Bilingual IBQ

A blog for the activities of the bilingual section of IES Bernaldo de Quirós (Mieres, Asturias)


 On 9th March, 2018 we went to the theatre of the Cultural Centre  “Teodoro Cuesta”, to see the play The Reader of Books, inspired in the Roald Dahl’s book “Matilda”.

We walked from Bernaldo de Quirós to the theatre. The play finished at 11:30, but it started a bit late, and we finished later too.

The weather was very bad because it rained a lot and we had to take our umbrellas. On the way we ate sweets. They were delicious!

Ángela Álvarez, Juan Gabino Álvarez, Paula Argüelles y Nela Alonso 1º eso A


This play is about a girl named Minnie who likes to read a lot, but her parents are ignorant. The only thing they show interest in are the phones and they want their daughter to use it too, they want her to stop reading.

One day her parents punish her and she decides to run away from home. After taking a walk, she is dislocated and begins to see many books. Then she sees a librarian who explains where she is.

After talking to her, she decides to join the school without her parents knowing. Minnie discovers that the Principal is stealing money from the school and tells her friend.

At the end they leave school and Minnie´s parents recognize how important reading is.

By Omar, Paula F, Soraya, Natalia, Lydia and María. 1º ESO A

Week Camp 10th to 13th of April

We started very early in the morning, we left at 7:00 from Mieres. It took us 5 hours to get to Playa Razo Camp. When we got there, we were surprised with the views, facing the sea. The weather was not too bad, a bit cold some day.

When we arrived the camp leaders welcomed us and took us to our rooms. After that we started with the activities. After having lunch we played. Before dinner we had a shower. When dinner finished we joined the leaders to follow them with some more activities. We were really happy to be there so we all enjoyed our first night. We were told not to be noisy in our rooms, so we followed their advice and just talked for a little while. After the first day everything was easier.

The rest of the days were all the same. We had a great time, met new students from France who were surfing in the beach. We wanted to surf too! We tried our best at English, the leaders talked to us in English. On the last day we were sad to leave.  We got back to Mieres late at night, around 9.30.

Drawing the sketch of a tractor toy – Dibujando el boceto de un tractor de juguete

In February we had another technology class with Nicole. On this occasion we watched a video in which a designer explained how to do the sketch of a tractor toy following some easy steps. We drew the tractor with some help from Nicole and our teacher and these are some examples of our sketchs:

En Febrero tuvimos otra clase de tecnología con Nicole. En esta ocasión, vimos un video en el que un diseñador explicaba cómo hacer el boceto de un tractor de juguete siguiendo unos sencillos pasos. Dibujamos el tractor con la ayuda de nuestras profesoras y estos son algunos ejemplos de nuestros bocetos:



Visit to Adolfo Manzano’s exhibition – Visita a la exposición de Adolfo Manzano

Before Christmas holidays, some of us visited with the technology teacher Adolfo Manzano’s exhibition in the museum of our high school. We were so lucky to meet the author of the exhibition who told us about the materials and tools he uses in his job and the technical process he follows to create each piece. He also gave us an artistic interpretation of some objects of the exhibition. It was really interesting! Thank you, Adolfo!

Antes de las vacaciones de Navidad, algunos de nosotros visitamos con la profesora de tecnología la exposición de Adolfo Manzano en el museo de nuestro instituto. Tuvimos la suerte de conocer al autor de la exposición, que nos habló acerca de los materiales y herramientas que usa en su trabajo y del proceso técnico que sigue para crear cada pieza. Además, nos hizo una interpretación artística de algunos de los objetos de la exposición ¡Fue muy interesante! ¡Gracias, Adolfo!



Our first project of technology – Nuestro primer proyecto de tecnología

In December, with the help of Nicole, we made our first project of technology: a pop-up Christmas card designed by Robert Sabuda. With this simple project we learnt how to apply the technological process: the steps we follow in technology to design and construct objects. After finishing the card, as in every technological project, we did a report including a sketch, the construction process, the materials and tools used and a budget. Here you have our cards and some examples of reports.

En diciembre, con la ayuda de Nicole, hicimos nuestro primer proyecto de tecnología: una tarjeta de navidad pop-up diseñada por Robert Sabuda. Con este simple proyecto aprendimos a aplicar el método de proyectos: los pasos que seguimos en tecnología para diseñar y construir objetos. Después de terminar la tarjeta, como en todo proyecto tecnológico, hicimos una memoria que incluía un boceto, el proceso de construcción, los materiales y herramientas empleados y un presupuesto. Aquí tenéis nuestras tarjetas y algunos ejemplos de memorias:



Visit to Turón Valley – Visita al valle de Turón

Last November we visited the Turón Valley with the Technology teacher and Nicole, our conversation assistant. We learnt a lot about the history of mines in Asturias and their influence on the economic development of our region.  The walk was great and we took a break to have a healthy snack. We spent a wonderful morning with our mates and teachers!!!

El pasado noviembre visitamos el valle de Turón con la profesora de Tecnología y Nicole, nuestra asistente de conversación. Aprendimos muchas cosas sobre la historia de la minería en Asturias y su influencia en el desarrollo económico de nuestra región. La caminata estuvo muy bien e hicimos un descanso para tomar una merienda saludable ¡Pasamos una mañana genial con nuestros compañeros y profesoras!



Gender Violence - 25th of November

You don’t own me
I’m not just one of your many toys

Don’t tell me what to do
And don’t tell me what to say

You don’t own me
Don’t try to change me in any way

I’m young and I love to be young
I’m free and I love to be free
To live my life the way I want
To say and do whatever I please


Thanksgiving 23rd November 2017


The Thanksgiving Tree

This tree celebrates thankfulness.  The trunk is formed from the phrase “We are thankful for…” and each transparent leaf provides an answer to that very question.  Students of all grade levels at Bernaldo de Quirós Institute have hand-written messages to express the things for which and the people for whom they are thankful for.

Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the United States. It is celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday in November. On this day, families gather together, and many people say prayers of thanks for the year’s blessings. In many homes, a big dinner of roast turkey is served. Thanksgiving is traditionally a harvest festival. Similar festivals are celebrated in many parts of the world to give thanks after the years crops have been safely harvested.

Thanksgiving was first celebrated in 1620, before the United States existed as its own country.  A group of British pilgrims had fled to the Americas in search of religious freedom.  But living in the New World was difficult, and they struggled to survive.  The first winter, half of the Pilgrim population died because they did not have enough food.  Thankfully, the Pilgrims met Squanto, a Native American from the Wampanoag tribe who knew how to speak English.  Squanto taught them how to grow corn, how to hunt deer, and how to catch eel.  Because of the Wampanoag tribe’s help, the Pilgrims were able to harvest and hunt enough food for the coming winter.  To celebrate and give thanks, the Pilgrims and Native Americans had a festival that lasted for three days.  They named this festival “Thanksgiving.”

What are you thankful for?

by Nicole Willson

 Thank you to Nicole for her ideas and kind help.

Thank you to Gloria Caamaño ( Teacher of Design) for helping us to design the tree.

Thank you to the teachers who participated in the building of the tree.

Thank to the students for their thoughtful comments.

School Trip to Salisbury - Bath (8th to 15th October 2017)



We arrived to Aviles airport at 8:30 a.m. and we waited there for  4 hours, it was so boring and frustrating, it wasn´t a good experience for those people who hadn´t  flown  before.

We reached our destination at 4:45 p.m. at Standsted airport; Andy,  a Kaplan´s monitor was waiting for us and a bus  picked us up. It took us 2 hours to get  to Salisbury,  then the family drove us home.

We had dinner at 8:30 p.m.  and we asked the family for basic information like: where and when we had to take the bus from, when  we could take a shower, if they spoke Spanish ,etc. Finally we went  to bed ,  we were very tired.

The first day Frank and Sue took us to Kaplan´s International  School where we met the other teachers. In the afternoon we ate the packed lunch.  The teacher gave us a bag pack and then we went into town . At the end of the day we took the bus back to our house.

The second day we  did the same in the morning , we visited Salisbury´s Cathedral.  It was amazing but a little tiring  because we walked all the morning,.

On Wednesday we visited Stonehenge, it was beautiful  but it wasn´t as amazing as we thought it was going to be. Then we went for dinner to Pizza Hut.

On Thursday we  went to Bishops Boy’s School, a Grammar School. A group of boys, who spoke Spanish very well, explained  the history of the school . After that each one of us attended  lessons with a boy from the school.

On Friday we were supposed to walk to Old Sarum, but the weather was too bad. As we couldn´t go there, we were taken to Salisbury Museum. It was interesting, one the  rooms was frightening with very realist wax dolls. At the end of the day the teachers handed us a diploma with our level of English.

On Saturday we visited Bath, the Roman Baths, the Bath Abbey, Royal Crescent, the Circus, Pulteney Bridge. Later, the teachers gave us free time to go shopping.

Finally, on Saturday night we went to the airport and we flew back to Asturias. We couldn´t sleep because we had  to spend  all night at the airport. We arrived to Asturias at 10 o´clock.

The school trip was a good experience, we enjoy it very much. The day we enjoyed most was Saturday when we went to Bath. We hope to repeat the trip again.

Aroa García Navas   Sara Argüelles Cifuentes   Laura Mayordomo García

School Trip to Salisbury - Bath (8th to 15th October 2017)


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