Within the Erasmus+ project “Learn your Culture”, yesterday 3rd of June, we had our first virtual meeting with the Budapest school. The students of 2nd ESO group A have met their Hungarian classmates. They have introduced themselves and both countries have projected works about their schools, their cities and their countries.
The Hungarians made a presentation about Hungary, Budapest and also about their school. We have projected a presentation about Arroyo de la Luz made by two students and to show our school we have shown the video that was filmed on the occasion of the 50th anniversary in which an overview of the classrooms, playgrounds, building and sports courts is made. They have been surprised by how big our school is.
Thanks to Francis, our IT Technician, for helping us so much with technical issues, to Carlos for his active collaboration and to M. Ángeles Cantero for supervising the work of her students. We hope that next year the international meetings can take place.
I leave you a link to show the photos of the activity. You can also see some more pictures in the Erasmus group.
Next time more and better. Click on this link to access the album.
The students of the Third Year of ESO of the bilingual group, together with their teacher Ana Lancho, draw up lists of technical vocabulary with the most frequent words for each of the units they study in the subject of physics and chemistry.
These records of technical words will help them better understand the global world around them.
Here we have some examples of the students’ projects .
The first one is a PDF list of words in English with the Spanish translation
Last Thursday, April 29th, our students of 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of ESO learned a little more about Britain from Jon's talk, courtesy of Burlington Books.
He explained them the different countries the United Kingdom is made up, their symbols, flags, typical food, celebrities and other curiosities about them.
Jon introduced us to the other languages spoken in Britain, Gaelic and Welsh, and shared some interesting trivia.
In addition, some students participated in a "contest" and won various prizes. They enjoyed a lot and we are looking forward to Jon's next visit!!
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.”
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.
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.
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.