As the new academic year begins, it is my pleasure to welcome back all existing families, and offer a warm welcome to more than 110 new students to our SEK family. I trust that parents and children are well rested and enthusiastic to make a positive start to the year.
Traditionally, the summer break is a busy period and this year has been no exception. We have completely remodeled the ESO 2 space, based on a collaborative project which includes initiatives from teachers and students in our school. This is the first phase of the complete renovation of the Secondary section in the years to come. In the Primary school, we have expanded our open plan philosophy ensuring that as from this year, all year groups will enjoy learning and working on projects, in remodeled, open plan classrooms. We are confident that these improved spaces will ensure a more effective and enjoyable teaching and learning experience for students and staff alike.
I am proud to announce that last year, several of our students achieved outstanding results in both the national and IB examinations and all staff are focused on motivating students to strive for even better results this year, while always considering the well-being of the students under their care. We continue to improve our subject offer to IB students and for the first time are offering the option of Psychology to DP 1 students. I remind you that this year we have increased the number of English lessons across all sections of the school and I am pleased that all newly appointed staff are native English speakers or fully bilingual, with experience teaching the IB programs.
Our whole community believes in the importance of a balanced and personal education. We are therefore pleased that in June, more than 120 students in our Music School, received their `Diploma de Nivel Básico del Conservatorio del Liceo´. In the area of sport, we look to consolidate on the success of our football, swimming and roller hockey teams and we aim to create basketball and volleyball teams to represent our school in the future. We continue to believe in and promote the value of the Duke of Edinburgh Award program. I take this opportunity to wish our 6 students who travel to SEK- Dublin and SEK-Les Alpes for this first trimester, every success and trust they will find this an extremely valuable international experience.
As always, I thank you for trusting us with the education of your children and wish all students, staff and families and positive and healthy academic school year.
Roberto Prata – SEK-Catalunya Principal