Long live Poetry!

During this first term students in 2nd CSE G have worked on poetry and rethorical devices. As a end-of-term project, they had to write a poem showing their understanding of how poetry works. They have done a great job, haven’t they?

I hope you will enjoy them as much as they and their teachers enjoyed working on them.

Merry X-Mas to everyone!


Winter Holidays in the United States and Spain

As we are quickly approaching winter break, students at Clara Campoamor have been learning about how some winter holidays are celebrated around the world. Yesterday, students in 2nd Bachillerato discussed how Christmas, Chanukkah, and New Year’s Eve are celebrated in the United States—and how those celebrations differ in Spain. Take a look at this presentation to see for yourself!

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After discussion these different holiday celebrations, the students wrote their own New Year’s resolutions. In the United States, writing New Year’s resolutions is a very common way of reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the coming year. What do you think you could do better in 2016? Could you try to get more sleep? Spend more time with your family? Study harder? Here are some of the New Year’s resolutions the students wrote:

I will finish the orchestra piece I’m composing.
I will talk more with my sister and improve my relationship with my parents.
I’ll try to improve my grades.
I must try parachuting before I turn 20.
I must try to pass all subjects.
I must save more money because I don’t know when I am going to need it.
I will try to study more for exams (not just the day before).
I mustn’t be late to school anymore.
I’ll try to continue studying German and Russian.
I should try to become more patient.
I’ll try to visit my friends who live outside of Madrid.
I’ll try to get fit.
I’ll try not to leave everything for the last moment.
I will try to spend more time with my family.
I’ll try to organize my homework assignments on my own much better and work harder than last year.
I want to travel to my country.
I want to be less scared.
I will improve my English.

If the students follow through on all of these, I’m sure they will have a great year. Here you can see some photos of the New Year’s resolutions—written in the shape of a giant Christmas tree!

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Global Classrooms Mock Conference

For the past few months, two groups of 3˚ESO students at Clara Campoamor have been busy acting as UN negotiators. They are participating in the Global Classrooms project, which is a simulation of the United Nations. In January, students from all over Madrid will meet for a conference to debate the topic of how to expand the role of women in governance around the world. Each pair of students is assigned a country to represent, and they must research what that country has done to help improve women’s rights. The goal is that all of the different delegates will work together to propose solutions for increasing women’s representation in government.

Our students have been working very hard researching their countries’ views on this topic and practicing their public speaking skills in English. Yesterday, they traveled to a neighboring high school, Juan Gris, for a mock conference. Students gave speeches in rooms full of 50 other people, debated various strategies for improving women’s education and job opportunities, formed alliances with other countries, and wrote resolutions to help expand the role of women in government around the world.

While only 10 students from Clara Campoamor will be able to participate in the final Global Classrooms conference in January, all of our students performed very well at the mock conference. If you see them in the hallways, be sure to tell them congratulations! Also, give a special thank you to Mercedes, Antonia, Ángeles, Jaime, and our colleagues at Juan Gris for helping the conference run smoothly and taking pictures.

Here are some photos from the mock conference. Enjoy!

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One for the teachers!

So students, I guess if you’re studying right now on this beautiful Sunday morning your teachers at school probably aren’t at the top of your list of favourite people. However, I came across this video from Upworthy (if you don’t know it already you should check it out, it’s a great site) and wanted to share it with both students and teachers. Students so that you can take a moment to appreciate all that your teachers do for you and teachers so that you can give yourselves a big pat on the back!


Hi from Sayre!

I have just finished my first week at Clara Campoamor!

In my classes this week I showed a presentation about my family and the city of Boston, Massachusetts.

I also talked a little bit about the differences between British and American English. We even talked about the Boston accent! Below are some of the slides from my presentation.

It has been great getting to meet some of the students and teachers this week and I’m excited to work with all of you this year!