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That's a wrap for island's summer school, athletics camp and early-childhood 'escoletes'

foto acaba escola estiu 2018 1Yesterday morning, as August came to a close, so did activities at summer camps in Sant Francesc, Sant Ferran and la Mola. The day also marked the end of the 2017/2018 school year for students and staff at sa Miranda and es Camí Vell, the island's two escoletes (early-learning nurseries), and was the last day of scheduled activities in a summer programme aimed at making athletics fun.

Families came out in force for a range of summer's end activities, scenes of emotional encounters between educators, youth workers and participants' families. Every morning this summer, 580 children and young people turned up to participate in the programmes, a welcome display of the trust which households place in the Formentera Council.

Formentera gives €95k in student financial aid

estudiants-a-classe-universita1The Formentera Council's education office reports that until June 28 applications will be accepted for assistance purchasing used text books and paying higher education and travel costs during the 2017-2018 school year.

This year a total of €95,500 in student aid will be made available, to be divvied up as follows: €45,000 for textbook purchases; €12,500 for ten higher education grants of €1,250 each; and €38,000 for travel costs.

Details on eligibility and documentation required for the application are available here. Submissions can be dropped off in person at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) or online on the OVAC website.

For more information potential candidates can visit the Council's department of culture, education and patrimony.

The deadline for requests is June 28.

Open enrolment at early-education centres

foto escoleta-boixosThe education department of the Formentera Council announces the publication from Friday of admission information and waiting lists for the island's two escoletes, or “nursery schools”.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, which starts Monday September 17, 60 of 67 families who applied received an affirmative response. As for those households on the waiting list, four have children in the nadó, or “newborn”, age group (for babies born in 2018) and another three are included in the group for one- and two-year-olds (born in 2017). There is no waiting list for children aged two to three and some vacancies still remain.

Families can finalise enrolment from today, Friday June 15 to Thursday June 21, from 4.00pm to 6.00pm in Escoleta Sa Miranda. Release of the final waiting list will follow the close of enrolment.

This school year, Escoleta Sa Miranda consists of seven classrooms—one for newborns and three each for one- to two-year-olds and two- to three-year-olds.

With capacity for 30 students, Escoleta Camí Vell has just two classrooms; one for the one- to two-year-old group and another for the two- to three-year-old group.

A total of 16 instructors form the teaching staff of both centres. They are joined by an educational aide, a director, a cook and a kitchen assistant.

Working strategies are identical at the two escoletes and activities are organised jointly in weekly meetings attended by both Sa Miranda and Camí Vell teachers. The two schools share cooking staff.

Early registration at Formentera school of music and dance

foto escola de musica 2018The culture and education departments of the Formentera Council remind islanders that pre-enrolment is ongoing for the 2018-2019 year at the island's Escola de Música i Dansa (School of Music and Dance).

Students have until Wednesday, June 20 to pre-register, either in person at the Citizen Information Office (OAC for its initials in Catalan) or online at the OVAC.

For returning students and new applicants alike, pre-enrolment is an essential first step for students who wish to attend classes in the coming year.

Course catalogue
The Escola's officially accredited course offering in music and dance spans two categories: elementary and professional. Students at the elementary level have their pick between transverse flute, guitar and piano.

As a licensed educational centre, the Escola offers instruction that is reglat (“regulated”) and therefore officially accredited, as well as non-accredited studies. This particular feature means courses run the gamut. Options exist for students of all ages and all stripes, from “Initiation to Music” for six- and seven-year-olds to workshops on traditional music and professional musical studies.

Moreover the open nature of the Escola's operations model makes for a course offering that is constantly expanding and evolving.

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Formentera schoolchildren dive head first into posidonia seagrass

fotos-devletian--assoc3Roughly forty Sant Ferran pupils' headlong dive into the undersea world put them first in line to discover the values embodied in posidonia seagrass and the natural treasures enveloped by our sea.

It is not the first time Formentera gives local schoolchildren the chance to take this particular plunge. This year a total of 110 students from Sant Ferran, la Mola and Mestre Lluís Andreu in Sant Francesc will go snorkelling in ses Salines nature reserve.

After an earlier initiation with “Posi té un do”, the youth will now discover “El primer viatge”—the first and second chapters in a story about the secrets and adventures of Posi. Each student will be sent home with a copy of the story.

The professional staff of Vell Marí diving centre facilitate the activities, which, in addition to financing from the Formentera Council, receive support from the Eivissa-Formentera foundation for conservation, Trasmapi and the Abel Matutes foundation.

Forthcoming school excursions are scheduled for June 14, 18 and 19. The activity is part of Save Posidonia Project, which is aimed at educating people about the importance of posidonia. The undersea species and designated World Heritage Site is threatened by the unregulated anchoring of boats, sea water pollution, namely from inland sources like treatment plants, sewage (storm drains, oils and hydrocarbons), destructive fishing operations, invasive species and climate change.

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Directora: Esperanza Suñer Torres
Av. de Pius Tur, s/n  · 07860
Sant Francesc · Formentera
tel. 971 32 34 15 · fax 971 32 25 83