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Your weekly source for the latest and breaking BSB news: Inspiring stories and images from around the school. Bookmark this page!


‘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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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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