The inspiring experience of some members of the BSB and Cognita Spain at the British Educational Training and Technology show (BETT 2018).
No less than 70 Students at the BSB have registered for practical instrument exams with ABRSM in the May/June exam period!
First stage of the recent collaboration between BSB students and Malayaka House Orphanage in Entebbe, Uganda. Students presented the funds raised so far.
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)
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,
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.
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:
During Building BSB Values Week, the children created a whole museum in the BSB Theatre. Watch the impressive gallery!
Juan and Paola shortlisted at BioArtAttacks Competition. Their works were chosen out of 70 high quality and exciting entries.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We asked Mr Skrein, Forest Schools Practitioner and responsible for the programme in BSB Sitges, to share with parents his ‘Forest School’ experience.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]