Thanksgiving Day

23 11 2012

Today the USA celebrate Thanksgiving.  This afternoon our North American language assistant, Cristen Poole, has made us feel part of a typical Thanksgiving Day. Do you want to know how?  Watch this!

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And here is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:

One last thing: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving:

News from Alex!

22 11 2012

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Hey Sanchez Lastra!

Wow, it has been a long time, but I finally writing to all of you from Madrid.  Living here has been a big change from Oviedo, but I have really enjoyed it (especially with all of the concerts, events and things to do in a big city like this one!)  This year I’m working at a primary school, and with students who are only six years old.  I find myself repeatedly teaching vocabulary like “rubber”, “pencil sharpener” and “notebook”, and unfortunately I think presenting a class on graffiti this year will be quite difficult ;).  Although I am enjoying my new job here, I admit I miss working with all of you in Mieres, both students and professors.  I’ve heard that Cristen is doing a wonderful job there, and I hope all of you hooligans are treating her well (key: look up the word hooligan).

I received some emails from a few of you this summer, and I want to apologize for not responding.  I was traveling most of the summer without access to a computer or internet and couldn’t reply to those awesome messages.  I hope all of your summers were nice and relaxing, and that you spoke some English as well.  As for me, after working in the Pyrenees Mountains for a month, I travelled to Budapest and started an incredible trip through Hungary, Poland, and East Germany.  As you all know I love History, and it was amazing to be in places with so much powerful history to learn.  After that, I flew to London where I began a “hitch-hiking” trip with my friend from California.  I think “hitch-hiking” in Spanish is “auto stop”, but I could be mistaken.  Anyway, we hitch-hiked all the way to the Isle of Skye, a beautiful island in the Scottish Highlands, where we spent a week camping and living like vagabundos.

Thanks to all of you, I was able to take many great photos with my incredible new camera!  The gift all of you gave me inspired me to be very excited about photography, and I want to thank of you again for such a generous gift.  When I think about my year in Sanchez Lastra, I have the best memories and know that all of you have bright futures ahead of you.  With this post I have uploaded some pictures from my summer, and I hope you enjoy them.  Also, I still have access to the blog and would love to hear from you guys – about the school year, travels, your plans for University (for those in Bachillerato) and of course some new music!

Un abrazo fuerte desde Madrid, y seguro cuando subo al Asturias nos verémos en Mieres! (I hope that was correct!)

Bonfire Night

5 11 2012

Did you know the word “bonfire” comes from “bonefire”, a fire in which bones were burnt?

Today, 5th November, British people celebrate Bonfire night or Guy Fawke’s Night. This tradition started to celebrate the failure of The Gunpowder Plot, a plan to blow up King James I and the Houses of Parliament in 1605.

If you want to know more about this holiday, watch this video:

Then, you can play this game to check what you have learned.

Which festivals in your country remember historical events or have firework displays?  Write your comments and let us know!

AngloAmerican Week: activities

12 03 2012

These pictures show some of the activities organized during the AngloAmerican week.   Great, aren’t they?


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Flag Football

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AngloAmerican Week (6-9 March 2012)

5 03 2012

Thanks to the help of Kate Newton, the English language assistant in IES La Ería (Oviedo), and our American language assistant, Alex Johnson, we have already started to explore both their languages and cultures through different activities that will carry on until next week: contests, quizzes, songs, vocabulary exercises, posters, debates, powerpoint presentations, games…

Have a look at the programme! 

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What’s the most interesting thing you have learnt?  Write your post and tell us!

Love is in the air!

14 02 2012

As you know, today it’s 14th February and lots of people around the world celebrate “St. Valentine’s Day“.

Even if you think this is only a commercial tradition nowadays, why don’t you watch this video to know more about its uncertain origin?

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”

Helen Keller

Some of my favorite works of graffitti

31 01 2012



These are some photos from the lesson on American graffitti and public art.  I decided to post my favorite ones, and hope that you guys can continue with your awesome comments and ideas about them.


Happy New Year. Remember this?

5 01 2012

Here we are rescuing this lipdub we filmed last year.

With our best wishes for 2012… Despite all difficulties it may bring, we want to stick to the slogan of this song: WE GO TOGETHER!

Happy New Year to the whole school community!!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! … And enjoy the carol.

19 12 2011

End of the term, end of the year… and time for Christmas carols. This is really fun. We hope you enjoy it!!!

Come on, sing along!! You can check the lyrics below.

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Farewell to SKILL.

19 12 2011

Last Thursday, December 15th, we said farewell to our dear Comenius SKILL. We took this opportunity to gather students and families once again, present our Multilingual Guide for Language Learners and hand out a copy of it and a diploma to all participants.

Pilar Cortejoso, in charge of International Programmes in the Education Office, and Fernando Zapico, a dear old colleague and friend, now coordinating the Service of Plurilinguism, joined us on this occasion.

Thanks everybody for attending the meeting, for taking part so actively throughout the project and a special acknowledgement to our students for their fine work.

SKILL forever!!