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Pupil Book of the Month / Recomendación lectora mensual de nuestros alumnos

By Cristina R., Year 8 student at Caxton College

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City of Bones – Cassandra Clare

“City of Bones” is the first book of the “The Mortal Instruments” series. It combines fantasy, adventure and romance in a magical world.

Clary Fray is a teenager. She starts seeing things other people can’t such as vampires, werewolves, warlocks and even fairies. She meets Isabelle, Alec and Jace who will go on the help her during her incredible adventure fighting demons. She also becomes conscious of the dangers of forbidden love.

I recommend this book to other students because the description is really effective; it plunges you into the shadowy world of the novel and hammers you with the story. You can even feel what the characters experience. If they are sad, tired, worried or happy, so are you. You open the book and dance through the pages as you create a new chapter in your life: the Shadowhunters phase!

Recommended for students aged from 12-16.

Want to learn more about the book or the writer?

http://shadowhunters.com/shadowhunters-novels/the-mortal-instruments/

Recomendación lectora mensual de nuestros alumnos

Por Cristina R., alumna de Year 8 de Caxton College

Ciudad de hueso – Cassandra Clare

“Ciudad de hueso” es el primer libro de la serie “Cazadores de sombras” y combina fantasía, aventura y romance en un mundo mágico.

Clary Fray es una adolescente que empieza a ver cosas que otras personas no pueden ver, como vampiros, hombres lobo, brujos e incluso hadas. Conoce entonces a Isabelle, Alec y Jace, quienes le ayudan durante una aventura increíble combatiendo demonios. Al mismo tiempo también se hace consciente de los peligros del amor prohibido.

Recomiendo este libro a otros estudiantes por el uso tan efectivo que hace de la descripción. Te sumerge en el mundo sombrío de la novela y te golpea con la historia. Incluso puede sentir lo que los personajes experimentan. Si están tristes, cansados, preocupados o felices, también tú llegas a estarlo. Abres el libro y bailas a través de las páginas a medida que creas un nuevo capítulo en tu vida: ¡la fase de los cazadores de sombras!

Recomendado para alumnos de 12 a 16 años.

¿Quieres aprender más sobre el libro o el escritor?

http://shadowhunters.com/shadowhunters-novels/the-mortal-instruments/

Teacher Book of the Month /Recomendación lectora mensual de nuestros profesores

By Ms Brunell, Secondary Teacher of Psychology at Caxton College

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Mindfulness for Busy People: Turning Frantic and Frazzled into Calm and Composed –Michael Sinclair and Josie Seydel

This recommendation couldn’t come at a better time – although we’ve had the Christmas break, many students are in the thick of exams and feeling the strain.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by life it is a really helpful book to get you to focus on the here and now. It is written in a straightforward way so anyone who wants to would be able to access the information. It is full of practical activities and if you get the kindle version you can access some mindful meditations as well.

https://www.amazon.es/Mindfulness-Busy-People-frazzled-composed/dp/0273789902/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1484059770&sr=8-2&keywords=mindfulness+for+busy+people

Recomendación lectora mensual de nuestros profesores

Por Ms Brunell, Profesora de Secundaria de Psicología en Caxton College

Mindfulness for Busy People: Turning Frantic and Frazzled into Calm and Composed – Michael Sinclair y Josie Seydel

Esta recomendación no puede venir en un mejor momento, aunque acabamos de tener el descanso de Navidad, muchos estudiantes están en medio de los exámenes y por ello pasando mucha tensión.

Si te sientes abrumado por tu ritmo vital este es un libro muy útil para que te centres en el aquí y el ahora. Está escrito de una manera directa y sencilla y lleno de actividades prácticas. Además, si obtienes la versión para Kindle, puedes acceder también a algunas sesiones de meditación.

https://www.amazon.es/Mindfulness-Busy-People-frazzled-composed/dp/0273789902/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1484059770&sr=8-2&keywords=mindfulness+for+busy+people

Pupil Book of the Month / Recomendación lectora mensual de nuestros alumnos

By María A., Year 8 student at Caxton College

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“The Fault in our Stars” – John Green

This book is all about Hazel Grace, a sixteen year old victim of thyroid cancer with mets in her lungs. She is described as a depressed and downhearted girl which spends at home most of her adolescence watching ‘America’s Next Top Model’. However, in reality, she is a very intellectual girl whose passion is re-reading the same novel over and over again, which changed the way she reacted to incidents in her life: ‘An Imperial Affliction’ (AIA). After being forced to attend Support Group classes, she luckily meets an amazing guy named Augustus Waters, who had suffered from osteosarcoma in his leg. As soon as their eyes meet, they immediately connect with each other. As a result of her recommending that he read her favourite book, they both start to have in common their passion for ‘AIA’. They continuously discuss the book, expressing their inner emotions and, thankfully, they keep in touch with each other for a long period of time.

The main reason I love this book, is not only because of the entertaining plot, but also because of the way the characters react to their daily incidents. They might only seem to be simple teenagers; however, they have the intellectual capacity of more intelligent and understanding people. They have suffered from situations in which they have been close to death a number of times, which have made them even stronger and contributed to help them admire the world from a different and more original view. In my opinion this novel is essential to read and to therefore understand how cancer victims feel, by putting ourselves in their shoes.

Link to the book on Amazon

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fault-Our-Stars-John-Green/dp/0141345659

Recomendación lectora mensual de nuestros alumnos

Por María A., alumna de Year 8 en Caxton College

“Bajo la misma estrella” – John Green

Este libro es sobre Hazel Grace, una víctima de cáncer de tiroides de dieciséis años con metástasis en sus pulmones. Ella se describe como una chica deprimida y desanimada que pasa en casa la mayor parte de su adolescencia viendo ‘America’s Next Top Model’. Sin embargo, en realidad, es una chica intelectual cuya pasión es volver a leer la misma novela (“Una aflicción imperial”) una y otra vez, hecho que cambió la forma en que reaccionó ante sus acontecimientos vitales. Después de ser obligada a asistir a clases de terapia de grupo, tiene la suerte de conocer a un tipo increíble llamado Augustus Waters, que había sufrido de osteosarcoma en la pierna. En cuanto sus miradas se cruzan, inmediatamente conectan entre sí. Augustus lee el libro favorito de Hazel y ambos empiezan a compartir su pasión por “Una aflicción imperial”. Ellos discuten continuamente aspectos del libro expresando sus emociones internas.

La principal razón por la que me encanta este libro, no es sólo por la trama entretenida, sino también por la forma en que los personajes reaccionan a las incidentes del día a día. Pueden parecer adolescentes sencillos, sin embargo, son personas inteligentes y comprensivas. Han sufrido situaciones en las que han estado cerca de la muerte varias veces, lo que les ha hecho aún más fuertes y ha contribuido a ayudarles a admirar el mundo desde una perspectiva diferente y más original. En mi opinión, es imprescindible leer esta novela y, por tanto, entender cómo se sienten las víctimas de cáncer, poniéndonos en su lugar.

Link al libro en Amazon

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fault-Our-Stars-John-Green/dp/0141345659

La Royal Academy of Dance entra en la escuela de Ballet de Caxton College / The Royal Academy of Dance comes to the Caxton College Ballet School

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La diferencia se deja notar en los matices. Con esta singular visión Caxton College invierte permanentemente en una innovación educativa que cuida los detalles para que sus alumnos crezcan personal y profesionalmente.

Este modelo educativo integral está generando talento no solo en las aulas sino también alrededor de ellas. Esas áreas que están viendo incrementadas cualitativamente su eficiencia tienen que ver con la proyección de sus extraescolares y su recién estrenado club deportivo destinado, entre otros propósitos, a explorar el mundo de la competición y a potenciar los valores deportivos en los alumnos.

De este modo, las clases de ballet acaban de ampliar su orientación académica puesto que van a seguir el método de enseñanza de la Royal Academy of Dance de Londres impartido por el prestigioso Centro de Danza Mari Cruz Alcalá. Gracias a este acuerdo los alumnos de Caxton College podrán preparar sus exámenes para obtener los diplomas y certificados de reconocimiento internacional que otorga la Royal.

Mari Cruz Alcalá será la responsable, junto con su equipo técnico, de la formación de estos alumnos para que cuando se examinen por los cualificados profesores de la institución británica obtengan uno altos resultados. Esta decana bailarina, con más de cuarenta años dedicada a la danza y dirigiendo cuatro centros de baile que ofrecen la misma titulación y enseñanza reglada que el Conservatorio de Valencia, pone de manifiesto la apuesta que Caxton College está llevando a cabo con esta extraescolar. “Este colegio tiene que apuntar a la excelencia en todas las líneas formativas a las que se enfrenta”, asegura Ana Belén Álvaro, directora deportiva que está gestionando este tipo de optimizaciones en el área extracurricular.

“Nuestra forma de entender la danza es muy limpia ya que se preocupa por la salud corporal del bailarín. Los niños son frágiles y moldeables por lo que si no hacemos un trabajo adecuado su cuerpo puede sufrir y tener daños considerables que le impidan avanzar en esta práctica”, confirma Mari Cruz Alcalá, un alma inconformista y luchadora que vive de manera incondicional para el baile. “La danza implica una gran formación para los niños ya que desarrollan su condición física, su coordinación espacial, sus conocimientos musicales y su inteligencia en general”, explica con ilusión Mari Cruz Alcalá.

Con esta iniciativa de primera división el colegio británico de Puçol continúa en su cometido de proporcionar a sus alumnos una vida deportiva y artística dinámica, a la vez que competitiva y rigurosa, donde se trabajan valores individuales y colectivos.

“The Royal Academy of Dance comes to the Caxton College Ballet School”

The difference is in the details.  With this unique vision of the kind of avant-garde education we wish to offer, Caxton College is constantly investing in innovations that will enable our students to grow, both personally and professionally.  
This all-round educational model is encouraging talent, not only in the classrooms, but also outside of them.  Those areas that have seen their efficiency increased qualitatively have much to do with the development of the extracurricular activities and newly inaugurated Sports Club, and are aimed, among other things, at exploring the world of competition and enhancing the true values of sportsmanship. 

Following this same vision, our the ballet classes have just broadened their academic direction as they will now be following the teaching methods of the Royal Academy of Dance in London, taught by the prestigious Mari Cruz Alcalá Dance Centre. Thanks to this agreement, Caxton College students can prepare their exams to obtain the diplomas and internationally recognised certificates awarded by the Royal Ballet.

Mari Cruz Alcalá will be responsible, along with her technical team, for training these students so as to obtain the best possible results when they take their examinations with the qualified teachers from this British institution. This dean of Ballet, who has been dedicated to dance for over 40 years and is the director of four dance centres offering the same qualification and regulated education as the Conservatory of Valencia, shows Caxton College’s strong commitment to this extracurricular activity. “This school has to aim for excellence in all the training programmes that it proposes,” says Ana Belén Álvaro, Sports Coordinator, who is responsible or optimising all of our extracurricular activities.  

“Our way of understanding dance is very pure, as we are primarily concerned with the physical health of the dancer. Children are fragile and malleable, so if we do not do our job right, their bodies can suffer and even sustain injuries that would prevent them from continuing with this activity,”confirms Mari Cruz Alcalá, a nonconformist spirit and a fighter who lives unconditionally for dance. “Dance is a great training for children, as they develop their physical condition, their spatial coordination, their musical knowledge and their intelligence in general”, explains Mari Cruz Alcalá enthusiastically.

With this first class initiative, this British School located in Puçol continues in its mission to provide all of its students with a dynamic sporting and artistic curriculum, as well as aiming to be competitive and meticulous, and where children also work on learning solid personal and collective values. 

The Spanish Adventure / La aventura de aprender español

By María Clement, ELE and Spanish teacher in Primary at Caxton College

To have a second language is to possess a second soul

Charlemagne´s words are definitely inspiring and sum up the idea of what the ELE department in Primary aims for our students.

One of the responsibilities of the ELE department in Primary at Caxton College is to ease children’s integration in their new lives. Our purpose is to take care of each of our students in order to help them not only to speak a new language but also to be able to express their needs, to make new friends and to appreciate a new culture with different foods, traditions and timetables… and eventually become part of it.

Learning a language can also mean learning a new way of life, especially when you are living in the country where the language is spoken.

In our lessons we try to give explanations or comparisons between the traditions of the students´ countries and the Spanish way of life so that there is a better understanding between the students and their class peers.

We emphasize the fact that for most of our students, coming to Spain has been a big change to get used to, therefore we want them to feel comfortable and not see Spanish as yet another subject to study but as something they can learn but also enjoy.

Our methodology is based on a communicative approach; language is a means of communication and a tool for us to interact with each other, for this reason, our main aim is to create communicative contexts in the classroom so that our learners have the opportunity to speak in our target language which is Spanish.

Of course, apart from this, we need to teach vocabulary and grammar but we try to make the learning meaningful for the children: we teach them vocabulary that has got to do with their daily life and their interests, such as school for example.

Regarding grammar, we need to bear in mind that our eldest students are only 10-11 years old, so we try to teach grammar inductively; this means we show the children how to express ideas in different ways and by doing the class activities they find out “rules”/ “patterns” between words, just like a Spanish child would learn them, through use.

We also highlight the importance of reading since we know it is one of the best ways to learn vocabulary in any language.  We encourage them to read passages in Spanish and teachers read to them to model intonation and pronunciation.

Our ultimate goal is for the children to enjoy learning Spanish and experience positive feelings towards the new language which we hope, which we hope will eventually become an important part of them, a second soul.

“La aventura de aprender español”

Por María Clement, profesora de Español en Caxton College

Tener un segunda idioma es poseer una segunda alma

Las palabras de Carlomagno son sin duda inspiradoras y resumen la idea de lo que el departamento de ELE de Primaria de Caxton College pretende para sus alumnos.

Una de las responsabilidades del departamento es facilitar la adaptación de los estudiantes a sus nuevas vidas. Cuidar de cada uno de ellos y ayudarles no sólo a hablar un nuevo idioma, sino también a ser capaces de expresar sus necesidades, hacer nuevos amigos y apreciar una nueva cultura con diferentes alimentos, tradiciones y horarios para, finalmente, llegar a ser ellos mismos parte de ella.

Aprender un idioma también puede significar aprender un nuevo modo de vida, sobre todo cuando vives en el país donde se habla ese idioma. En nuestras clases intentamos dar explicaciones y hacer comparaciones entre las tradiciones de los países de origen de los alumnos y España. Con esto conseguimos mejorar la comprensión entre todos los compañeros de clase.

También hacemos hincapié en el hecho de que para la mayoría de nuestros estudiantes venir a España ha sido un gran cambio al que se han tenido que adaptar, y por lo tanto, queremos que se sientan cómodos y que no vean el idioma español como otra asignatura más, sino como algo que también se puede disfrutar.

Nuestra metodología está basada en un enfoque comunicativo. El lenguaje es un medio de comunicación y una herramienta con la que podemos interactuar, por lo que nuestro principal objetivo es crear contextos de comunicación en el aula para que nuestros alumnos tengan la oportunidad de hablar en nuestro idioma de destino, en este caso español.

Por supuesto, también enseñamos vocabulario y gramática, pero tratando de hacer el aprendizaje significativo para los niños. Por ejemplo les mostramos vocabulario que tiene algo que ver con su vida cotidiana y sus intereses, como el colegio.

Respecto a la gramática, necesitamos tener en cuenta que nuestros alumnos más mayores tienen sólo 10 o 11 años, por lo que tratamos de enseñar de forma inductiva. Esto significa que mostramos a los niños cómo expresar sus ideas de diferentes maneras. Haciendo las actividades de clase, los alumnos descubren las “normas” lingüísticas, del mismo modo que las aprendería un niño español, a través de su uso.

También destacamos la importancia de la lectura, ya que sabemos que es una de las mejores maneras de aprender vocabulario en cualquier idioma. Les animamos a leer textos en español y los profesores les leen para modelar la entonación y la pronunciación.

Nuestro objetivo final es que los niños disfruten aprendiendo español y experimenten sentimientos positivos hacia el nuevo idioma, que esperamos que se convierta en una parte importante de ellos, una segunda alma.

Pupil Book of the Month / Recomendación lectora mensual de nuestros alumnos

By Inés P., Year 10 student at Caxton College

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“I am Malala” – Malala Yousafzai

This is the autobiography of Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel peace prize winner ever. She has inspired thousands of men and women to fight peacefully against terrorism and to fight for education. She shares her inspiring story in this amazing autobiography.

Malala lived in Pakistan with her two brothers and her mum and her dad who owned the girls’ school that Malala attended. She had a normal life, she went to school and really enjoyed it. Her major preoccupations were having top grades in her class until one day the Taliban invaded their city. They took control of the city and imposed really strict rules:  women could not leave the house alone, girls older than 11 couldn’t go to school, neither they could speak with someone who wasn’t from their family. As Malala loved school, she and her friends still went to school and whenever they asked them how old were they, they would always respond eleven. As she and her family suffered a lot her dad gave her the opportunity of writing a blog for the BBC, describing how horrible their conditions were. She became quite famous as many people read it. She even went to England to give speeches to students. Until one day she was on the school bus heading to school and some terrorists stopped the bus. They were looking for her. The terrorists recognized her and shot her in the head.

This book is really inspiring and makes you appreciate what you have and how important education is. I really recommend this book to everyone, particularly to students, to see what incredible things people do just to go to school. Also the book is easy to read as it doesn’t have lots of difficult vocabulary. It’s not really big and it doesn’t take much time to read, but Malala’s story might just change the way you think.

Link to biographical information

https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2014/yousafzai-bio.html

Link to the book on amazon

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Am-Malala-Stood-Education-Taliban/dp/031628663X

Health and Sport / Salud y Deporte

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By Mr Lewis-Jones, Head of Caxton College PE Department

Games Day is a hugely popular and valuable part of the PE curriculum here at Caxton College. We pride ourselves on promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for all our students and Games Day is a great way to showcase this. We are extremely proud of our students who demonstrate the key values at Caxton through PE and Sport. We promote honesty, teamwork and creative thinking as well of a mentality of “be the best you can be”and by taking part in Games Day all students have the opportunity to demonstrate these values.

It is also an opportunity for students to demonstrate a sense of community and belonging by representing their houses and doing their best for themselves and members of their house.

This month’s theme is “Growth Mindset” and nowhere is this more appropriate than in PE. Students have the opportunity in lessons and through extra practices to show that with hard ¨work and determination they can achieve anything.

Salud y Deporte

Por Mr Lewis-Jones, Jefe del Departamento de Educación Física en Caxton College

El Games Day es una actividad muy arraigada en el Plan de Estudios de Educación Física de Caxton College. Por eso, y teniendo en cuenta que desde el colegio promocionamos de manera constante un estilo de vida saludable y activo entre los estudiantes,  el Games Day se presenta como una oportunidad magnífica para poner en juego esa vigorosa actitud. En este sentido, nos sentimos muy orgullosos de nuestros alumnos, ya que son capaces de mostrar los valores fundamentales de Caxton College a través del deporte y la Educación Física. Muestran honestidad, capacidad de trabajo en equipo, grandes habilidades para el razonamiento creativo y también un gran espíritu de superación. 

Este día es una ocasión extraordinaria para que los alumnos demuestren un sentimiento de comunidad y de pertenencia al colegio, representando a sus Casas y esforzándose al máximo no sólo por ellos mismos, también por los demás miembros de su equipo.  

El lema de este mes para nuestros alumnos es “Growth Mindset” (mentalidad de superación), y sin duda la asignatura de Educación Física es idónea para desarrollar de forma práctica este concepto.  Durante las clases y en los entrenamientos extras, los alumnos tienen la ventaja de demostrar que, con trabajo y determinación, pueden conseguir cualquier meta que se propongan.

 

En la final del Programa Becas Europa / In the final round of the “European Grants Programme” ​

La estudiante de Year 13, Estela C., acaba de pasar a la Final de la XI Edición del “Programa de Becas Europa” con el objetivo de estimular el talento y la formación de los alumnos preuniversitarios. Ella misma se ha ofrecido a contarnos su experiencia.   

Por Estela C. Alumna de Year 13 de Caxton College

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El programa de Becas Europa consiste en seleccionar a 50 candidatos con el propósito de viajar por Europa a lo más profundo de la esencia de diferentes universidades, disfrutando de conferencias, actividades culturales y encuentros con personalidades de las instituciones que visiten.

Y los objetivos son premiar, fortalecer y estimular el talento y la formación de los alumnos preuniversitarios promoviendo en ellos un compromiso de desarrollar estos talentos al servicio de la sociedad.

Las diferentes fases de la competición han sido originales y muy divertidas de llevar a cabo, conociendo a otros candidatos y forjando amistades. Al estar clasificada veo mi recorrido por Becas Europa con mucho cariño y con ganas de participar en la 4º Fase de Selección que consiste en asistir a un fin de semana al Campus de la Universidad Francisco de Vitoria. Ahí, formaremos equipos y realizaremos una serie de pruebas para seleccionar a los 50 ganadores del viaje final. Sin embargo el hecho de estar en la final ya proporciona una serie de ventajas para cuando seamos universitarios, ya que te incluyen en un programa con mentores que te apoyan y aconsejan durante esta etapa tan importante.

En cada ciudad del viaje final, los alumnos participan en la vida cultural del lugar: la ópera, el teatro musical, un taller gastronómico… Ayudan a enriquecerse con la belleza y creatividad de la cultura de cada lugar. Además, se realizan actividades de ocio típicas de cada ciudad como el remo en Oxford, una gymkhana urbana en Heidelberg, disfrutar de un simulador del Ferrari F1 o realizar visitas turísticas a los lugares europeos más representativos. Es más, en ediciones pasadas, Becas Europa ha contado con una gran variedad de ponentes y encuentros con personalidades en las instituciones que visita. Desde el Papa Benedicto XVI a la primera dama de Inglaterra, Cherie Blair. Concluyendo cada edición con un encuentro con SS.MM. D. Felipe y Dña. Letizia, Reyes de España.

La primera vez que me dieron la oportunidad de participar lo dudé porque no sabía a lo que me estaba presentando pero, después de informarme supe que era una gran oportunidad y que valía la pena intentarlo. La primera prueba es solo responder a unas preguntas generales y personales, así que  animo a los futuros candidatos a que lo intenten y se embarquen en esta aventura tan emocionante.

Becas Europa es una oportunidad única, llena de actividades interesantes y personas que te hacen ser mejor, voy a disfrutar de la final y con suerte del viaje increíble pero solo con haber sido parte de la familia de Becas Europa ya me siento afortunada.


Our Year 13 student, Estela C., has just reached the Finals of the XI Edition of the “European Grants Programme”, which was created to encourage the talent and training of pre-university students. She tells us about her experience in her own words.  

By Estela C. Year 13 student at Caxton College

The European Grants programme consists of selecting 50 candidates who will then travel around Europe, to experience in depth the essence of different Universities, while attending conferences, enjoying cultural activities and meeting with people from the institutions visited.  

The aims are to reward, strengthen and stimulate the talent and training of these pre-University students, while fostering in them a commitment to develop their talents for the benefit of society as a whole.

The different rounds of the competition were original and great fun for us, as we got to meet the other candidates and forged friendships with them. Now that I have been classified, I look back fondly on my experience so far with European Grants, and am really looking forward to taking part in the fourth selection stage.  This will consist of spending a weekend on campus at the Francisco University in Vitoria.  There, we will be put into teams and will have to perform a series of tests in order to choose the 50 finalists who will go on the trip. However, just making it to the final round already gives us a number of advantages for when we go to University, as we are included in a mentoring programme, and will receive support and advice during this important stage of our lives.

In every city on the final trip, the winning students will experience the cultural scene there: the opera, musical theatre, cookery workshops… These are enriching events which help to appreciate the beauty and creativity in the culture of each of the cities. There are also typical recreational activities in the host towns, such as rowing in Oxford, an urban gymkhana in Heidelberg, enjoying a Ferrari F1 simulator or guided tours of the most representative European cities.  In addition, in former years, European Grants has been fortunate to count on the participation of a wide range of speakers and meetings with famous personalities in the institutions visited, from Pope Benedict XVI to the UK’s first lady, Cherie Blair. Each edition concludes with a meeting with Their Majesties Don Felipe and Doña Letizia, King & Queen of Spain.

The first time I was offered the chance to take part in this contest, I hesitated because I did not quite know what was involved, but after finding out more about it I realised that it was a great opportunity, and one worth aiming for.  The first round only involves answering some general and personal questions, so I would encourage all future candidates to try for it, and to embark on this wonderfully exciting adventure.

European Grants is a unique opportunity, full of interesting activities and people who will make you want to be a better person.  I intend to thoroughly enjoy the final round and, if I am lucky enough, the incredible journey that follows. However, I already feel very fortunate just to have been a part of the family that makes up European Grants.

Books of the Month (June)

Life of Pi

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

Recommendation by Aislin N., Year 7D pupil at Caxton College

Life of Pi is a book about religion, tragedy and loss. It narrates the life of a young boy whogoes by the nickname of ‘Pi’ who endures great pain; emotionally and physically. During the suffering he still maintains his faith and the flicker of hope that he will be found and saved.

This book was recommended to me by my Maths teacher. I really enjoyed it because it was quite realistic and very well written. I would recommend it to people of around my age and up because the level of vocabulary is fairly neutral but the meaning is deep.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Pi- Yann-Martel/dp/0857865536/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1465802935&sr=1-1&keywords=life+of+pi

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Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

Recommendation by Nicola Porch, Secondary Science teacher at Caxton College

Never Let Me Go is a dystopian science fiction novel which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2005 and was adapted for film in 2010. The novel is narrated by Kathy who describes her experiences with her friends Tommy and Ruth at a seemingly idyllic boarding school in the English countryside. The narrative recounts the friends’ slow realisation of the terrible truth of their purpose in life as they attempt to confront the feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten their friendship and sense of self.

I loved this book! It is about a group of young people who desperately want to have independence and control over their lives, just like we all do, but especially when we are teenagers. Throughout the whole story you hope that things will turn out well for these particular friends, that they won´t have to follow the path of their predecessors.

Will the system let them do this though? You will have to read it to find out! Please note – the themes and content of this novel make it more suitable for older students. We would recommend it to students of year 10 and above.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Never-Let- Me-Kazuo-Ishiguro/dp/0571258093/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1465803008&sr=11&keywords=never+let+me+go

La Voz a ti debida /My Voice because of You

Amparo Gil Directora Caxton College

Uno de los firmes propósitos que persigue la educación que impartimos en Caxton College tiene que ver con que nuestros alumnos asuman una voz propia para que puedan enfrentarse con seguridad a la vida académica y profesional.

Esa voz interior, unipersonal e intransferible, será su mejor tarjeta de visita porque marcará la diferencia en los planteamientos que desarrolle en su vida laboral y también social. Por eso les ayudamos a que sus voces se nutran de ideas precursoras para que saquen sus propias conclusiones y finalmente desarrollen una personalidad bien formada y capaz de reflexionar por sí misma.

La voz que infundimos a nuestros alumnos quiere ser creativa, inédita y portentosa, recogiendo y valorando nuestra herencia histórica para que sean capaces de reinterpretarla e incluso reinventarla con ideas renovadoras enfocadas hacia el bien común social.

Un buen ejemplo práctico de cómo esa línea educativa toma vuelo en nuestras aulas, lo podemos ver en este catálogo (pinche aquí) que nace con motivo de la exposición artística “Voices from Within” (Voces del interior) que, un año más, el departamento de Arte y el departamento de Comunicación ponen en pie derrochando ilusión. El principal motivo de esta muestra artística es el de exhibir las obras más destacadas que los alumnos de Year 11, 12 y 13 han desarrollado a lo largo del año en sus clases de Arte.

En estas producciones todos los alumnos han seguido referentes y sugerencias técnicas, pero queda patente que ha habido un momento en el que han tenido que ser valientes, escuchar su voz interior y tomar decisiones a partir de un lenguaje propio en el que creen. Así mismo los diferentes discursos que cada uno de estos jóvenes artistas ha trabajado vienen marcados por las tensiones propias de esa naturaleza juvenil que con intensidad explora, cuestiona y somete a prueba la realidad que les toca vivir.

Quizá muchos de los integrantes de esta muestra artística no profundicen más adelante en las artes plásticas y tomen caminos profesionales diferentes. Pero lo que sí tienen garantizado es que una voz individual y creativa va a sonar con asertividad en cualquier campo al que se incorporen.

Sus trabajos son una inspiración para el colegio por lo que queremos seguir impulsando y divulgando el talento creativo, la investigación, la reflexión y la formación de voces diferenciadoras y únicas. De ese modo, al referirnos a nuestros alumnos podremos entonar unos versos del poeta madrileño Pedro Salinas, incluidos en su poemario “La luz a ti debida”, que dicen así:

“Sé que cuando te llame / entre todas las gentes / del mundo, / sólo tú serás tú”.

Amparo Gil, Directora de Caxton College

One of the underlying aims of the education we provide at Caxton College is to help our students find their own voice, so that later on, as adults, they can deal confidently with anything they may meet in their academic and professional lives. 

This inner voice, unique and non-transferrable, could be their best quality in the future, as it can mean the difference in the approach they take, both professionally and personally.  For this reason, we help to nurture their voices with  forward-thinking ideas, teach them how to draw their own conclusions, and finally develop into well-formed individuals, capable of thinking for themselves. 

The voice which we would like to inspire in our students is creative, original and has something important to say; capable of capturing and analysing our heritage and then reinterpreting it, even reinventing the past with fresh, innovative ideas, with a focus on the common good. 

A good practical example of how this educational ideal comes to life in our classrooms can be seen in this catalogue (click here to see the catalogue), designed to accompany the art exhibition “Voices from Within” which, once again, the Art Department and the Communications Department have put together with great enthusiasm. The main reason for this artistic display is to share with you the most outstanding works that students from Years 11, 12 and 13 have developed throughout the year in their Art classes. 

In all the works produced here, the students have followed references and technical suggestions, but obviously there comes a moment when an artist has to be brave, listen to their inner voice and decide to find their own language in which to express themselves.  In addition, the different creations that each of these young artists has produced are all marked by the tensions that are a part of the very youth that leads them to explore, question and experiment with the real world around them. 

It is possible that many of the participants in this exhibition will not continue to develop their artistic skills in the future, and will follow different professional paths.  But of one thing they can be sure: that their individual and creative voice will assert itself in any field in which they choose to work. 

Their works are an inspiration for the school, which is why we will continue to promote and disseminate their creative talent, research, reflection and the forming of these unique, discerning voices.  Thus, when we refer to our students, we may quote a few lines by the Madrid poet Pedro Salinas, from his poetry collection “La Luz a ti Debida” (The Light Because of You”), which reads as follows:

“I know that when I call you / Among all the people / of the World, / Only You will be You”. 

Amparo Gil, Principal of Caxton College

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