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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

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

Registration for summer school runs 5-15 June

foto escola estiu 2019 1The Formentera Council youth services department will conduct enrolment for the island's 2019 summer school programme—the Escola d'Estiu—from Wednesday 15 June to Tuesday 21 June. Applications may be submitted in person at the Citizen's Information Office, or OAC, Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 2.00pm, or online on the OVAC (www.consellinsulardeformentera.cat). The order in which families register does not determine priority.

To enrol, children must be aged three to twelve or have been born between 2007 and 2015. A selection may be made at signup depending on whether a child wishes to attend activities at sites at primary schools in Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran or la Mola. For families living on the island and included on the municipal padró, monthly tuition is €140 or €220 for two months. The summer programme runs 1 July to 30 August and weekdays from 9.00am to 2.00pm. For an extra €25 per month, children have the option to make two weekly visits to the swimming.

Social welfare councillor Vanessa Parellada described the programme as designed to offer “educational leisure activities for children in a fun, adapted environment” and create an alternative for parents looking to “balance work and family during the summer months”.


3 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Consell de Formentera hails start of work on new primary school, early-learning centre in Sant Ferran

obras-1-News that crews will begin building Sant Ferran's primary and nursery school this week has been greeted by the local Department of Culture and Education with satisfaction.

Construction of the educational facility was made possible by an agreement between the Govern balear and the Consell de Formentera. The Balearic administration will offer a little more than €5.8 million compared to the Consell's €1.1 million contribution, which will cover the cost of the early-learning centre, or escoleta. Crews have fourteen months from this week to complete the project. The regional ministry of education will cover both projects initially, and Formentera's local government will reimburse the cost of the escoleta later.

Drafted by IBISEC, the project includes plans for a 450-student-capacity school, with 6 rooms devoted to “Infant Education” (for children aged 3 to 6) and 12 rooms for “Primary Education” (ages 6 to 12). The facility is classified as a “two-line school”, meaning there will be two different groups for each year of schooling. The buildings will sit on a 11,037-sq.-metre lot outside Sant Ferran. As for the 6-room municipal escoleta, it will have space for 74 children aged zero to 3 and will also be equipped for two groups in every grade level.

The Consell de Formentera will grant IBISEC exemption from article 23.3, on permitted hours of construction, of the noise and vibrational pollution section of the island's environment and health code. Crews will be allowed to work Monday through Saturday, 9.00am to 6.00pm, and work will begin in summer, when a freeze is typically placed on all construction.

The land where the schools will be built was made available by the Consell de Formentera expressly for educational purposes. Department of Education representatives have indicated that the current site of the school will later be retooled as a cultural centre. Hence, the school build is a necessary first step before the cultural project—driven by consensus and the involvement of neighbours and stakeholders in the local cultural scene—can move forward.


29 August 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera Council unlocks €95,500 for textbooks and other student aid

di--ptic-xarxes1The Formentera Council's education office reports that a new round of aid is being made available to students in higher ed programmes off the island and primary and secondary pupils in Formentera schools.

Applications can be submitted in person at the Citizen's Information Office (OAC) or other official points, or online, on the Virtual Citizen's Information Office (OVAC). The application period starts today and all forms must by received by July 5. Application forms and all the related information about the financial aid is available on the CiF website. Questions can also be submitted via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Insularity assistance
Money is available to offset the impacts of living on an island (commonly termed “double” and “triple insularity”) for residents enrolled in higher, technical and continuing education as well as art programmes which are held off the island during the 2018-2019 school year.

From a total provision of €38,000, grants of €150 are available to students attending classes on Eivissa or who are enrolled in distance learning programmes at other universities, while higher ed students in institutions outside the Pityuses can request grants of €450.

Complete details about this assistance are available at: http://conselldeformentera.cat/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6354%3A2019-05-27-10-55-27&catid=351%3Aeducacio-cultura-i-patrimoni&Itemid=437&lang=ca
 
Money for higher education
Another assistance package is aimed at helping local students bolster their educational curriculum and, more generally, ensuring equal access to the right to education and access to officially recognised higher education programmes across Spain.

The Council will distribute €12,500 in ten €1,250 grants.

Visit the following link for complete information about this grant: http://conselldeformentera.cat/images/stories/tauler_danuncis/educacio_cultura_i_patrimoni/2019/ANUNCI_ATORGAMENT_DEF.pdf

Funding for text books
Money has also been set aside to help students purchase textbooks during the 2018-2019 school year. This assistance can be requested not only by primary and secondary schools on the island with textbook reuse programmes, but by pupils enrolled in such programmes, too. Other eligible candidates are members of large or single-parent families residing on Formentera.

The Council has assigned €45,000 to textbook assistance. Schools will get €50 for every child in primary and €70 for pupils in secondary education. For large and single-parent families, the aid covers 100 per cent of costs.

For complete details about this assistance, visit the following link: http://conselldeformentera.cat/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6352%3A2019-05-27-08-01-01&catid=351%3Aeducacio-cultura-i-patrimoni&Itemid=437&lang=ca

May 27, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

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