Laboratory

New physics and chemistry laboratory

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Striving for continual improvement is part of Queen’s College philosophy. This year, this has been demonstrated with the inauguration of a new physics and chemistry laboratory, one of the most innovative and advanced of its kind in Spain with regard to utility, quality of design, furniture, and technology. This facility complements the biology laboratory which was inaugurated in 2008.

The following aspects of the new laboratory stand out:
• Presentation and teaching aids
• Lighting
• Work benches


Presentation and Teaching Aids

The school’s laboratories are equipped with modern teaching aids. Both have been fitted with ultra-short throw projectors. In the second laboratory, this is connected to an interactive whiteboard, while in the chemistry and physics laboratory, the teachers use iPads which, when connected via wifi, act as interactive whiteboards. This allows for interactive presentations from any part of the classroom. As a result, the teacher has greater mobility in the classroom whilst teaching, student participation is also facilitated. Students may respond on the screen without moving out of their seats.

This innovative way of working is also utilised in the teaching of Biology and English. All equipment was installed by College Technologies.


Lighting

The new laboratory is fitted with a state of the art, ecological, lighting system which combines natural light with LED illumination. On clear days, a system of enhanced skylights, known as Solatube, use natural light to illuminate the whole room. These skylights have integrated rings of LEDs, which are unnoticeable when turned off but, when in use, are capable of providing optimal lighting in the laboratory. This is especially beneficial on cloudy days and in the early morning and late afternoon during the winter months.

In addition, the lighting system has interior motorized panels which control the amount of natural light entering the room. When necessary, it is possible to set and reduce the natural light in the room, e.g. when using a projector or in experiments involving light.

This is the first time that a lighting project with these 3 integrated systems has been installed in the Balearics.

The system was installed by Mora & Rosselló.


Work benches

The laboratory furniture is eye-catching due to both its design and its high functionality. The tables and workbenches are particularly note-worthy.

These are the most innovative element in the laboratory. The workbenches are designed to afford maximum work space for students and ease of teacher movement for monitoring the work of students. This is due to the inverted L shape of the structure. The slightly inclined compact outer face was specifically designed to aid the teacher when observing experiments in progress. The interior surface of the workbenches is clad with parquet for easy maintenance and cleaning.

The table tops have incorporated electrical sockets and the pre-installation for telecommunications, should the incorporation of Ethernet or optic fibre connexions be required at a later date.

The material used for the workbenches is another notable characteristic. It is known as IROCRIL which is a “solid-surface”, the most well-known of which is Corian. School laboratories in the U.K. are beginning to use this material, as are medical laboratories in Spain.

In addition to the laboratory requisites such as high resistance to chemicals and to impact, this material also allows for blind joins. These allow for maximum hygiene and the possibility of repairing damage caused by accidental breakages or stains. These attributes will allow the workbenches to remain in pristine condition year after year, with only basic annual maintenance.
The fittings for the laboratory were installed by “Instalaciones Comerciales BAGUR” based on a design drawn up by the school.

Specific educational needs

The school, recognising that each child is unique, aims to satisfy the educational needs of each and every one of its pupils. Where a pupil has specific educational needs, every effort is made to enable him or her to overcome them within the constraints of the resources available to the school.

The school does not, however, specialise in supporting particular categories of special needs. Parents are, therefore, strongly advised to discuss with the school any known difficulties their child might have when applying for admission, in order to ascertain that these difficulties can be met.

Welfare & learning

We firmly believe that if children are to reach their full potential, the school must attend to all their needs:

  • academic,
  • physical,
  • social and
  • emotional

In order to attend to these needs, the school employs a psychologist whose role includes:

  1. Working on a one to one basis with pupils who may have learning, behavioural, social or emotional problems and who have been referred to her by teaching staff.
  2. Working with pupils who contact her directly in order to discuss specific problems they are experiencing.
  3. Communicating and collaborating closely with parents in order to tackle any problems their children might be experiencing.
  4. Communicating and collaborating closely with staff to ensure that problems are dealt with appropriately, efficiently, and as effectively as possible.

Careers

Information on careers is provided by the Head of the Sixth Form and other members of staff where appropriate, and takes place from Year 7 onwards during tutorial sessions.

All pupils in Year 11 and Year 12 have an individual interview with the Careers Advisor.

In Years 12 and 13 there is a structured programme of careers education, including guidance on applications to the various types of higher education. Applications to UK universities are made on-line from school.

Representatives from various universities visit school to provide future students, not only with details of the courses they offer, but also of employment opportunities after graduation. The school organises visits to University Fairs both in the UK and in Spain.

Dining arrangements

A full school lunch is available in the dining room for those requiring it. This is freshly prepared in the school’s own kitchen where 3 sittings operate daily.

Arrangements are made for those wishing to bring packed lunch. Only sixth form pupils are permitted to leave the school premises at lunch time.

May Menu

Extra curricular

These activities aim to complement and extend the work carried out in the classroom. They provide the opportunity for children to initiate and develop interests and hobbies as well as acquiring new skills and includes:

  • Little Penguins (N-Y2)
  • Tumble and Tots (N-R)
  • Homework Club (Y2-6)
  • Homework Club (Y7-9)
  • German (Y3-6)
  • Science (Y6-9)
  • Chinese (Y7-13)
  • Art (Y7-9)
  • Study Group (Y10)
  • Sports: Year 2 – Year 6
    • Activities: football, judo, rhythmic gymnastics

Summer School

 

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