- Written by V Willis
Almost 500 visiting Spanish students have taken part in KES Spanish classes as part of our partnership with London House School of English this year. The partnership offers something unique and practical for students of Spanish at KES and for the Spanish students coming to London House to improve their English skills.
Students from Years 7 – 11 enjoyed meeting and working with the Spanish students on a range of activities such as “speed-speaking”, where students ask and answer questions in Spanish for one minute before moving on to a different partner and “Guess the student” where students have to guess the identity of one of their classmates from a description read out in Spanish by one of the visiting Spanish students.
Thank you staff and students who helped host our visiting Spanish students!
We were really lucky to host a group of 14 students from Madrid within our school last week. We teamed them up with students from Years 8, 9 and 12 who acted as their buddies. We are really proud of how welcoming all our students and staff were throughout the visit.
The Spanish students went to all lessons within Key Stage 3 and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The grand finale was entering a relay team at Sports Day where they won gold medals.
KES student have found friends for life and some even went on a trip to London with their Spanish buddies and the Broadstairs English Centre. We haven’t said goodbye yet though, they will be coming back on Thursday to watch Oliver!, the school production.
Andy Somers, the Broadstairs English Centre Liason Officer, had this to say about the visit:
“Fantastic feedback from our Spanish group that went to King Ethelbert School. Our students absolutely loved their two weeks at the school. In particular the Languages Faculty, but also the whole school were amazing and made sure the students and the group leader had a brilliant time. Miss Smith and her team worked tirelessly to organise the buddies and timetables for the group. What a fantastic faculty they are, some of the best MFL lessons I have ever seen.
Thank you so much for agreeing to take the group, I hope you had a good experience with the Spanish visitors too, and I look forward to developing further projects between King Ethelbert and the Broadstairs English Centre”.
We are incredibly pleased to share another set of excellent results with you. Students in the sixth form at King Ethelbert School study the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP). The IBCP is a rigorous qualification where students study one BTEC Level 3 course and 2 IB Diploma Programme courses, graded on a 7 – 1 scale, as well as pass a unique IBCP core comprising a personal and professional skills course, service learning, a reflective project and language acquisition. The school has received global recognition for the inspirational leadership and delivery of the IBCP. King Ethelbert School are proud to have been a pilot school, running the IBCP since 2011. This year saw a 92% pass rate including 24 out of a possible 70 grades being IB grades 5 and above.
On Friday 5th July, a group of six Year 9 students travelled to London for the Business of Enterprise finals. It was held in the city at the Natwest headquarters.
They competed against finalists from other Kent schools, presenting their ideas to a judging panel.