Dear Parents,

 

After our successes (third overall!) in the recent Swimming Gala against our sister school in Alicante and other independent schools, next week we will enjoy a somewhat quieter and shorter (!) week.

 

As always, a few notices….

 

INVESTOR EDUCATION AWARD 2018

I am very proud to share with you some good news, as King’s Group have won the “Education Investor Award” for ‘Private Education Group of the Year’, which was granted in London on Wednesday.  This is a testament to the efforts of a dedicated and hard-working team ensuring your children get the best education.  Please click here for further details.  

 

UNIVERSITY DESTINATIONS

As you all know, we are very proud of all of our students. This year all our Year 13 students who applied, have gone on to universities in Spain and abroad –  a further demonstration of the utility of the A-level qualifications we provide here at KCM. We are currently putting together marketing materials in this regard, but you will be pleased to know that our former students are currently studying medicine in Valencia university and in Navarra, as well as in the UK and other European countries. We even have alumni in the USA and Japan.

 

INSPECTION PROCESS

As I mentioned the other day, we will soon have our second visit from Dr Mark Evans and his team as part of our inspection process.

As you know, in order to maintain our qualification as a British School Overseas (BSO), we have to undertake the same level of inspection as schools do in the UK every three years. This is achieved through a variety of inspectorate bodies, of which the Independent School’s Inspectorate (ISI) (www.isi.net)   and PENTA (http://www.pentainternational.co.uk)  are the largest organisations. We will be using PENTA this year and they will be here for three days from 22nd October to 24th October inclusive.

These inspections are somewhat different to those undertaken in the Spanish system, in that there is much more focus on what is going on in the classroom, how our children are learning and whether they are making good progress. The inspectors will also want to speak to some of you, as well as meet with the children and teachers.

The purpose of these inspections is also to ensure quality and the high standards that you would expect from a King’s College School. Thus providing us with vital information as to how we can continue to move forward and also providing you with an objective assessment of the quality of education your child is receiving here at KCM.

 

INTERNET SAFETY

As always, we do advise parents to be vigilant at all times with regard to the websites your child is accessing. In Secondary, as you know, we have the ‘Securly’ software to assist you in this. However, we have been advised by other schools of a ‘game’ called ‘Doki Doki Literature Club’, that has been recently flagged as a concern with regard to content – which begins as innocuous and progresses to something more sinister (if warnings are unheeded). Please do be aware of this and, of course, we will continue to monitor your child’s usage here at school. Many thanks.

 

NEXALIA’S NEW QUALITY DRIVE

Further to my letter last week, I would to thank those parents that came in last week to sample our food and to discuss issues with Alvaro, the representative from Nexalia. I know that all concerned found it a very positive experience and that Alvaro will be relaying issues raised to Nexalia in Madrid. Many thanks again.

Also, as part of the biannual nutritional assessment of our school meals commissioned by the Murcian Health Authorities, I am pleased to share with you that we have been given a favourable result. For further details on the verdict, please feel free to contact Nurse Lorena at lorena.garceran@kings.education.

 

STAFFING

An update….Although, Mr Green continues to be away, we are very happy to welcome back Mrs Brett after her prolonged absence. We have now interviewed suitable candidates for Mrs Nevin´s maternity replacement and hope to make an appointment soon, once all the necessary pre-employment checks are completed.

Once again, thank you all for your patience during these last few weeks.

 

SPORTS EVENTS

After the aforementioned Swimming Gala, Interhouse Handball is now well underway. So far KS3 victors are Gaudi…Let’s see what happens in the other parts of the school…

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Mon 8th Oct Local Holiday – School closed
Wed 10th Oct EYFS Consultations from 15.30 onwards
Fri 12th Oct Public Holiday – School closed
Thu 18th Oct Workshop “CSI: Forensic Biology” given by Universidad de Navarra

 

 

…AND FINALLY

 

Congratulations to Cristina and Marité for passing the Cambridge Advanced Level course – well done!

 

Also, this will be my last letter for a couple of weeks. I trust you will all enjoy the long weekend and, indeed, the one that follows it.

 

Have a good rest, one and all!

 

Mr Rumistrzewicz