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Consell de Formentera and Ajuntament d'Eivissa team up to offer language pointers to government personnel

Formentera’s office of language normalisation has joined forces with the city government of Eivissa to launch ‘Apunts en net’, a resource designed to help employees of both administrations tackle the most common issues raised by drafting texts in Catalan.

The premise: every week, three Catalan language-related notes will go out to work email accounts. Each email will contain a brief text explaining a theoretical aspect of the language and offering examples. Features will touch on one of three subjects:

1. Spelling, syntax, grammar and vocabulary (pronouns, prepositions, specific lexicon, etc.)
2. Stylistic conventions (use of upper and lower case, abbreviations and symbols, etc.)
3. Catalan for administrative contexts (administrative terms, aspects related to drafting administrative texts, etc.)

The programme’s creators see ‘Apunts en net’ as a way to give staff additional support in their daily work. Content will be geared towards not just addressing frequently asked questions about vocabulary, writing tips and stylistic conventions, but also offering clearly worded insight about evolving rules and conventions, newly coined words and specific expressions that surface over time. The format likewise allows for discussion of place names and real-life words and expressions.

Content and design of the weekly updates will be overseen by the language advisory services of both islands. Agency staff can expect to find the first emails in their inbox starting in June.

12 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Monday 15 June, pre-enrolment begins for new pupils at Formentera’s Escola de Música i Dansa

cartell 2020 EMDFThe Formentera Department of Education reports that Monday 15 June is the first day that islanders still not enrolled at the school of music and dance can signal they wish to attend classes. Returning pupils have until 14 June to complete enrolment.

First-time students can register online on the OVAC or in person at the OAC (carrer Ramon Llull, nº 6, Sant Francesc; call 687 209 618 in advance to schedule an appointment). The Escola de Música i Dansa will contact aspiring pupils in September using the phone number they provided with their application. Pupils will then complete enrolment directly or take an entrance exam.

The school will be closed to in-person inquiries in light of the exceptional circumstances surrounding Covid-19, but islanders are encouraged to direct questions via email to escolamusica@conselldeformentera.cat or by calling 627 642 093, Monday to Friday between 11.00am and 1.00pm.

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.

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.

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.

Percussion Workshop
Discover rhythms and a host of percussion instructments.

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

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.

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 June 2019
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera’s escoletes reopen 15 June

The local office of education reports that municipal early-learning centres Sa Miranda and Camí Vell will reopen from 15 June. Escoletes will be limited to half of their normal capacity, or 54 of 108 children enrolled. Priority will go to families for whom balancing work and childcare is particularly problematic, households at increased risk of social and economic hardship and those in which children receive special protective care.

According to education consellera Susana Labrador, department personnel previously contacted families to gauge childcare needs and from next week will once again reach out to those who opted to send children back to school. Parents of returning youngsters will be informed of new protocol for drop-offs and pick-ups, which will be staggered in an effort to avoid groups.

Labrador indicated the return to classrooms would happen in line with Covid-19 safety and hygiene protocol—instructors, for example, who will be unable to maintain a safe two-metre distance, must wear masks. The consellera highlighted “the team’s investment and parents’ understanding”, which she described as “key to making sure the back-to-school effort feels as normal as it can given the circumstances”.

Infant groups will accommodate no more than four children per group; one- to two-year-old groups will be limited to six, and a nine-child maximum will be in effect for two to three year olds. Children must take turns in the patio space and open-air activities are encouraged, with the adjusted instructor-pupil ratio enabling teachers to adapt educational activities to new guidelines.

The nurseries will open from 7.30am to 2.30pm, with both early drop-off and cafeteria service available. Children’s temperature must be taken before they come to school, and anyone with a temperature of 37.5 or more must remain at home. As in previous months, educators will be assigned to families of children who do not yet return to school.

5 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Gearing up for 2020 season, Consell launches call for 22 summer school counsellors

The Consell de Formentera reports that this week, with efforts under way to launch the island’s 2020 summer school programme, a call is going out for 22 day-camp counsellors, with a Sunday 31 May deadline on applications. Work is tentatively expected to start 8 June and continue between two and a half and three months. Interested parties can sign up and get complete information about the offer on the human resources section of the Consell’s website or by clicking on the job offers link here.

Vanessa Parellada, chief of the island’s Department of Youth signalled 1 July as a likely date that children ages 3 to 12 could begin the summer school programme, telling parents to expect the usual dates to apply. “Emergency orders currently prevent leisure activities like those provided at a summer school”, said Parellada, “but we want to be ready so that the moment the restriction is loosened we can put forward an activities programme offering young people top-notch recreational options this summer. After these months of confinement, they surely need it more now than ever.”

The consellera described the summer school programme as a source of help for many parents who have been called on to return to work, and made assurances that the Escola d’Estiu would be reopened under lock-step compliance with hygiene and health protocol. For weeks the Formentera Department of Youth, or Àrea de Joventut, has been working with the Balearic government and other regional island councils to draft a health protocol and safety measures that must be tuned to orders from the Spanish health ministry. In the days ahead families can begin the process of enrolment and will receive details about the activities and safety measures observed as part of the Escola d’Estiu.

26 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera’s escoletes to reopen between 8-15 June

The Formentera Department of Education reports that the nurseries Sa Miranda and Camí Vell will reopen between 8 and 15 June. The escoletes will open at 50% capacity, with space for 54 of the typical 108 children enrolled. Priority will go to children of parents for whom balancing work and childcare is problematic, households facing increased risk of social and economic hardship and families in which children are receiving special protective attention.

Phone calls will be going out in the days ahead to assess the situations of individual families and determine which children will be among those returning to class this spring. Families of children who stay home need not pay any fees, and spots will be guaranteed for the coming school year. According to education consellera Susana Labrador, in recent weeks the Consell de Formentera has been working with the Govern balear to ensure the return to classrooms is safe for children and educators alike, and that the latest ministerial orders allow for just that. Labrador additionally indicated that safety protocols at the nurseries were now being fine-tuned.

“Confinement was more difficult for children, and we know how hard it’s been on families trying to juggle a job and childcare”, said Labrador. “Being able to open this educational meeting place—so crucial to a return to normal for adults and kids alike—is among the administration’s top priorities.”

Classrooms will reopen in line with safety and hygiene protocol: educators will wear masks, for example—“we know the two-metre rule won’t be feasible with little ones”, explained the consellera. Children will take turns in the patio area, open-air activities will be encouraged and the adjusted instructor-pupil ratio will enable teachers to adapt educational activities to the Covid-19 situation.

26 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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