St Thomas Aquinas 2016

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:

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There were three prizes, one for the best in each cycle:

Price for best cake in 1st cycle of ESO

Prize for best cake in 1st cycle of ESO

Price for best cake in 2nd cycle of ESO

Prize for best cake in 2nd cycle of ESO

Price for best cake in Bachillerato

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:

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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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Psycho

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:

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GOOD AND EVIL SIDES:

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Literature and Music, why not?

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:

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Please note that all this was orally presented by the students, but due to technical problems recording was not possible :-(

 

 

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Dark Victorian London: Jack the Ripper.

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!

 

 

 

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Victorian Fashion

With a Queen in power, fashion became extremely popular during the Victorian era. Victorian clothes were certainly a symbol of who you were, what you did for a living and how much money you earned. Fashion accessories like bonnets, parasols, fans or brooches for ladies and walking sticks or top hats for gentlemen became very popular. This obviously influenced writers of the time like Oscar Wilde, whose obsession with aesthetics, beauty and perfection was very well known among London society. No doubt this marked his works to a great extent.

Students from 4ºB have read “The Picture of Dorian Gray” during this first term and have carried out several tasks to try to understand the period in which this novel was written, because it’s impossible to understand works without studying them in context.

They were asked to create an online leaflet or shoot a video in which they had to advertise a Victorian fashion shop. Here is their fantastic work:

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Reading the classics is NOT boring! “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, Oscar Wilde.

Who says reading the classics is boring? The way I see it, it all depends on how you present literature to your students. One more year, and I guess under my influence (I have been their teacher for 3 years now), students from 4º ESO made a wise decision and for one of their readings chose the only novel by one of the greatest writers in the English language (and probably in universal literature), Oscar Wilde.

Keats and Yeats are on your side, but Wilde is on mine (Morrissey)

Keats and Yeats are on your side, but Wilde is on mine (Morrissey)

How could I present such a complicated novel as attractively as possible … and in English? Easy, let’s go back in time and try to understand the period in which he lived, Victorian England, and the morals of his time, what was accepted and what wasn’t. To such an aim, at the moment students are working on several tasks related to Victorian crime, Victorian fashion and Victorian entertainment which will be shared on different social networks as soon as they are ready … no rush. They are having fun, they are using English, they are learning! Therefore, why worry about time?

In the meantime, they have been reading a B1 adaptation of the novel and actively participating in literature talks which you can listen to by clicking on the photo:

Literature Talks

Literature Talks

In addition, they have all collaborated on these Google presentations in which 4ºB had to write a short description of Dorian Gray from the point of view of a young gentleman who wants to copy Dorian while 4ºC’s description had to be written from the point of view of a respectable Victorian gentleman who refuses to mix together with Dorian in London fashionable parties.

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4ºC

4ºC

All in all, reading this novel has been a great experience and working these tasks a way to show that reading the classics doesn’t have to be a difficult, boring, impossible task.

Once more, I am super proud of my 4ºESO students for their hard work.

 

 

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What freaks you out?

This year, students from 1º bachillerato A/C are going to be working on a project called “1º Bachillerato in shock”.

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Why this title? Well, because they are going through a series of changes in their academic lives which might cause them some stress … or not. It all depends on how you look at things and how you take them. As they say in English, always look at the bright side of life :-)

Anyways, for the first task of this project they were asked to think about what freaks them out, prepare a presentation and talk about it in class. We all have our weaknesses and things that we’d rather not talk about, although really it’s better if you talk about them and so here is some of their fantastic work:

Javi, Fran, Moisés and José Manuel Ortega

Javi, Fran, Moisés and José Manuel Ortega

Encarna, Clara, Nuria, Nerea and Teresa

Encarna, Clara, Nuria, Nerea and Teresa

Alejandro, Ricardo, José Manuel López and José Manuel Nicolás

Alejandro, Ricardo, José Manuel López and José Manuel Nicolás

Onofre, Alfonso, Mª del Mar, Laura Carrillo and Juanjo

Onofre, Alfonso, Mª del Mar, Laura Carrillo and Juanjo

Laura Vidal, Laura Palazón, Julián and Luis

Laura Vidal, Laura Palazón, Julián and Luis

Isabel. Jesús, Cristina, Andrea and Lucía

Isabel. Jesús, Cristina, Andrea and Lucía

 

Once they finished their awesome presentations, students were asked to collaborate on a digital wall in which they had to give solutions for stressful situations. Have a look at some of them. They might come in handy at some point in your life, you never know!

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