This was not a formal institutional event, but just a courtesy visit arising from the personal interest of the Mayor of Sitges to get to know in person the campus that the school has in Sitges after its extraordinary revamp since it was acquired in January 2016 by the Cognita Group of schools to become part of The British School of Barcelona.
The Head of the Sitges campus, Mrs Heather Bell, welcomed the mayor and the alderman, and, together with the Admissions Officer of the BSB Sitges and the Communications Manager of the BSB, showed them round the premises while explaining to them the comprehensive overhaul of the building, the breadth of the curriculum and the enriching learning provision for the students. For nearly two hours, the members of the town council visited the pupils in their classrooms, met the teaching staff, chatted with a group of parents, and showed a keen interest in developing links with the languages and sports departments.
During the first part of the visit, the group leader Liam, a Year 6 pupil who was recently appointed as member of the ‘Consell d’Infants’ of Sitges, was able to deep dive into the students’ perspective of life at school, show the original artwork produced by the children this term and explain all about the Forest School programme he is currently taking part in.
The Mayor was very impressed by the school facilities, the large and light learning areas, and the vibrant atmosphere around the campus. During and after the visit, both the mayor and the alderman were very interested in further strengthening bonds between the school and the local community, and invited our students to participate in the ‘Jocs Escolars’ sports programme taking place in Sitges, as well as organising activities at BSB Sitges to make cultural links with Catalan and local traditions as a facilitator to integrate our international community into the life of the town.
It was an enjoyable, enriching visit which will definitely have a positive impact in the lives of our children and the whole BSB Sitges community in the near future.