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Portuguese Students Return

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.

Students and Teachers Leave for the UK

An excited group of students and teachers gathered at Faro airport on today (Friday)  to depart on their adventure to the UK. The school exchange is between Silves Sul School and Wildern School in Southampton.  The trip is also part of the digital media project at Silves Sul School and  movies made at the school have been entered into the Oscars at Wildern School in Southampton. Five films have been nominated for an Oscar and the group will find out which has been awarded Best International Film at the Wildern School’s Oscar ceremony on Monday 10 July. The event is well known in the UK and this is the fourth time that students from Silves Sul have submitted entries. The students will stay with English families and experience English home life. They have a full itinerary activities which includes joining their exchange partners in lessons at Wildern School.  Past President of RC Silves, Alan Winn is accompanying the students and will be awarding the Oscar for Best Animation. Silves Rotary Club has raised funds to enable this  student and teacher exchange and support for the Silves Sul Oscars.

During their trip the pupils baked cookies, visited Fort Nelson and of course collected an Oscar at the Wildern School Oscars.

Oscars 2017 Excitement and Glamour

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.

 

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‘Delicious fare and lively conversation in a lovely setting; a perfect Sunday afternoon’

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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.

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Exchange Students Video a Hit

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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.

Afternoon Tea in the Country

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Afternoon Tea Brazieira de Baxio near Salir, 16 October, 4pm to 7pm

Silves Rotary Club invites you to a traditional Afternoon Tea in aid of RC Silves Education Fund. Why not take an afternoon drive to the country and finish with afternoon tea in Brazieira. Tea will be 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 and developed Tea from a beverage into a meal. However it was well before then that Chá (Tea) was introduced as a drink to the English Aristocracy. In 1662, Catherine of Bragança arrived in Portsmouth from Portugal to marry Charles II and requested Chá to refresh herself, but was only offered Ale. Once she was established at the English Court, Tea became the prefered royal cuppa.

On your way you may pass Salir or Alte. Salir is small town nestling in the hills north of Loulé, it has the remains of a medieval castle and two churches. Alte is known for its Roman baths and as one of the most typical and unspoilt villages in this region of the Algarve. Both are worth a stop on the way to tea.

A 20€ donation per person includes sandwiches, Devonshire scones and cream, cakes, speciality teas, sparkling wine and soft drinks. Afternoon Tea Menu

Tickets are available from RC Silves Rotarians or from Past President, Alan Winn email alanwinncn@yahoo.co.uk or Tel. 913595067.

 

Triumphant Return

The returners

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.

Infant School Wins Best International Film Oscar

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.

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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..

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Garden Party Fun

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.

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Incoming President David Trudshaw organised most of the games and winners were able to take home some fabulous prizes.
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The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and over 1000€ was raised on the day.

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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.

600 Celebrate the 2016 Oscares

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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.

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