By Kim Gehrke, Year 10
Recently Years 10 & 11 from Bellver International College went on an interesting, educational trip to Valencia.
Accompanied by three teachers, they caught the 7am flight to Valencia. Once arrived, they went on the metro from the airport to Valencia’s famous science Museum called ‘Príncipe Felipe Science Museum‘ (‘Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe‘ in Valencian). There the students and teachers could do experiments, learn about science and watch interesting videos. Afterwards, they took part in two science workshops called ‘Frío, frío‘ and ‘Magia química‘, each 45min long, where they could watch and take part in mind-blowing experiments.
Later on, they visited the aquarium ‘L'Oceanogràfic‘. There they could observe and learn about a wide range of animals, including penguins, sharks, flamingos, seals and hundreds of different species of fish. Sadly, the trip ended much too quickly, and the students and teachers returned to Mallorca late at night. It was an interesting, fun and educative trip and also an amazing experience.
Despite the 4am start, the Year 12 and 13 pupils from Bellver International College had a great time at the University Fair in Barcelona. The event, organised by the British Council, had brought representatives from nearly 30 UK universities to the city. There, the pupils had the opportunity to inform themselves about such things as the courses on offer, the available accommodation, the various campuses and everything else that the universities had to offer. There were also a number of very informative talks related to topics such application process for universities and student finance
The staff and students even had the opportunity to do a bit of sightseeing around the beautiful city.
Year 6 took part in an Anti-bullying assembly for all of the Primary children last week. They told the children about the different types of bullying such as physical, verbal and indirect bullying and their message was to always to tell an adult if you are upset or scared. They also acted out their own version of "Who wants to be a millionaire" as a special school version to educate the younger children about how to deal with bullying if it happens to them or if they see it happening to someone else. They all had fun getting across an important message about saying no to bullies.
Bellver International College IGCSE Art and Design students visited The Aquarium for first hand research on sea life as part of their coursework projects.
The students also attended a workshop where they learned about The Aquarium’s SOS program to rescue turtles in trouble and be cared for in the onsite hospital.
All the rescued turtles are named and given identifying microchips to track them once they have recovered and are out at sea again.
Turtles have been found with various ailments, largely due to garbage in the sea. One turtle was found floating on the surface of the sea, due to an overload of plastic it had eaten, mistaking it for jellyfish or plankton. Another turtle was found trapped so badly in torn rope, nets and plastic fibres that it had lost one of its front fins. This turtle will be able to live but find difficulty in mating.
Students were also shown the hothouse where diverse species of coral are bred and cared for to replace any damaged or unhealthy coral in the fish tanks.
As Year 2 are learning about ‘Under the Sea’ and Year 3 ‘humans and other animals’, they went on a trip to the Palma Aquarium. They took part in a drama workshop learning about the interaction of different ocean species, and also about why it is important to protect our oceans and keep them clean. They were then given a guided tour around the aquarium which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. Everybody learned lots and had a great day out.
Primary students at Bellver International College were rewarded for their hard work and other qualities in the Friday afternoon assembly.
Teachers from each class nominated students to receive the certificates and everyone eagerly awaited the results.
The beginning of the school year is a very important time in the Leo Club at Bellver International College. It is when the new officers are elected and plans for the forthcoming year are made.
After three years as president, Claudia from Year 11, thought it was time to hand over the important job to someone else.
At a special assembly she recalled some of the highlights of her presidency and was happy to hand over the job to Gabriel from Year 10.
Gabriel confidently addressed more than a hundred of his peers, telling them about the annual sponsored walk and other ideas he had for the club to be involved with during the next twelve months.
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