Around 100 people, including parents and pupils, attended an Open Day event to unveil Nobel International School Algarve’s new campus in Almancil, currently under construction and due to be completed in September in time for the next school year.
It was an impressive turnout that proved there is significant interest in the new school, which is being built on an extensive plot of land opposite the Go-Karting track in Almancil, near Vale de Lobo and Quinta do Lago.
Speaking to the crowd, Nobel Algarve Head of School Mike Farrer revealed that construction is moving along nicely and that the private school group has already hired nearly all of the future school’s staff.
Other speakers included Nobel Algarve’s Head Boy, Head Girl and Deputy Head Boy who spoke of their positive experiences as Nobel students, as well as the school’s Eco-Warriors who informed the crowd of their plans to make a difference in the fight against climate change.
There were also speeches by Nobel Head of Primary School Claire Jones who explained the goals that the Almancil Campus hopes to achieve, as well as Miriam Naidu, the current Chairperson of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA).
The Almancil school is open for children aged three to 11. It will follow the Cambridge Assessment International Curriculum, which will be taught by highly qualified primary school teachers from the UK or other English-speaking countries such as Canada and South Africa.
It will boast a wide range of facilities, including “a Pause Pod, sensory gardens, astroturf, multi-media centre, multi-purpose hall, library, preschool dedicated outdoor play space, dining room and ample parking”.
Mindfulness will be an integral part of the curriculum and the school will also boast a “Forest School with a fully qualified and accredited practitioner, Head of Adventure Matt Harris”.
Matt was also among the speakers at the Open Day event, explaining how the Forest School will teach students a wide range of useful abilities and skills.
There will also be several after-school activities available for all children.
While it is still too early to say whether the Almancil Campus will grow to welcome older students in the future, the school group says that it has “an extensive plot on which to expand in Phases 2 and 3 in the future, according to demand.”
You can obtain more information about the new school by contacting Nobel directly at [email protected]
By MICHAEL BRUXO