During the days 7th to 13th of March we took out the fourth meeting of our current Comenius Project. This time, the country to be visited was Portugal. The Portuguese school is placed in a charming and very quiet place called Portalegre, close to the Spanish border with Badajoz. We made up a very nice team with nine students, mostly from 3º ESO, and two teachers, Rafael Jiménez and Alberto Rubio. During our journey we made a stop in Mérida, where we spent a most interesting day visiting the Roman Art Museum and the magnificent remains of the Roman historical buildings. The Portuguese school was a very modern one and made our students feel themselves as the characters of some North-American film. The families were most hospitable, and the students, as much as de teachers, really friendly. Although the weather was very cold, even snowy, we could enjoy viewing the most splendid landscapes during our visits to several beautiful places nearby Portalegre, such as Castelo do Vide and Marvao. The students took a lot of pictures and don Rafael Jiménez, one of the teachers, who is a very talented photographer, gave us a fine collections of pictures as a keepsake of our journey. On the last day of our visit we went to lisbon, where we had the opportunity of appreciating the beautiful style of the Portuguese Renaissance in the Monastery of San Jerome and the Tower of Belén. Afterwards, we spent the afternoon in the Aquarium, one of the best in Europe. At the farewell moment, all our students cried uncontrollably and promised to their Portuguese friends to be always in touch and to prepare future exchanges for the next courses.
During the present school year 2009-2010 our schhol is carrying out an interchange with the Instituto Comprensivo de Ripi (Italy).
From 21st to 27th March a group of 19 1st and 2nd ESO students accompanied by two teachers: Mª Dolores Galera y Rafael Somoza, travelled to Italy. The students stayed at Italian students' homes.
The trip was absoluteky satisfying from all points of view, as besides the cultural learning, the students were able to share and know the Italian customs. So, it has meant a unique personal experience they'll, definitely, never forget
Now we are looking forward to welcoming our Italian guests from 21st to 27th May, and hope their visit comes out as succsessful as ours there.