Tuesday, March 19, 2019

ESO 1: 3rd Term PBL Assignment



Resultado de imaxes para comic book

Dear ESO 1 Students,

This is your last term PBL assignment. Now you will have to create your own webcomic.

To do so, you must craft a creative story and draw your own characters and their roles.

Your comic strips must contain:

- Layout (design)
- Imaginary and unique characters (give them names and moods)
- Dialogues (put your grammar and vocabulary into practice)
- Setting (draw the different places where the story happens)
- Plot (the whole story)

Here you have a video and a website with interesting ideas on how to create your webcomic:

https://www.gocomics.com/ (web comic samples)

After putting all your bright ideas together, you should shape them into cool and eye-catching comic stipes that will bring your heroes to life. Here are some online comic strip creators:




webcomics (Google Play App)

Once you have finished your comic strip, you can send it by email or print it and hand it in in time.

The deadline for this assignment is Friday, May 31, 2019. No assignment will be accepted after this date. Remember that you can send your webcomics before the deadline.

There is an artist inside you waiting to create visual art and take the world by storm.

Good luck on your creations!

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Graduation Speech: ESO 4 2018-19 3rd Term PBL Assignment


ESO 4 Students,

This is your PBL assignment for the 3rd term. All of you have to WRITE and DELIVER your GRADUATION SPEECH.  You have to imagine you are going to stand in the school Assembly Hall before your teachers, classmates, parents and guests at your ESO graduation ceremony (to be held on June 21st) and deliver your speech, which must be at least 350 WORDS LONG.

The best student will be offered the chance to deliver his or her speech at your graduation ceremony... in English!! Of course, he or she will get extra points in the final mark for that effort.

Monday, March 18, 2019

World Water Day 2019

22 March 2019: Leaving no one behind

Under the motto Leaving no one Behind, Sustainable Development Goal 6 is crystal clear: water for all by 2030. In spite of this optimistic goal, billions of people are still living without safe water: their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.

Marginalized groups such as women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.

This World Water Day, 22nd March, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind.

However, is there anything we can do to help them?
We can all play our part by saving water everyday. We can also support and join events and initiatives aimed at improving these people's lives and making them grow.

Water is a precious, yet finite resource essential for life, with no adequate substitute: DO NOT take it for granted!

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

World Sleep Day 2019

 On Friday 15th we are reminded about the importance of having a good night's sleep everyday.

Poor quality of sleep can lead to memory loss, difficulty in concentration & lack of motivation. This #WorldSleepDay, start following these tips to get the best rest possible.

And remember: everyday is a perfect day to take care of yourself!

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Monday, February 18, 2019

International Asperger Day 2019

February 18th, International Asperger's Day. Can you feel it (too)?

Asperger is a show that visualizes the emotions of people with Asperger, a condition of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Krister Palo is a 15-year-old student at the International School of the Hague who just happens to have Asperger's syndrome. In his talk, he shares misconceptions about people with Asperger's syndrome, and breaks down some of these popular stereotypes and assumptions.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Ralph Fiennes at the Talanoa Talks


Going, Going, by Philip Larkin

I thought it would last my time—
The sense that, beyond the town,
There would always be fields and farms,
Where the village louts could climb
Such trees as were not cut down;
I knew there’d be false alarms
In the papers about old streets
And split level shopping, but some
Have always been left so far;
And when the old part retreats
As the bleak high-risers come
We can always escape in the car.
Things are tougher than we are, just
As earth will always respond
However we mess it about;
Chuck filth in the sea, if you must:
The tides will be clean beyond.
—But what do I feel now? Doubt?
Or age, simply? The crowd
Is young in the M1 cafe;
Their kids are screaming for more—
More houses, more parking allowed,
More caravan sites, more pay.
On the Business Page, a score
Of spectacled grins approve
Some takeover bid that entails
Five per cent profit (and ten
Per cent more in the estuaries): move
Your works to the unspoilt dales
(Grey area grants)! And when
You try to get near the sea
In summer . . .
       It seems, just now,
To be happening so very fast;
Despite all the land left free
For the first time I feel somehow
That it isn’t going to last,
That before I snuff it, the whole
Boiling will be bricked in
Except for the tourist parts—
First slum of Europe: a role
It won’t be hard to win,
With a cast of crooks and tarts.
And that will be England gone,
The shadows, the meadows, the lanes,
The guildhalls, the carved choirs.
There’ll be books; it will linger on
In galleries; but all that remains
For us will be concrete and tyres.
Most things are never meant.
This won’t be, most likely; but greeds
And garbage are too thick-strewn
To be swept up now, or invent
Excuses that make them all needs.
I just think it will happen, soon.

A Poem on Hope, by Wendell Berry
It is hard to have hope. It is harder as you grow old, 
for hope must not depend on feeling good 
and there’s the dream of loneliness at absolute midnight. 
You also have withdrawn belief in the present reality 
of the future, which surely will surprise us, 
and hope is harder when it cannot come by prediction 
anymore than by wishing. But stop dithering. 
The young ask the old to hope. What will you tell them? 
Tell them at least what you say to yourself.
Because we have not made our lives to fit 
our places, the forests are ruined, the fields, eroded, 
the streams polluted, the mountains, overturned. Hope 
then to belong to your place by your own knowledge 
of what it is that no other place is, and by 
your caring for it, as you care for no other place, this 
knowledge cannot be taken from you by power or by wealth. 
It will stop your ears to the powerful when they ask 
for your faith, and to the wealthy when they ask for your land
and your work.  Be still and listen to the voices that belong 
to the stream banks and the trees and the open fields.
Find your hope, then, on the ground under your feet. 
Your hope of Heaven, let it rest on the ground underfoot. 
The world is no better than its places. Its places at last 
are no better than their people while their people 
continue in them. When the people make 
dark the light within them, the world darkens.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Something just like this

“Something Just Like This”, a song about a relationship that 
doesn’t need to be superhumanly perfect.

"Something Just like This" is a song by American electronic music duo The Chainsmokers and British rock band Coldplay. It was released on 22nd February 2017 as the second single from The Chainsmokers' debut album, Memories...Do Not Open, and as the lead single from Coldplay's thirteenth extended play Kaleidoscope. "Something Just like This" was used as the theme for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

The song is written in the key of D Major and has a tempo of 103 beats per minute in common time. It follows a chord progression of G(add9)–Asus–Bm–Asus, and the vocals span two octaves, from G2 to G4.

The Chainsmokers: “Something Just Like This” is about a relationship that doesn’t need to be superhumanly perfect, an ordinary love, a love everyone deserves like the boy on the cover art whose childhood memories are now boxed up. Coldplay is one of our biggest inspirations and this song was an absolute dream come true to make. The song, for the most part, was created during our first meeting with Chris Martin. We found some chords that everyone loved and then Chris plugged a mic into the PA in the studio and freestyled for an hour. This song was the result. We’ve never seen a song written in such a stream of consciousness. It’s hard to maintain your identity when working with such an established artist but we feel this song is great balance between both us and Coldplay.

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The Start of the Rest of Your Lives

Don't let anyone rush you with their timelines

Alright, everyone looking forward, please.

Good morning, Year Elevens, today’s assembly is about the start of a journey. The start of the rest of your lives. In 2 years’ time all of you will be finishing your A Levels. In 3 years’ time you’ll be studying across the world, studying at the university of your choice. In 5 years’ time you’ll have started your careers. Many of you will be in this room working for the top institutions across the globe. You will then get married, you then may buy a house. In 10 years’ time your life will be set for you. In 15 years you’ll be 30 and from then on your path, your life will be set.

I’m sorry, Mr. Headmaster, let me tell you why that approach may fail you. I know people who graduated at 21 and didn’t get a job until they were 27. I know people who graduated late at 25 and they found work immediately. I know people who never went to university, but found what they love at 18. I know people who found a job straight out of college making decent money, but hate what they do. I know people who took gap years and found their purpose. I know people who were so sure about what they were going to do at 16, they change their mind at 26. I know people who have children but are single, and I know people who are married but had to wait 8 to 10 years to have children. I know people in relationships who love someone else. I know people who love each other but aren’t together... So my point is everything in life happens according to our time, our clock. You may look at some of your friends and think that they’re ahead of you, maybe some of them you feel are behind, but everything happens at their own pace. They have their own time and clock and so do you. Be patient. At age 25, Mark Cuban was a bartender in Dallas. It took till 32 for J.K. Rowling to be published for Harry Potter after being rejected by 12 publishers. Ortega launched Zara when he was 39. Jack Ma started Alibaba when he was 35. Morgan Freeman got his big break at 52. Steve Carell only got his break after 40 years old. Virgin was started by Richard Branson at 34. Getting your degree after 25 is still an achievement. Not being married at 30 but still happy is beautiful. Starting a family after 35 is still possible, and buying a house after 40 is still great. Don’t let anyone rush you with their timelines. Because as Einstein said, “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that’s counted truly counts.” And this is the most important thing, I want you to be able to create meaningful, purposeful, fulfilling lives for yourselves, and learn how to use that to make an impact and a difference in the lives of others. That, will be true success.

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The Hole in the Road

So often, we follow the same habits of mind over and over again... But imagine if you started just noticing, being more aware of your surroundings...

It's hard to change something that you can't see. This story demonstrates that awareness is the first step toward positive change, in our minds, and in our lives. It's great motivation for your meditation practice, and the perfect reminder to ... look out for that hole!

Stop and think just for a moment... for you, in your life, what is that hole?

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Ilas Cíes: treasured islands, by Oliver Balch


(Reproduced from The Guardian)

Illas Cíes are home to one of Spain’s finest beaches, but have no cars, no hotels and visitor numbers are strictly limited

As with all the best adventures, we never actually intended to go to the Islas Cíes. The beaches of northern Galicia were our destination. Well, they were until my wife clicked her weather app and saw blanket rain for a week. Suddenly we weren’t going north after all.

Travelling up from Portugal, we had got as far as the industrial port city of Vigo, which has a sunnier climate than northern Galicia. Without delay, we hit the internet in search of a plan B. One option kept popping up: the Islas Cíes (Illas Cíes in Galician) off the west coast. The images looked amazing: crystalline waters, tree-lined coasts, forest-covered mountains and white beaches.

All the same, I wasn’t convinced. For one, I had never heard of them. Second, was a near-uninhabited archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean really where we wanted to spend our holidays? There were no cars, no nightlife, no hotels and nothing to stop my kids landing up in Newfoundland should they happen to get swept out by the tide.

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