Migration: A Pilgrimage to Welfare 2010/11 Igualada-Harderwijk
This year the Comenius Project is presented as two optional credits which are offered to students in their 3rd year of Compulsory Secondary Education (GCSE).
Each credit lasts for four months.
We have two classes a week.
The classes are mainly given in English.
We are 20 students aged 14-15.
There are 16 girls and 4 boys.
The girls are:
Sara, Gemma, Mónica, Mercè, Neus, Andrea, Cristina, Laura, Ariadna, Laia, Xenia, Irene, Eva, Laia, Adela and Marta
The boys are:
Roger, Llorenç, Ferran and Pau
Our teacher is:
José Ramón García
Llorenç, Ferran and Roger.
Sara, Cristina, Irene and José Ramón
Marta, Xenia and Eva
Laia, Laia, Ariadna and Andrea
Neus, Laura and Gemma
We are from Igualada. It is situated in the centre of Catalonia.
Catalonia is an autonomous region in the northeast of Spain.
The population of Catalonia is over seven million people.
Catalonia has its own Parliament, its own flag and its own national language.
Catalan is the national language of Catalonia. It comes from Latin. It´s about one thousand years old.
The language is the clearest element that defines us a nation. Catalan is also spoken is other regions of Spain, in the south of France and in L’Alguer, a town in Italy.
Catalan is spoken by more than 9 million people.
We have different TV channels and hundreds of radio stations that broadcast in this language.
Catalan in taught at schools and it is the language used in text books, lessons, etc.
Spanish is also an official language in Catalonia where most people are bilingual.
The Spanish flag:
The Catalan flag:
The food: “Pa amb tomaquet”
One of the most delicious Catalan specialties is Pa amb Tomàquet. This dish is as tasty as easy to prepare. You only need some bread, tomatoes, olive oil and salt. Spread the pulp of the tomato on a slice of bread, pour as much olive oil as you like and add some salt.
You can also accompany this dish with a good Manchego cheese or Catalan ham.
Traditions: Human castles
In Igualada, as in many other places in Catalonia, we build human castles than can be really high .
Traditions: Giants and dragons
Almost all the Catalan villages and towns have some giants made of wood who dance at the festivals.
Traditions: dragons and demons
Many towns have their own dragons and demons who dance spiting fire.
Its name comes from the Latin word “aqualata” meaning flooded with water.
It became a town in the Middle Ages.
It’s situated in the centre of Catalonia, in the north-east of Spain, about 62 km from Barcelona.
It has a population of about 41000 inhabitants.
It is an industrial town.
The main industries are textile and tinning industries.
It is the capital of the shire called Anoia.
The population is mostly Spanish but the number of immigrants is rising fast.
The Balloon International Festival.
Every summer dozens of balloons from many different countries come to our town.
Our school is called Pere Vives Vich.
It is a free state school,
so students don’t have to wear a uniform.
It has about 800 students and 80 teachers
It was built about 50 years ago.
… our school…
It is a big building located in a peaceful and quiet place without much traffic or noise.
… our school…
Inside we usually have plenty of sunlight and in general we can all enjoy a welcoming atmosphere.
… our school.
We have a lot of space to practise sport and relax during the breaks.
We are new in the project, but we are very happy to belong to it and we are ready to work hard.
We look forward to meeting you again in Portugal and Italy.
Moltes gràcies!! Thank you!!
We are very happy to be in Harderwijk with all of you and hope to learn lots of interesting things and make good friends.