Tuesday, 29 June 2010

LAST COMENIUS MEETING HELD IN SPAIN

ON MAY 20-21 AND 23rd WE RECEIVED AT OUR SCHOOL MIGUEL DE CERVANTES, ALL OUR FRIENDS FROM WALES, IRELAND, ITALY, POLAND AND SWEDEN.
IT WAS A HAPPY FEELING TO GET TO SEE ALL OF THEM AGAIN AND SAD AT THE SAME TIME BECAUSE WE KNEW THAT OUR SCHOOL RELATION WAS COMING TO AN END.
WE PREPARED SOME ATRACTIVES ACTIVITIES SO OUR PARTNERS COULD FEEL AT HOME.
ON THURSDAY MORNING AFTER THE RECEPTION WHERE OUR CHILDREN DANCED AND SANG SOME TRADITIONAL ANDALUSIAN SONGS, THEY HAD A VERY NICE BREAKFAST THAT PARENTS PREPARED FOR THEM. AND AFTER THAT THEY WENT TO SEE A DANCING HORSE SPECTACLE. BY THE TIME THEY CAME BACK WE HAD A VERY NICE LUNCH READY FOR THEM AT THE SCHOOL PATIO.
DURING THE AFTERNOON THEY HAD FREE TIME TO VISIT THE TOWN. AND AT NIGHT WE WENT TO AN OLD WINERY FOR DINNER. WE STARTED WITH A VENENCIA CONTEST, MANY TEACHERS GOT PRESENTS.
ON FRIDAY THE 21ST OUR CHILDREN WERE READY TO RECEIVE OUR FRIENDS. FIRST THE INFANT KIDS 3 TO 5 AND THEN SOME GROUPS OF PRIMARY. EVERY BODY ENJOYED THEMSELVES A LOT, DANCING AND ANSWERING VERY CLEVER QUESTIONS. ALL THE CLASSES HAD HANDMADE PRESENTS FOR OUR FRIENDS.

NEXT, WE HAD PREPARED A BULLRING FOR A BULL FIGHT . MANUEL MONTES A VERY ARTISTIC TEACHER MADE THE BULL HEAD, BODY AND ALSO THE BULLRING MATERIAL (BURLADERO). HE PERFORMED AS A BULL AS WELL. SOME OF THE CHILDREN WERE IN BULLFIGHTER CUSTOMS AND … THE SHOW STARTED WITH PASODOBLE MUSIC.
SOME OF OUR FRIENDS WERE INVITED TO TRY TO BULLFIGHT. THAT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE!
THEN OUR GIRLS DANCED THE MACARENA IN VERY ANDALUCIAN OUFITS HOLDING A FAN (ABANICO). AT THE END THE ENTIRE SCHOOL WAS DANCING; CHILDREN ALL AGES, TEACHERS… AND PARENTS.
AFTER THAT OUR ITALIAN PARTNERS COOKED SOME CATANIA SWEETS THAT WERE DELICIOUS. SOME CHILDREN HELPED THEM OUT TO GIVE THEM OLIVE SHAPES.
WERE THEY GOOD! MAMA MIA!
WE HADE A VERY NICE LUNCH IN A RESTAURANT WHERE EVER BODY SANG SONGS FROM THEIR COUNTRIES.
AT NIGHT DINNER AND A FLAMENCO SPECTACLE AND SOME ENDED UP IN A VERY NICE BAR TO HAVE SOME DRINKS AND DANCING.
ON SATURDAY THE 22ND JUST OUR FRIENDS FROM POLAND, SWEDEN AND IRELAND STAYED WITH US. THE OTHER COUNTRIES ALREADY LEFT.
ONLY THE POLISH PEOPLE WERE BRAVE ENOUGH TO GET UP EARLY IN THE MORNING SO WE TOOK THEM TO VISIT THE
ALCAZAR WITH AN INGLISH GUIDE AND THEN THE IRISH AND SWEDISH TEACHERS JOINED US TO HAVE A RIDE ON A TRAIN THROUGH THE TOWN AND VISIT A WINERY, WHERE WE WERE OFFERED SOME WINE TO TASTE.
WE HAD A VERY NICE LUNH AND WE BADE FAREWELL TO OUR FRIENDS. MAYBE SOME WHERE, SOME DAY WE MAY GET TO MEET AGAIN.
ONE THING IS TRUE, THIS CULTURAL EXCHANGE THAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCED WHILE GETTING TO KNOW ONE ANOTHER HAS MADE US BETTER CITIZENS OF THE EU. AND HAS HELPED US TO UNDERSTAND OUR DIFFERENCES.

















Monday, 28 June 2010

Midsummer festival in Viagrande

In June the children of the infant school in Viagrande celebrated the Swedish “Midsummer Festival”. The weather was wonderful, so boys and girls went out and danced together around a tree, wearing flower wreaths. They had a lot of fun!







SOBOTKI in VIAGRANDE

The pupils of the first class of primary school in Viagrande, aged six and seven, celebrated “Sobotki” festival, in June. They prepared a poster telling everything about this Polish tradition, first, then they made some wreaths with paper flowers. After this the true festival started: the girls threw the wreaths in the ground, (we don’t have many rivers in Sicily), then each boy took a wreath and gave a girl it.
It was really amusing!

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Sobótki in Rokity

During the świętojański period which is the culmination of the summer solstice (every year from 23 to 24) are cultivated in June Kashubian customs and rituals, as Midsummer Night celebration. The celebration takes place on the hills or the lakes. The magic of this holiday inspires our imagination, because who does not like to hear stories about witches?

Every year, the villagers gather around the fire to cleanse with fire their faults which is fulfilled with court by Kania. During the night of reconciliation and harmony girls put wreaths on the water and boys catch them, which spells the girls a quick marriage. Finding a fern flower also provides a variety of sensations, because in spite of the emotions during the search, it is not allowed for anyone to turn, or talk. Fortune will belong to the one who will find a fern flower that only blooms in the night.

Such habits and many other fortune-telling are nurtured today in Kashubia.

Sobótki in Rokity


Children from Rokity also had this year, Sobotka, so we invite you to familiarize yourself with our comments.

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Sunday, 30 May 2010

VIDEOCONFERENCE SPAIN-IRELAND

 








ON MAY THE 5TH OUR STUDENTS HAD THE LAST 
VIDEOCONFERENCE WITH IRELAND.  IT WAS FUN TO HEAR THE IRISH KIDS SINGING AND TALKING TO THE SPANIARDS ABOUT HOBBIES, FOOD, SUBJECTS... AND WE HAD THE NICE CHANCE TO SEE AND TALK TO CLAIRE. 

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

videoconference Italian-Polish


On the 29th April 2010 there was a last videoconference between the Italian
and the Polish students.
It was really nice to see and speak to David and his pupils.
The students introduced themselves and talked about their likes and
dislikes, their freetime activities, thei school, their holiday.
It was a nice experience for them all.
Arianna

Sant'Agata Celebration in Sicily


THE FESTIVAL OF SAINT AGATHA IN CATANIA

St. Agatha is Catania's patron saint and is celebrated in February from the 3rd to the 5th with one of the largest religious processions in Italy.

Agatha lived during the third century AD, when Sicily was under the Roman Empire, and was the daughter of an important rich local family. She was very religious and dedicated her life to God.

She became a martyr when she refused the advances of the Roman proconsul Quintian, who was in love with her. He arrested her. He thought that when faced with torture and possible death she would give in, but Agatha refused to abandon her faith, not even after being sent to prison and tortured in the attempt to change her mind.

One of the torture she was inflicted, was that she had her breast cut off.

It is said that after she returned to prison, the Apostle Peter appeared to her and healed her wounds. The following day she was subjected to new tortures, but an earthquake from Mount Etna shook the town and terrified the people.

In the end, she died on the 5th of February 251 AD.

Since that day, the saint protects the city and its inhabitants: just a year after her martyrdom, a violent eruption was miraculously stopped by holding up a veil that had belonged to the unfortunate girl. According to legend, the veil stopped the flow of lava.

People in Catania are particularly devoted to Saint Agatha. When the city is threatened by a possible eruption of the volcano Etna, they take the relics of Saint Agatha on the mountain in a procession asking for a miracle to stop the lava flow.

It is no wonder then that the city of Catania, at the foothills of Europe's largest volcano, dedicates its most important religious festivity to St. Agatha.

The procession begins on the 4th of February.

At dawn, after a special mass, the St. Agatha statue, which houses her relics, is placed on the ”fercolo”, a silver carriage and pulled by around 5,000 men.

The huge festival lasts for two days and two nights during which the procession goes around various areas of the city. More than a million people follow St. Agatha.

Many of them carry gigantic heavy candlesticks, some of which are wonderfully decorated. There is also a huge fireworks display at the end and you can buy sweets based on centuries-old recipes.


Monday, 17 May 2010

Celebrating Feria de Jerez in Wales


On Thursday the 13th May the children and staff of Tynewydd Primary celebrated the Spanish Festival of Feria de Jerez. Below is a clip of the festivities that the children took part in.

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Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Welsh Playground Games

Oranges and Lemons
This is a game based around an old children's song, called 'Oranges and Lemons', about the sounds of church bells in various parts of London.
This is how it is played
Two children form an arch with their arms. They determine in secret which of them shall be an 'orange' and which a 'lemon'.
Everyone sings the 'Oranges and Lemons' song (see below).
The other children in the game, take turns to run under the arch until one of them is caught when the arch falls at the end of the song.
The captured player is asked privately whether they will be an 'orange' or a 'lemon' and then goes behind the original 'orange' or 'lemon' team leader.
The game and singing then starts over again. At the end of the game there is usually 'a tug of war' to test whether the 'oranges' or 'lemons' are stronger. The game is similar to 'London Bridge is Falling Down'.
Oranges and lemons,Say the bells of St. Clement's.You owe me five farthings,Say the bells of St. Martin's.
When will you pay me?Say the bells of Old Bailey.When I grow rich,Say the bells of Shoreditch.
When will that be?Say the bells of Stepney.I'm sure I don't know,Says the great bell at Bow.
Here comes a candle to light you to bed,Here comes a chopper to chop off your head.
Chip chop chip chop the last man's head(The arch comes down tapping one player)

Red Letter
A person is picked to be the leader. He stands with his back to the rest of the players who stand 10 metres back from him. The leader calls a letter of the alphabet (for example “a”). If a players's name contains that letter the player can move a step forward. The number of steps forward depends on the number of that letter in his name. The leader continues calling out letters until someone reaches the leader.

Skipping Rhymes

I had a little puppy His name was Tiny Tim I put him in the bathtub, to see if he could swim He drank all the water, he ate a bar of soap The next thing you know he had a bubble in his throat. In came the doctor, (person jumps in) In came the nurse, ( person jumps in) In came the lady with the alligator purse (person jumps in) Out went the doctor (person jumps out) Out went the nurse (person jumps out) Out went the lady with the alligator purse (person jumps out)

I like coffee, I like tea, I like (person's name) to jump with me. (That person joins the first person so that two are now jumping. )One, two, three, change places, seven, eight, nine, change places, etc. (until the pair missed. The two change from right to left each time they said "change places" and all would keep track of who got the highest number before missing.)

The rhyme starts with the rope being swung back and forth, not over
Blue bells, cockle shell
Easy ivy over
Swing rope over head on over and continue in normal rope swing.
Oh no, here comes Miss Blackwellwith her big black stickNow its time for arithmetic
One plus one is?(jumper responds) Two
Two plus two is?(jumper responds) Four
Four plus four is?(jumper responds) Eight
Eight plus eight is?(jumper responds) Sixteen
Now its time for spellingSpell cat.(jumper responds) C-A-T
Spell dog.(jumper responds) D-O-G
Spell hot.(jumper responds) H-O-T
When the jumper finishes spelling HOT swing the rope as fast as possible till they mess up.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

POLISH PRESIDENT DIED





Thank you all for your warm words. We feel better when you are with us in such difficult moment for us





Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

VIDEOCONFERENCE SPAIN-SICILY













Today was a special day for spanish and italian students. They got to meet and introduce themselves to kids from Spain and Italy. It was really nice for me to get to see Arianna and Paola, and talk to them.

Monday, 8 March 2010

St Davids Day in Wales











On March 1st we celebrated our Patron Saint of Wales, St David, by taking part in a School Eisteddfod, a festival of songs, competitions and poems. Each child dressed up either in traditional Welsh costume or in Welsh Rugby tops. We had an enjoyable day.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Celebrating The peace day in Spain



This week we celebrated the peace day at school.We sang a lovely song, played the beethoven 9th sinfony with instruments and left some pigeonsfly away. We lit a torch and went to six different schools where more children and teachers joined us, so the parade was each time more numerous. At the end we played games in a park all the children together.

For a peaceful world.