Happy Spring everyone! Here is the blog post for the months of January, February, March and April.
During the month of January, 3rd and 4th grade students learned about different types of clothing in English. In order to solidify their knowledge and have fun while reviewing for their exam, the students participated in a fashion show.
Each student brought in their silliest clothes and wore them as they strutted down the runway. Meanwhile, the other students would identify the different types of clothing their classmates wore. The fashion show was a lot of fun for both the students as well as Elena and I.
When we all returned from Winter break, our faculty members decided to invest in 12 brand new tablets to be used in the classroom. In English class, Elena and I use these tablets to play educational games that are more entertaining than the standard book lessons.
In March, we celebrated Carnaval and Entroido over the course of a whole week. This year, the school’s theme was “bugs” and each grade level came dressed as a different kind. The infantil children were dressed as ladybugs, while the 1st and 2nd graders dressed as butterflies. The 3rd and 4th graders dressed as bees and the 5th and 6th graders dressed as ants. The teachers dressed according to their class except for Miguel and I who dressed as bug catchers.
To kick off the celebration, the whole school took off on a parade around the town of Parga where local shop owners greeted the students with candy and other treats.
When we arrived back at the school, the students performed songs and dances related to their bug costumes. In addition, the 5th and 6th graders ceremoniously condemned this year’s Entroido through the form of poetry as well as a skit.
Every year, the students select an issue taking place around the world and create a related figure using paper mache, known as an Entroido. This year, the students selected a local figure and modeled their Entroido after a train conductor. In March, local officials were discussing the possibility of rerouting the train in Parga, in a way that would divide the town in half. The local community is against separating the already small town with train related barriers and the Entroido this year supports that sense of community.
At the end of the festivities we set fire to the Entroido as a way of showing our support to the community of Parga and it’s wishes to remain undivided.
Recently, the 1st through 6th graders went on an excursion to the port city of Viveiro. First we visited the “lonja” (mass fish distributor) where we were able to observe the different ways that fish are sold and distributed all throughout Galicia.
Next we stopped by the Spanish Coast Guard station where we were greeted by the station’s search and rescue team. During our visit, we learned about the equipment used by the team as well as their standard rescue procedures. This stop was especially impressive as we were able to observe the station’s helicopter.
After the coast guard station, we stopped at another building to learn about the daily life of fishermen and their fishing techniques. Here, the students tried on different types of clothing and pretended that they were fishermen for the day.
Finally, we ended the day at a local seafood restaurant where we ate delicious food. In fact, we were quite shocked when almost all the students happily ate the uncommon seafood on their plate. All in all, it was a great excursion and I am very glad I had the opportunity to tag along.
Thanks for reading this blog post and I hope you enjoy the photos of these events as much as we did!