Tuesday, 2 October 2018

European Day of Languages

On the 26th September we celebrated the European Day of Languages. Several activities were carried out. 

The students in the 7th grade class painted t-shirts with the expression "Talk to me!" translated into several languages spoken in Europe. 

The secondary students held a debate on the importance of learning foreign languages throughout their lives and on linguistic diversity in Europe.

After that, hey were asked to create a poster about the celebration of the European Day of Languages and the linguistic diversity in Europea. In the end, they had to translate expressions like "Hello!" and "I love you!".

In the afternoon, our school hosted the "eTwinning School Label" ceremony in the Northern Region, an event attended by directors and teachers from 21 schools and 2 eTwinning Ambassadors.

After having obtained the European Quality Label for the excellent work on the project "Reporteros Sin Fronteras" (reporters without frontiers - 2016/2017) and the National Quality Label in the projects "Español - más que aprender una lengua" (Spanish - More than learning a language 2017/2018), "Iberian Christmas" (2017-2018) and "Todos contra el acoso escolar" (All against bullying - 2017-2018), The work carried out on these projects and activities through the eTwinning platform also led to the awarding of the" eTwinning School 2018-2019" label, which was the only school in the county to receive such a distinction.

The eTwinning School Label is related to eTwinning's willingness to recognize and evaluate the involvement, commitment, and dedication of the school, teacher teams, and leaders.

This award acknowledged the Group's work as a leader in the areas of digital and eSafety practices and the use of innovative and creative approaches, representing a great achievement for the entire eTwinning team.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

SOS Racism

On April 27th, a lecture on racism was held at the Sá de Miranda School by an activist from the SOS Racism organization, Dr. Joana Cabral.

Dr. Joana is a psychologist and university professor, researcher on issues of discrimination, exclusion and social inequality and, in addition on activism in SOS Racism, coordinates a street group that makes intervention with homeless people.

The lecture was organized by the 11th grade class in the scope of the English and Philosophy subjects and was attended by the classes 10º3, 10º5, 11º3, 11º5, 2P2, 2P3, who showed a lot of interest in the subject and allowed a good dialogue with the activist.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Leading Ligths meeting at La Reunion - April 2018

During the week of April 16 to 20, the Erasmus + project Leading Ligths teacher's meeting was in La Reunion, the french island in the Indian Ocean, to the east of the island of Madagascar. 

Réunionese culture is a blend of European, African, Indian, Chinese and insular traditions. The most widely spoken language, Réunion Creole, derives from French.

Since 2010, Réunion is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site that covers about 40% of the island's area and coincides with the central zone of the Réunion National Park.

During this week teachers had the opportunity to meet and contact directly with the cultural and landscape diversity of this island. 

According to the participants, it was an unforgettable experience. Here are some representative images of what was experienced during this meeting:

The agenda of works:

Monday, 26 February 2018

Still about Braga's Meeting

Hello everyone! As the next meeting in La Reunion approaches, there is nothing like remembering some of the beautiful and enriching moments lived in the meeting held in Braga in October 2017. It was with great pleasure that we received all the teachers and students from the partner schools for a week and we hope that you all have enjoyed this meeting and it has responded to your expectations.
See you soon!

Friday, 9 February 2018

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is a United Nations-sponsored annual awareness day that takes place on February 6 as part of the UN's efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation. It was first introduced in 2003.

To celebrate this date the student association of our school has organized a series of activities to raise the consciousness of the educational community for this terrible practice that goes against human rights. On this day, at 10:05 am, in all classrooms, the students read an explanatory text followed by the visualization of a video where some testimonies were heard.

For more information click on the following link

Thursday, 18 May 2017

My time in Melilla

Portuguese students' texts about their experience during the international meeting in Melilla within the erasmus+ project "Leading Lights".


Saturday, 13 May 2017

2nd meeting: Melilla, Spain

Participation in the 1st meeting: Caserta, Italy

The project

The three year project "LEADING LIGHTS" aims to shine a spotlight on some of the many forms of discrimination that are increasingly casting a shadow across Europe and contributing to disparities in learning outcomes and life chances. The main purpose of this project is to challenge the younger generation to contemplate on identities and prejudices, to raise students’ awareness on equality and racism, especially in the light of the current refugee crisis, to learn about the forms of discrimination, and to become active citizens by collaborating to combat this in all its forms . 

The project brings together schools who are right at the edge of Europe including several who are even on another continent, those that are experiencing the refugee crisis as a daily reality and those that are very far removed from it in a unique collaboration.

"Leading Lights" is a developing project which focuses on different aspects of equality over a three-year period:
  • Year one: Tuning into Equality Challenges 
  • Year two: Celebrating Difference
  • Year three: Reaching a Helping Hand
Participating organisations:

Priorities of the project:
  • Horizontal: inclusive education, training and youth
  • School Education: strengthening the profile of the teaching professions
The most relevant topics adressed by the project:
  • inclusion-equity
  • migrants issues
  • new innovative educational methods
Key objectives of the project  are:

 a) to create opportunities for all students to develop as active, autonomous citizens, in accordance with their capacities and educational needs;

 b) to broaden teachers' professional development by the  sharing and   adoption of innovative pedagogical approaches aimed at promoting the educational success of all students . 

The students will get the opportunity to develop their understanding of what it means to be a European citizen, to meet and work with friends across Europe, including those from very disadvantaged backgrounds, on an exciting and meaningful project. Within the project and its mobilities students will participate in various activities, create several products and exchange views and experiences. They will all have the opportunity to be actively involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of project activities throughout the duration of the project. They will express themselves through various creative means (photography, drama, music, paintings, digital art, and writing), the use of media (presentations, articles, interviews, coverage, films) and sciences (researches, studies). In addition, they will develop their creativity, originality, competitiveness and team spirit. Those that find themselves in a minority in their own schools will discover their equivalents in some of the other partner schools and realize that there is a strength in working together to raise awareness of all forms of discrimination. 
The students will learn how to work collaboratively on a project of data and research. ICT will be widely used to process digital files (photos, audio and video files) and various presentations, videos, posters, brochures and leaflets. 

Bridging the gap between school and the outside world, the students' engagement in the project will contribute to the promotion of a positive stance towards school and learning, thus playing an important role in their personal and academic growth.

We intend that the students gain the following competences through the project: 
1) sense of initiative; 
2) the ability to speak foreign languages; 
3) social and civic competences; 
4) IT skills; 
5) capacity to learn to learn; 
6) cultural awareness and expression.

The exchange of innovative , creative and inclusive teaching practices between the teachers of the partner schools will lead to the most relevant of these being adapted and adopted in the other schools thus contributing greatly to teacher professional development and improving the quality of teaching and learning outcomes for all students.

The quality of teaching and learning in all schools involved will be improved through the sharing of innovative, creative and inclusive pedagogical approaches between the partner institutions and other relevant organizations. 

Expected impact on the participants

The activities supported under this project are expected to bring positive and long-lasting effects on the participating schools, on the policy systems in which such activities are framed as well as on the persons directly or indirectly involved in the organised activities. This project is expected to result in the development and implementation of innovative practices at organisational, local and European levels.

Secondly, this project will give us the opportunity to learn from other educative systems their innovative and effective strategies such as promoting learner autonomy  and other  examples of good practice when dealing with motivating and supporting vulnerable students with fewer opportunities to acquire basic skills to surmount their difficulties and achieve successful academic performances and complete social integration.
Thirdly, the students will be equipped with competences to design and execute their own projects. They will also learn and practice to reflect, to use creative skills, to take a critical stand, to formulate their experiences, to resist social pressure, to change their attitudes, to make independent judgments and to take responsibility for their own behaviour. They will gain a better understanding of their own identities and cultures through sharing these with others and also develop self-respect and confidence. They will be provided with authentic contexts for developing modern foreign language skills. All these  will stand them in good stead when it comes to seeking  employment. 

There will be a total of six meetings, two meetings in the category of transnational meetings and four meetings in the category of learning/teaching/training activities:

Year 1, Tuning into Equality Challenges: 
  • Teachers' meeting in Italy, October 2016.
  • Teacher Student meeting in Melilla, Spain, spring 2017.

Year 2, Celebrating Difference:
  • Teacher Student meeting in Braga, Portugal, fall 2017.
  • Teacher meeting in La Reunion, spring 2018.

Year 3, Reaching Out a Helping Hand:
  • Teacher Student meeting in Wales, October 2018.
  • Teacher Student meeting in Oulu, Finland, spring 2019.