Archive for the ‘Our school - CATALONIA/SPAIN’Category

Where are we from? (I)

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

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06 2014

Where are we from? (II)

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!

Our current president, Mr.Artur Mas

The Catalan flag, called "Senyera"

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

14

06 2014

Where are we from? (III)

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.

Barça Football Club's stadium: "Camp Nou"

by Larry & Rubén P.

14

06 2014

Our town: Sant Adrià de Besòs

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.

Besòs river

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 Gothic Arch

The three chimneys 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.

RCD Espanyol football training pitches


by Larry & Rubén P.

14

06 2014

Educational system in our country / Our timetable

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In the grid below you can see how our educational system is organised:

And here you can see 2nd ESO – A timetable:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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
11:00-11:30 B R E A K
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
13:00-15:00 L U N C H
15:00-16:00 Spanish English Maths Natural science P.E.
16:00-17:00 Maths English workshop Natural science Spanish P.E.

by Larry  & Rubén P.

14

06 2014

ESCOLA TÚRBULA: Kindergarten building

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by Maria, Ariadna, Pau, Laura, Sohayla & Nandini

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06 2014

Ground floor: Primary education and dining room

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by Laura, Nandini, Sohayla, Pau & Maria

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06 2014

1st floor: Compulsory Secondary Education (ESO), Arts & Crafts and Music classrooms

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by Sohayla, Laura, Pau, Maria, Ariadna & Nandini

14

06 2014

2nd floor: Infant education and some post-compulsory courses (I)

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by Helena, Ana & Berta

14

06 2014

3rd floor: High school and some post-compulsory courses (II)

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by Víctor & Marc

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06 2014