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Winter hours at Formentera libraries

foto bib mvillangomezThe Formentera Council departments of culture and education wish to inform islanders of winter hours for the 2018-19 school year at the Marià Villangómez library and the computer lab and library connection in Sant Ferran. The following timetable will take effect on Monday September 17:

Biblioteca Marià Villangómez:
Monday to Friday:
MORNINGS: 9.30am to 1.00pm
AFTERNOONS/EVENINGS: 4.00pm to 8.00pm

Computer lab:
AFTERNOONS/EVENINGS: Monday to Friday, 4.00pm to 8.00pm

Printing and copy service*:
MORNINGS: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 1.00pm

*New service. Users of the service will be provided a loan computer to print documents.

Sant Ferran library connection:
Monday to Friday, 4.00pm to 8.30pm

Check-outs:
Monday to Friday, 4.00pm to 7.00pm

Consultation hours at ASIF, Formentera's image and sound archives, are by appointment only and can be scheduled by phoning the culture office or contacting the ASIF by email.

Crews cap maintenance projects in time for returning students

foto-millores-2018-sant ferran 2The Formentera Council's education department reports that this summer crews performed maintenance tasks and upgrades across the island's three public schools, or CEIPs (for “Early-learning and Primary Education Centre”)—Mestre Lluís Andreu and in Sant Ferran and la Mola—plus at the CEP, the local teachers' resource centre.

Education secretary Susana Labrador pointed out that “every year the summer holiday is our chance to respond to requests from school administrations, parent/teacher associations and student body groups. It's how we managed to ensure proper maintenance in time for the start of classes this Wednesday”.

Upgrades
Sant Francesc
At the lower Mestre Lluís Andreu building the Formentera Council maintenance brigade repainted exterior walls, hung tiles in the inner playground, cleaned the area around a boiler and painted and covered an existing metal structure to create a shaded area.

An outside contractor grouted a leaky hallway, painted the school's right wing and performed touchups of the left wing for €5,047 total.

The brigade carried out regular maintenance on the school's upper building, including painting a host of spaces inside and out.

Sant Ferran
At the Sant Ferran school crews fashioned a new shaded area out of wood and wattle in the space that lies between the portable classrooms and the sport pitch. A new intercom was also installed and one classroom's leaky ceiling was fixed.

Some work—including cleaning, removal of the previous coat of paint and application of a fresh one—was farmed out to outside firms at a cost of €9,922.

La Mola
Aside from conducting a general revision of the school's interior and exterior paint jobs, crews replaced the wooden parts of a spinning toy located outside, revised the window of the portable classroom and repaired the track of the sliding glass door with entry to the primary students' classroom.

For €5,552 an outside firm was brought in to assemble two new air conditioners and instal five taps.

Teachers' resource centre
Two outside firms were enlisted to reform the CEP's exterior woodwork and paint job, operations which cost €18,600. That work was in addition to earlier repairs of the historic building's tile roofing, rainwater harvesting system and façade.

The total price tag for the maintenance and upgrades across Formentera's educational centres was approximately €40,000.

The education secretary noted that “during the school term two crew members are responsible for attending to any maintenance needs that may arise at the island's three early-learning and primary schools”.

Along with work at schools, crews also made use of the August holiday to conduct reforms of the bottom lobby of the Marià Villangómez library and music and dance school. Efforts included cleaning and repainting walls and switching out flooring at a cost of €9,000.

Formentera gives €95k in student financial aid

estudiants-a-classe-universita1The Formentera Council's education office reports that until June 28 applications will be accepted for assistance purchasing used text books and paying higher education and travel costs during the 2017-2018 school year.

This year a total of €95,500 in student aid will be made available, to be divvied up as follows: €45,000 for textbook purchases; €12,500 for ten higher education grants of €1,250 each; and €38,000 for travel costs.

Conditions
Details on eligibility and documentation required for the application are available here. Submissions can be dropped off in person at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) or online on the OVAC website.

For more information potential candidates can visit the Council's department of culture, education and patrimony.

The deadline for requests is June 28.

That's a wrap for island's summer school, athletics camp and early-childhood 'escoletes'

foto acaba escola estiu 2018 1Yesterday morning, as August came to a close, so did activities at summer camps in Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and la Mola. The day also marked the end of the 2017/2018 school year for students and staff at sa Miranda and es Camí Vell, the island's two escoletes (early-learning nurseries), and was the last day of scheduled activities in a summer programme aimed at making athletics fun.

Families came out in force for a range of summer's end activities, scenes of emotional encounters between educators, youth workers and participants' families. Every morning this summer, 580 children and young people turned up to participate in the programmes, a welcome display of the trust which households place in the Formentera Council.

Open enrolment at early-education centres

foto escoleta-boixosThe education department of the Formentera Council announces the publication from Friday of admission information and waiting lists for the island's two escoletes, or “nursery schools”.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, which starts Monday September 17, 60 of 67 families who applied received an affirmative response. As for those households on the waiting list, four have children in the nadó, or “newborn”, age group (for babies born in 2018) and another three are included in the group for one- and two-year-olds (born in 2017). There is no waiting list for children aged two to three and some vacancies still remain.

Enrolment
Families can finalise enrolment from today, Friday June 15 to Thursday June 21, from 4.00pm to 6.00pm in Escoleta Sa Miranda. Release of the final waiting list will follow the close of enrolment.

Characteristics
This school year, Escoleta Sa Miranda consists of seven classrooms—one for newborns and three each for one- to two-year-olds and two- to three-year-olds.

With capacity for 30 students, Escoleta Camí Vell has just two classrooms; one for the one- to two-year-old group and another for the two- to three-year-old group.

A total of 16 instructors form the teaching staff of both centres. They are joined by an educational aide, a director, a cook and a kitchen assistant.

Working strategies are identical at the two escoletes and activities are organised jointly in weekly meetings attended by both Sa Miranda and Camí Vell teachers. The two schools share cooking staff.

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