St Patrick’s Day

Every 17th March people of Irish heritage celebrate St Patrick’s Day as he is regarded as the Patron Saint of Ireland. They usually wear green clothes, put up green decorations in houses or offices, and even paint sights and monuments all over the world emerald green (just temporarily!).


St Patrick’s day Parade San Francisco 2015 – ©David Yu (under CC licence)

This festival is a wonderful opportunity for you to do some research on Ireland and discover some really amazing landscapes and interesting traditions:

One of the most famous traditional Irish songs:Molly Malone:
Two Irish sports:

You may also remember that Irish people can choose between English and Irish. Would you like to try learning some Irish? If so, you can start with some basic greetings here.



Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving his speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving his speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.

Today, the third Monday of January, is recognized as Martin Luther King Junior Day in the United States. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most widely known activists in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. He was a key leader in a national movement to improve the rights and freedoms of black people in the United States.


Dr. King is most famous for the speech he delivered in front of more than 200,000 people at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, in which he declared,

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

While Dr. King is now most famous for those four words, “I have a dream,” the entirety of his speech is powerful and moving. By clicking on the image below you can listen to the actual audio recording of Dr. King giving his speech at the March on Washington. You will also be able to see the transcript of the speech, including which parts he crossed out in the moment, and which parts he improvised without having written them down beforehand. As you listen to the speech, pay attention to metaphors you hear, and think about what Dr. King was trying to convey.

Dr. King Speech at the March on Washington
Note: You may notice that Dr. King uses the word “Negro.” At the time of his speech, “Negro” was a common way of referring to black people in the United States. But because that word has historically been used in a very negative way to refer to African Americans, today it is considered highly offensive and inappropriate. Although, there are some contexts in which black people in the U.S. have re-claimed the word in a positive way.

While Dr. King was the most well-known civil rights leader, the movement was made up of thousands of people who for years worked to improve the most basic rights of black people in the United States. Many of these people continue that important work today. Here, you can see a video of John Lewis, another well-known civil rights leader and current U.S. Congressional Representative, talking about what the civil rights movement accomplished.

Rep. John Lewis

Why Learning a Language is More than Translation

Here at Clara Campoamor, our students work hard to improve their language skills. Students study Spanish, English, French, and Greek. And while many words can be directly translated from one language to another, there are other factors involved in mastering a language. For example, different languages have different syntax and grammar, and these factors can change the meaning of a sentence even if all the individual words are directly translated.

For this reason (among others!), learning a language means doing more than just translating word-for-word. It also helps explain why using digital translators, like Google Translate, is not a perfect method for figuring out how to say something in another language.

Check out this cool animated video about how digital translators work. It can help us think about the differences and similarities among languages and brings up some interesting points about multilingualism.

Halloween 2015

Ingredients for a horror story?

Mystery, suspense, blood, murderer, a young girl dressed in white, a haunted house, a deep dark forest, etc.

These have been a few of the answers given by our students. However, their two-sentence stories have proved to be some of the scariest their teachers have ever read.

Well done!

Soon you will be able to read some of their stories on our blog!

Until that gory moment… 😉 here you have a Halloween crossword:

 Across  Down
1. These are found in the corners and ceilings of a haunted house.

7. A witch’s pet. (5-3)

11. Bloody and gross.

12. A monster made from bones.

14. A monster from Egypt.

16. Another word for scary.

18. She wears black clothes and rides a broom.

21. It looks like a mouse but much bigger.

22. What kids wear on Halloween.

24. The creature that makes cobwebs.

25. Have a ghost inside

27. The Cyclops has one

31. What you get on your skin when you are scared.

32. These slam shut or creek open.

33. Witches ride this.

34. Vampires hate this.

35. Another word for strange.

38. October 31st.

39. What a ghost says.

40. A big black bird.

41. A monster with stitches on his face.

45. What children carve.

46. The month of Halloween.

48. Sharp teeth.

1. What children get at Halloween.

2. Flying animal found in haunted houses.

3. The kind of bullet you need to kill a werewolf.

4. A place with many tombstones.

5. Where you get goose bumps.

6. The weather around haunted houses.

8. The walking corpse.

9. The colour of blood.

10. Dracula

13. You can hear these in the hallways of a haunted house at night.

15. Little animals with long tails.

17. This wears a patch and has a sword.

19. This wears bright colorful clothing.

20. A big black pot that witches use to make potions.

23. The kind of light that vampires hate.

26. The monster __________ the stairs.

28. What vampires drink.

29. The time when werewolves come out.

30. What kids say on Halloween.

31. Something that haunts houses.

36. A monster that changes from human to wolf.

37. Makes me scared; gives me the ___________.

42. A monster from space.

43. The opposite of good.

44. Frighten.

47. A night bird.


Girl Rising

Hey there!

It’s Jessica here again. As Flora noted a few days ago, October 11 was the International Day of the Girl Child. The United Nations designated October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child to both recognize the challenges that girls still face around the world and to celebrate the importance of girls’ rights. As the following 10 facts show, we still have a long way to go to ensure that all girls around the world are able to access the education, healthcare, and other human rights that they deserve.


This year, some Clara Campoamor students in 2˚ESO and 3˚ESO marked the International Day of the Girl Child by watching a segment of the film “Girl Rising.” Girl Rising is a powerful film (and global movement) about how educating girls, especially in poorer countries, will change the world. The film shows the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world (Sierra Leone, Haiti, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Peru, Egypt, Nepal, India, and Cambodia). Students watched the segment of the film about Suma, a girl from Nepal who as a child was forced into bonded labor (slavery). But through her education, she fought for her freedom and now works to ensure no other girls are forced to work as slaves. Take a look at her inspiring story here:

After watching the film, students reflected on what they saw. Here are some excerpts of their thoughts:

This film has shown me that there are more girls suffering…than what I thought. It’s not fair. We are also human beings and we should have the same rights and choose what we want to do…WE ARE STRONG AND IF WE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM WE COULD GET IT.

I was surprised by how these people treated young girls like Suma in a cruel horrible way. It was a sad experience knowing that women have less opportunities than men, and that they have to work hard to stay alive. But it was also inspirational. It teaches girls around the world to fight for the rights they deserve, and the education they need, and their freedom.

Girls and boys should go to school and study, to receive a proper education and work in the future. I have a lot of luck being in a country that offers me education.

It is very sad to see a girl working when she is too young. It is discriminatory to girls if they are not going to school. All children have to be free, going to school and playing. I’m happy to see girls helping other girls. Because they ARE children, NOT workers.

Suma seems to me like a motivation, not only for her history, but also for her work getting others out of being Kamlaris so they can live freely.

I can only feel ashamed, not only because this happens, but because it looks like it’s not a global concern. Then I felt a wrath inside me, because a kid can not study and has to work all day long. Then I saw something unexpected: the little girls, the daughters of Suma’s masters, made fun of her and laughed at her. Next, I felt happy and I recovered a spark of trust about this world when her teacher went to her “master’s” house to set her free. Lastly, I felt like we have something to do, because we’re in the XXI century and slavery is not tolerable.

A few other segments of the film are available for free online as well. Below, I am including the segments on Asmera, a girl in Ethiopia, and on Senna, a girl in Peru. The Girl Rising website has lots of information and other resources about the nine girls featured in the film as well as about the importance of girls education in general. Also check out the Girl Rising youtube page, with additional videos about the making of the film.

As you watch these segments of the film, think about…

  • What parts of the stories stick out to you most and why?
  • What in the film surprises you?
  • Why do you think the filmmakers made this film?
  • Why do you think it was important for the girls to play themselves in the film?
  • What role do you think boys and men should have in the issue of women’s rights and women’s education?
  • What do you think can be done to help improve girls’ access to education around the world?

Girl Rising | Ethiopia Chapter

Girl Rising | Peru Chapter

Interviewing the New Language Assistant

Jessica here again,

During my first week at Clara Campoamor, I had the pleasure of working with various classes. In one 2˚ ESO class, the students worked in groups to write interview questions for me so they could get to know me better. They then asked me some of the questions in class, and recorded the answers I gave. Below is a selection of their questions and my answers. I’ve also included some of the questions they did not have time to ask, and I have answered them as well. It was a lot of fun for me to get their questions, and I hope it helps you all get to know me a bit better too. Thank you 2˚ ESO students for your thoughtful questions!

Until next time,



  1. How old are you? I’m 23 years old.
  2. What did you study at university? I studied biology.
  3. What is your favorite place in Spain? I’m not sure yet, because I’ve only been here for a week an a half. I would love any suggestions though!
  4. Why have you come to Spain? I have come to Spain to be an English language assistant at Clara Campoamor and to learn more about Spain.
  5. What type of music do you like and who is your favorite singer? I like Beyonce’s music and she is my favorite singer.
  6. Have you ever been to another country? Yes. Also, for me Spain is another country, so I’m in another country right now!
  7. What was your favorite subject in high school? Biology was my favorite subject in high school.
  8. Do you have any brothers or sisters? Yes, I have one younger brother.
  9. What is your favorite color? I like a mixture of green and blue that is called turquoise.
  10. Do you like sports? Yes, I do like sports. My favorite sport is soccer—or as you call it here, football.
  11. What is your favorite football team? I like one from California called the San Jose Earthquakes.
  12. What is your favorite food? What is your favorite Spanish food? I like chocolate. So my favorite Spanish food might be churros and chocolate.
  13. Do you like Spanish people? Yes, so far, everyone in Spain has been very nice to me!
  14. Do you have pets? No, I don’t, but I used to have a fish.
  15. Do you prefer basketball or football? I prefer football.
  16. What is your favorite basketball team? The Golden State Warriors are my favorite basketball team.
  17. Do you like children? Yes, I like children.
  18. What is your favorite music group or band? My favorite band is called Lake Street Dive.
  19. Have you ever seen the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon? Yes, I have seen the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
  20. What do you think about Jaime? I think he is a good person and he is very funny. I think only good things about Jaime.
  21. What hair color do you like the most? I like all the hair colors. I don’t have a favorite one.
  22. What is your favorite animal? My favorite animals are puppies.
  23. Who is your favorite tennis player? My favorite tennis player is Serena Williams.