The Canterbury School Maspalomas is situated in the south of Gran Canaria in an attractive beautiful building surrounded by ample sports areas, a swimming pool and landscaped gardens. The school was officially inaugurated in 1993 and is continuing to thrive. Once the children have completed the Primary phase with us, they carry on with their education in the Secondary building in Las Palmas.
Here in Maspalomas the pupils have their own tutor based classrooms, dining room, library, swimming pool and very extensive playgrounds purposely designed and equipped for each age phase. The children also have two computers, an interactive whiteboard and printer in each classroom. We have our own kitchen and dining room where fresh food is prepared daily and enjoyed by the pupils and teachers alike.
The school has 8 classes starting from the foundation stage to year six and although the maximum number in a class is 25, the south school is well known for its smaller groups which, on average, are around 15.
The Maspalomas Department works in close conjunction with the Primary section in Las Palmas so likewise follows the UK National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage which have been adapted where necessary to suit our geographical location. The programme of studies offers the children a variety of opportunities to develop their competence in the English language and all other curriculum areas. There is also a Spanish teacher on the staff and each class from Y2 to Y6 receives an hourly Spanish lesson per day. As this is a small school all the teachers can work very closely with one another so that the transition from Infant to Junior is very smooth. The atmosphere here is warm and caring, reflecting the professionalism of the staff who aim to provide a rich and stimulating learning environment for each child.
To encourage and motivate our children we set whole school and class targets when pupils are rewarded with class tokens which are counted weekly for the class to enjoy a something special negotiated by the pupils and the teachers Children’s work and achievements are celebrated in our weekly assemblies by awarding star pupil certificates. Here praise is given to achievements made both inside and out of school. We are proud of the success we have in the creative side of the curriculum. All the children are accustomed to performing to an audience many times throughout the year. Our shows and assemblies provide us with yet another chance to strengthen our home school links and we are always pleased to hear the positive comments from our parents. Carnival, Canary Day, Book Day, Christmas and our annual shows are all eagerly awaited by both children and parents alike! To enrich our curriculum, we arrange a variety of educational visits to places of interest on the island. Whenever possible, we also invite people from the local community into class to talk to the children about their job and position etc. When the children move from our department one of our aims is to have provided them with the necessary skills to be able to access the Secondary curriculum. We also hope we have given them a solid base of life skills for them to grow as individuals showing respect, care and tolerance towards others in their community.