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King’s College schools, ranked among the top international schools in Spain by EL MUNDO newspaper

King’s College schools of Madrid, Alicante and Murcia have been recognised among the best international schools in Spain by the RANKING DE LOS 100 MEJORES COLEGIOS, a highly respected publication that the Spanish newspaper EL MUNDO has issued every year since 1999.

While King’s College Madrid and King’s College Alicante have been consistently recognised in this ranking in the past, this is the first time King’s College Murcia has also been cited. This is due to the fact that this year the school in Murcia has reached its 10th anniversary and thus, has been able to apply for consideration in the Ranking.

You can read the full press release here.

You can also access the full ranking by clicking here.

Police Internet Safety Talks (Organized by the Spanish Department)

 Alcobendas police visited our school on the 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 26th February. This provided us a fantastic opportunity to participate with the Police in very important topics as cyberbullying, grooming, bulling, social media and risks of internet. 
In king’s College we believe that the Internet can be a wonderful resource for kids. They can use it to research school reports, communicate with teachers and other kids, and play interactive games. Kids who are old enough to swipe a screen can have access to the world.
However that access can also pose hazards. For example, an 8-year-old might do an online search for "Lego." But with just one missed keystroke, the word "Legs" is entered instead, and the child may be directed to a slew of websites with a focus on legs — some of which may contain pornographic material.
That's why it's important to be aware of what your kids see and hear on the Internet, who they meet, and what they share about themselves online.
One of our goals at King's College has been to provide students with the ability to learn wherever they are, using the technology and make their learning experience authentic. Presentations such as this are essential to maintaining the online security of our students as they use online tools to support their learning wherever they may be.
Police working with schools results in a wealth of benefits for the police, for schools, their teachers and pupils, and for the wider school community.
 It was really good to see pupils and parents listen so well and participate with the Police in class discussions. This visit will be an annual fixture next academic year.

Entry into the COBIS 2018 Poetry Competition

Ethan Boylan:
I’m Ethan Boylan from class 9S, and I’m one of the winners of King’s College la Moraleja’s internal competition for the school’s three final entries to the 2018 COBIS Poetry Competition. Our school ran an internal competition with submissions from all of our upper school pupils.Our winners were chosen, one from each English class. The eleven best poets were chosen, by a mixture of votes and commendations by English teachers to participate in a poetry and music showcase in the final term of our academic year. From those eleven poets, three were singled out by our teachers. The theme for this year’s COBIS poetry competition is “Through a Looking Glass”. Our school entered this year’s competition for the first time. We entered the three winners of our internal competition into age Category B - children aged from 11 to 14. I am pleased to introduce our three winners of our internal competition, which can be found in this month’s newsletter. I hope you enjoy these great poems by Blanca de Castro Zarandieta in 8N, Margarida Pereira in 8R, and myself, Ethan Boylan from 9S.
Fractured glass,
Bloody hands,
Reflection ruined.
A perfect plain,
Can change so suddenly.
Through the looking glass we go.
Fish fly,
Anarchy reigns.
A hundred birds swim,
after their elusive prey
As the moon sets,
Dawn awakens
The mountain’s slumber,
You think it’s the last time.
The last time you’ll feel,
The cold winter breeze brush your hair
You think,
Of the finite possibilities that await
Your impending demise.
A choice
You’ve already made.
The cliff,
Fast approaching.
You’ve already chosen.
A rumble echoes,
A boulder falls.
The sound of aluminium crunching
Hurts your ears.
But the pain won’t last long.
You take your last breath
In this purgatory.
Your salvation awaits.
As the car flips
You fly
Through the looking glass.
Blanca de Castro: 
Two people walked in holding hands,
a dim room with an only light
a shining reflection they saw
surprisingly, a looking glass.
Into the glass, they both looked
at first nothing, a dull silence.
It just prolonged so much that time,
when a tiny scream was given.
The man shouted, for what he  saw,
was fully dark and horrible.
He was traumatized on the spot.
As if he had seen his darkest fear.
She, trying to figure out why,
looked right into the looking glass.
She saw light and beauty, so warm
it filled her and her surroundings.

What both would never understand,
was the truth of the looking glass.
Since all seen was completely true,
but on the inside of the soul.

Then an elderly man walked in,
but what he saw wasn’t his soul,
a shining figure, just like god,
calling to come with her again 

The figure changed and it was both,
in the picture, happily lost.
Light tears sprout out of his eyes,
for that bright shining white figure,
was his beautiful long lost wife,
that he so much mourned every year.

The true truth of the looking glass,
it doesn’t reflect the same ghost,
but, what is needed most, a class?
In this case, what he wished for most.
Just before the old man walked in,
who would, so unexpectedly
a serious businessman.
Grey face, unemotionally.

He stood in front, waited and viewed.
Silence, a soft smile being read.
what he saw no one ever knew
since he took it to his deathbed.

The true truth of the looking glass,
it’s just something you won't let pass.


Miss Richardson participates in Street Child Project to help educate children in Sierra Leone

This summer Miss Richardson from Kings College School La Moraleja has decided to lead by example and volunteer with the Street Child charity. She will go to Sierra Leone for two weeks in August and spend her time in rural communities helping to build teachers´ expertise and enable them to change the lives of the children they teach. Supporting initiatives like this demonstrate the strong ethos of the school to encourage the promotion of tolerance, kindness and charity. Miss Richardson will be able to share her experience with King’s College pupils and inspire them to think about what they can achieve in their lives.
As it stands, thousands of children in West Africa do not have the chance to go to school. Street Child’s ability to support the most vulnerable children to go to school is unrivalled. In Sierra Leone, less than half of children go to secondary school. The programme Miss Richardson is taking part in will give a future to children who face the biggest barriers. When children are given the chance to learn, they have a chance to break free from poverty and bring hope to their communities.
Miss Richardson is running the marathon in Geneva in May as part of her fundraising efforts, and would be very grateful for any support towards this great cause.

New School Song

To add to the 10th Anniversary celebrations this year, we are composing a new school song. This has never been done before and we are excited to have a song for our school that we can continue to sing for many years to come. Students have been adding their lyric ideas to the suggestion box, thinking about syllable count, rhyming couplets and of course, what school means to them. Miss Jeffery and Miss Morris have been collecting these ideas and have already started working on a melody. When it's finished, the song will be performed for the very first time on 1st June at the 10th Anniversary celebration event by the Primary and Secondary Choir. 

Basketball Reports

A team of U11 and U13 pupils from the school recently went to England to compete in the National Basketball Championships. This proved to be a fantastic experience, allowing pupils the opportunity to test their basketball skills against some of England's greatest sporting schools.
Both teams did extremely well and represented the school fantastically throughout the competition. The U11 and U13s both won their group with the U13s finishing undefeated resulting in both teams progressing to the semi finals. In the Semi finals the U11s played their best game yet and were narrowly beaten by 3 points by the eventual winners of the tournament. The U13s tired from their very hard fought group games also narrowly lost in the semi finals, after a late come back could not restore the 3 points needed to win the game. I was however very proud with the effort both teams applied and they can both feel very proud of their accomplishments.
After a hard fought basketball tournament the pupils got to enjoy a well deserved evening full of Pizza and laser quest.
The trip proved to be a huge success and I am very proud of every pupil who attended. They were a credit to the school. It is hoped we can continue to build on this success next year!
Mr Griffiths 
Director of Sport