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Students back in class today at Consell's two nurseries

escoleta1Monday marked the start of the 2019-2020 academic calendar at the Consell de Formentera's two early-childhood learning centres, or escoletes: Sa Miranda and Camí Vell. Of 128 spots initially available for one- to two-year-olds and two- to three-year-olds, 19 remain. The infant group is full, and there are currently no names on the wait list.

Fifteen educators and two classroom aides will look after children's well being during what education councillor Susana Labrador described as “a crucial growth period”. Labrador said that one of the chief priorities of escoletes is to “help islanders juggle work and family”, and laid stress on the fact that younger students would be “passting a good part of their first years with individuals who care for their needs”.

At this moment in time, Camí Vell has one space in the one- to two-year-old group and five spaces among the two- and three-year-olds. At Sa Miranda, the infant and one- to two-year-old groups are already full, and the two- to three-year-old classrooms have 13 empty spots.


16 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Return of autumn and winter learning for Formentera adults

cursos-cultura-2019-20201The Consell de Formentera presents the autumn and winter 2019 offering of workshops and courses for adults, an initiative designed to satisfy the wide-ranging educational and leisure demands of islanders.

The catalogue is divided as follows:

Art & Creation

For years, the Consell has endeavoured to put forward a selection of art-centred workshops. Take, for example, Teresa Matilla's twice weekly exploration of creation and painting (Mondays and Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm; Col·legi Mestre Lluís Andreu), Aaron Keydar's initiation into wood-working, also bi-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays from 6.00pm to 8.00pm; Centre Antoni Tur “Gabrielet”), or the pottery classes scheduled at Gabrielet as well (schedule TBD). These classes start in November, conclude in March, and cost between €180 and €220.

Still riding the coattails of last year's success, a crash course in creative painting with water colours will return this year. Led by Fran Lucas, classes start 9 October and finish 6 November (Wednesday mornings; €90).

Photography

Two more breakout hits from last year's lineup were Jose Antonio Arribas' courses on digital and smartphone photography. Scheduled to return this November, the 16-hour digital photography course is part theory-based and part hands on, and will accompany photo fans as they learn to snap shots in the classroom and out. The €90 course is designed for photographers looking to get the most out of their digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera or to go deep with other areas of photography. The smartphone photo course, meanwhile, is intensive, and includes four hours of instruction spread out over two days (18 and 20 November; €25).

Training

The twice-yearly course on social and cultural integration organised by the Department of Social Welfare will take place in November and March. Signups for the free course can be completed at the social welfare office.

Body and mind

For years, the Consell has also coordinated yoga classes with teacher Susanne Laier. Classes run from November to mid-December and mid-February to late March and will be held in the municipal cinema (Sala de Cultura; schedule TBA; €160).

Language courses

This year islanders once again have the chance to brush up on Catalan, Italian and English. Offered at the A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 levels, the free Catalan courses are organised by the Consell de Formentera's Language Advisory Service. Enrolment opens 23 September and goes till 11 October. Classes start 14 October, though the end of lessons will depend on scheduling of the official round of exams currently set for January 2020.

English will be offered by Nancy Mc Conachie and Italian by Rodolfo Taccheo. Mc Conachie's afternoon classes in elementary- and advanced-level begin in January. The timetable of the Italian classes remains to be determined, though the course will start in January and will include one basic and one advanced option. Each course costs €180.

Traditional activities workshop

In 2019, the Sant Ferran retirees' club strikes out with its own catalogue of courses and workshops geared towards continuing the legacy of traditional activities. Students learn to sew, repair chairs, make baskets or spin wool. Cooking lessons will also be offered, not to mention a hands-on deep-drive into traditional dress aimed mainly at enthusiasts of traditional dance.

Courses at Sant Ferran's Club de Jubilats get started in November.  Islanders keen to participate should enquire directly at the Club de Jubilats.

Early enrolment

The “pre-enrolment” (preinscripció) process gets under way Monday 16 September at the Citizen's Information Office (OAC), or can be done online across the OVAC. Discounts are available for youth and retirees.

Registration opens on 20 October for workshops, including pottery, painting, wood-working, yoga and photography. Lessons start in November. English and Italian classes start in January and registration continues until 15 December.


12 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Pre-enrolment deadline extended at music and dance school

foto escola dansaThe Department of Education of the Consell de Formentera has announced an extended deadline on pre-enrolment for the Escola de Música i Dansa. The added dates—from now to September 15—affect in-person registration at the Citizen's Information Office (OAC; carrer Ramon Llull, 6, Sant Francesc) as well as online signups on the Virtual Citizen's Information Office (OVAC).

Definitive enrolment can be completed between 17 and 20 September (returning students can complete this step at the OVAC; new students must visit the school in person during a to-be-determined afternoon time slot).

The following courses will be offered:

Music (accredited; 8 and up)
Instruments: transverse flute, guitar, piano, trumpet and clarinet.

Music (non-accredited; 8 and up)
Instruments: transverse flute, piccolo, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, bass saxhorn and tuba.

Traditional music workshop (4 and up)
Local folk instruments: tambour, castanets and flute. Four levels: Initiation I and II and Continuation I and II. Courses last all year.
Musical Band

Initiation to music (5-8 years old)
A first look at instruments and basic music theory through songs and games... designed for children aged 5 to 8. One hour per week.

Professional-track self-study
Based on student needs (students must submit proof of completion of elementary-level course from an accredited Spanish school or conservatory).

Folk guitar workshop
Learn how to use chords to accompany other musicians.

Formentera Polyphonic Choir
Free activity for all those interested in music regardless of previous schooling. Ninety minutes per week.

Music band
Primarily wind instruments. Course consists of one weekly group lesson by instrument, one weekly lesson of targeted music theory (unless coursework has been completed previously) and a one-hour band rehearsal.

Guitar orchestra
Free activity for individuals with notions of guitar and music theory. One hour weekly. (Workshop will be adapted to the general group level.)

Accredited studies in dance (8 and up)
Four-year elementary dance programmes centred on:
• Classical dance
• Danza española
• Music

Non-accredited studies in dance
Modern dance
Initiation to dance (3-8 years old)
Flamenco workshop

10 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Escola de Música puts call out for piano teacher during incoming course

The human resources department of the Consell de Formentera reports that an opening has gone up on the regional job seekers' office for a music teacher specialised in piano. Applications will be accepted until 17 September, and candidates must possess the required superior level accreditation to teach piano.

Consell de Formentera concludes maintenance and repairs at island schools

foto manteniment  1The education and island services departments of the Consell de Formentera report that summer maintenance work on local schools was completed this week in time for the return of students to class Wednesday. Operations were based on survey feedback from the school administrations, parents' associations and student councils.

CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu
Maintenance and repair operations saw fresh paint go up in outdoor areas along carrer Porto Salé and on the metal entry doors of the school grounds. Landscaping work included mowing grass as well as pruning trees and plants. The Tramuntana building for early-childhood learning got a new coat of paint on ground-floor classrooms and hallways, holes were repaired in locker rooms and broken tiles were switched out of a fountain in the courtyard, where storage chests and garden gate doors were repaired and an out-of-service sink in the primary students' courtyard replaced. New outdoor lighting was installed, the wooden fence round the vegetable patch was mended, window panes in the wooden hut in the vegetable patch were changed and the sand in the early-childhood sandbox was raked.

Work on the Migjorn building, which houses the primary school, consisted in wrapping up a paint job on the first-floor doors, the main metal entry door, bars across windows and the cleaning door. A cracked window in a classroom was also replaced along with walls round exterior toilets, and the metallic porch structure was cleaned. Work on the climbing wall was finally completed, floor tiles were placed before the main entrance, and a faulty sink was removed.

CEIP Sant Ferran
The crew's efforts in Sant Ferran included fitting two classrooms with replacement air-conditioning units, checking and cleaning filters in prefabricated classrooms, painting inside classrooms and hallway walls and touching up paint outside. The office was equipped with a new intercom and the teachers' lounge intercom was moved next to the window. Five new wall-unit fans were installed, the school fence was checked and fixed where necessary and the wooden doors in the teachers' lounge and gymnasium were repaired.

CEIP El Pilar de la Mola
The Consell de Formentera brigade gave classrooms in la Mola a fresh paint job inside and gave exterior surfaces a touchup, too. Sections of broken fencing were replaced, repairs were conducted on the prefabricated classroom fusebox, boys' toilet urinals and the P.E. storage closet, and the grass was cut. The Consell also purchased a ping-pong table for the school.

The majority of work was paid for by the Consell maintenance brigade, but the Consell put up €845 for the ping-pong table in la Mola; the purchase and installation of air conditioners in Sant Ferran (€2,832.10) and paint for 55 doors of the Migjorn building of Col·legi Mestre Lluís Andreu (€7,927.92).

9 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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