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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

 




Mastermind

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!

 
 




U15’s Football

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On Wednesday 12th December, the KCP boys’ under 15 football team played their first 11 a-side match of the season against Balboa Academy Dragons. There were a lot of new faces in the team (some playing their first competitive game of football ever) but the boys performed admirably throughout. There was a lot of attacking intent throughout the first half and the boys had arguably much more possession and opportunity with all of the lads running their socks off; no mean feat in Panamanian dry season 30 degree heat! The boys showed a lot of potential and with a bit more work on the football field they will form a very successful team. Mr Jarrett was proud of every single student who pulled on the KCP jersey and hopes to see more and more games being played throughout the coming year.
 
El miércoles 12 de Diciembre, los chicos de KCP de menos de 15 años jugaron su primer partido de la temporada contra Balboa Academy Dragons. Habían muchas caras nuevas en el equipo (para algunos era su primer juego de fútbol a nivel competitivo) sin embargo se desempeñaron admirablemente a lo largo de todo el juego. Hubo muchos intentos de ataques durante la primera mitad y los chicos posiblemente tuvieron más posesión y oportunidad dando lo mejor de sí, lo cual es un desafío en la temporada seca de Panamá con 30 grados de calor. Los chicos mostraron mucho potencial y con un poco más de trabajo en el campo de juego ellos conformarán un equipo muy exitoso. El Sr. Jarret está orgulloso de cada uno de los estudiantes quienes vistieron la camiseta de KCP y espera ver más y más juegos el año entrante.
 




Sports stars

In Nursery we are developing our gross motor skills daily by practising our walking, running, skipping, sliding and hopping. Through some of our PE lessons we can learn these skills as well as extending our vocabulary and our listening skills. This week the children had to maneuver in and out of the cones and stop when they heard the whistle. To extend this further the children had to stop at particular colours and even further had to count how many children were standing at their spot. Who thought PE could embed so many different learning skills including Maths!
 
En Nursery estamos desarrollando nuestras habilidades motoras gruesas diariamente al caminar, correr, saltar y deslizarnos. A través de algunas de nuestras clases de Educación Física podemos aprender estas habilidades a la vez de extender nuestro vocabulario y la escucha activa. Esta semana los niños  tuvieron que maniobrar dentro y fuera de los conos y detenerse cuando escucharan el silbato. Para llevar la actividad más allá los niños tenían que detenerse en un color particular e incluso más allá contaron cuántos niños estaban de pie en su ubicación. Pensamos que Educación Física asentar muchos aprendizajes inluyendo Matemáticas.




Outdoor Classroom

2A made the most of their rainforest surroundings and went to collect leaves to use for an Art lesson for their Rainforest topic. The best part was being able to use our new outdoor classroom to create some effective leaf rubbings in the sun!




Gross Motors Skills

Nursery is a preparation year for the rest of the children’s educational career. We prepare the children to read, write and become leading athletes. This starts at the most simplest level of throwing and catching skills. This week we were lucky to receive a tub filled full of colourful tennis balls which the children have enjoyed throwing back into the tub. During an activity as simple as this the children are learning to balance, eye- hand coordination, and ball retrieval skills. Sometimes the simplest of activities are the best for our children’s development.




Year 2 visit to Gamboa Rainforest Reserve

Year 2 had a fantastic trip to the Gamboa Rainforest Reserve. We met and learnt all about sloths, frogs, butterflies and orchids. We tried hard to ask interesting questions and remember useful details to help us write trip recounts the following week!




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.





Wellbeing Week

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:

 
  • Art therapy

  • 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




Girl's Football

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.





Seed Pictures

We have started a new topic in Nursery all about growing, the garden and what creepy crawlies we can find there. If you come into Nursery beware of the bugs! Our Artstart this week included seed pictures. The children had free reign over how to use the seeds and glue and in the second art start the children were given a wiggly line to follow. In this activity the children are practising their fine motor skills by trying to follow the line as well as improving their hand eye coordination skills.




Odd Socks

As part of ‘Wellbeing Week’, children and staff participated in ‘Odd Socks Day’ by  coming to school in a pair of mismatched socks. The aim of this day was to celebrate how everyone is unique and to embrace our differences. As a  school community, we had great fun expressing ourselves and showing our individuality by wearing different pairs of bright and colourful socks.  




Diwali in Nursery

In Nursery this week, we celebrated the Hindu New Year - ‘Diwali’. We had a wonderful week, learning about Ram & Sita , dressing up in Indian clothes, exploring the God table, and making delicious samosas, which we then enjoyed having for afternoon snack. They were yummy!




Diwali Celebrations

 
In Reception we have had a wonderful week celebrating Diwali as part of our new topic, “Festivals and Celebrations”.  We embraced Diwali by making Mandala art, recreating the story of Rama and Sita, making clay tealight candle holders, and of course, dressing up! Oh yes, we love dressing up!




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)

 
As the November graduation approaches, the final Teacher Training Sessions for MEDUCA are underway following the summer holidays.  Mr. Nixon & Ms. Zora ran a Saturday session reviewing classroom management, positive behaviour strategies and coaching students for success.
 
Throughout the day, teachers were encouraged to share their challenges and successes in the classroom, share best practice and apply some of the ideas through role play.  Teachers were encouraged to take on a new approach of “coaching” students rather than reproaching.  Competitions winners were able to bring some educational resources back to their respective schools.
 
Cursos a maestros de MEDUCA
A medida que se acerca la graduación en noviembre, las últimas sesiones de capacitación para los maestros de MEDUCA están en curso después de las vacaciones de verano.  Mr. Nixon y Miss Zora realizaron un taller el sábado en la que hablaron sobre la administración del salón de clases, las estrategias de comportamiento positivo y capacitaron a los estudiantes para el éxito.  
 
A lo largo del día, se alentó a los maestros a compartir sus desafíos y éxitos en los salones, compartir las mejores prácticas y aplicar algunas de las ideas a través del juego de roles. Se animó a los maestros a adoptar un nuevo enfoque de "entrenamiento" a los estudiantes en lugar de reprochar. Los ganadores de las competencias pudieron llevarse con ellos algunos recursos educativos a sus respectivas escuelas.

 

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Sixth Form - University and Higher Education visits

Our Sixth Form students are visited Florida State University.   Here is an account of the visit by Cristina from Year 12:
It was a very enriching trip in terms of getting to know the environment in university. My favorite part was the History class, I think it was a great opportunity to understand and experience how lectures work. The campus tour showed the benefits of attending a university with a campus, everything is more accessible and at a walking distance. I think the student common room is a great idea, a space to relax and complete individual work while getting to know other students. The visit gave me an insightful perspective on university life and helped me figure out what I want in a university. 
 
Visita a la FSU
Nuestros estudiantes de Bachillerato visitaron Florida State University. Cristina de Year 12 nos relata su experiencia:
La visita de hoy a Florida State University fue un viaje muy enriquecedor para conocer el entorno universitario. Mi parte favorita fue la clase de Historia, creo que fue una gran oportunidad para entender y experimentar cómo funcionan las conferencias. El recorrido por las instalaciones nos mostró los beneficios de asistir a una universidad con un campus, todo es más accesible y a una corta distancia a pie. Creo que la sala común de estudiantes es una gran idea, un espacio para relajarse y completar tareas o trabajos mientras se conocen otros estudiantes. La visita me dio una perspectiva perspicaz sobre la vida universitaria y me ayudó a descubrir lo que quiero en una universidad. 




KCP Students meet an Astronaut

Ten KCP students recently attended an entertaining and inspirational talk by the former astronaut, Jon McBride at Balboa Academy. Selected as a candidate by NASA in January 1978, McBride became an astronaut in August 1979. He was a pilot of STS 41-G, which was launched from Kennedy Space Center on October 5, 1984 aboard the Orbiter Challenger (Space Shuttle). The mission duration was 197 hours and concluded with a landing at Kennedy Space Center on October 13, 1984.
 
A very interesting aspect of the talk was the way in which Jon McBride ensured that his career pathway (from High school, via University, postgraduate studies, Navy pilot training and then test pilot training) could eventually lead him to be selected as an astronaut. His journey to achieving his goal took many years, involved a number of setbacks and required an element of good luck also.
 
Conferencia con un astronauta
Diez estudiantes de KCP asistieron recientemente a una entretenida e inspiradora conferencia con el astronauta Jon McBride en el Balboa Academy. Seleccionado como candidato por la NASA en enero de 1978, McBride se convirtió en astronauta en agosto de 1979. Fue piloto del STS 41-G, que se lanzó desde el Centro Espacial Kennedy el 5 de octubre de 1984 a bordo del Orbiter Challenger (Transbordador espacial). La duración de la misión fue de 197 horas y concluyó con un aterrizaje en el Centro Espacial Kennedy el 13 de octubre de 1984.
 
Un aspecto muy interesante de la conferencia fue la forma en la que Jon McBride se aseguró de que su trayectoria (desde la secundaria, a través de la universidad, los estudios de posgrado, el entrenamiento de pilotos de la Marina y luego el entrenamiento de pilotos de prueba) pudieran llevarlo a ser seleccionado como astronauta. Su viaje para alcanzar su meta tomó muchos años, involucró varios contratiempos y también requirió un poco de buena suerte.