Get into poetry this summer!

What is poetry to you?

“If I read a book [and] it makes my whole body so cold no fire ever can warm me I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only way I know it. Is there any other way?” Emily Dickinson

“Poetry is what gets lost in translation.” Robert Frost.

“I would define, in brief, the Poetry of words as the Rhythmical Creation of Beauty.” Edgar Allan Poe.

“Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.” William Hazlitt.

“Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.” Rita Dove.

In the end, each one of us has our own definition, don’t we?

We would like to encourage you to explore the vast world of poetry this summer.

We would like you to acquaint yourself with Maya Angelou, one of the most powerful and inspiring voices in poetry, among other fields, of the 20th century.

If you want to learn about her eventful and incredibly inspiring life, you can find a lot of information about her at the following link (The Poetry Foundation):

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/maya-angelou

Here are two of many of her most well-known poems and a video of her reciting them. After reading and watching, don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to hear her voice again and again.

Still I Rise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDyTu9wg_JU

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?

Bowed head and lowered eyes?

Shoulders falling down like teardrops,

Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?

Don’t you take it awful hard

’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines

Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?

Does it come as a surprise

That I dance like I’ve got diamonds

At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain

I rise

I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I rise

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear

I rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,

I am the dream and the hope of the slave.

I rise

I rise

I rise.

Alone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iAM-K9GgWk

Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don’t believe I’m wrong
That nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

There are some millionaires
With money they can’t use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They’ve got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobody
No, nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Now if you listen closely
I’ll tell you what I know
Storm clouds are gathering
The wind is gonna blow
The race of man is suffering
And I can hear the moan,
‘Cause nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

We hope you enjoy her poems and we would love for you to share some of your own personal favorites with us!

Have a great summer!

Martinstag

Estamos a punto de cerrar este curso tan distinto a muchos otros  y nos queríamos despedir con un recuerdo bonito, con uno de esos días que nuestros alumnos, año tras año, recuerdan con especial cariño: El día de Alemania.

Este es el cuarto año que celebramos en el colegio este día tan especial para el departamento. Como bien sabréis, el 11 de noviembre se celebra Martinstag (el día de San Martín). Es una fecha simbólica para el país germano, pues da comienzo a la Navidad en Alemania. Además, este año se cumplía el 30 aniversario de la caída del Muro de Berlín, más motivo aún para celebrarlo por todo lo alto.

Los pasillos del colegio se llenaron de banderas alemanas, motivos decorativos y canciones sobre la caída del Muro que amenizaron la fiesta. Juegos, talleres y concursos alemanes animaban a los alumnos de Infantil y Primaria a empaparse de la lengua y la cultura alemana en el patio del colegio. Los profesores y personal del colegio se vistieron con trajes típicos alemanes y por supuesto, no faltó la gastronomía alemana. El Apfelstrudel (típico pastel alemán de manzana) endulzó la tarde de nuestros alumnos.

Tampoco faltó la ayuda de nuestros alumnos de 1º y 2º ESO, que durante la semana ayudaron a decorar los pasillos con los farolillos típicos del Día de San Martín. Además, visitaron a los alumnos de 5º y 6º para explicarles el porqué de este día. La risa estaba asegurada gracias a las habilidades artísticas de estos alumnos que escenificaron y bailaron canciones tradicionales de este día.

Los más pequeños también participaron en esta celebración. Los alumnos de infantil simularon la caída del Muro a través de un juego de piezas de construcción y los alumnos de 2º de primaria elaboraron su propio “ Muro de colores” mientras escuchaban la canción de Nino Bravo Libre.

Por último, los alumnos de 4º de ESO y de 1º y 2º de Bachillerato asistieron a la conferencia impartida por Cristina Naupert, profesora de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid, que compartió con ellos sus vivencia personal durante los años que estuvo en pie el Muro de Berlín.

Fue un día diferente y maravilloso para profesores, alumnos y personal del centro. Desde el Departamento de Idiomas queríamos traer una parte de la lengua y cultura alemana a vuestras vidas para que os enamorarías  un poquito más del país, de sus costumbres y tradiciones. Esperamos de corazón haberlo conseguido. Hasta la próxima y feliz verano!!!

Summer holidays

This term has been a little bit strange and hard, we’ve missed you very much and we’re sure you’ve missed us very much too.

Now, we’re about to start our summer holidays and, as we do not want you to get bored without your classes, we’ve thought you could enjoy yourselves by practising English.

Here you have some links:

es.liveworksheets.com

learnenglish.britishcouncil.org

perfect-english-grammar.com

http://agendaweb.org

english-grammar.at

Have a lot of fun!! See you in September!!

The Big Challenge 2020

Once again this year our ESO students have participated in the English language and culture contest The Big Challenge.

They had an outstanding performance as it is shown by the results you can see below.

As you can see our school average is quite above the regional and national averages. Moreover, four Arturo Soria students of 3rd ESO have topped the regional rank.

To all of them, our most sincere congratulations. Very well done👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

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