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viernes, 24 de junio de 2011

VACATIONS ARE COMING SOON!!!!!


The school season is about to end and hopefully we will enjoy our holidays very soon. Our students from 4º E.S.O. will be coming back from Newcastle this week and I am sure they will have had exciting and new experiences to tell.
Our students from 2º Bachillerato have had an extraordinary success in the so called "Pruebas de Acceso a la Universidad" and they really deserve some relaxing vacations and these lines is just to say goodbye but we will be seeing each other very soon in two months, so have a nice holiday everybody!!!!!!

jueves, 28 de abril de 2011

EASTER



Easter is the most important festivity of the year for Christians. On Easter Day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter Day is on the first Sunday after the full moon in March. This day is between 22 March and 25 April. The date is later in the calendar of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Non-Christians like Easter time because soem traditions remind people that nature is coming alive after winner.

The origins of Easter

The modern English word Easter may come from the name of an old northern pagan goddess. The goddess with the most similar name was Eastre, but there were other goddesses with names similar to Easter. They were all goddesses of spring and fertility. Pagans celebrated spring and the beginning of new life with festivals in March and April. When Christianity became important, the Christian Easter gradually replaced pagan festivals. But we still use today some symbols from pagan spring festivals: flowers and eggs were symbols of new life, and rabbits were symbols of fertility.

Easter Today

In the days before Easter American and British schoolchildren sometimes paint Easter eggs with bright colours.Families usually spend Easter Day together. The traditional Easter meal is roast lamb, new potatoes, peas and other vegetables. There are chocolate eggs for children. Some eggs have a surprise in them, others have someone's name on them, and others...just empty chocolate eggs!. Hot cross buns are typical on Good Friday in Britain. They are small, sweet cakes with a cross on top: the cross represents Jesus Christ' s death on the cross.

jueves, 3 de marzo de 2011

VALENTINE'S DAY AT I.E.S LOS ÁLAMOS


On 14 February lovers celebrate Valentine's Day. People in love give each other cards and presents: flowers-especially roses- chocolates or jewellery. In the evening there are special parties, and couples sometimes go to restaurants for a romantic dinner. In New York City on the top of the Empire State Building there are red lights on Valentine's Day.
The ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia was on 15 February. On this day young men took the names of young women out of a vase. The couples formed in this way, stayed together until the next Lupercalia. As usual, the Christian Church wanted to replace pagan festivals with Christian festivals. So, at the end of the fifth century Pope Gelasius created St Valentine's Day on 14 February.
Nobody knows exactly who Valentine was. There are three possibilities:
  1. Some people think he was a Christian priest when Claudius II was the Roman emperor. When he needed a lot of soldiers for his army, Claudius did not permit marriages, but Valentine performed marriages secretly.The authorities discovered this, and executed him in AD 270.
  2. There were another two Valentines in the third century: the Romans executed them because they were Christians.
  3. A legend says that one of them fell in love with the daughter of the prison keeper. before his execution he wrote a letter to her: he signed it "from your Valentine".
In the United States, young schoolchildren take to school the same number of Valentine's cards as the number of children in the class. There is no name on the envelope, but each child writes their name inside the cards. On Valentine's Day children make colourful red and pink decorations for their classroom, and the teacher gives the cards and some sweets to every child.

viernes, 28 de enero de 2011

PEACE DAY ON I.E.S.LOS ALAMOS HIGH SCHOOL


The students from I.E.S. Los Álamos are celebrating Peace Day in our High School. Students from 3º and 4º E.S.O. are making posters on the issue and are working on Martin Luther King's life.The posters will be shown in the hall of our High School.