dimecres, 22 de novembre de 2017

Visit to the Danone factory!

On 17th November, all students from Mestral went on their termly day out. Pictured here are the boys from 4th Primary as they are about to enter the Danone factory in Parets del Vallès. The boys were given the tour, designed their own yoghurt carton, and took part in a competition.
They learnt about the history of the company and about yoghurt making, before being given a selection of products to take home!

divendres, 10 de novembre de 2017

8th November

Pictured here are 2nd ESO, hard at work, preparing their writing task for Friday's test. They are working on 'narratives' at the moment. They will have to describe an incident using past tenses, new vocabulary from the Unit 2, and connectors of sequence in a 3-paragraph essay. 
The current unit is called 'Crime', which, as they know, has a different meaning to what people imagine. They have also been learning about the need to use new vocabulary in order to improve their level of English, rather than continuing to use basic words and expressions.  

dimecres, 25 d’octubre de 2017

Cambridge awards ceremony 2017!

On Tuesday 24th October, pupils from Montclar-Mestral were awarded certificates from the University of Cambridge, which show that they have a recognised level of English, in line with the Common European Framework.
The award ceremony was presented by Tom Wogan, whose job involves producing and administering the external exams. Tom talked about the importance of having a qualification of this type for university entry and for future employment.
Some special mentions were made, including Alex Rubio, now in 1st Batxillerat, who scored 187 out of 190 points at B2 level (First Certificate), achieving the maximum mark in the categories of Speaking, Writing and Use of English!

dimecres, 18 d’octubre de 2017

The Oxford Test of English - The future of testing language skills

On 17th October, English teachers from Montclar-Mestral attended a presentation given by Oxford University Press about  a new and approved way of assessing foreign language skills.
It is an online examination for levels A2, B1, B2 (KET, PET, FCE) which can be taken at any time. It has some advantages over other ways of testing, and we are looking to implement it in our school as an alternative to the methods which we have used so far.
Pictured here is Simon Ferdinand, the Assesment Product Manager talking to the minister of Education of the Generalitat.
More details will follow when we are ready to present the Oxford Test of English to the families and students of Montclar- Mestral.

dimarts, 3 d’octubre de 2017

Swimming with sharks! A visit from Bernat Peralta, promoció 2008

On Friday 29th September, we received a wonderful visit from former pupil Bernat Peralta, who left Mestral in 2008. He is currently a diving instructor in the Carribean. In his own words, he was an 'average student'. He managed to get into university to study Marine Biology and has been able to travel all over the world, mainly on account of his own initiative. He had many stories to tell, but his message was clear. He advised the boys of 1st and 2nd Batxillerat to study or pursue something that they were really interested in. 
He is pictured here showing one of the many videos he had of himself swimming underwater with various types of marine life, including sharks, which are not really at all like the way they are portrayed in films.

divendres, 29 de setembre de 2017

2nd ESO Not on strike, but working together!

Last Thursday was definitely a different day for the boys of ESO and Batxillerat. Pictured here are 2nd ESO. Most students decided to come to school and make the most of the day by improving their speaking and writing skills, despite the fact that a 'strike' had been called. Clearly, most boys and families favour learning and cooperation!

dijous, 14 de setembre de 2017

Back to work!

Pictured here are the new 4th ESO getting into the swing of things in their first English lesson of the new school year. They have started by doing some revision of last year's contents. They are also improving their writing skills - a very important aspect this year - and a major priority for them, as they will have to do the Basic Competences. Some of them will also be taking Cambridge external exams next year.