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20 European Universities Meet at BSB Nexus

For the third year in a row, BSB held its annual UK and European University Fair on 18th April at BSB Nexus, the new Pre-University campus in Castelldefels.


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BSB Students Reflect on “Sharing to Learn” Project at Castelldefels Radio

Amazing presentation of language assistants Anna G, Anna de A and Matthew about their participation in the “Sharing to Learn” project at Castelldefels radio station (98.0 FM).


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BSB Achieve Fair Play Trophy at 2018 Education First Football Cup

On Sunday, 18th March, pupils from both Castelldefels and Sitges campuses took part in Education First Football Cup in Barcelona. The children were rewarded with their efforts picking up the fair play trophy at the tournament


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200 Primary Students Perform in Music Recitals

200 Primary students from BSB Sitges and BSB Castelldefels were invited to perform in a celebration of music at 2018 KS2 Recitals


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Celebrating Love of Reading at Fourth BISA (Unofficial) Children’s Lit Quiz

52 eager literary buffs across Key Stage 3 share and celebrate their love of reading and literature at Fourth BISA (Unofficial) Children’s Lit Quiz at the Castelldefels campus. One of the BSB teams comes joint runner-up!


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Impeccable Performance of Year 6 at Sitges Traditional Games Event

On 9th March 2018, the whole of Year 6 Kusama and Warhol took part in a Traditional Games Event organised by the Sitges Council with five other Sitges Primary schools, an activity which will only support their transition to Secondary school in September.


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BSB at Harvard Model Congress Europe (HMCE) 2018

We are thrilled to report that BSB students attended the Harvard Model Congress Europe (HMCE) which took place in Madrid from 9th to 12th March.


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BSB Excels at Successful BISA Football 2018 Tournament

On 1st and 2nd March, over 60 of our U14, U16 and U18 boys and girls football teams took to the field for the annual BISA Football Tournament


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Thank You for Supporting BSB and Save the Children

BSB Sponsored Walk/Race for Save the Children

A lovely day for the 11th BSB Sponsored Walk/Run organised by CAS students at the Olympic Canal to raise money for Save the Children


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BSB Once Again Ranked as One of Best International Schools in Spain

BSB ranks as one of best international schools in Spain

The BSB has once again been named as one of the top 30 Best International Schools in Spain by the national “El Mundo” newspaper.


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The BSB Organises the Fourth Unofficial Kids Lit Quiz between BISA Schools

52 students from seven member schools of the Barcelona International Schools Association (BISA) will take part. The aim of the competition is to encourage wide reading for pleasure and a love for books amongst young people


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BSB Organises Sponsored Walk/Race in Aid of Save The Children

3rd March, 10am, at the Olympic Canal in Castelldefels – BSB fundraising event to support Save the Children´s programmes against child malnutrition


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BSB at Leading Educational Training and Technology Show (BETT 2018)

The inspiring experience of some members of the BSB and Cognita Spain at the British Educational Training and Technology show (BETT 2018).


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Record Number of BSB Entries for ABRSM Music Exams

No less than 70 Students at the BSB have registered for practical instrument exams with ABRSM in the May/June exam period!


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BSB Celebrates Funds-Awarding Ceremony for Malayaka House

First stage of the recent collaboration between BSB students and Malayaka House Orphanage in Entebbe, Uganda. Students presented the funds raised so far.


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Most Prestigious Spanish Universities At BSB Fair

BSB Castelldefels hosts ninth Spanish University Fair with 25 leading universities to inform students of undergraduate courses and entrance requirements.


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MD Cognita Spain explains the educational model of the future in La Vanguardia

Luisa Tristán, Managing Director of Cognita Spain, examines the need to transform the current educational model into a system which meets the requirements of a future that is presently yet unknown to us. (La Vanguardia newspaper)


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Buzzing BSB with Celebrated Author Paul Cookson

Paul Cookson, celebrated poet and performer, visits BSB and inspires everyone with his absolutely outstanding poetry performances


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BSB Sitges Shines at Handball Meeting

Impressive sportsmanship and respect, and considerable improvement in the performances of BSB students in handball meeting.


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Cognita Recognises Head of BSB Sitges Campus for Outstanding Achievement

Mrs Heather Bell, Head of the Sitges Campus of The British School of Barcelona, received the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award at the Cognita’s Global Education Conference 2017,


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Year 7 Compete in 8th BSB Spelling Bee

For the eighth year in a row, the BSB English Department held the much-anticipated ‘Spelling Bee Competition’. Twelve students who made it to the final!


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Mayor of Sitges visits BSB!

Last Friday, 15th December, the Mayor of Sitges, Miquel Forns i Fusté, and the Alderman of Education, Sports and Youth, Eduard Terrado i Pablo, paid a coutersy visit to the Sitges campus of The British School of Barcelona.


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Team-Building Dynamics for BSB Year 12 Students

On 9th November 83 Year 12 students and 8 BSB teachers took the winding road to Cardona for a two-day residential packed with activities designed around team building and getting to know one another. Mr Richardson; Director of Pre-U, tells us all about this fantastic new experience.


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En Garde! New Fencing Lessons at BSB Sitges

The week commencing 13th November saw the children experience an activity that is somewhat unusual for Primary school PE. All children in Years 3 to 6 at the BSB Sitges took part in fencing sessions delivered expertly by Club d´Esgrima Garraf.


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Young BSB Basketballers Make Mr McLachland Proud

On Saturday, 18th November, eight BSB students from Year 4 & 5 participated in a Basketball tournament of the Castelldefels Jocs Escolars programme. Proud Mr McLachlan, EYFS & Primary PE and Sport Specialist at BSB Sitges, tells us all about the experience:


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BSB Sitges Designs a Museum based on School Values

During Building BSB Values Week, the children created a whole museum in the BSB Theatre. Watch the impressive gallery!


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2 BSB Finalists at Royal Society of Biology Competition

Juan and Paola shortlisted at BioArtAttacks Competition. Their works were chosen out of 70 high quality and exciting entries.


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Action-Packed Half Term at BSB!

Now that our students and teaching staff are enjoying a well-deserved break, it’s time to reflect on the first half of this busy term at BSB.


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A-Level Geography Students Research Sitges Coastline

On 24th October, our Year 13 A-Level Geography students went on a fieldtrip to Sitges to get a deeper understanding of coastal land forms, the hazards they produce and how different areas manage these hazards, three key aspects of their advanced curriculum.


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BSB Welcomes Bromley’s Jazz Orchestra & Choir

Leading girl’s Bromley High School, in South London, visited the BSB during their regular music tour around Europe and beyond.


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‘Spooktacular’ time at BSB Primary Halloween Discos

Trick or Treat? It’s only 25th October but Halloween is already lurking in our Primary school. The time has come for good-luck witches, friendly ghosts, jack-o-lanterns and black cats to show up!


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BSB wins Five Medals at Castelldefels Cross Country

On Saturday, 21st October, we welcomed the start of the ‘Jocs Escolars’ season of sporting events in Castelldefels with the 1st Cross Country run, historically the first event in the sports calendar, with many more exciting opportunities coming up!


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Astounding Results in BSB Music Deparment: ABRSM and Rockschool Music Awards Ceremony

On Tuesday, 26th September, the BSB held the first formal ABRSM and Rockschool Music Awards Ceremony. Mr Hebden (Director of Learning – Arts) and Mr Petrie (Head of Secondary and Pre-U) presented our students with their Music certificates in a very emotive session which will now become an annual event.


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Ex-Basketball Player Iñaki Zubizarreta Speaks of Anti-Bullying with Pre-U Year 12

Iñaki Zubizarreta Tellería, former professional basketball player, came to visit us this week to talk about bullying to our Year 12 students. Iñaki is a current collaborator of a Spanish anti-bullying organisation called “No al Acoso Escolar”, since he was a victim of bullying himself during school days.


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Timofey and Valeriy Win Catalan and Spanish Olympic Rowing Championships

At BSB we enjoy celebrating our pupils’ accomplishments. We love when they obtain outstanding academic results, when they win sports tournaments representing the school, and when they come first in any of the various contests they take part in: maths, literature, science, physics… the list is endless. But we are likewise proud and delighted when they succeed outside school.


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Creating “a Cohesive, Well-Supported School Chain”, by Chief Executive, Chris Jansen

“The most fundamental thing is the quality of the teaching that happens in the classroom, sure. But all of the people around that, not just the teacher, are important too. So the ICT has got to work, the facilities managed, the right HR, admission, safeguarding systems.” Chris Jansen, Cognita’s Chief Executive.


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All Year 10 Students to Enjoy The International Award

The International Award (or The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award) is here to stay! With 10-years of history, a team of 16 devoted staff and more than 250 students trained by now, the BSB is taking The Award to the extra mile this year.


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Congratulations to High-Achieving BSB Students

This has been another successful year for our Year 11, 12 and 13 students! Their excellent results in GCSE, A Level and PCE* external examinations last school year are the best possible reward for a dedicated year of determination and hard work.


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The Role of Play by Ms Coleman on “El Mundo” Newspaper

Ms Coleman, Head of Inclusion for Primary at BSB Castelldefels, was recently asked to share her views about the benefits of play for all children. Her sound advice was included in a very interesting report where other educational professionals also explained their opinions about this topic.


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Secondary Headteacher Chairs Talk at Top History Festival

Last July, Mr Petrie, Head of Secondary at BSB Castelldefels, had the honour of chairing a keynote talk at the prestigious Chalke Valley History Festival. This is the biggest History Festival in the UK and takes place over the course of a week in beautiful countryside just outside the city of Salisbury.


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BSB Fundraising Summer Fair Raises 3,400 euros

We are pleased to announce that our children, parents and school staff all together have raised 3,400 euros for AMIS, a local non-for-profit association of parents with disabled children, based in Sitges.


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Thrilling Maths Day for KS2 BSB Mathletes

On Friday, 26th May children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 of BSB Castelldefels enjoyed a full day of fun, interesting and educational Maths activities. The idea behind was ‘to cultivate an enjoyment and love for this subject, stimulate minds, develop mastery and problem solving skills, and encourage those who find it difficult and unenjoyable to enjoy it through interesting and exciting activities’, Mr Antcliffe, KS2 Maths coordinator explained.


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The ‘Magic of the Musicals’ on the BSB Stage

The Theatre of BSB Castelldefels equaled a West End stage with a terrific musical extravaganza tribute to some of the finest and best loved songs ever. The ‘Magic of the Musicals’ show was the culmination of months of hard work of this Society who had been preparing this event all throughout the Spring term during society time and for three more weeks after the Easter holidays during lunch times.


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Ms Allen’s Metacognition Featured on ‘Ser Padres’

Meaghan Allen, Lower KS2 Leader of BSB Sitges, has recently had an article about Metacognition published on the Ser Padres website, a leading online and print Spanish Magazine source for lots of family information about pregnancy, babies, toddlers and teenagers.


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‘The Kick Off’ for the BISA Sports Leagues!

On Friday 19th May, 85 students from both BSB Sitges and BSB Castelldefels combined as teams to celebrate the launch of the new BISA Sports Leagues that will commence in September 2017. The sports that will be represented initially are Basketball, Volleyball and Football, with the latter sport being used as the opening event.


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The Year 5 Superkids Strike Back!

The BSB became home to 81 Superheroes during the annual Year 5 Summer Show in early May.
The Year 5 children performed their amazing production of The Superkids Strike Back! An all singing, all dancing spectacular written by Mr Antcliffe, Year 5 Maroon teacher, and directed by the Year 5 teachers, Miss Gilbert and Mrs Tomlinson.


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Nursery Children Go to the Beach!

On 8th May, all the Nursery classes of BSB Castelldefels enjoyed a warm lovely morning at the Castelldefels beach. The trip consisted of a walk down to the beach where the children used their buckets and spades to dig and make sand castles, and went down to the water for a paddle in small groups.


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Award-Winning Author Rob Lloyd Jones Visits BSB

As part of the Year 6-7 ‘Transition Day’ which took place on Friday 12th May at BSB Castelldefels for students from both year groups and both campuses to meet, mix and learn in a fun, varied day, Ms Kelly (Director of Learning for English and Languages) and Mrs Walker (English Leader for EYFS and Primary) arranged a visit by award-winning children’s author Rob Lloyd Jones.


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Grand Opening of Year 13 ‘Viewpoints’ Exhibition

To round off a brilliant period of creativity and exploration in the IB Visual Arts course, Year 13 students of BSB Sitges set up an exhibition to display their art work according to their intentions and the relationship they wished to establish between the art works and the audience. The result was a remarkable exhibition entitled ‘Viewpoints’ which included 8 art works for students, teachers and visiting parents to see, enjoy and reflect on.


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Year 8 Explore their Inner Peace

On 3rd May, Year 8 students took part in an Inner Peace workshop, a brand-new activity organised by their Music teacher, Miss Hunter, to channel inner peace through the use of Indian music.


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Memorable Year 6 End-of-Year Trip

At the end of April, a cohort of 76 children from BSB Castelldefels and BSB Sitges set off on their traditional end-of-year trip to the United Kingdom. This trip is a reward/transition activity for Year 6 children to enjoy and have fun, whilst fulfilling many other curricular aspects, such as the PSHE element.


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‘Reading at Home’ – Practical Tips for Parents

On the 27th April Mrs Lesley Walker, BSB English Subject Leader for EYFS and Primary, conducted a new Family Club Workshop for parents of 5-12-year-old children in BSB Castelldefels.
The ‘Reading at Home’ workshop was aimed at encouraging parents to read effectively with their children at home with an emphasis on reading for pleasure.


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BSB Record Entries in UKMT Junior Maths Challenge

A record 120 Year 7 and 8 students of BSB Castelldefels and Sitges campuses took the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Junior Maths Challenge at the end of April, out of approximately 200,000 entrants.


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Year 7 Explore Ancient Egyptian Civilisation

In April 46 “Sociales” students of BSB Castelldefels visited the Egyptian Museum of Barcelona. This is a regular trip in the subject curriculum, as it helps building on and enriching the students’ class work during the Spring term.


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Year 12 Silver International Award Practice Adventurous Journey

From Thursday, 30th March to Saturday, 1st April, the Silver International Award students went out on a 3-day training expedition with Mr Oldfield, Mr Woodward and Mr Taylor.


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GCSE Drama Students Create Their Own Star Performances

Building on the GCSE Drama course, on 20th March Year 11 Drama students ran their Practical Performances in front of an audience (parents, staff and fellow students) in the school Theatre.


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Over 100 Primary Music Students Perform at the BSB

For the first time, and coinciding with the end of the Spring Term, our Music students in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) performed a series of instrument recitals in the school Theatre.


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The BSB raises 610 euros for UNICEF on Sant Jordi

This year a group of parents of the BSB, supported by the school, organised a fundraising book stall where families could buy second-hand English language books, participate in storytelling and enjoy some art and crafts activities.


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Michelin-Starred Restaurant Imparts a Workshop during BSB Science Week

On 31st March, BSB Castelldefels held a workshop with Nil Dulcet, chief cook of Disfrutar Catalan restaurant. Disfrutar was set up by the three most recent chefs of renowned El Bulli restaurant, and has been awarded a Michelin star and recognised as the Best Restaurant in Europe 2016, as well as holding other prestigious awards.


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BSB ‘Barbarians’ Compete in First Ever International HMC Rugby Tournament

On Wednesday 29th March, nine Y10 Boys met at BCN T1 to take a flight to compete in the first ever HMC Rugby Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal.


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Nursery classes make “Monas de Pascua”

Before Easter our Nursery children spent a lovely morning in Can Montcau with their teachers. The activity was called “Monas de Pascua”, in reference to the traditional (and delicious) original cake of Easter Monday (“Día de la Mona”).


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First BSB Castelldefels & Sitges Secondary Sports Day Ever

On Tuesday 28th March, BSBC and BSBS combined for the first time as a whole school in our Secondary Sports Day! The change in focus this year was a move towards a full athletics meet.


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BSB Becomes COBIS Accredited Member

We are pleased to announce that The British School of Barcelona has been confirmed as a COBIS Accredited Member.


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BSB Sitges holds Parents Workshop on Social Media

Parents of Years 7 and 8 students met on Wednesday, 29th March, to discuss social media. This was an initiative from the Secondary department in BSB Sitges, which links to the BSB commitment to keep our children as safe as they can be.


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BSB Students Offer GCSE / A Level Music Recital

Well-done to our young musicians in their GCSE / A Level Recital last week! Beautiful voices, brilliant performances, lovely repertoire!


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Year 7 Catalan Lesson in Montserrat Abbey

Last week sixty-six Year 7 students of BSB Castelldefels spent the day in Montserrat with some of the teachers of the Modern Foreign Languages department (Mrs Reyes, Mr Rius and Miss Martínez) and the Director of Learning English and Languages, Mrs Kelly.


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Exciting Year 2 Learning Experience in Catalunya en Miniatura

The Year 2 children of BSB Castelldefels spent an exciting day on Monday, 20th March, at Catalunya en Miniatura, a very interesting theme park which showcases the most important places of Catalonia through scale models. The visit was linked to this term’s Geography topic work based on “A Journey through Spain”, with a focus on Catalonia.


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Terrific Science Week at BSB Sitges!

Last week the Early Years and Primary department in BSB Sitges celebrated the “Science Week”, a terrific exhibition of scientific experiments and activities leading up to a Primary Science Fair on Friday, the first ever in the school.


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Year 9 Sociales students visit the MNAC

Building up on the Sociales syllabus, the BSB Castelldefels Year 9 students visited the MNAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya) on 15th March.


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Amazing Southbank International School London Visits BSB String Ensemble

Last week, the Southbank International School London String Orchestra came to BSB for a four-day exchange visit. A group of music students from Year 3 to Year 12, from BSB Sitges and BSB Castelldefels, had the opportunity to share and learn together and perform a series of concerts.


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BSB Graduate Eva Vilà Appointed Queen of Sitges Carnival 2017

We could barely conceal our excitement at the news coming from Sitges! Eva Vilà, former BSB student, was chosen Queen of Sitges Carnival this year. This was a truly deserved reward to a life of commitment to one of the most celebrated and renowned festivities in the area.


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‘Forest School’ Programme Explained. By Richard Skrein

We asked Mr Skrein, Forest Schools Practitioner and responsible for the programme in BSB Sitges, to share with parents his ‘Forest School’ experience.


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BSB Wins BISA Children’s Literature Quiz

Congratulations to our students who won the third BISA Children’s Lit Quiz! The event was hosted at the American School of Barcelona on Thursday, 9th March, and eight BSB students across Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) took part in this activity focused around reading for pleasure.


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Art Students Explore Modernist Ramon Casas Artwork

On Friday, 17th February, BSB Sitges Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 IB Art students visited the Ramon Casas exhibition in the Maricel Museum in Sitges.


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BSB Ranked Among Top International Schools in Spain for 2017

The British School of Barcelona has been shortlisted as one of The Best International Schools in Spain by the Spanish newspaper “El Mundo”, and one of the only six international schools selected in the whole of Catalonia. The annual ranking, which was published yesterday, is the result of a very […]


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Enriching the Curriculum on the Snowy Slopes of the Pyrenees

Both BSB Sitges and BSB Castelldefels students enjoyed a wonderful experience on the snow with their peers and teachers last month. This is an annual trip for those Year 5 to 10 students who would like to spend three days in La Cerdanya and improve their ability in skiing or […]


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“How about Carnival?” What Our Senior Leadership Say

Carnival is excitement and fun, wigs and masks, fancy dresses and make-up, public street parades and masquerade balls. But Carnival is much more than just a festive season. It’s an impressive display of creativity and a mesmerising spectacle of music and dance skills! This year we have asked our Senior […]


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BSB Sitges Admissions Officer Introduces New Campus

Last week, Mrs Yaiza González, Admissions Officer in BSB Sitges, presented the new campus that The British School of Barcelona has in the town of Sitges in an interview with the local radio “Radio Castelldefels”. Mrs González explained that the campus in Sitges joined the Cognita Group of schools over […]


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Learners from The British School of Barcelona Achieve Top Results in Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards

Six learners from The British School of Barcelona have received prestigious awards from Cambridge International Examinations to acknowledge their outstanding performance in the November 2015 and November 2016 Cambridge examination series. The Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards programme celebrates the success of learners taking Cambridge examinations in over 40 countries around […]


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Amazing Participation: 101 BSB Students at UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge

As part of our mathematical enrichment curriculum for our more talented mathematicians, every year BSB students are encouraged to participate in several worldwide Maths challenges set by the UK Mathematical Trust. The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are designed to promote problem solving and stimulate interest in Maths. There are three […]


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BSB Compete in Inter-School Mini-Athletics

On Saturday,11th February, nine Year 1, 2 and 3 pupils from BSB represented the school and themselves in a Castelldefels ‘Jocs Escolars’ Mini-Athletics event hosted at Can Vinader Sports Stadium. Mr Jonathan Cross, Head of Learning Sports at BSB Sitges and Castelldefels, reports on the event: “Boys and Girls from […]


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Year 1 and “The Shoe Tree” Puppet Show

Year 1 enjoyed a wonderful puppet show on the 3rd of February. The “Pea Green Boat” company came to perform “The Shoe Tree”, a play linked to a picture book children are reading in class. The activity was “a really inspiring way to finish our Toy topic. It had all […]


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Delightful Taster Session to Get to Know the BSB Early Years

On the 1st of February, the Early Years department in BSB Castelldefels organised a new Arts & Crafts Taster Session for prospective families with 2 to 4 year-old children. The Taster Session lasted an hour during which Ms Martin, Early Years Leader, and Mrs Kinnen, Reception Teacher, held a variety […]


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19 BSB Students Awarded in Enigma Maths Challenge

Mr Oldfield, Maths teacher in BSB Castelldefels, is proud to announce the results and certificates of the “Enigma Maths Challenge”, which was held at the end of last term. The Enigma Maths Challenge is a bi-annual series of online, academic challenges designed to be a fun way for students in […]


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Year 3 Meet a Spinosaurus in the Museu Blau of Barcelona

Last month the Year 3 class in BSB Sitges visited Museu Blau, the Natural Sciences Museum of Barcelona, located in the Forum Park. The museum has become since 2011 an open and dynamic facility, which aims to share knowledge on the diversity and evolution of the natural world in the […]


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BSB Parents Learn Phonics

On 24th January, the Family Club team in Sitges held a new Parents Workshop for parents from Nursery to Year 2. The subject, “Phonics”, was aimed at enabling parents to understand how we teach reading to children in school. During the workshop the BSB teachers explained the system through which […]


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Learning Maths… the English Way!

On Tuesday, 24th January, 28 parents of children in Key Stage 2 attended our first-ever “Mathematical Calculations, the English Way!” Parents Workshop. It was a very successful and well-attended Family Club activity, as parents were curious as to how mathematical calculations differed between the UK and Spain (and from what […]


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BSB Head of Spanish Access Presents 8th Spanish University Fair

On Wednesday, 25th January, The British School of Barcelona held the 8th Spanish University Fair. The University Fair is organised on an annual basis to support BSB and external students and their parents as they begin to research and select undergraduate courses. Every year we invite the most prestigious higher […]


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Award-Winning Illustrator Visits BSB

Last week Korky Paul, popular illustrator for children, came to the BSB to present his latest work and run some workshops with our children in Reception and Primary in both campuses, Castelldefels and Sitges. The activity was intended to raise book awareness in children and show them that writing, reading, […]


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Challenging Geography Trip to Delta del Llobregat

On the 17th January the Year 5 and Year 6 students in BSB Sitges went on a 5k walk through the Delta del Llobregat nature reserve with their teachers, Ms Satchel and Ms Usher. The classes used this visit for many different learning objectives. They walked in the wilderness of […]


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What a lovely day in the Zoo!

Last week our young 5-year-old children spent the day in the Barcelona Zoo with their class teachers. The visit was linked to the Year 1 Science topic of classifying animals, recognising animal types and groups (carnivores, herbivores, omnivores), finding out about their habitats and recall the key facts about the […]


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Art Students Explore Printmaking

In mid-December, our Art students in Key Stage 4 and 5 attended a two-day workshop in Art Print Residence, a professional printmaking studio located in a rural location in Arenys de Munt, near Barcelona. This was an opportunity for our (I)GCSE and A Level groups to work with a group […]


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Cultural visits in the Y8 & 9 Curriculum

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 […]


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Thanks for Making Lian’s Wish Come True!

We would like to share our delight at the latest news from Make-A-Wish Spain, with all the BSB community – students, parents and staff, at both campuses Castelldefels and Sitges. As previously posted (see post), the BSB Primary Fundraising Society were involved in selling 300 Wish Stars to make Lian’s […]


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“Star Baker” Violeta wins The Great British School of Barcelona Bake Off

The last day of school before the holiday break, students in Year 7 were involved into a new Christmas activity organised by Ms Outram, Ms Fernández and Ms Ferré. “The Great British School of Barcelona Bake Off” is a new school competition, based on the popular UK television show “The […]


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Year 5 Meet a Real Firefighter!

Just imagine the excitement of our Year 5 children when a firefighter came into school on the 14th December! All children in the world love firefighters, their uniforms, their fire engines, the hoses, ladders, lights and alarms… So, to build up on the PSHE topic “Fire Safety and Roles in […]


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Year 12 Students and Parents at Second BSB “Speed Mentoring Forum”

As part of our wider provision for Sixth Formers, and building up on the whole “6th Form Experience”, last November Mr Petrie, Academic Deputy Head of Secondary of BSB Castelldefels, organised the second edition of our successful “Speed Mentoring Forum”. This is a networking event where Year 12 students and […]


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THE BRITISH SCHOOL OF BARCELONA INAUGURA LES NOVES INSTAL·LACIONS AMB UNA GRAN FESTA MULTITUDINÀRIA

La inversió de l’ampliació ha estat de 4,7 milions d’euros L’acte ha comptat amb representació del Consolat Britànic i l’Ajuntament de Castellfedels The British School of Barcelona ha inaugurat aquest dissabte, amb un esdeveniment multitudinari, les noves instal·lacions resultants de l’ampliació del centre. L’acte institucional ha estat presidit pel director […]


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Thinking of Others at Christmas

Making Wishes Come True The BSB Primary Fundraising Society in Castelldefels have been restlessly working on the Make-a-Wish campaign this term, an initiative driven by the Make-A-Wish Spain Foundation. The fundraising team of students in Years 5 and 6 have spent about 6 Monday afternoons over 6 weeks preparing this […]


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Secondary Students Delve into Barcelona’s Past

Year 8 and 9 History Trip to Refugi 307 and the Civil War Sites of Barcelona By Mr Petrie “Although not part of their current History curriculum, the importance of the Spanish Civil War to all subsequent twentieth century history and the fact that we are fortunate enough to have […]


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A Mobile Planetarium to Arouse Year 8 Curiosity

Since Year 8 are currently learning about the earth and space in their Science curriculum, Mr Bower, Head of Key Stage 3 Science, and his team, arranged the visit of Cel Obert to set up a mobile planetarium in the BSB Castelldefels gym. It was an amazing experience for the […]


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Year 4 Explore Joan Miró’s Abstract Universe

On 15th December, Year 4 children set out for a school trip to the Miró Art Gallery in Barcelona. The “Fundació Joan Miró” is an internationally renowned centre for the study and dissemination of Joan Miró’s collection and contemporary art research. During the visit, Year 4 classes had a personal […]


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Year 7 Compete in 7th BSB Spelling Bee

For the seventh year in a row, the BSB department of English held the Spelling Bee Competition. Inspired by the award-winning film ‘Akeelah and the Bee’, Year 7 students have been busy learning spellings and improving spelling techniques during their once-a-week Grammar lessons this half term to compete against each […]


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Practical ‘Hands-On’ Geography for Year 12 A Level Students

On 16th November, Miss Girvan (Head of Geography) and Mr McDonagh (Maths Teacher) took Year 12 Geography students to the Natural Park of Montseny. This is a regular activity in the A Level Geography curriculum aimed to revise the first topic of study related to Hydrology and Fluvial Geomorphology. This […]


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BSB Sixth Formers Achieve Certificates at UKMT Senior Maths Challenge

On Tuesday, 8th November fifteen Year 12 and Year 13 students took part in the UKMT Senior Maths Challenge, a Mathematical enrichment activity which promotes problem solving as part of a worldwide challenge set by the UK Mathematical Trust. The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are designed to stimulate interest in […]


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BSB Students Play at Hellenic Centre, London

In mid-November four BSB Music students took part in a string orchestra exchange with Southbank International School, a Cognita school located in the heart of London. Southbank International School had already visited BSB back in March (see news) and this was our return trip organised by Mr Hebden (Director of […]


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BSB Pays Tribute to Remembrance Day

Every year the BSB pays homage to Remembrance Day, a memorial day which is observed on the 11th of November around the globe to recall the end of hostilities of World War I “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” in 1918. In the BSB […]


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The new BSB Inter House Sports Competition is well underway!

Our new Inter House Sports competitions have had a fantastic impact immediately within BSB. Both Schools (Castelldefels and Sitges) have started their own programmes of House activities with Wednesday afternoons being given to weekly Inter House sports events. The first Inter House sports event was Dodgeball, students from Years 3 […]


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Brilliant Start of the Bronze International Award Society

As every year, the BSB International Award Society is up and running and many activities and expeditions are already on their way. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an amazing and a challenging experience for our young students who are required to work on a skill, a sport and […]


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Portuguese St Julian’s School visits our A Level Students

In early November, six A Level Spanish and Catalan students participated in a language exchange session with visiting St Julian’s School from Lisbon. Miss Amado and Miss Pérez, Spanish and Catalan teachers of the BSB, organised this encounter with the British international school located in Carcavelos, between central Lisbon and […]


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Insightful A Level Geography Field Trip to Sitges

The BSB Geography team have been involved in several field activities this term. In late October fifteen Year 13 A Level Geography students took to the nearby Sitges to do a coastal management study as part of the core curriculum. Accompanied by Miss Girvan (Head of Geography) and Mr Kelly […]


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BSB Drama Students Relish Acclaimed Performances

On the 27th October, the BSB Drama students were lucky enough to get the opportunity to see the West End smash ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ at the Teatre Poliorama in Barcelona. The show has enjoyed considerable success around the world, and all BSB students study […]


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Year 11 Biology Students Visit CRAM Foundation

Nothing equals a field trip to stimulate interest for a given subject. Clearly, Ms Mulhall, our Director of Learning Science, is convinced of the positive impact of educational visits on students’ learning. To this end, she and her team, Mr Bower and Ms Cuadrado, organised a visit for Year 11 […]


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BSB Year 9 wins Debate Competition

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 […]


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Thrilling morning for Year 4 at Police Station

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 […]


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Mud Kitchens in Early Years

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 […]


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BSB Parents Learn to Manage Children’s Use of Technology

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 […]


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BSB Swimming Winners at Medal Ceremony

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 […]


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Outstanding Young Speakers at Annual Speech Competition

Last week we held our annual Primary Speech Competition in the BSB 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 […]


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Year 5 Big Sing at BSB

On Thursday, 28th April St Paul’s School came to sing with BSB Year 5 students in our 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 […]


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Graduate Nic wins Rugby Championship in Berkeley

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 […]


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New families meet their Nursery classes

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 […]


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BSB hosts BISA Football Tournament 2016

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 […]


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

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 […]


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“The Enormous Turnip”: Story Time for Nursery

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 […]


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Gaudí’s work revealed: Year 5 trip to Reus

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 […]


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Festive Sant Jordi at BSB Fun Saturday

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 […]


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Inspection Report Reveals BSB Compliance with British Schools Overseas Standards

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 […]


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BSB Team wins BISA Children’s Lit Quiz

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 […]


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Year Four go Wild!

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 […]


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Year 8 step back in time in Barcino

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 […]


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The Global Fund for Children featured at the Secondary Club Magazine

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 […]


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Maria’s Vet Work Experience (Year 12)

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 […]


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Happy Easter Egg Hunt!

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 […]


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“The Best Sports Day” at BSB

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 […]


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BSB Parents Learn Healthy Eating Habits in School

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 […]


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UK Leading Universities at the BSB

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 […]


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Southbank International School’s String ensemble visits BSB

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 […]


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BSB Medallists at Castelldefels Swimming Competition

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 […]


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

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 […]


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BSB Cooking on a Fun Saturday morning

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 […]


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

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 […]


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A Ski Trip to Remember

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 […]


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Helping students find the right career path

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 […]


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

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 […]


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The Intermediate UKMT Maths Challenge

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 […]


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BSB Tin Soldiers in Exciting Sitges Children´s Carnival Parade

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 […]


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Exciting Year 4 Trip to Miró’s Museum

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 […]


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Grand Open Morning

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. […]


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28 European Universities at BSB annual conference

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 […]


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Award-winning British author visits our children

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 […]


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English Successes!

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 […]


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€ 4,662.60 for charity during Autumn term

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 […]


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Thrilling Science on Saturday Morning

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 […]


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Cognita Group Acquires International School of Barcelona

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 […]


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BSB joins Model United Nations again

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 […]


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Grand BISA Music Festival

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 […]


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Successful Open Morning

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 […]


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Exciting Year 12 Silver International Award expedition

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, […]


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

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 […]


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Making a noise about bullying

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 […]


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“All My Sons” at the BSB

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 […]


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

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 […]


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Good news for our talented students!

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 […]


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“We shall not forget”, Year 12Ga

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 […]


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Parents learn Early Phonics Skill with us

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 […]


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The International Award sets off!

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 […]


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Scary Halloween at the BSB!

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 […]


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Having fun at the first cross-country competition

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 […]


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

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 […]


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Successful Early Years and Primary Open Afternoon

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 […]


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The Global Fund for Children Meet our Students

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 […]


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Introducing Sean: BSB Scholar for Excellence 2015-2017

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 […]


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

On the evening of Tuesday 6 October, Mr Petrie and Mr Musson gave a presentation in the BSB 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, […]


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

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 […]


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The BSB awards for outstanding achievement

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 Theatre.


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Caring for the New BSB Families

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 […]


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Y13 stories from the 2015 Hay Festival in Segovia

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 […]


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The Shakespeare Board Games

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 […]


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The After-school Activities Fair – Program & Goals

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 […]


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Four Dutch PE teachers visit the BSB

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 […]


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The BSB Headteachers welcome families to the new school year

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 […]


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The Enrichment Programme sets off

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 […]


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

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 […]


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IGCSE students conduct Geography fieldwork

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, […]


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Glorious Year 6 “Oliver!” musical

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 […]


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406€ donation to Fundació Josep Carreras

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 […]


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Granvia Mar Sports Club First Swimming Event

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 […]


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Powerful Year 5 Summer Concert

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 […]


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Language Assistant Programme Closing Ceremony

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 […]


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Oxford Explained at the BSB

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 […]


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Year 6 celebrates their end of year in London

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 […]


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The BSB ranks fourth in tennis tournament

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 […]


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Successful Fundraising Summer Fair

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 […]


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Engaging May beach volleyball tournaments

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 […]


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Making stage transitions smooth

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, […]


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‘The Clockbreakers’ win ‘Sitges Has Talent’ competition

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 […]


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Year 1 travel back in History in Castellet castle

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 […]


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

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 […]


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Patrick Cockburn meets Year 10 History Group

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 […]


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