People At Laude
BELTRÁN TORO LÓPEZ - HELPING ECO-SCHOOL
"My name is Beltrán and I am 11 years old. I am in 6th grade and I have always volunteered to help needy children in ecoschool, where I donated caps. Three years ago I decided to collect the largest number of caps. Whenever I went to a restaurant with my parents, I watched the empty tables with used bottles and caps. Fom that day I decided to acumulate caps in my garage in a large garden bag. Currently in the bag there are more than three thousand caps. I am very glad with what has been done and above all I have an inner well-being of having been able to help some child in need."
PABLO TEJERO DELGADO - ANDALUSIA PADDLE RUNNER-UP "ALEVIN" CATEGORY
Pablo Tejero Delgado was the Andalusian Paddle Runner-up in “alevín” category in the latest championship held this year in Granada. It is an annual event where the best young paddle players of Andalusia participate and this year more than 500 partners have taken part in the respective categories. It has been a challenge since apart from the large number of participants these were very well prepared as they train at a very high level and often count on physical trainers.
Pablo is at present in 1st year Secondary and has been competing since he was 9, forming part of the paddle circuit for the last three years. At the moment he is 2nd in the Andalusian ranking and 12th in the National ranking where there are more than 600 players. He is a very competitive and demanding child both in his studies and in his sport.
Our most sincere congratulations.
HEAD GIRL AND HEAD BOY - CARMEN AND GONZALO
Head Boy and Head Girl
This year the teachers and Heads of secondary and Baccalaureate have chosen Gonzalo Moreno and Carmen García from 2nd Baccalaureate as Head Boy and Head Girl. We consider these pupils a positive example for the rest of the students because of their magnificent academic performance in which their curiosity and eagerness to learn stands out. Both Carmen and Gonzalo are serious, responsible and rigorous in their work and enjoy investigating any area of knowledge.
In the same way they have shown us throughout their years at school their disposition for cooperation both with staff and classmates and an always positive and participative attitude towards School activities and events, among which we highlight sports, music and volunteer programme. They are constantly helping to promote the School´s values.
For all this, we believe Carmen and Gonzalo deserve the opportunity to develop their skills of leadership among students.
LUNA SIERRA PINE - AMERICAN STUDENT
Fifth-grader Luna Sierra Pine came to us at Laude El Altillo School from California for a full year of Spanish emersion.
Since the beginning of the school year, she maintained a very positive attitude and made a huge effort to do her best in each subject, and she succeeded beyond expectation. After only having had basic Spanish and French before her arrival, Luna managed to finish the school year by achieving top marks in both subjects, as well as all her other subjects! She even went the extra mile by taking guitar lessons in Spanish and kept busy doing various extra-curricular activities. Along with amazing memories, one of the most important things that Luna will take back with her when she returns to the USA is the many friendships she has made throughout her year-long Spanish journey. Her classmates have grown to love and admire her and they will undoubtedly miss her.
We certainly hope that she will come to visit us soon and even join us for another school year! We would like to extend our congratulations to Luna on a wonderful academic year and wish her the best of luck in the future.
Luna, you will always be a part of the El Altillo family!
YUNUS KAAN ATIK
Yunus Kaghan Atik arrived to our school in September, he came from Turkey and he was a very vivid student. His father soon told us that his main concern was that he couldn’t speak English or Spanish but they were going to do their best to help him.
All the teachers started to work and prepare short sentences in Turkish and Spanish and English so that at least if he was sick he could tell us. The students in class were very nervous about his arrival because they were asking how they could speak to him.
And soon in September, Yunus arrived, he was a nervous boy but he had something invaluable, he was eager to learn.
Yunus has been one of us since then and he became part of the group from the very beginning.
He always carries a little Turkish-Spanish dictionary, that at the beginning he used a lot but that recently was part of his school bag. Every time he didn’t know a word, he looked it up in his dictionary and showed it to you and that’s it. He used the word every now and then until he knew it.
A great mind plus lots of hard work make our Yunus a great student and awarded as Protagonista Laude. He has ended up this school year, speaking English, Spanish and French with no problems whatsoever and with great marks.
BERTA FERNÁNDEZ MONREAL - SILVER MEDALLIST CHESS
Berta Fernández from 1st grade Secondary Education has had an excellent academic year 2015 – 16. In her sub14 chess category competitions she has been Cádiz champion, 3rd in Andalusia and silver medallist in the Spanish inter- autonomy competition representing Andalusia.
In addition Berta has an excellent academic record and is an exceptional person, discreet, good classmate, always cheerful and eager to learn and improve in all areas of her education.
ARITZ AND UNAI LÓPEZ SOUSA, 2016 SNOWBOARDING CHAMPIONS IN ANDALUSIA
STARS OF THE MONTH - 5 YEAR OLD CHILDREN
On this occasion, taking advantage of our efforts to instill values and respect into LAUDE students, the stars are our five-year olds. They have been given a diploma certifying that they have sponsored a penguin in Antarctica, with which they are committed to protecting the environment, so that their penguin and its chicks can continue to live on the planet.
PAZ ROMERO AND MARTA ORELLANA, THE WINNERS IN THE FINAL OF THE REGIONAL CONTEST IN ANDALUSIA "DANCING STARTS, LIVE YOUR DREAM 2015"
This achievement allowed them to participate, on 5th and 6th December last year in Adra, Almería, in the Andalusian regional final of the contest "Dancing Stars, Live Your Dream 2015" which this year brought together more than 2,000 participants from all over Andalusia and the south of Portugal. Paz has been proclaimed Champion of Andalusia and Marta has attained second place, overall, that is to say, that they have even beaten the adults. In addition, both have been crowned champions of their categories, namely cadet and infant.
Over the last two academic years, Paz has been awarded a scholarship in order to participate in two of the best ballet summer courses worldwide, taking part in a course at the Vaganovaschool (Russian) and at the Joffrey Ballet school in New York.
Apart from being great dancers, they are impeccable students with a bright academic career ahead of them. Paz has level B1 in English and A2 in French and plays the piano. Marta also has level B1 English and plays guitar. Both participate in various school clubs such as volunteer, eco-school, theatre and poetry clubs.
On 12th and 13th March, they will be competing in order to make a good performance in the last national stage of the competition, which will determine the champions of Spain.
Congratulations to our champions, we wish you the best of luck for your next contest!
CLARA GÓMEZ LILLO OBTIENE LA NOTA MÁS ALTA EN EL EXÁMEN DE INGLÉS TOEFL OLIMPIC GAMES 2015
Our student Clara Gómez Lillo, in 3rd year of Secondary education, stands out for her academic rigor and maturity. She is a student who works hard in a serious manner and receives good grades in all subjects. However, recognition has also been given to Laude as a protagonist by Clara, for having been the student with the highest mark in Spain in the TOEFL English exam for the Olympic Games in 2015.
ANTONIO GONZÁLEZ RODRÍGUEZ, WINS "II CARRERA CROSS EL PINAR DE LA PLATA 2015"
Antonio is a child who is passionate about sports and who does everything in his power to make sure that things are done well. He is restless, observant, competitive and has a great spirit of sacrifice. He has participated in five races, along with her sister, and has won all five in his category. He is a child who always wants to improve and to surpass himself and especially likes to be surrounded by his friends, who he plays with as much as he plays with his sister, Charlotte. He likes music and is learning to play the guitar at school. He is currently training with Arsenal Soccer School at the School.
DOMINGO CARO ALCON PASSED THE CAE IN SECONDARY
Congratulations to our student Domingo Caro Alcón on passing the CAE, Advanced English exam.
Hardworking students like you always perform successfully in their exams. You did a great job this time and you made yourself and your parents proud. We wish you all the best for the future.
ALEX ZWARTENDIJK WILL GO UP TO THE MAIN STAGE OF INTERNATIONAL BALLET
The star of the month is Secondary 2 student Alex Zwartendijk who will leave LAUDE El Altillo School next year to join the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam (NBA) to continue his brilliant career in classical ballet.
Alexander began his ballet classes at the age of 8 and he has made an amazing progression. He was proclaimed champion of some of the most important competitions in Spain, such as Torrelavega Festival. Although he is not yet 14 years old he will take the "Advanced Foundation" level examination of the Royal National Ballet.
In March he auditioned in the Netherlands to enter the NBA and thus taking the opportunity to combine his academic training (Arts and Dance Secondary and Baccalaureate) with Ballet at a professional level, with 20 hours a week of ballet including different disciplines such as classical ballet, jump technique , modern dance, caractére danse, pas-de-deux, repertoire and pilates, in order to be incorporated into the National Company of Holland when still only 19 years old.
We expect you to keep your school and classmates in your heart. We will always remember you as the great artist who you already are.
RAFAEL CORRALES ADMITTED TO COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN NEW YORK
We are pleased to announce that our 2nd of Bachillerato student, Rafael Corrales, has been admitted from over 17,200 applications to attend one of the 200 places available in the prestigious Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. Columbia University is ranked 12th of the best universities in the world, highlighting its special dedication in the field of scientific research. Personalities such as Franklin D. Roosevelt and Barack Obama have passed through their classrooms.
Rafael Corrales began his school career with us as a 3 years old in Early Years. Since he was very little he has been exemplary and has taken advantage of the many complementary programs that the College has proposed to him. He finishes his school years with an average score of 10, C2 English and TOEFL. He has always been an outstanding student particularly in technological subjects.
MIGUEL ORTE, "EUROPE SCHOLARSHIP"
Miguel Orte, Student in 2nd Year of Bachillerato at LAUDE El Altillo School, has been awarded a “Europe Scholarship” that Francisco de Vitoria University awards to the best 50 pre-university students in Spain in order to share a 20 day trip around Europe, visiting major universities and participating in an ambitious program of lectures, meetings with top-level personalities from the academic and political world, and participating in cultural and leisure activities with them.
“Europe Scholarships” is a unique initiative within the European university landscape, promoted by public and private institutions and addressed to all pre-university students from Spain, which aims to reward and encourage the talents of pre-university students, promote deep and committed idea of what the university means, facilitating the participation of future university students in the debate about the mission of the University in Europe, which now is suffering a joining process, promoting the engagement of university students with their own training and development of their future universities, and helping students to create networks in Europe.
Among all applications received, 500 students were selected in the first phase, of these, only 200 went to the second phase and finally our student Miguel Orte was one of 50 winners.
LEARNING ACTION GROUP: Manuel de la Rosa
The first meeting of the lSP Learning Action Group took place in London on the 22 and 23 January to coincide with the BETT conference. It was great to have all the members of the Learning Group along with the Heads in the same place at the same time. Rather than just meeting as a group (which is valuable in itself), there was a chance to visit three excellent schools in London to see what great schools and great learning looks like.
The visits took in the following schools:
International School of London (Surrey); University College London Academy (UCL); Grazebrook Primary School
Feedback received suggests everyone found it an incredibly worthwhile experience. Specially feedback received from our Head of Secondary, Manuel de la Rosa, whose relevant comments we would like to share with you all:
“Talking about the schools we visited, we want to highlight how easily you can feel in them the assertive, positive and confident atmosphere and how it is perceived as well in the relationships between the Head Team, teachers and students of course, all highly motivated and involved in sharing and working together and strongly identified with their schools. We want to emphasise too the programmes and curricula that these schools are developing, as we appreciate a lot the very important role given to the communication skills of students which lead them day after day to be used in synthesising and analysing their knowledge, improving their skills and understanding in a mature way, becoming fully aware themselves of the importance of being socially and emotionally competent, and of course revealing a high level of personal growth. We realised in these three schools the importance of learning based on a constant and a consistent exchange of ideas, opinions and reflections in a way of cooperative and collaborative work where teachers and students think and rethink the contents and the knowledge (which is also supported by the classroom layout: presentation, decoration, etc…) and where the feedback becomes a continuous motivation, always as a challenge to overcome. We could give you more explanations as to why our visit has been more than worthy, but we have no doubt that these written above are powerful, stimulating and inspiring strong reasons to keep going the way towards learning success and to educational excellence.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity of visiting and “catching the essence” of these three schools, please give thanks to them from us.”
Manuel de la Rosa
Head of Secondary
LAUDE El Altillo School
VOLUNTEER WORK: FOOD COLLECTION
We would like to highlight the excellent participation of all the students in the food collection during November, with a special acknowledgement to students in 2nd grade Secondary C for being the class which collected most food – 108 kilos. For this reason they have been chosen to be students of the month. Congratulations!
We would like to congratulate our recently former pupils Alicia Delgado and Jesús Cantoral for their fantastic results in the University Entrance exams, and in acknowledgement of their effort and constancy we would like to make them former LAUDE students of the month.
We enclose the link to an article which summarizes the achievements of these excellent pupils and we wish them the best of luck in their careers – Alicia in Medicine and Jesús in Biochemistry.