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During the recent confinements, online teaching has become the norm for students and teachers alike. A new and valuable skill has been learnt. To enable these to be shown at their best, Agrupamento de Escolas Silves Sul needed access to good quality cameras. RC Silves was able to donate two cameras to support the school in delivering online learning at its normal high standard.
As other schools and support centres have found masks can cause communication difficulties for staff working with young or disadvantaged. This was no different for Casa de Povo. RC Silves was able to donate masks with transparent windows for the Kindergarten Educators, Technicians who teach Music and English classes in pre-school and day care, technicians working with people with mental illness and those working with disadvantaged children.
RC Silves has worked closely with Casa de Povo over the last year to raise funds to help equip their newly built therapy rooms.
The rooms are used for the education and support of adults who have mental difficulties. For this service to continue the government, wanted specific physiologic diagnostic tests to be implemented. RC Silves recently donated 1200€ to purchase these much needed resources.
As schools prepared to return after the long break following the Covid 19 Pandemic, it became evident in the local schools that younger pupils and the deaf and hard of hearing found it difficult to understand their teachers whilst they are masked. To help alleviate the problem, RC Silves donated masks with transparent sections to the local Agrupamento Escolas de Silves Sul.
We are not at the end of this virus yet and RC Silves may be called on for further support in the future.
The pupils from Wildern School arrived in the Algarve to brilliant weather a respite from the cold wet weather in the UK. They joined their host families for an exciting time, with visits to Lisbon, Sagres, Vilamoura, Lagos and Monchique.
This year is the sixth year of the exchange and probably the best with families forming long term relationships. The next exchange will take place in September.
A bi product of our primary school art project lead by David Trubshaw, past president and resident artist
were 30 screens of fantastic artwork. Pupils were asked to decorate a sardine and their imaginations ran riot.
After hanging in the Lady in Red Art Gallery, the fantastic results now have a permeant home in the new facility at Casa do Povo.
The RC Silves and IRC Almancil share an interest in education of the young of today. Both clubs try to inspire students to aim high and to provide them with experiences to enhance their education. So at their joint meeting on the 24 November at the Holiday Inn in Armação de Pêra, they came to enjoy a presentation from the students of Agrupomento de Silves Sul who took part in the school exchange supported by RC Silves.
In the summer, six pupils and two teachers from Silves Sul were hosted by Wildern School pupils and teachers in Southampton . They visit the school and experience a little bit of British life. The Rotarians were keen to hear how their trip went and enthralled by their accounts.
After the presentation the students joined Rotarians for dinner and shared their knowledge and experience.
The Wildern exchange went extremely well with all staff and students enjoying the trip. There were many tears from the students as they parted from their new friends on the last day but they all vowed to keep in touch and greet the English again at the Silves Sul Oscares in March 2018.
The pupils attended the Wildern School Oscars and collected The Best International Film Oscar which was won by a promotional film of the Algarve and the makers were complimented on their costumes to support the Algarve history segments in the film.
On Monday, last week the Oscars came to Pêra and pupils, their families and guests walked the red carpet at the Cultural Centre in Pêra. This initiative started by Silves Rotary club celebrates the films and artwork of the pupils of Agrupamento de Escolas de SilvesSul. It was a night of excitement, glamour and celebration as the nominated films were shown and the winners drawn from the gold envelopes.
The nominees, their parents and friends were joined by Emanuel Carvalho from the British Council, Rosa Palma, Mayor of Silves, Clive Jewell, British Vice Consul, Abilio Lopes, Rotary District Governor, the Director of Schools for Portugal representatives from the Freguesias around the area, Rotarians and educationists from across the Algarve.
The Director for Schools was full of praise for the event describing the Oscars as a fantastic event and that everyone involved should be incredibly proud. She was in admiration of the talents and skills of the young people who took part in the Oscars.
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. Many films, pieces of artwork and photographs were submitted for the Oscars. Forty were nominated across 10 categories from Best Short Film, Best International Film, Best Primary School Film through to Best Artwork and Photography.
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 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.
On October 16 in Brazieira, Afternoon Tea was served in the garden of Alan and Pam Winn with views over Rocha de Pena National Park. Afternoon Tea was invented when the 7th Duchess of Bedford found it difficult to last without something to eat between Lunch and Dinner. After eating sandwiches, Devonshire scones and clotted cream, and cakes, washed down with speciality teas, sparkling wine and soft drinks, visitors were heard to declare that they had no room for Dinner. Some suggested that it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon and requested a future event. 360€ was raised to support the RC Silves Education Fund.