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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

From 16 September, pool and fitness centre to open doors at 7am

foto piscina-municipalThe Consell de Formentera and Department of Sport report that from 16 September, islanders who visit the municipal pool for open swim or Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc for weight-training will find the doors open at 7.00am—45 minutes earlier than the normal time.

The decision was based on feedback from facility users, who put earlier opening hours at the top of requests. Activities wrap up at the usual hour, 9.30pm, and doors at both the fitness centre and pool are locked at 10.00pm.

On Wednesday 11 September enrolment begins for municipal sport camps. Programmes this season include tennis, swimming, archery, athletics and sailing. Registration deadlines and scheduling information will be announced in the coming days.

Tennis schoolEscola de Tennis:
For children 4 and up.
Signups from 11 September at the escola de tennis or Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc.
Payments accepted from 11 September.
Start of classes: Monday 16 September
Classes held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Mini-tennis and initiation: 4.00pm to 5.00pm
Advanced: 5.00pm to 7.00pm

Swimming schoolEscola de Natació:
For children 2 and up.
Signups from 11 September, 8.00am to 9.00pm.
Start of classes for Tortuga group and higher, including adults: 16 September
Start of classes for Medusa and Cavallet group: 30 September
Classes for an array of groups are held Monday to Friday from 4.00pm to 7.00pm

Sailing SchoolEscola de Vela:
Yellow and up
Signups from 11 September, 8.00am to 9.00pm.
Start of classes: 16 September
Classes meet Thursdays and Fridays, 4.00pm to 6.00pm; Saturdays, 10.30am to 1.30pm

Archery SchoolEscola de Tir amb Arc:
For children 7 and up.
Signups at Antoni Blanc from 16 September, 8.00am to 9.00pm.
Start of classes: Tuesday 1 October
Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4.00pm to 7.00pm

Athletics SchoolEscola d'Atletisme
Signup at Antoni Blanc from 16 September, 8.00am to 9.00pm.
Athletics for fun—Atletisme divertit
For ages 3 to 6
Start of classes: 1 October
Class-time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5.00pm to 6.00pm at Antoni Blanc

9 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Ruling confirms Consell de Formentera upheld fundamental freedom of association

Ruling number 229/2019 of the Contentious Administrative Court number 3 of Palma de Mallorca, dated 2 September 2019, rejected claims from the UGT that the Consell de Formentera infringed on islanders’ fundamental right to associate with trade unions.

The ruling states no attempt was made by the Consell “to impede or object to Señor Mateos’ fulfilment of his duties as a union affiliate”. Hence, the end of Mateos’ temporary assignment was not related to his union activities, rather to the fact he didn’t meet terms of a job pool.

Namely, the plaintiff neglected to report for duty during a three-month trial period, claiming secondment to a trade union—unaware that the tenth term of his employment conditions stipulated that only when the trial period elapsed would his hire be complete.

The court censures the plaintiff for “not appearing for work although the employment in question figured on a list of temporary positions that were particularly important and pressing”. According to the ruling, “the plaintiff arguably misrepresented himself and violated articles 6.4 and 7 of the Spanish Civil Code”.

Appeal
Besides throwing out the plaintiff's claim that his fundamental freedom to associate with a union was infringed upon, the ruling makes clear that his right to effective legal protection was upheld.

The court found that one fundamental right of the claimant which was infringed upon was equal access to public employment. This rendered Mateo's termination as a temporary civil servant null and void.

The court reasoned that “a decision of this nature should only have come after the corresponding procedure was followed”. In that case, and in presence of the plaintiff, the defendant could have “determined whether application of the condition in question was appropriate”.

The Consell de Formentera did not pursue any meetings of the sort with the plaintiff, deeming such action incompatible with case law established under ruling 37/2017. That ruling calls for the strict application of any terms concerning discretion.

Consell legal services are looking into presenting an appeal before the High Court of Justice of the Balearic Islands (TSJIB) to revalidate the plaintiff's termination and reject his claims entirely.


9 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

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