Halloween Awards

Congrats to all the participants and winners from the Halloween cake decorating and pumpking carving contests! All the participants recieved a free sandwich from the cafeteria and the winners recieved something extra as well! Thank you all for your hard work and participation!




Halloween 2018

Last week it was Halloween and La Senda celebrated the only way we know how, with pumpkins, cakes, and a haunted house! There was a cake decorating and a jack-o-lantern contest. The 1°ESO classes also dressed up in their scariest costumes and took part in the haunted house! 6th graders from CEIP Manuel Nuñez, CEIP Tierno Galván, and CEIP Rosalía de Castro came and were terrified in the haunted house and learned a lot in the PowerPoint presentation! Great work and thanks to everyone who participated! Check out the winners below!

Cake Winners

Best Presentation: (cake #3)Sandra Anguas, Carolina Blanco, Luna Moreno and Adriana Almendros (1°D)

Monstrous Couple: (cake #4) Celia Braujas and Andrea de Diego (2°D) and (cake #5) Sara Hernando (2°C) Laura Ribagorda (2°A) and Sandra Amador (2°A)

Most Disgusting: (cake #1) Jorge Congosto (1°D)

Tastiest: (cake #9) Jesús Redondo (1°B) and (cake #12) Erika Nayeli (1°D)

Most Original: (cake #8) Luana Poliseli (1°A)

Creepiest: (cake #11) Pablo González (1°A)

Jack-O-Lantern Winners

1st – Verónica Rodriguez (1°C)

2nd – Laura Mateo (1°A)

3rd – Jorge Congosto (1°D)

Virginia Beach Exchange 2018

This year the exchange with Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach, VA was a little bit different from the previous years thanks to Hurricane Florence! Through it all and the threat of a natural disaster the students still had an amazing time even though all the extracurricular activities and the school ended up being cancelled. It was an amazing experience and the students have made visited a new country, explored NYC, lived with American families, survived a hurricane and have made connections for life!

Thank you Tallwood friends!


Madrid Debate Tournament 2018

This year 90 public and private schools participated in the Madrid Schools Debating Tournament, and we are proud to announce that both teams from La Senda placed in the top 8!!!  The students from 4°ESO were accompanied by their English teacher Mar Vázquez. Both teams were undefeated as they won all of their debates and classified for the final phase making it to the quarter finals. The debates took place this past Saturday at Universidad Pontificia. Both debate teams did an outstanding job, worked extremely hard to prepare for them and we here at La Senda are all proud of you!  Great job guys!
Team 1:  Leticia Ortiz, Javier Barrera, Héctor López and Carlota González

Team 2: Natalia Gutiérrez, Laura García, Álvaro de las Heras and Jesús Fernando Bravo



American Exchange Students at La Senda!

La Senda once again had the pleasure of hosting some American exchange students for over a week! The students are from Virginia Beach, USA and had a fantastic time exploring Spain and its culture. Our students will fulfill their part of the exchange in September when they travel across the Atlantic to visit their American counterparts and experience a day in American high school as well as many other activities!! The students toured the center of Madrid visiting all the main sites and a handful of art museums, they also went to Toledo and ventured to the hometown of Miguel de Cervantes, Alcalá de Henares! A special thanks to all the students, parents and families who make this exchange possible, and a special shout out to Ms. Sánchez for making it all possible!



Spelling Bee 2018

The 2ºESO have once again participated in the Annual La Senda Spelling Bee. This year’s event was hosted by Language Assistants Andy and Andrew. Congrats to all the participants, and all the students in 2ºESO for their hard work!

2018 Winners

  1. Elena Sánchez  (2ºE)
  2. Lucía Poza  (2ºC)
  3. Álvaro Peral  (2ºE)
  4. Lucía Fernández (2ºB) (Programa Champion!)

3ºESO Chemical Reactions Lab

The 3ºESO students have been studying chemical reactions in Chemistry class. They were given the opportunity to see some of the reactions in practice in the lab! They also experimented with acids and bases. Take a look at the photos and videos!

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

The 4°ESO students have been studying modern European history all year and took a trip to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum to look at some art from the 20th Century. Some of the styles they have been studying in class include, Dada, Surrealism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism, as well as a few others.



Dublin 2018

La Senda keeps its yearly tradition and has once again taken the 3ºESO students to Dublin for a week long journey in English. The trip was a success and everyone had a blast!


2nd Cánovas School Debate Tournament

Some of our 4ºESO students were selected to take part in the 2nd Cánovas School Debate Tournament held in  Mollina, Málaga on the 6th & 7th of April. They all, (Leticia Ortiz, Laura García de Heras, Héctor López and Jesús Bravo) did an outstanding job. Even, Leticia Ortiz, in charge of the introduction, was mentioned as one of the best in this position! And a special thanks to English Teacher Mar Vazquez for chaperoning the trip!


VII Science Fair

La Senda is happy to announce that we are in the middle of the annual science fair! The students have worked really hard all year and have produced some impressive projects and posters! There are also very interesting presentations and chats happening all week as well as other science related activities. Below you can find  link to the schedule.

Parents and family members are welcome to visit the Science Fair on Thursday 12th of April, 2018 from 15.30 – 17.00.

Check back soon for photos of the projects and activities!




St. Patrick´s Day

Yesterday the 2ºESO students celebrated St. Patrick´s Day following  La Senda tradition! Students participated in Simon Says, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, learned the history behind the holiday, and had to eat rosquillas without using their hands! It was a great time!


Environmental Awareness Project

In this assignment the students of 1° bachillerato were asked to create a video, not only to display their creative and artistic talents but to also get them to start thinking about the problems affecting the environment. This assignment also showed them how important the skill of marketing is as they needed to gather ‘likes’ for their videos which, after a certain amount, would serve to boost their grades.

Please take a look at the final projects!

Global Warming Commercial 

Comercial Definitivo


Save Giraffes

Global Warming

Global Classrooms

The 3ºESO students competed in the Global Classrooms competition last month! We are so proud of each and everyone one of the students who participated! Thank you so much for all of your hard work!



Back in December the students from 1ºESO went on a trip to Arqueopinto to learn about how people lived during prehistoric times! Each class created their own cave painting using the same techniques as the prehistoric humans! They also had the opportunity to create their own masterpiece!


Christmas Concert

Back in December, all the 1ºESO classes performed a song and/or sketch in the annual La Senda Christmas Concert. All the groups were amazing as well as the  students who performed individually! Congrats to all the performers, and all the English teachers for their hard work and organization of the event!

Luperca Art Project

After learning about the mythical foundings of Rome in History class,  1ºESO students have made some very creative recreations of the famous statue of Romulus and Remus with the she-wolf. They were allowed to use anything they wanted to recreate this iconic statue. There was clay, water bottles, paper, paint and many other things involved in the creation of these works of art!




Medieval Shields

The 2ºESO students have made some beautiful medieval shields in history class! We have some very creative students here at La Senda!!



Halloween at La Senda!

Back in October the 1ºESO students put on a Haunted House which included vampires, mummies, psychopaths, werewolves, some mad scientists and many other creepy characters! We invited teh 6th graders from CEIP Núñez de Arenas, CEIP Tierno Galván, and CEIP Rosalía de Castro to come get scared!

Our students also participated in a pumpkin carving contest, as well as a cake decorating contest! All of the entries were quite impressive!



Practice Makes Perfect!

Last week La Senda had some visitors from IES Isaac Albéniz (Leganes). The 3°ESO students have been working hard all year to prepare for Global Classrooms. The students met in the Salón de Actos to have a mock Global Classroom debate. The students were all fantastic! Best of luck today at the real conference! More photos and information on the Official Global Classrooms event coming soon!




We’re Back!!

This year has been very busy and full of interesting activities and unfortunately the blog was not updated during the first term. Don´t worry though because we will be updating the blog periodically with photos from the first term and with the activities currently happening at school now! First and foremost it is important to introduce the Language Assistants for this year. There are some familiar faces and some new ones as well! I’ll let them introduce themselves:


Hello everyone! I am so excited to be back at La Senda! Most of you already know me, but I am Ellen. I was here for two years working with students. Last year I decided to do my masters in International Education at the University of Alcala. I am originally from Seattle, Washington in the USA. at university I did a double major in History and Spanish. In my free time I love to travel, eat, play/watch sports, and explore the world around me. I am so happy to be back at La Senda working with the amazing staff and the best students!


My name is Matthew and I am originally from the United States, from the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. When I was younger in university, I studied a combination of writing, film, theatre and other fine arts. For the last thirteen years I have lived abroad in many countries throughout the South American, European, Asian and African continents. Three years ago I moved to Spain and started to work at a primary school within the public school system of Madrid. I then went on to obtain my masters degree in international education at the University of Alcala de Henares. Last year I started working at IES La Senda, and have renewed my contract to continue teaching here for this academic year. I am excited to be back and wish everyone a fun and productive year!


Hi! My name is Andy and I am from Atlanta, Georgia. I studied economics and statistics at the University of Georgia. I enjoy reading, basketball, soccer, and traveling. I am very excited to be here in Spain.


Hola todos! My name is Andrew and I´m working here helping students to prepare for the upcoming Public Speaking and Debate Tournament. I also work with students preparing for the Cambridge exams. I am from Orlando, Florida. I studied Psychology and Professional Communication. Looking forward to a great year!


My name is Lauren and I´m from Atlanta, Georgia. I am so excited to be here working with Global Classrooms. I went to university in Chicago, where I studied Film and Television. I am so excited to be here!

Letters from WWI

In Sara Gonzalez’ 4th, C and D of ESO history classes, the students traveled back in time through their imagination and knowledge of history to create personal stories about serving as soldiers in World War I, writing letters to their family members in the trenches. The students enhanced their letters with coffee grounds making them look dated and authentic. Fantastic work!


Regional Debate Tournament

This last weekend, May 25th – 27th, our exceptionally talented Public Speaking students competed in the Madrid Regional Debate Tournament.  We sent 4 students: Lucía García Molina (4ºD), Mario González Monge (4ºD), Lydia Mohedano Caballero (4ºD), and Alicia Rosales Lozano (4ºD). The team had been practicing for that very moment for hours on end, hoping that they would make their mark at the tournament. They competed against 13 other teams on Friday, May 26th and came up in 6th place, just two places shy of qualifying for the semi-finals on Saturday. Though they were disappointed, their coaches/teachers, Mar Vazquez and James Jagger, couldn’t have been more proud. Each team had to compete against four other groups throughout the day. It was a long and grueling process, which definitely wore on each of the participants. Our students gave it their all in each and every debate and ended up winning 2 out of 4! They barely missed qualifying by 0.75 points! The debate topic discussed whether “corporations should be penalized for excessive use of planned obsolescence”. The complexities of the topic were mastered by all students who participated, and ours showed just as much strength in their understanding. Plus, did we mention that they were debating entirely in ENGLISH!? It was a great weekend, especially for a group of students who had never debated before; they truly showed their willingness to compete with excellence. Having just been introduced to the concept of debates during their Public Speaking courses at IES La Senda, the students definitely showed a clear overall understanding, as well as a clear debate future should they desire to continue with their efforts.


Spelling Bee 2017

On Monday, May 8th, several hardworking contestants from 2nd of ESO stepped up to the mic and competed in the annual spelling bee! Spellers had to say the word, spell it, say it again and then successfully give the translation of that word in English to Spanish. Congratulations to our winners and to all of our participants!

Science Fair 2017

“The important thing is to never stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

During the end of April and beginning of May, students from 1, 2, 4 of ESO and 1, 2 of Bachillerato, showcased their incredible findings from their year-long research and experiments. During these weeks there were also lectures from working scientists today who inspired our students to keep questioning and creating new knowledge about our world. The science fair included an art showcase of fictional planets created by history students from 1of ESO as well as posters honoring women in science. Great work everyone!

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Congrats to the winners and participants!

Twin Valley High School Exchange

Between April 6th and 24th, 9 high school students from Twin Valley High School of Vermont, USA immersed themselves in Spanish culture at La Senda and took many enjoyable and enriching trips with 9 of our 1st of Bachillerato students. They went to El Escorial and it’s monastery, the Radio Television Española, the Silla de Felipe Segundo, Segovia, Pedraza, and of course they toured around Getafe. They ended their trip dancing the night away at the final dinner party.

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Virginia Tallwood High Exchange

During the second week of April, 11 students from 1st of Bachillerato and 11 students from Virginia Tallwood High School and their teacher Gisele Falls, exchanged cultures and went on trips to Toledo, Alcala De Henares, the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum, Retiro Park, and Segovia. They also attended a flamenco show and took a Bernabeu Stadium. They had a wonderful opportunity to interact with students from ACE and Primary school, Nuñez de Arenas. With ACE they made necklaces and got their hair done and with Nuñez de Arenas they played games and taught English songs . What a fabulous exchange!

Trip to Dublin

“What’s the craic? What’s the story?”

From Saturday March 25th to Saturday April 1st  eighty three La Senda students from third of ESO A, B, C, D, and E, attended a week long english immersion program in Dublin! Among the many fun filled activities, they participated in Irish dancing, Dublin walking tours, visiting national parks, castles, harbors, and museums. The students navigated the Dublin bus system and attended english classes in the heart of Dublin, while staying with local welcoming Irish families. It was an unforgettable trip!

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Saint Patrick´s Day Activities

On Thursday March 16th, IES La Senda celebrated Saint Patricks Day with 2 of ESO. We found gold coins through a rousing scavenger hunt, learned to do the Irish River dance, played pin the tail on the donkey and simon says, sang songs, and recieved a presentation on the history of the greenest day of the year! What a fun day!

Women´s Day 2017

On Wednesday March 8th, La Senda celebrated women´s day with many intriguing activities. The halls were adorned with wonderful works of art from female artists and feminist propaganda. There was a debate with a select group of students from 4th of ESO that discussed the progression of Spain´s protection and prevention of women facing domestic abuse. There were monologues and skits performed to honor feminism and women´s struggles. Lastly the entire school raced through the neighbourhood to stand up for and celebrate women and women´s equality.

Pop Art

The students of 1 ESO created beautiful pieces of pop art in their art class. The art was inspired by Roy Fox Lichtenstein, a United States artist during the 1960s.

January Global Classrooms

20 de de enero de, 2017

Diez estudiantes del IES La Senda tuvieron la oportunidad de debatir en la Conferencia Global de Aulas de la Comunidad de Madrid para 2016-2017. Estos diez alumnos de 3 ESO utilizaron sus conocimientos de inglés a un problema a resolver problemas globales de la delincuencia juvenil y la violencia como un efecto de las condiciones socio-económicos en el formato de un comité de las Naciones Unidas a lo largo de cientos secundarios de sus pares de otras escuelas de la ciudad. Los estudiantes muestran cada una tremenda habilidad en el idioma Inglés, así como habilidades de pensamiento crítico, trabajo en equipo, y la compasión en general. Felicitaciones a nuestros alumnos por su trabajo duro!

– Laura, Global aulas Facilitador, Auxiliar, Fulbright Fellow

Happy Holidays from IES La Senda

IES La Senda held its annual CHRISTMAS CONCERT FOR PARENTS with the 1ST ESO STUDENTS A,B,C,D,E. They sang our favorite Christmas songs in English and French, performed poetry and skits, and had a piano recital on the 21st of December in the Bachillerato auditorium.