Table Tennis Match Report

Another week and another excellent meeting of the table tennis club.

This week we continued our focus in using the shoulders to strike the ball and all students were walking around with their left hand on their right shoulder to detect movement. This technique had instant effects with students striking the ball much better and they themselves admitted that it was working.

Well done everyone, a lot of progress today!

Junior 2 trip to the Zoo

On November 15th, the children in J2 spent a fantastic day at Barcelona zoo, as part of our science topic on animals and English work about letter writing.
In the morning, they visited the zoo’s Department of Education, where they were shown a collection of animal skeletons and skins to identify, touch and discuss. They were then taken on a very educational guided tour, (in English), and enjoyed seeing the kangaroos, wilder beast, zebra, hippos, monkeys, Comodo Dragons, seahorses, sea lions, dolphins, penguins and many more!

After stopping for a picnic lunch, the children were excited to be joined by a special visitor called Michael, (interpreted by Makar Vinogradov from Form 2). Michael is a fictional character, from the book “Dear Teacher” by Amy Husband, with whom the children have been communicating, by e-mails and letters, over the past few weeks. He was due to start school in September, but was unexpectedly called away, by the secret police, on a mission to rescue a lost explorer on Everest. His adventures continued as he searched for a treasure map in Egypt and the treasure chest in the Amazon.

Michael was happy to answer the children’s questions about his experiences, including his encounters with some evil pirates, and he kindly brought along the chocolate treasure to share! He played with the children in the playground, on the roundabout, zip wire and slides, before accompanying us to see the baby orangutans and the big cats. We even saw some tapirs and capibaras that Michael had met on his travels in the Amazon!

Junior Assembly Awards

This week’s awards of merit are as follows:

Reception: Niamh, for trying hard to learn her words and alphabet sounds.

J1: Artem, for concentrating and following instructions this week.

J2: Vivian, for always behaving perfectly and trying her best.

J3: Leone, for answering well in English lessons and excellent effort in multiplication tables.

J4: Will, for helping to edit the script for the play about diabetes awareness.

J5: Rodrigo, for becoming a much more enthusiastic participant in class discussions.

J6: Dante, for improvement in presentation of work and effort in Spanish work.

Mrs Douglas Award: Pashmina and Sania, for being careful and helpful with the nursery children at playtimes.

Ambassador of kindness award: Erik, for Helping Artilla to settle into school life.

Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

Last Saturday the Ultimate Frisbee League took place at Pavelló de la Mar Bella at 09:30.

The students who represented Kensington School in the tournament were: Marta (F4), Marco (F3), Ananya (F2), Leo (F2), Lydia (F2), Elsa (F1), Rebbecca (F1), Pep (J5) and Atharva (J5).

Our first match was at 10:00 against the school INS Vallès from Sabadell. We won 6-5 against them.

At 12:00 we played against the ‘Flying Squirrels’, they had impressive skills. Unfortunately we lost 8-3 against them.

This one victory and one defeat made us second in group A. At 13:00 we then played against the school Balandrau, the second out of group B. Unfortunately this team didn’t have enough players, so we kindly lent them two of our players; myself and Rebecca as they had no girls.

The all Kensington team eventually won 6-5 at the very last moment. In the overall ranking Kensington School became 3rd out of 6 teams and we only lost from the tournament winners; the flying squirrels.

We played in the Under 15 category with two J5 boys and two F1 girls, so I was very impressed with our results as we played very well against all the older players. I personally had a lot of fun playing against other schools and I hope more Kensington pupils will participate in the upcoming grass tournament in the second term.

Elsa F1

CIS Barcelona College & University Fair

Last month our sixth formers enjoyed their visit to the British Universities Fair and returned to Kensington with a much enlightened understanding of what is on offer at tertiary level in the UK.

However, we are an international school with almost half of our leavers joining universities far away from the British Isles so our visit on November 8th to the annual Council of International Schools Fair was extremely worthwhile. Representatives of colleges from all around the world spoke to our pupils with a particular focus on entry requirements and day-to-day campus life.

Choosing a university is a difficult and very time consuming process but attendance at these fairs has made the decision a little easier to make. We would like to thank the Benjamin Franklin School for kindly hosting the event and Ms.Ruiz for accompanying the party on the day a general strike made transport somewhat problematic!

It is very fashionable for events such as this to request feedback so in future it would be nice to see the exhibitors attend for longer than two hours; the queues were unreasonably long and the event was very crowded. Having made this point we must stress that, on balance, it was a splendid occasion.

We fully appreciate our good fortune living in Barcelona having such occasions so close to our school; some students had spent over two hours travelling to the event.

Halloween Fund Raiser

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Halloween fundraising event on Friday 27th October.

We received an overwhelming amount of baked goods and it was incredible to see so many creative efforts following the spooky theme!

Form 1 are the winners of the senior school costume competition with 100% of the students dressing up as evil clowns. They will receive their pizza party prize before the end of term. Congratulations to all of the Form 1 students for making such an effort.

Altogether, the bake sales and the non-uniform day raised a staggering total of 1400€ which will be donated to the Helping Hands charity, funding volunteer programmes around Mexico and Puerto Rico following the recent natural disasters.

Thanks to all of you who contributed.

School Masters Vs Parents Football Match

Wednesday 26th October saw the much-anticipated return of the Kensington Schoolmasters vs. Parents FC football match.

Conditions favoured open, attacking football and the encounter did not disappoint. Parents FC came out of the blocks like a bat out of Hell building some devastating attacks from the back with their 2 new signings.

The Schoolmasters were certainly caught off guard – perhaps distracted by their having completed their school exams and reports that same week. The Parents took an early lead, which at one point looked unassailable due to their attractive brand of possession football but the Schoolmasters were not going to be defeated so easily.

The second half saw excellent pressure applied to the Parents FC with Mr. Voller making incisive runs into the opposition box and Mr. Kelly holding court in the centre of the park. At the final whistle the scoreboard read 5-3 to the Schoolmasters but that score line certainly didn’t reflect how close the game actually was.

As usual, Mr. Kail, Marc-Aurelio and Helena’s father kindly put on a delicious post-match spread which was greatly enjoyed by both staff and parents alike.

We look forward to the next encounter!

P.S. A hotline remains open for Schoolmasters centre-back Mr. Simpson, who does not seem to have turned up since kick-off.

By Steve Mellon

Lego Club

This week at Lego Club our challenge was to make a dinosaur!

The children worked very hard to create lots of different types of dinosaurs. They made T rex, Pterodactyl and Diplodocus.

Some even made a family of dinosaurs! Can you spot them?

Junior Assembly Awards

This week’s awards of merit are as follows:

Reception: Nanako, for joining in the counting songs with enthusiasm

J1: Jacob, for showing interest and enjoying the trip to the Dragon gate and Guelle Pavillion.

J2: Sofia, for working very hard and making good progress.

J3: Dima, for working enthusiastically in all lessons.

J4: Erik, for always being will to do extra maths work.

J5: Yaphel, for excellent response to marking.

J6: Julia, for using inference to create a superb character description.

Mrs Douglas Award: William, for showing a very good understanding of different texts.

6th Form chemistry day trip

On Thursday the 24th of October, the Chemistry department took Upper 6th students on a half-a-day trip to the Escola Superior d’Enginyeries Industrial, Aeroespacial i Audiovisual de Terrassa Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
(eseiaatUPCtech) installations.

The purpose of this field trip was to contextualize some of the concepts covered during the first half of this winter term.

Upon arrival, they were greeted and guided to a conference room where they were given a short motivational talk about the great prospects that engineers are presented with and how eseiaatUPCtech could help them become one.

Shortly after that, they were acquainted with some of the chemistry technical laboratory facilities, where they attended a workshop on the history and chemistry of colours and dyes. In particular they observed how changes of pH can affect the colour of some substances, including fluorescein-containing substances.

Our chemistry students found the experience fun, enriching and thought provoking.

Junior 1 visit to Parc Guell

On Monday the children in Junior 1 visited Park Guell as part of their studies into Gaudi’s works in Barcelona.

The children had lots of fun looking for the Gaudi lizard, the washerwoman and the wiggly bench!

They saw Gaudi’s fairytale houses and beautiful mosaics. We all enjoyed a walk through the Austria garden and used our senses to smell Rosemary, Sage and Lavender.

Everyone had a great time!!!!

Lego Club

This week in Lego Club our challenge was to build a boat.

First we had a discussion about what type of boats there are and what they all need to be safe.

We then worked in groups, pairs and individually to make speed boats, cruise ships and ferries. Some children even made small rescue boats to attach to the side of their boats.

Great work this week – Well done!

Upper 6th winners of costume competition

Upper 6th enjoyed tucking into a pizza feast this afternoon as a prize for winning last year’s costume competition.

Back in February, the charity committee organized a Carnival costume competition throughout the senior school in order to raise funds to support the Syrian refugee crisis and those affected by the flooding in Peru. The winners were the form who collaborated and made the greatest effort with their carnival costumes. Well done Upper 6th, we hope you enjoyed your well-deserved treat!

The competition will run again next Friday (27th October) with a Halloween theme.

All students have the option to give a small donation and come dressed in a costume. The senior form who makes the greatest effort to dress up in the spookiest way, will receive a prize later this year. There will also be a Halloween bakesale on the same day.

All money raised will go to the charity ‘Helping Hands’, which funds volunteers around the world in helping after natural disasters have occurred. Much of their current work is focused on Mexico, after the recent earthquakes, and Puerto Rico, which was seriously damaged by severe hurricanes.

Table Tennis Match Report

Another good week of table tennis club with competitive fixtures now becoming a… fixture.

Special mention to Dani who ran away with 8 victories and Rebecca with 5 victories. Both Rebecca and Kisako have made excellent progress since the first club meeting but it should be said that all members played well today also.

Well done to all.

Junior 1 Gaudi Gate Trip

The children in J1 have been learning about our city Barcelona and especially about the life and beautiful buildings made by the architect Antoni Gaudi.

They visited the Guell Pavillions which was Gaudi’s first piece of work in Barcelona. They saw the spectacular Dragon gate and listened attentively to the story about Ladon the dragon, the garden of Hesperides, Hercules and the golden apples!

They even tried very hard to sketch the gate. When we went inside, David our guide, told us all about Count Guell and his summer house, the stables for his 14 horses and the training ring.

We walked around the garden and saw the horses water trough and an old crane for lifting the stones used to make La Pedrera (Casa Mila).

We even looked for fairies! We had a great trip!

Lego Club

This week in Lego Club our challenge was to build a castle!

Our Lego club worked very hard in groups, pairs or independently to create wonderful castles!

We focused on adding different things to our castles in order to make them all a little bit different, for example, giving them drawbridges, moats, trees, flowers, canons and flags.

We hope you like them!

CosmoCaixa Field Trip

On the 16 of October 2017, our Form 2 class went on a field trip to CosmoCaixa.

We were each given a worksheet to complete, the answers for the worksheet were written in the museum. Our task was to complete all the questions for science and geography worksheet before the field trip was over.

In CosmoCaixa we looked at different types of animals and what sounds they make, we also looked at how animals used to look like, we saw how big a rainforest can get, different types of fish and what their diet is, we saw different types of brains and that the size of the brain does not matter so much as how many folds there are, we looked at human evolution, optical illusions, how deaf people communicate, how the earth will look like in a 1000 years looking at how the earth’s plates move the different continents and we saw what makes a hot air balloon go up. We really enjoyed it, it was a good idea to give us a worksheet so we had plenty of things to keep us busy.

It was a good combination between fun and learning we had a good time there and learnt something new, we also had to work together to understand each question.

If we could we would like to do it again!

Naomi Schneider-Tovdal

Junior Assembly Awards

This weeks winners are:

Joo-Sung for helping his friend eat her lunch and showing great kindness.

Junior 1:
Jessica for taking such an interest in our work on Gaudi and knowing many interesting facts.

Junior 2:
Saja for trying hard to read, write and listen.

Junior 3:
Aashi for planning and developing an exciting story in English.

Junior 4:
Anri for always trying her best.

Junior 5:
Drishti for an excellent clay Egyptian pot.

Junior 6:
Sam for his excellent mental arithmetic and being able to explain strategies.

Mrs. Douglas Award:
Leone for working independently and showing interest in his work assignments.

Mr. Bayes Award:
Guillermo for helping explain to other children how to play rounders.

Table Tennis Match Report

This week saw another great meeting of the table tennis club.

Students really focused on their service techniques today and there was a marked improvement from all players. Games were competitive – as always, with a real mixture of older and younger students playing against each other.