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As Formentera tots return to nurseries, Consell waives tuition wholesale and annual fee for year-three students

foto 2022ix inici escoletes BThe Formentera Office of Education is pleased to announce that the 2022-2023 school year began today in local escoletes (nurseries). In total, 34 zero- to three-year-olds began classes at the Sant Ferran location and another 84 at Sa Miranda. The Consell is pleased to announce a waiting list of zero as the school year got under way. Twenty-three professionals work in the nurseries, among them educators, support personnel and administrative staff. Also noteworthy is the work of the kitchen and cleaning staff.

Free tuition
Susana Labrador, councillor of education and culture, pointed out that this year, as a special measure, the annual €70 tuition fee would be waived for all students. Schooling from 8.30am to 12.30pm will also be free for year-three students. Fees for the early-bird school, canteen and break time will remain in place.

As Councillor Labrador explained, "we are working to help all families by amending the ordinance to reduce part of the fee for 8.30am-to-12.30pm classroom learning and for years one and two of early-childhood education". Application of the measure is pending the modification of the associated ordinance. Discounts and exemptions provided for in the escoletes ordinance will be maintained and, as with large families, single-parent families will now benefit from a 30% reduction.

Councillor Labrador underscored "the tremendous budgetary effort that offering this service requires", and asserted, "We have been committed to it from the beginning. This is a priority for families". Likewise, Formentera will continue to request greater financial support from the Balearic and central governments so that free education is extended to all levels of the first period of infant education.

Hours and services
The escoletes are open from 7.30am to 4.00pm. This schedule includes early-bird service, normal classroom learning, canteen and break time.

Maintenance work
During the first half of September, upkeep and upgrades were performed by subcontractors and the Consell de Formentera works brigade, part of the Formentera Office of Island Services.

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Escoleta Sa Miranda:
At Sa Miranda, crews replaced grass in the main courtyard, cleaned, removed mould, repaired and painted interiors, carpentry and doors, and more. They also put in a bicycle parking area and new shelving, and cleaned and performed repairs in outdoor areas.

Escoleta Sant Ferran:
Awnings were installed in the outdoor patios and water fountains were put into in the courtyards. The team of educators prepared classrooms and other areas of the school for arriving students "in one of life's most important educational stages, the cornerstone of their future," said Labrador, who praised "the great work done by escoleta teams" and wished both workers and students "a pleasant year".

15 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Upgrades and retrofits ahead of return to classrooms

foto 2022ix milloresThe Formentera Offices of Island Services and Education are pleased to report on upgrades and retrofits completed at local early-learning centres and primary schools this summer. Crews eliminated architectural barriers, reinstalled water fountains removed during the pandemic and oversaw various maintenance and improvement operations. Interventions were determined based on requests collected from administrative teams, parents' associations and student councils.

Work included the following
CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu:
Architectural barriers were eliminated at the main access point to the Tramuntana building and the pavement was standardised. Building on refurbishments that were started last year, fans were installed in several classrooms. The works brigade of the Formentera Office of Island Services painted classroom interiors, cleaned, weeded, collected pruning debris and cleaned inner and outer courtyards. Doorknobs, windows and sink taps were also repaired. Two weeks from now, crews will mount a wooden pergola alongside the sport pitches and set it up in another part of the courtyard. The brigade will also lay black asphalt fabric to reduce heat absorption and perform upgrades next to the basketball court.

CEIP Sant Ferran de ses Roques:
In the school that opened last year, water taps were installed in playgrounds and corridors to facilitate watering and cleaning, classroom interiors were cleaned and painted, a 11x11-metre sandbox was installed around the new swing in the dirt courtyard of the primary school, which was also weeded and cleaned. A drip irrigation system was installed alongside trees planted nearby. Shade screens were put up outdoors and, in the weeks ahead, blinds will go up in the offices and in the rest of the windows facing the façade. A propane gas system was installed for the school's new canteen service. Underground rubbish and recycling containers previously located at the school entrance were moved as well.

At the two schools, bike racks requested this September and new shade structures will be installed in the coming weeks.

CEIP El Pilar de la Mola:
In La Mola, the brigade polished and varnished the wooden shack and outdoor picnic tables and painted classrooms and outdoor areas. Crews performed upkeep on the fence and repairs on an outdoor bell and in the portable classroom.

In addition to work performed by the technical services brigade, the Consell de Formentera spent roughly €32,000 contracting outside firms to oversee specific operations. Maintenance and improvement work will continue at schools during the school year.

9 September 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Returning students at School of Music and Dance can re-enrol from today. New students can enrol from Monday 13 June

The Formentera Office of Education is pleased to report that current students at the Formentera School of Music and Dance [Escola de Música i Dansa, EMDF] have from 6 to 12 June to enrol for classes next year. For new students, the pre-registration period runs from 13 to 17 June. Applications can be submitted online via the Virtual Citizen Information Office [OVAC] or in person at the Citizen Information Office [OAC].

In September, new applicants will be contacted with the phone number they provided at pre-registration to finalise enrolment or, if necessary, schedule an entrance exam.

For queries, please email escolamusica@conselldeformentera.cat, visit escolamusica.conselldeformentera.cat or send a message via WhatsApp to 627 642 093.

Susana Labrador, Councillor of Education and Culture, encouraged islanders to take advantage of an offer in dance and music "that is popular among children and adults alike". Labrador pointed out that the Consell offers options in "music, dance, entertainment and recreation".

The EMDF offers the following studies:
- Regulated music studies (ages 8 and up)
Instruments: flute, guitar, piano, trumpet and clarinet.
- Non-regulated studies (ages 8 and up)
Instruments: flute, piccolo, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba.
- Traditional music workshop (ages 4 and up)
Typical folklore instruments: drum, castanets and flute.
Four levels: Beginners' I and II, and Intermediate I and II.
- Initiation to music (ages 5 to 8)
First contact with instruments and music theory through songs and games.
- Free professional studies
Tailored studies for individuals holding accreditation in beginners' music studies from any regulated school or conservatory in Spain.

- Percussion workshop
Students are familiarised with rhythms and instruments typical of percussion.
- Polyphonic choir of Formentera
Free activity for anyone interested in music. No previous knowledge of music is required.
- Music band
Instrumental group featuring essentially wind instruments. The activity involves one hour of group training with the instrument of students' choice, one hour of targeted music theory for students with no experience reading music, and one hour of band.
- Regulated dance studies (ages 8 and up)
Four courses in beginners' dance are offered in the following subjects:
Classical dance
Spanish dance
Music applied to dance
- Non-regulated dance studies
Modern dance (all ages)
Initiation to dance (ages 3 to 7)
Flamenco workshop for adults
Ballet workshop for adults

The course offering may be modified based on demand.

6 June 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera directs €95.5K in aid to students and schools

The Formentera Office of Education is pleased to report that applications are now being accepted for grants and scholarships for books, compensation for double and triple insularity and higher education. Today, Friday 3 June, to 14 July, students and schools can submit applications to the Citizen Information Office [OAC] or Virtual Citizen Information Office [OVAC]. Application forms and complete information about the scholarships can be found on the Consell de Formentera website. For more information, please contact educacio@conselldeformentera.cat.

"We want to help right the inequalities and disparities between local students and those in the rest of the Balearics and Spain", explained Susana Labrador, Councillor of Education. "This is also about lending a hand to local students who pursue higher education off the island and helping the local schools and families who need it most to buy needed books and materials".

Double/triple insularity compensation for students studying off the island in 2021-2022

The €38,000 allocated to these grants is divided into:

- Aid to students who study on Eivissa or at distance learning universities (€150).
- Aid to students who study outside the Pine Islands (€500).
- Aid to students who study music or dance, elementary or professional, off the island, provided these studies are not available on Formentera (€100).

Financial aid to participate in reused textbook/educational material programmes and/or digitisation programmes in 2021-2022

The €45,000 allocated to this aid is divided into:

- Financial aid for primary and secondary schools with reused textbook/educational materials programmes and/or digitisation programmes in 2021-2022.

or €50 per primary school pupil
or €70 per secondary school pupil
- For large families and single-parent families of primary school pupils who are eligible for aid in reused textbook/educational material programmes, aid will cover 100% of costs. For large or single-parent families of secondary school pupils who are eligible for aid in digitisation programmes, aid will cover €200 of the cost of computer equipment.

Higher education grants for Formentera students in 2021-2022

Of €12,500 in total aid, ten scholarships will be awarded in the amount of €1,250.

Studies must lead to an official degree that is valid throughout Spain. Higher education grants will be awarded for in-person studies at recognised schools which deliver an official degree with academic or professional validity.

3 June 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Affective-sexual training for years 5 and 6 and their families

From 6 to 8 June, the Formentera Office of Social Welfare will offer a course in affective-sexual training for pupils in primary years five and six and their families. Participants will learn the basics of maintaining respectful and healthy relationships –not only with others, but with themselves as well– and review the hormonal, emotional and physical changes typical of adolescence.

On the same days as the in-school workshops, another training course will offer parents resources to support and guide their teenage children and to address affective-sexual issues. Parents of pupils in years five and six at CEIP Sant Ferran are asked to attend on 6 June; parents in La Mola, on 7 June, and parents at CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu, on 8 June. Workshops begin at 5.00pm and are held at each respective school.

The training will be led by Teresa Ramos, a social educator and sexologist who facilitates trainings in schools in the Balearic Islands.

31 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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