2021 Graduations

Our students graduate and move on to another stage of their education path: the school year is about to end and at Novaschool Sunland International we have the pleasure of celebrating the graduation events again.

We leave you the calendar of the scheduled events:

  • Friday, June 11th: Year 11 graduation
  • Saturday, June 19th: Year 12 & Year 13 graduation
  • Wednesday, June 23rd: Year 7 graduation
  • Thursday, June 24th: Y6 graduation

It is amazing to be able to enjoy these special moments with families, students and teachers. We really wanted to welcome the parents back into school and we are all very excited.

The Hall is the perfect area for these kind of events and allows us to celebrate outdoors and according to anti-Covid-19 measures.

This year we have an exceptional godmother, Doña Inmaculada Suárez-Bárcenas, Magistrate of the 6th Section of the Provincial Court of Malaga and also mother of a former Novaschool student.

As is traditional, our principal Mrs. Evans and our viceprincipal Mrs. Osuna will be present at all the events, together with the tutors, to thank and support our students through motivational speech.


British Curriculum & Homologation

British education has a worldwide reputation for quality and is recognised and respected around the world; deciding on a British Education goes far beyond a linguistic choice.

The National Curriculum of England, the ‘British Way’ is a very structured curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of all students, stretching brighter children and supporting those who need it through differentiated teaching and learning activities. It gives pupils a complete education, to become open-minded, dynamic and creative independent learners in order to be able to fase successfully future challenges.

British education is renowed for concerning itself with the development of the whole personality. Learning is important, but not enough in itself. Students need to develop their potential to think for themselves and form opinions, it means going into a highly profesional education system with high expectations both academic and of personal development.

A variety of teaching and assessment methods designed to develop independent thouht as well as a mastery of the subject matter is used. In the British Education System, students are taught to learn by questioning, problem-solving and creative thinking rather than by the mere retention of facts, hence giving them analytical and creative thinkings skills that they will need in the working world.

The International AS & A Level curriculum is designed so that learners develop independent study skills which universities value highly. Cambridge and Edexcel Advanced Level is designed for learners aged 16 to 19 years who need advanced study to prepare for University. Thousands of learners worldwide gain places at leading universities every year with Cambridge and Edexcel International AS & A Levels. The syllabuses develop a deep understanding of subjects and independent thinking skills.

The set of subjects is carefully designed to deliver a relevant curriculum, competitive to apply to any University. The student will progress logically and individually along their path, designed to cover all aspect of the students’s academic and personal development.

It’s exactly what you would expect from an organisation that is part of the world-leading University of Cambridge and Pearson Examination Board. Thanks to the homologation between the British Council and the Spanish Ministry of Education, our students can access to both Spanish and European universities once they finish their studies here with us, guaranteering their academical success.

Homologation is a process whereby the Spanish Ministry of Education assesses a foreign degree and judges it to be comparable to a Spanish degree and with the same effects for profesional purposes. If students choose to opt for a Spanish University they can do the ‘Fase Especifica’ (Specific Subjects) to complement and increase their grade.

It is a great competitive advantage of British Schools that their students get at the end of their educational stage a double degree (IGCSE / A Levels and homologation in the Spanish system). It is actually an international degree, something recognized in the academic and professional world: a ‘direct passport’ to the best universities.

Having studied in a British School and obtained its degrees is undoubtedly a differential lead that our students will have when facing the complex professional world in the future.

For more details please watch this video:

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Summer Camp at Novaschool Baby Sunland

Novaschool Baby Sunland Children’s School located in the PTA of Malaga offers a summer camp during the first two weeks of August for children from 0 to 6 years old.

Under the Sea is an underwater adventure in which the kids can enjoy performing different activities and games related to the the sea and its animals. In addition, they will participate in workshops on music, art, sport and relaxation techniques.

Learning and having fun at the same time is the goal of our summer camp. It is the perfect solution for both children and parents, especially those who work in and around the PTA.

Novaschool Baby Sunland Summer Camp information:

  • Date: first half of August, from 2/08 to 13/08
  • Time: Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Price: 160€ with morning classroom and dining room included
  • Place: Novaschool Baby Sunland Infant School in the PTA (Campanillas – Málaga)

For more details you can contact us by phone or e-mail:


Pool’s open and swimming lessons start again!

At Novaschool Sunland International we have a beautiful swimming pool of 25 meters surrounded by hedges and sun pipes, equipped with showers and shade.

Swimming is one of the most complete sports at the psychomotor and cognitive-affective level: it is recommended by specialists as an enriching activity for physical, psychic and affective development.

Lessons include games and exercises as a team, as a couple and individuals, focusing on acquiring the technique of the different styles. Thanks to the educational swimming project we get our students to have a good base of movement improving their water skills and competencies.

Swimming allows pupils to improve their cardio-respiratory abilities, promote their postural alignment and benefit muscle coordination. In this way, they develop sensory and psychomotor abilities to gain more strength in the muscles. In addition, moving in a environment that is not common involves creating interpersonal and social relationships.

swimming pool2

As during the rest of the year, Covid-19 measures continue to be respected in all PE classes, including the swimming ones. It is essential that students respect the rules, take care of the material and follow the instructions while they are in the changing rooms.

Inside the duly fenced and closed pool space there is a shed to store all the necessary material for the curriculum. In our school it is mandatory to teach swimming lessons from the age of 3 and of course we hire a qualified lifeguard. Multiple studies reveal the many benefits of swimming from an early age.

During summer it is usually used also for Summer Camp. The pool is also used for IGCSE PE exams and students are engraved in their class to formalize the practical part of this subject.


Academic excellence & oustanding students

We are proud to assign the Cambridge Assessment International Education award to our Y11 student Angel Pedraza Ruíz for achieving the best grade in IGCSE Mathematics from all over Spain in the November 2020 examination session.

Today Wednesday, May 19th we organised a small ceremony to give him the prestigious certificate and acknowledge this great academic and personal achievement. This award is triply impressive, since Ángel has skipped Year 10, and took the IGCSE exam earlier than his Year 11 classmates.

Everyone at Novaschool Sunland International is incredibly proud of him and this proves not only that he has excellent mathematical skills, but also that this is the result of his effort and dedication.

The Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards Programme recognises the success of students who take the Cambridge Institution’s official exams in more than 40 countries around the world.

Our principal Ms. Evans has presented the award recognising the talent and commitment of both our students and their teachers. These are a reflection of the academic excellence that we promote internally among our teaching team to assure our students a bright future and great success in their life.


ONCE meeting at Novaschool Sunland International

Last Friday 14th of May, four volunteers of the ONCE association came to Novaschool Sunland International to raise awareness about visually disabled people.

Inspired by their literature books ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio and ‘Call of the wild’ by Jack London, Y7 and Y9 students met with them to celebrate and learn about living with a disability and working in partnership with animals.

English teachers Miss Katharine and Miss Gwyn saw this talk as an opportunity to apply the reality of her readings and raise awareness. Pupils learned how the Braille system works (with Perkinson machine and more modern ones), as well as that guide dogs can be a fundamental tool for the day-to-day life.

Both students and teachers really enjoyed the experience and learned about the limitations of people with blindness. In addition, they can now know how to help them or collaborate with this partnership.

Today our visibly impaired friends from ONCE came to visit us at Novaschool Sunland. They taught us about their daily life and use of technology for blind people which has advanced enormously in the past decades. The star of the show (a dog named Walky) accompanied by his owner ‘Idel’ demonstrated his sense of orientation. A student had the chance of being guided with her eyes closed, by Walky. Leo, the affiliated representative, offered us a inspirational speech to get to know her and the life of a blind person. This was definitely on extremely valuable experience from which students have acquired plenty of new knowledge. Thank you ONCE for your dedication and hard work!”

Eva & Elena, Y9B


IGCSE & A-Levels at Novaschool Educational Group

Novaschool Educational Group’s IGCSE/A-Levels International Secondary and Baccalaureate Project aims to facilitate access to university and professional opportunities anywhere in the world.

At Novaschool Sunland International our students, together with those from Novaschool Añoreta, can obtain the official IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secundary Education) and A-Levels Cambridge certificates. It allows them to pursue their university studies in Europe, Great Britain and the United States.

These international school performance tests enjoy the prestige and recognition of the Cambridge Institution, which provides an innovative methodology through new skills and competencies.

The examination process takes place at 2 levels established respectively in the two-year school period:

  • Secondary: IGCSE certificate (obtained at the end of 4th ESO/Y11 and its preparation starts at 3rd ESO/Y10)
  • Baccalaureate: A-Levels certificates (obtained at the end of 2nd Baccalaureate/Y13 and prepared throughout the stage (1st and 2nd Baccalaureate/Y12 and Y13).

The Project pursues comprehensive and excellent training contributing to the personal, social and professional development of our students in order to promote personalities that bring together the following aspects:

  • An open mind thanks to contact with different education systems
  • Audacity to face an intellectual challenge by fostering creativity and intelligence
  • Adapting to a methodology that encourages autonomous learning
  • Communicative skills to express yourself confidently in multiple languages
  • Development of reflection and critical thinking

In this way, learning meets the requirements of British Educational System thanks to the culture of effort for human and intellectual growth. It is about promoting the formation of thoughtful, balanced, diversity-friendly, autonomous and creative personalities.

We prepare our students so that they can face the challenges of the academic world they will join when they finish their studies at Novaschool.


Y8 School Magazine

At Novaschool Sunland International we enhance an innovative spirit from all fields of knowledge to students and teachers.

Both are committed to the creative and flexible development of the teaching-learning process through the application of new methodologies and tools to transform education at all levels.

Our teachers become levers of change through reasearch and continuous training, increasingly integrating new information and communication technologies into the classroom – always fostering creativity.

In Y8, students have been learning how to write magazine articles, as well as considering the different ways that writers catch the attention of their readers.

As a final project to sum up the unit, pupils worked in groups to create their own digital magazine on the theme of ‘Hobbies’ using an online design application.

We selected the best magazines to share with you here. Have a look!

School Magazine (canva.com)

The Hobby Magazine (canva.com)


Earth Day 2021

At Novaschool Sunland International we promote and teach our students values related to environmental care, recycling and sustainability.

Last Thursday, April 22nd, we celebrated the Earth Day at all levels. We are aware that today more than ever we need a shift towards a more sustainable economy for people and the planet.

Therefore, it is important to raise students’ awareness of the health of our ecosystems that underpin all forms of life on Earth. This depends directly on the health of the planet and its inhabitants, so it is essential to act.

Preventing, stopping and reversing ecosystem degradation across continents and oceans is now a priority. Restoring means combating climate change and ending poverty.

In order to raise awareness of our students we have organized different activities and lessons dedicated to this topic that have been developed throughout the school day.

For example, our Primary pupils have made Earth suncatchers and they have been learning about our planet through ‘Famous Explorers’ history topic.

Meanwhile, Secondary students took part in a Kahoot during the Science class and did a scavenger hunt around the school grounds to find examples of biodiversity.

“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.”


Junior Mathematical Challenge 2021

Novaschool Sunland International joins the Junior Mathematical Challenge 2021 with Y7 and Y8 students.

Today Monday 26th of April, after being tested here, our 30 best students will represent the school in this competition.

The JMC is a 60-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at students of British Schools and colleges. Problems are designed to encourage mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency in using basic techniques.

As a charity, UKMT (United Kingdom Mathematics Trust) does not make a profit from entry fees but they invest all the money raised on advancing the education of young people in mathematics.

Taking part to this event is a stimulating and rewarding experience for all students and teachers involved. At the end of the competition the UKMT award the top-scoring 40% of participants with Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates in the ratio 3:2:1.

Besides, they invite around 2000 of the very highest performers to take part in the Junior Olympiad and over 10.000 to take part in the Junior Kangaroo.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!