Universities Fair at Sotogrande International School...
On Monday 25 November 2019, our students attended the International University Fair at Sotogrande International School.
Over 40 Universities from all over Europe, USA, Canada and Australia were represented.
Our students were able to personally talk to the University teams and share in all the relevant information about admission requirements, the educational system of each country and available scholarship options.
The group did an excellent job at representing our school and I was proud to witness the mature manner in which our students approached the University Reps.
Hallowe'en fun at Emerald...
Every October, after the start of the school year, Emerald students and teachers start organising the Hallowe'en Emerald Day, when everyone attends school in the spirit of the day.
This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
And at Emerald Sixth Form, we like to follow the tradition ... we all get engaged in games and competitions like Escape Room, Who Wants to be a Millionaire quiz, scariest makeup, and mandalas drawing and colouring.
Science trip to Málaga...
On 15 October, three staff and 11 students went to Málaga to the Centro Ciencia Principia for a fascinating and absorbing day of physics marvels.
We began with a wonderful talk, where the presenter demonstrated many of the principles of electromagnetism, with often hair-raising results. Then we moved via the Faraday cage to bending of light and so into the quantum world, with a look at lasers and the energy content of light of different colours.
Afterwards the cheering and clapping had died away, we went into the exhibition hall, for some hands-on fun with a plethora of different experiments and demonstrations.
My personal favourite was the pair of parabolic reflectors placed at opposite sides of the room. When a student whispered into one of them, another could hear clearly at the second dish, regardless of the noise everyone else was making.
This was an excellent day out and I am sure we shall be going there again.
At Emerald Sixth Form we pride ourselves of being a small and familiar educational community.
Every year when the summer is arriving, we gather together, students, teachers and families to celebrate everyone's efforts and achievements. We share a nice meal together, as it is a special day to enjoy, relax, laugh and wear mortarboards, the graduation caps!
A day to remember, as it highlights the start of a new challenge for the students who have finished their IGCSE or A Level courses.
Spanish Trip to Granada...
In November 2018, a small group of A Level Spanish students visited the city of Granada in Andalucia, as part of their research journey about the Spanish writer Federico García Lorca.
The main objective of the trip was to find the roots and motivation for the extreme symbolism in his passionate writing ... We call the trip "Tras las huellas de Federico" (Behind Federico´s footsteps). We visited The Alhambra, the Moorish palace from the XIth Century, where the students enjoyed a long walk and discussions about the way Catholic sovereigns built within the Arabic construction a Christian palace, to make clear to the defeated Arab community their power.
The next day we visited the village house that belonged to García Lorca´s family, from where Ferderico was taken, arrested by Franco's regime to be killed. Students learnt how Andalucian people used to live and how Federico was wrapped within a symbolic and passionate ambience. The place maintains that environment of a middle XXth Century country house in the centre of Andalucia, where social costumes and cultural traditions were very strict and rigorous.