Novaschool Sunland, among the best schools in Spain

It is with great pride and joy that I am sharing some fabulous news with you today: Novaschool Sunland International has been selected as one of the best international schools in Spain, as published by the newspaper EL MUNDO in its list of the 100 BEST SCHOOLS. Our teachers and staff’s dedication and the hard work of our students has been rewarded and led us to be listed as one of the best schools in Spain along with Novaschool Añoreta that has been listed for the last four years. Congratulations to the Novaschool family and let’s keep up the good work to remain at the top!

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‘Rock Macbeth’, the new musical masterpiece at Novaschool Sunland

This year’s production promises to be the best show performed to date. The students of Novaschool Sunland will perform an interpretation of the classic Shakespeare play, “Macbeth”, integrated with rock music from artists such as Queen, Michael Jackson, ACDC, Aretha Franklin, Aerosmith to name just a few! A magical afternoon that cannot be missed. Friday, March 23, at 7:00 p.m. at the Cártama Theatre (c / González Marín, 81, Cártama). Admission costs € 3 and all proceeds will go to the Art Department of Novaschool Sunland International. Do not miss it!

The Head of Cambridge Iberia Visits Novaschool Sunland

Today the Head of Cambridge Iberia, Mr. Mazur came to Novaschool Sunland to meet the Principal Ms. Evans. After a tour of the school Mr. Mazur and Ms. Evans were joined by Miss Victoria our Sixth Form and Spanish Department Coordinator and Mr. Ridley our examinations officer, to discuss new developments within Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).

One area particularly interesting was that CIE are continuing to work with Spanish Universities (UNED) and fully recognise the A LEVEL subjects: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, business studies and geography as equivalent to the Spanish ‘específicas’, in fact it was noted that in some subjects the content was more than the Spanish equivalent . CIE have also decided to follow the recent changes in the British grading system and are offering Cambridge schools the option of continuing with A* – G grades or adopt the new British numeric system 9-1, something we will look at in the future.

Before the meeting ended Mr. Mazur congratulated Novaschool Sunland on our growth, the number of students we enter for Cambridge examinations has increased significantly in recent year and continues to grow.

Cross Country reunites the best International Schools on the Costa

For the 6th year running, Novaschool Sunland has played host to the Interschool Cross Country Championships; the annual event which sees 12 International schools along the Costa del Sol go head to head amid a refreshing atmosphere of healthy competition; this year enjoyed by 565 pupils.

Against the unbeatable backdrop of 40,000 squared metres of natural beauty, nestled in the Guadalhorce Valley (north east of Malaga), Novaschool Sunland was proud to launch the event. The action kicked off at 12pm midday on a cold yet dazzlingly bright winter morning. Over 500 eager pupils, impatient to begin the race covering approximately 1,000 metres, were yet again poised to conquer the challenging course spanning the school’s buildings, varied terrains and rugged peaks and troughs.

This year, the competition saw 565 participants, girls and boys, from different International colleges along the Costa del Sol, compete in 8 individual categories as well as in the category chosen to represent the school. All were united by a single goal: have fun and enjoy the experience in the hope of gaining record points and reaching the podium as an honour to their school.

Participants and PODIUM
In the overall team category (all schools), The English International College touched gold, obtaining first place, followed by silver prize winners, Novaschool Sunland with Aloha College taking home the Bronze.

Competitors from Novaschool obtained outstanding results, making a stand on the podium in 7 of the 8 individual categories: Year 5/6 won a gold medal in the boys category; Year 7/8 girls achieved an impressive bronze in both categories; it was an unbeatable gold for Year 9/10 and in Year 11/12/13, gold was awarded to boys and silver to girls.

This 6th edition of the event was represented by the following 12 International schools: Aloha College, British International School, Swans International School, The English International College, The British School, Sunny View School, Laude International School, Sotogrande International School, St. Anthony’s College, Almuñécar International School, Queens British Grammar School and Novaschool Sunland.

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Novaschool Sunland hosts the 6th anniversary of the Cross Country Championships

The following week, 31st January, will mark the 6th consecutive year for the Interschool Cross Country Championships as 12 International schools from the Costa del Sol gather to compete in the event which boasts over 20 years of history.

More than 500 pupils from different International schools along the Malaga coast will participate in the race where they will compete in 8 distinct categories as well as in the category chosen to represent the school. They will share a unique goal: to have fun and to enjoy the experience in the hope of achieving the highest score to be an asset to their school and to take a stand on the winner’s podium.

It goes without saying that Novaschool Sunland, set in 40,000 square metre grounds of natural landscape in the Guadalhorce Valley, north east of Malaga, makes the perfect setting for the event. Its school buildings, surroundings and long steady slopes as well as rough and stony terrain make the 1,000m course a fresh challenge every year for competing runners.

In this 6th edition of the Interschool Cross Country Championships, they are proud to confirm the participation of several International schools along the coast: Aloha College, British International School, Swans International School, The English International College, The British School, Sunny View School, Laude International School, Sotogrande International School, St. Anthony’s College, Almuñécar International School, Queens British Grammar School and Novaschool Sunland

Novaschool Sunland International have thrown themselves wholeheartedly into the organization of this event and are preparing the finishing touches of what has become a “compulsory annual reunion” of International schools from Malaga, Cadiz and Granada.

The event will be counting on the support and collaboration of Cártama Council who will be deploying Local Police to assist as well as Public Safety officers to provide sanitary services. La Canasta, Aquacor and TuGestoria are among several companies who have not hesitated to come forward to support the project not forgetting Nike whose platform Nike Ambassadors Community will offer support with volunteers to help coordinate the event proceedings.

El perfil innovador del docente, por Francisco Barrionuevo

El Economista wanted to echo the words of the last article published last December 26th 2017 by the CEO of Novaschool and professor of economics ESO-BACH, Francisco Barrionuevo. It deals with the fundamental role of the teacher in the educational setting and details the innovative research carried out at the Novaschool educational centers.

Olympic visit for our students!

Yesterday, our students from Novaschool Sunland International had a visit from a very special guest. The Olympic swimmer Nina Zhivanevskaya spent a couple of hours with the students sharing her experiences as a world-class athlete and gave them advice on how to pursue their ambitions.

Nina Aleksándrovna Zhivanevskaya, born in Russia, is a Spanish swimmer. Her speciality is the backstroke and she has also obtained fantastic results in different styles. Some of her greatest achievements are a bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics as part of the Unified Team in the 4 x 100 m style and another bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games with the Spanish team in the 100 m backstroke race. In the European championships, she obtained four gold medals (in 2000 and 2002), five silver medals (1999, 2002 and 2004), two bronze medals (2004 and 2008) with Spain, and two silver medals (1993) and three bronze medals (1993 and 1995) with Russia. She took some time out of international competitions during her maternity leave but returned for the 2008 Pekin Olympic Games where she reached the 100 m backstroke semi-finals and achieved a sixth place.

As well as having the honour of meeting her, the students were able to hold and take photos of the Olympic flame.

It was a wonderful opportunity to spend time with you Nina, thank you for inspiring us with your words.

Environmental Education

After being invited to come up with ideas for keeping our school clean, Year 4 as a group thought that a rota of classes should be made for litter collection. They decided that they would begin immediately, and, with the help of Miss Shelley, they put on their gloves, grabbed some bin bags and went off around the school, picking up rubbish.

The idea is that if all classes do this, they will have a better understanding of why it is important to use the bin instead of throwing rubbish on the floor.

Next Friday Year 1 will be collecting rubbish with their gloves and bags.

Year 4 Science Lesson!

Science has never been so much fun! Miss Shelley’s class explored every corner of the beautiful school grounds to find, identify and classify small animals. As well as the usual ants and woodlice, they founds snails, frogs and even a snake. They can now identify vertebrates, invertebrates, molluscs and arthropods.



“Oh, no!!  What has happened?  Miss Shelley, our classroom!  We can´t go in!”

This was meant to be any other, normal Tuesday morning at Novaschool Sunland.

As the photo shows, however, Year 4 teachers and children were shocked and confused upon arriving at their classrooms to begin their English lessons. There had been what looked like a robbery and the police had taped the room to prevent entry!

The TRUTH behind the staged “robbery” was that the teachers of Year 4 wanted to create emotion, inspire the children to speak and think and ultimately write about their feelings on encountering the scene, as part of our English curriculum.

The children were quite honestly brilliant; the descriptive words they came up with and their intelligent and insightful conversations immediately following seeing the scene, were a revelation.  Our aim was to inspire and enthuse and we think we achieved this!

Thank you, Year 4; fabulous children!

Miss Shelley and Miss Kath