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BSB Year 9 wins Debate Competition

10 June 2016

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On Thursday, 26th May, our Year 9 students took part in a debate competition against Kensington School with the motion ´The world is getting better, not worse´. This was a practice activity of the Enrichment Debating Society led by Ms Lough, Secondary English teacher. The event consisted of a debate between two groups of 3 […]


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Thrilling morning for Year 4 at Police Station

1 June 2016

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Our Year 4 children went on an exciting tour of the local Police Station last week! This is part of our commitment to deliver road safety education in school. At BSB we firmly believe that there is a need to teach clear road safety messages effectively and consistently to help children understand and prevent risk. […]


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Mud Kitchens in Early Years

31 May 2016

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This year our Early Years department set up a collaboration with The Tomato Foundation, a non-profit NGO that promotes healthy balanced diets and lifestyles. The Tomato Foundation supplied two mud kitchens to our Primary school which are now placed in the garden area for children to work with as part of our Continuous Provision in […]


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BSB Parents Learn to Manage Children’s Use of Technology

30 May 2016

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On Thursday, 5th May we held our last Parent Workshop this year. The topic for this activity was “Children Technology Addictions”, a brand new area to explore in our Family Club sessions in response to parents’ increasing concern about technology in their children’s lives. The workshop, which was suitable for parents with children aged 7 […]


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BSB Swimming Winners at Medal Ceremony

20 May 2016

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Last Friday, 13th May, 15 children from the BSB received their swimming medals at Can Roca Sports Centre. In February they competed in the local Castelldefels schools swimming competition. All participants had to choose 2 different swimming styles from Breaststroke, Freestyle or Backstroke. All parents and children thoroughly enjoyed both events: the completion and the […]


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Outstanding Young Speakers at Annual Speech Competition

19 May 2016

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Last week we held our annual Primary Speech Competition in the Emma Watson Theatre. As every year our children had to prepare a talk and present it in front of an audience. The contestants were judged on their speech as a whole, their interaction and engagement of the audience, clarity of speech and interest of […]


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Year 5 Big Sing at BSB

11 May 2016

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On Thursday, 28th April St Paul’s School came to sing with BSB Year 5 students in our Emma Watson Theatre. We had a visiting Singing Expert, Ed Aldcroft, from Barcelona English choir leading the session. Mr Aldcroft had previously visited each school a month earlier and led a singing session with the children in both […]


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Graduate Nic wins Rugby Championship in Berkeley

10 May 2016

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We are so proud of Nic recently winning the 2016 Rugby Penn Mutual Varsity Cup National Championship! Nic graduated from BSB in June 2015, and he moved to the USA to study International Relations at Berkeley, University of California. Nic was a successful student whilst in BSB, his school for six years. Since he was […]


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New families meet their Nursery classes

6 May 2016

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On 2nd May, the BSB Early Years team organized a “Nursery Play Date” for prospective children and parents for September 2016. This is a regular activity in the Early Years agenda for our new children and families to learn more about us and ask any questions they have; also for children to come and play […]


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BSB hosts BISA Football Tournament 2016

5 May 2016

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On Saturday 30th April the British School of Barcelona hosted the second BISA mixed 7-a-side football tournament for children in Years 5 and 6. The tournament involved some of the schools from the BISA (Barcelona International Schools Association) group: Kensington School, SEK-Catalunya, International School of Barcelona and The British School of Barcelona. It was a […]


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Marc’s “Hydraulic Claw Arm” Video wins Science Competition

2 May 2016

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In April, the BSB Secondary Science department held the biggest ever International Science & Engineering Week in the school. The Science teaching team organised a range of lunchtime workshops, lesson activities, a Maths treasure hunt and even a scientific video competition. The workshops included a wide variety of demonstrations and practical activities: “Fire Show”, “Dry […]


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BSB Musicians at the BISA Talent Show

29 April 2016

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On the evening of 21st April a group of Music students from Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 took part in a new edition of the BISA Talent Show at the Deutsche Schule Barcelona. This was the first time that the BSB was involved in this event, which has been running for four years in […]


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Festive Sant Jordi at BSB Fun Saturday

29 April 2016

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On Saturday 16th April we held our last Fun Saturday of this school year: “Saint George Arts, Crafts and Sardanas”. This is a family activity that we run every year to celebrate Saint George -a popular tradition in Catalonia- and the World Book Day (Unesco). Mrs Fernández, Mr Rodgers, Mr Gross and Miss Casterad organised […]


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Gaudí’s work revealed: Year 5 trip to Reus

29 April 2016

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Early this month our Year 5 children set out on a day trip to Reus (Tarragona) to visit the Gaudí Centre. This is an interpretative museum of the life and works of the Catalan genius and Modernism. The trip was planned as a cocurricular activity to reinforce the learning on Antoni Gaudi’s creative work in […]


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“The Enormous Turnip”: Story Time for Nursery

29 April 2016

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On the 14th April, the theatre group “The Tale Teller” visited the Early Years school to perform “The Enormous Turnip”, a Russian traditional story which illustrates what can be attained when we all work together. Children had read the story before in preparation for the performance. The actress then told the story using props, costumes, […]


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Inspection Report Reveals BSB Compliance with British Schools Overseas Standards

22 April 2016

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We are proud to announce that The British School of Barcelona meets, again, the standards required of British Schools Overseas (BSO), as stated by the School Inspection Service (SIS), an independent body which is approved by the Department for Education in England to provide independent professional inspection of British schools overseas. The school went through […]


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BSB Team wins BISA Children’s Lit Quiz

15 April 2016

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On Friday 15th April eight students in Year 7, 8 and 9 participated in the Second BISA Children’s Lit Quiz hosted at the Benjamin Franklin International School in Barcelona. Our literary delegates performed so remarkably well in the quiz that they achieved the top of the podium! The team formed by Philippa, Guillem, Jeannie and […]


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Year Four go Wild!

12 April 2016

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A trip to the University nature park “What’s not to like about bright morning sunlight, a wander among tall grasses, time to look at wild poppies and roses and enjoy a warm spring breeze which shakes the poplar trees gently above you? That and then a chance to return to childhood with a hunt for […]


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Year 8 step back in time in Barcino

8 April 2016

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On Tuesday our Year 8 students had a really inspiring day at the Museu d’Història de Barcelona, one of the most interesting museums in the city which depicts some of the best preserved heritage spaces from ancient Roman times. 48 students stepped back in time to investigate and learn about what life was like in […]


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The Global Fund for Children featured at the Secondary Club Magazine

7 April 2016

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Last October, during The Global Fund for Children’s visit to BSB, the BSB Secondary Magazine Society interviewed Danielle Bidos, GFC Development Officer, and Margaret Kubicek, Cognita Group Communications Manager, to get first-hand information about this successful “Partnership for Education” between GFC and Cognita. This interview has just been published and is included in the latest […]


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Maria’s Vet Work Experience (Year 12)

1 April 2016

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Maria, one of our students in Year 12, is resolute in her decision to study Veterinary sciences after she graduates. So much so that she recently applied for an internship at a vets clinic in order to gain some hands on experience which will definitely help her with her personal statement, an important part of […]


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“The Best Sports Day” at BSB

18 March 2016

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On Friday, 11th March, the BSB Secondary school held their Sports Day, a whole school event that the PE staff -Ms Manley, Mr Jansà and Mr Van Slobbe- organise every year in order to promote sporting competition and for all students to have fun. This year the activity took place at a new venue, La […]


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Happy Easter Egg Hunt!

18 March 2016

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Nothing is more exciting than finding an Easter Egg! Or at least that’s what our children think! This is why the Easter Egg Hunt is one of the most popular activities in the BSB Family Club calendar. The Easter Egg Hunt is an opportunity to celebrate one on the most widespread traditions in the United […]


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UK Leading Universities at the BSB

17 March 2016

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On Wednesday, 9th March, eleven leading universities from the United Kingdom came to the BSB to inform parents and students in Years 11 and 12 about their entry requirements and application system. This was our annual UK University Tour, an activity that fits well in our calendar of events intended to help our students make […]


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BSB Parents Learn Healthy Eating Habits in School

17 March 2016

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On Thursday, 10th March, Ms Santiago, Cuina Gestió’s nutritionist at BSB, ran a parents’ workshop based on healthy eating habits as a new activity in the BSB Family Club calendar. Cuina Gestió is the Catalan food company who prepares the school meals on site in our own kitchen facilities. They designed this activity as an […]


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Southbank International School’s String ensemble visits BSB

11 March 2016

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Last week the Southbank International School’s String ensemble visited the BSB. It was an activity which had been organized by the BSB Music department and involved ten BSB string players from Year 4 to Year 11 plus eight students from Southbank International School, a Cognita school in London. For three days our string ensemble -Martina, […]


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BSB, one of The Best Schools in Spain by “El Mundo”

3 March 2016

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Once again we are proud to announce that The British School of Barcelona has been included in the list of The Best Schools in Spain by the national newspaper “El Mundo” yesterday. The newspaper’s annual ranking has singled out the BSB among the best 30 international schools in Spain again this year, and as one […]


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BSB Medallists at Castelldefels Swimming Competition

3 March 2016

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SCHOOL SWIMMING COMPETITION CASTELLDEFELS BSB Medal Winners – February 2016 CATEGORY BENJAMÍ FEMALE 25m FREESTYLE Position Swimmer Time 1 JORDYN 22´´22 CATEGORY BENJAMÍ MALE 25m FREESTYLE Position Swimmer Time 1 MARK 16´´84 2 STEPAN 21´´75 3 FILIPPE 21´´76 CATEGORY INFANTIL MALE 50m FREESTYLE Position Swimmer Time 1 ALEJANDRO 33´´97 2 DANIEL 39´´78 CATEGORY BENJAMÍ FEMALE […]


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Mr Petrie shares his views on first ever “Speed Mentoring Forum”

26 February 2016

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On Monday, 22nd February, the BSB held a highly inspiring networking event for Year 12 students and parents, as part of our wider provision for Sixth Formers. This event was designed to help them start to think about future opportunities. The actual Forum would allow pupils to meet and make connections with professionals from a […]


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BSB Cooking on a Fun Saturday morning

26 February 2016

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Last Saturday 45 parents and children took part in our first-ever “Family Cooking” Fun Saturday! This session was meant to teach children from 3 to 8 years old how to prepare easy recipes at home with their families and inspire a love for cooking. We know how much children love getting their hands on the […]


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The longed-for trip! Year 4 at the Paleontological Institute

18 February 2016

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Last Tuesday, 16th February, our Year 4 children went to the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont in Sabadell. They were accompanied by Mr Antcliffe, Mrs Davies and Ms O’Connor, the Year 4 team, and six parents who would not want to miss the experience of seeing the sparkling eyes of their children at the […]


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Helping students find the right career path

18 February 2016

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At the BSB we believe that the choices made at some points of our students’ education are of great significance in terms of future access to their chosen Universities, degrees and career prospects. This is particularly relevant in both Year 9 and Year 11 of the British curriculum, when children have to consider the options […]


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A Ski Trip to Remember

18 February 2016

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A group of 37 students from Years 5-10 and 4 members of the school staff have just returned from a three-day ski trip in Cerdanya, one of the most stunning places in the great valleys of the Pyrenees, nestling on the border with Andorra. For a number of years now the BSB has been running […]


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BSB Tin Soldiers in Exciting Sitges Children´s Carnival Parade

12 February 2016

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As every year since 2010, the “Brits” -the BSB float- has taken part in the 2016 Sitges Children´s Carnival Parade, one of the biggest events in the Garraf area.   On Sunday 7th and Tuesday 9th, 35 Year 5-9 students from the school Dance and Samba Band Societies dressed up as Tin Soldiers and marched […]


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The Intermediate UKMT Maths Challenge

12 February 2016

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On Thursday, 4th February, the Secondary Mathematics department of the school organised a new edition of their annual Intermediate UKMT Maths Challenge. This Mathematics competition comprises three events every year: the Senior challenge, for Years 12 and 13, which usually takes place in the Autumn term; the Intermediate challenge in February; and the Junior challenge, […]


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Grand Open Morning

5 February 2016

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Thank you for attending our Open Morning last Friday! It was an exciting morning where more than 40 prospective families could interact with our Headteachers and children in order to learn about our curriculum and the daily routine and busy agenda of activities which we hold regularly at the school. Parents were happily impressed by […]


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Exciting Year 4 Trip to Miró’s Museum

5 February 2016

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Last week an expedition of 76 children from the three Year 4 groups of the school had an exciting day trip to the Fundació Joan Miró, a museum which is located in one of the most emblematic areas of Barcelona, the Montjuïc Park. This trip met some of the objectives of the Year 4 curriculum […]


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28 European Universities at BSB annual conference

29 January 2016

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On Wednesday 27th January, the BSB hosted our 7th annual fair of Spanish and European universities. Over 100 pupils and parents joined us to welcome 28 of the most prestigious universities, both national and international, to learn about their educational offer and admission process. The event consisted of an initial presentation by Mrs Hughes, our […]


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Award-winning British author visits our children

28 January 2016

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On Friday, 22nd January, Guy Bass, the award-winning children’s book author, visited the BSB to run a series of workshops with our Key Stage 2 students. The sessions included storytelling and dramatization skills. The British writer actually came as part of our connection with Book Box International, the publishing house which holds our book fairs […]


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Thrilling Science on Saturday Morning

22 January 2016

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On Saturday, 23rd January, Mr Whellams, our Chemistry Teacher in the Secondary school, organised a thrilling scientific Fun Saturday for families with children from 3 to 10 years old. This “Science is Fun” session was based on “bubble science” and it was the first ever session of this kind in the history of our BSB […]


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€ 4,662.60 for charity during Autumn term

22 January 2016

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We are delighted to inform that the fundraising actions held at The British School of Barcelona last term raisedthepraiseworthyamount of 4,662.60 euros. In addition, BSB families also contributed with a variety of non-monetary donations, such as food, clothing and household items for children and adults who are in need. The benefitiaries of all these actions […]


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English Successes!

22 January 2016

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Fantastic exam results for BSB English students have blown away the January blues. CIE (Cambridge International Exams) has just released results for top achievers in public examinations for the last academic year. These include joint top in Spain for Diego and Alexander in AS English Literature and top in Spain for Herminia in IGCSE First […]


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Cognita Group Acquires International School of Barcelona

18 January 2016

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British Cognita, world’s leading independent schools group with 67 schools in 7 countries around the world, has announced the acquisition of International School of Barcelona, located in Sitges. The Group has signed a purchase-and-sales agreement with the former owners of the school, in force since 1st January, 2016. As from September, the school will be […]


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BSB joins Model United Nations again

18 December 2015

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Between the 26th and 28th of November our Sixth-Formers participated in the Model United Nations conferences taking place in Barcelona and Italy. For third year in a row, The British School of Barcelona took part in the Barcelona MUN conference, which involved 11 delegates representing Singapore, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Congo, and Venezuela this […]


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Successful Open Morning

3 December 2015

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Last Friday we were happy to welcome so many prospective parents to our first Open Morning of the school year. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to experience the daily life and learning atmosphere of the BSB and discover what our school can offer their family. Our Senior Leadership Team explained the history and […]


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Grand BISA Music Festival

3 December 2015

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Over 120 students from six Barcelona International Schools took part in the first ever BISA (Barcelona International Schools Association) Music Festival, organised by Mr Hebden (Head of Creative and Physical Education) at the BSB. Students arrived at school on Saturday 28th November at 10 am to a singing welcome, before participating in two music workshops. […]


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Exciting Year 12 Silver International Award expedition

2 December 2015

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Last month the Silver International Award Society, led by Mr Woodward with Mr Oldfield and Mr Bower, BSB Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Coordinators, organised their first cohort expedition of the school year. From the 21st to the 23rd November, twelve Year 12 students took part in the 3 day, 2 night expedition in the […]


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Making a noise about bullying

27 November 2015

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Every year the Anti-Bullying Alliance coordinates the Anti-Bullying Week in the United Kingdom. This year it was held from the 16th – 20th November. The theme was ‘Make a Noise about Bullying’. Our Primary school joined the call by carrying out a range of activities during tutorial times and holding several assemblies throughout the week. […]


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The BSB raises 3,500 euros for Save the Children!

27 November 2015

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This year for our 10th Sponsored Walk/Race in aid of Save the Children we had a great turn out of BSB children and their families at our first whole school event of this scholastic year. It was a beautiful sunny Saturday morning with a real party atmosphere. Our athletes enjoyed the experience of using the […]


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“All My Sons” at the BSB

26 November 2015

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On Thursday 29th October the Institute of the Arts Barcelona (IAB) came to the BSB to do a workshop with all our Year 11 students and the English Literature students in Year 13. IAB is a dynamic institute that offers international performing arts higher education in Sitges. Their acting group who are currently studying “All […]


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Good news for our talented students!

20 November 2015

We are proud to announce that The British School of Barcelona has become a member of NACE, the National Association for Able Children in Education, in reward to our consistent commitment to provision for more able and talented pupils in school. NACE is one of the UK’s leading independent education organisations which specialises in working […]


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Cognita partnership raises over US $90,000 for The Global Fund for Children in first year

20 November 2015

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We are proud to announce that as a result of our partnership with The Global Fund for Children (GFC) the Cognita community has raised an amazing US $90,000 in its first year. Cognita launched the partnership in our Europe and Latin America regions in Autumn 2014. Since then many of our schools and regional office […]


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Parents learn Early Phonics Skill with us

13 November 2015

Last Thursday we held the first Parent Workshop of the year. This “Early Phonics Skills” workshop was addressed to all Reception and Key Stage 1 parents who wanted to find out more about the Read Write Inc Phonics (RWI) programme that we use in school to support children in learning to read, write and spell […]


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“We shall not forget”, Year 12Ga

13 November 2015

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This year, like any other year, Remembrance Day is held around the world on the 11th November. It is a day to honour the fallen soldiers in wars worldwide, as well as all of those affected by conflicts in the past and present. We commemorate Remembrance Day in the BSB because we want to acknowledge […]


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The International Award sets off!

12 November 2015

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Last weekend twenty-one Year 10 students participated in their first cohort expedition in the Garraf mountains. They are members of the Bronze International Award Society led by Mr Bower and Mr Oldfield, Biology and Maths teachers, and both International Award Coordinators. For this two-day expedition our students were split into groups: 4 groups hiked from […]


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Scary Halloween at the BSB!

5 November 2015

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When Witches Go Riding And Black Cats Are Seen, The Moon Laughs And Whispers ‘Tis Near Halloween!! Halloween took over the BSB last week! The whole school celebrated this occasion with a variety of activities based on the Halloween theme throughout the week. On Friday 30th October, children in the Primary school came to school […]


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Having fun at the first cross-country competition

30 October 2015

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On Saturday 24th October students from Year 1-11 attended the first cross-country competition of this “Jocs Esportius Escolars de Catalunya” season at la Muntanyeta Park, Castelldefels. The event was very successful and was thoroughly enjoyed by all students who competed. We were very lucky to have so many families who encouraged their children to participate […]


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Successful Early Years and Primary Open Afternoon

23 October 2015

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It was wonderful to welcome so many parents, grandparents and family friends to the Early Years and Primary Open Afternoon on Monday 19th October! At the BSB we do our best to encourage communication between parents and teachers, and to promote meaningful parental involvement in the educational life of their children in many different ways […]


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Hosting London Universities: King’s College, Imperial College & University College

23 October 2015

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On Wednesday we were proud to welcome three of the most prestigious Universities in the United Kingdom: King’s College London, University College London and ImperialCollege London. More than 60 students and parents in their last Year of Secondary and also Sixth Formers, from the BSB and other BISA schools who had been invited on such […]


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Introducing Sean: BSB Scholar for Excellence 2015-2017

16 October 2015

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We are proud to introduce Sean, our new BSB Scholarfor Excellence for 2015-2017. Sean, who is currently in Year 12, was interviewed in July by the BSB Headmaster and the Head of Secondary. “We were both struck by his immense academic ability and potential for the future. Sean demonstrated a real understanding of the deeper […]


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The Global Fund for Children Meet our Students

16 October 2015

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Earlier this week BSB welcomed representatives from Cognita and The Global Fund for Children (GFC), the international not-for-profit organisation which works to improve the dignity and educational opportunities of vulnerable children worldwide. The visit by Margaret Kubicek, Cognita Group Communications Manager, and Danielle Bidos, GFC Development Officer, was an excellent opportunity for our students to […]


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The 6th Form Experience: A Fascinating Journey for Y12 students

8 October 2015

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On the evening of Tuesday 6 October, Mr Petrie and Mr Musson gave a presentation in the BSB Emma Watson Theatre to pupils in Year 12 and their parents. The key aim of the presentation was to outline how pupils needed to approach the whole 6th Form experience and how, with the support of school […]


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“Fleeing the Holocaust”, a Challenge for Y13 A Level History Students

6 October 2015

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Last Tuesday, eleven Year 13 students visited the “Fleeing the Holocaust. Catalonia and the Jewish refugees in the World War II” exhibition which is being held in the Museu d’Història de Catalunya (MHC) these days. The exhibit coincides with the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and of the Nazi concentration camps […]


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Caring for the New BSB Families

2 October 2015

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Starting in a new school may be daunting, not only for children but also for parents who have to adapt to a new system, new policies and procedures, a new calendar… At the BSB we care for new families, regardless of the Key Stage they enter. Even though it is clear that Early Years families […]


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The BSB awards for outstanding achievement

2 October 2015

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The BSB was proud to welcome students and parents to a new edition of the annual Year 12 and 13 Prize Giving Ceremony this week. The grand event took place on Tuesday, 29th September at the BSB Emma Watson Theatre. The ceremony was conducted by Mrs Hughes, Head of Secondary, and Mrs Serra, Head of […]


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Y13 stories from the 2015 Hay Festival in Segovia

1 October 2015

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Last week seven Year 13 students, accompanied by Mrs Kelly and Mr Petrie, were privileged enough to participate in a free exchange of ideas with an actively engaged and probing audience at Hay Festival in Segovia. The Hay Festival features talks, debates, concerts and art exhibitions every year in different locations worldwide: Segovia in Spain, […]


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The Shakespeare Board Games

25 September 2015

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The Secondary English Department were keen to get the students engaged and enthusiastic about Shakespeare this week. “This term Year 9 students will study Romeo and Juliet in the full, traditional English version”, Mrs Plummer, their English teacher, said. “This can be quite a challenge for any student but second language speakers can find this […]


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The After-school Activities Fair – Program & Goals

24 September 2015

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Last Wednesday we held our annual After-school Activities Fair to introduce parents to the new program of activities for this school year. Parents and children were able to get first-hand information about the goals and contents of each activity from the teachers and monitors themselves, including those offered by the neighbouring Granvia Mar Sports Club […]


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Four Dutch PE teachers visit the BSB

18 September 2015

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Our Primary children have been so lucky this week to count on the collaboration of four tennis teacher trainees coming from the University of Haarlem, in The Netherlands. Megan, Arsèn, Valentyn and Wim are four Dutch 19-year-old trainees who are spending a fortnight in Castelldefels on a traineeship trip to enable them to put into […]


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The BSB Headteachers welcome families to the new school year

17 September 2015

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The BSB Executive Headteacher and the Primary and Secondary School Headteachers offered a warm welcome to all parents last Monday. As the start of the new academic year runs smoothly and students and teachers settle into their daily classroom routine, the BSB Senior Leadership Team was eager to greet all our new and old families […]


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The 2015-16 academic year is underway at the BSB!

10 September 2015

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The British School of Barcelona has welcomed over a thousand students into the school community this week, as the BSB 2015-16 academic year officially begun last Monday. This is the start of the school’s 58th year of teaching!!   Our students have already enjoyed an exciting first week of the autumn term and we all […]


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The Enrichment Programme sets off

10 September 2015

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The Enrichment Programme set off on Wednesday afternoon in the Secondary department. As every year now since the BSB launched this educational programme with an aim to promote all-round excellence through a series of activities going well beyond the academic curriculum, the Secondary department celebrated their quarterly Society fair. Students from Year 7 to Year […]


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IGCSE students conduct Geography fieldwork

18 June 2015

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Our Year 10 students conducted Geography fieldwork in the Montseny Natural Park and in Sitges last week. This was an excellent opportunity to take on much-needed practice while providing students with invaluable hands-on research experience. As part of their IGCSE Geography, students have to complete an Alternative to Coursework paper, which involves an investigation linked […]


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Glorious Year 6 “Oliver!” musical

17 June 2015

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This week we were all so happy to attend the brilliant performance of our Year 6 students for their Summer Concert. Their end-of-year show consisted of the terrific enactment of “Oliver Twist”, one of Charles Dickens’ most well-known and acclaimed novels. Year 6 put on a musical adaptation of this classic tale of an orphan […]


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406€ donation to Fundació Josep Carreras

15 June 2015

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Our Primary Fundraising Society did it again! Our amazing group of fully committed children to promote activities to raise funds for charity causes was pleased to donate 406€ to the Fundació Josep Carreras last Tuesday. The children raised this sum by holding a toy sale with the support of their mothers. They then decided to […]


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Granvia Mar Sports Club First Swimming Event

12 June 2015

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Last Saturday the Granvia Mar Sports Club hosted their first swimming event with a variety of competitions and recreational games. More than 35 KS1, KS2 and KS3 students from The British School of Barcelona, along with LFG Bon Soleil pupils and members of the Granvia Sports Club, would not miss the opportunity to participate in […]


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Powerful Year 5 Summer Concert

10 June 2015

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We hope you could attend your child’s Year 5 Summer Concert on Wednesday. It was fantastic! The musical repertoire and the staged choreography to these songs were simply fabulous. The children started off with “New Shoes” by Paolo Nutini, all of them wearing colourful T-shirts, jeans and trainers. Then the amazing dance composition in “Somebody […]


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Language Assistant Programme Closing Ceremony

5 June 2015

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On Wednesday 27th May 2015, the Generalitat de Catalunya, Department d´Ensenyament, hosted the annual presentation for the Language Assistants. This year the event was held at the Teatre–Auditori Biblioteca Mercé Rodoreda, in Sant Joan Despí. The ceremony was attended by over 200 Language Assistants from 53 centres, who have been supporting the “Sharing to Learn” […]


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Year 6 celebrates their end of year in London

27 May 2015

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Last week our Year 6 students enjoyed a five-day trip to London. As they transition to the Secondary stage, “the trip was an opportunity for all of the Year 6 children to mix together as one group, have fun, build relationships and have some time away from their parents to work on their responsibility and […]


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Oxford Explained at the BSB

27 May 2015

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This week The British School of Barcelona was pleased to host an ‘Understanding Oxford’ presentation led by Dr Lizzie Peachey, Oxford University Student Recruitment Officer. The conference was addressed to the students in Years 10-12 and their parents who are seriously considering applying to Oxford University, home of 26 Nobel Prize winners and 26 UK […]


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The BSB ranks fourth in tennis tournament

25 May 2015

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The British School of Barcelona was ranked fourth during the tennis competition ‘Mini Tenis Carayol Tour’. The BSB tennis team competed against the CT Andrés Gimeno team on the 28th March at the Begues Club. The teams met in a thrilling battle where all players strived to have their best tennis come out. The CTAG […]


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Successful Fundraising Summer Fair

23 May 2015

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As every year, at The British School of Barcelona we celebrate our traditional Fundraising Summer Fair to raise money for a non-profit organisation in the local area. In this edition the Primary Fundraising Society chose ‘Al Agua Sin Limitationes’, a non-profit association from Sitges. Their project seeks to provide people with different types of disabilities […]


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Engaging May beach volleyball tournaments

16 May 2015

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Volleyball is one of the most accessible, entertaining, and engaging participatory sports for all children. No wonder the latest Beach Volleyball Tournaments taking place on the beach of Castelldefels on the 9th and 16th May set numerous attendance marks! The high interest of our students in participating in all the tournaments and sports events that […]


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Making stage transitions smooth

14 May 2015

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At the BSB we strive to make transitions from stage to stage as smooth as possible. We are conscious that transitions and changes can be challenging steps in children’s life. We also know that support from parents and staff at school is crucial to ensure these moves are positive experiences, thus continuing to develop children’s […]


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‘The Clockbreakers’ win ‘Sitges Has Talent’ competition

13 May 2015

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Great news for the Music department of the BSB! Last Sunday, ‘The Clockbreakers’, a rock band from the BSB, won the ‘Sitges Has Talent’ competition organised by Sitges ETC (Sitges English Theatre Company). Elki, a student in Year 6, also won third place with a dance routine. Another group ‘The Broken Hearts’, featuring students from […]


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Year 1 travel back in History in Castellet castle

12 May 2015

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Last week our Year 1 children visited the castle of Castellet, a fortress located in an exceptional natural enclave, surrounded by the natural area of the river Foix, in the municipality of Castellet i la Gornal (Alt Penedès). The fortification was of major strategic importance until the 16th century. Since then, it went through successive […]


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Sailor Xavi Tous delivers “Sports Values” to Years 9 and 10

6 May 2015

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On 6th and 8th May the students in Years 10 and 9, respectively, attended a lecture on “Sports Values” by Xavi Tous, former student of the BSB and current Maths teacher for the specific part of the “Selectividad” exam. Xavi is a professional sailor, and has been combining his studies and high level sports performance […]


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Patrick Cockburn meets Year 10 History Group

5 May 2015

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On Tuesday 5th May, Mr Petrie and the Year 10 History Group attended a fascinating talk by renowned journalist Patrick Cockburn at La Pedrera, on the rise of ISIS in the Middle East. Mr Cockburn has been reporting on the area for various publications, most recently The Independent, since 1979 and he spoke with great […]


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Catalan History in the Year 3 curriculum

30 April 2015

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Following their Summer term’s topic, Brilliant Barcelona and Cool Catalunya!, Year 3 students spent the whole day at the Museu d’Història de Catalunya last Thursday. This term they are exploring the culture and history of Barcelona and Catalonia, from the Roman and medieval influence on the city to more recent developments such as the building […]


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Year 6 road safety lessons in the Parc Infantil de Trànsit

27 April 2015

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Our Year 6 children took part in a safe cycling initiative with the local police at the Cycling Park in Castelldefels last week. They learnt all about traffic rules and safety regulations for cyclists, as well as basic bicycle equipment. First they learnt how to read traffic signs and how they should travel on public […]


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Year 4 visit Cim d’Àligues

23 April 2015

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Last Thursday Year 4 students went on a trip to Cim d’Àligues, a unique centre in Sant Feliu de Codines devoted to the conservation, breeding and flight exhibitions of birds of prey. It was the first time the BSB visited this complex and Year 4 decided on this place in order to support two of […]


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The school of our children

23 April 2015

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Following on the physical change undergone by the school this year (addition of two new buildings, with 10 classrooms, a large dining hall, a two-storey library, a Sixth Form room, a theatre with a capacity of 380 seats and a new Music department), our next step was to name every building and other major areas […]


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Sant Jordi celebrations at the BSB

23 April 2015

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The BSB has had a very busy week with the celebration of Sant Jordi’s Day, the patron saint of Catalonia. To commemorate the International Book’s Day, early this week, Bookbox International, a publishing company located in Eastbourne, United Kingdom, held a two-day Book Fair in the foyer of our Emma Watson Theatre. There was a […]


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BSB children in local Team Activities Event

18 April 2015

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On 18th April some of our Year 1, 2 and 3 children took part in the the local school Team Activities Event (“Jocs Escolars”) which was held in the Can Roca Sports Club, in Castelldefels. It was a fine sports morning, plenty of fun and also hard work. The event was organised into a circuit […]


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The BSB at II ExPro International Football Tournament

12 April 2015

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The BSB participated last week in the annual Expro football competition between Cognita schools from around the world. This year it took place in London and was attended by ten schools, two from Spain, two from Chile and six from England. The BSB attended with 11 students, 3 from Year 9 and 8 from Year […]


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BSB students outstand in cross-country competition

11 April 2015

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Outstanding performance of our young athletes in the latest edition of “Jocs Esportius Escolars de Castelldefels” held in La Muntanyeta Park on the 11th of April. 52 students of The British School of Barcelona from Year 1 to Year 11 participated in this years’ highly competitive cross-country race, where 245 children from 20 schools in […]


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Primary Music lessons by the Exeter University Chamber Orchestra

8 April 2015

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Last Wednesday the Exeter University Chamber Orchestra visited the Primary Music students of the BSB. This visit is part of their annual tour, where they have a chance to put on several concerts, in between exploring, sightseeing and having general fun. Having previously performed in Nice, Lisbon, Prague, Krakow and Salzburg, this year they travelled […]


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BSB celebrates annual Sports Day

20 March 2015

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This year’s the Secondary Sports Day was held on Friday, 20th March at Can Vinader Football Ground, Castelldefels. The BSB Sports Day is an annual inter-school event run by the PE Department. Sports Day is about making students feel included and enabling those children who have a sporting talent to express that in a vibrant […]


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Nursery children enjoy animal farm trip

16 March 2015

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Last Monday our Nursery children went on a day trip to Can Rigol Farm as part of their topic on ‘Animals.’ Can Rigol is an authentic farmhouse built in the 13th century, which is located at the heart of Begues, in the Garraf area. It has been restored and now it offers an ideal venue […]


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The BSB among 100 top-ranked schools in Spain

11 March 2015

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We are proud to announce that The British School of Barcelona has been selected as one of the top 100 schools in Spain by the national newspaper “El Mundo”. The newspaper’s annual ranking of the 100 Best Schools in Spain has recognised our school again this year among the best 20 international schools in Spain, […]


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Superb Music Recital by GCSE Students

10 March 2015

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“Performing is an important part of the GCSE course. Students develop their instrumental or vocal skills and work towards final exam pieces. At GCSE level students are assessed on one solo and one ensemble performance. These performances count for 30% of the final GCSE mark. Students at GCSE level are marked on accuracy, interpretation, fluency […]


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New ways of learning about marine life

10 March 2015

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This term in Reception our children are investigating life under the sea. They have been learning about the habitats of sea creatures, warm and cold water fish, and what different aquatic animals like to eat. To support and consolidate their learning on this topic they visited L’Aquàrium de Barcelona last week, a trip they had […]


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Year 5 visits the Gaudí Centre Reus

6 March 2015

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Year 5 is currently studying Antoni Gaudí, the world-famous architect, as part of their Art unit on colour. They have been studying colour throughout this term and how it has been used to create different results in artistic pieces and by different artists. Their visit to the Catalan genius’ home town, Reus, and his tribute […]


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Learning through theatre: “The Ugly Ducking” show

2 March 2015

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Our students in Early Years had a wonderful time yesterday morning during the performance of “The Ugly Duckling”, Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale, skillfully presented by The Tale Teller, an interactive theatre company specializing in theatre shows for schools. After a warm-up activity during which the storyteller elicited farm animals, colours and sounds from […]


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Ms Dean and Ms McMillan deliver English teacher training programme in Chile

2 March 2015

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Ms Dean, Deputy Head of Early Years and Primary, and Ms McMillan, teacher of Early Years, were invited to deliver training for the English teachers of the Cognita Schools in Chile last week. A recent survey from Educational Testing Service (ETS) has revealed that the level of English attained by Chilean students falls below the […]


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Welcoming parents on Open Day

28 February 2015

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We were delighted to welcome parents and accompanying guests on our Spring Open Day last Saturday morning. It was again a great opportunity to interact with parents in a friendly and informal atmosphere as well as provide extensive information on the school’s curriculum and educational philosophy. We were proud to entertain more families than ever […]


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BSB students excel at local swim meet

28 February 2015

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On Saturday, 28th February, our students participated in the Local Schools Swimming competition at Can Roca Sports Club in Castelldefels. There were two swimming categories for each gender based on chronological age: Benjamin (Year 4 & 5) and Infantil (Year 8 & 9). They also competed on two different distances, short course (25 metres) and […]


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Secondary Society Fair

26 February 2015

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Having completed half a year of societies as part of the school’s enriched curriculum, yesterday afternoon all students in Years 7-9 signed up for their second society. As our Enrichment Programme keeps on growing, the BSB has continued to widen and extend the number of enrichment activities students can choose from. In order to give […]


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MUN Society leaps into Politics during London trip

26 February 2015

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The MUN Society, accompanied by Mr Henderson and Mr Musson, embarked on a whistle stop tour of London on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th February. After attending their Thursday morning lessons, they flew to the UK capital for two very prestigious meetings. On Thursday night they met Brendan McElevey from the Department of Foreign Affairs. […]


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Amazing Face Painting for Carnival Workshop

14 February 2015

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Amazing Face Painting for Carnival Workshop With Carnival celebrations in full swing in the BSB, the Family Club team scheduled a “Facepainting Carnival” workshop on the 14th February. This is a successful Fun Saturday activity we hold every year as it is a fun and relaxing way to learn how to face paint for Carnival, […]


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The BSB goes skiing!

13 February 2015

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Every year at this time, just before the Half Term Holiday, some of our students take part in the school ski trip. This year 35 students from Primary and Secondary groups have travelled together to La Cerdanya accompanied by their teachers, Ms Manley, Mr Jansà and Ms Girvan, and also the Head of Secondary, Mrs […]


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Spectacular Saint Ann’s High School Chorus perform at the BSB

12 February 2015

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Over 50 members of Saint Ann’s High School Chorus performed at The British School of Barcelona last week as part of their annual European tour. All the way from Brooklyn, New York, the young singers had an extremely busy week in Spain, with live performances scheduled in Avila on the 8th, Alcalá de Henares on […]


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“Giving Monday” at the BSB

9 February 2015

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On Monday, 9th February, the BSB staff were pleased to support two very different fundraising events In primary , Year 3 children, led by Ms Lowe, Ms Davies and Mr Gross, decided to fundraise to help improve living conditions for some of the poorest families. They have been studying the topic of India this term […]


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BSB holds first-ever BISA Football Tournament

9 February 2015

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The British School of Barcelona hosted a mixed BISA Football 7-a-side Tournament on Saturday 7th February. Five schools from the BISA (Barcelona International Schools Association) group were invited to participate: Kensington School, Benjamin Franklin International School, American School of Barcelona, SEK-Catalunya and the British School of Barcelona. Each school took part in the tournament with […]


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The BSB hosts 6th European University Fair

6 February 2015

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For the sixth year in a row The British School of Barcelona played host to the annual Spanish & EU University Tour, an event open to students from Years 11 to 13 and their parents, as well as students from other schools who were also welcomed. The aim was to bring together families and admissions […]


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Claudia wins Bronze Award for British Physics Olympiad

4 February 2015

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We are delighted and very proud to announce that Claudia, one of our gifted and talented students in Year 12, has been recently granted the Bronze Award for the British Physics Olympiad Experimental Project 2014. Claudia has been awarded this prize for her outstanding paper “Gravitational Assist Slingshot Experiment” in the Experimental Project, an annual […]


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Y10 discover London’s arts & theatre scene

2 February 2015

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Last month nine students in Year 10 set off on a three-day trip to London to learn about the contemporary London theatre and drama scene. They are students of Ms Plummer’s Drama class, which started as a new GCSE subject this academic year in the BSB. The aim of the trip was to enhance and […]


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The spirit of Carnival takes over the BSB!

1 February 2015

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Funny hats and wigs, fantasy glitter makeup, colourful fancy dresses… In February the spirit of Carnival took over the BSB!! Carnival arrived first at the Early Years and Primary classrooms. The King of Carnival had asked our students to wear something different every day: A funny hat on Monday, something green on Tuesday, a wig […]


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Learning divisions can be fun!

29 January 2015

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On Thursday, 29th January, parents joined us for the Parent Workshop “Dread Division? We can help!”, one of our scheduled Family Club activities. A hard working group of parents attended this session with their children to learn the division methods that we currently teach at The British School of Barcelona, as well as how they […]


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“Keep the Memory Alive” Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

28 January 2015

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On Wednesday 28th January, 6 students from Year 10 History led a Holocaust Memorial Day assembly. When informed about the assembly, they felt that most of their schoolmates were already aware of the horrors of the Holocaust. Being keen historians, they decided that a powerful way to both highlight and combat intolerance would be to […]


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Students from The British School of Barcelona achieve top results in Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards

23 January 2015

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Four students from The British School of Barcelona have received prestigious awards from Cambridge International Examinations to acknowledge their outstanding performance in the November 2013 and June 2014 Cambridge examination series. The Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards programme celebrates the success of learners taking Cambridge examinations in over 40 countries around the world. Cambridge places learners […]


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Cultural visits in the Y8 & 9 Curriculum

19 January 2015

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As part of their History curriculum, our Secondary students in Year 8 & 9 have visited two of the most important cultural facilities in Barcelona: The Archaeological Museum of Catalonia (MAC) and the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC). Year 8 set off to the Archaeological Museum on Wednesday, 13th January to attend a workshop […]


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Year 1 learn about Road Safety

12 January 2015

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Our children in Year 1 enjoyed a practical road safety training last Monday. Covering a range of interactive scenarios, two police officers from the local police station gave children advice on effective pedestrian skills, child safety seat and booster seat usage, and in-car safety guidelines. Through different pedagogical activities in which all the children had […]


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Early Christmas at the BSB

19 December 2014

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Christmas arrived at The British School of Barcelona early this year! When Mr Perrin’s Art students set up the Christmas tree, and our dear Santa Claus warmly welcomed parents and students from the school hall, everyone at the BSB knew that something big was about to happen. And indeed, it did! Our students and their […]


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The BSB Magazines Winter editions are out!

15 December 2014

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Have you got the latest BSB Magazine issues? Make sure you don’t miss them! The Winter editions of the Primary Magazine Club and the Secondary School Magazine are, as usual, awash in content. Our young intrepid, digging reporters have managed to produce once more terrific stories, exclusive interviews and cool illustrations to delight the readers. […]


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The British School of Barcelona Promotes Blood Donation Amoung Their Education Community

14 December 2014

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The British School of Barcelona hosted this week a blood donation session in front of the school, for parents and staff of the educational community to collaborate with Banc de Sang. The initiative was led by the BSB Primary Fundraising Society as a social activity to educate children about the importance and necessity of giving […]


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Thrilling Amnesty Concert

12 December 2014

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Thrilling Amnesty Concert On the 12th December The British School of Barcelona Amnesty Society held an evening of music, dance and drama to raise funds for Amnesty International. It was a touching event, where over 70 students from different Year groups, performed in a wide variety of disciplines, such as gymnastics, magic, acting, singing, dancing […]


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Students in Year 7 explore History

10 December 2014

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Our pupils in Year 7 participated in two educational outings related to their History syllabus on the 10th of December. One group visited the Gavà Mines Archaeological Park to wrap up this terms’ topic, “Prehistory: the Neolithic”, so that they could add to the class theory hands-on activities in one of the most relevant and […]


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The Primary “Fundraising Team“ perfoms at the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital

10 December 2014

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As every December since 2012, our Primary Fundraising Society visited the children at the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital for their annual Christmas performance. This year they were also accompanied by the school choir, making up a group of 28 singers from Years 4, 5 and 6 volunteering for this special occasion. This ad-hoc music […]


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HMC Membership

7 December 2014

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The British School of Barcelona is proud to announce that Dr Josep González, as Headmaster of BSB, has been accepted as a full international member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (www.hmc.org.uk). HMC is a prestigious society dating back to 1869 and bringing together top independent schools in the UK and abroad which share a […]


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A relaxing Yoga Fun Saturday

29 November 2014

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Last 29th of November, families had the chance to enjoy a relaxing yoga experience during the first BSB Fun Saturday of this academic year. “Yoga for Families” was a 3-hour workshop led by Eva Guirado, a certified yoga teacher by the Spanish Yoga Practitioners Association (AEPY). It gathered over 25 parents and children, who could […]


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BSO Conference in Hong Kong

28 November 2014

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The third annual conference of schools successfully inspected against the UK DfE standards for British Schools Overseas was held in Hong Kong on 27th and 28th November 2014. The conference, attended by our Headmaster, welcomed representatives from British schools in Kuwait, Japan, Egypt, Vietnam, Malaysia, Bahrain, Qatar and Kazakhstan, among other countries. It was opened […]


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Secondary students discuss worldwide current issues at the MUN Conference

27 November 2014

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17 students from Years 11, 12 and 13 participated in the second MUN Conference that took place in the NH Constanza in Barcelona from November 27th to 29th this year. Supervised by Mr Henderson, Mr Musson, Mr Campbell, Miss Girvan and Ms Dean, our group of students engaged in this international conference which aims to […]


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A highly successful Open Day

21 November 2014

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The British School of Barcelona welcomed over 50 families on Friday 21st November on its annual Autumn Open Day. This event attracted many prospective parents wishing to find out more about our academic and co-curricular programmes which are underpinned by our commitment to all-round excellence. Families also had the opportunity to see our state-of-the-art facilities. […]


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Universal Children’s Day

20 November 2014

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As a School Friend of UNICEF, on the 20th November The British School of Barcelona celebrated the Universal Children’s Day in their weekly Primary Assemblies and tutorials. The assemblies and tutorials were particularly special as we also commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a document that has changed […]


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Our Year 6 pupils travel back in time at the Maritime Museum

17 November 2014

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As part of this term’s topic “Changes in the Past Century“, on Monday 17th November our students in Year 6 had a chance to explore in depth the changes developed in sea transport and how technology has developed over the last 100 years. This Year group planned a combined visit to the Barcelona Maritime Museum […]


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Year 3 archaeological visit at the Egyptian Museum of Barcelona

17 November 2014

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As part of the activities of this term’s topic, Amazing Egyptians and The Savage Stone Age, our Year 6 students visited the Archaeological Campus at the Egyptian Museum of Barcelona. This is a study program focusing on the archaeological excavations of various Egyptian sites that have been recreated at life size. The day was a […]


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Inspiring Remembrance Assembly

13 November 2014

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This year The British School of Barcelona observed Remembrance Day during the Secondary Assembly held on the 12th November at our new Theatre. This special “Remembrance Assembly 2014” commemorated 100 years since the start of the First World War. It was conducted by the Head of the BSB Humanities department, Mr Alan Woodruff, and performed […]


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British leading universities at the BSB

12 November 2014

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In October The British School of Barcelona was proud to welcome representatives from five of the leading universities in London: The Imperial College London, King’s College London, University College London (UCL), City University London and the London School of Economics (LSE). These world-class institutions have long-established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, which combined […]


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Reception celebrates the “Castanyada” at Can Pou

11 November 2014

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Our children in Reception had an enjoyable time yesterday celebrating the “Castanyada” tradition at Can Pou, a rural classroom by Montseny Natural Park. The children were taken in groups by the monitors to go for a walk through the woods, talking about the trees and nuts. Then they met the Castanyera and collected sweet chestnuts […]


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Successful “Early Phonics Skills” Workshop

6 November 2014

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On the 5th of November, the BSB’s Read Write Inc. coordinator Rhian Dunn led the first parent workshop of this year’s BSB Family Club. The “Early Phonics Skills, Sounds and Words in English” workshop was aimed at parents with children aged from 4 to 7 years old. The main purpose was to introduce them to […]


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Headmaster’s Essay Prize 2014

28 October 2014

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The 2014 Headmaster’s Essay Prize has been jointly awarded to two students in Year 13, Ida and Stefan, for their outstanding achievement in academic research. This year’s edition was enthusiastically received by our Sixth Formers, who submitted as many as 20 high quality essays after the summer holidays which were based on different research fields […]


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Grand Opening of The British School of Barcelona’s New Facilities

11 October 2014

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Investment in the expansion was €4.7 million Representatives of the British Consulate and the Castelldefels Town Council were present at the event On Saturday The British School of Barcelona was pleased to mark the opening of their new buildings with a spectacular inauguration ceremony. The ceremony was chaired by Headmaster Josep González, and it also […]


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The Australian Girls Choir visits The British School of Barcelona

3 October 2014

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The British School of Barcelona was pleased to host the Australian Girls Choir (AGC) this month as part of its 17th International Tour. The AGC celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and has performed in different European cities, including Paris, Angoulême and Barcelona, before continuing its journey to Singapore, as part of the annual tour. […]


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Diego, BSB Scholar 2014-2016

1 September 2014

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Diego in Year 12 has been awarded this year’s BSB Scholarship for all-round excellence after a challenging application process in which a total of 15 students participated. The assessment panel, chaired by our Headmaster and the Head of Sixth Form, assessed the applications against a highly demanding set of criteria and they were pleased to […]


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The BSB becomes a UNICEF ally

13 May 2013

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The British School of Barcelona and UNICEF have signed a collaboration agreement which recognises our educational centre as a Escola Amiga d´ UNICEF (UNICEF ally). Through this agreement our school commits to incorporating in its programme the promotion and protection of children´s rights and to celebrate the international Day for Children every year in November. […]


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