Last week the Oscars came to Pêra and six hundred guests gathered at the Cultural Centre in Pêra to celebrate the films and artwork of the pupils of Agrupamento de Escolas de SilvesSul an initiative started by the Rotary Club of Silves. It was a night of glamour and celebration as the nominees walked the red carpet and wondered whether it was to be their night.
The glamour did not end with the red carpet as the students and their guests dressed up for the occasion. The nominees, their parents and friends were joined by Peter Abbott, the Deputy British Ambassador to Portugal, Rosa Palma, Mayor of Silves, Clive Jewel, British Vice Consul, representatives from the Freguesias around the area and educationists from across the Algarve. Rotarians from various clubs across the Algarve were also present to celebrate the students’ achievements and support this educational project.
The Deputy Ambassador was full of praise for the event describing the Oscars as a fantastic event and that everyone involved should be incredibly proud. He was in admiration of the talents and skills of the young people who took part in the Oscars. He also thanked the staff and students from Wildern School for their contribution. He pledged continued Embassy support for the project.
Escolas de SilvesSul and Wildern School from the UK have worked in partnership to develop this event which is modelled on a similar ceremony at Wildern School. Six pupils from Wildern School and two teachers joined the pupils of Escolas de SilvesSul on the red carpet. Forty films and many pieces of artwork and photographs were submitted for the Oscars. Fifty were nominated across eleven categories from Best Short Film, Best International Film, Best Primary School Film through to Best Artwork and Photography.
To whoops of delight from the pupils of SilvesSul, the winners were drawn from the gold envelopes. The judges presented the Oscars and prizes to the winners who gave a short thank you speech which was accompanied by huge smiles of delight.
Alan Winn, Past President of RC Silves thanked the staff of Escolas de Silves Sul whose efforts made this event happen particularly Carla Mourinho, Daniel Carvalo, Cidalia Azinhiero and Director Carlos Silva. The Pupils from the Algarve and the UK have formed strong friendships and are look forward to meeting again in July when six students from Escolas SilvesSul travel to the UK for the Wildern Oscars.
Competition finalists, together with Parents, Teachers and Rotarians were guests at a special gala dinner at the Conrad last wednesday for the presentation of the winners cup of the Rotary Algarve Schools Cookery competition. This was the third year of the competition that was once again organised by the Rotary Clubs of Almancil and Silves. The winning team was Escola EB2,3 Dr. António de Sousa Agostinho in Almancil.
Altogether 12 teams entered from Agrupamento de Escolas de Silves Sul, Escola Secundária Dra. Laura Ayres in Quarteira and Escola EB2,3 Dr. António de Sousa Agostinho in Almancil.
Ten judges headed by Peter Hinze and Alan Winn of the Rotary clubs tasted 18 three-course lunches before choosing the final two teams; one from the school in Almancil and the other from the school in Quarteira.
As well as the food, the judges also took into account the performance of the students acting as waiting staff.
“All the students taking part showed great promise and gave us some superb food,” said Alan Winn. “Deciding on the two teams to go through to the final was extremely difficult.”
The finals were held at the Conrad Hotel on March 9. The teams were each presented with a ‘mystery box’ of ingredients from which they had to produ.ce a three-course lunch.
Students were able to experience a kitchen at a five star hotel and get a little advice from three top class chefs: Executive Chef Osvalde Silva, Sous Chef Vitor Viegas and Pastry Chef Roberto Horta.
Peter Hinze said: “After much discussion we awarded first prize to the team from Escola EB2,3 Dr. António de Sousa Agostinho who gave us a starter of chicken roulade with salad, followed by baked salmon on a bed of potato and spinach, and ending with crème caramel.
Giving thanks to the Conrad for its support, Peter said he hoped the experience would encourage some of the students to follow a career in catering.
The meal for the evening was provided by the Conrad chefs who prepared the winning meal giving it their own own twist.
The Almancil school was presented with the winners’ cup with members from each team being awarded a certificate and a personalised apron. In addition to the cup for the winning team, this year a prize was awarded for the best dish of the competition to Miguel Reis of Escola Secundária Dra. Laura Ayres for his fish in tempura batter with savoury rice, said to be “perfect” by guest judge Didier Cazes, formerly of Restaurante Couleur France in Almancil.