¡Qué alegría!

Por segunda vez en tres años volvemos a ser finalistas del Premio Espiral Edublogs con nuestro blog. Es un gran reconocimiento al trabajo que llevamos, especialmente los alumnos, realizando estos años. Aunque el fallo final es el próximo 13 de mayo, nos llena de satisfacción estar ahí, rodeados de otros blogs de una calidad excepcional.

Nos gustaría dar las gracias a la organización y al jurado por considerar que estamos al nivel de otros compañeros a los que seguimos y admiramos y de los que aprendemos todos los días. Aprovechamos también para desearles mucha suerte a todos los finalistas.

Muchas gracias también a Educarm por hacerse eco de esta gran noticia. Pincha aquí para leer su nota de prensa.

¡ENHORABUENA A TODOS Y MUCHA SUERTE!

X Edición del Premio Espiral Edublogs

X Edición del Premio Espiral Edublogs

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Archena – Uddevalla Students’ Exchange (2nd part)

All good things come to those who wait and on April 21st the Spanish group landed in Gothenburg (Sweden) ready to enjoy an unforgettable week.

Among the activities planned, we visited Uddevalla, Lysekil, Gothenburg or Oslo. The students also took part in other activities organised by their families and attended some lessons with their Swedish mates.

We would like to thank all the teachers and families involved for their effort and commitment.

All in all, the exchange has AGAIN been a very enriching experience for all the people who took part in it, especially the students.

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Stop Bullying

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

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:

The process

The process

 

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Anne Frank by 4º ESO

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:

FILM VERSION

 

GIANT DIARY

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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.

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Archena – Uddevalla Students’ exchange (1st part)

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

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.

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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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