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School’s Out

Youngsters all over this island are thrilled and excited. The academic year is about to come to an end any moment now. A big sigh of relief has not only been exhaled by some 6,000,000 school children in Spain, but by their families as well – parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts. The month of June in Spain is always a time of particular stress to school children in the higher grades, in E. S. O. or in Bachiller, because it means at least four weeks of sometimes quite demanding controls (tests and exams). An estimated 3,000,000 pupils finish school now for good and forever, either by finishing their E. S. O. (roughly equivalent to the British G. C. S. E.), or by finishing their Bachillerato exams (similar to A levels). Selectividad, a kind of university entry exam, was held last week and now, profesores up and down the country are busy doing the corrections and giving notas.

Just before the break-up, I went to Palma to visit the students of 4º de ESO at the IES Ramon Llull last Monday, in my function as the Man with the blog from Felanitx. The pleasure was reciprocal; I enjoyed meeting the youngsters very much indeed, and I was told that they appreciated my visit as well. Their professora in English, the charming Doña María Loredo, introduced my blog to some of her classes as a learning tool for this year’s curriculum. Well, I never.

The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: June 14th, 2010. The time was 09:52:38.

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  1. Thanks so much for your visit!
    This evening the graduation of 4th ESO students will take place at school. I’ll take some pictures and send them to you. All the students you visited last Monday passed their exams successfully, no need to repeat, so I’m really happy about them.
    I’m determined to keep on using your blog as a teaching tool. I’m sure, in no time you’ll have several schools in Majorca as regular visitors and devoted fans.
    We hope to see you again at school. You are welcome to pop in whenever you pass by.
    See you soon and enjoy summer.
    María

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