These lessons allow students to improve their communication and social skills. They will learn to speak clearly in public and practise body language techniques to address an audience.
The exam is given in the month of June by examiners of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, who travel from London to the school.
The aim of this work experience is for students to have a direct relationship with the professional world and for it to be useful to them when choosing a career.
This is reflected within the curriculum as the school organises educational campaigns with experience-based activities in association with some of these special days, to highlight further the importance and relevance of these issues in society whilst allowing time for reflection.
One of these initiatives is the European Youth Parliament, where a group of students from different European countries meet periodically to analyse the current political situation; the Maths competition Jornadas Matemáticas allows students to demonstrate their skills in this subject; UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge aims to challenge students from more than forty countries with fun and creative computer programming tasks; the Olimpiada Nacional de Química focuses its attention on the knowledge of Chemistry; the Desafío Robot allows kids to craft and programme their own technological devices.
It should be noted that our students gain outstanding awards every year in these external competitions.
On these trips organised by the school, pupils develop different abilities, work together in a new environment and take on new challenges; but most of all, they learn to overcome any fears or uncertainties through these activities.
These trips are an incredible opportunity to improve personal skills such as independent learning, self-management, communication, teamwork, problem-solving and leadership qualities.
One of the most important tasks that the school undertakes is not only to guarantee the academic level of its pupils, but also to provide them with a broad curriculum that offers them ways to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally.
This artistic initiative allows our Secondary students to demonstrate their talents and English language skills. In addition, it allows both students and adults to work together as a team.
Participating in such an enriching academic activity reinforces the students’ self-confidence, improves their communication skills and enhances their language skills. It also fosters creativity and develops empathy, emotional intelligence, responsibility and commitment in the student actors. Dramatic art is an incredibly fun activity that allows our pupils to form new bonds of friendship.
Pupils in Years 10, 11 and 12 have the option to participate in the competition known as the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (Bronze, Silver and Gold). This is a personal development programme comprised of different levels where students complete activities and challenges to demonstrate their abilities to work as part of a team.
The CREST awards have been running in the UK for over thirty years and are organized by the British Association for Science. Three levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) are available to pupils of all ages.
CREST awards allow our brightest Science pupils to work independently on a Science or Engineering project of their own choice, improving their enquiry, problem solving and communication skills. A CREST award is highly prized, for example, it is the only science initiative recognized by UCAS for use in personal statements when applying for to British Universities. At the moment Caxton College is the only school in Spain that runs a CREST Science club.
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Robotics is a growing area of technology and ever more pervasive in modern society. Knowing how to design a robot requires problem solving skills coupled with a knowledge of computer programming, sensors, actuators and electronic control devices such as micro-controllers.
Robotic competitions and challenges offer pupils at Caxton College the opportunity to compete with other schools and gain invaluable skills and experience while working as a team meet this challenges. Every year Caxton pupils participate in Desafió Robot which takes place in the City of Sciences in Valencia where students from all over the Valencian community build robots which compete against each other. Having these skills will add value to the curriculum of our students especially in the fields of Science and Engineering.