A letter from Benedict Cumberbatch to Father Christmas


A letter from Benedict Cumberbatch to Father Christmas

Dear Father Christmas,

So my friend has asked me to write to you… I have to confess it’s been hard to know what to say. Mainly because like most adults I feel preposterous asking anything of you because our time with you is surely done. Now we get our own presents, control our own fates, take responsibility for our own actions, and live in the world we have created… so it’s not for us to turn around and plead for your help with the environment, the migrant crisis, the NHS, education, food banks, human rights, fundamentalism and wars. Though God knows we need all the help we can get with all these man-made problems and more.

And it’s not that you aren’t compassionate and full of joy. You’re great. In spite of you being changed into different colours for corporations and being bastardised to represent materialism gone mad – despite probably originating in some season based pagan druid ritual a million thought miles from requests for spontaneously combusting hoverboards… Kidadults cynically pointing this out after having their moment of belief in you are wasting everyone’s precious time. Because you are not for them. You are for the children. Children who need some magic in a world were the borders between innocence and responsibility, playful imagination and cold, adult obstacles are continually shrinking.

This is what I’d like to ask you to help with. A little more time for children to be children. Stretch the moment of magic and playfulness. Distract them from the realities of a world gone mad so that they can laugh with their breath rather than sob with their tears. Especially those caring for family members, or suffering illness, hunger or poverty. Especially those hiding in buildings as bombs rain down, or being handed shaking with fear or cold into a boat to escape environmental disaster or war. Please help to light up their worlds with a moment of joy and hope.

When I think about it you’ve got it tough this year… And when I really think about it I’m not sure that asking you for a lightsaber and getting one (not that I ever did by the way) is equatable with controlling the space time continuum and making the good of childhood last a little longer.

But you do inspire wonder and awe amongst those that write you letters and go to sleep hoping there might be a new object in their possession come dawn. You inspire good behaviour and, at least in my memory, some desperate last minute attempts to redeem bad behaviour so as not to be overlooked. Spare a thought too for those millions who want to write to you but through illiteracy can’t. Hear their words and help to give them the time and chance to learn how to read and write so they can better their lives and escape their impoverished beginnings.

I feel a little sorry for you. And I guess I’ve done exactly what I said I wouldn’t… Asked you to help with adult problems and solve some of the greatest worries we have for our children. I promise to leave some extra port and mince pies for you!

Lots of love

Benedict x

P.S. Please could I have that lightsaber now?

Sharing Benedict Cumberbath’s pleas, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas




The Merchant of Venice


The students of 3ESO, 4ESO and  1Bachillerato  of Colegio Arturo Soria have had the opportunity to enjoy an adaptation of The Merchant of Venice, performed by The Lingua-Arts Theatre Company.

All the students followed the play with great interest, and had no difficulty in understanding it,  which again proves their high level in oral comprehension.

We all had a very good time, and  we will certainly repeat the experience.


While working on child labour, we had the opportunity to learn about Robert Owen, a man that in the 19th century, struggled to improve the conditions in which many children were forced to work in the factories that opened in the wake of the industrial revolution.  His courage and human quality contributed to the passing of the first law regulating child labour in 1833.

We then asked the students to choose someone who they thought had also changed the world, and explain to the class how they’d done it.

Some of the people they chose are: Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Alan Turing, Steve Jobs, Mohamed Ali, Gideon Sundbäck, Coco Chanel, Pope Francis and Christopher Columbus.


It’s been very inspiring to hear about these extraordinary people.





Bachillerato – Parts of an Essay

Essays, like sandwiches or burgers, are divided into different parts. These parts are the:

  • Introduction
  • Body
  • Conclusion


The Introduction

The introduction opens the essay. It is a short paragraph – usually about THREE sentences. In an argument essay, it usually describes or summarizes both sides of the present situation and says what you are going to do in your essay. Read more about Introductions here.

The Body

The Body is the main part of the essay. In an argument essay, it is divided into two or three paragraphs, giving your opinion and reasons.

Each paragraph in the body is between FIVE and SEVEN sentences long. Read more about the Body of the essay here.


The Conclusion is the end of the essay. It is a short paragraph – about THREE sentences. It often has the same idea as the Introduction, only in different words.

Some people think of the essay as a sandwich. The Introduction and Conclusion are the bread, and the Body is the filling in the center. If the introduction looks good, people will carry on to the body. Hopefully, the conclusion will leave them with a nice taste in their mouth…


ESO – Oral Presentation

Guidelines for Oral Presentations
(2 or 3 students per group, 5 minutes per person)

Food festivals and traditions
Describe a celebration related to food and explain its importance.

• Origins
• Traditions
• What do they do?
• When, where, who, why, how, for how long?
• Include photos and quotes

There should be at least 5 slides (diapositivas) per person!

• Include your sources (references)
• Include photos
• If you include video it must be short (1 minute or less)
Very Important:  USE YOUR OWN WORDS
don’t just cut and paste!

Pay attention to your English grammar and spelling.

Your presentation will be evaluated like this:

Rubric-oral presentations

Good luck!

English Department