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                   May 28, "ATRÉVETE" at A FarixaCEIP Vicente Risco, Cualedro 

       
       
 

On Friday, May 28, CIFP A Farixa was delighted to welcome a group of students from CEIP Vicente Risco, from Cualedro. They were accompanied by their teachers, Mª Mercedes Iglesias and Diego Rodríguez, and visited us as participants of the "Atrévete Program", included in the “Eduemprende Plan”, implemented by the Xunta de Galicia since 2010.

 

 

This plan, aimed at promoting the entrepreneurial spirit among Galicia’s primary and secondary schools students, tries to motivate them and make them aware of the importance of entrepreneurship in our modern business scene.

 
   
 


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That is why the Xunta de Galicia established the  “Eduemprende Plan”, a cooperation between Culture and Education institutions, as well as entrepreneurs organisations, which will boost an entrepreneurial mindset among students and allow them to get to know the local business network.

 

 

Firstly, the group of pupils from CEIP Vicente Risco, accompanied by their teachers, attended a presentation organised and run by our Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Montserrat Padrón, who taught the students that being an entrepreneur means, among other things, being a problem solver. She also gave them some tips on what it takes to become one of them. Some important skills that entrepreneurship teaches us includes, but is not limited to self-confidence, resilience, how to sell, problem-solving, creativity, goal setting and empathy.    

 

       
       
 

Later on, Yolanda Gómez, manager of the Entrepreneurs Association of San Cibrao Industrial Park, highlighted the relevance of businesses and business people when it comes to enhancing development and prosperity. She explained that their contribution is enormous since it is them who create jobs; besides, with the taxes they pay, we build hospitals, schools, roads, as well as many other things that are so important for our community.

 

 

The students also got to know a little bit about some of the businesses present at San Cibrao Industrial Park; just to mention a few, Coren, a famous multinational food group, or Rodríguez López Auto, where most Spanish ambulances are built. She ended by saying that the Association’s role is to support all the companies based at San Cibrao Industrial Park.

 
       
       
       
   

Finally, Diana Bustillo, entrepreneur and founder of diD Studio, an interior design company, told us about her start up experience: how she had decided to leave the permanent job she had, which did not make her happy, in order to get back to studying. However, this time she would follow her passion —interior design; she would not pay attention to those who had told her that she would not be able to make a living out of it. With great effort, she managed to finish her studies, and eventually, started to work in the sector she had always been passionate about. 

 

 

Now, she really enjoyed her job! Nevertheless, she was eager to go one step beyond and make interior design accessible to everybody, instead of something exclusive to those with a high purchasing power. And that is why she founded diD Studio, in order to democratise interior design and customise projects to her customers’ needs, but without giving up on design.

   
   
 

Diana finally encouraged the kids not to be afraid of pursuing what they love and what they are good at, as well as to be brave and do their best to get it, because that way, as Mark Twain said, “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

   
   
 

After these three talks, it was time for us, the group of 1st year Guide, Information and Tourist Assistance students, to give a presentation about our profession and studies. On this occasion, with the help of our teacher, Amara Gallego, we had prepared an activity so that the kids guessed the names of some really famous destinations that appear in Disney films.   

 

 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, film that tells the story of Quasimodo, the hunchback bell ringer of Notre-Dame cathedral, which is located in Paris, and his devotion to the beautiful gypsy dancer, La Esmeralda. 

 

 

In the film Mulan The King’s palace has drawn inspiration from the largest imperial palace in the world, The Forbidden City in Beijing. As Mulan travels across China, by chance, he discovers the most fabulous and iconic Chinese places.

 

   
       
 

 

They also saw Sydney Harbour and the famous Opera House in the film Finding Nemo. Where was Nemo? Marlin and Dory had to travel to Sydney, in Australia, to find him. 

 

In the Ratatouille film, France is again the backdrop; this time, for the adventures through the streets of Paris of Remy, a rat who dreams of becoming a French chef. 

 

Peter Pan – Who is he? He is a boy who flies without wings and travels to London, England. This is the city where we can see the Big Ben; the group discovered that this is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster.

       
 

   

After these films helped us and our guests, the Cualedro group, travel to these amazing destinations, we gave the kids a guided tour of our facilities to show them the different study programs we have here: 

 

  • The first stop was the Civil Construction workshop, where the teacher Amadeo told us about their project and how to use some of the tools. 
  • Next, we went to the Electricity and Electronics workshop, where José Carlos showed us how our home's wiring is installed. 
  • In addition, Alba explained a little bit about production sets, cameras, microphones… The children were very impressed by this part.
  • Finally, we gave the students some gift backpacks, and they had a snack before they went to the recreational centre with the Physical and Sports Activities students and their teacher, Bruno.

 

At the end of the guided visit we took them to the cafeteria area, where we gave them a gift backpack and took pictures with the children and our others classmates. It was a really fun activity with a group of amazing children.

       
       
       
     Time for some sport games with our Physical and Sports Activities students
   
       
   
       
       
  Thanks to all participants —students, teachers and speakers— for your active contribution.
       
       
  CEIP Vicente Risco (Cualedro), thanks for participating with us in the "Atrévete Program". We hope to see you next year too!
   
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                                                                                                                               Guided Tour of Ourense's Old Town                                          

                
 

 

 

On Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27, CIFP A Farixa Tourism students attended an excursion in downtown Ourense with a former student, Ana Canal. Ana has her own company called Lirios Do Xurés, and specializes in guided tours of the Xurés Natural Park in the south of Ourense province. She is known for her entertaining and fun excursions, which are not always the "typical" guided tour that is expected. 

 

 

Students met at the tourist information office with Ana Canal and Fabi González, a second year student of Guide, Information and Tourist Assistance who is doing her internship with Ana's company. Once at the office, Fabi explained what was going to happen during the activity. It was going to be a guided tour...was it?

 

 

Surprise, surprise! Instead of a typical guided tour of Ourense's Old Town, students were going to complete a scavenger hunt based on tips and photos that would be sent to their phones. The students were divided into two teams, the Romanic and Gothic groups.

   
   
 

  

 

The photos were up close and detailed, so students would have to critically think in order to figure out where to go. In addition, a simple clue of one or two words accompanied the photo. Once the location was known, the students had to go and take a selfie with the landmark or monument. It was then after finding the special site when information on the history of the sight was sent to the students. They would then have to read aloud to their groups the information in English.

 

 

 

After discovering and learning a bit more about the landmark, students were then sent another set of clues to find another location in the Old Town. At the end, the team with the most sights discovered was the winner.

 

 


 

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After completing the activity, students gathered with Ana, Fabi, Bea, and Jared in order to explain what information they had discovered-- entirely in English. Furthermore, students were then asked to come up with a creative idea to make an ordinary guided tour a bit more fun and entertaining.

 

 

Thanks to this activity, students were able to see and explore the city in which they study in a different fashion. 

 

 

Dani (GIAT 1º) said: "It was an incredible experience! We had a good time looking for many monuments and famous places of Ourense, learning a lot of new things about the city." 

 

Nuria and her classmates from AAVV 1º said: " It was fun, and in the middle of so much work and stress, so many exams and projects, it was great becuse we did something different for a change."

       
       
       
   

 

 

 

Thanks Ana, thanks Fabi, for organising this activity for us!  

         

 

 
       
       
 

                   May 18 - International Museums Day                                          

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IMD (International Museum Day), coordinated by ICOM (International Council of Museums) since 1977, is a global day celebration that takes place annually around or on 18 May. The event always highlights a theme, which keeps changing each year, that is at the heart of the preoccupations of the international museum community. 

       
 

 


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Following museums’ definition that ICOM provides, a museum is a permanent, non-profit institution that is in the service of society as well as its development. It is open to the public to acquire, conserve, research, communicate and exhibit humanity's tangible and intangible heritage plus its environment for enjoyment, study and education purposes.

 

 

Therefore, IMD serves as a platform for raising public awareness on the part museums play today in the improvement of society, on an international level — “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” 

 

   
   
 


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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, museums and the cultural sector are among the most affected. Nevertheless, this crisis serves as a catalyst for crucial innovations, notably an increased focus on the creation of new forms of cultural experience and dissemination. Despite the actual circumstances, culture knows no borders and lives on virtually; thus, many museums have adapted their operations to support virtual formats, have released high resolution images and information under a free license, and have organized virtual collection tours.

 

 

Museums have the potential to embrace and lead the change in this pivotal moment for our society. The time is now to rethink the museum's relationship with the communities they serve, to experiment with new and hybrid models of cultural fruition and to strongly reaffirm the essential value of museums for the construction of a just and sustainable future. Museums must advocate for the creative potential of culture as a driver for recovery and innovation in the post COVID era.

 

 

   
 

 

 

With the theme "The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine", International Museum Day 2021 invites museums, their professionals and communities to create, imagine and share new practices of (co-)creation of value, new business models for cultural institutions and innovative solutions for the social, economic and environmental challenges of the present.

 

 

Today, more than ever, museums face unique challenges related to social, economic, and ecological issues. While serving as witnesses of the past and guardians of humanity's treasures for future generations, museums play a key role in developing a world where the importance of natural and cultural heritage is universally valued. 

 

 

 

 

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  At the Archaeological Museum of Ourense
       
 

 

 

 

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  The Archaeological Museum of Ourense is owned by the State and managed by the Xunta de Galicia. Located at the old Episcopal Pazo, at the heart of the old town, the pazo was declared historical-artistic site in 1931. The complex has a Romanesque central part and later extension.

 

 

Currently, the complex is being remodelled and the services of the museum have been moved to Santa María de Europa - Carballeira, where most of the collections are kept, except for one selection of the most representative sculpture. This collection is permanently exhibited under the title "Escolma de Escultura" (Sculpture Anthology) in San Francisco exhibition hall  - which also serves for other exceptional activities.

 

   
 

 

The museum preserves an important quantity and variety of funds. The collections hold a remarkable archaeological and historical section, including representative series of the Palaeolithic and Megalithic world, as well as castro and Gallaecian-Roman and Roman pieces (paying special attention to epigraphy) The museum also holds a Preroman and Medieval archaeological collection - mainly related to construction - along with a fine arts section, including Renaissance and Baroque sculptures, 17th and 18th century paintings, late 19th century paintings, almost all the work of the painter from Ourense Ramón Parada Juster, and decorative arts.

 

 

 
       
       
 

                   May 7, "ATRÉVETE" at A Farixa: CEIP Pena Corneira

                
       
 

Last Friday, CIFP A Farixa welcomed a group of students from CEIP Pena Corneira (Carballeda de Avia). They were accompanied by their teacher, Esther Prieto, and visited us as participants of the "Atrévete Program", included in the “Eduemprende Plan”, implemented by the Xunta de Galicia since 2010.

 

Firstly, they attended a conference organised and run by our Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Montserrat Padrón. With her, they debated about what being an entrepreneur means and what it takes to become one of them. They also found out that entrepreneurs are problem solvers, and how some famous ideas, such as Tipex or Chupa Chups, were born. 

       
 

 


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Later on, Yolanda Gómez, manager of the Entrepreneurs Association of San Cibrao Industrial Park, highlighted the contribution of business people when it comes to creating jobs; thus, their relevant role enhancing local development and prosperity. They also got to know a little bit about some of the businesses present at San Cibrao Industrial Park, such as Coren, Finsa, Copasa, Rodríguez López Auto or Myboxexperience, just to mention a few.

 

 

 

Finally, Uxía Buciños, founder of a collaborative and ecological agricultural company located in Allariz, told us about her reasons to leave the permanent job she had in order to start up her own business, as well as about the obstacles she encountered and how she overcame them.

 

   
 

 

Guide, Information and Tourist Assistance students prepared a performance about our profession and studies, with the help of our teacher, Karen Caramés, for this small group of kids from 5th and 6th grade, and it was an excellent and really rewarding experience. 

 

With our presentation, we taught them different types of  jobs that we can do when we finish our studies here, using the Olympic Games as the guiding thread of it. We did the performance in different languages like Italian, English, Galician and Spanish.

       
 

 

Each of us represented a different job: Carla was an event coordinator, Daniel was the master of ceremonies, Edgar was a flight attendant and Adrián was a purser. Saúl was a tour guide, Ángeles was the Greek Ambassador and Noelia was the Japan Olympic Games mascot. 

 

 

Edgar and Adrian explained a couple of things about planes and safety checks before a flight. We think the kids loved this part because they asked some questions about it. 

 

 

 

Then, we gave the kids a guided tour of our facilities to show them the different study programs we have at CIFP A Farixa: 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

  • The first stop was the Civil Construction workshop, where the teacher Amadeo told us about their project and how to use some of the tools.

 

  • Next, we went to the Electricity and Electronics workshop, where José Carlos showed us how our home's  wiring is installed. 

 

  • In addition, Alba explained a little bit about production sets, cameras, microphones… The children were very impressed by this part.

 

  • Finally, we gave the students some gift backpacks, and they had a snack before they went to the recreational centre with the Physical and Sports Activities students and their teacher, Bruno.
       
       
  Time for some sport games with our Physical and Sports Activities students
       
       
 

 

 

  
     
     
  Thanks to all participants —students, teachers and speakers— for your active contribution.
     
     
  CEIP Pena Corneira, thanks for participating with us in the "Atrévete Program". We hope to see you next year too!
   

 

 
       
       
 

                   April 30, "ATRÉVETE" at A FarixaCEIP Saco e Arce de Toén

                
 
 

 

As in previous years,  CIFP A Farixa students have participated in the “Atrévete Program”, included in the “Eduemprende Plan”, implemented by the Xunta de Galicia since 2010. This plan, aimed at promoting the entrepreneurial spirit among Galicia’s primary and secondary schools students, tries to motivate them and make them aware of the importance of entrepreneurship in our modern business scene. In fact, entrepreneurs make a significant contribution to a country’s GDP and are often referred to as national assets. 

 

That is why the Xunta de Galicia established the  “Eduemprende Plan”, a cooperation between Culture and Education institutions, as well as entrepreneurs organisations, which will boost an entrepreneurial mindset among students and allow them to get to know the local business network.

 

       
 

 

On Friday, April 30, a group of pupils at CEIP Saco e Arce (Toén), accompanied by their teachers, visited CIFP A Farixa. Firstly, they attended a conference organised and run by our Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Montserrat Padrón, who showed the students that everybody can start up a business. She was accompanied by Yolanda Gómez, manager of the Entrepreneurs Association of San Cibrao Industrial Park, and Cristina Ilíe, a young entrepreneur, founder of Connect Concept. The former highlighted the relevance of businesses and business people when it comes to enhancing local development and prosperity; while the latter told the students about her start up experience, and answered their questions about it.

 

After the conference, some of our Tourism students took them on a guided tour of our facilities; later on, they enjoyed some sport games with our Physical and Sports Activities students.

       
 

 

This is what some Travel Agency and Events Management students said about the activity:

 

 

Nuria Cerdeira: I was in a group with Nuria and Rocio, concretely, my part consisted in explaining our course. I really liked the fact that the kids attending the meeting were always polite and interested in what we told them. In general this activity was very interesting for all of us because, for once, we did something that was different, fun and made the kids happy. So, to sum up, I can say that it was an experience to remember.

 

 

 

Nuria Dobarro: My experience with the “Atrévete” was wonderful. Me and my group (Nuria and Rocío) were in charge of presenting the activity so we weren’t in so much direct contact with the children. I think it was an amazing experience because we did something different from what we usually do. 

 
       
 

Rocío Agüero: Dealing with a small and active group of primary school students was an incredible experience. My group was in charge of presenting the activity. First of all, we introduced ourselves and told them what we study.

 

To make the activity more fun we played a Kahoot game which included some questions about tourism. After that, we organized the kids in 3 groups, each one had a different color (Red, Yellow and Green) and was named after three famous Spanish painters. Then, they toured the school with the rest of my colleagues, who showed them the facilities. When they finished we all met all in the backyard; they ate a snack and received a gift backpack.

   
       
       
       
   

Nerea Rosas: The "Atrévete" experience was really entertaining and I found it very interesting. Being able to show little children new things so that, little by little, they can have more clear ideas about their future was rewarding. My group of children was wonderful, very polite and funny. They were quite interested in everything and this helped make it easier for us. Also, Karen, our teacher, worked very hard on this project, which had a very good result. I would like to repeat an experience like this. It was great.


 

 

Alexis Rodríguez: The experience with "Atrévete" has been incredible. It was something different and something we really enjoyed doing. What I liked most was the contact with the children, how they behaved with us, especially with me and my partner Ana, and I think we did great. We established a great rapport and that showed up at the end of the visit when a girl from our group gave us a sweet treat; it was an incredible moment. This activity would be something I would definitely like to repeat.                 

   
 

Ana Neira: This activity has been incredible. Our group was called “Picasso” and we had 9 children. We started the tour at the Recording classroom, where the teacher, Alba, explained what could be done there. Our next stop was the Electronics classroom with the teacher José Carlos, and finally the Interior Design classroom with the teacher Amadeo.

 

During the visit we asked the kids questions; we showed them pictures and they had to guess where we were going.

 

At the end of the guided visit we took them to the cafeteria area, where we gave them a gift backpack and took pictures with the children and our others classmates. It was a really fun activity with a group of amazing children.

   
       
       
     Time for some sport games with our Physical and Sports Activities students
   
    
       
       
  Thanks to all participants —students, teachers and speakers— for your active contribution.
       
       
  CEIP Saco e Arce (Toén), thanks for participating with us in the "Atrévete Program". We hope to see you next year too!
   

 

       
       
       
   April 23 at A Farixa: World Book Day - English Language Day - Spanish Language Day
       
       
       
 

 

    
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“And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.

 


Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning——



So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”  ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.

 

   
       

 

       
       
       
  April 23: World Book Day - Spanish Language Day    
       
       
 

On Friday, April 23, the United Nations celebrates the linguistic and cultural diversity of humanity, particularly through English and Spanish language and music. This day raises awareness among the UN Organization's staff, and the world in general, about the history, culture and use of English and Spanish as official languages.  The choice of the day attends the anniversary of the death of the great genius of Spanish letters, Miguel de Cervantes. Coincidentally, the date of his death coincides with that of the most prestigious English playwright, William Shakespeare. Hence, both languages​​ share the day.

 

 

Language Days at the United Nations were introduced to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity and promote the equal use of the six official languages ​​across the Organization. These days are also an opportunity to sensitize the United Nations community to the history, culture and use of each of these languages. 

       
       
       
 

There is no doubt that Cervantes is one of the world's most celebrated writers. While, perhaps he did not contribute as many words to the Spanish language as Shakespeare did for English, he had an immense influence for his greatest work, Don Quixote, not only did it serve as a catalyst for the birth of modern Spanish, but also made a great contribution to universal literature.

 

 

In 1605, Cervantes's masterpiece Don Quixote laid the foundation for what would later be considered the modern novel. Furthermore, it was used as a model both in terms of structure and narrative by writers such as Daniel Defoe, Thomas Mann, Goethe, Stendhal, Flaubert, Melville, Twain, and the majority of modern Spanish-American writers.

 

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"I am Don Quixote, and my profession is that of a knight-errant. My laws are to undo wrongs, to do good and to avoid evil". Thus, in Don Quixote, besides telling the story of the misfortunes of the "Knight of the Sad Countenance" with a great sense of humour, Cervantes was innovative in his writing in that his characters evolved, which creates expectation and uncertainty about the way the hero will solve his adventures. 


 

No wonder why Cervantes’s characters stand out unquestionably among the great characters of universal literature and his masterpiece became the first modern best-seller. Besides, it is still considered to be among the best works of fiction ever written, as well as the best-selling novel in the history of literature.

          

                                         

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       April 23: World Book Day - English Language Day
       
       
 

If you are reading this article, it means that you already have a good command of the most spoken language in the world. Even though English does not have as many native speakers as the second most spoken language in the world, it definitely has a larger number of non-native speakers. 

 

 

As we all know, English is the language of communication, business, science, information technology, entertainment and so on, which is why you encounter it everywhere these days. Since our world is more connected than ever, it is argued that English has become the world’s lingua franca.

   
   
   
 

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Oftentimes, I have read that English is the richest language in terms of vocabulary. I wonder if that is really true... But how can we count and compare words when not always one English word can be translated with just one word in another language?

 

 

I do not know; but what we, those who study English, know is that it is lifelong learning. There are new words and expressions to learn every day; and you know what? Thousands of the words that we use today were invented by Shakespeare. Who do you think invented the words manager, fashionable, eyeball, laughable, gloomy or lonely, among others?

       
       
       

                                                                                          

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There is no doubt that William Shakespeare had a great influence not only in theater and films and other poets and novelists, but also in the English language, with words that we use every day. Many may not even know that it was him who coined these words.

 

So, let’s have a look at some things we say today, which we owe to Shakespeare:   

 

 

  • For goodness sake!
  • Catch a cold
  • Love is Blind 
  • Fair Play
  • Foul Play
  • So-so
  • The game is up
  • Not sleep a wink
  • What's done is done
  • The naked truth 

                                                                                           

       
   

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 Knock, knock! Who's there?

 

   

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 Break the ice

       
       
 

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It’s all Greek to me!

 

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Seen better days

       

  

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