"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". - Nelson Mandela.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Happy Halloween!

As one of the world's oldest holidays, Halloween is still celebrated today in several countries around the globe, but it is in North America and Canada that it maintains its highest level of popularity. Every year, 65% of Americans decorate their homes and offices for Halloween...a percentage exceeded only by Christmas. Halloween is the holiday when the most candy is sold and is second only to Christmas in terms of total sales.

If you would like to know how different countries celebrate Halloween, have a look at the following webstie. It's really interesting!


Monday, 3 October 2016

Yes, we are!

Vedruna Balaguer School has been certified by the FECC (Foundation of Christian Schools of Catalonia) as a multilingual school because of the huge importance given to the teaching and learning process of foreign languages.

According to this line, we would like to highlight the significant increase of hours of English in kindergarten, five hours a week, and the implementation of non-curricular subjects in English language (CLIL: Content and Language Integrated Learning) taught throughout Primary Education (Science, PE, Arts) and Secondary Education (Science). The school also offers some optional subjects in a foreign language at Secondary Education.

It is also important to mention that the school has been organizing summer stays abroad and participating in several occasions in European projects for 20 years.

We should also take into account the fact that Vedruna Balaguer School is an official examination center for Cambridge. Since 2008, many of our students have taken official tests and have obtained excellent results.

The school promotes the communicative competence and specific initiatives in English such as the English Day, the participation in English contests like Fish & Chips and Fonix, as well as the speaking support of a conversation auxiliary (from P2 to Secondary Education).

Finally, we should mention that this year the school has joined the GEP project (Experimental Group for Multilingualism). Moreover, a group of 25 students from ESO 2 have been awarded a grant from the Ministry of Education in the program "Linguistic Immersion Autumn 2015" and they had the chance to enjoye a week of total English immersion in VillanĂșa (Pyrenees of Huesca).

School Vedruna intends to continue and improve this multilingual project, a cornerstone of our educational proposal.