Language Assistants on the Global Pandemic

The third term of the school year has been strange to say the least. Here the Language Assistants talk a little about their experiences and what has been going on in their own countries. We’re all wishing that you have a fantastic summer! Laura will see you all in the autumn, but unfortunately Ellen and Rhianne won’t be with us again next year. In their videos they also say goodbye to everyone and we hope our paths will cross in the future!





The last day before school was cancelled the 4°ESO students competed in a in-school tournament to see who would be moving on to the Comunidad de Madrid Debate Tournament. Thank you to all the students for all their hard work, English teachers Mar and Irene, and Ellen the Language Assistant for their continued support! We are still hopeful that the real tournament will be taking place, even if it has to be virtual.


4°C – Bruno, Pablo, Luis, and Ana

4°D – Javier, Sara, Álvaro L., and Álvaro P.

4°E – Elena, Sofia, Delia, and Lucía








The 1°bachillerato students in the Advanced English class has helped contribute to Eco Senda, a program aimed at making the school greener and more environmentally conscious. They all made a PSA about different issues surrounding water in the 21st century and made posters to promote said videos. Please check out the links to the all the videos and some of the posters below!


Save a Tin, Save a Life

A Drop Can Make a Difference

Water as a Human Right

General Ways to Save Water

What is the True Cost of Eating Meat?

Water Scarcity/Meat Industry

Water in the Textile Industry

Water Pollution, a Huge Problem for Us

World Toilet Day

Textile Industry


Ways to Save Water

Water Shortage


POSTERS (click to enlarge)




Congratulations to all the students and teachers who worked so hard on Global Classrooms this year. And a special thanks to Adrianna, the language assistant, for helping and preparing the students as well. We’re proud of you guys!


Ancient History

The 1ºESO students have recreated the famous ´She-Wolf´ sculpture from ancient Roman foundation myth. Some students have taken the traditional route, while others have modernized the story and added their own twists! Enjoy!

Global Classrooms Dress Rehearsal

The  3ºESO students participating in Global Classrooms this year invited students from IES Laguna de Joatzel and IES León Felipe to La Senda to participate in a dress rehearsal to practice for the big day and make some new friends!

Thank you to all the students, teachers, and schools involved for making this happen!

Good luck to all the students participating in the Global Classrooms Conference today hosted by the Comunidad de Madrid!


Global Classrooms General Conference

On the 5th of December all the 3°ESO students went to the Conservatorio in Getafe to celebrate the 1st La Senda Global Classrooms General Conference. This is the first time an event like this has taken place at school and all the students and delegations did a fantastic job! A special thanks to the 4°ESO students to lent a hand and gave tips to the current students. And to all the students, teachers, and language assistants involved in this project thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication!!!

Christmas 2019

The annual 1°ESO Christmas pageant was once again a success!!! All the students were amazing and sounded great! Special thanks to all the teachers who helped prepare the students for their performances! And for all the students who made a big effort and worked hard practicing the songs and learning their lines! Click on the link below to see this year’s poster!

Christmas Concert 2019


The 3°ESO students went to Tres Cantos to learn how water is filtered, treated and how it arrives at our homes. It was a very interesting and worthwhile field trip. Thank you the the Physics and Chemistry department for organizing it!!


In September students from 1°bachillerato went to the USA to complete the second half of the the American exchange La Senda has been participating in for the past few years. This year we were lucky and had two schools in America willing to do an exchange with us! Here are a few photos from the 10 day adventure we had in NYC!! After exploring the famous city we split-up and one group went north to Vermont and the other south to Virginia Beach.

Thank you to all the American host families and schools/teachers/students who continue to make this exchange possible, and of course to all the parents and teachers at La Senda who keep supporting this program year after year!






Once again La Senda celebrated Halloween following tradition! There were cakes, jack-o-lanterns, and a haunted house! Thanks to all the students who participated this year! Check out all the cool costumes, cakes, and pumpkins and participants below!




Laura Guisado 1°B, Lara Martin 1°C, Ainara Arvesu Barajas 1°E, Luana Poliseli 2°A, Jesús Redondo 2°B


Sara Solena (1°A), Lorena Álvarez, Zaina Guisado (1°B),  Blanca Garcia, Maria Montero, Gabriella Garcia, Patricia Fernanz, Ariadne Ruiz, Cristina de Miguel, Daniel Cogolledo, Adrián Navarro (1°C) , Martina Rodriguez (1°D), Luana Poliseli (2°A), Samuel Decampo, Daniel, Jesús Redondo (2°B),  Sandra Anguas, Erika Pullas (2°D), Nacho Urbina, Jorge Congosto, Haydee (2°E)


Hello Everyone!!!

La Senda assistants are back! We have two returning language assistants (Ellen & Adrianna) and three new ones (Austin, Hannah, & Rhianne)! Check out their bios and photos to put a face with a name and to familiarize yourself with the native speakers at La Senda this year representing the USA, Canada and the UK!


Hola! My name is Adrianna and I am from the state of Wisconsin, in the USA. This is my second year as an auxiliar at IES La Senda. In my free time I like to travel, write, and go hiking. My favorite Spanish food is tortilla (con cebolla!)



I am originally from Wausau, WI. I graduated last year from American University with my MA in International Affairs. I have consulted with the US Dept. of State and spent the last three years as a research fellow studying public opinion and public policy with the University of Maryland.
As a trained anthropologist, the thing I enjoy most is immersing myself in new communities and spending time with new circles of people. My favorite past-times would be anything that is intellectually stimulating: trivia night, book clubs, all the nerdy things. I also enjoy snowboarding and finding new jogging routes around my current neighborhood.
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What’s up!?

My name is Ellen and I have been living in Spain for the past 6 years and this will be my 5th and final year at La Senda. I am originally from Seattle and studied Spanish philology and History at university. I also have a master’s degree in International Education from the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. In my free time I like to sleep, travel, learn new languages, cook, go to concerts, and I also love sports! My favorites are american football, basketball, and soccer (fútbol). I support all the teams from Seattle and of course Getafe FC (vamos Geta💙!!!).



Hello! My name is Hannah and I am from Alberta, Canada. In my free time I like to practice yoga, hangout with my dog (a Spanish Podenco I adopted from Andalucia), read, and volunteer in the community! I have worked at schools in Turkey and Australia, but this is my first time working at a secondary school. Hope to see you all around the campus at La Senda!



Hello! I’m Rhianne and I’m from Sheffield, England. I am also half Irish! I have lived in Mallorca for 12 months and Córdoba for 6 months. I am so excited to be back in Spain! I love to travel and my favourite food is Heinz baked beans. 😋


Last Week of School!

This year has been a lot of fun! For the last week of school the English department has organized cultural activities and games for the 1° and 2° ESO students who have passed! There was a scavenger hunt, dancing, trivia, and we even made pancakes in some of the classes! Thanks to all the teachers and Language Assistants who made these activities a possibility!
Have a great summer and we’ll see you in September!

Madrid Debate Tournament 2019

This year La Senda presented two debate teams from the 4°ESO classes and they both made it to the round of 16!!! Everyone at school is very impressed and proud of the students performance and hard work they put into preparing for the tournament! Special thanks to English Teacher Mar and the Language Assistant Ellen for helping the students through the difficult and challenging Debate preparation and tournament! And also to the parents who came and supported their sons and daughters throughout the tournament!


Team 1: Roberto, Leonor, Mario, & Paula

Team 2: Alba, Jorge, Lucía, & Adrián

The Renaissance

The students in 3°D have worked really hard on their Renaissance presentations. They invited students from 1°ESO to come in and watch their presentations. The students from 1°ESO had to answer questions and interact with the older students. It was enjoyable for everyone and the students had a great time interacting with each other! In some cases there were also sweets for correct answers or typical food from the time period!

USA Exchange

This year we are lucky to participate in 2 exchanges with the USA. One school is from Virginia Beach and the other one comes from Vermont. La Senda students and staff hosted the visiting students and teachers and showed them around the Spanish capital and surrounding areas.





Spelling Bee 2019

As with tradition, La Senda has once again held a spelling bee for 2ºESO. This type of competition is very common in the USA. The students must successfully spell words in English. The winners of this year´s bee are Hugo Coto (2ºC) and Carolina Zaragoza (2ºA)

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!