It is a pleasure to be able to welcome you to the new 2019-2020 school year.
We are kicking off with renewed energy and enthusiasm to tackle the academic and learning challenges arising in this new school year. Below are some of the most important challenges.
Firstly, I would like to share with you all an important anniversary. On 9 September we will mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of the school, which we will celebrate with several events over the year and that will culminate in May with the different school graduations. We are marking 20 years at the forefront of education and always at the service of our school community.
A community I would like to expressly thank for their support and commitment, because they have been, and are, essential in the development and evolution of the educational project in which we are immersed and to which we are very proud to contribute and belong. We hope to continue exceeding expectations for at least another 20 years and continue meeting the needs of our students in their preparation as future global citizens.
In this regard, in the first term we will welcome a new certification visit by the International Baccalaureate for the PYP and MYP programmes. This implies a renewal and updating of the IB methodology for these educational stages and will involve parents, students and teachers. We thereby maintain our commitment to international education, and I am confident we will be given the corresponding recognition and certification by the organisation that manages the educational model offered in our classrooms. In addition, this year for the first time, students who begin Baccalaureate may choose between pursuing the Spanish Bachillerato or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, opting to access the best Spanish and foreign universities as many of our students do year after year at the end of their time at school. This is a major step forward and confirmation of our commitment to internationalism and intercultural learning.
In addition, we are marking this year the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Intelligent Classroom methodology by the founder of SEK Education Group, Felipe Segovia. I am therefore pleased to inform you that we have prepared a range of educational and learning activities for students and teachers and that will lead to a new dimension learning in school.
Furthermore, significant investment in educational technology and the roll out of the MySEK digital educational platform are a qualitative leap forward in our day-to-day work, offering even greater personalisation of learning and making student / teacher relations more fluid and adapted to the digital world, in a unique, open and secure environment. Students will be able to enjoy the latest cutting-edge hardware and software that are featured on this platform that represent major advances in future education and training.
In addition to all we have mentioned above, this school year has seen the commencement of a series of renovation works on school facilities that will lead to a marked improvement in school life, in particular the new library that has been moved to a more central location and that will be one of the cornerstones of learning at our school.
In short, another year with its challenges and opportunities which we are confident we can make the most of with the help of the school community. Therefore, I would once again like to thank you for the trust you have placed in the teaching team I represent, with our assurance that we are tackling this new school year with commitment, responsibility and dedication with the goal of meeting the highest possible standards you are accustomed to.
With best wishes for the new school year, warm regards,
Luis Carlos Jiménez Gámez
SEK-Alborán is the only English School Centre, a preparation centre for Cambridge external examinations. It is also Exam Centre for the Alliance Francaise and the Goethe-Institut