In Love with Japan.
Definitely, Aomori is one of the places that I would like to visit. Aomori is a city of Japan that is located in the Tohoku region, north of Honsu. Aomori’s name means “blue forest”, for the transparency of its waters. Aomori has got a humid climate with hot summers and cold, although not extreme, winters. This city has got a population of about 281 130 people.
If you like art, you should go and visit the Munakata Shiko Museum. It’s a building where you can see Munakata’s works (he’s a Japanese painter). There are 700 works, although this painter’s masterpiece, “The Ten Disciples of Buddha”, is always exhibited. The opening hours vary according to the season, so be careful when you book tickets online!
If you’re a cherry blossoms lover, like me, I recommend you to take a walk around the Gappo Park. In March and April, hundreds of these cherry trees let their flowers open and the Japanese people make picnics here to enjoy it. It’s a sight worth admiring.
The Sukayu Onsen are public hot springs available for men and women. One day here is around ¥600 (approximately €5). They also offer a very good food service, with the most typical Japanese food. This Onsen is surrounded by nature, you’ll be delighted with the beautiful views!
But of course, one of the most curious things about Aomori is… The Yonhiki Neko Café! The neko cafés are themed cafés whose attraction is to observe and play with cats (“neko” means cat in Japanese). It’s a quiet place where you can drink a tea or a coffee accompanied by a cute cat. If you are a neko lover, this would be your ideal place.
Finally, if I had to choose a season to go it’ll be at the beginning of August. At this time, Nebuta Matsuri is held, a festival of huge lantern-figure chariots parading around the city, alongside with dancers.
I would be very happy to visit Aomori. I’ll ask my mother to plan an itinerary for this summer!
By Serena Petit. 3º ESO B
Do you like animals? Then, you will surely enjoy these tales that some of our 1º ESO students wrote.
Peter was a little boy who lived in the streets of London asking for money and sleeping on the stairs of St.Paul’s Cathedral.
He felt sad and lonely. His mother died when he was born and his father neglected him.
One day, while he was walking he found a puppy. He called the dog Bo. Bo and Peter loved to see circus performances and together they did some tricks.
One month later, Peter dressed up as a clown and put a red nose in Bo’s nose. They went to Trafalgar Square and gave an incredible circus performance. People were amazed. At the end of the day Peter and Bo earned enough money to rent a loft and eat Peter’s favorite dish… Fish and Chips!
An old man asked Peter to be part of his circus, together with Bo.
This day Peter and Bo stopped having money problems. They became reach and famous all over the world!
By Paula Los.
There was a girl and her canary that went to Paris to visit the Eiffel Tower because she thought that it was made of pearls. But when she saw it, she became sad .
The next day a woman saw her canary and asked Mimi:
«How much is your wonderful canary?»
«Oh no, no, I don’t sell my canary»
And the woman became a little bit sad and said:
«Sorry but I need it to give a party for my daughter»
The next day the woman had something to say to Mimi:
«Hi, I offer you one thing, you work for me in my shop in exchange for your canary so I can give my daughter a party, okey?”
Mimi said: » Yes, obviously!»
And now Mimi works in a little shop in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower and her canary gives parties for children. The dreams of Mimi came true with the help of her canary.
This story proves that you never have to surrender to your dreams and make them overcome everything that is in your way!!!
By Sabrina Iriarte.
THE COTTON GIRL
The cotton girl is sick and there are many abominable aphids on her leaves. How much she hopes to have a doctor to treat her!
The swallow flew by. The cotton girl said :
“Please, help me to catch the aphids” The swallow said: “ Sorry, I will only catch the insects flying in the air. Ask someone else to help you”
The woodpecker flew by. The cotton girl said:
“Please, help me to catch the aphids” The woodpecker said: “ Sorry, I will only catch the insects in the trunk. Ask someone else to help you”
The frog jumped. The cotton girl said happily:
“Please, help me to catch the aphids” The frog said: “Sorry, I will only catch the insects in the field. Ask someone else to help you”
Suddenly, a group of round little bugs flew by. Soon, all the aphids were eaten up. The cotton girl said in amazement: “Who are you?” The bugs said: “We have seven spots on our body, like seven stars. Everyone calls us seven-spot ladybugs”
Soon, the cotton girl’s illness was over, and she grew green leaves and split out snow-white cotton. She smiled!
By Yuting Jiang.
Once upon a time, there was a boy called Pablo, who went to a campsite with his friend Lucía. They went to a small village called Calanda.
One day, Pablo and Lucía decided to visit a big forest that was near the village. When they stopped to eat, they heard strange noises, so they started to be afraid.
When they finished their lunch, they started looking where those noises came from. They found a wolf which had a broken leg, so they helped the wolf. When the wolf was better, they called a vet. Finally the vet took the wolf to his office, and Pablo and Lucía went back to the campsite.
By Pablo Camín.
Remember, remember, the 5th of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot
We see no reason why Gundpowder treason
should ever be forgot
This was the catchy song you could listen yesterday afternoon over the crowded Winchester streets, to celebrate 5th November (Bonfire Night) a very special English day.
Why is this so special? 400 years ago (1605) in England, there was a catholic man against the King (because of political and religious reasons) that was called Guy Fakes. He wanted to kill his majesty James I by blowing up the Parliamente Houses. This was called the Gunpowder Plot. But it failed and Guy Fakes died. So on 5th November, people organize huge bonfires, burn ragdoll guys and set off fireworks to commemorate that someone had tried to oppose the king that he was safe.
We moved to Winchester city to watch how they celebrate Bonfire night.
There is a free event that attrack over 20.000 people every year.
At 4 pm the streets were crowded with people eating hoy potatoes, delicious biscuits, pies, peas and toffee apples some street stands were selling at a low cost. People looked cheerful and very enthusiastic.
Then, at 6 pm the city centre cheered up with a torchlit procession followed by the fantastic Winchester band. It was a noisy and bright whow attended by thousands of people.
Then, around 7:15 pm, the parade got to an open field were the lighting of the bonfire took place. Excited children started throwing their ragdoll guys into the bonfire while singing the famous poem dedicated to the “Gunpowder Plot”. Everybody was delighted and having a great time.
And finally, at around 7:45 pm the fireworks set off and the crowds started cheering with all the strength they coold while the dark sky turned colorful.
It was an awesome and unforgettable night !!!!!!
LEONOR ELCID CAMPO, 3º C
Experiences do help you. in a good or a bad way, but you always learn from them. During your whole life, there will be new challenges you will face. So do it with and open mind and no worries about making mistakes, we grow from them.
I´m about to finish Year 9. This year I’ve lived lots of experiences that have helped me to mature. One of them has been the exchange with England. I had never done an exchange before, so I was pretty nervous. First, the Spanish students flew to England. I was with Elena in Thea´s house (what a huge house!). We went to school with her and attended classes like a common student, but everything was in English! and speaking another language all the time is tiring, so, at the end of the day, I was always exhausted.
But there are also good things. Thanks to the exchange I have met new people, done lots of friends, tried different types of food, known other lifestyles… I have also improved my English and learnt to get along in other environments and with different people. But most important, I think I’ve grown a bit, not in height, but as a person. So proud of me!!!
And that´s not all, because English students have come to Spain and we’ve had lots of fun. We have gone to the theme park, sailed down the river with kayaks, done crafts… Nice experiences!
Now, I know what it is to take care of someone. It´s a big responsibility, you have to make sure your partner is all right and she/he is enjoying the trip. I´m more responsible now thanks to that.
Well, summarizing, the exchange is a challenging experience you shouldn’t miss. I recommend it to everyone and hope next year we will do it again, because it has been one of the best experiences of my life!!!
Once again, the students in 2º ESO have imagined what life in the future will be like. You would be surprised at the ideas the came up with: aliens, spaceships, destruction, dictators,…but also flying cars, underwater worlds, friendly robots, food pills….
The students in 2ºB read all the essays and decided on the best one; this was their choice:
IN ANOTHER GALAXY
In the year 3.000, scientists will investigate Area 51, and they will find out that the aliens exist. They will speak with them and they will tell them that, in 3012 the world will end, but they will help people to escape to another Galaxy. They will freeze humans and take them there on spaceships.
After 100 years, in the new planet, life will be like life on Earth. There won´t be rules in the society, because they will respect each other. The transport will be with ships with the shape of eggs and they will be electric. The food will be pills with delicious taste and very nutritive.
The humans will live in skyscrapers and they will be very happy because there will be peace in the new world.
By: Katia Melnychuk and María Jiménez.
The garments I consider as my favourites are a pair of lamb black gloves. I said »my», but they haven’t always belonged to me. In fact, the reason of my adherence to them are the memories they harbour from their former owner.
Which are your favourite fashion items?
This is what we asked our 3rd. year students and they came up with beautiful stories. Some objects are more than that, they may have a moving story waiting to be told. Want to know? Then, read on.
MAGIC SHOES by Alexia Bumbacea , 3rd B
I have chosen my ballet shoes because when I dance with them I feel as if I’m in another world, I feel special.
For me, those orange shoes aren’t just simple ballet shoes, they are also something indispensable in my life. My dance teacher gave them to me when I was 13 years old and when I wear them, it’s like I’m in a cloud and I forget all my problems and I just dance with my heart, without any bad thoughts in my mind. But those shoes have a beautiful and unforgettable story for me.
My crew and I were in Lyric class rehearshing for the national championship when our teacher, Sara, entered the room.It wasn’t a good day for me ,exams were going out badly and I felt inferior to the rest of the crew. So I ran out to the toilet. In that moment, my teacher came up to me and gave me a new pair of soft, orange ballet shoes and when she gave them to me she said: »Don’t cry my darling , save your tears for the stage.»
At the begining I didn’t understand why she gave those shoes to me and I asked her.She told me that when I put them on I’ll understand and she was telling the truth. I went out of the toilet and when I put them on, I forgot all my problems and I felt free.The most important thing for me was doing the best I could, those shoes were magic, they were my magic shoes.
From that day, ballet shoes are very important for me and they may not be beautiful enough but they give me a lot of luck and because of them, I discovered a new world, my world.
RIHANNA’S CREEPERS by Rebeca Martínez, 3rd B
My favourite piece of clothing is shoes. Especially, I like a type of trainers called “creeper”. In my opinion shoes are an important representation of the type of person you really are; I strongly believe that shoes speak louder than words.
I discovered them when I went to Rihanna’s concert, it was fantastic! Rihanna was wearing this type of trainers. I saw them and immediately fell in love with them. Rihanna had customized them so they were black with silver sequins.
My granny gave them to me for Christmas Invisible Friend. The moment when I was opening the present I felt really curious, what would it be? I saw them and I ran to hug my grandmother. They were the most beautiful trainers I’ve ever seen; they were maroon and very, very comfortable.
I wear them everywhere I go because I love them. I will never throw them out to the rubbish bin even if they wear out. My trainers have a beautiful story because my grandmother died two months ago so when I wear them I remember her. They have become my lucky charm.
I opened my eyes, and tried to sit up. But I couldn’t. My body was completely covered with wires that came from machines on my sides. There was an exception: my legs. My legs were nowhere to be seen.
Dazed and exhausted, I touched in vain the place they were supposed to be. Then I tried to remember, to find memories about how I ended up in the hospital.
A noise to my left made me turn to the window – they were the raindrops hitting it. Staring at it, I recalled another rainy day with the same dark clouds covering the sky.
That morning I finally turned 11, and I had to accept the fact that Hogwarts wasn’t sending me a letter, and that I’m a muggle. Depressed as a kid who had lost his dreams, I walked down the street. Suddenly, a bus stopped in middle of the road. My curiosity forced me to approach it. Closer, I realised that there was some smoke coming out of the bus. I dropped my umbrella, that flew away. But we people don’t fly: I didn’t react in time, and got caught in the blast.
I wondered out loud »How many days have passed since then?». Someone answered – it was my brother. He went into the room as soon as I woke up, trying to help me in any possible way.
I hated this consideration towards me. I would have prefered to joke as usual, and to laugh until it starts to hurt. That woulf have been enough for me. But I was still shocked, and needed some time alone. He noticed, and left.
I have made up my mind. Even without legs, I’m still able to walk to the future. Until storm passes, I must learn to dance in it.
Doing so, one day, it will stop raining.
by Guorui Pan, 3º ESO
What does the future hold? What is life in the future going to be like?
These are some original visions of a future world that some students of 2nd ESO have come up with. Read and enjoy them.
LIFE IN THE YEAR 3000
We think life in the year 3000 will be different from our current life. The world will become a forest, because the scientists will create a virus that will affect the trees’ growth.
The humans will live under the trees, we’ll live next to their roots and we’ll live under threat of a dictatorship of scientists and aliens.
The aliens will have a bomb in case some humans want to start a revolution against them or against scientists. The bomb will be called the HK-70, it can destroy our planet in the blink of an eye only pulsing one red button in the alien’s master ship.
Since the scientists will order the world, the religions will be prohibited around the entire planet.
The world will look like a post-apocalyptic fantasy; that is, we’ll live next to the roots of the trees, but we’ll have the best weapons to defend ourselves of the mutant creatures brought by the aliens.
Money won’t exist.The scientists will bring us the special pills we’ll eat with all the nutrients we need and some weapons. That will create internal riots and discussions between the people for the weapons’ possession and to be more powerful than the rest of the humans.
Paula Mateo and Nora Navarro 2C ESO
LIFE IN THE YEAR 3000
In the year 3000, people will live in the space because we will have destroyed the atmosphere.
They will live in cities in the space, near Mercury, because the temperature will be hotter than in other planets, because of the Sun. There, people will live with aliens, they will be very important for the humans, because they will be their pets.
They will move around with UFO’S or flying cars. UFO’S will be the public transport for inhabitants. Children won’t go to school, but will learn at home with computers.
They will feel bad because they will know that they destroyed the Earth. But, they will think that life in the Earth is still possible.
Melanie Silveira y Sara Gil 2B ESO
What is your favourite place? A crowded big city? A peaceful little village? Here we have a few of our 2º ESO pupils’ favourite ones.
«On summer holidays, I stay in my grandpa’s house. It’s an old house built in the 60′, when my parents were born. There is a garden, a small one, and there are hundreds of beautiful flowers. It’s a perfect place for sleeping.
In spite of being on holidays, I get up early. My grandpa has got a strict schedule. I feel a bit half asleep, but the effort is worth. The sunrise you can see from my grandpa’s garden is one of the main reasons why my favourite place is this village.
Even though my grandpa is already 70, he’s still so energetic and every afternoon I spend with him, he takes me to a nearby river, and we catch our dinner. He really’s a good cook. No wonder why my mother cooks so well.»
Guo Rui Pan, 2º ESO A
It’s like a huge peaceful corridor where you can stare the blue shine of the sea, and the beautiful village of Cambrils. Next to this place, you can find the red lighthouse of the village which leads the fishing boats on their return from their daily work. You can also see how the harbor becomes colorful when all the ships are tied. Funny seagulls fly around and try to fish as they are observed by people arrived from many different countries. I think it is the most beautiful place in Cambrils!
Marina Clavel, 2º ESO A
It’s one of the most cosmopolitan cities of Spain. It has the most beautiful and greatest park -for me- and the palace of the city is more elegant than Buckingham Palace, in London. Do you know what the city is? Oh yes, you´re right. It’s Madrid.
Madrid is the capital of Spain and it’s the largest municipality of the Community of Madrid with a population of 3.2 million. It’s the third largest cosmopolitan area of the European Union, after London and Berlin. And it’s the third largest metropolitan area of the European Union with 6.5 million after London and Paris.
Paula Longares, 2º ESO A
My favourite place is Cambrils beach, in Tarragona.It is a sandy and beautiful beach, but in summer it’s very busy and crowded.
Near the beach, there is a port, it’s lively and pleasant, you can see the boats and later eat in a restaurant or have an ice cream.
Manuela Navarro , 2º ESO C
THE BIG PARK
I like the park because it is very natural and it has a lot of things to do,too. If you go to this park, you can find people having a good time, children playing, old people reading and groups of people that do sport or talk together. For example, I go to this place with my friends to skate or run.
Nora Navarro, 2º ESO C
One of my favourite places I like to go to, is my village, Cunchillos, a neighbourhood of Tarazona, near the Moncayo. I like it because it is quieter than the city, very few people live in it, about 100 people.
People go to the Teleclub, the only local bar in the neighbourhood, to talk or play cards while having a coffee or a soft drink, or children play outside in the park. There aren´t shops, so they have to go shopping to Tarazona.
Many friends who live in Tarazona come down to their grandparents´ houses in Cunchillos to spend the afternoon or the day, and play football or go cycling. In summer we usually go to the swimming pool at a friend’s house, and at night we go to the cemetery to see the stars.
I think it´s a quiet place to spend a few days on holiday or for the weekend.
Alicia Alegre, 2º ESO B
Bath has got many interesting places to go to.
The first thing that you see when you’re walking around Bath city is Pulteney’s beautiful bridge. Farther on, there is a university, Crescent Bath University, which is surrounded by a very peaceful, colourful and big park. You can spend hours in the park without getting bored and in the morning, you can see people walking their dogs, doing sport or sitting on a bench reading a book.
But the place I like the most is the shopping centre; there are a lot of shops and it’s outdoors! My favourite shop is ‘Jack of Bath’, they sell a lot of souvenirs about England and Bath itself.
It’s the best city that I’ve ever seen and that is the reason why I’m in love with Bath!
Alexia Bumbacea, 2º ESO B
We want to start our showroom with some comic strips from 1º ESO. The graphics were designed by Chuck Whelon and the dialogues were written by the pupils.