Bilingual IBQ

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

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)


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


The  students in 3º  ESO and 4º  ESO at Bernaldo Quirós started a trip to Salisbury on October 8th.  The plane was due to depart at 10: 30 but because of technical problems, the plane was delayed and eventually took off at 14:30. The flight lasted an hour and a half. We landed at Standsted airport and a coach was waiting for us. The trip to our destination lasted three hours with a thirty minutes break to rest in the motorway. Once in Salisbury the families took us home.

The first day at school , the teacher explained our timetable throughout the week. After that we walked round the city,  we were shown our route from the bus stop to the school and to our houses. We used to have lessons in the afternoon and visits in the morning.  We were also given free time to explore and learn about the city.  Our timetable used to start at nine in the morning and it would finish at 16:30 in the afternoon.

During this week, we visited Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge - a megalitic monument built with huge stones - Salisbury Museum and Bath. While in Bath, we went to the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, Jane Austen Centre, Royal Crescent, the Circus, The Pulteney Bridge and of course we were given spare time to do our shopping.

We enjoyed all the activities the school in Salisbury had planned for us, one of them was to interview people in the market square and at Salisbury College.  We were also given the chance to go to Bishop´s School- a grammar school for boys. We spent the morning there; we attended some lessons (Spanish, History ..)  and shared our time with the students in that school.

Our last day was really busy, we travelled to Bath in the morning and after returning from the town, we all went home to rest.  We packed our luggage and at 12 midnight we were driven to the airport. We spent the whole night at the airport as we had to catch the plane at seven in the morning. It was a long and tiring night for all of us. The airport was amazingly busy at that time of the night.

For us it was a good experience that we would repeat without any doubt.

You don´t own me

You don´t own me   by Grace

You don’t own me
You don’t own me

Woah, let’s go
But I’m Gerald and I can always have just what I want
She’s that baddest I would love to flaunt
Take her shopping, you know Yves Saint Laurent
But nope, she ain’t with it though
All because she got her own dough
Boss bossed if you don’t know
She could never ever be a broke ho

You don’t own me
I’m not just one of your many toys
You don’t own me
Don’t say I can’t go with other boys

Don’t tell me what to do
And don’t tell me what to say
Please, when I go out with you
Don’t put me on display

You don’t own me
Don’t try to change me in any way
You don’t own me
Don’t tie me down ’cause I’d never stay

Don’t tell me what to do
And don’t tell me what to say
Please, when I go out with you
Don’t put me on display

R-r-r-really though, honestly
I get bored of basic bitches
She’s the baddest, straight up vicious, texting her asking her
If she’s alone and if she’d sent some pictures, she said no (what)
Well goddamn, she said come over and see it for yourself
Never asking for your help, independent woman
She ain’t for the shelf
No, she’s the one
Smoke with her till the weed is gone
Stayin’ up until we see the sun
Baddest ever, I swear she do it better than I’ve ever seen it done
Never borrow, she ain’t ever loan
That’s when she told me she ain’t never ever ever ever gonna be owned

I don’t tell you what to say
I don’t tell you what to do
So just let me be myself
That’s all I ask of you
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

Hey hey (you don’t own me) oh, no
Oh no no
Hey no no no
Don’t you, don’t
You don’t own me
Na na na na
You don’t own me
You don’t own me

Bob Dylan´s fan


Bob Dylan

The Nobel Prize of Literature 2016 was given to Bob Dylan. Everybody is talking about it nowadays and it is becoming too repetitive, but I don’t want to talk about this prize.

I would like to tell you about one of his albums, maybe one of the most famous called “The freewheelin’”. My father has this album, and when he bought it, he wrote the date on it. It was the 17th of February of 1979. It’s still at home.

The album cover has turned yellow and when you listen to it you hear that beautiful creak that CDs will never equalize. When I was a little girl, he would listen to it all the time.  He used to play it so loud that the music could be heard in the whole house, funnily enough now I do that, too.

The lead single of the album is “Blowin’ in the wind “that has been sung by Joan Baez and Neil Young, my father´s two other heroes. It talks about peace, war and freedom.  Unfortunately we often turn our backs on what´s happening around us. This attitude could be explained in the verse “How many times can a man turn his head pretending he just doesn’t see?”.

There is also a song in this album titled “Masters of war”. I’ll copy here some fragments which will express what I cannot do in an easy way.

Come you masters of war

You that build all the guns

You that build the death planes

You that build all the bombs

You that hide behind walls

You that hide behind desks

I just want you to know

I can see through your masks


And I hope that you die

And your death’ll come soon


And I’ll stand over your grave

Till I’m sure that you’re death

Another song is A hard rain’s a-gonna fall. I love its music and its lyrics. It’s my favourite, but unfortunately I can´t explain it as I don´t understand a single word of it. I’ve listened to it for a hundred of times, and I just feel it’s… I don’t know… one of the best songs ever written.

The last song I’m going to talk about (if I can decode something) is Talkin’ World War III blues. In this song, someone goes to the doctor because he had a dream about the World War III. The doctor tells him he’s crazy, maybe because he doesn’t want people to know anything about what’s going on. When he starts telling the doctor about it, he is driving a stolen Cadillac and he is smoking, all very weird. Then the doctor tells him he also had that dream, but he was the only one who had survived the war. Finally, the song says that Abraham Lincoln said “I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours”, we always think we are the only ones.

The thing is, The freewheelin’ is a great album with great songs and I think it will be, for a long time, a legend in music.

By Lola García Fueyo

Student´s story


Last month, when Sophia was walking down the street, she met one of the most famous heroes of Capital City. Not many would bother saving a young girl of being mugged, so she did not expect Dark Static appearing out of the blue.

She had been searching for information about that young man that was supposed to be one of the main protectors of Capital City. She only knew he was a male. She hoped it had been a woman. Sophia had only left the bar where she was working for the summer, when a man started walking behind her. She was scared, and her heart was beating really really hard.  Sophia knew their local heroes worked 24/7, but she was still worried they wouldn´t show up. She was becoming too dependent on them, so she took it upon herself, to save her own soul. Sophia had taken some karate lessons, so she could take the man down easily. She had that advantage of knowledge so she used to plan on using it against him. She mentally prepared for her fight fist to fist and she attacked. Sophia kicked the man where the sun didn´t shine and knocked him off with a single fist. She was going to run for her life, when a crash interrupted her thoughts and she stopped to see. “I was going to save you, you know?” she couldn´t believe it was DS. “I appreciate your concern, but I can watch my own back.” And she felt her heart skip a beat.

Sophia experienced her worst nightmare, but she would not forget talking to the young man behind the black mask that called himself Dark Static, or as she called him: DS.


By Lola García Fueyo. 1ESO C

Last Monday, 17th of April, students of first and second grade of ESO were waiting in front of the highschool to take a bus to go to the week camp in Garaña, near Llanes, where we were going to spend the next three days, until Wednesday, the 19th.
When we arrived, after an hour of travelling, the monitors of the camp introduced themselves and guided us to a small church, where we left our baggage.
Then, we played with three monitors –April, Kobey and Paul- a game called `Splat´ that would help them to remember our names.
We also played others games, such as `Salad´ and one in which we were pokemons, because Paul loves them.
Later, we had a shower and we had dinner, and after playing a game about creating stories, we went to sleep.
On Tuesday, we had breakfast and we played baseball and, then, we went to the Bufones de Pría, where we could feel the pressure of the air over the sea putting our hands near to a small geyser.
When we went back to the camp, we made `Construction´, building something like a bridge with plastic tubes.
After having lunch, we went to the Adventure Park, a place where you have to cross suspension bridges and all that kind of things, and, at the end of it, you had a great zip line.
Then, we played Jenga, basket and a game of mime, pictionary and trivia.
After riding a segway, we had dinner and went to the disco, when we danced songs like `Shape of you´ and `Despacito´.
On Wednesday, we were a little sad, because we had to leave the camp, but we had a lot of fun playing games like `Categories´, `Treasure hunt´ or the `Train´.
After that, monitors gave us caps and prizes for the people who had spoken a lot in English. We took our baggage and we waited for the bus, that was delayed. Finally, we said goodbye to all our monitors and returned to Mieres.
We slept three hours each night, but we had a great time!
We want to come back!


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