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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.
Students and teachers from Escola de Silves Sul joined rotarians and friends to show the video they made of their exchange visit to Wildern School in July. The video allowed those present to experience in a small way the visit that so inspires pupils at the school. The pupils and teachers presented Alan and Pam Winn with a gift in gratitude for the support they have received in starting and maintaining the project. We are now all looking forward to March 13 2017 and the Oscar Ceremony associated with the project which celebrates the work of the students in the Arts and Film.
Tired but triumphant the students and teachers of the Agrupomento SilvesSul returned to Portugal after 6 days in the UK attending the Wildern School Oscars in Southampton and staying with host families. Best International Film was awarded to “Mudar de Estilio” a film produced by Class 2B, EB1 Armação de Pêra of the Agrupomento Silves Sul. There are 10 primary schools in the Agrupomento. Mauro Coelho accepted the oscar on their behalf and thanked Wildern School and their host families for their hospitality. He also thanked Alan Winn and RC Silves for their fundraising efforts in support of the exchange. The infant school will have a great surprise on their return to school after the summer.
The exchange students attended Wildern School Oscars last night. After a full day at school it was a quick dash home to change into their finery for the Oscar ceremony.
And all together…
Best International Film was awarded to “Mudar de Estilio” a film produced by Class 2B, EB1 Armação de Pêra of the Agrupomento Silves Sul. There are 10 primary schools in the Agrupomento. Mauro Coelho accepted the oscar on their behalf and thanked Wildern School and their host families for their hospitality. He also thanked Alan Winn and RC Silves for their fundraising efforts in support of the exchange. The infant school will have a great surprise on their return..
Sunday 19 June was when friends gathered at the home of Stewart and Linda for a garden party in aid of the Education Fund. We could not have wished for a better day. Temperatures were just right and with the party set in the beautiful garden of their home near Nora we all enjoyed a wide range of delicious food provided by friends and members of the club.
The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and over 1000€ was raised on the day.
A big thank you must go to Stewart and Linda for hosting the event and to all those who contributed to make such a successful day.