportunities to explore key skills and develop creative ideas in more detail.

The Year 5 classes are working towards an ambitious DT project. Each pupil is designing and then making their own wind powered windmill. So far they have looked at structure and how to make something strong. They used toothpicks and plasticine to make small scale designs and learnt that the use of triangles is important. Now they have started to design their windmill by drawing their own design. They are carefully sawing wood to make rectangles. These will form the basis of our windmill structure. It is great fun and some amazing learning is going on.

Following their recent geography topic about mountains, Year 6 created thoughtful mountain landscapes with collograph printing. They developed their colour washing skills and use of textures when creating their sky backgrounds. The children focused on shapes and size when printing their final collagraph mountain then added some beautiful final details with silhouettes of birds, trees and buildings.

Upper Key Stage 2 have been very creative this term and long may it continue.

Message from the Head of Secondary & Sixth Form

Dear Families,

As we are now into Winter I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on some of our accomplishments in recent weeks, in addition to some important upcoming events.

Earlier this month we participated in anti-bullying week with a number of activities, this topic is especially important to us at Laude. We strive to create a safe environment where all students are able to complete their studies without fear of bullying. The content was well received by the students and promoted numerous important conversations around the school. This is a theme that we will continue to enforce throughout the year and educate our students on the importance of respect and kindness to one another.

We also marked Remembrance Day on Wednesday 11th November with a special assembly. Despite being unable to hold a full school assembly in the gym, everybody was able to watch via google meet (online streaming) and reflect upon this most important subject.

As we approach the end of term, we have a few key events to prepare for. Years 7-10 will commence their internal assessment week on Monday 30th November. A schedule of exams has been shared with families in the Friday bulletin and copies of the timetable provided to students.

Years 11, 12 and 13 will start their mock examinations on Wednesday 9th December. We trust that you will support the students in preparing for these important examinations, especially in light of the fact that these grades were used towards calculating student grades for their IGCSEs, AS and A Levels last summer.

We look forward to ending the term with positivity and appreciation of the hard work we have witnessed so far this year.

Catherine Davies

ICT Year 9

Year 9 has been working on Computer Aided design and in particularly google sketchup. The students were posed with the question What would they change in their bedroom/house that would help with learning from home In the future?

There was some interesting discussion about what we can learn from distance learning and some interesting design ideas. The students then put their ideas into practice using some new skills they learnt in CAD.

The project is still in progress but here is a selection from 9 Dahl.

Laude Art Space

Laude students have been very busy creating beautiful art work.

Armistice Day

Our annual Armistice Day ceremony has always been very important at Laude San Pedro International College.

On 11th November, Matt Jones from the Royal British Legion in the Costa del Sol, joined us to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives and suffered as a consequence of war.

We observed a 2-minute silence at 11am and students from Bachillerato and Year 13 laid a wreath in front of the Royal British Legion flag bearer.

Also, students from year 11 read poems including In Flanders Fields by John McRae, and explained how war is also remembered in Russia using the Ribbon of Saint George.

Matt Jones also explained the work done by the Royal British Legion to support former servicemen and shared some of the experiences of these men who sacrificed so much at times of war.

Year 7 Cambridge English

To tie in with Remembrance Day we have been looking at remembering heroes from around the world. We have looked at different people who have inspired and been remembered for different reasons and have been recognised around the world. They have been soldiers, politicians, film stars, sports stars and musicians. We then looked at some of the things we do to make sure that we don´t forget our heroes. Eg, build statues or sculptures, monuments and different types of memorials, Remembrance days and places named after famous people, eg airports, Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

Different countries and people remember people in different ways. Year 7 were inspired and decided to choose and write about their own hero. A truly wide range of heroes were chosen and here they are showing the posters they made of their heroes.

Year 11 Cambridge English

Placebo Effect Experiment

We have been studying the Passive voice in different tenses. Also, using vocabulary and information about alternative and natural forms of medicine in English. We took a particular interest in the placebo effect. In order to practice the Passive voice we decided to do a placebo experiment on ourselves.

Firstly, we were asked to do a control test.

A student sat on a chair and was picked up by the other students to gauge how easy or difficult it felt.

Secondly, we were each given a cup of coffee to drink.

We were told that the coffee was either caffeinated or decaffeinated.

We were then asked how we felt after the coffee and what we thought we had been given to drink. Three of us thought we had drunk caffeine and two thought we had not.

“I think I had been given caffeine, because I felt I was more energised” Isam said.

“I think I had been given caffeine, because I felt I was able and wanted to run everywhere, ” Aydar said.

Joao thinks he's immune to caffeine because he drinks coffee and energy drinks.

Gala said she didn't feel any different, but Nori said he felt more awake maybe because he had been given caffeinated coffee to drink.

Next we repeated the experiment and the student sat on a chair and was picked up by the other students. This time it was much easier and much faster to lift the chair.

After our teacher explained that we had all been given decaffeinated coffee. So the placebo effect had worked on most of the students.

Year 10 - Lengua española

Los alumnos y alumnas de Year 10 han estado trabajando este tiempo atrás los textos argumentativos. Este tipo de textos, orales o escritos, son una herramienta fundamental para convencer o persuadir a los demás en distintos ámbitos: el cotidiano, el literario, el administrativo, el periodístico, el publicitario e incluso el cibernético. Nuestros estudiantes son conscientes de ello y están esforzándose por mejorar sus habilidades con mucha ilusión.

Me gustaría resaltar la calidad de algunos de los trabajos de Year 10 en este sentido: ¡enhorabuena!

Ucas Statements

Year 13 students have been busy writing their personal statements and completing their applications to access university in 2021.

Those who will study in the UK, have worked to produce a personal statement with the help of their mentors, tutors, and Head of Year.

A personal statement is an essay you write to show a college admissions committee who you are and why you deserve to be admitted to their school. Personal statements usually cover the following:

1. Why are you applying to university?

2. What makes you suitable for this course?

3. Which of your skills and experiences are most relevant for the course you are applying for?

Most of our students will attend university in the UK, Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands. Other popular destinations include the USA and Sweden.

Francisco Marcos - Head of Year 13

After School Sports Clubs

COVID has not stopped the dedicated and talented athletes at Laude San Pedro International College attending Mr Courtney´s after school basketball and Girls football clubs.

Every Wednesday from 16.30 - 17.30 secondary students can attend the basketball club which is open for all levels. The students have been working well to improve their individual skills, having fun and making new friends.

Every Friday from 16.30 - 17.30 the girls football club have access to our fantastic green 3g pitch and the girls have certainly taken advantage of the opportunity to play and develop their skills. There are currently 18 girls attending on a regular basis.

Well done to all those that attend.

Mr Courtney

Jerusalema Dance Challenge

The South African music track and dance steps created in Angola have caught the imagination of millions across the world. The uplifting soundtrack has become the sound of the pandemic for millions across southern Africa and the rest of the world.

Students were shown videos of African children dancing to the track then taught the steps. With such a diverse range of students represented at our school we created a truly international version of the dance. The students really enjoyed the experience and getting to perform for the camera on Halloween Day. With around 300 students taking part it was a real show of unity from the Laude San Pedro school community.

Mensaje de la Directora de ESO y Bachillerato

Se acerca la recta final de un trimestre cargado de emociones y vivencias aquí en Laude San Pedro en nuestro departamento de ESO y Bachillerato. No ha sido un trimestre normal, pero podemos afirmar que todos los esfuerzos han valido la pena. Hemos recorrido un largo viaje desde septiembre y llega la tan temida semana de exámenes. Sabemos que nuestros alumnos han trabajado muy duro en clase y están preparados para afrontar esta etapa. Están nerviosos, como es normal en estas circunstancias. Seguramente lo habrán notado en casa, pero estamos seguros de que este trabajo duro tendrá sus frutos. Finalmente, os deseo a todos un merecido descanso para volver con mucho ánimo en enero. Muchas gracias por vuestro constante apoyo diario, sin el cual esto no sería posible.

Mucha suerte a nuestros alumnos y a las familias, les deseamos una feliz Navidad y un próspero año nuevo, que estoy segura traerá nuevos retos.

Carmen Beato

El valor en el desarrollo de la asignatura de Valores

Es más que palpable que nuestros niños y adolescentes están pasando un periodo algo difícil en sus vidas. Son tiempos inciertos, con continuos cambios a los que cuesta adaptarse. El colegio tiene un papel central en la educación de las futuras generaciones, no sólo en temas académicos sino también en su crecimiento emocional. Es en estos momentos que esta asignatura toma especial importancia. Según se establece en el currículum palabra por palabra:

“Esta asignatura tiene como objetivo fundamental favorecer el desarrollo de la persona en lo relativo a sus capacidades intelectuales y emocionales, con el fin de que viva su proyecto personal, fundamentado en valores éticos libremente elegidos, fomentando la consolidación de su autoestima, su dignidad personal, y la participación democrática como ciudadano del Estado Español, de la Unión Europea y de la comunidad internacional, contribuyendo a la construcción de un mundo basado en la justicia, la igualdad, la libertad, la seguridad y la paz.”

El diálogo es la base del respeto y el medio de expresión en clase. En la asignatura de Valores Éticos se tratan temas muy variados. En la asignatura de Plástica de 1º y 2º de la ESO los alumnos han plasmado algunos de esos temas que les preocupa e interesa. Muchas gracias al Sr. Raigón por su contribución con los posters.

4º ESO - Biología

Los alumnos de ESO 4, en la asignatura de Biología y Geología, han realizado una práctica de laboratorio donde han extraído ADN de células bucales. Colaborando entre todos, hemos logrado observar las finísimas hebras de ADN rompiendo primero la membrana nuclear gracias a una mezcla de Jabón líquido y zumo de piña (que aportan moléculas para que el material genético quede expuesto, y así facilitar su visualización a simple vista). ¡Se lo han pasado genial, y ya están a la espera de poder repetir en otra ocasión!

1º ESO - Lengua

Durante este curso, los alumnos de primero de ESO están usando una nueva manera de trabajar los libros una vez realizada su lectura. En lugar de hacer una ficha de lectura tradicional, están creando vídeo-reseñas. Este proyecto les ayuda a desarrollar multitud de habilidades transversales, como la planificación, la creación, el diseño y la autocorrección; y lingüísticas, como la expresión oral y escrita.

Quisiera darles la enhorabuena por sus estupendos trabajos. ¡Muchas gracias!

Certificates were awarded to the students from a very proud PE Department.