International Links

Spanish Exchange Programme and Cultural Visit to Tenerife - June 2023

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This term our students from Year 10 and 12 had the opportunity to take part on our first Language exchange programme. They spent the week in Tenerife practising their Spanish, living with their Spanish host families and attending school in Spain. As you can imagine, they also had time to have a lot of fun and make amazing memories.

On Thursday night, more students from Year 9 and 10 joined us for a cultural visit. They spent Friday on Nuryana School (our partner school in Tenerife), meeting their pen pals, playing Spanish games and making new friends. We also went to the volcano Teide, visited La Laguna (UNESCO World Heritage) and swam at the beach. They also enjoyed a great "paella" and delicious "churros con chocolate" before we departed to the UK. A weekend packed of fun activities and a great opportunity to practise their Spanish. We cannot wait to come back next year!

Thanks to all the parents and carers who contacted us to thank us. We were very happy to hear that the students had a brilliant time and did not want to come home. What is more, it was great to know that this opportunity had opened their eyes to life beyond Chichester and how useful speaking another language is.

Photo 1South Korean Teachers Visit Bishop Luffa School - June 2023

During the last couple of months we had the privilege to host 10 Trainee Teachers from South Korea to complete their International Training Programme with us at the school.

They have been shadowing students around the school, learning about the British education system, observing lessons across the school and teaching our students about their culture and language. Our students learnt greetings in Korean, played traditional Korean games such as "Yut No Ri, "Ddakjichigi" ,"Gongginori" and Jegichagi" and learnt to write their name in Korean. They also learnt about Korean culture and tried on a traditional Korean costume that the teachers donated to our school. A few weeks packed of fun and multicultural activities!

Marah López (9Andrewes), Dexter Sammut (9Sherborne), Izzy Stuart (10Ridgeway), Ben Parsons-Cork (9Otter), Jessica McGovern (7Story) and Jessica Yonge (7Story) were looking after them for the day during their stay. They took them to their lessons, helped them at the canteen and returned them to Reception at the end of the day. The teachers were extremely happy with our students and the treatment they received.

On their last day, we asked the teachers their opinion about their experience at Bishop Luffa and this is what they say:

"It was unforgettable and impressive experience"
"The best part was shadowing students"
" A new experience to get me out of my comfort zone"
" Everything was good, specially the training sessions on Behaviour Management and International Links"
"Teachers were very passionate. It was quite rewarding"
"People were very nice, teachers, staff, students"
"I really liked the PSHE (Global citizen) and Latin class (was very new to me)"
" I want to use the vocabulary mats with colours in my class"
"Languages classes were not just about languages. They taught about global experiences"
"We learnt about teaching diversity and how the curriculum is adapted to the need of the students"

Spanish Visit website headerJanuary 2023

Our Partner School from Spain, Nuryana School, came to visit us again this term. They spent a wonderful day learning about English schools and culture. We hosted 80 Spanish students (year 12) and 10 Spanish teachers and what an amazing day we all had! We cannot wait to visit them in Tenerife in June!

Spanish MuralOur students not only enjoyed practising their speaking skills but also had a lot of fun creating a mural in the Language corridor and teaching our Spanish visitors how to play Netball. We all had lunch together in the Canteen and completed a traditional English Pub Quiz with our Spanish friends. Our Sixth Former students and members of the International Team played an important role making sure that everything run smoothly and keeping everyone happy. Well done!

Before our visitors left, we took a group photo all together and planned a lot of activities for our visit to their school in Tenerife next term.


March 2022

Our Partner School from Spain, Nuryana School, came to visit us this term. They spent two wonderful days learning about English schools and culture and doing activities with our year 7 and year 8 students. We hosted 300 Spanish visitors and what an amazing two days we, teachers and students, had! We cannot wait to visit them in Tenerfie next week!

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Our students not only enjoyed practising their Spanish skills but also had fun playing traditional Spanish games and multiple races. We all had lunch together in the Canteen and finish the day with a fantastic city trail in Chichester. Our members of the International Team played an important role making sure that everything run smoothly and keeping everyone happy. Well done!  Click on this link to view more photos of the visit.

Before our visitors left, we took a group photo all together with the Ukrainian flag and read the following poem in two languages:

When you look for peace
Entonces la paz está contigo
When you search for peace
Entonces no es difícil encontrarla
When you want to keep peace alive
Entonces sigues las palomas blancas que vuelan sobre ti
When you make peace with others
Entonces el mundo entero vive en tu corazón
When you let peace be in the world
Entonces vives en un mundo maravilloso
When you allow peace flow around the world
Entonces el odio desaparecerá y el amor brotará
When you open the door for peace
Entonces la paz entra en tu vida
Let the peace prevail in our wonderful world

By Ravi Sathasivam

It was lovely seeing our students developing new friendships and learning about other cultures. What an incredible experience to remember! We are looking forward to hosting our Spanish friends next year again!

Click on these links to hear a poem and listen to the students singing.

Peace Poem for Ukraine

Singing Songs 1

Singing Songs 2

September 2021

Bishop Luffa Awarded Prestigious International School Award

L032 ISA Mark 420x420 RGB FinalWe are delighted to announce that Bishop Luffa School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of our work to bring the world into the classroom. The school has earned this accreditation through its inspirational international work and links with schools abroad. By embedding an international dimension in children’s education, we are preparing our students for successful lives in the UK or further afield, empowering them to be global citizens and have access to vital opportunities in an increasingly global economy.

Miss E Lopez-Gamero, Teacher of Spanish & Languages Faculty Coach

International Award Team 2021

July 2021

Our students in Year 12 painted their own version of the "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso. Their mural theme was "Covid 19" and following the structure of the original Guernica it was divided in three parts (Life before Covid, Life during Covid and Life after Covid).

Covid Picasso

If you want to understand their art and the meaning behind their painting please watch the fantastic videos our students created explaining their art in Spanish, by clicking on the images below. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed creating our own piece of art!

La Guernica   Life Before Covid

Update: Spring 2021

All the Spanish students in the school, from KS3 to KS5, have been involved in the "Getting to know you" project with our partner school in Spanish (Nuryana School, Tenerife). This is what we have been doing:

Year 7 Mafalda Project: Year 7 students have just started learning Spanish this half term and have been learning basic vocabulary using the "Mafalda" comics. Mafalda is the most international comic character in the Spanish language. Her comics have been used to send Spanish messages of peace and love around the world for many years. The students created Mafalda posters with Spanish messages and all their creations have been sent to our partner school in Spain as a present. Best posters will also be used to decorate the school corridors.

Mafalda Picture 1  Mafalda Picture 2

Mafalda Picture 3  Mafalda Picture 4

Year 8 and 9 "Pen pals projects": Students in Year 8 and 9 have been writing pen pals letters to our partner school students in Tenerife. They have really enjoyed this activity and we are all looking forward to being able to travel to Spain next year and meet our pen pal friends in person.

Pen Pal Letter 1  Pen Pal Letter 2

Pen Pal Letter 3  Pen Pal Letter 4

From Year 7 to Year 13 "Getting to know you project": Students have been exchanging videos with our partner school in Spain. We have shown each other videos of our school, our city and surroundings, Christmas traditions and jokes in both languages. Our students made the videos in Spanish and the Spanish students made their videos in English. Great way to practise our language skills!

Click on the image to view the video:  

Spanish Video

Special mention to Emily Sammut (12Sherborne) who has designed an International Links logo for the school.

International Links Logo by Emily Sammut 12Sh

International Merry Christmas

We would like to wish Merry Christmas to everyone at BL in different languages.
Thank you to all the families, students and staff who participated on the video. We hope you all enjoy it!

European Day of Languages

The link below will take you to activities related to the European Day of Languages

The games are interactive and challenging for everyone, not only the students, so have fun!