November and December

Hi everyone, here is the combined blog post for the months of November and December.

During the month of November, the students participated in an event known as “Día Internacional contra a Violencia de Género” recognized throughout Galicia to promote an end to gender-based violence. Each student in Parga left their handprint on a large poster in a show of support to end gender-based violence.

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Later in November, students in the 3rd and 4th grade recreated a famous painting by Joan Miró. Each student was required to recreate at least two squares of the original painting. After spending many arts and crafts periods working diligently, the final product was spectacular.

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Finally, towards the end of the month, the students learned about Thanksgiving and its origin as a holiday within the United States. In order to celebrate the holiday, students created their own turkeys, each with feathers describing what they are thankful for this holiday season.

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In preparation for end of the trimester exams, the 5th and 6th grade English classes participated in a game of Jeopardy. Similar to the American game show, categories and questions pertaining to our class subject matter were provided on the big screen for the students. The classes were split into three teams each with their own team name. Jeopardy proved to be an interesting way to prepare the students for their exams while having fun. We will definitely be playing Jeopardy for each unit we have for the rest of the year.

In December, the entire school prepared performances for the annual Christmas Festival. The various performances consisted of dance numbers, singing, acrosports, school appropriate raps and even musical performances by some of the faculty members. The festival concluded with a visit by Santa Clause, who brought a sack full of goodies for all of the students. All in all, the day was a fantastic send-off for the students and faculty as they left to enjoy their two week holiday break. Here are the links to many of the performances. Enjoy!

-James

 

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October 2018

 

Greetings to all! My name is James Mayoral and I am this year’s Auxiliar de Conversación here at CEIP Santo Estevo de Parga. It is my pleasure to be here with you and I look forward to exchanging my own United States culture with the Galician (and Spanish) culture of the students and faculty. I am excited for the rest of the year and plan on updating this blog with each month’s big events and activities.

 

Throughout the month of October, we celebrated two important holidays: Magosto and Halloween.

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Starting with Magosto, we celebrated the annual falling of the castañas (chestnuts) on the 26th of October. To celebrate the holiday, students and teachers took part in a school-wide scavenger hunt created by our physical education teacher Miguel.

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The students were divided into teams with a specific color based upon their grade level. While searching for their colored castañas, the students found clues in the form of refranes (sayings) related to Magosto. At the end of the scavenger hunt, each group recited their favorite refrán by memory.

 

After lunch, the students gathered in the football stadium with their baskets, where the sixth graders served the castañas they had prepared earlier on the grill. As is tradition, students took the cooled ashes from the castañas and wiped them on everyone’s faces.

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We ended the day by playing some Magosto related games such as “Castaña Spoon Races”, “Steal the Castaña”, and “Castaña Sack Races” amongst others.

 

A few days later, we celebrated Halloween throughout the school.

In preparation for Halloween, students decorated Jack-o-Lanterns and brought them to display in our hallways.

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On the 31st, students and teachers dressed up in their scariest costumes to embrace the Halloween spirit.

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To celebrate, students watched the movie Coco and learned about el Dia de los Muertos as a few of the teachers began to set up the Halloween games and activities.

When lunch ended, students enjoyed playing games and activities such as “Ghostball”, “Spider and Candy Hunt”, “Mummy Wrap” and many others.

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October was a busy month and soon we will prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday in November as well as the upcoming Christmas Festival in December. Thanks for reading!

-James

 

PROXECTO PROXECTA 2018:Fitofaladoiro. Saídas.

Sensibilizamos aos nenos coa saída polos arredores ó centro ,coñecendo a fraga e a súa recollida de follas.Estudamos o tamaño,forma e color de cada unha así como a procedencia da árbore da que proceden. Convivimos connosco e coa natureza nunha tarde de respiro,felicidade e estudo natural.

Aprendemos relacionado coas nosas vivencias e intereses tanto nenos máis pequenos como maiores.

En días seguintes realizamos estampacións plásticas varias coas follas das diferentes prantas.

PROXECTO PROXECTA 2018:Fitofaladoiro

Nestas terras de pedra,monte e auga seguimos un ano máis co compromiso ético e de responsabilidade sostible,formando aos nosos alumnos nos bens de pertenza,deixados pola natureza e conservado polas xeracións ancentrais.
Estudar dende o máis preto infirindo comparacións ao lonxano.
Veciños e pais de alumnos axudaron a concientizar da nosa riqueza e de tantas empresas que viven ó redor do noso monte.Perservalo,coidalo e conservalo é tarefa de todos.
Temática que nos compromete como mestres conectados ó medio onde está inserido o centro.
O compromiso de perservar pasa dende o primeiro momento por coñecer,traballar,vivencialo e estudalo.Dende a primeira saída ó bosque coas idades máis temperás ata a investigación máis profunda.

Entroido 2018

Hello everyone!

For this year’s Carnaval/Entroido celebrations, we decided that each class would dress up as the characters from a famous story. The 5th and 6th year classes dressed as smurfs, the third and fourth year classes dressed as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the second year class dressed as the Pied Piper of Hamelin and his rats, the first year class dressed as The Wolf and the Seven Sheep, and the pre-primary class dressed as the characters from Little Red Riding Hood.

The kids performed in a sort of fashion show on a runway in the gymasium in front of their friends and family. The fifth and sixth year classes even performed original songs and dances. They also read the ¨coplas¨ they had written, ultimately sentencing the entroido (or entroidos) to burn. Afterwards, the students had a parade which led them around the school and around part of the town of Parga.

This year the entroidos were Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. The performances of the fifth and sixth year classes focused on all the harm they have caused, particularly with respect to the ongoing threat of nuclear war.  The students promoted a peaceful resolution through their performance.

We had a great time preparing for and celebrating Entroido once again. We can’t wait to do it again next year!

Enjoy our pictures from this special day.

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