Agora International School Barcelona is beginning the new academic year by putting two great educational projects into motion: the International Baccalaureate and Vocational Training in Sports. These are two ambitious projects which will reinforce the educational programme which defines AIS Barcelona, and lay the foundations for consolidating the school’s position.
Both projects have been well received, both by families and by the external pupils who are enrolled in them. They have become one of the main objectives for this school year, along with improving and perfecting the other excellence and academic programmes which began last year, such as the international programme, the increase in the range of extracurricular activities available, and the pupils’ participation in external competitions.
For school headmaster Andrés Rosás, another of the great challenges for this year is to “increase language immersion for our Secondary Education pupils”. As we are a relatively young school, “past generations have not benefited as much as the youngest pupils from the progressive increases made to the level of language immersion”, though the school is taking steps to counter this through increasing the number of subjects taught in English, as well the number of hours with conversation assistants.
Throughout the last few academic years, the school has worked tirelessly to achieve a solid and durable NACE educational project, which has been planned and reinforced, and “has enabled us to grow both in new excellence programmes, and in pupil numbers”. We also have an established teaching team, with minimal staff turnover, to guarantee stability, which is essential in any project.
From among the successes of last year, the headmaster highlights the start of the Parents’ School, an initiative which has “been welcomed by families, and has enabled us to talk about the very latest topics in the world of education, such as the use of new technologies, as well as more traditional topics such as discipline for teenagers”. He also highlights the successful introduction of the GAVEA project, the use of tablets in the classroom, as an educational tool in Primary Education, which will also be implemented in Secondary Education.
Similarly, the school achieved very good results through an academic improvement programme based on study techniques and reading comprehension, as well as through the multiple intelligences programme, which identifies the individual potential and needs of each pupil so that we can further personalise our work. We also continued to advance in terms of the internationality of the school, with exchanges with Stonar School, end-of-year trips abroad, and the “Connecting Cultures” project, which received an award in the NACE Awards. Finally, we boosted social participation, to encourage social awareness in pupils.
Without doubt, the most noteworthy event at school last year was the NACE Olympic Games. These games paid tribute to Barcelona’s 1992 Olympic Games, which were 25 years ago this summer, and were a huge success. Andrés Rosás was happy with the commitment and team work shown by all the members of AIS Barcelona, as well as the vital collaboration of our families, which created a link between us all. All the children had “an unforgettable experience and met pupils from the other schools, and we encouraged a sense of pride to belong to a group like NACE Schools”.