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Exchange Students Video a Hit


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.

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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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..

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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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Putting Competition Winner Putting Competition Playoff Guess the Weight Winner Pat Snoopys Name Winner Nicki

Treasure Hunt Winner Ceclia

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

Best Short Film

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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Cookery Competition Gala Dinner

The winnersThe finalists

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.

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Cookery Semi Finalists Chosen


The semi finals start on the 23 February with teams of 5 made up of 3 chefs and 2 servers. The final two teams will cook in the Conrad Hotel kitchen in March.  The prizes will be awarded at a celebration dinner in the Conrad Hotel. The Semi Finalists are:-

Team 3 Almancil with a winning menu of

Pumpkin Soup

Codfish with Cream

Passionfruit Bavaroise

Team 1 Quarteira

Pea and Mint Soup

Venison with Madeira Sauce

Brownie with Yogurt and Lime Foam

Team 2 Algoz

Avacado Cocktail

Poached Salmon with Orange Salad

Asian Dessert

Team 1 Armação de Pêra

Pumpkin Crème with Toast

Pork Fillet with Green Salad

Fruit Basket with Ice Cream

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Students from schools in Almancil, Quarteira, Algoz and Armacão de Pêra have been preparing their menus and putting on their aprons for the cookery competition supported by IRC Almancil and RC Silves. The schools have to choose their best teams to go forward to semi finals. The judges have been helping in their selection with advice and support and of course sampling the menus. Dispite their obvious nerves, they all coped well and provided a very good level of service.  The judges provide valuable feedback for the teams during these practice sessions. Each school will identify a team of 5 made up of 3 chefs and 2 servers for the semi final next month. The final two teams will cook in the Conrad Hotel kitchen in March.  The prizes will be awarded at a celebration dinner in the Conrad Hotel.

See pictures of all the menus so far..……  More to Come


Success in Southampton

Again, this year staff and students from the Silves Sul Group of schools visited Wildern School in Southampton.  The 6 students had entered their multimedia work into the Wildern School Oscars as part of a school exchange project organised by the Silves Rotary Club.  Staff stayed with Rotarians and teachers in the Southampton area and the students were hosted by the families of pupils at the Wildern School.  They set off at midnight on the 10 July on their adventure travel ling to Southampton via Lisbon.

Beginning the adventure

On their arrival the students toured the school and were introduced to their host families. Following some free time with families, the staff of Wildern School hosted a BBQ on Sunday afternoon. The British weather did its best to dampen spirits but all had a good time.

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On Monday the students shadowed their hosts, taking part in lessons before getting ready for the Oscar Ceremony.

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Three Portuguese movies were short listed and Irena Sendler, a movie about the heroics of a women who saved many Jewish lives during the second world war, won the Best International Film category. The movie was submitted by a group of Silves Sul students, and won against very strong competition from their fellow students.  Along with the Oscar and much to the surprise of the students another camera was awarded to the school in recognition for their outstanding work.

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We will be raising funds again this year in support of this project which continues to inspired Silves Sul pupils and offers them life changing educational opportunities

Cookery Competition Presentation Evening

Cookery Competition Presentation Evening:

It was student chefs and waiters who were the stars at a Rotary Gala Dinner
at the Conrad hotel.  The students from Escola Dra Laura Ayres in Quarteira and Escola EB 2/3 Dr Antonio de Sousa Agostinho in Almancil were this year’s finalists of the Annual Rotary Cookery Competition. The 2014/15 competition was organised jointly by Peter Hinze of Almancil International Rotary Club and Alan Winn of the Silves Rotary Club. The competition started last November and 12 volunteer judges ate a total of 28 meals.  The final was held at The Conrad Hotel in April with the finalists preparing their meals in the Conrad’s own kitchen with ingredients kindly donated by the hotel.  “It was very close this year” said Alan Winn “but we had to make a decision and declared the team chosen from the Quarteira school the winners with the Almancil team coming a close second”. The winning team received their trophy at the Gala dinner with personalised aprons presented to both teams. Accompanied by some of their teachers and families and attended by more than 80 Rotarians and guests, it was plain to see how proud they were.







Marta Castanheiro holds the trophy for the winning school with Peter Hinze
and Alan Winn.