he curriculum at St. Hilda’s College is aimed at meeting the needs and abilities of all the students. Our school is a co-educational, full-day institution, with a bilingual Spanish – English programme, where the students graduate with a Bachiller Nacional Bilingüe. This is complemented by international examinations administered by the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE): IGCSE and the AS and A Level examinations which contribute to the AICE Diploma. The CIE examinations are recognised as entrance qualifications at numerous universities, locally and abroad. The combination of both programmes gives our students a sound basis for a broad range of post school opportunities, allowing them to specialize in humanities or sciences, and work comfortably in English or Spanish.
Kindergarten is the first step in a child’s school life. At St. Hilda’s College, right from the 2 year old class, our aim is to create a fun and playful environment in which children are encouraged to be creative and open to new ideas while catering to their individual needs in order to help them build self esteem and become independent.
We follow a Bilingual Curriculum (English and Spanish) that seeks to provide an integral education. With this in mind, the Kindergarten provides opportunities for observation, exploration and discovery and children are encouraged to learn through play, using their imagination, communicating and having fun. Theatrical and artistic activities are considered key, encouraging creativity and a sense of self worth.
As from the 2 year old class parents can choose to send their children to school half day or full day. The small number of students per class guarantees a personalized education for each child and a close student-teacher relationship. In addition to class teachers there are specialized music, theatre and sports teachers.
The Kindergarten is surrounded by gardens containing a wide variety of trees, bushes and flowers allowing students to learn and play both indoors and outdoors. The classrooms are spacious, well illuminated and colourfully designed for small groups of children.
During the year, teachers plan many outings that acquaint children with people and places in the neighbourhood and community. Parents are often invited to participate, and are encouraged to work together with the teachers in preparing activities to share with the children in the classrooms, allowing them take part in their children’s learning experience.
We would like to invite you to visit the Kindergarten.
The students acquire fluency and competence in English and Spanish, developing the knowledge and understanding of the customs, values and historical traditions of both cultures. Pupils spend approximately half the day working in English and half in Spanish with all the main subjects being taught in both languages.
The English curriculum was originally modelled on the UK National curriculum and this has recently been complemented by incorporation of the Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP) managed by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). This ensures that despite distance and language differences our students achieve parity with pupils of the same age in a UK school setting.
St. Hilda’s Secondary school offers a bilingual curriculum in which approximately 60% of the subjects are taught in English. We combine the prestige and traditions of a centenarian institution with those 21st century technologies and pedagogies that are so important to enhance learning today. We constitute an exams oriented school in which Cambridge International examinations are a very important aspect of our students’ education and go along with the national Spanish curriculum. In the upper forms, the selection of the different exams for our students is to a great extent tailored to their inclinations and abilities, which prepares them for decision-making in their future careers. Additionally, our students have the opportunity of participating in several extracurricular activities such as Public Speaking, Writing, Maths and Singing competitions, Art and Choir Festivals, EMUN (ESSARP Model of the United Nations), and many others that are a bonus to their education.
Although our Secondary school is oriented towards Natural Sciences, our curriculum is also strong in Sports, Music and Arts, which we consider fundamental in the forming of character, virtues and values. We also encourage Community Service in a series of programmes and activities that aim at creating social awareness, empathy and leadership skills. As well, our School Orientation team has an important role in providing workshops and education to both students and parents on topics that are of the community’s concern. In short, our Secondary school seeks to educate and form young men and women who are academically prepared to step confidently into the modern world and are also solid in Christian and human values.