It is a great pleasure to welcome you to this new 2019-2020 school year. We are honoured and grateful that you have entrusted us with the task and responsibility of educating your children both as students and as people.
We are constantly looking to implement systems and processes that ensure the highest quality education for our students and the best professional development of our teachers.
Which is why we are offering curriculum enrichment activities on Wednesday afternoons that will bolster children’s skills necessary for the 21st century. These activities are planned from Early Childhood to Year 6 Primary, including different areas such as public speaking and debate, health, artistic training, Emotional Intelligence, drama, chess, problem solving, Arrowsmith and STEAM. These activities will take place during school hours and include support from experts from University Camilo José Cela and specialised and innovative companies.
Likewise, we will offer professional development and collaborative planning sessions for all our teachers. Extensive studies show a direct relationship between these teacher reflection and teamwork sessions and an improvement in the quality of student learning. Moreover, both the different international accreditation agencies that regulate us and the international education organisations we belong to, include among their requirements and recommendations the setting aside of appropriate time for this joint reflection and ongoing training of teaching staff. Complying with these high standards is in our interest, as it positively impacts the experience and learning of all our students.
We face the challenges ahead with renewed energy and many innovative projects. Some of our facilities have been remodelled, with the creation of an Arts classroom for all students. Coinciding with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the creation of our Intelligent Classroom methodology we are carrying out a renewal of our Educational System. The library has been enriched with new books in different languages and new musical instruments have been purchased for the Arts School project in collaboration with Trinity College. We have also bolstered the staff of Career’s Guidance Department and hired new arts teachers and teaching assistants. We have also purchased new interactive whiteboards, iPads and laptops. And finally, but equally important, the Physical Education schedule has been extended so that all students can have several weekly sessions.
All the staff at SEK International School Santa Isabel are from this moment at your disposal to assist you and answer any questions. Your child’s education is at the heart of all our efforts and we are convinced that these measures, as well as the others planned for this year, will have a positive impact on children’s personal development and learning.
R. Javier Presol Castillo