Bullying is a social scourge which affects more people than we can imagine. Victims of bullying are often too scared to talk about what is happening to them to the point that sometimes they prefer to kill themselves rather than talk to teachers or parents.
During the 2nd term, 1º Bachillerato students have been working on this topic in different ways. First of all, they read and watched “About a boy”, a “funny” story which deals with serious topics such as the one under consideration in this post. After reading and watching, they all contributed to create a collaborative wall with Padlet in which they offered possible solutions to the problem of bullying at school. Click on the photo to view it:
1º Bachillerato A/C
Once the wall was finished, they organised themselves into groups of 4/5 students and wrote some leaflets using smore to start a campaign against bullying at school. These leaflets had to include videos in which they put themselves in the shoes of the bullies and the victims. As expected, they did an amazing job. Watch the videos and judge for yourselves:
If you want to find out more about how the whole process was carried out or have a look at the leaflets, click on the photo:
After nearly two months without publishing any posts, we are back with this awesome work by students from 4º ESO B and 4º ESO C. As they say in English, all good things come to those who wait.
During the 2nd term students read “The Diary of a Young Girl. Anne Frank” and, like usual, decided they were going to surprise the teacher with fantastic ideas. They thought that good ways to work on it would be:
- Making a film version of the book.
- Writing a giant version of the Diary.
- Interviewing Otto Frank.
Before handing in their final product, they all had to write the scripts of their work on a Google Document and share it with the teacher. The whole process took them all of the 2nd term and is part of our year project “Dark Sides 4º ESO“.
Their work is outstanding. Here is an example of each:
INTERVIEW WITH OTTO FRANK
You can click on the photo below for further information on how the whole task was carried out and to view other videos.
As part of our school’s student exchange with the Uddevalla Gymnasieskola Agneberg (Sweden), students and teachers from Uddevalla came to visit us from the 8th to the 16th of February. Among the activities planned for them, the Swedish group visited the Roman Theatre and the Civil War Air-Raid Shelters in Cartagena, La Fortaleza del Sol in Lorca, the cathedral in Murcia and several sites in Archena, including the famous Spa Resort.
We have even been on the local news. Click on the photo to see more:
Archena Town Hall
All in all, it has been a great experience and we would like to thank the Spanish families for their effort and commitment.
We look forward to the 21st of April, when the Spanish group will be landing in Gothenburg for a week which, we hope, will be full of unforgettable enriching experiences.
One more year we celebrate St Thomas Aquinas with an awesome exhibition of cakes made by the students. This year they were told they had to pay special attention to the presentation of the cakes and so they did. Check out their delicious work:
There were three prizes, one for the best in each cycle:
Prize for best cake in 1st cycle of ESO
Prize for best cake in 2nd cycle of ESO
Prize for best cake in Bachillerato
The English Department also thought that it would probably be a good idea to organise a Fancy Dress Competition where the theme could be anything related to English speaking countries. Students were actively involved in this contest as you can see in these photos:
Not only did the students get dressed up but they also made a great performance as you can see in the following videos. Enjoy!
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In 1º Bachillerato class we were watching Psycho as part of the project we are working on this year, 1º Bachillerato in Shock. After watching the film, the students had to fill in a Google questionnaire in which they had to give their opinion about some of the aspects dealt with in the film.
Once they had all done this individual task, it was time to organise themselves into groups and decide on whether they wanted to do some research on the role of women in the 50s in order to understand why Marion acted the way she did when she decided to steal the money from her boss or to work on a presentation in which they had to explain Marion and Norman’s good and evil sides to the rest of the class and try to demonstrate that there is an evil side to all of us. To such an aim, they could also talk about famous literary characters such as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde or Frankenstein. They could even use famous film or TV series characters such as Darth Vader from Star Wars or Walter White in Breaking Bad. You can review the whole process of the different tasks here.
Have a look at the students’ fantastic work. Check all of them as they even interviewed some of their grandmothers so that they could talk about what life was like for women in Spain in the 50s (Nuria, Teresa, Encarna, Clara and Nerea’s group). Click on the photos to access the presentations and have fun:
WOMEN IN THE 50S:
GOOD AND EVIL SIDES:
Last term, students from 4º ESO read “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde as part of the project they are working on this year, which is called “Dark Sides” and which we have already published a few posts about. Some students suggested linking Wilde’s masterpiece with a song they really liked, “Savages” by Marina and The Diamonds and which they thought also dealt with some of the topics which come up in the novel:
So, the idea was to relate Literature with music. Well, why not? I let them explain the connection they had made between the two and the answer was obvious: there is a good and evil side to all of us, something they all explained clearly in their work. Click on the photos to have a look:
Please note that all this was orally presented by the students, but due to technical problems recording was not possible😦
Not all that glitters is gold. It is true that, during the 19th century, London became the world’s largest city and capital of the British Empire. London became richer and richer, but at the same it was also a city of poverty where millions lived in awful conditions in overcrowded slums.
These conditions were especially fatal for children and women. For women it was sometimes very difficult to survive. You either married a wealthy man or belonged to the aristocracy, or you were forced to become a prostitute to survive.
This is the scenario where Jack the Ripper committed his crimes. From August to November 1888, Jack the Ripper terrorised the Whitechapel district in London’s East End. He killed at least five prostitutes. He was never captured and remains one of England’s, and probably the world’s, most infamous criminals.
What students from 4ºC have been doing is try to help the Metropolitan Police find Jack, creating leaflets and videos in which they give very precious information about him, after having done very accurate research work and having read lots of information which was given by witnesses at the time. Enjoy their great work!