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Sports Days at KCP

 
The biggest inter-house events of the year are our Sports Days.  Over two days students from Crown, Lion, Knight and Shield house wear their colours proudly to represent their house and win as many points as possible to win the Inter House Sports Shield.
 
Infants and Juniors took part in traditional egg and spoon races, beanbag, relay and running races and had a great sporting day in the sun with their Houses.  The first day of sporting events finished with Lion House gaining the most points for the Infants.  Junior Sports Day followed and Lion House again won the most points, with Knight House finishing close behind. 
 
Day two was the turn of the Seniors and in a very competitive day students gave their all in the cross country, track and field events, the relay and the tug of war.  Crown House stormed ahead to win the most points and take their House to their first Senior victory and make them overall winners of the Inter House Sports Shield for 2017.  Well done to all who took part, demonstrating great sportsmanship, including our Parents who beat our teachers in the tug of war for the second year running.
 

 
Días de Deporte en KCP
 
Uno de los eventos más importantes entre los Houses en KCP son las Jornadas de Deportes. Durante dos días los miembros de las Houses Crown, Lion, Knight y Shield llevan sus colores con orgullo para ganar muchos puntos para que su House gane el escudo deportivo.
 
Los Infants y Juniors participaron en las tradicionales carreras del huevo y la cuchara, las carreras de relevos y todos disfrutaron de un gran día deportivo al sol con sus compañeros. El primer día de eventos deportivos terminó con Lion House obteniendo el mayor número de puntos para Infants y después, los Juniors compitieron y Lion House volvió a ganar el mayor número de puntos, con Knight House terminando en segundo lugar al final del primer día.
 
El segundo día fue el turno de los Seniors y en un día muy competitivo los estudiantes dieron todo en el Cross country, las carreras, los relevos y el “tug of war” (el juego de la soga). Crown House adelantó a las otras casas para ganar el mayor número de puntos y ganar su primera victoria tanto en secundaria como en general!. Enhorabuena a todos los estudiantes que participaron con un buen espíritu deportivo, incluyendo a nuestros padres que vencieron a nuestros maestros en el “tug of war” por segundo año consecutivo.




Panama Sailing

In late March, a group of 33 students from Key Stage 3 embarked on an adventure to the Pearl Islands to participate in 4 days of Team Building, Challenges, Watersports and Social Responsibility.
 
Upon arrival at Saboga island, our students trekked through the forest and into the small village where the local community of fisherman, pearl divers and their families live.  We had the opportunity to join a class of students on the island’s MEDUCA School and spend time engaging in short discussion about what they were learning and life on an island.  After this, our students continued their trek to the campsite to set up tents and basecamp before heading to the Beach Club for a well-earned lunch ahead of an afternoon of sailing, paddle boarding, windsurfing and snorkeling.
 
For four days and three nights the students of Year 7 and 8, with the support of Year 9 and 10 Sports Ambassadors, engaged in a broad range of challenging water and land based activities that brought them all closer together and formed new friendships.  The final day was spent once more with the local communities, teaching English and supporting students in their reading.  The morning culminated in a giant game of football – KCP vs Saboga FC – an amazing opportunity.
 
Returning home to Panama City, the ferry slowed for us to observe dolphins and whales playing in the wake – a wonderful end to an unforgettable trip.

 
Panama Navega
A finales del mes de marzo un grupo de 33 estudiantes de Key Stage 3 emprendieron una aventura a las Islas Perlas para participar en 4 días de retos, deportes acuáticos y Responsabilidad Social.
 
A su llegada a la isla de Saboga, los estudiantes caminaron por el bosque y entraron en el pequeño pueblo que viven la comunidad local de pescadores, los buceadores de perlas y sus familias. Se les brindó la oportunidad de unirse a una clase de estudiantes en la escuela de MEDUCA de la isla y dedicar tiempo a una breve discusión sobre lo que estaban aprendiendo y la vida en la Isla.
 
Después del tiempo en la escuela, los estudiantes continuaron su caminata al campamento para establecer la base antes de dirigirse al Club de Playa para un almuerzo bien merecido antes de una tarde de vela, paddle boarding, windsurf y snorkeling.
 
Durante cuatro días y tres noches, los estudiantes de Year 7 y Year 8 con el apoyo de los Embajadores deportivos de Year 9 y 10, participaron en una amplia gama de desafiantes actividades acuáticas y terrestres que los acercaron y formaron nuevas amistades.  El último día una vez más estuvimos con la comunidad local, enseñándoles inglés y apoyando a los estudiantes en su lectura. La mañana culminó en un juego gigante de fútbol - KCP vs Saboga FC - una oportunidad increíble.
 
Volviendo a casa a la ciudad de Panamá, el ferry desaceleró para nosotros para que pudimos observar delfines y ballenas jugando en la estela - un maravilloso final a un viaje inolvidable.




Happy and Healthy in Juniors

Every morning we kick started our day with a Wake and Shake dance to wake up our brains and get our bodies moving. Teachers and children all boogying back to their classrooms to start their days filled with endorphins. We continued our English and Maths lessons as normal, but added activities that would make both children and staff happy and healthy.
 
The main focus of the week was to promote being healthy and positive well-being. Across the Junior School we had a range of activities from golf in Year3 to boot camp in Year 6. We often ended our day with a mindfulness task or a yoga session. Children of every year group thoroughly enjoyed the week, Maia in Year 5 even stated, “I wish it was Happy and Healthy week every week!”
 
This week has highlighted how important it is for children to do things they love and the importance of being happy and healthy. From all of Juniors, both staff and students, a huge thank you to Mrs. MacLeod and Mr. Bradley for organising such a successful and well planned week. We hope it happens again next year!    

 
Feliz y Saludable en Juniors
Todas las mañanas comenzamos nuestro día con una danza Wake and Shake para despertar nuestro cerebro y mover nuestros cuerpos. Los maestros y los estudiantes regresan de nuevo a sus aulas para comenzar sus días llenos de endorfinas.
 
Continuamos con normalidad nuestras clases de inglés y matemáticas pero agregamos actividades que harán felices y saludables a los estudiantes y al personal del colegio. El enfoque principal de la semana fue promover el bienestar saludable y positivo para todos.
 
Estuvimos participando en una gama de actividades nuevas, desde golf para Year3 hasta un bootcamp de entrenamiento para Year 6.  Terminamos los días con una tarea de atención completa o una sesión de yoga. Todos los estudiantes de KS2 disfrutaron a fondo de esta inicitativa y Mia de Year 5 incluso declaró: "¡Ojalá fuera la semana feliz y saludable cada semana!".
 
La semana sirvió para destacar lo importante que es para los niños hacer las cosas que aman y la importancia de ser feliz y saludable. De parte de todos los Juniors y el personal de KCP mostramos nuestro agradecimiento a Mrs. MacLeod y Mr. Bradley por organizar una semana tan exitosa y bien planificada. Esperamos que vuelva a suceder el próximo año!




Year 3 Trip to Explora Science Museum

Year 3 students and parent volunteers had an amazing day at the Explora Science Museum. Throughout their visit they took part in different science experiments and were baffled and amazed by the things they saw and experienced. Great guides meant that the Science behind each exhibit was explained clearly and the children were able to make connections with the Science topics covered in school. 
 
Using giant dishes, our students were surprised to be able to hear their classmates from all the way across the other side of the large hall. In the middle of the trip they were excited to see electricity being generated and leaping through the air. Everyone felt a little disorientated by the tilting rooms which confused their brains and they were glad when they returned to level land.
 
The final challenge for Year 3 was to cycle fast enough to generate enough electricity to light up the skeleton. There was so much to see and explore that we were disappointed that we did not have time to see the whole museum. All the Year 3 children rated this as the best trip they have been on so far, and look forward to returning with their families. 
 

 
Visita de Year 3 al Museo de ciencias Explora
 
Year 3 pasaron un día maravilloso en el museo de ciencias Explora. Durante la visita participaron en varios experimentos científicos y fueron sorprendidos por las cosas que vieron y experimentaron.  Grandiosos guías hicieron que la ciencia detrás de cada exposición fuera explicada claramente y los niños eran capaces de hacer conexiones con los temas de ciencia estudiados en el colegio.
 
Utilizando platos gigantes, los estudiantes se sorprendieron de poder escuchar a sus compañeros de todo el camino al otro lado del gran salón. En el medio del viaje estaban emocionados de ver como la electricidad  se generaba y saltaba por el aire. Todo el mundo se sintió un poco desorientado por las habitaciones que les confundían el cerebro y se alegraron cuando regresaron a tierras planas.
 
El reto final de Year 3 era el de andar lo suficientemente rápido como para generar suficiente electricidad para iluminar el esqueleto. Había mucho que ver y explorar y nos quedamos con las ganas de ver más. Los estudiantes de Year 3 declararon que esta excursión ha sido el mejor de momento y esperan volver con sus familias.




Meduca Convenio

King's College Panama has started its 4th year of the Meduca Convenio, where we work with a group of MEDUCA English teachers during the course of a whole year and support them in developing their pedagogy skills and levels of English.
 
So far, the group of approximately 20 teachers have enjoyed sessions on a Friday or a Saturday where they have learnt about teaching and learning, classroom management, lesson planning and assessment. Future sessions will include phonics, growth mindset and behaviour management.
The Meduca teachers are thoroughly enjoying the sessions, are amazed by our school and the stimulating wall displays we have as well as how polite, well-mannered and independent our students are.
 
Our staff work hard with the Panamanian teachers and this joint venture helps to develop relationships as well as give us an understanding of some of the difficulties encountered when teaching in local schools in Panama. They will be continuing with sessions throughout the year culminating with their Graduation in December, celebrating all their hard work and efforts.

Convenio con el Meduca
 
En King's College Panama hemos comenzado nuestro cuarto año del Convenio Meduca, donde trabajamos con un grupo de profesores de inglés de MEDUCA a lo largo de todo un año y los apoyamos en el desarrollo de su pedagogía y niveles de inglés.
 
Hasta ahora, el grupo de aproximadamente 20 profesores ha disfrutado de sesiones un viernes o un sábado donde han aprendido sobre la enseñanza y el aprendizaje, la gestión del aula, la planificación de las clases y lecciones y la evaluación. Las sesiones futuras incluirán fonética, mentalidad de crecimiento y gestión del comportamiento. Los maestros de Meduca están disfrutando de las sesiones, están asombrados por nuestro colegio y por las exposiciones que tenemos, así como por lo amables, bien educados e independientes que son nuestros estudiantes.
 
Nuestro personal trabaja duro con los maestros y esta labor en conjunto ayuda a desarrollar relaciones, así como ayudarnos a comprender sobre algunas de las dificultades en la enseñanza en las escuelas locales en Panamá. Ellos continuarán con sesiones durante todo el año culminando con su graduación en diciembre, celebrando todo su esfuerzo y arduo trabajo.




Happy and Healthy Infants

The last week of term was a great success with our students children learning all about how to keep themselves happy and healthy.  Students learnt about the importance of eating a healthy diet and lots of classes helped prepare some healthy snacks such as fruit smoothies and milkshakes and fruit kebabs.  Our students were rewarded at lunchtimes for making an extra effort to eat all of their vegetables.
 
 Additionally, each day students participated in exercise activities with a whole school “Wake and Shake” dance session in the mornings and yoga and zumba sessions throughout the week.




2017 Summer Fair

On Friday 10th March, we held our annual Summer Fair and this year was without a doubt our best yet. We were delighted to have Sir Roger Fry, the King’s Group chairman, and also the British Ambassador joins us for the event.
 
There was a real community atmosphere at the Fair and despite being incredibly hot, everyone had an excellent afternoon. There were bouncy castles, a bucking bronco, Police dogs, bands, a boating lake, candy floss, hamburgers, ice cream and of course the DUNK TANK. This for many was the highlight of the day. Seeing the Headteacher, Senior Leaders and Teachers getting dunked in water was just what many students had been waiting for all year!
 
The Raffle prizes were amazing and many thanks to our sponsors and families for their generous donations.  Once again this year, it really was outstanding. Jake in Year 4 and his family were delighted and amazed at winning the Lufthansa flight to the UK and there was also great excitement amongst all those present at the draw for the iPads and the GoPro camera.
The purpose of the fair is to bring the school community together and support the local community and forms part of our social responsibility programme. This year we are continuing to help our local orphanage and again support IVANA (https://www.manosdeivana.com/mi-historia) with the second operation on her hands. This year we have raised a staggering $9000. This will certainly help make a difference to these children’s lives. Thank you to all




Key Stage 2 Residential Trip

 
This was our first residential in Primary! 4 members of staff, 2 paramedics and 18 tents and 42 very excited Year 5 and Year 6 students left KCP on  bus with packpacks and tents! On the first day, the team stopped at the Zoo near Colon and had an up-close experience with some of the animals. They made feeders for monkeys and birds and learnt a lot about the welfare and conservation of animals in Panama.
 
Camping was a new experience for many of our students, and despite some rain showers and a lot of night time giggles, they did amazingly well. Day 2 was a river hike,  beach games and a boat trip for an island adventure. To end a great day, in the evening a talent show was held at the campsite. Coming back on day 3 the group arrived full or stories and tales of their adventures and backpacks of dirty washing! It was a fantastic adventure for our students and also an amazing experience. Special thanks go to the Year 5 and Year 6 staff for all their time, patience and preparation. We are already talking about next year’s experience...
 




KCP Education Conference

The KCP staff conference in the third week of March was a fantastic two days of training. Having trainers from both the UK and Panama visiting us really offered an opportunity for all staff to take advantage of training expertise and receive professional development.
 
Topics such as Differentiation, Conflict Management, Independent Learning, Driving Achievement and Customer Care were all covered. These sessions offer our staff an opportunity to reflect on best practice, learn new strategies and help drive our school forward.  This year, we also welcomed colleagues from the Edron Academy in Mexico City and King’s College Alicante to benefit from the learning experience.




Britain is Great Week

Britain is Great week is a series of events promoting Britain and British Business in Panama. The week started with a family street fair in Casco Viejo and every day, there were different events including a Beetles night, a Day at the Races and an art exhibition.  
 
For King’s College Panama our proudest moment was when our Year 10 student, Regina, was asked to participate in the debate competition. Being the only student and competing with and alongside professional adults, this was an amazing experience for her.  Family, friends and staff all went to the event at the Tribunal Electoral to supported her as she debated. Hearing her speak, her age was forgotten and she proved to be a fierce competitor. She did herself proud, her team, and also the school. Congratulations!




Mother Language Day at KCP

On 20th February both Primary and Secondary students were involved in the celebrations of International Mother Language Day.  Students had the opportunity to discover languages spoken around the world, as well as all of the languages spoken at King’s College Panama.   Did you know that at KCP we currently have students from 32 nationalities who speak 14 different languages at home?

The day in the Secondary school was packed with activities, including: a taster session for Catalan; a taster session for Russian; a taster session for Italian; a science session about language and the brain; a humanities session about why some languages are dying out around the world. Students have also started their entries for our Writing Competition, whose winners will be announced during our World Book Day assembly on 6th March.

The day was a great success and the students enjoyed trying out new languages. I would like to thank the parents that were involved in producing resources for these lessons as well as the teachers who prepared lessons for this very special day. I hope our students have been inspired to improve their current English/Spanish/French language skills or maybe even start learning a new language!





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