Students, parents and staff from Bellver International College gave up their Saturday to walk for those who can’t.
The whole school was represented from the youngest infants to the older sixth for students, all of whom enjoyed the participation and the opportunity to help others.
At the end of the walk prizes were presented for the poster competition, with many them going to Bellver students.
Carmen, from Year 12, was also the lucky winner of the helicopter ride in the raffle.
Members of the Bellver Leo Club had an opportunity to find out about the work of Daresvida, an animal training organisation.
The students were already aware that dogs could be trained to do different tasks but were surprised to see the amazing ability of the pigs.
They were told about the intelligence of the pigs and how this enabled them to be trained to do complex tasks in a very short time.
These animals can then be used to help people with different physical and psychological problems.
Bellver International College Year 6 class went to visit the most modern recycling plant in Europe, located in Son Reus, in the middle of the beautiful Mallorcan countryside.
The plant itself has been constructed with recycled materials and is filled with artistic sculptures and, functional furniture from a variety of residues.
The children were shown an educational video based on the four main principles : reduce, reuse recycle and recover. Later they saw the Museum of Recycled toys and played with the games.
There is a skyline train that circles around the plant in order to see where garbage is collected, separated and compressed, as well as, where the island´s excrement is recycled into agricultural use as fertilizer.
The visit made the children more aware of the need to recycle correctly and inform them of the dangers to the environment by littering carelessly. Students were also stimulated creatively to make works of art from everyday waste materials.
The Bellver Leo Club started the school year by visiting SOS Animal in Calvia where they learnt about the plight of the many abandoned animals in Mallorca.
The sanctuary is currently taking care of 45 dogs and a similar number of cats with more arriving each week.
Many of the animals are found new home here in Mallorca but some travel further afield, to Germany and the UK.
On a previous visit, the Leo Club marked out routes in the woods for people to take the dogs on different walks and it was rewarding to be able to take some of the dogs for some much needed exercise.
To help the sanctuary, the Leo Club donated some dog and cat food.
The beginning of the new academic year at Bellver International College coincided with their 65th anniversary and parents, staff, former pupils and friends gathered to celebrate and reminisce.
The school principal, Mr. Vincent Déperrois, addressed the gathering, with the school’s owner, Mrs Stephanie Muirhead, by his side, and told the assembled audience about the school’s foundation and development over the years.
With an increased enrolment this year, the school is looking forward to a bright future to continue to promote the school’s values such as hard work, self-discipline and friendship.
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