Tell me what extracurriculars a school does and I’ll tell you what kind of school it is.
Judging by the following activities (among the many), this particular school, with its various campuses, must be great!
On Friday 13th June King’s College School, La Moraleja, organised a whole school art day for teachers and pupils. The theme of the whole school art day was “Take One Picture”.
The Take One Picture project is a long standing initiative of The National Gallery in London. The idea behind the initiative is to use one painting from the gallery and to focus on it in depth and detail throughout a whole school year. This year King’s College La Moraleja has been focusing on the painting St. Michael Triumphs over the Devil.
The whole school art day was a great success. Everyone became involved in one creative activity or another. Teachers in the school worked with their class to create a wide variety of sculptures and drawings based on the painting. For example, Year 1 classes drew chalk angels on the patio by tracing around each other’s bodies. Other year groups designed crowns, stained glass windows and shoes. Even the teachers had a creative challenge to reconstruct the painting “St. Michael Triumphs over the Devil” by drawing the sections and piecing it back together like a puzzle.
This Take One Picture project continues into next year. The project will end in November when the school submits the work it has have done this year to The National Gallery where they will review all submissions and choose some entries to display in the gallery itself. Until then, La Moraleja will continue the project and with fingers crossed hope that they will like the work and entry.
Click Here to see local press coverage of the pupils work.
King’s College, La Moraleja, tells us:
We had some special guests in our Prize Giving Ceremony which made the school very proud, especially of our pupils and their families. Over the course of the year, we have raised money for the following charities and we’re delighted that they were able to join us:
- Our friends from Nuyumbani who received 500€. Izabella Hearn was unable to attend but sent us a beautiful letter thanking all of us on behalf of the children.
- Make-A-Wish Spain, charity researched and chosen personally by our Student Council, who received 571,40€ from their Bake Sale and tuck shops. We had the pleasure of having with us Carmela Fernandez and Marta Lago who gave our children beautiful pins in sign of gratitude.
- Cáritas Parroquial de Nuestra Señora de Fuente del Fresno who received 1.500€ represented by Isabel Boanza and Maika Torralbo.
- Asociación Española Contra el Cancer who received 3.000€ towards their Research Foundation with Jezabel Pagnón and Isabel Caro.
Mrs Dawn Akyurek, King’s College La Mortaleja, would like to say a huge thank you to all those involved in making other people happier and to our guests for sharing such a special day with us. They have all promised to come back next academic year to join us in Assembly and tell us more about themselves.
Fun was had by all on Tuesday 3rd June as Year 5 visited “de Pino a Pino” in Navacerrada, a municipality in northern Madrid’s Guadarrama Mountain. Glorious sunshine shone down on Year 5 all day as they climbed trees and zip-wired from tree to tree. Children from 5G would like to share their special memories.
Daniela and Lucia:
“We had a magnificent time, this trip we had to use our organisation skills and be responsible by controlling our carribeana clips to keep us safe. All Year 5 had the opportunity to have fun climbing trees like monkeys. The very kind and generous people that worked in “de pino a pino” were very helpful in every moment of the trip. We had the chance of participating in all the adventures but unfortunately we could not go on the bigger ones. Norah looked as if she was Superman as she zipped down to the ground. All we heard were laughs and screams of fun. We had a brilliant experience and we thanked the teachers as well: Ms Glennon; Mrs Sangarabalan and Mr Pike for this spectacular day in the outdoors.”
“The part that I liked most [about the tip] was when my mum, Nicolas and I went on the zip wires.”
“I wish we could repeat this wonderful trip.”
There have been lots of goings on with both old and new students alike, with the King’s College Alumni Association.
Last June the Association sponsored an alumni football match for the Class of 1992, organised by Tom Parkinson, Head of Secondary at Soto de Viñuelas, and as a result there is now an official King’s College Alumni football kit for any ex pupils who want to get together for a match.
In early June, the first 10 Year Alumni Reunion was held for the Class of 2004 at The Passenger, in Calle Pez, Madrid, which has become the main venue for alumni events given the owner is a King’s alumnus himself. It was nice to see so many faces, and also for ex-pupils to have a chance to reunite with old teachers. It certainly brought back many memories.
Last on the agenda for this academic year is the annual Alumni Summer Reunion which is organised for the11th July in Madrid. We do hope that we will see many of our Year 13 graduates at the event, which will also be held at The Passenger. If you would like to attend or simply get more information, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/KingsSummerReunion
There are many plans for events in the coming years, including perhaps the first alumni reunion in London and also Alicante, so do make sure you are up to date with the latest happenings by joining the LinkedIn King’s College Schools Alumni Group: www.tinyurl.com/KCAlumniAssoc.
They had the opportunity to design and make their own football strips, use ICT to research fun facts about the World Cup and take part in a football tournament. The children also enjoyed making an Eco-Friendly table top football game using recycled bottle tops.
Screams of excitement could be heard from the classroom as the children battled against each other using the games that they had made. Ignacio from 4D commented, “I enjoyed painting my game and decorating the bottle tops for each team. I played against Pedro from 4E and won in the penalties!”
On the Thursday, the children took a break from the World Cup theme and visited “Fauna Aventura” within El Parque de Europa.
Alfonso said, “It was great fun and it felt very tickly as the eagle landed on my hand!”
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