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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

Cookery Competition 2015/16



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.

BBQ under the tree BBQ The terrible trio BBQ Oh my hair BBQ Burgers are up

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

Oscars 9Looking smart

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.

Ready to serve Oscar night with Rosemary Oscar Night Cheers The announcements are made Yummy Who will win IMG_7251

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.

Four Hundred Celebrate the First Escola Silves Sul Oscars

Compares Lilianna, Sara and Luis

Our compares

Four hundred guests gathered at the Cultural Centre in Pêra to celebrate the films and artwork of the pupils of Agrupamento de Escolas de SilvesSul. 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 nominees, their parents and friends were joined by Kirsty Hayes, the British Ambassador to Portugal, Clive Jewel, British Vice Consul, Rosa Palma, Mayor of Silves and Rotarians from across the Algarve to celebrate their achievements. 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. Sixty films, Forty pieces of artwork and photographs were submitted for the Oscars. Fifty were nominated across nine 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. The event was supported by Silves Rotary Club and we would like to thank all those who have raised funds throughout the past year to help support this project. We would also like to thank Projection Dreams for their sponsorship and Wildern School for their help and experience. Pupils from the Algarve and the UK have formed strong friendships and look forward to meeting again in July at the Wildern Oscars. Press Reports TV Coverage

liliana And the winners are se campeao Best Documentry David Butler Cole Best Documentry winners Ambassador Kirsty Hayes Best International Film And the winner is Everything Dairy Abilio Lopes Best Multimedia Best Multimedia

Best Promotional Film Supergirl

David Trubshaw Best ArtworkBest Artwork

Best PhotographyBest Photography Winner

Best Primary School FilmBest Primary School Winners

Heros of fruitThankyou to  everyone Alan Winn Presidente RC Silves

Happy Birthday Senhora Palmer Diretor Carlos opens the event

16 March, Presenting Silves Sul Oscars

16 March, 20:00 Escola Silves Sul and Silves Rotary Club present the Silves Sul Oscars:

Oscars picture
The students of Silves Sul and Wildern School (UK) are waiting with anticipation for the announcement of the winners at this first Oscar Ceremony in the Algarve. The event will take place in the Centro Pastoral in Pera. Judges which include the British Ambassador to Portugal will present the winners with the Oscars from a short list of nominees. The students have been working hard to produce work using a variety of digital media. There are nominees in categories such as Best Short Film, Best Photography, Best Soundtrack and many more. Each winner will be presented with their own statuette and a prize. Thank you to Projection Dreams for sponsoring the prizes. Students from Silves Sul will travel to the UK in July to the Wildern School Oscar Ceremony.
If you would like to attend the ceremony please ring our President Alan Winn on 913595067

Dinner Dance Success


Sue, Andre, Sue and David

On the 14 February, members and guests enjoyed a lovely evening together at the Restaurant Ponte Romano in Silves. We would like to thank all Rotarians and friends who contributed to this fundraising event. The event total was €1000 which will go towards support for the digital media project with the Escolas de Silves Sul. Guests were entertained by Sandie and the Easy Street Band. Thanks also to Andre and Sue Winstanley, Sue and David Butler Cole, Felicity Thoet and David Trubshaw for organising such a great event.


First Trial Run for Escolas Silves Sul in Cookery Competition

Team 1 Team 2 again

Students from schools in Algoz and Armacão de Pêra prepared their first practice meals for the judges and dispite their obvious nerves, they coped well and provided a very good level of service.  The simple menus were well chosen and the quality of the food was good.  The judges provide valuable feedback for the teams during these practice sessions which are taking place before the start of the competition early next year.  The teams of 5 are made up of 3 chefs and 2 servers and across the 4 schools that have entered this year there will be approximately 13 teams in all.  The finalists will cook in the Conrad Hotel kitchen at the end of March.


Celebration of the Digital Media Project a Success

The audience

Students, parents, Rotarians and Friends of Rotary gathered to see the 16 short films produced by the students of Escolas Silves Sul during the first year of the Digital Media Project. The films included the six films shortlisted for the Wildern School´ Oscars in Southampton in July. The students that travelled to the UK for the ceremony were present and the evening was a celebration of their success. The audience were entralled by the films and astounded that the students had achieved so much with so little equipment.  The evening started with wine and nibbles and guests had an opportunity to talk with students and staff about the impact of the project. Pam Winn gave a short presentation about the project to see the presentation click here This is the first of many events to support the continuation of the project and €230 was raised from donations.  It is hoped to expand the project to more students this year and to hold the first Oscar ceremony on the Algarve in March. The Algarve Oscars will be hosted by Escola Silves Sul and a group of students from Wildern School will travel to the Algarve and will enter their films for the Algarve Oscars.

Introduction The presentation Inspiring students

Triumphant Return

Students Return

The returning group with Silves Rotary Secretary Isabel Flores and President Alan Winn

Staff and students from the Silves Sul Group of schools have now returned from their visit to Wildern School in Southampton.  6 students had entered their multi media work into the Wildern School Oscars as part of an exchange organised by the Silves Rotary Club.  Staff stayed with Rotarians in the Southampton area and students were hosted by the families of pupils at the Wildern School.  The movie about the emancipation of women submitted by Sarah Piña won the Best International Film category against very strong opposition from her fellow students.  Along with an Oscar Sara also won movie camera

Sara and the Oscar

Sara and her Oscar

Much to the surprise of the Algarve visitors another camera was warded to the school in recognition for their outstanding work.  This was received on behalf of the school br Dr Carlos Silva the principal of Escola Agrupamento Silves Sul.   Whilst students attended lessons along with their hosts, staff had a chance to share expertise with their UK counterparts.  Dr Carlos also spent a very useful 40 minutes with the head teacher at Wildern and an agreement was reached to have further cooperation between the two schools.

The visit was a success on many levels with the students making new friends and experiencing family life in the UK, and staff having an opportunity to look at different methods and approaches to teaching and learning.

All this would not have been possible without the support of all those who attended fundraising events organised by the Silves Rotary Club, the help of the Hedge End Rotary Club members in Southampton and the personal donation given by their Past President, Rosemary Hall.