It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 2016‐17 school year! This is a very special year for our community, as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of our Institution. We face this school year with new goals, new challenges and new hopes. We want our students to become lifelong learners next to our outstanding team of professionals, who will accompany and guide them throughout their academic and personal development. Year after year, we continue to obtain excellent results in the fields of academics, arts and sports. Last year, our very own Gabriel de Haro completed his studies in the Diploma Program obtaining a very high result in both the DP and the Spanish PAU. He obtained 14 points, which is the highest score you can achieve in order to study in a Spanish university. Once again, our school provides the best possible preparation which enables our students to be admitted to the most prestigious national and international universities. Some of our students of secondary year 4 were chosen randomly to participate, for the first time, in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). We have recently been given their results, and it is my pleasure to inform you that they congratulated us! Furthermore, we have obtained higher results than some countries within the OECD, including Finland, regarding the areas of: reading comprehension and Mathematics. Our educational model is based on continuous improvement and excellence in academics. In order to achieve this, we are committed to the professional development of our teachers. During the summer, our teachers attended the International Baccalaureate Organization workshops (PYP, MYP and Diploma), as well as courses on Multiple Intelligences, Critical Thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Technology, Creating New Learning Spaces, Harkness Table, Design for Change, Reggio Emilia and Flipped Classroom.
This year, we continue with our policy to improve our school facilities, creating a creative and open space for our students in secondary years 1 & 2. This will help improve the quality of their learning through a new concept of classroom, following the open classroom methodology of our Institution. I am very proud to tell you that a group of students in secondary year 1 participated in the design of these new spaces. This school year 2016‐17 we will continue to use our MakerSpace; a space for our students to develop their STEAM abilities and encourage them to take the initiative to carry out their own innovative and creative ideas. We want our students to acquire a fully intercultural vision, to consider different perspectives and be willing to learn from every experience. Therefore, we will continue promoting exchanges with prestigious international schools around the world. We will also participate in the United Nations Models SEKMUN, THIMUN (The Hague), UNIS (New York and Harvard), and ERASMUS +. Finally, on behalf of the school faculty and my own, I would like to thank you again for the trust you have placed in us and to wish you every success in the coming year. Needless to say, throughout the school year we will be delighted to explain any queries you may have on any aspect of the educational process of your children.
Mª Cruz Lagar, Director.
We are an educational community that promotes the development of abilities guaranteeing relevant, global, international and meaningful learning aimed at achieving the full potential of each and every member in order to face the challenges of the 21st century.
Our vision is to develop people with an international mentality, with a passion for learning and a commitment to excellence, who will become full and happy citizens able to contribute towards the creation of a better world.
We have been accredited by the National Child Safety Association who have awarded the college their S+ Quality Certificate. SEK-Ciudalcampo is committed to meeting the general rules established by that organisation for child protection and the prevention of accidents.