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A day in King’s College Soto
The objective was to perform our A-Levels for a day in a bigger year group so we could see another school in the King’s College Group.
For the day, Kevin, Ale and I were paired with students from Soto that had the same options as us to follow them around the school. Once we arrived, we met our “guides for the day” and went to assembly. The school has separate buildings for different learning areas; one building for science, one building for languages and one building for history. This is because Year 12 has 200 students so they need a lot of space for the amount of students that they have. The people that we met in there were really nice and welcoming and I really enjoyed the experience. I’m really grateful for this experience because we made so many friends and memories that will last forever.
Can you believe it? The students there didn’t know that in Panama we speak Spanish so when we said something in Spanish they were surprised that we could speak the language!
Isabel Boras Year 12
A level Students trip to Madrid
During our stay in Madrid we had the amazing opportunity to visit the beautiful center of Madrid; some of the places we enjoyed and visited were Plaza Mayor, Sol and Mercado San Miguel and thanks to our trips into Madrid center we were able to learn and interact with the spanish culture as we were able to try some of the amazing cuisine and dishes of the spanish gastronomy.
On one of the days in Madrid we had the wonderful chance to visit a reputable university - IE. It was interesting to compare Panama’s universities with the one we visited. It was great to have the opportunity to walk through a university as big and respected as IE and was one of the things that make the trip to Spain so worth it.
We were also very thankful that the trip gave us the opportunity to see and talk face to face to very close friends who used to study at KCP; we managed to meet up multiple times and we were able to catch up with life. We went to dinner with them even in Madrid center which was the best possible thing you could ask for.
Thank you so much for the opportunity and I hope to repeat it.
Kevin Mosquera, Year 12
Over the past week, all of the staff at King’s College have taken part in a house competition to show the importance of friendly competition and taking part in all activities; even when they are out of your comfort zone! Mastermind is a British quiz show where contestants answer questions based on a chosen specialist subject, as well as general knowledge. The specialisms were extremely varied; from footballers to the TV show F.R.I.E.N.D.S to the British delicacy of Yorkshire puddings.
The quizzes were excellently answered and students and staff clearly had a lot of fun competing and watching as much as Mr Jarrett did making the questions. The current leader is Ms Carman with a total score of 26, swiftly followed in silver place by Miss Jakob and Mr Lambros on 23 and Mr Thrall on 22 in bronze place. With only 5 teachers left to finish their rounds, will the scores stay as they are or will we have a different KCP Mastermind!
Gross Motors Skills
Year 2 visit to Gamboa Rainforest Reserve
New Play Equipment
Our primary pupils have been enjoying our new play equipment that was ‘opened’ for playing recently. The see-saw has been a particular highlight.
The swings from our old play equipment are being reconditioned and brought back by popular demand! Pupils were most unhappy that these were missing.
The space where our old play equipment was located is now being prepared for our new building works. Over the next 2 months we will putting 4 more classrooms in place to be followed by another 4 classrooms at the start of next year. These new classrooms are needed due to expansion of pupil numbers at KCP and will provide us with some welcome extra classroom space.
As part of Wellbeing Week this week, the children in 4B have been working on mindfulness and yoga. In P.E we did some yoga and meditation, thinking about self awareness and calming techniques. We really enjoyed this peaceful lesson and felt very calm and refreshed afterwards.
Across the secondary school the goals was to ensure students are aware of the importance of personal well-being, knowing that we at KCP have this at the root of all we do and that this is not a one-off, but a fundamental part of school life.
All students had a session of:
Yoga Role-play looking at the role of the bystander
Fitness session (led by John Jarrett)
The students were split into houses in vertical groups across years 7-12 to encourage wider collaboration.
In the following weeks there will be an assembly, outlining the importance of student wellbeing, what the students got out of the sessions, examples of the work that took place as well as how this will be underpinning all that runs through the school year. During the assembly we will also unveil the student Well-being Ambassadors and what their role will be at KCP.
Alongside this we will be creating the ‘Great Wall of Well-being’ where students and staff will be encouraged to give suggestions that will offer suggestions for us all to encourage us to look after ourselves better. Although this will be started during the Well-being week it will be a continual resource that will be updated and maintained by the wellbeing ambassadors.
Under 18s' Football
On Thursday 15th November it was the turn of the under 18s boys football team to show their stuff. All of the boys were extremely excited to play their part in opening the astro-turf and played some excellent football from start to finish.
The team played two games, against The Met and Balboa; both of whom had players who wouldn’t have looked out of place in the Premier League! The boys however did not let this dampen their spirits and they battled through each match to the best of their ability.
Their first game against The Met saw the team go down 3-2 with the final kick of the game, our goals coming from Alvaro Juste Santiago and Jose Alejandro Rios Mondelo.
The second game was a much more open game and ended with Balboa winning 4-2 despite King’s having more possession and the better openings. With one of our goals coming from captain Will Ahern.
In both games, the boys held their own against much stronger teams in terms of physicality and showed signs of real progression. With a bit of training and more games, this team could get some really positive results for the school.
Well done to all!
Team: William Ahern Rognoni, Felipe Westen, Miguel Rodriguez De La Huerga, Alvaro Juste Santiago, Silvio Guerra Duran, Pablo Rodriguez, Jose Alejandro Rios Mondelo, Oscar Rincon
Under 14's Football
King’s College held 3 football tournaments this week to officially unveil our brand new astro-turf. On Tuesday 13th November, the U14s boys’ played a tournament against The Met and CCA. The boys worked extremely hard together and played some astonishingly good football in tough circumstances. They managed to win their first game against The Met 3-0, with goals from Pablo Rodriguez and Jose Alejandro Rios Mondelo (2), before unluckily going down 2-0 to CCA.
There were encouraging signs for Mr Jarrett who is confident that this group of players will improve game by game. Well done all!
Team photo: Back row (L-R) Juan Diego Rendon, Jose Alejandro Rios Mondelo, Harold Lee Lay, Pablo Rodriguez. Front row (L-R) Gabriel Zorio, Victor Munoz, Arthur Barrozo Ferraine, James Ahern Rognoni
This was the girls’ first fixture and they had not kicked a ball together before kick off. I said to them at the start that the fact they were on the pitch at all was a major accomplishment so to lose one game 1-0 and draw the other 2-2 (before losing on penalties) to a team of the size, age and experience of ISP was an incredible achievement- neither result flattered the girls.
Cristina, Natalia, Gabi, Esmé, Ana, Valeria, Yeisy and Maggie deserve a huge amount of praise.
Maggie and Yeisy, it should be pointed out, were Yr 8 girls playing against much older (and physically stronger girls).
They all absolutely embodied the King’s College spirit.
Diwali in Nursery
World Peace Day and Bake Sale / Día Mundial de la Paz, y Venta de Dulces para Beneficencia
World Peace day and bake sale
Bake Sale Success
Dear King's College parents,
As the year 11 global perspective group, we would like to send a massive thank you to all parents, students and staff for all the support and collaboration during the bake sale.
On Friday 28th September, we had our first “Bakesale” of the school year to celebrate World Peace Day. As a class, we wanted to have an event quickly as a way to start an active school year. We originally wanted to start with another event, but quickly shifted to a more simple idea that guaranteed us lots of engagement from the school community. After thorough deliberation, we talked to our headteacher who immediately supported our idea. The next three weeks went by in a split second; we had to organise letters to parents(in both English and Spanish), posters, and running of the day including the location and set up.Thankfully everything ran smoothly.
We surpassed our expectations by exceeding our target; we raised over a thousand dollars. All of these donations will go towards TECHO (a charity that builds houses for less fortunate people in Latin America). Again a huge thank you for all of your kind donations and contributions.
Global Perspectives Students, Year 11
Día mundial de la paz y venta benéfica de pasteles.
Éxito en la venta de pasteles
Estimados padres de King's College,
Estimados padres de familia,
El grupo de Global Perspective de Year 11, quiere transmitirles nuestro más sincero agradecimiento a los estudiantes , maestros y padres de familia de la comunidad escolar por toda la ayuda y contribuciones en el reciente Bake sale.
El viernes 28 de septiembre, tuvimos nuestro primer "Bakesale" del año escolar para celebrar el Día Mundial de la Paz. Como clase, queríamos organizar un evento como una manera de comenzar un año escolar activo. Originalmente queríamos realizar otro evento, pero rápidamente cambiamos a una idea más simple que nos garantizará mayor compromiso por parte de la comunidad escolar. Después de una deliberación exhaustiva, hablamos con nuestro c quien de inmediato apoyó nuestra idea. Las siguientes tres semanas pasaron en una fracción de segundo; tuvimos que redactar cartas dirigidas padres (tanto en inglés como en español), carteles y detalles de cómo se realizaría la venta, incluido la ubicación. Todo funcionó sin problemas.
Superamos nuestras expectativas al sobrepasar nuestro objetivo; Hemos recaudado más de mil dólares. Todas estas donaciones se destinarán a TECHO (una organización benéfica que construye casas para personas menos afortunadas en América Latina). Nuevamente, muchas gracias por todas sus donaciones y contribuciones.
Estudiantes de Perspectivas Globales, año 11
Meduca Teacher Training (Convenio)