Feliz Navidad from Year 8

Over the past week Year 8 has been learning about Christmas in Spain.  After competing to write the best tweet summary about Navidad (impossible to judge!), efforts turned to writing the best acrostic poem (spelling out NAVIDAD) about the Spanish festive period.  We have recorded some of the best poems but you’ll have to wait until the New Year to see them as Señorita O’Keefe has to work out how to compress the videos…

Here are two teaser photos!

Miguel

Miguel

 

Paula

Paula

Biomasa

As part of their A-Level studies, Y13 held an alternative energies forum.  In the picture we can see Javier, Hywel Thomas, explaining the Biomass process to year 13 students and Señora Fernández!!! Gracias Javier, we all thoroughly enjoyed it

Javier hosting the alternative energies forum

Javier hosting the alternative energies forum

Y13

Y13

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Amigo por correspondencia

9×1 and 9y1 have been busy working on their penpal letters this week.  Their Valencian friends have replied to our Easter messages and the excitement has started all over again!  We’re hoping to send our letters off this week so that our penpals will receive their correspondence before they start their summer holidays – much sooner than we do, how lucky!

 

Our penpal letters

Our penpal letters

 

9y1

9y1 with their letters

9x1 reading a letter

9×1 reading a letter

9y1 drafting their replies

9y1 drafting their replies

Woo tenemos cartas!!!!

Woo tenemos cartas!!!!

Spanish does Art

Spanish does Art

Amigo por correspondencia

Last week the Spanish Department received Penpal letters from Valencia. 9×1, 9×2 and 9y1 were lucky enough to receive a letter from their new Valencian friends. This week the Year 9 pupils have been working hard drafting and creating their reply letters and are extremely excited to see their work being sent off to Spain. Mrs Fernandez and Miss O’Keefe have already been nagged about when pupils will receive their next letter!

9Y1

9y1

Amigo por correspondencia

The Spanish Department is really lucky to have a link with a Spanish school in Valencia thanks to a past pupil, Jacqueline Hopkins.  Jackie, who achieved an A* grade at Spanish A-Level last summer, is currently working at the Valencian school as an English assistant.  Over the next few weeks we are set to receive around 70 letters from Valencia.  Our current Year 9 cohort will have this fantastic opportunity to make new friends and become pen pals with this Spanish school.

Jackie and her Spanish colleagues.

Jackie and her Spanish colleagues.

Year 9 pupils – please see Señora Fernández or Señorita O’Keefe if you are interested 🙂

European Day of Languages, 2014

Today we celebrated the European Day of Languages, a day celebrating plurilingualism and European culture.  68 pupils from year 7 came up to the languages block for a French breakfast and language quiz.

French breakfast

French breakfast

Year 7 enjoyed listening to European music and eating their pain au chocolat whilst completing their multiple-choice quiz.  Questions included: How many languages are indigenous to Europe and in which countries is German an official language?

Ciao! Bonjour! Hola!

Ciao! Bonjour! Hola!

Quiz winners will be announced on Thursday!