Monday, 20 December 2010

THE DIGITAL STORY OF NATIVITY - ( or Christmas 2.0 )

Merry 2.0 Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
(Our Secretary P.F. has sent me this video. Thanks)

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Singing, Raindrops and Umbrellas

Rain will be here any minute now. Anticipating the rainy days to come, here are three well-known songs...
First Raindrops keep falling on my head, Oscar winning song written by Burt Bacharach for the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In the video you'll see a very young Paul Newman (it was back in 1969) trying to impress Katherine Ross. Click for lyrics here

Now the classical video from the American music comedy film 'Singing in the Rain' with Gene Kelly singing -and dancing in the rain. Lyrics here

Finally, a recent revision of this recurrent theme. Here is a vid that the boys will love... Rihanna's Umbrella. Lyrics

Monday, 27 September 2010

Space Oddity (Ground Control to Major Tom)

You may have not heard a word about David Bowie, but he is one of the most influential musicians the British Isles have produced lately. This is "Space Oddity", David Bowie's first big hit back in 1969. Major Tom is a fictional character Bowie created. He is an astronaut, his departure from Earth is successful and everything goes according to plan, but he then cuts off contact with Ground Control. His last transmission is "Tell my wife I love her very much" and the response is that "she knows"...

After some archaeogogical search, I have found Space Oddity original video, with the very Bowie playing Major Tom. Or if you click here you will get to see an interesting vid too... Enjoy!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

BackToSchool (cont.)

No matter how hard you think going back to school is, it would be just 'a piece of cake' (a very easy task) if you compared it with Elizabeth Eckford's experience 53 years ago.

Elizabeth Eckford, Of The Little Rock Nine, Tells Her Life Story

It was a school night, and Elizabeth Eckford was too excited to sleep. The next morning, September 4, 1957, was her first day of classes, and one last time she ironed the pleated white skirt she’d made for the occasion. It was made of pique cotton; when she’d run out of material, she’d trimmed it with navy-blue-and-white gingham. Then she put aside her new bobby socks and white buck loafers. Around 7:30 a.m. the following day, she boarded a bus bound for Little Rock Central High School.

Other black schoolchildren were due at Central that historic day, but Elizabeth would be the first to arrive. The world would soon know all about the Little Rock Nine. But when Elizabeth Eckford tried to enter Central, and thereby become the first black student to integrate a major southern high school, she was really the Little Rock One. The painfully shy 15-year-old daughter of a hyper-protective mother reluctant to challenge age-old racial mores, she was the unlikeliest trailblazer of all. But as dramatic as the moment was, it really mattered only because Elizabeth wandered into the path of Will Counts’s camera.

You can read more about the history here.

photo by Will Counts/Arkansas History Commission

Friday, 10 September 2010

Back to School

A new school year is about to begin! Aren't you excited about it? Well, I know, going back to routines is hard after the summer, but looking at the bright side of it, these days also mean cooler weather, meeting new friends -and new teachers too, learning lots of interesting things... and after all, there is no way around it (resistance is futile), so we'd better keep a positive attitude!

Imagine how happy your parents will be once your start school, your mum will surely feel like dancing!

Believe it or not, we, teachers also feel a bit anxious about the beginning of each new school year, but it's our job and we are ready.


(Thanks to my dear friend Rosa for the ideas and images in this post)

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Your Europe Your Say: What a weekend!

Last february, Radio Jandula informed about the selection of our school to participate in this European event organised be the EESC.
Time passed, the three lucky students were selected, paperwork done, their amendments sent... and last Thursday, the day to fly to Brussels finally came!
Unfortunately for me, I couldn't accompany the students because of an unlucky accident, but our great DOS (=Director of Studies) volunteered and off they headed for Brussels. Little did they know about Icelandic volcanoes of un-spellable name, about how mean airline ground staff can be, or about what kind of eventful experience they where about to go through...
Now that everything is over, I believe the thousands of kilometres driven on European roads, the people they met and the enthusiasm and help from the EESC people will add value to this intense and unforgettable experience.
Congratulations and make sure you spread the news!

A very special THANK YOU to our DOS, who volunteered to go at very short notice, accompanied, guided and drove our students up and down Europe, took them to Brussels in time for the event and then brought them back home safe and sound, and another big THANK YOU to Ms Irini Pari for having this wonderful idea and making it all happen

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Humbled by a volcano

Sometimes our planet reminds us we are not so powerful as we think we are. Look at how the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in such a remote part of Europe has provoked air travel chaos and will have unexpected consequences...
Our school has also been directly affected. Last Thursday, three of our students and our DOS (=Director of Studies) were on their way to attend an event in Brussels. They had to land in Paris and continue their journey from Paris to Brussels by car. And today they are returning by car too!
A bigger group of students is now in Paris...

If you want to know more about the eruption, watch the video below, it comes from Newsy. Go to their page (by clicking here), you will be able to read the text, just click on 'transcript'.
For some images, you can visit the Reuter's website.
And if you want to read the article which inspired the title of this post, go to the digital edition of The Guardian.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Your Europe Your Say

Our school has been selected to attend a special plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee next April.
If you want to know more about it you can visit their website
Three students have already been selected to go to Brussels accompanied by a teacher. The goal of this session is to learn about the Committee, get to debate a specific topic with the Committee's other "extraordinary members" – young people of the same age from all the 27 EU countries – and work with them to hammer out a consensus. We'll all be working together in a multicultural environment. The students will get to discuss Europe and a host of other issues. There will be opportunities to find out about other cultures. And the lucky students who attend the session will come back home with some unforgettable memories.
In order to prepare for this visit, next Monday 22nd, our sc)cC and 1BacD students and will inform them about the Committee and about this special session.
We will need the cooperation of all of the students in these two groups to discuss the suggested topic and propose amendments to it. The topic is the prevention of the damage alcohol may cause.
We will make three groups representing the three sectors in the EESC.
Keep checking this blog. We will inform about everything here!

If you want to read the text we will be discussing, click here! (It's about a strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol-related harm)
Or here (to read the document in Spanish)