El Cant dels Ocells
the beautiful Catalan traditional song
by Greek, Catalan, Italian, Romanian, Hungarian, Polish and Turkish students
from the concert ”Our Voices Across Europe” played during the last Comenius’ programme meeting in Greece on the 7th May 2014http://www.vimeo.com/98813886
enjoy it on Youtube in better resolution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EES6J_UbkMQ
Epirus, or the Epirus Region (called Ipiros in greek), is a geographic region in the western central Greece.
It is placed near the regions of West Greece to the South, Macedonia and Thessaly to the east the Ionian Sea to the west and Albania to the north.
Arta is also known for its ancient sites from the era of king Pirrus and its well-preserved 13th-century castle.
Arta’s Byzantine history is reflected in its many Byzantine churches. The most famous is Parigoritissa, built about 1290.
Legend has it that Athaman the son of Eolos and King of Orchomenos in Viotia, found shelter in the Tzoumerka Mountain where he found the Kingdom of Athamani.
One century later, Corinthian colonists found Amvrakia their first commercial settlement. It was located where the city of Arta currently is.
In 168 BC, Amvrakia was besieged and conquered by the Romans, who plundered all the city’s treasures. Many centuries later, during the 4th Crusade , Mikhail Angelos Doukas came to the city and founded the Dominion of Epirus with Arta as this capital.
The city reached its peak between 1236 and 1268 when most of the churches and its castle were built .
In 1449 though Arta succumbed to the Turks and the city was annexed back to Greece in 1881.
(presented by Petsimeri Eleftheria, Priovolou Dimitra, Rapti Lina, Samara Konstantina, Tsolis Kostas)
Our school is in Spain. Spain is a country in the south-west of Europe, in the Iberian peninsula. It’s sorrounded by the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean sea, and it has borders with France in the north, with Portugal in the west and with Morocco in the south (around the two autonomous towns of Ceuta and Melilla).
In the north-east of Spain there are the Pyrenees, some very important mountains between France and Spain. There are two archipelagos: the Balearic islands in the Mediterranean sea, and the Canary islands in Africa. The three most important rivers in Spain are: Ebro, Tajo and Duero.
Spain is divided into seventeen autonomous communities or regions. In the north of Africa there are two Spanish autonomous towns called Ceuta and Melilla.
Spain is a parliamentary monarchy. Our king is Felipe VI (Philip VI) and our queen is called Leticia. The president of Spain is Mariano Rajoy of the conservative party (Popular Party).
In Spain we have four main languages. The official language is Spanish also called Castilian in our country, but there are also three other co-official languages which are Catalan, Basque and Galician.
Spanish is spoken apart from in Spain in Central America, south America and it is widely spoken in the USA. It is also spoken in the north of Morocco and in the Occidental Sahara, in Equatorial Guinea and in the Philippines.
Some important Spanish people from the past were painters like Picasso, Goya or Velázquez, or writers such as Cervantes or Antonio Machado. Some current well-known people from Spain are the tennis player Rafa Nadal, the actor Antonio Banderas, the tenor Plácido Domingo, the film director Pedro Almodóvar, the Formula One racing driver Fernando Alonso, or the architect Santiago Calatrava.
by Joan & Lluís
Our region is called Catalonia and it’s in the north-east of Spain. In the north there are the Pyrenees mountains, in the south there is the delta of Ebro, one of the most important rivers in Spain. In the west there is the Mediterranean sea, and in the east there’s another autonomous community called Aragón.
Catalonia is divided in four provincies called Barcelona, Tarragona, Lleida and Girona. The capital city of Catalonia is Barcelona.
We have our own parliament and our current president is called Artur Mas.One of our symbols as Catalans is our flag, called “Senyera” and our saint patron is “sant Jordi” (saint George). We celebrate saint George’s day each 23rd April and it’s one of the most important and merry days in Catalonia!
Catalan is the second more spoken language in Spain with over 11.000.000 of speakers, and it’s spoken apart from in Catalonia, in València, in the Balearic islands, in Andorra, in a region in the south of France called Rosselló (Roussillion in French) and in a town in Sardinia called Alguer (Alghero in Italian).
Some important Catalan people from the past or nowadays are the famous painters Joan Miró or Salvador Dalí, the worldwide-known architect Antoni Gaudí, the musician and cellist Pau Casals, the soprano Montserrat Caballé, the NBA basketball player Pau Gasol, the football player Gerard Piqué, or the current manager of Bayern Munich football club Josep Guardiola.
by Joan & Lluís
Our town is next to Barcelona, the capital city of Catalonia. It is sorrounded by the Mediterranean sea and the Collserola mountains. Barcelona was founded by the Romans who called it ‘’Barcino’’ in the 1st century BC.
One of the most popular landmarks in Barcelona is the “Sagrada Família”, which is an Art Déco church designed by Antoni Gaudí. He was a very important architect and he also built “La Pedrera” and “Casa Batlló”, two very important and lovely buildings, as well as “Park Güell”.
There are two important football teams in Barcelona: Royal Sport Club Espanyol and Barcelona Football Club, but we call it simply Barça. Barcelona Football Club’s stadium is called “Camp Nou” which means “New Stadium”. Barça has won twenty-two Spanish leagues and four Champions Leagues.
by Larry & Rubén P.
Our school is in Sant Adrià de Besòs, a town next to Barcelona, called like this after Besòs river which divides our town in two. There’s also the beach nearby. In the past, Sant Adrià de Besòs used to be an industrial town where a lot of people migrated to from the centre and south of Spain looking for a job and a better life in the 50’s and 60’s.
In Sant Adrià there are some popular sights you can visit like the Gothic Arch and the three towers of the old power station.
The training pitches of Espanyol Football Club are next to our school. For this reason, many young boys of Royal Sport Club Espanyol come to study from all over the world to our school and live in the Residence, a building next to our school.
by Larry & Rubén P.
In the grid below you can see how our educational system is organised:
And here you can see 2nd ESO – A timetable:
|8:00-9:00||Art||Social science||Spanish||Social science||English|
|9:00-10:00||Social science||Catalan||Optional Subject: Music||Art||Catalan|
|10:00-11:00||Technology||Art||English||Optional Subject: Music||Natural science|
|11:30-12:30||Catalan||Optional Subject: Music||Technology||Maths||Maths|
|12:30-13:00||Tutorial work||Tutorial work||Reading workshop||Reading workshop||Reading workshop|
|16:00-17:00||Maths||English workshop||Natural science||Spanish||P.E.|
by Larry & Rubén P.