Monday, October 26, 2015

Meet the Schools: NERYS'S HOME SCHOOL

The variety of schools joining in this project is really proving to be very enriching for us all. There are nursery schools, primary and secondary schools and schools for adults. We are also really pleased to have Nerys and her children participating in the project. She has kindly written a description for us:


Goondiwindi (Australia)

G'day (Hello)

Our school is very different as we are a home school. In Australia you are legally allowed to home school your children. In Queensland you can register through the Education Department. You provide a curriculum plan for the year that has to be approved and at the end of the year provide a report on the progress of your students over that year.

My kids are in primary and are in years 1 -4 so we are able to learn together. It gives us the flexibility to take advantage of great learning opportunities like this travelling notebook project.

We live near Goondiwindi in Queensland. Goondiwindi is aboriginal for resting place of the birds. It is on the border with New South Wales. There are about 6,000 people living in the area. it is a country town. It is inland and about 350 k's from Brisbane the capital of Queensland.

We are really looking forward to learning more about you and where you live as well as sharing with you our school and area.

Thanks you for this fantastic opportunity :) 

Thank YOU, Nerys and your family for joining us!

Traveling Notebook (High Schools): SNEAK PEEK III

 In the Canary Islands, students have also been working hard with their teacher Zoraida to write about themselves and their surroundings to send out their traveling notebook.

Here we can see some photos of the fantastic notebook they have created and some of the contents they have included in their entry.

Thanks again for joining us, IES de Guía! Way to go!

Traveling Notebook (High Schools): SNEAK PEEK II

Our friends from Padre Feijoo Zorelle in Ourense have been working really hard to create a nice traveling notebook. Would you like to take a peek and see what they have written?

 Eva, their teacher, has been kind enough to share a lot of the contents with us as well as a blog entry they have written about the notebook. Congratulations on your hard work, and we wish your notebook a safe journey and return home!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Meet the Schools: ULYANOVSK SCHOOL Nº 76

One other school joining this project is located in Russia, in Ulyanovsk. Ulyanovsk (Russian: Улья́новск) is the administrative centre of Ulyanovsk Oblast, Russia, located on the Volga River, 893 kilometers east from Moscow.

The teacher in charge of coordinating this project, Galina, introduces her school for us:


Our school is a state secondary school. In Russia schools usually have no special names. They have only a serial number. So we have number 76. Children aged between 7 to 17 study in the school. So they study at school for 11 years. They have different subjects in their timetable: Russian, Russian Literature, of course, History, Biology, Geography, Chemistry (in the 8-11th forms), Art, Music, English, Physical Education, Information Technology and others.
School life is merry and interesting. Last year my students made a short video about our school. They explained about it in Russian and in English. Hopefully you’ll appreciate it!

Thank you very much, Galina and all the Russian students for this nice introduction to your school. And thank you for joining our project!

Sunday, October 4, 2015


It is an honour to introduce a very dynamic school joining us in this project, CPR Padre Feijoo Zorelle. As you will see, they have a lot of exciting activities going on! Here's the description of their school they have sent us.


Colexio Padre Feijoo-Zorelle is a co-educational privately run school funded by the State for ages 3-18. There are 34 teachers and 402 students divided into 4 main stages: Infant education (3-6 years); Primary education (6-12 years); Secondary compulsory education (12-16 years) ;Baccalaureate (16-18 years).

Here you have a video tour of our school:

Colexio Padre Feijoo Zorelle is located in Ourense, a town in the south west of Galicia, Spain.

Ourense is the capital of the province of the same name in Galicia. It is traditionally known as "The City of Water" because water is the element that led to the original settlement on the territory. Eight bridges cross the River Miño in Ourense, which in Roman times was a gold mine. Today nothing remains of this precious metal, yet the town still offers another treasure: thermal spring waters. They are all over the province and spring at 65°C in the very centre of town, in the thermal spring fountain As Burgas, which is located just 450 metres from our school.
Founded by Antonio Zorelle Sousa (1913-2009) in 1969, the school was named after Padre Feijoo, a monk and scholar from Ourense who led the Age of Enlightenment in Spain. If you want to know more about him, visit a blog created by our students (in Spanish and Galician).

Our school has recently adopted project-based teaching as a methodological approach because it helps children and teenagers engage in their learning in a motivating, meaningful, creative and collaborative way. Here you have the links to some of the projects students and teachers are now working on:

From Ourense to the World: Postcrossing at Padre Feijoo Zorelle
We have joined Postcrossing to let the world discover our hometown while we get a taste of different places, cultures and communities!

Secondary school students run a podcast channel in English to which they submit weekly audio files. You can listen to them here.

Secondary school students have embarked on a project to teach science to younger students. For such a purpose they run a blog, a podcast channel and an online TV channel, and they also organise a yearly Science Week. They have been awarded the Peonza de Bronce- Espiral Edublogs for Best Students’ Blog in Spain.

Padre Feijoo –Zorelle students and teachers love reading! Together with our weekly “reading time” at the school library, we organize a yearly book festival to celebrate the existence of books. Its programme includes a wide variety of activities and events: debates, creative writing workshops, theatre and music performances, interviews to authors, video-conferences, exhibitions…Click here to take a look at the 2015 programme.

Another project we would like to share with you is “Proxecto Escola Saudable”, whose aim is to raise students’ awareness on the importance of growing healthily, helping them to become active citizens who do their bit for society and for the environment.

Sports and music also play an important part in our school’s day to day life! We have a basketball team, a football team and a very talented choir. They have organised many fundraising events and have recently launched an international charity project, Smiley Water, to raise funds that may help improve and enhance the protection and care of refugee children and their families:

Thank you so much, Diana Pastoriza, for inviting us to participate in this inspiring project!

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Thank you, CPR Padre Feijoo Zorelle for your willingness to participate!