Spelling Bee 2018

Spelling Bee 2013Last Friday our students and teachers took part in a new edition of our Madrid Sur Spelling Bee / Bilingual Day together with students, language assistants and teachers from other nine bilingual Secondary schools in the Region of Madrid.

It has been a long road since we launched the idea at our school back in 2012. It started as an activity to reinforce vocabulary specific to some subjects taught in English. We wanted to agree on a common set of lexical items all students had to know and use in Technology, Biology, Geography and History, Music, Arts, Physical Education, Physics & Chemistry, English and Advanced English lessons. The first edition was a success so the following year the other four bilingual schools from our town, Móstoles, were invited. Three schools accepted so we decided not only to hold the spelling bee contest but also to organise workshops in English for the participating students with the help of our teachers and language assistants. These four schools (our Clara Campoamor, IES Velázquez, IES Juan Gris and Antonio de Nebrija) have become ten (the above mentioned plus IES Antonio Gala, IES La Serna, IES Dionisio Aguado, IES Barrio Loranca, IES Neil Armstrong and IES El Pinar) and other schools have also launched a second Spelling Bee in the region.

This is a list of the different editions of our contest and the venues:CartelSpellingBEE.indd

2012 – IES Clara Campoamor (Móstoles)
2013 – IES Clara Campoamor (Móstoles)
2014 – IES Velázquez (Móstoles)
2015 – IES La Serna (Fuenlabrada)
2016 – IES Juan Gris (Móstoles)
2017 – IES Neil Armstrong (Valdemoro)
2018 – IES Barrio de Loranca (Fuenlabrada)

By the way, congratulations to all our students and especially to Diego (winner in 2nd year CSE), Sylvia and Mariel (both got a special mention)!

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Spelling Bee 2014



I am excited to announce that the 2014 spelling bee will be held at IES Velázquez next May 14th. Thanks to all the other bilingual coordinators and teachers who are preparing the finals and workshops for the participating students.

Please find here the list of words for each year. Only students in the bilingual sections are expected to study the lists for Social Sciences and Biology.

Spelling Bee – 1st year

Spelling Bee – 2nd year

Spelling Bee – 3rd year

Our school finals will be held at our school in the first week of May. Two students will be chosen in each group and five students in total per year will represent the school at IES Velázquez. Have a look at the list and revise the vocabulary items. You may be one of the happy few! 🙂



Animation is more than 100 years old. You have seen lots of animated films. But do you know what animation is? Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images to create an illusion of movement. The most common method of presenting animation is as a motion picture or video program, but there are other methods too, for example, books.

Animation can be made with hand-drawn images, computer generated imagery, or three-dimensional objects, e.g. puppets or clay figures, or a combination of techniques.

In animation, the artist (called animator) chooses a scene or a character (a man, for example) and draws a picture (called a frame). Then he draws a new picture, similar to the first one, but not exactly identical. An object or a part of the body of the character has changed its position slightly. The animator does the same in the following pictures. Sometimes, the animator does not use drawings but three-dimensional models of characters. This type of animation is called stop-motion and it is still popular. Directors move objects and take pictures of them. Stop-motion animation is a very slow process – but audiences love the results!

Then the images are photographed or presented on a projector or a computer screen in rapid succession, usually, 24, 25, or 30 frames per second. In a full-length film there are usually hundreds of pictures for every minute of action!

Animated films usually have voice actors, some of them are really popular and famous. Think, for example, of Jim Carey, Cameron Díaz or even Santiago Segura or Antonio Banderas in Spain!.

In traditional animation, animators drew the images on paper by hand (hand-drawn animation). Animation became easier when celluloid was invented. Celluloid was a clear plastic film that artists could draw on. Walt Disney was the most famous celluloid animator. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, in 1937, was his first feature film.

In recent years computers have helped animation develop really fast and CGI (computer generated images) have become very popular. One of the most spectacular animated films using CGI is Avatar. In the film the animators used motion capture technology to capture real actors and use their movements to create lifelike digital characters The director, James Cameron, waited ten years for the technology. He wanted the film to be perfect. Have you seen it? Did you like it? Why or why not?

Thanks to Michael for this nice animated video he wanted to share with us!

Two new words for our students: Analemma and tutulemma

On Friday the 30th we visited the Planetarium of Fuenlabrada where our students worked and learnt more about our planet, the Solar System and the Universe. To this visit, Cuca Legaz, our Spanish teacher came with us and after the visit she sent me one interesting picture from one of her friends. The picture shows what astronomers call an “analemma” (analema in Spanish), that is a composition made of several pictures of the Sun taken from the same place at the same time along a year; the result is a very curious image showing the movement of the Sun in the sky. Looking for information about this pictures, I’ve found another composition similar to the analemma called “tutulemma” (tutulema in Spanish) that shows the same images of the Sun taken from the same place at the same time but with an interesting difference because one of the picture is taken while a solar eclipse is occuring. Analemma and tutulemma, amazing images, amazing words…

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Optical illusions

This weekend I found this fantastic video via microsiervos:

The author, Brusspup, has been extremely kind and has granted us permission to include the video and his remarks on the video:

“I did 3 anamorphic illusions. Rubiks cube, a roll of tape and a shoe. Which one is your favorite? I like the shoe the best.

Oh and lets not for the kitty cat. Hyder thought she was anamorphic for a bit there.

I’ve included the images in this video for you to download and try yourself. Print them on 8.5 X 14. Cut the paper any way you’d like to add more of an effect.

Rubiks – http://i.imgur.com/ffAnX.jpg
Tape – http://i.imgur.com/GUU2b.jpg
Shoe – http://i.imgur.com/J8VNL.jpg

Have a nice weekend

Within two Worlds

© 2012 GoldpaintPhoto

Music composed by Serge Essiambre entitled, ‘Believe in Yourself’. – sergeessiambre.com.

I was surfing the Internet and came across this terrific video. I contacted the photographer at twitter.com/GoldpaintPhoto and he was so kind as to grant us permission to include the video here:

I include here the video info available on Vimeo:

“Within Two Worlds depicts an alternate perspective by giving us the illusion of times movement, signifying a beginning and end within a world of constant contradiction. It appears you are traveling in the midst of a dream, half-sleeping, half-waking, and touching the arch connecting heaven and earth.

I discovered my passion for photography shortly after my mother’s passing while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) 3 years ago. This time-lapse video is my visual representation of how the night sky and landscapes co-exist within a world of contradictions. I hope this connection between heaven and earth inspires you to discover and create your own opportunities, to reach your rightful place within two worlds.

Locations include:

Tumalo Falls, Three Sisters Wilderness, Mount Shasta, Big Bend National Park, Mono Lake, Aurora Borealis over Crater Lake National Park, Texas, Painted Hills, the High Sierra, and the Aurora Borealis over Sparks Lake.

Please feel free to share #withintwoworlds! Special thanks to all for your continued support and encouragement.”

You can visit the photographer’s website: goldpaintphotography.com, his Facebook: facebook.com/goldpaintphotography or his Twitter: twitter.com/goldpaintphoto.

Have a nice week! Remember too next Thursday is Thanksgiving so I’d like to start thanking @GoldpaintPhoto for letting us use their video again.

Enjoy the awesome images and music!

Geometry in Nature – Photography contest – June 2012

This will be most likely my last post this school year. My apologies for posting so late but life has been hectic. Please find the pictures of the winners of our school photo contest together with some works submitted by our talented young artists.

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Thanks to all of you who decided to participated and submitted your work.

Enjoy your summer holidays!