At Morna International College we aim to deliver a holistic education enabling students to develop into well-rounded young adults prepared to make a difference to the world. Academic rigour is married with creativity and social responsibility, equipping students with all the necessary tools to become accomplished and unique individuals.
Our aims are for students to:
● achieve academic excellence across a wide variety of subject areas
● discover specific personal talents and nurture them to the fullest extent
● develop community spirit, caring for one another as a family
● acquire fluency in English.
The Secondary School is split into various departments comprising of subject specific teachers and facilities coordinated by a Head of Secondary School supported by pastoral tutors. Students therefore benefit from specialised professional teaching while being mentored across all subject areas.
A secondary school is a complex arrangement with many people engaging in many activities toward their IGCSE and A Level qualifications. In most subjects students are taught in sets according to ability and follow a curriculum that is tailored to meet their needs.
This section sets out the usual progression through the curriculum. In individual cases the school supports qualifications being taken early (or late) in line with ability.
KS3: In years 7, 8 and 9 students broadly follow the British National Curriculum. The National Curriculum allows students’ progress to be measured in levels, which will be reflected on their reports.
During Year 10 & 11, all pupils will follow the same core programme of subject areas to gain 5 or 6 IGCSE qualifications:
• English Language
• Coordinated Sciences (counts as 2 IGCSE qualifications)
Biology, Chemistry, Physics (counts as 3 IGCSE qualifications)
In addition to the core programme, pupils are able to select a further 3 or 4 subject areas of their choice. The 2015/16 option blocks are as follows:
• English Literature, Music or Business Studies
• Physical Education, German or Art
• ICT or History
• Leisure and Tourism or Photography
A Levels and Options: See “Sixth Form”
The English department aims to help students grow as individuals and as members of society through the development of their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Years 7, 8 and 9: Students will develop a variety of skills through their study of prose, poetry and drama: language and literature are inextricably linked. Many skills are cumulative and each year students re-visit and build on what they have learnt but new skills are also acquired.
Years 10 and 11: All students follow an IGCSE English language course: English as a First language or English as a Second Language. First Language courses test skills in reading and writing; Second language courses in reading, writing, speaking and listening. IGCSE literature is offered as an option testing the understanding of prose, poetry and drama.
Years 12 and 13: One or two AS/A2 courses are offered each year depending on demand: English language and/or English literature.
Mathematics is not just about memorising techniques and formulae; it teaches thinking skills that will last a lifetime. We equip our students with a range of skills from basic everyday numeracy to challenging mathematical problems. Years 7-9 serve to lay the foundations in preparation for IGCSE and focus on learning the basic skills. Years 10-11 are focused on attaining the Edexcel IGCSE and preparing the more able pupils for higher-level maths. All pupils take their IGCSE in Y10 with the opportunity in Y11 to improve their grade or study an additional IGCSE in Further Mathematics.
Mathematics is one of the most useful A-Levels, being either necessary or preferred for many degree courses in a variety of subject areas. The skills learnt will be useful for those wishing to study Sciences, Medicine, Architecture, Economics and essential for those considering courses in Mathematics, Statistics or Engineering. In the sixth form we offer Edexcel A level maths covering pure mathematics, statistics and mechanics. Exceptional students may also study Further Mathematics.
Science is a core subject that teaches the students the building blocks of our universe; what is life? What is matter? How do living and inanimate objects function and interact? In meeting the needs of inquisitive minds we seek to be as hands on as possible in our dedicated science laboratory.
Years 7-9 are taught general science which lays the foundations in preparation for IGCSE and are focused on learning the basic skills and the links between the three sciences.
Years 10-11 are focused on attaining either the coordinated IGCSE which counts as two IGCSEs or IGCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics which counts as three IGCSEs.
In the sixth form we offer Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels, subject to sufficient demand.
Spanish is a compulsory subject from Year 7 onwards and students are split two groups; a ‘native speaking’ group, and a ‘foreign language’ group.
The ‘native’ group follows the Spanish curriculum until Year 11, which incorporates lengua castellana, literatura castellana and sociales. The ‘non-native’ group follows the British curriculum and is taught Spanish as a foreign language. Students initially work towards the Spanish IGCSE.
Where the level of the group permits, students can be prepared and entered for public examinations one year early. Therefore, Spanish IGCSE can be taken at the end of Year 10. In future in Year 11, students may embark on the A Level course culminating in the AS (Advanced Subsidiary) examination at the end of that academic year and the Spanish A Level in Year 12 with the A2 course. During Year 11, these students will start preparation for the A level course.
Together with Castellano (Spanish), Catalán is the official language of the Balearic Islands. At Morna International College, Catalán is delivered to pupils from Year 2 to Year 11. It is a compulsory subject for Spanish nationals and is optional for other nationalities. Those not studying Catalán, will study Drama or extra Mathematics or English depending on their year.
Our pupils are taught the fundamental aspects of the Catalán language – spelling, grammar and reading, in order that they reach a good level of expression and comprehension, both orally and in writing. They also familiarize themselves with the diverse heritage of the islands such as the natural environment, customs and gastronomy.
During the school year, the Catalán department may organise enjoyable excursions to places of interest within the islands. These excursions take place with the aim of immersing the pupils in the history of Catalán, the culture and indeed the environment.
German is the most widely spoken first language in the European Union; there are 98 million German speakers all over the world. In Morna International College it is a compulsory subject in years 7, 8 and 9.
German is taught as a foreign language including speaking, reading, listening and writing skills. Native speakers are provided with special work according to their level.
Students can choose German as an IGCSE subject and take the IGCSE examination in year 10 or 11 depending on their level of proficiency. Those that complete the IGCSE course early will start working on the contents of the A level course in order to take this examination in year 12. They may be entered for AS German language at the end of year 11.
Students who choose German AS and A2 are encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of the language, the society and culture of the countries where the language is spoken.
Years 7 – 9 students follow the British National Curriculum. Years 10 – 11, History is optional and students follow an IGCSE course devoted to 20th Century World History.
6th formers may study A level History where there is sufficient demand.
Further study is not limited to the subject alone, which develops the skills students would need for other areas such as Law, Journalism and Politics.
Leisure and Tourism (Geography)
Years 7 – 9 students follow the British National Curriculum. In Years 10 – 11, Students can choose to follow an IGCSE course in Leisure and Tourism. This course focuses on the key Geography related to leisure and tourism and as such is the most relevant for Ibiza.
6th formers may study A level Geography where there is sufficient demand. The course aims to engage students in the process and concepts of geography and enable them to use geographical skills, appropriate technologies, enquiry and analysis.
The school has embraced the developments made available by technology and is keen to ensure that all students, at all levels throughout the school, benefit from technology in education and are enabled to make the best use of this technology to further their own development and assist their academic progress.
The school has invested in a well-equipped ICT suite, as well as a portable bank of laptop computers and iPads which can be transported direct to the classroom as required. All classrooms have digital projector facilities which teachers use to support the learning activities of the students.
In 2015-16 Years 7 – 9 students follow the new British National Curriculum which will include computing and programming.
Years 10 – 11, ICT is optional and students follow an Edexcel IGCSE course.
6th formers may study A level Applied ICT where there is sufficient demand.
Business Studies is an optional subject for year 10 – 11 students leading to an IGCSE. It is also offered at A level.
This qualification is accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability. The Business Studies syllabus enables students to understand and appreciate the nature and scope of business and the role business plays in society and the national economy.
The syllabus studied covers economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues, and encourages a critical understanding of organizations, the markets they serve and the process of adding value. Candidates examine the management of organizations and, in particular, the process of decision-making in the context of a dynamic external environment.
In the Art Department at Morna our teaching takes a multifaceted approach, which allows children to express themselves across a range of media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and new media.
We encourage children to increasingly develop and establish their individual visual language, which the children take pride in showcasing at school events such as the annual Art show. Other events such as Art trips and the constant reference to the wider Art context allow the children to develop a curiosity for and understanding of the Art world today as well as Art History. Schemes of work are based on the English National Curriculum and act as a framework, wherein children are able to develop confidence in their abilities and equally gives the freedom for an open-ended exploration of ideas and media.
This is supported by the Edexcel Curriculum we teach at Examination level across Key Stage 4 and the Sixth form with children being able to opt for either Art and Design, Fine Art or Photography and Light-based Media.
Finally, we see Art as an integral part of children’s holistic education, which contributes to allowing children to develop an awareness of both a shared and individual space of experience and imagination as well as a greater awareness of the outside world.
Photography at Morna is taught at GCSE and A level A suite of computers equipped with Photoshop and Premiere enable students to use digital photography and moving image to creatively express concepts.
Visits to Galleries in Ibiza and residential art and photography trips further afield, such as Barcelona and New York provide important experience of modern and traditional photography first hand.. By the end of the A level course students will have completed a varied and striking portfolio, essential for studying Photography at degree level world-wide.
Physical Education lessons at Morna International College provide an active experience during which students can develop their physical skills in a variety of sports, social skills interacting with teammates and personal skills overcoming challenging situations. We strive for the highest standards possible, within the capabilities of each student, in terms of achievement, conduct and effort.
The curriculum in the Secondary School incorporates a wide range of team sports such as football, hockey, volleyball and tag rugby as well as individual sports such as tennis and athletics. Each year students benefit from a swimming and personal survival unit of work at the local indoor pool as well as outdoor & adventurous activities in our forest activity trail on-site.
In Year 10 students may embark on a GCSE Physical Education qualification which incorporates a mixture of practical and theory work completed in the classroom. In the 6th form we offer a Sports Leadership course where there is sufficient demand.
From Year 7 onwards, students build upon the music skills acquired during primary music classes and develop these further through the three main disciplines of performing, composing and appraising music.
In Year 10, students who choose to study GCSE Music are required to compose 2 final compositions and perform solo and as part of an ensemble. Over the duration of the course they study 12 ‘set works’ and sit a listening exam in Year 11.
Students who choose to study A level Music Technology in years 12 & 13 will have an opportunity to build understanding of the technical processes and principles that underpin the effective use of music technology in the music industry. The course allows for progression to higher education opportunities in the subject, which could lead to careers such as sound engineer, record producer and teacher amongst others.
Personal, Health and Social Education
Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) is a compulsory programme of study that aims to help students to grow and develop, both as individuals and as members of the wider community. It intends to equip them with knowledge that will help them to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled and responsible lives. Through class discussions and activities students will be able to reflect upon and clarify their own values and attitudes whilst exploring some of the complex issues that affect the world in which we live.
Drama is studied in years 7 – 9 except by students who study Catalán. Students can also choose to participate in the annual Christmas musical.
Drama enables pupils to explore, develop and express ideas and concepts which will help them make sense of reality. Drama is a life skill and a creative art form. It helps pupils develop their ability to use voice, movement, gesture and facial expression, in acting, mime and improvisation The development of these skills encourages self-confidence and self-awareness.
Study Skills aims to introduce and teach the key study skills essential for effective academic performance and achievement. All students can benefit from these specific strategies for organising, remembering, prioritising and undertaking assessments. These processes are the underpinnings of strategic learning and are essential for accurate and efficient study.
This programme is intended as a fun and stimulating means of developing the kinds of study skills necessary to achieve success in today’s ever stressful and ‘test bound’ curriculum. The teaching will be anchored in the topics that students are currently learning.
The course will include strategies for self-monitoring, self-reflection, becoming more responsible for their own learning and the critical analysis of the format of tests and examination papers. A key feature of the activities is the highly visual and practical approach adopted and the emphasis upon developing a personal style within the framework of empathic peer and adult support.
Personal Studies provokes challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the principal religions, other religious traditions, and other world views that offer answers to these challenging questions. It offers opportunities for personal reflection and development. It enhances awareness and understanding of religions and beliefs, teachings, practices and forms of expression, and of the influence of religion on individuals, families, communities and cultures.
This is a particularly important part of the curriculum at Morna as we have so many different backgrounds and faiths represented that mean that the students need to appreciate the diversity within the world in which they live.