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La Moraleja Cup Football Tournament

On Thursday 22nd June we took 8 students to participate in the La Moraleja Cup, Catagoria Infantil. The tournament was hosted at Los Sauces school. With most of Year 9 away in Barcelona we took a team of predominantly year 8´s. They took to the challenge and performed exceptionally well against older opposition. Our best performance came in the 4-0 victory over St Georges School and performance of the day had to be Celestino´s heroics as goalkeeper. The players were Iñigo Aguirre Viyuela, Alfredo Felices Vera, Ignacio Felices Vera, Celestino José Vega Rossi, Mohamed Diarra Koite, Juan Manuel Monjardín Ibáñez, Pedro Cantarela Pérez and Nicolas Martin A.O.Costa.  
Well done to all players for their fantastic performances, sportsmanship and being great ambassadors for our school.
 




Ks2 and KS3 Sports Day

On Monday (an extremely hot day!) the whole of Key stage 3 and years 4 and 5 participated in the annual sports day at the Jose Caballero athletics arena. The students all performed exceptionally well in a variety of track and field events. They coped especially well with the heat to make it a great event. There were lots of outstanding performances on the day with Blue house emerging victorious. Congratulations to all participants and thank you to all teachers and parents for your support.
 




EYFS, keys Stage 1 and Year 3 Sports Day

On Wednesday the 7th of June we had a fantastic sports day. All children were split into teams and took part in a variety of different sports such as football, basketball, assault course, long jump, javelin and target throws. All students had great fun, worked hard and displayed fabulous sporting skills they have learnt all year. A big thank you for the year 5 sports leaders and the year 9 prefects for being great role models, motivators and scorers! Also it was great to see so many parents supporting the event. Well done to all
participants.
 
 




King's College School La Moraleja - and Kandinsky College Netherlands Exchange - part 2

On 13th-18th June, 23 Dutch students were welcomed warmly to King´s College La Moraleja to take part in our annual exchange. Many of the Dutch students had never been to Spain, and certainly very few of them had seen such intense sunshine!

Despite the hot temperatures, we were able to complete a program of events that saw us gain some wonderful cross-cultural experiences.

Day 1 saw us have a guided tour of Toledo. The city was looking fantastic as they were preparing for the Corpus Christi festival. We had a panoramic bus tour, as well as visiting the old town and Cathedral. We also had enough time for a quick shopping trip!

Day 2 was spent at school, where we completed a range of cross cultural activities, involving Geography, History and English. The students then created lessons on similarities and differences between Spain and Holland. In the afternoon, we went down to years 3,4 and 5 to deliver our lessons to the children - well done group 8 who delivered a fantastic lesson, and won a tasty prize.

Day 3 was spent in Madrid, visiting Templo de Debod, the rose garden at Parque del Oeste, before getting on the Teleferico for a bird´s eye view of the city. The students then spent the afternoon screaming and getting soaked at the parque de atracciones - the perfect way to end a busy week.

A special thank you must go out to all the parents who worked hard to make the Dutch students feel welcome, and offer them such amazing experiences during their time together. You can see a few of the activities in the photographs.

We look forward to organising a new Exchange experience for year 8 and 9 pupils next year.

Mr. Heanley

 

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Music School

In May there were four evening recitals in school, which featured excellent solo performances from the majority of the students in the Music School. A brilliant range of instruments are were performed on for these concerts, including violin, piano, guitar, flute, saxophone, clarinet, and drum kit. We were really pleased and proud of the confidence demonstrated by all pupils as they performed. Lots of the same pupils have also completed external examinations for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music this term, which is an excellent achievement. Many pupils have also represented King's College at the COBIS Senior Music Festival in Murcia this month, competing against musicians from all over the world. Well done everyone and keep making music during the summer holidays! 
 




COBIS Music Competition

Eighteen brave student musicians from year 6-9 recently traveled to King's College Murcia to take part in the international COBIS Music Competition. This was the first time King's College School La Moraleja had participated and it was so successful that we can't wait to go again next year.
 
There were students from Russia, Romania, Czech Republic and even as far as Kuwait, to name a few. The standard of musicianship was very high across the board and our students were faced with the scary prospect of competing against more experienced musicians. However, the musicianship our La Moraleja students shined through and we walked away with seven prizes! 
 
Congratulations to 
  • Charlotte 6M - 3rd place strings solo
  • Ana 9G - 3rd place woodwind solo
  • Esmeralda 9G - 3rd place vocal solo
  • Joey 7E and Carter 7R - 3rd place small ensemble
  • Maya 9M - 2nd place woodwind solo
  • Nicolás 9M - 2nd place percussion solo 
All of our young musicians have done incredibly well and we are so proud of their efforts and achievements. It wasn't all hard work though, we were treated to dinner on the beach and a night safari tour. It was a fantastic weekend and great fun was had by all.




Basketball Tournament

On Monday 15th May 20 pupils from Kings College La Moraleja, took part in the Copa Colegial ABC baskebtall tournamnet. This is one of the biggest basketball tournaments in Spain and invoved over 30 schools from accross Madrid competing agaisnt each other throughout the day.
 
 As a school it was the first time that we entered the tournament taking both a girls and boys team made up of pupils from years 6 and 7 to the tournament. Both teams did extreamly well representing the school fantastically. They demonstrated a great attitude and battled very hard in every game. The stand out performance came from the boys team who did particiauly well managing to reach the quarter finals of the competititon. This is a great achivement when you consider that most of the pupils in the team were in Year 6. It is hoped that we can buid on this success and do even better next year.
 
I would like to congratuate all pupils invovled in the tournament for representing the school so well throughout the event. They were a credit to the School.




Glorr Foundation

Students in King´s College-La Moraleja took part in a charity project cooperating with Glorr Foundation. Through this foundation, they were given the chance to help other educational centres, social services and AMPA. 
 
The main objective was to contribute to reduction of poverty and inequality suffered by the child population in our country and to avoid that differences do not negatively affect the integral educational development of our minors and facilitate their social integration. The foundation sent the collected clothes and footwear, baby supplies (cots, highchairs, strollers, etc.) of the campaign to canteens and schools.
 
Here some opinions of our students about the initiative and their feeling after cooperating:
  • Mario O: ¨ I was feeling very generous and also very happy donating a part of the clothes I had, thinking that it might make other children happier as well, hopefully helping them¨.
  • Lucía B: ¨I felt really good giving people some of the clothes I had because I know they need it more than me. I wish they like it¨.
Thanks to all King’s College staff, students and parents for contributing generously to the successful initiative.
 
   




Primary Science Week

Science week this year was yet again another action packed week with all classes taking part in a variety of experiments and problem solving challenges.The theme of the week was "Change" which led some classes to investigate types of materials which could change and turn into another material or some classes investigated how the world is changing and why. Year 2 were busy making ice cream; Year 3 became magical forming crystals in egg shells; Year 4 took part in a world wide counting mission of penguins as the population is changing due to climate change. Furthermore Year 4 learnt how to extract the DNA from strawberries. Year 5 changed a dirty looking coin into a sparkling one from the effects of Coca-Cola! These are examples amongst many other activities!
 
A huge congratulations goes out to all the children that took part in sending in "Science Selfies" and entering the Science Competition. Many children earnt special house points and certificates.This made us all really excited about science this week. For the competition, the children had to change unwanted items at home and turn them into a new product. We are  very proud of and pleased with all the entries. The winners received a special certificate and prize in assembly time. The winners from the entries were:
 
Year 1: Victoria and Sofia F. Made a fun marble run using a box and lolly sticks. We all had fin playing with this!
Year 3: Koldo F. He made a shooter game from cardboard tubes. Fantastic decoration!
Year 4C: Daniel M. Created a fabulous leather watch strap.
Year 4G: Lucia E. Created a large, well decorated toy robot from cardboard boxes.
Year 5: Diego B. Made an excellent table football games from cardboard and pegs. Excellent finish and very creative!
 




Bayard Visits the School

In the Spanish Department at King´s College- La Moraleja we strongly believe that being a good reader has never been more important to integrate into the society of tomorrow, we are committed to making your children discover the pleasure of reading, a pleasure that will accompany them all their lives!
 
Following this reader spirit, we invited Carlos from Bayard to have a chat with our students with the main purpose being to encourage them to read a little bit more, helping them to grow and assert themselves by giving them a taste for reading, an appetite for understanding. A recognized know-how that helps them to draw a confident path in life, which brings them meaning and energy! 
 
Carlos was showing our students reading activities to laugh, play, understand and think. By playing some games, doing questions and advocating access to quality written information the students understood that the world is large, abundant, surprising, and complex!
 
These are some opinions of our year 6 students after the activity:
  • ¨The experience was fantastic and we learned a lot about facts about airplanes, I found it very entertaining and I would like to repeat it! ¨ Laura C.
  • ¨It was cool, fun, interesting and I learnt a lot! ¨ Also we played games, I love it! ¨ Federico H.
¨You learn new things and facts, I found it very educational and very well explained¨. Martina G.
 
     




COBIS Secondary Games

During May, Children in Year 7 and 8 had the pleasure of competing in the COBIS Secondary Games held in Sheffield, UK.
 
Twenty-seven schools from seventeen countries came together for three days of sport - swimming, athletics and football.
 
The first day started with a battle in the pool, where an exciting gala was held in the magnificent Ponds Forge International Sports Centre. After a morning of nail biting heats, the finals were electric and King's College La Moraleja reached an all time best  - competing in 6 of the finals! 
 
The second day dawned bright over Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium, but the British weather certainly did not disappoint as the heavens opened in the afternoon! However, nothing could dampen the students´ spirits. The full day of track and field events saw some incredible achievements from our school. María José G. won gold in Girls Javelin, throwing a whopping 23.02m! We also landed a Bronze in the Girls Triple Jump with Silvia S. leaping a massive 8.74m. Keane U. scored a personal best in High Jump and the crowed roared for our very own finalist Claudia P. who reached the Girls 400m final.
 
Day three started with a drive to the new FA affiliated site, St George's Park Graves. Both our Girls and Boys Football teams qualified in their groups, beating off schools from The Netherlands Greece and Abu Dhabi. The Girls had a nail biting quarter final against The British School of Bahrain where they were JUST pipped to the post in the final 3 minutes.  
 
Of course, we also had to make the most of our ´downtime´ and had great fun sight seeing around Sheffield as well as visiting a Trampoline Park and Bowing Alley in the evenings. Work hard, play hard right...?!
 
After 3 days of intense competition, King´s College La Moraleja landed a very worthy 13th position overall. The children should feel incredibly proud of themselves as they gave 100% throughout, despite some very tough competition. A special thanks to the wonderful support from parents - both those who came to Sheffield and those in Madrid. It really meant a lot to the children and teachers.  




Year 4 Somolinos Trip

This year's residential trip for year 4 was to the beautiful rural setting of Somolinos in the mountains North of Madrid. The children had great fun following a programme based on the Earth. They sang songs, created sculptures form natural materials and enjoyed lots of adventurous activities. In particular they loved the zip wire and climbing wall which helped them to challenge themselves and support their friends. A great day trip was had to a local historic village where the children enjoyed a tour and a visit to the museum and learn about rural life. The trip was a fantastic opportunity to build on team work skills, learn to be independent and visit the great outdoors





COBIS Primary Games

The Cobis  Games this year brought 17 teams from 12 countries to Stantonbury Campus near Milton Keynes for three days of exhilarating action which saw students compete in swimming, athletics and football events. As a team we had been training very hard for the competition all year and  after are recent success at the Kings Cup we were eager for the competition to begin.
 
Day 1 saw us compete in swimming against some very tough competition, the most memorable performances from the pool were from Blanca B and Pablo E who both did extremely well in both butterfly and breaststroke. In breaststroke Blanca finished 7th narrowly missing out on the final and in butterfly she finished 10th with a personal best time of 42.91 seconds. Pablo did equally well finishing in the top 10 for both his events. This is a fantastic achievement when you consider that both pupils are young for their age and able to compete in the games again next year.
 
It was out of the pool and onto the track and field on Day 2 as we took part in sprints, middle-distance running, relay, javelin, long jump and high jump. As a team we did particularly well with stand up performances being Alba G who managed to reach the final for 200 meters and Ainara G who reached the final for the 75 meters sprint. Ainara had a very good day also finishing in the top 5 for both long jump and high jump. A special mention must also go to Jacobo, Eric and Ximena all of who finished in the top 10 for their respective events. 
 
The football pitch at Stantonbury was the venue for the third and final day of the Games. This was arguably our most successful day of the tournament with the boys doing particularly well, reaching the final of the competition. The boys finished as the tournament top goal scorers and did not concede a goal in normal time for the duration of the tournament. This is a fantastic achievement and one they should feel very proud of. One of the highlights from the football competition was beating Kings Soto 3-0 in order to reach the semi final. The boys played particularly well this game and deserved their place in the final of the competition. They were described as the stand out team from the competition.
 
As a school we would like to thank the students for making the experience enjoyable throughout, with the pupils representing the school fantastically throughout the competition both on and off the pitch. We would also like to thank all parents for the their continued support and encouragement throughout the Cobis games which helped to make the experience even more memorable for the pupils. Finally a BIG thank you goes to Ms Tester who kindly gave up her Easter Holiday to accompany us to the Games, she was fantastic throughout the trip and played a crucial role in the success of the tournament.
 




The Netherlands Exchange 2017

From 18th -23rd April 19 Kings College students travelled to The Netherlands for our annual Exchange with Kandinsky College, Nijmegen. We were anxious to meet our new exchange partners and their families - and what would it be like to go to classes at another school in another country?
 
The answer was: fantastic! The Dutch students, teachers and the exchange families all extended their famous hospitality skills to welcome us into their lives, and show the King’s students how they live. Many children cycled in to school every day, some from 15km away! We attended classes on Dutch History, Geography, Science, and got the opportunity to learn a new language.
 
Our visits to Amsterdam and the local town Nijmegen were fun, yet educational, with students completing photography tasks, science experiments, contemplating art at the Rijksmuseum and finding some time for some serious shopping! It was great to see the children making new friendships and working together to improve their cultural understanding of different cultures. On Saturday they spent the days with their families doing activities varying from horse riding, to theme parks, to eating at famous pancake houses.
 
We look forward to welcoming the Kandinsky students to King’s College La Moraleja in June. 
 




EF Schools Football Cup

Pupils in years 6 and 7 represented the school at the Education First Football Competition which took place on Sunday 2nd April at Colegio Mirabal. This was the first time the tournament had been held in Madrid and involved 12 schools competing for the trophy.
 
As a school we did particularly well reaching the final of the competition. We reached the final by finishing top of our group, with only one team from each group progressing to the final. During the group stages we played 5 matches winning 3 of them and drawing 2. As a result of finishing undefeated in the group stages we progressed to the final, where we met the winners of the opposite group. To reach the final was a fantastic achievement and one that the pupils can feel very proud of. The highlight of the tournament came in the last game of the group stages, when 2-1 down and needing a draw to reach the final we kept fighting right to the final whistle, managing to score a goal with less then a minute left to equalize the match, resulting in us finishing top of the table.
 
The pupils represented the school fantastically both on and off the pitch and can feel very proud of their achievements. Although we did not win the final we did incredibly well to get their. We will continue to practice and aim to come back next year even better. 
 




Spring Concert 2017

The end of the Spring term was celebrated, as always, with the Spring Concert. This year, the concert was themed 'Stronger Together' and the program was devised to show all the fantastic music that can be produced when people play together in ensembles. Class 8B started the show with a bang as they marched in as a Samba band playing traditional Batucada music from Brazil. The hour long event, hosted by our Head Girl and Head Boy proceeded to feature multiple rock bands, choirs and orchestras. Primary and Secondary choirs were combined to sing a song all about love and success and, for the first time ever, the Primary and Secondary orchestras were also combined. They finished the show with a performance of a movie soundtrack classic, Jurassic Park. All performers had been preparing for this concert for many months and their hard work really paid off. 
 




Year 1 and Year 2 Easter Show

On the 31st April , Year 1 and 2 performed an amazing Spring Show. The show took the audience on a trip through a farm, during Spring. The children presented ideas about flowers and plants needing water and sunlight to grow, chicks and ducklings hatching from their eggs and being able to walk and swim very quickly and the size of animals, like horses, at birth.

The children dressed as different farm animals and the children and adults who worked on the farm. Some children were narrators, who told the backstory to a day in the life of a farm, during spring. The whole show was peppered with lively and entertaining songs that demonstrated the different aspects of spring and farm life.

The children worked very hard learning the songs, their lines, and performing in a professional way. The parents did an amazing job of providing the beautiful costumes and supporting the children learning their lines.

The final performance was a brilliant success and we had a fantastic audience with many parents and sibling coming to watch! The photos show the children in action on stage.





Year 7 Walk for Water

On Friday 24th March, 43 year 7 pupils from La Moraleja set off for Soto de Viñuelas to take part in a Walk for Water fundraising event together  with pupils from King’s College, Soto.
 
The aim was to raise awareness of the importance of clean water, and for pupils to experience what it is like to carry heavy loads of water over a long distance. Each pupil carried 5 litres of water in a backpack and during the course of the morning they walked approximately 6km across the countryside, as many children in developing countries do every day.
 
Pupils asked family and friends to sponsor them to undertake the walk, and in total 1,072  euros was raised by the La Moraleja pupils.  All the money raised will go to The Nyumbani Village Charity, where the water shortage this year is causing severe hardship.
 
The event was a great success and our pupils were enthusiastic throughout the day, if rather more tired by the time they returned to La Moraleja in the afternoon. All the pupils agreed that they felt proud to have had such a great opportunity to directly make a difference to the lives of children in Kenya.
 
We all look forward to taking part again next year in 2018.
 




Year 7 Trip to Faunia

The children spent the day at Faunia viewing a huge variety of wildlife from all corners of the world. They observed animals native to Australia, the African rainforests, the Antarctic, along with many others. The children took field notes over the course of the day,noting down lots of important information, such as the animals habitat, range and adaptations, all of which will prove very useful in the upcoming topic "Adaptations" There was also a guided tour from a professional from Faunia who shared his insightful knowledge with the children as we toured through the park. Overall a very successful day, full of fun, excitement, great information and lot's of sunshine!
 




Nursery Farm Trip

Our Nursery classes went to Granja Escuela Giraluna to enjoy the delights that this teaching farm had to offer. They were very busy. They made bread, learnt about hens and chickens; they rode a pony and learnt about loads of different animals. They especially loved visiting the rabbits in their giant hutch. They held them carefully and loved their soft fur.  They petted the sheep and visited the owls. They listened carefully to the teachers at the farm who congratulated them for their fantastic behaviour.
 
We were very lucky to have some parents and carer helpers. They were very helpful getting the children on to and off the bus and making sure the children had an exciting but safe trip. Thank you!
On our return trip to school they  were so tired, after our busy day at the farm, that most children fell asleep on the bus. A great day was had by us all. We can’t wait for our next trip.
 




Baking Competition

King’s College La Moraleja became host to the most incredible variety and quality of cakes, cupcakes and biscuits for our Spring term house competition. We were amazed at the effort that children and parents had put in to dream up some unique and colourful creations. The judging process was incredibly difficult with such a number of entries, but fortunately the house captains were also on hand to give their opinions.
 
Some incredible creations were made – see if you can spot in the pictures: the I-pad cake, the flower cookies, the 'carrot theme' carrot cake, the marshmallow multi coloured cake, the army of ginger bread men – so much was on display.
 
And the winners in Secondary are:
 
Year 6 – Eloise B. for a beautiful and tasty rainbow cake.
Year 7 – Rebecca V. for the most ‘moreish’ brownies that the judges tasted.
Year 8 – Daniella M. for her delicious Strawberry cup cakes.
Year 9 – Valentina for her perfectly prepared carrot cake – the taste and texture were spot on!
 
Thank you again everyone for your efforts, and to top it off our charity sale raised a fantastic amount for ‘El Sueno de Vicky’ – we feel very proud to support this charity!
 




Volvo Project

Students in year 6 took part in a creative workshop sponsored by Volvo Car España. They were given the chance to build, design and develop a vehicle which is able to avoid accidents.
 
During this process, students were given experience of programming and operating robots.
 
The students showed excellent problem solving skills and impressed everyone with their teamwork and attitude. They came up with some great designs. The students all enjoyed the experience and this is something we will keep on doing in the future.
 
These are some opinions of our students after the activity:
 
¨It was really cool how they came to our school to show us how to program. I have never had so much fun in school. Best day ever!” Javier C.
 
“I really liked programming the Volvo car. I loved the experience. I had lots of fun. Also it was really good to know about what is safe in the cars. It was very exciting to be an engineer for a day!” Ainara G.
 
“I lived the experience because we worked in a team and we had a lot of fun¨ Ángel R.
 




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