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T H E S E C O N D A RY N E W S L E T T E R Secondary News from the Pupils and Teachers of The British School of Alicante


The Musical


asked my daughter recently what she wanted to be when she grew up. She replied with a beaming smile that she wanted to be a lion. A simple answer which gave me great delight. Really, this shouldn´t surprise me given her strong personality, her social skills and deep rooted sense of pride – all traditional characteristics of a lion. The last month of our Spring Term certainly went out like a lion! During the last week of the longest term in recent history, the school finished with the sound of roars – from the roar of approval from our capacity audiences for ´Oliver!´ to the roar of our students during Sports Day. All agreed, the end of term activities which took place this year were fantastic occasions. The

story of the last month and the range of opportunities both offered and taken, is told through the various media within this month’s newsletter. We were fortunate to experience our community coming together in distinctive and successful ways and we should take immense pride in our individual and collective success. Maybe there is a lion within us all….

Stephen Green Head of Secondary


The Musical


liver, for two nights only! The second full musical of Kings College Alicante was an unmitigated success: the characters came to life; one and all sang their hearts out and the professionalism of the cast was much commented on. Everyone involved from the cast to the stage hands, the band to the sound desk operators and all those teachers who gave up their time to help coax the cast through rehearsals worked extremely hard. Though the process was long, such dedication was obvious in the final performances. With their second full performance under their belts, who knows what heights these young performers can reach?





Heroic Deeds or The Year 9 Poetry Face Off


s part of their Heroic Deeds poetry work last term, 9W were given the task of performing either a poem they had written themselves or poems that they had studied. Their teacher, Ms Davies decided that their interpretation and exciting dramatic presentations of the poems deserved a wider audience and they performed for the 9C class. At this stage, Mr. Slater, 9C’s teacher decided that 9W had set down the gauntlet and it was time for a Poetry Face off! A poetry face off is a poetry performance competition and this one would be between 9C and 9W to see who could perform the poems in the most imaginative or exciting way! And so followed a week of nervous anticipation and rehearsal as 9W and 9C worked hard to write, rehearse and perform their final poems. The day of the performance dawned and both Mr. Slater and Ms Davies were overwhelmed by the high quality and range of the performances, there were lively raps, songs, poems written by students, poems written by established authors, fun poems, serious poems. Most of all, the students and their teachers enjoyed performing and watching each other perform. At the end of the face off, it was decided that neither class could possibly win as each had demonstrated a creative and committed response to the task. Therefore, their prize was to perform, once again, for Mr. Laidlaw and Miss Parry (they would also get some chocolate and sweets as a reward for their heroic poetry performances!) The final Poetry Face Off was a wonderful performance by all Year 9 students and both Miss Parry and Mr.

Laidlaw were entertained and impressed, Miss Parry had not been expecting such an exciting performance as she had thought that the poetry may be a bit serious and boring! Mr. Laidlaw expressed his pride in the work they had completed and in their creative approach. He was particularly impressed by the singing, the rhythmic drumming and beat box style used by some of the groups. All in all, a very rewarding poetry venture, proving to the Year 9 students that poetry can be interesting and entertaining. They also enjoyed their sweets and chocolate! * Year 9 students were studying a range of poems about competition, sport and heroic ventures. The poems were based on the Winning Words project, which has been considering a range of poems for display in the Olympic village in London in preparation for the 2012 Olympics. The majority of the nominated poems are inspirational, to do with competition, winning and a range of sporting endeavours. Other poems are to do with home, pride and representing your country. More information about the project can be found here. One of the poems studied by the Year 9 students was Ulysses by Tennyson. A line from this poem was chosen by Winning Words and will be engraved as a permanent installation in the centre of the Olympic Village. ‘To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.’

Fighter by Michael Saliba I’m bad like Michael Jackson Loud like a claxon You see me on the stage And you won’t walk away Ferocious like a liger Famous like a tiger Light as a lighter Strong like a fighter I could punch a rock Leave it looking like muck I could mystify a witch Make a real-life glitch You don’t mess with me I’m like Mohammed Ali Blood is just red sweet That weeps from the meat But did you know That I’m lower than low Stephen Hawkins doesn’t know What I know, about my fighting As I’m on stage, hit by lighting I think I’m faster than lightning As I do my fighting I deserve to fight who I want

Where I want, when I want But I know my rules Napoleon once said with a drool You must not fight too often one enemy or You will teach the art of war to him But forget that, I’ll begin my sin Place my enemy in a bin Or in a tin Which I’ll throw into a bin This will help me begin My sin, my life, my death Dyin’ when I’m old with rotten breath But let’s get back to business I write this poem, but what is this I thought I was great like kali Vast like the sea Important like the key Set in stone like a week Is seven long days This is the last phase Of the poem or the rap So I’ll leave with this yap I can see like a map This will end ASAP

by Lydia Kay If you oppose ideas brought to you by cloning just remember what happens to your brain when you are phoning, microwaves are sent beyond your skulls' bones and heatwaves that should be cooking scones, are frying your brain even though we go through no pain. If all the world comes falling down just hope that global warming wont let you drown.

by Hana Cho Park The purpose of this song is to keep this going on Looking for the words all of them we hoard, And whilst we travelled we found the answers, we ended up with this lullaby... My shadow and I, We play this game, everything we do... Is always the same. He thinks like me, he's always by my side. Can't you see? He's just like me. But when darkness comes,

he leaves my side. He says it's time for him to hide. When darkness come he leaves my side He says it's time for him to hide. My shadow... (and I.) My shadow ...(and I.) We play this game (yeai yeai) Everything we do is always the same. My shadow... (and I) My shadow... (and I) We play this game (yeai yeai) Everything we do is always the same... Everything we do is always the same... Everything we do is always the same...

Eco-Schools Update


ollowing an energy saving campaign in Secondary and a litter campaign in primary, the school council has been awarded with the Eco-schools Bronze award for working towards sustainability. Eco-Schools is an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life. Schools work towards gaining one of three awards – Bronze, Silver and the prestigious Green Flag award, which symbolises excellence in the field of environmental activity. The programme has been adopted by every local education authority in Britain and over 5000 schools, like us, are working towards their Silver award. The school council has already achieved a number of steps towards the Silver award and hopes to receive the award by the end of the school year. To achieve the award they have to begin a large scale environmental project and we have been working with Mrs Davidson and the school keepers to introduce recycling to the school. We are hoping that this will help us achieve our Silver flag.

Sustainability is the key to future development and will feature heavily in our pupils’ courses and careers in business, engineering, education and politics. It is our duty to develop in them an understanding of how to live a sustainable life and how to run an organisation within sustainable limits. The young people of the School Council have shown leadership and enthusiasm in achieving this award for our school.

News from the Library


s a way of encouraging children to read, the school held its third book fair of the year, on Friday 1st April. It was a very successful day. Our students, teachers and parents enjoyed flicking through books and buying many. Thanks to all those who bought a book because with every purchase we earned FREE books for our school. This time we got 863 euros! A drawing and writing competition also took place on the day of the book fair. Many children from Reception to Y8 participated. The winners were: Inés (Reception F), Soraya (Y1S), Laura (Y2B), Paula (Y3B), Marina (Y4H), Patricia (Y5R), Ademi (Y6L) and Omar (Y7B) . They all got a free book of their choice from the book fair.

Congratulations to all of them and thanks to all the students who participated.

Visit to Centro de Estudios Ciudad de la Luz


n Tuesday 3rd May, the Year 12 students went on a visit to the "Centro de Estudios de Cuidad de la Luz" where they learnt about the different possibilities of studies there. It was a very interesting visit and they got the opportunity to discover the world of audiovisual and to see what goes on behind the camera.

Ten Top Tips for Exam Success: CREATE A REVISION SPACE

A dedicated quiet space with good natural light or lighting with no distractions is best for studying. If you have other children who are not studying for exams, make sure that they know the importance of revision time.


Those Dreaded Exams! Mr. Simon Wicks


ear Parents of Exam Students, Each year worried parents ask us the same question: “What can I do to help make sure my child does their very best in their examinations?”. Unfortunately exams coincide with the general stress associated with being a teenager. Relationships between children and parents, which may already be strained, can become even more diffi cult during the exam season. The most important thing for you and your child to remember is that there are plenty of people at the school who want to help. If your son or daughter is worried or anxious about the exams you must encourage them to talk about it. They can talk to you, their teachers and the school examinations team. We are all here to help. It is also important to remember that it is extremely diffi cult to get an A-grade in every subject. Try to keep your expectations low and focus on how to exceed those expectations. Finally, although examinations are an important and necessary part of the education of your child, they are just a snap-shot of your child's academic performance. Remember, many of the most successful and happy people have failed exams and it is always possible to take the exam again.

Ensure that your son or daughter has one evening a week away from their studies. It is also important that they take regular breaks during the study periods. Help them to relax if they need it, play nice music, get them to lie down or encourage them to go out and kick a ball around for an hour or so. All work and no play will not get the best out of them.


Agree a revision schedule with your child and stick to it. Offer to record their favourite TV shows for watching later. Treats are essential, it helps give a purpose for getting through that tedious revision!


Feed your child healthy food and proper meals. Avoid sugary snacks and junk food. Do not let them ‘burn the midnight oil’ using coffee or stimulant drinks to help them get through an all night revision session.


Each of our pupils has been given an individual examination timetable, make sure they are using the most recent one. Ask Mrs. Laidlaw for a replacement. Stick it to the fridge door! Know the exact date, time and location for each exam and incorporate this into the revision plan. Make sure that your child has the correct equipment for the exam (calculator, ruler, pens). Remember what they are not allowed to take in to the exam (mobile phone, iPods, cameras).


Childline counsellor, Maggie Turner says: “Some kids don’t revise through sheer terror.Then if they fail they can blame it on the fact they didn’t revise. Build up their confi dence by reminding them of things they’ve done well in, in the past. Others fi nd revision a diffi cult concept to grasp. Encourage them to see their teacher to develop revision skills."


Anything that may have a negative impact on your child’s performance in exams should be reported to Mrs Laidlaw or Mr Wicks. If there is a medical condition like hayfever that is particularly bad one day we should know about it. Similarly, if there is something happening at home like bereavement or divorce that may be affecting your child’s performance it is important that you inform us.


The Internet can be a useful source of study but is often a smokescreen to give the appearance of study. The Internet can be used to enhance the revision programme; but it must not be the foundation of the programme. The computer should not be turned on unless it is being used to revise. Keep an eye on how much time your child spends on-line.

NAG, NAG, NAG, NAG, NAG, NAG...Nagging won’t help focus your child. There is enough pressure already and it is important that your relationship offers help and support when they need it. Maggie Turner says “ Keep your expectations out of it. Your kids have enough of their own. And stay calm, anger and fear are catching”


If you are stressed too, try talking to other parents who have already gone through exam stress. Remind yourself, and your child, that exams aren’t the be-all and end-all. Reassure your child they can only do their best and if they do not do as well as you had hoped, you will still love them.

“The Internet •• can be a useful source of study but is often a smokescreen to give the appearance of study.”

Dates for May ••

12th May – Paul Cookson visiting


Week 16th May - Insight Testing


20th May – Year 13 Graduation Dinner


21st May - Chess Tournament 3:15 pm, For more dates please see our Parent Calendar on the website.

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April Newsletter Secondary English  

April Newsletter Secondary English