Italy Trip – KS3

From 29th March to 6th April, 21 students from Key Stage three and 3 teachers took part in a fantastic trip to Venice, Italy. After waving goodbye to their parents, everyone boarded the flight, excited for their week long visit to such an extraordinary city. Whilst in Venice students took part in a tour of the city, visiting many of the historic and famous sites such as the Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s Cathedral and the Rialto Bridge. Students were also able to enjoy a Gondola ride through some of the quiet canals and take part in a treasure hunt competition, with the Yr 7 team coming out victorious and winning themselves an ice cream each.

The whole group also had the opportunity to visit an agri-tourism farm, where they watched an experienced Chef making pizza and then had the chance to make, and eat, their own. A definite highlight for all!

Another Venice highlight was making traditional Venetian masks. Students and teachers listened to a talk on the history of the masks and had a demonstration on different painting techniques before letting the creative juices flow and making their own. A great deal of fun was had experimenting with different styles and paints, and some really fantastic examples were produced with Juan in 8G winning the competition for the best mask.

As well as visiting Venice, students also went on a day trip to the beautiful city of Verona. Whilst there they were able to visit the famous Juliet’s House and stand on the legendary balcony. We also walked through the historic streets, taking in the traditional architecture, visiting a local market, seeing the Verona Arena and doing a spot of shopping in the process. There was, of course, time for an ice cream before heading back to Venice.

Probably the most popular excursion, though, was the day trip to Gardaland Theme Park. Students and teachers twisted and turned, screamed and shouted on thrill rides such as the Raptor and Oblivion, got soaked on the Jungle Rapids and Rameses water rides, and some students still had time for more shopping!

A great time was had by all and the trip was, without a doubt, a success. Many memories were made, along with new friendships and the opportunity to learn a little about Italy and its history.

International College Fair

On Friday 29th March our Sixth Form students attended the International College Fair, organised by Student Recruitment Tours and this year held at the Canterbury School campus in San Lorenzo. At the fair, Oakley College students were able to meet representatives from diverse international universities offering varying degree programs taught in English. It was a great opportunity for students to browse the degree course options and entry requirements for the universities they were most interested in applying to.

Literary event Lectucrea 2019

This year, to celebrate the Día de las letras Canarias (Canarian Literature Day) on 21st February and International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March, we were paid a visit by the author from Gran Canaria Daniel Bautista.  Daniel is the author of “La playa de las mujeres”, the book Y9 students have been working on as part of the Lectucrea Project. Students had the opportunity to ask the author questions and we also had a book-signing session.

Guernica – Secondary trip

On 22nd February, the IGCSE History and Art, and the AS Level Art, students visited the “Picasso, el viaje del Guernica” exhibition in Las Palmas. Students were given a talk which included the history of the bombing of Guernica and the Civil war; the different stages of the painting and Picasso’s creative process; and how the painting came to be homed in the Reina Sofia Museum. Students looked at some of the press coverage from the time and discussed the different coverage given to the event by both the right and left wing press. They watched a video which showed the evolution of the painting from the original outline to the finished piece. Once the talk and presentation had ended students had time to take a look around the exhibition and read about the paintings journey.

The exhibition was both informative and interesting and students enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about both the history of the event it depicts and the painting itself.

Cambridge English Language Award Ceremony – Secondary 2018

Recently we had a visit from  Gerard Hally  the Cambridge Language exam representative on the island, who delivered the Award Certificates of achievement to our secondary students in Y9, Y10, Y11 and Y12 and Y13, 98 students in all.

These internationally recognised award certificates, ranging from Key level through to Proficiency, validate the levels of spoken and written English of our students which are often necessary when they study at university. Well done everyone!

Visit to Unitour

Our Sixth Form students visited the Unitour Fair on 20th November, which was held at the San Borondón Hall in the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus. Students were given the opportunity to meet representatives from both public and private Spanish and English universities, offering different university grades. At each stand, students were able to check entry requirements and what is on offer academically at the universities they found the most interesting.

Secondary Community Service Assembly

Part of what completes an education is the awareness of the world we live in and the role we play affecting it. Our secondary community service focuses students on this by their involvement in student initiated community service projects.

Year 12 shared their experiences working in animal shelters, food banks, senior citizens retirement homes and environmental reforestation to address last year´s damage of forest fires on the island.

Annual Secondary Review 2017-18

Our Secondary students also had a 2017-18 course full of activities. They even traveled abroad!

Do not miss any detail by reading the Annual Secondary Review:

Secondary Annual Review 2018

Y11 Visit to the library in Tafira’s campus

On Friday June 22nd, Y11 students visited the General Library of the University of Las Palmas in Tafira. Miss Chani accompanied the students. Mariló (Chief librarian) was the guide of the visit. During the visit the students visited the different rooms of the library, and they were also were shown how to use the manual and digital loan service, as well as the use and instructions to access the different facilities and material.

Technovation Challenge

Congratulations to Alexia Garrido and Hiurma Suarez (both Y8) for their success in the US embassy sponsored Technovation Challenge. They reached the national finals in Madrid having created an APP to promote equality.