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Open enrolment at 2020 Escola d'Estiu

The Formentera Department of Youth reports that registration for the Escola d'Estiu will start tomorrow, Thursday 18 June. Signups extend through 24 June and can be completed online on the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC) or in person and by appointment at the Citizen Information Office (OAC, tel: 971 32 10 87).

The Consell de Formentera’s summer programme  for children ages 3 to 12 starts 1 July, with campuses at schools in Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and La Mola. Priority will go to families for whom balancing work and childcare is problematic, those at increased risk of social and economic hardship and those in which children are receiving special protective attention. Special tuition assistance is available for households particularly affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

Staggered drop-off and pick-up
The Escola d'Estiu daily programme runs from 8.00am to 2.30pm. This year, a system of staggered drop-off and pick-up times will be in place in order to avoid crowding. On registration forms, parents must note their preferred time for drop-off (8.00-8.30am, 8.30-9.00am or 9.00-9.30am) and pick-up (1.30-2.00pm or 2.00-2.30pm).

The main theme of the 2020 programme is health, and the watchword—“Ens cuidam”—centres on personal care. Youth department consellera Vanessa Parellada described the Escola d'Estiu as a crucial resource for local families whose workload typically surges in the high season months of summer, and highlighted the positive impact that educational recreation has on children. “And after three and a half months without school, this year the prospect of an environment where safe socialising, games, leisure and value-based learning can take place is more important than ever”.

Special safety protocol
Special protocol will be in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Group size will be reduced and counsellors will interact exclusively with their assigned groups, abstaining from contact with other children to keep transmission risks to a minimum and forgoing trips outside the centre for the same. Cleaning and disinfecting measures mandated by the authorities will likewise be respected.


For more information, call 971 21 10 87 or email joventut@conselldeformentera.cat.

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17 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Island’s nurseries reopen

foto 2020 tornada escoletaThe Formentera Department of Education reports that the Sa Miranda and Camí Vell nurseries will reopen from today, 15 June, welcoming back 17 youngsters at the former and 3 at the latter. Opening at 50% capacity, the escoletes can accommodate 54 of the 108 children normally enrolled.

The resumption of classes following a three-month hiatus will be gradual, with a transitional period aimed at helping children ease back into things and plans to increase class size progressively. Priority for admission will be given 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. The nurseries will open from 7.30am to 2.30pm, offering both early drop-off and cafeteria service.

Because of Covid-19, classrooms will reopen in line with safety and hygiene protocol: educators will wear masks given the impossibility of complying with the two-metre distancing rule. Infant groups will have 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 observed for two- to three-year-old groups. Children must take turns in the patio space and open-air activities are encouraged, while the instructor-pupil ratio has been adjusted to enable teachers to adapt educational activities to new guidelines.

Each child’s temperature must be taken every day before school, and any children with a temperature of 37.5 or more must remain at home. As in previous months, educators will be assigned to families of children not currently returning to school.


15 June 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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

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