Year 12 Students Participate in Online Cybersecurity Workshop

A group of year 12 computer science students recently participated in an interactive online workshop focused on developing their digital competencies for safe and responsible internet use. The workshop was part of the Safer Internet Day 2023 program, which aimed to raise awareness about online safety and promote positive digital experiences.

Led by Rosa Liarte, an experienced teacher, the workshop focused on cybersecurity and how to configure devices for optimal safety, privacy, and well-being. Students learned about the various security and privacy options available on their devices and social media accounts, which allowed them to design a personalized digital experience that is secure, controlled, and safe. The workshop also included a practical activity for each student and a gamified dynamic that engaged all participants.

The workshop was organized by the Internet Safety for Kids (IS4K) channel, a specialized platform for minors, families, and educators, in collaboration with the National Institute of Educational Technologies and Teacher Training (INTEF) and the National Institute of Cybersecurity (INCIBE).

Our students were impressed by the knowledge and expertise of the workshop facilitator and appreciated the opportunity to learn about online safety and digital well-being. They found the interactive activities engaging and were able to apply what they learned to their own digital experiences.

Overall, the workshop was a great success, and we are grateful to the organizers and facilitator for providing such a valuable learning opportunity for our students. We look forward to participating in future programs and workshops that promote safe and positive digital experiences for our students.

Our Computer Science Students Excel at the Canary Islands Olympiad in Informatics and Head to National Competition

Our Computer Science Students Excel at the Canary Islands Olympiad in Informatics and Head to National Competition

Congratulations to our four Computer Science students who have been tirelessly training in preparation for the Canary Islands Olympiad in Informatics. Their hard work paid off as they secured a spot in the top 5 in the competition. One of our students, Iván P, took home the top prize by scoring the maximum number of points in all of the programming tasks. This outstanding achievement has earned him the opportunity to represent the Canary Islands in the national competition taking place in March.

We are incredibly proud of our students for their dedication and determination. Their success is a testament to the power of hard work and perseverance. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for these talented young individuals!

Well done to Pablo, Liliia, Cheng Kang and Iván on this outstanding achievement.

Olympic Athletes visit Canterbury School

Last week Year 5 had a great time learning about the Olympic Games and practising Olympic sports with two elite athletes: Elena López Benaches (Rhythmic Gymnastics) and Cesc Godoy (Triathlon). We were all inspired to try new sports and follow the Olympic values of excellence, respect and friendship. Many thanks to the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) for this wonderful initiative!

Codementum International Coding Competition

Our pupils from the Primary Department's Computing Club entered the Codementum International Coding Competition which took place in December. The competition brought together a total of 2,129 schools, 5,153 classes, 133 countries and 57,206 students. Canterbury School came 1st in Spain and 9th in the world! Well done Canterbury Coders!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year! The Year 1 children have been celebrating the start of the Year of the Rabbit as part of their topic on China. They dressed up in red, ate their snacks with chopsticks and did lots of Chinese style art and craft activities. It is fun learning about other countries and cultures!

Class of 2022 Destinations

Excellent A Level results last year laid the foundations of ascension for the Class of 2022 to a diverse range of institutions around the world, where they are continuing their higher education journey.

Thanks to these internationally recognized qualifications, Canterbury School graduates are well equipped to embark on higher education studies either in Spanish at national institutions, or indeed around the world, where the language of instruction is English.

As far as destinations are concerned, Spain is still a very popular choice with Canterbury School students, and The Netherlands has also become a tremendously popular destination due to the fact that the universities offer a wide range of degree courses taught in English and the universities are highly regarded in world rankings. Other international destinations chosen by our most recent graduates are England, Scotland, Ireland, USA, Canada and Switzerland.

Many congratulations to all these former students and to our dedicated, highly professional staff team. We wish them all the greatest of fortune and look forward to meeting again in the future. A full list of final destinations can be seen below.

For any further information, please contact our Head of VI Form, Mr David O’Kane:

Animación (en inglés)Centro Universitario de Tecnología y Arte Digital
Economía (bilingüe)Universidad CEU San Pablo
DerechoUniversidad CEU San Pablo
Economía e Ingeniería MatemáticaCUNEF Universidad
Law with International RelationsCUNEF Universidad
Dirección Hotelera Global y Empresas TurísticasLes Roches Marbella
BusinessCanary Islands Business School
ArquitecturaUniversidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
MagisterioUniversidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del DeporteUniversidad Alfonso X el Sabio
Protocolo y Organización de EventosUniversidad del Atlántico Medio
Diseño de VideojuegosUniversidad del Atlántico Medio
GastronomíaUniversidad CEU Cardenal Herrera
Derecho y Relaciones Internacionales bilingüeUniversidad de Deusto
Creación, Administración y Dirección de Empresas + PsicologíaUniversidad Nebrija
PeriodismoUniversidad de Valladolid
Náutica y Transporte MarítimoUniversidad del País Vasco
Administración y Dirección de Empresas (en inglés)Universidad Europea de Madrid
OdontologíaUniversidad Fernando Pessoa-Canarias
PsicologíaUniversidad Fernando Pessoa-Canarias
Nutrición Humana y DietéticaUniversidad Fernando Pessoa-Canarias
EnfermeríaUniversidad Fernando Pessoa-Canarias
The Netherlands
Creative Media and Game TechnologiesBreda University of Applied Sciences
Aerospace EngineeringDelft University of Technology
Aerospace EngineeringDelft University of Technology
Economics and Business EconomicsErasmus University Rotterdam
PsychologyErasmus University Rotterdam
International BusinessHanze University of Applied Sciences
International BusinessHanze University of Applied Sciences
International BusinessHanze University of Applied Sciences
International BusinessHanze University of Applied Sciences
International BusinessHanze University of Applied Sciences
International BusinessHanze University of Applied Sciences
Life SciencesHanze University of Applied Sciences
PsychologyLeiden University
International BusinessRotterdam University of Applied Sciences
Business AdministrationUniversity of Amsterdam
International BusinessUniversity of Groningen
Technical Computer ScienceUniversity of Twente
Technical Computer ScienceUniversity of Twente
Computer ScienceUniversity of Birmingham
ZoologyUniversity of Cumbria
Computer Science with an Integrated Foundation YearUniversity of Manchester
Business and ManagementUniversity of Portsmouth
Sport and Exercise PsychologyUniversity of Portsmouth
BiologyWorcester University
International BusinessYork St John University
Biomedical ScienceEdinburgh Napier University
Food, Nutrition and Human HealthRobert Gordon University Aberdeen
Computer Science and Software EngineeringMaynooth University
Computer ScienceMaynooth University
Interior Architecture & DesignAcademy of Art University San Francisco
Kinesiology and Applied HealthThe University of Winnipeg
Business AdministrationAmerican Institute of Applied Sciences in Switzerland

Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards 2022

We are proud to announce that three students from Canterbury School have received five prestigious Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards from Cambridge Assessment International Education to acknowledge their exceptional performance in the June 2022 Cambridge examination series.

The Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards programme celebrates the success of learners taking Cambridge examinations in over 40 countries around the world. Every year our pupils achieve excellent academic results in these examinations and, since 2009, they have won over 75 Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards. These results are a reflection of the enormous talent, dedication and commitment at Canterbury School, not only amongst learners but also within the teaching staff.

This year our students have received Top in Spain awards for their outstanding results in the following exams: Kerensa Espino Cabrera (A Level Psychology), Valentina Someso Mundaray (AS Level Business, AS Level English Language, & AS Level Geography) and Raquel Medina Marrero (IGCSE Biology).

Our most sincere congratulations to these amazing students, their families and to all our staff! It is extremely rewarding to congratulate students and teachers at Canterbury School who have worked so hard to achieve tremendous success in Cambridge examinations. We encourage Kerensa, Valentina and Raquel to continue working hard so they are able to achieve new goals and we wish them every success in the bright future which lies ahead of them.

Year 10 Computer Science Students Attend Cybersecurity Event at ULPGC

On Friday 16th December, Year 10 Computer Science students had the opportunity to attend a cybersecurity event at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). The event was organized by the ULPGC and the Instituto Nacional de Ciberseguridad (INCIBE) and featured a talk by Mr Manuel R. Dominguez Gil, CTO of cybersecurity company Black9.

During the talk, Mr. Domínguez Gil emphasized the importance of having as little personal data as possible online, using different passwords for each account and gave names and faces to the most wanted cybercriminals. He also spoke about the concept of social engineering, which is responsible for 95% of the attacks faced by companies and individuals today. The students learned to identify a social engineering attack and how to protect themselves from them.

After the talk, the students had the chance to put their newfound e-safety skills into practice using a computer game installed on tablets at a stand organized by INCIBE. The game tested their knowledge and ability to identify and protect against various cybersecurity threats.

Overall, the Year 10 students had a valuable and educational experience at the cybersecurity event. They gained a better understanding of the importance of protecting their personal information online and learned how to stay safe from cyber threats. We would like to thank the ULPGC and INCIBE for organizing this event and allowing our students to learn about cybersecurity.

Exploring the Exciting World of UX Design with Tata Consultancy Services

On Tuesday 13th December, Year 13 Computer Science students had the opportunity to learn about the exciting field of user experience (UX) design from a former student who is now a UX designer at Tata Consultancy Services in London. Maeinia, who joined the school via Zoom, shared his insights and answered questions about his work and the world of UX.

During the talk, Maeinia explained that UX design is all about understanding the needs of users and creating products and services that meet those needs in a user-friendly and enjoyable way. As a UX designer, Maeinia specializes in the synthesis, research, and testing phases of the UX design process. This includes conducting user research to gather insights about customer needs and preferences, exploring and refining design ideas, and testing designs with users to validate their effectiveness and identify any improvements that can be made. Through this process, Maeinia helps companies understand their customers and design solutions that meet their needs.

Maeinia also described a typical day in his work as a UX designer, which might include conducting user interviews, sketching ideas on a whiteboard or using design software, and collaborating with other designers and developers. He emphasized the importance of communication and problem-solving skills in his work, as well as the ability to adapt to change and learn new technologies.

The students were curious about what it's like to study and work abroad and asked Maeinia about his experience living and working in London. Maeinia shared that it has been a great opportunity for him to learn about different cultures, meet new people, and gain new perspectives on his work. He also advised the students to be open to new experiences and opportunities, and to take advantage of any chance they have to travel or study abroad.

Overall, the talk was a valuable opportunity for the Year 13 Computer Science students to learn about UX design and the exciting career opportunities it offers. Many thanks to Maeinia for sharing his expertise and experiences with us. We look forward to hearing from more professionals in the field in the future.

Science and Innovation Week Workshop

Our Sixth form Computer Science students had the privilege to participate in one of the technological workshops organized by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) as part of the ‘Science and innovation week of the Canary Islands 2022’ event.

Félix Tobajas, a lecturer from the Telecommunications faculty of the ULPGC, and Paloma Monzón and Alicia Sánchez from Tinkers, came to our school to run a workshop about the Internet of Things (IoT).

Our students had the opportunity to understand the importance that this technology is playing in our modern world where everyday objects are rapidly becoming Internet connected and controlled.

As an example, he showed them the new ‘LPA park’ app function that, using an IoT device, allows users to find out the availability of blue zone car parks in the city in real time.

In the second part of the workshop, our students were given the opportunity to develop two simple IoT devices. The first one was a sensor programmed to send a message to their phones when a car was detected parking. This was similar to the one used by the LPA park app and the second IoT device was a GPS tracker.

The students were fascinated by what they had learned about the use of microcontrollers and sensors, and how easy it was for them to start their own IoT projects at home.

We hope that, thanks to this workshop, we’ve inspired some of our students to become future engineers in a world where the IoT will play a huge role in our day-to-day lives.