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In the Final Conference for Global Classrooms, all five of the IES Valdebernardo delegations competed in debating the topic of how to make our economies “green” in the future. Before the Final Conference, our team had the pleasure of attending the Opening Ceremonies event at the Asamblea de Madrid, where we heard from many distinguished and influential speakers, including the President of the Asemblea and previous GC participants. After this, our students competed during a long but productive day of debate, and after we again sat in the Asamblea to listen to the Closing Ceremonies.
From the 200 students who compete in the Final Conference, ten students are ultimately selected each year to participate in the Global Classrooms Model United Nations International competition in New York City. This selection is done through various interviews at the school level and city level, and these ten students selected are obviously hardworking and dedicated. Fortunately, IES Valdebernardo student Franny Guerrero was selected this year as one of the ten students selected to travel to NYC. Franny is the second consecutive student to be selected from IES Valdebernardo for this distinct honor, following our school’s first ever champion from last year, Isabel Inglés.
Needless to say, we are all very proud of Franny and each of the nine other students who made it to the Final Conference, as it is the first time ever that IES Valdebernardo has sent all five delegations to the Finals. We are thankful for the support of the teachers and parents who also make this project possible each year. We are wishing Franny the best of luck in NYC, and we will be sure to keep you posted on her success!
The Global Classrooms Team

Preliminary Debate Conference on Global Classrooms – January 26.

The IES Valdebernardo Global Classrooms (GC) debate team participated in the Madrid GC Preliminary Debate Conferences last month on January 26.
The students spent long hours debating how we can help youth who become violent as part of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) committee meeting. Our student delegates were very successful in this conference with all five delegations — Turkey, Greece, Iran, USA, and Mexico — passing their proposed draft resolutions and each delegation winning an award for other debate skills.
These awards included best opening speech (Greece and Iran), most likely to become ambassadors of Spain (Mexico) and most likely to become the next Antonio Gutierrez
(USA). In addition, these students share the distinct honor of having all five delegations advance to the final round of debate—the first time this has happened in Valdebernardo history.
Delegates will next compete in the Madrid GC Final Debate Conferences on February 28 where they will discuss how to implement global standards for green economies. Before and after the debates, the delegates will be attending the opening and closing ceremonies at the Asamblea de Madrid.
We wish them the best of luck in the final round of debates!!!
Mitch Wellman, Elena Moreno, Rubén López, Jaime Alonso y Nuria Cidón.

Global Classrooms mock conference – December 2018

The Global Classrooms journey is almost coming to a close as we move into the regional Madrid conference in late January. Last December, all students in 3 ESO participated in the Global Classrooms conference on December 14 at Valdebernardo and, the following week, on December 20, students and assistants recreated a mock conference together with IES Maria Rodrigo, where the final candidates were chosen for the final conference, next 28 January.

Below the pictures of the December conference are shown and an entry for this post by Mitch Wellman, our language assistant who is leading successfully the Global Classroom program, together with the English and History teachers who are, at the same time, supporting and encouraging students to get the final goal.

Well done for everyone and lots of luck for next January!!


This past December, students from 3°ESO competed in the first mock conference of Global Classrooms, a type of model United Nations for English learners. The students performed very well and practiced both their listening and speaking skills across many long hours. We are proud of this performance, as it is the culmination of a whole term of hard work and practice.
Ten of the students will now compete in January at the Madrid Regional Global Classrooms competition for a chance to move on to the final round of debate in February. We wish them luck!
Mitch Wellman


Thanksgiving is an American and Canadian holiday that, among other things, involves eating large amounts of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, bread, pumpkin pies and cranberry sauce. The holiday annually celebrates the first American pilgrims’ gratitude toward Native Americans for teaching them how to grow crops and survive on American soil.
      Our English language assistants used this holiday to make students think about what they are thankful for. Students traced their hands on coloured paper and wrote things they were thankful for, and after the language, assistants formed some giant turkeys out of the hands to be displayed on the walls at Valdebernardo (pictures below).
With thanks,
The Bilingual Team



Thanks to the help of the English assistants, the bilingual coordinator, and several teachers, Valdebernardo hosted its second Haunted Library last week on Halloween. Students from 1º and 2º ESO had the opportunity to take a tour through the spooky Haunted Library during school and meet ghouls, witches, and some unexpected surprises along the way… Activities included crawling through three different dark tunnels, getting candies, and answering hard questions regarding different contents from some subjects. We were excited to see the students’ interest and teachers in the celebration of Halloween!.


What is more, the Spanish Language Department also helped to develop and decorate the corridors of the high schools by using epitaphs, graves, and quotes from writers who devoted their literary works based on death and `El día de todos los Santos´. Thanks to their effort, it was possible to carry out a different perspective of the celebration!!



Global Classrooms 2018-2019. An introduction.

IMG-20181024-WA0006This week, the students from 4ºESO Isabel and Estrella, have been telling 3ºESO students about their experiences in Global Classrooms last year. Congratulations!!

Students were delighted by listening to them, getting a very useful, productive and engaging idea about what Global Classroom is.IMG-20181024-WA0009 Teachers who are preparing 3ºESO students for this year´s edition must be very proud of them!!

Keep up the good work for the next conference, both students and teachers!!IMG-20181024-WA0010

Andrea, our assistant from Vermont

Hola! My name is Andrea and I am from Burlington, Vermont. The past 4 years I have been living in Boston, where I attended school and have recently graduated with a degree in Biology. Outside of school, I love to travel and play futbol.

I am very excited for this year and to get to know and work with so many students. I will be mostly in the physical education department as well as a mix of a few other courses!


Alyssa, our assistant from Vermont


My name is Alyssa, and I am from the state of Vermont in the U.S. I studied biology at Syracuse University in New York and did research in neuroscience. I am very excited to be in Madrid this year and to be spending my first year teaching at Valdebernardo. At school, I will be spending much of my time in biology and technology classrooms. In my free time, I like to play soccer, travel and read. I look forward to helping students improve their English this year!!!

Alyssa Tenney