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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!


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


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