New building to be used for Year 7 to 13 students
Dozens of parents, students, school staff and guests were present on Friday for the inauguration of a new state-of-the-art secondary school building at Nobel Algarve British International School’s Almancil campus.
There were smiles all around as school principal John Calvert cut the ribbon symbolising the new building’s official unveiling to thunderous applause.
“I want to thank you all for coming here on a Friday night. It’s hard to believe that this school wasn’t even here three years ago,” the principal told the crowd, highlighting the continuous growth of the school which opened in 2020 and has now responded to the increasing demand for secondary school facilities.
The new building will be used for classes for students ranging from Year 7 to 13. Apart from its regular classrooms, it also features everything from science labs and a new library to a music room (fully-equipped with instruments), a study room, an art room, a computer room and more.
Nobel Almancil’s international Secondary School programme “encourages initiative and supports individualised academic growth to help students build character, confidence, and cross-cultural sensitivity.”
The school follows the English National Curriculum culminating in GCSEs in Year 11 and then the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) in Years 12 and 13, “combining the best of British pedagogy with rigorous curricula that provides international perspectives and values.”
The event on Friday also served to present a new graffiti mural created by artist Vasco Costa with the help of the school’s students, while a new canteen was also unveiled near the new building.
Nobel Algarve is a British International School spanning two campuses in Lagoa and Almancil. It is a member of Globeducate’s British International Schools cluster, which it says “creates opportunities for students and teachers to collaborate with other schools on exciting projects such as LEGO® Education, debates, and art competitions.”
“Our global outlook and diverse community (with 40+ nationalities) help students to see the world around them from a different perspective, to form their own opinions, and to express themselves thoughtfully, respectfully, and intelligently,” it adds.