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31 Jan. marks start of special enrolment at new Sant Ferran "escoleta"

foto 2022 escoletaThe Formentera Office of Education is pleased to report that from Monday 31 January to Friday 4 February, the administration of the Sant Ferran nursery, or escoleta, will oversee a special period of enrolment for children born in 2021.

The escoleta will accommodate seven more children, said Susana Labrador, Councillor of Education, who expressed satisfaction at being able "to offer more places to Formentera children and families who need it".

Registration: 31 January to 4 February, both inclusive

Enrolment can be completed online on the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC) or by phoning the Sa Miranda escoleta at 971 32 34 15 between 9.30am and 2.30pm, Monday to Friday, to schedule an in-person appointment. On account of the public health situation, appointments are required. No inquiries or applications will be accepted after the established date.

Once applications are submitted, the admissions process will proceed as follows: The provisional list will be made public on 9 February, after which a period of claims will follow from 9 to 11 February. The definitive list of acceptees will be published on 16 February and enrolment will take place between 17 at 21 February. Children will be able to start attending in March.

The Sant Ferran escoleta opened its doors in September. Today it serves 27 one- to three-year-olds and employs 5 workers. Sa Miranda escoleta currently serves 82 children under three, 7 of whom are babies. Councillor Labrador voiced her hopes that the new period of enrolment would bring the centre's waiting list for babies to zero, as typically occurs with other age groups. She also pointed out that the Sant Ferran escoleta was designed to expand to adapt to growing enrolment.

24 January 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Consell offers free Catalan course to thirty recent arrivals in primary school

The Formentera Office of Language Policy (Conselleria de Politica Lingùistica/CPL) is pleased to announce it will host a free course for primary school pupils new to the Catalan language. Approximately thirty children will be divided into two small groups: one for years three and four and another for years five and six. Classes start Monday 8 November in the Catalan room of the old Sant Ferran school.

Councillor of Language Policy Raquel Guasch stressed the initiative was about "facilitating the support that children and their families receive, and making sure that resources to grow familiar with the language are within their reach". Councillor Guasch said the idea was "to associate Catalan with a positive experience through dynamic and playful activities, and encourage schoolchildren to use the language outside the classroom".

5 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

216 enrolled in Catalan classes offered by Consell de Formentera

foto 2021 cursos tardor catalaThe Formentera Language Advisory Service (Servei d'Assessorament Lingüístic, SAL) is pleased to announce the start of the first round of Catalan courses for adult learners. Courses will be offered at the A2, B1, B2 and C1 levels, with 216 students across 11 groups.

According to Councillor of Language Policy Raquel Guasch, the classes are about "ensuring everyone who wants to learn Catalan can do so, which is why the courses continue to be free and timetables are designed based on the possible profiles of students.

Classes are held at the Sant Ferran Cultural Space (Espai Cultural de Sant Ferran, formerly CEIP Sant Ferran de ses Roques), where two classrooms allow the SAL to meet this year's high demand. They are scheduled to end in February 2022, in time for the official exams administered by the Balearic government. According to its website, the Directorate General for Language Policy will begin registration for the exams in November.

Apart from these courses, the second week of November will see the start of Catalan classes for workers at the Formentera hospital. After courses held during the summer, this time there will be four groups for four distinct levels. Aimed at facilitating Catalan-language learning for health workers, the offer stems from an agreement between the island's government and the Hospital.

21 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

"Talks for families and teachers" returns with new lectures from October to May

The Formentera Office of Social Welfare is pleased to announce plans for nine new lectures as part of the 'Talks for families and teachers' (Xerrades per a famílies i docents) which turns four this year. Talks run from October to May and are supported by the Teachers' Resource Centre (Centre de Professorat) and local parents' associations.

Led by José Ruiz Sánchez, a doctor of philosophy, speaker and the author of such books as "El arte de pensar", the first of the talks will offer tips to helping children become critical thinkers. The talk will be held on 21 October at 5.00pm in the Consell de Formentera Sala de Plens, located next to the Day Centre.

Councillor Ramírez highlighted his pleasure at being able to deliver an entirely face-to-face programme, insisting that the resulting "space for learning and exchanging ideas and experiences" was "ideal for preventing the development of problematic behaviour and providing support to families and teachers on the island in their respective tasks".

Programme 'Talks for families and teachers'

21 October: "Helping our children become critical thinkers", José Carlos Ruiz.
11 November: "Intentional eating. The art of being present at the table", Lydia Micó.
25 November: "With positive education, everyone wins", Cristina Torres.
20 January: "Teens today. Love and educate them when they need it most'", Jaume Funes.
10 February: "The Internet and pornography, what do we do as families",  Lluís Ballester.
10 March: "What if my son or daughter uses drugs?", Alicia Bustos.
31 March: "How to raise kids not to endure or inflict violence", Marina Marroquí.
7 April: "Supporting children and families through loss and grief", Belén Calafell.
5 May: "Emotional education for families and teachers", Raül Genovés.

All sessions will start at 5.00pm in the Consell de Formentera Sala de Plens. Daycare will be provided. Children must wear masks and health and safety measures in force will be upheld. Interested parties should reserve their spot in advance by emailing educaciosocial@conselldeformentera.cat or by calling 971 321 271.

18 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Teacher gives name to new access road to Sant Ferran school

foto 2021 carrer MMF AThe Consell de Formentera has installed signposts christening the new street which grants access to the freshly opened Sant Ferran school. Concerning Maria Mayans Ferrer, who, (as historian Fanny Tur Riera notes in her article "Mestres de Formentera: les primeres escoles") census data indicate she worked as a teacher on the island in 1871. Mention of Mayans also appears in Arturo Pérez-Cabrero’s “Guía del turista” in 1909, when she taught at the Sant Francesc girls' school.

Consell de Formentera President Alejandra Ferrer welcomed the decision, agreed in a full-house assembly of local government, to celebrate a female educator on signage so closely tied to the world of education. Ferrer highlighted the Consell’s longstanding commitment to promoting equality, as well as the tendency of the figures of relevance commemorated in place names to be men. “Now is the time to look for women who have been important to our community and to spotlight their work", she said.

8 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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