Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Holiday memories

Still thinking about the holidays? Last Tuesday we had a visit from Sergi Nebot who, together with Àngels Antoran, told us about the tour they had been on around the USA. It sounded like the trip of a lifetime! It seems they didn't miss out on anything! On behalf of the students and the English Department, thank you very much!

Sunday, 12 June 2016

What our students think about studying extra subjects in English

Little by little at our school we are introducing more and more subjects in English in order to improve the students' proficiency in this language. Difficult though it might seem at the beginning, as it definitely requires an extra effort from the students, it turns out to be an excellent tool to increase our students' level.

This year we had Social Sciences taught in English in 2ESO. Now that the school year is coming to an end, it is time to dedicate some thought to how successful the experience has been. For this reason, we interviewed some 2ESO students who volunteered to give their opinions on the matter. Thank you very much for your help and your enthusiasm!

Watch the video:

Apart from Social Sciences, the students at our school learnt Citizenship, Ethics, Entrepreneurship in English this year. Here are the opinions of two 4ESO students about learning Ethics in English:

TAMARA DIOSES: "This year I think it was a good idea to have more subjects in English, because we have learnt more vocabulary about Ethics and also we have learnt how to memorise faster and more easily in other languages, in this case in English. Furthermore, we have improved our speaking skills because we have done a lot of presentations."

SERGIO MORENO: "From my point of view it's a great idea to study subjects in English because we can improve our level of English and we can develop skills such as speaking, listening...and this is a benefit for our future because we are going to be able to use it whenever we want.

Let's hope we will be able to increase the number of subjects in English next year!

The Big Challenge Prize-Giving Day

One more year our students gathered at the school hall to receive their certificates and prizes after their participation in the Big Challenge contest.

The 51 students were called one by one and were given an envelope containing various gifts, according to their marks. The most fortunate two were Diego Gelinck and Maria Rancaño who, apart from getting the presents from the  organisers of the competition, also got a voucher worth 20 euros to be spent at Fnac. That was the school's special prize for the two students who were outstandingly good at the competition.

Perhaps the most enjoyable moment was the raffle. Two 1ESO students were very fortunate as they won the two special prizes: a USA flag and an enormous alarm-clock.

Thank you everybody for attending the ceremony and we look forward to seing you all again at the next edition. Our special thanks to those 4ESO students who have been taking part in the competition year after year ever since they started 1ESO at our school and no longer will be able to participate next year.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Acting out

Here we are, almost ready to record a short video of a play by Shakespeare that will allow us to participate in the Oxford University Press competition to commemorate 400 years of Shakespeare's death. Yes, Shakespeare died 400 years ago, and yet people from all over the world still continue to perform  his plays. And so do we, at the Princep de Girona school. In these photos you can see 4ESO students during their rehearsal of Romeo and Juliet, at a lovely spot under the trees, the newly created amphitheater of the school. Good luck to you all in the competition, the prize  is really worth it: a trip to London for a long weekend for the whole class!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Conference time!

 Our 4ESO students had the chance yesterday to enjoy an interesting talk about how to become a president in the USA.

 As a school, we were very honoured to have Janet deCesaris with us. She is a professor at the Pompeu Fabra University. She kindly accepted our invitation to participate in our English Week but, due to technical problems, her talk had to be postponed until yesterday. The conference took place in the School Hall and the students enjoyed the chance of having a native American speaker at the school.

The talk was really interesting: she went through all the long, difficult steps the candidates of both Democat and Republican parties have to follow before they even have the possibility of being elected candidates for their party. She made the students think about whether the American electoral system is a fair one or if there existed a way of improving it and how. She also gave her view on the present elections in the USA and who seemed to be the most plausible candidates. At the end of her talk the students had the chance to ask her some questions about it.

We would like to express our most sincere gratitude for her contribution. Thank you so much, Janet!


Monday, 25 April 2016

Hamlet at school

Two Hamlets visit our school to commemorate 400 years of Shakespeare’s death. Pepe Segura and Pol Blavia… Now that's talent!

On Friday 22nd, these two superb actors went on stage to perform one of the most famous monologues from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: TO BE OR NOT TO BE… THAT IS THE QUESTION. Dressed up for the occasion, and with the help of a skull and a dagger, they performed their roles with breathtaking skill! Pepe started his part in English, and Pol finished the monologue in Catalan. The result was a ten out of ten! Listening to them, one had the certainty that that wouldn't be the last time we could witness their good acting skills. Congratulations and thank you very much!

Watch the videos of the performance:

The Tree of Wisdom

What makes us wise? What is wisdom? What wise advice can we give to each other? This year, as part of the students’ tasks for Saint George’s day, all the ESO students were asked to participate in the display of a big mural entitled “The Tree of Wisdom”. What was their contribution? The students wrote their ideas on some colourful leaves to complete this magnificent tree! All this was carried out under the supervision of our artistic speaking assistant, Adnan Rawi, who also prepared the background and painted the trunk of the tree. Thank you so much, Adnan!

Here is the result of such a great piece of art, with photos of the students from different groups, as they came down to the school hall to leave their contribution on the wall.

In the making: Adnan and Zulema in action!

Carmen and Sonia helped with the title!

3ESOB students and their leaves

  2ESO acollida


 The final result!
 Some leaves in detail

   2ESO K