MILES Program

EISBarcelona initiates a pioneer project that improves academic results through daily sports practise and movement in the class

MILES program in schools from 6 different countries proves that doing sports daily and being able to move in class is highly beneficial for students


From the 12th to the 16th of November,  European International School of Barcelona (EISBarcelona) will host 32 students, teachers and psychologists from five different countries (Finland, Portugal, Turkey, Italy, and Germany) who are participating in the European project called Movement Improves Learning Experience in Schools (MILES).

MILES is a project initiated by EISBarcelona within the Erasmus + framework of the European Union (EU). It is aimed at students aged between 14 and 16 years old, and it is being carried out in five different schools all over the world. For two years, the academic curriculum incorporates daily aerobic exercise, brief breaks for students to move around the classroom (brain breaks) and the practise of sports during the playground breaks.

The idea was conceived after EISBarcelona had been working for more than four years with PE4Life, a program which has the same foundation: daily sport activities and physical movement in class to improve academic results and adopt healthy life habits. With PE4Life, the students in 3rd and 4th ESO start their day doing aerobic exercise and, once in the classroom; there are also brief periods of physical movement in the class. As a consequence, students show significant improvement in academic results, learning experience, healthy habits and concentration in the classroom. Given the excellent results, the project evolved and it became an international project supported by the EU and the participation of other schools all over the world.

Learning in the 21st Century

Talks for Parents

The main goal of this series of talks is to explain as clear and understandable as possible how children and adolescents learn in the classroom.

By the hand of Víctor González Griera, Head of the Innovation Department at EISB, parents will understand, from an educational perspective, what group work means, the different study techniques they use and how project-based learning works. Furthermore, the talks will go over different questions that affect students on a daily basis, such as having homework at home after school hours,  the different criteria teachers use to evaluate and the strategies that can help them inside and outside the classroom.


Group Work

Group work is one of the most demanded skills in our world today and the world to come. It is a necessary condition in the professional world of big companies, and it is considered even more important than specific knowledge.

We will talk about topics such as the difficulties involved in working in groups, how they are dealt with from the educational system and what evaluation systems are used both throughout the process and in regard to the end product. We will also talk about the learning opportunities in the classroom and at home and how both families and the school can help students acquire such a key competence for their professional future.


Thursday, 15th November/19.30 h


Study Techniques

Sometimes, despite studying for many hours the outcome is not as good as we had hoped. When this happens, usually people tend to increase the number of hours of study, but the results are the same. The truth is that, in many occasions, it is not about increasing quantity but investing in quality.

In this talk we will discuss study techniques based on neuroscientific research, ways of managing time, subjects and space. We will also explain the different mechanisms we can use to adapt these techniques to suit each one of us, by promoting self-awareness and self-discovery and teaching them self-management skills.


Thursday, 14th March/19:30 h




Víctor González Griera

Head of the Innovation Department at European International School of Barcelona

He was awarded with the “premio extraordinario de la Universidad de Barcelona” and was finalist in the National Academic Excellence Award Ceremony for his degree in “Magisterio” (Education) after graduating summa cum laude with an average score of 9,9. Currently he is studying a degree in “Pedagogia” (Teaching methods).

Further complementing his formal education, he is also a musician, voiceover actor and he studied to be a scriptwriter and film director at ESCAC.

Some of his works in gamification, cooperative and collaborative work and educational transmedia narrative have been published in other countries.

EIS Student Exchange Programme and Cultural Trips

This week, EIS students are visiting Cardiff, Lorient, Bordeaux, York, Amsterdam, Nantes, Lyon, Geneva, Cambridge, London and the Alguer.

Student exchange and cultural trips offer broad-based benefits and outcomes for students keen to embark on this international adventure.

Academically, language acquisition is achieved through practical immersion, students develop analytical and problem-solving skills while international learning and knowledge propels students towards acceptance and understanding of an array of different cultural and community perspectives. For those students who will be sitting the IGCSE exam, they’ll be contributing towards the Global Citizenship learning.

Personal development skills are also enhanced leading to greater maturity, self-confidence and self-esteem. After their exchange, students have a tremendous sense of accomplishment and are encouraged to develop independent opinions, make informed decisions and strive to attain fresh goals. Increased pressure to communicate and relate to others develops an awareness of group dynamics and personal sensitivity towards others.

We hope you learn lots and trust that you will be excellent ambassadors to our school and country!

Exchange Programme 2015

This year our ESO and Baccalaureate students will take part in the exchange programme with the following schools:

Cathedral School, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Collège St Louis, Lorient, France

Collège Victor Duruy, Mont de Marsan, France

Easingwold School, York, United Kingdom

Hinchley Wood School, Surrey, United Kingdom

Collège Les Hautes Grillets, Paris, France

Institution des Chartreux, Lyon, France

Luisen Gymnasium, Hamburg, Germany

Kangaroo Mathematical Contest

The Math Kangaroo Contest is an international competition coordinated by the international organisation “Le Kangourour Sans Frontières”. The Catalan Mathematics Society organises the contest in Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands. The contest’s main goal is to foster student engagement in mathematics through problem solving.

The competition is organized on several levels. The problems are different in each of 4 categories: ESO 3, ESo 4, Baccalaureate 1 and Baccalaureate 2. On the same day pupils in different countries solve the same problems formulated in their languages.The competition is executed as a 75 minutes multiple choice test, consisting of 30 questions equally divided among the categories of 3-point-, 4-point- and 5-point-questions. In each question, 5 solutions are given, exactly one of them being correct.

Last 28th January, our students Hugo Igártua Zunzunegui and Diego Sánchez Ocal were awarded by the Catalan Mathematics Society (SCM) with a prize for having obtained in the Kangaroo contest a result within the top 1% of all competitors.  Let us remind that Hugo Igártua finished in 33rd place in ESO 3 out of 6.174 students in Catalonia and Diego Sánchez also finished in 33rd place out of 5.499 students from Catalonia in the ESO 4 category. Once again, we would like to congratulate our students on such excellent results!

The 19th edition of the Kangaroo will take place on the 20th March 2014. Good luck everyone!

We celebrate the Chinese New Year

Our secondary students will be celebrating the Chinese New Year next Friday 31st January. To mark the occasion our students will be carrying out different activities such as: Chinese calligraphy, decoration with typical Chinese motifs, they will sing Chinese songs and they will even eat fortune cookies!


Jornadas GrOC

El próximo jueves 30 y el viernes 31 de enero tendrán lugar en Europa International School las Jornadas GrOC.

GrOC (Gramática Orientada a las Competencias) es una iniciativa que, con el asesoramiento de profesores expertos y con el respaldo académico universitario de los ámbitos de la gramática y de la pedagogía, pretende favorecer e impulsar propuestas de trabajo orientadas a mejorar la práctica en el aula relacionada con las asignaturas de lengua y la enseñanza de gramática en la educación secundaria.


Para más información: Jornadas_GrOC_CAST


This week, two group of Europa International School students are participating in the Model United Nations Conferences.
We have one team of delegates, made up of Secondary and Baccalaureate students, is taking part in the PAMUN in the UNESCO Building in Paris, and the other one, made up of ESO 4 students, is at the Barcelona Model United Nations in the HCC Montblanc Hotel in Barcelona.

The preparation and hard work that goes in to these conferences is considerable and they are doing themselves and the school proud.


Last Friday 22nd of November, Europa International School students celebrated the Day of Music by playing their favourite instrument and sharing that moment with the rest of their classmates, teachers and relatives.

Throughout the day many different performances took place in the School hall and in the theatre: instrumental performances (solos and groups), original compositions created by our students, dance performances and we even had a rockband…many different ways to enjoy such a wonderful art.