A very successful and enjoyable school year ended with a delightful Prizegiving Ceremony in the splendid local theatre in Sarria.

A grand total of fifty two students were welcomed on stage to receive prestigious awards relating to the whole spectrum of activities pursued at Kensington during the past year.

The presentations were interspersed with many students confidently and competently delivering prose and poetry readings. These were much enjoyed by the audience who appreciated the clarity and enthusiasm of the readers who had all spent a considerable time practising with their English teachers.

Many hours of rehearsing during the after school music club also enabled our school choir to successfully perform some of their favourite songs on stage with the backing of Miss Hunter on a wonderful grand piano.

To sing or read in front of such a large audience requires courage, determination and commitment so all those volunteers who took part are warmly commended for their outstanding contribution to the ceremony. It is also worth noting that for most of our singers and readers English is not their mother tongue; this makes their achievement all the more praiseworthy.

The colourful finale involved all the house captains and their assistants coming forward waving their house flags with real gusto to listen to Mr Vanderheyden announce the winners of this year´s Champion House trophy; many congratulations to Middlesex who just pipped Lancaster and Victoria to the post after a year-long series of wide ranging competitive activities.

As everyone filed out of the theatre the genuine sense of pride in the achievements of the children was obvious on the faces of teachers and families.

Everyone now richly deserves a happy and fun-filled summer holiday. We look forward to welcoming all our students back to Kensington on Wednesday 7th September.

Until then…..relax, enjoy and recharge your batteries!

(To read the details of the programme please click on the front page and then view the pages in sequence.)


The Kids Lit Quiz is a quiz for people who enjoy reading. Kensington School participated in the second “unofficial” Kids Lit Quiz for BISA group of schools. It is “unofficial” because there is one “official” competition in which you can become champion of the world!

The schools that participated were: BSB, ASB, ES international school, BF IS and, of course, us, Kensington School. On the day of the event, we left school at 9:15 and took the bus to the bottom of a hill and walked the rest of way up to Benjamin Franklin. When we arrived we had a small tour of the school and then, the quiz started.

During the quiz there was a projector with the questions on it. The quiz master read them out loud and then you had 15 seconds to debate in your team and write the answer on a white board. After the time was up, the quiz master told you if it was correct or not, and then the judges wrote it down on a piece of paper.

Some of the questions were very hard, making you think about books you would have read 2 years ago! Others were a bit easier. No team seemed to be clearly in the lead so it was a very evenly matched competition. The quiz was two hours long, and then we had lunch. We were told to mix so I sat with a charming boy from St. Paul’s School.

Lunch was roast chicken with bread and vegetables; it was delicious. After that there was a small prize-giving ceremony during which we found out that BSB was the winner with ASB second and BSB team 2 third. I very much regret that we didn’t get anything, except for a bag with a notebook, USB and mouse pad, which was a token for participating!

In conclusion, it was a fun day even if we didn´t win , and I really hope I can go next year, and I also encourage people to sign up and go to the next one; trust me, it´s worth it.



Recently 40 pupils from Forms 1, 2 and J6 took part in the Junior Maths Challenge.  The challenge is organized by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust ( and is sat by around 250,000 pupils.

Gold Certificates are awarded to the top 7% of students, Silver Certificates to the top 20% and Bronze Certificates to the top  40%.

Well done to all the pupils who took part but a special  congratulations to the following pupils who received certificates.

Gold–  Georg Frakin (Form 2)

Silver– Makar Vinogradov (Junior 6)

            Oskar Khan (Form 1)

            Alexandra Ivanova (Form 2)

            Daria Trifonova (Form 2)

            Shishir Islam Akter (Form 2)


Bronze– Taisiya Yakunina (Form 1)

               Humble Bin Rafi (Form 2)

               Dias Bazhanov (Form 2)

               Aisha Waqar Perez (Form 2)

               Robin Detani (Form 2)


Many thanks to Ananya in J6 for providing this interesting report for our website and to mrs Khan for the splendid ‘ Jumping for Joy’ photograph.

Last weekend 3 schools came to the Mar Bella beach in Barcelona to play in the Ultimate Frisbee school league:

·         Más Boadisc

·         Vallés Up

·         Kensington school

This was a Frisbee competition, sponsored by Aneto and organized by Mr.Vanderhayden. A point is scored when one team catches the disc in the opposing team’s end zone. The players must not move while holding the disc.

Our school was divided into two teams, KS A, represented by students from J6 and F1and KS B, represented by students from F2.

Each match lasted 30 min with each school competing against each other. In the end, KS A played against KS B and Vallés Up played against Mas Boadisc. At the end of the tournament, KS A won the competition and was awarded a trophy and medals; KS B came in 2nd place and was also awarded a trophy; Valles Up came 3rd and Más Boadisc came 4th. The Kensington School got support from the parents who came to watch the tournament.

I liked the way how each school worked as a team, they were kind yet competitive and played the games with true spirit. Playing Ultimate Frisbee on sand was fun but exhausting.


Over the last couple of Thursdays Kensington School has been the proud host of two sets of inter-school debates, organized by Mrs Perigo. They appear to be quite historic occasions too, as no-one can remember any other English debates of this kind taking place between schools in Barcelona before.

The first set of debates were between Kensington and St Paul’s. Mr Evans very capably chaired the two Junior School debates on the topics of ‘Sport is just as important as academic subjects in school’ and ‘Computers can never replace teachers’. Kensington was represented by Mario and David on our first team, and Emanuel and Mehmet on our other. The result was one win to St Paul’s and a draw.

In the Middle School debate that ‘The Internet does more harm than good’ the Kensington team of Sofya, Nafisa and Bea was declared the winner in a very close debate. And the Kensington Senior team of Cristina, Laura and Pedro convincingly beat St Paul’s on the topic that ‘Abortion should be freely available’.

The following Thursday The British School of Barcelona brought their Middle school team to debate the motion that ‘The world is getting worse, not better’. On this occasion our team of Andri, Oscar and Francisco was narrowly beaten by the BSB. Thanks to Ms Carrier-Sippy for being our excellent Chair on both occasions, and to Forms Two and Three for providing the audience.

Our guests enjoyed the occasions so much that they have both invited Kensington teams back for debates next term, and there are preparations underway for debates with two other schools too in the next academic year.

Congratulations to all those who represented Kensington in these debates and showed such great potential and commitment.  We look forward to even greater participation next year, and remind all students about the newly formed Debating Club where they can learn and practice valuable communication skills. Join up next September!