Science Fair Winners 2019

We are happy to announce all the winners of the science fair! Have a look at the certificate and the names and all the winners below (in no particular order)!


1°AB: Daniela Mañas, Ángela Mañas, Erika Solorzano, Diego del Castillo, Aratxa Manzano

1°A y B: Luna Fernández, Diego Molinero, Álvaro González, Jorge Ruiz, Gonzalo Velasco, Jairo Jeremys Arce, Eduar Óscar Alfred, Mateo Morales, Carlos Sánchez, Alejandro Azcutia

1°C: Jimena Fernández, Mario Rodríguez, Daniel Cuadrado, Sofia Gallego, Itxel Samper, Gema López

1°D: Carolina Blanco, Ariadna Almendros, Luna Moreno, Joaquin Sanjuán, Jorge Congosto, Mario Luque

2°AB: Pablo Gonzálzez, Alejandro Carretero, Julia Luque, Emma Madruga, Sofía Robles, Sofía Jiménez

2°A: Alexander Mejía, Marcos González, Carlota Herzog, Sergio Sánchez

2°B: Carolina Zaragoza, David López, Gema Braojos, Andrea de Diego, María Abad, María Casas

2°C: Rubén Ruiz, Paula Ortega, Jesús Miguel, Laura Benito, Alba Fernández, Vera Pérez

2°D: Laura Font, Marina Rodríguez, Diego Gómez, Erick Vieto, Pablo Barcenilla, Mario Carrera

1°Bachillerato: Clara Almarza

Ireland 2019

As per tradition the 3°ESO students have once again traveled to Dublin, Ireland for a week long trip. This year there were 93 students who traveled north to explore the Irish capital. Activities included Irish dancing, Glendalough, a trip to the Howth peninsula, a walking tour of the city center, Dublnia and Christchurch, and a trip to Dalky castle. Thanks to all the accompanying teachers who made made the trip with the students! It was another successful and memorable trip for everyone involved!


IE Debate Tournament

Students from 1°Bachillerato have participated in an intense, all-weekend debate and public speaking tournament hosted by IE University. The tournament took place at the IE University campus in both Madrid and Segovia. All of them have worked very hard and were very impressive! We are proud of all of you and your hard work and dedication!



Woman’s Day 2019

IES La Senda is proud to have celebrated Woman’s Day once again! The students participated by doing projects on women throughout history or who have been important/influential in their lives. The entire school, students and staff, also participated in the walk around the neighborhood in support of women everywhere!



A Study in Symmetry

The 1°ESO students have been looking at symmetry in their art classes. They have shown what they know about the subject while showing off their artistic skills! Have a look at some of the final projects!


Once again La Senda is celebrating the annual Science Fair!!!

The students in 1ºESO have done experiements based in Biology and 2ºESO based in Physics and Chemisty. All the studens have been participating in scientific presentations given by guest speakers. The students have also been working hard in their Technology and Physics and Chemistry classes preparting projects to show off during the Science Fair. Take a look at the Science Fair Program and at all the photos from the week!





Last month the 3ºESO sudents took part in the annual Global Classrooms competition (model UN). All of teh students have been working hard all year preparing the topics and positions based on the countries they were assigned. Thank you to all the students for all their hard work as well as the teachers and Abby the language assistant that was helping the students with the tournament this year. La Senda is very proud of all the participants!!


Sustainable Cities

The 3°ESO students have worked very hard to produce these incredible sustainable cities in their Social Studies classes! Take a look at the green cities and see if you can identify the environmentally friendly things they have added to make their city, and the world a healthier and cleaner place to live!

1°ESO Christmas Concert

Last month the students from 1°ESO participated in the annual La Senda Christmas concert! Special thanks to all the students, teachers, and language assistants for all their hard work to put it together!

Below is a link to the concert program!

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Separations Lab

The 3ºESO chemistry students have been working hard putting their knowledge to the test in the laboratory! In this practice the students had to separate a mixture of iron filings, sand, and Copper (II) Sulfate (CuSO4) using the separation methods they learned in class.

Take a look at the photos to see what was done in the lab!!!

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 q