This year, a small group of 1st Bachillerato students started an e- twinning project together with students from Palouriotissa, Cyprus and IIS “E. Siciliano” di Bisignano Italy
The title of the project was “12 Months, 12 Pictures, 12 Quotes, A Motivation Calendar”
The original idea was that students of three different schools were responsible for one specific month . They should take a picture which represented that month and write their own motivation quote. This would be an opportunity to improve, to be better, to get a little bit closer to their goals and to find different solutions in their everyday lives.
Students wrote self- introductions and recorded video to show their parterns who they were. Then they made trivial games about their own countries so as their European partners could learn more about their countries and culture.
When we were ready to begin with our motivation calendar , Covid -19 broke into our lives and the whole situation changed from night to day. Our mates from Cyprus and Italy were in a similar or worse situation than us: schools closed, suffering everywhere., uncertainty. The difficult situation made it impossible to continue with our project.
However ,as our Italian partner claimed “Our motto is #It will be alright and we want to extend this hope to everyboby “, we decided to send good energy to all students. Each school created a padlet with images and thoughts by students in the middle of this pandemic crisis.
ST. PATRICK’S DAYis a cultural and religious holiday held annually on March 17. Named after the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, the day celebrates Irish heritage with food, parades, drinks, Irish lore, and an assortment of green-colored things even green beer
Today the holiday is celebrated around the world, with much of the modern traditions inspired by Irish expatriots in the United States. (Sydney Combs. National Geographic)
Who was Saint Patrick?
Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but returned about 432 to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools. Many legends grew up around him—for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Trinity Ireland came to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts. ( Encyclopaedia Britannica)
As our 3º ESO B students have been reading the book All About Ireland this year, we decided to go a little further making them look into some of the most relevant aspects of Irish culture, history, and traditions. The result ol all this work was shown in a series of posters that we displayed in our centre. To enrich this vision of the Emerald Island, we organised an exhibition. Many Irish stuff such as T-shirts, sweaters, school uniforms, school diaries, maps, mugs, souvenirs items, bags, toys and of course, the worldwide famous Guinnes beer, were present in it.
It was a pity that our high school lockdown, due to the coronavirus outbreak, made it impossible to celebrate St Patrick´s Day as we had planned beforehand.We are pretty sure that we will be able to commemorate this Irish event next year.
Last November we celebrated “Science Week” (from 11th to 15th), We chose these dates because November 15th is the day of Saint Albert The Great, the Patron Saint of Science.
This year we wanted to honour all women who were ignored in the past but whose contribution to science has been essential. So 3º ESO students have done this beautiful mural showing the life and the achievements of these brave,intelligent women who contributed so much to science development.
If you want to know more, I invite you to read “Mujeres de Ciencia“, by Rachel Ignotorfsky. It is available on Librarium.
Today, some 1st Bachillerato students have made an interview to Umayrah Ali, our English conversation assistant this year. In this interview they have asked her about her life, her likings and her opinion about Spain:
● Where are you from? I’m from Glasgow, in Scotland.
● What are you doing in Spain this year?
I’m here to learn Spanish because I’m studying it at university.
● Why did you decide to study Spanish?
At first I wanted to study French and Italian, but I found them hard and I decided to
learn Spanish. It was easier than the others.
● What do you like about Spain?
I like the food and the people, and I like the fact that Spanish culture is based on
family. I’m a family person, and that’s one of the reasons why I like this country.
● What’s your favourite place in Spain?
I really like Andalucía, specially Marbella because it is near the beach, and I love the sea.
● How many countries have you visited?
I have visited Turkey, Hungary, Holland, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
● For you, what’s the best place in the world?
My favourite country is Hungary because Budapest is very pretty.
● What do you like doing in your free time?
I really like to cook and in Scotland I like driving my car and going out with my friends.
● Do you like animals?
Yes, my favourite animals are cats.
● What do you prefer, teaching in primary school or in secondary school?
Both are very different. In primary school children want to speak English all the time, but in secondary school it is sometimes difficult because teenagers don’t want to speak English so much.
Hi again . We are starting a new academic year full of ideas, plans, new students and teachers. Our bilingual section has grown. It reaches up to 3º ESO, so more than 56 pupils will have more lessons in English. Ana Lancho teaches Biology in 1º ESO and Physics and Chemistry in 2nd and 3rd ESO together with Agapito teaching geography and history . Both of them are in charge of the aicle subjects. The English department is composed by 4 members: Pepa, Juan Pedro, M. Ángeles and Yolanda. This year a conversation assistant is joining us. Her name is Umayrah and she comes from Scotland. As part of our yearly plan each month is going to be devoted to some special event, celebration or date . To start with, October will be the month of The Discovery of America. Agapito and his 2nd ESO students will work about this significant event in our History.
4º ESO B students are taking part in an international project on e-twinning . E-twinning is a learning European platform which offers both ,students and teachers, the opportunity to communicate, share and develop projects within a secure network. The title of our project is Christmas around Europe. Students from several countries :Poland, Italy, Croatia ,Romania and Spain will show how Christmas is celebrated in their countries.
The main goals of the project are:
1. Getting to know Christmas customs and traditions around Europe
2. Developing language skills
3. Improving the knowledge of Twinspace and communication tool
The work will be developed in four steps:
1. Introduction of the different groups of students
2. Sharing information about Christmas food, church services, family gatherings . The participants will sing ”Silent Night” in a native language
3. Christmas cards exchange
4. The display of X-mas cards in each school sharing the experience
We have just finished our introduction. This is the result:
In the ATO schools, which are schools that are accredited by the State Agency for Air Safety (AESA), which is the body that regulates airspace and drone flight.
What do they do?
Maintenance tasks:check turrets and power lines, telephone stations and wind turbines.
Home delivery: In the future, instead of opening the door tothe dealer we will be waiting for a drone to bring us the order home.
Real estate: Take panoramic views of birds. Especially for urbanizations or land with potential for construction.
Wedding photography: Many couples want to give a newapproach to their album. That’s why they hire cameradroneto take pictures from the heights.
Police operations: Search of missing people, forests fires, rescue of survivors ,control of bordersand many others.
Why do they do it?
Generating business opportunities, for infrastructure,agriculture and transportation, drons can generate interesting business opportunities.
It is one of the jobs with more future opprtunities.
What are the requirements?
-Demonstrate some theoretical and practical knowledge. -Being over 18 years -A valid medical certificate. -Be registered in AESA (Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea) -Have specific civil liability insurance for aircraft.
What skills do they need?
To know about radiocontrol or robotics, both the aircraft and all the systems it includes, as well as handle it safely when it is in the air.
When do they work?
They work when they are hired by a company that needs the services of a drone pilot or selfemployed, being
a freelancerand offering to perform work or activities related to a drone.
Posted by Elena Salomé González, student of Second Year of Vocational Training.
We already have the candidates to be the representative logo of the Erasmus + K229 “Learn your Culture” project. The students from all the participating countries, Hungary, Italy, Turkey, Poland and the Azores islands of Portugal, have developed their logo proposals and now we have to decide.
You can vote for the ones you like the most, entering our school website. You can fin de link below.
Select the 3 logos that you like the most and click on the send button.
Remember that you have to vote for three of the finalists and that you can do it as many times as you want !!
If you want, you can vote for the logos chosen by our high school, they are the following:
Our School has managed to become part of the Erasmus + K229 school cooperation project. These projects are intended to improve communication among the different European countries through the development of collaborative activities. It is intended that students are aware of European diversity while learning from their peers and exchanging ideas with students of the same age (12-14 years) from other countries.
Initially, the duration of the project is 2 years but we do not know how it will affect the current health situation. We participate in the project “Learn your Culture before you Teach” together with educational centers in Hungary, which is the coordinating country, Italy, Turkey, Poland and the Azores islands of Portugal. The language of communication between the different countries will be English, but the activities that students will carry out on the subject in question can be in their own language. It is a multidisciplinary project, where activities related to history, music, theater, literature, languages, art, biology, geology, dance, traditional games, folklore, gastronomy, natural spaces, crafts, new technologies, etc. will be carried out.
The project includes meetings of 4 students plus two teachers in each of the associated centers. In total 20 students and 10 teachers from each country would have the opportunity to travel to these international meetings. In these meetings, the host country programs different activities that have to do with some of the aspects worked during the development of the project. In our case, we will be hosts in the 5th mobility so we will have enough time to learn from the other centers and have the works of the center already finished. The theme that we have been assigned is Traditional Music and Dances.
This is a short summary of the objectives pursued by the “Learn your Culture before you Teach” project:
-Increase the responsibility of the student to preserve and value their own cultural and natural heritage.
-Promote the exchange of ideas between teachers.
-Create and develop activities that integrate their own cultural heritage in the learning process.
– Improve skills in languages and new technologies
.-Promote inclusion, tolerance and acceptance of students from different cultures.
Our bilingual section will actively participate in the program with the 1st and 2nd year ESO courses. The teachers who teach Geography and History and Biology lessons at these levels, Carlos López and Guadalupe Montes, will be in charge of dealing with the topics of the Erasmus + program “Learn your culture” related to their subjects, such as dances and popular traditions, as well as natural surroundings. The use of English as the vehicular language of the program will allow these groups of students to develop skills in a second foreign language, in addition to improving their knowledge and respect for their own roots and environment.
Part of this post is a translation of the Spanish text written by Yolanda Clemente and published in the web of IES Luis de Morales School
“This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.”
In order to celebrate Peace Day, some of our students wrote about the idea of peace. Here we have some of their best compositions:
“Peace is a very important issue. Some say that if we all work together we will achieve world peace, but I think it´s impossible. The human race is violent by nature. There will always be a fight somewhere”. Victoria.
“We must fight for peace and for wars to end. May we all live free and without fear, that guns and bombs are only used in video games and not to kill other people for their colour, religion, regions or opinions”. Lidia.
“Peace Day is one of the most beautiful days, because the most beautiful thing is peace. But it is something unusual; that is why we have chosen a day to remind us that we should all be in peace”. Álvaro.
“In my opinion, peace is a very difficult thing to get because in this world there are many types of people and it is impossible that we don´t find conflicts. Then, it is impossible to find peace.” Aritz.
“It is important for everyone, because you live better. A world without peace would be a disaster. Many people die if there is war and with peace that would not happen. War is bad for living beings and for the Earth.” Nerea and Carmen.
“In my opinion, peace in the world is a very important issue. Many countries do not know what peace is since they are always at war. I think that every country should agree to avoid confrontations that cause many deaths and many social problems. The truth is that it is very difficult but not impossible, since Trump presides…” Kevin and Nerea.
No doubt, our students know peace is a serious matter. Their future depends on it.
Cybersecurity refers to the protection of hardware, software, and data from attackers. The primary purpose of cyber security is to protect against cyberattacks like accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information.
-WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF CYBER SECURITY?
It protects the business against ransomware, malware, social engineering, and phishing.
It protects end-users.
It gives good protection for both data as well as networks.
Increase recovery time after a breach.
Cybersecurity prevents unauthorized users.
–WHERE DO THEY WORK?
Cybersecurity careers are complex and many roles can be found with banks, retailers and government organizations. At work, you can expect to protect an organization’s files and network, install firewalls, create security plans and monitor activity.
-HOW MUCH DO THEY EARN?
Salary of a junior technical cybersecurity expert is around 30,000 euros. And that after 6 or 7 years of experience, you can reach 50,000 and even 60,000 euros per year.
-WHY DO THEY DO THIS JOB?
Because this job offers internet security to avoid being scammed
My new English teacher is Umayrah and she is 21 years old. She was born on 26th of July and she lives in Glasgow, Scotland. In her country it rains very often and they only have one week of Summer.
In Summer the maximum temperatures are 25 degrees. The food isn´t healthy and they fry everything even pizza and sausages! The traditional dishes are haggis (it is a kind of “morcilla”), shortbread (biscuits with sugar and butter) and fish and chips.
The traditional costume is the kilt: its pattern has a lot of squares and each family has their own exclusive design.
She has told us that she is studying journalism and she could see the “World War Z” filmset from her university. She lives in a very quiet town called East Kilbride. Her family is from Pakistan but all of her family is in the UK. She has two little sisters and her boyfriend is of Indian origen. She has two rabbits and three chickens as well. She has never visited Pakistan, although she can understand Urdu, the language of Pakistan.
She has come to Spain to learn Spanish but she says that it is really difficult to speak it. Her favourite Spanish food is “Patatas Bravas”. Now, she is living alone in Cáceres and at the moment she has a few friends here. She loves the city and its weather. She has already visited some Spanish cities such as Seville, Madrid and Zafra. She prefers Seville becasue the beach is very near. During Zafra´s fair, she visited the town with her friends. She was sight-seeing and then they went to have dinner.
In the afternoons she usually goes for a walk, though she doesn´t like sports. Her hobbies are cooking and driving her car anywhere.
She can´t eat ham because she is Muslim. She prefers fish rather than meat. When she finsihes this job in Spain she is going to end her degree in Scotland because she is in her last year.
She is lovely and I hope to learn a lot of English and about British culture with her.