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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.


Off to the Oscars

Leaving for the trip

An excited group of students and teachers gathered at Faro airport on friday 11 July to depart on their Oscar adventure in the UK. The students have been working on film and digital media project at Silves Sul School and their movies were entered into the Oscars at Wildern School in Southampton. Six films have been shortlisted and they will find out whose has been chosen as number one at the ceremony on Monday 14 July. The event is well known in the UK but this is the first time that students from other EU countries have submitted entries. Silves Rotary President Alan Winn is accompanying the students and will be awarding the Oscar for Best Animation. Silves Rotary Club has raised funds to enable the  student and teacher exchange and to purchase resources for the students to use. It is hoped that the students will become digital leaders in this area and mentor other students across the Algarve. Watch out for the Algarve Oscars next year!

We will publish the result as soon as we know it.

Pasú Delight

The Pasú Quintet delighted the audience at the Casa da Cultura Islâmica e Mediterrânica in Silves with their exciting and varied performance. The evening started with drinks and canapés in the moorish gardens

Serving drinksInteresting conversation

Happy Time

before guests are treated to:

W.A.Mozart – Fantasie,

Félix Mendelssohn – Quintette,

Maurice Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin,

Antonín Dvořák – Streichquartett

György Ligeti – Six Bagatelles  More detailed Programme

Pasu Quintet taking a bow

€ 1192 was raised from the evening and all profits will go to support Silves Rotary Club’s Education Programmes.

We are extremely grateful to the Câmara Municipal de Silves for the loan of such a lovely venue and to Silves Sul Students for their efficient and friendly service.

Silves Sul Students




UK Teachers visit to Silves Sul a success

Kate Broadribb and Charlotte Wells from Wildern School visited the Algarve last week to meet the students taking part in the Digital Media project at Silves Sul School. The Students and staff of Silves Sul provided a welcome tea as the teachers were shown around the England exhibition. They were then entertained with modern pop songs sung by students and accompanied by guitars annd drums. The teachers were introduced to the delights of Armação de Pêra whilst the students of Silves Sul used them as extras for their movie.

Smile you are on candid camaraDiscussing film qualitySmile please

Silves Rotary Club held a dinner on the 1 May for the visitors and Kate and Charlotte gave a presentation to Rotary Club members, the Mayor of Armação de Pêra and staff from the Silves Sul School about the introduction of Digital Media in their UK school and the impact that it has had on results. Members felt encouraged that their funding and the efforts of the students of Silves Sul would provide opportunities and experiences which would impact on their future success.

Flag ceremony

Prof. Carlos (Director Silves Sul), Kate Broadribb (Wildern School), Alan Winn(President RC Silves), Charlotte Wells (Wildern School), Recardo Pinto (Mayor Armanção de Pêra)

Following a tour of Silves Sul School, Kate and Charlotte were treated to a private showing of the films the students have prepared for entry into the oscars at Wildern School in July. They were impressed with the films they saw and look forward to their entry. It is hoped to take a representative group of students and staff to the Oscars event in the UK.

All in all a successful visit.

5 June Concert by Wind Quintet “Pasu”

CasaculturaLast year’s  concert, was the most successful yet!  Comments from our guests were ” Best event I have been to in the Algarve since we moved here”, “Lovely evening well done” and “a delightful concert and  a lovely evening”.  This year’s concert is on the 5 June at 18:30. The evening will start with drinks and canapés in the moorish gardens before guests are treated to an interesting programme of music by the quintet “Pasu”at the delightful Casa da Cultura Islâmica e Mediterrânica in Silves.


1mittelPasu was founded in 20 August 2008, on the occasion of ” International Summer Academy of Chamber Music Niedersachsen” of students from the four conservatories in North Rhine -Westphalia , Detmold, Dusseldorf , Essen and Cologne . The members of the ensemble , Julia Bremm (flute) , Louise Rummel (oboe) , Yousef Eisa ( clarinet), Olivia Comparot (bassoon) and Anna Katharina Swartman ( horn ), are all still studying with renowned professors in their field and are currently working in various German orchestras . They continue to expand their repertoire and present in their concerts, and chamber music for the pleasure of their audiences. This young ensemble accepted in the spring of 2011 an invitation to the festival ” 3mittelMusicales de Grillon ” in France and they played several concerts in Provence.  In their varied concert programs they present both classical wind quintet pieces. Whether a formal concert or as musical accompaniment, the quintet ” Pasu ” offers an energetic and distinctive ensemble sound , which creates a memorable experience for each of their concerts.

Their exciting and varied programme for this event consists of:

W.A.Mozart – Fantasie,

Félix Mendelssohn – Quintette,

Maurice Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin,

Antonín Dvořák – Streichquartett

György Ligeti – Six Bagatelles  More detailed Programme

Places are limited as this unusual venue only seats 80. It is a wonderful opportunity to share good music in interesting surroundings. Please book directly at Rotary Club de Silves for you and your friends or telephone 919240882. A minimum donation of €15 per person is required and all profits from this event will go to support our Education Programmes.

We are extremely grateful to the Câmara Municipal de Silves for the loan of such a lovely venue. Directions


Presentation evening for the Cookery Competition 2014

The guests of honor

The Guests of Honour, Students of Silves Sul and Almancil

The Silves Rotary Club joined with Almancil Rotary Club on the 2 April to celebrate the finalists for the jointly funded cookery competition between the Schools of Silves Sul and Almancil and to officially declare the winner. Guests were welcomed at the Conrad Hotel, Almancil to be served the winning menu but this time cooked by the chef’s of the Conrad Hotel themselves. The students and teachers of the schools were present to witness the delight with which the winning menu was received by Rotarians and their guests. The executive chef Andrew  Mc Gee was surprised by the desserts of both teams and served them in combination to perfection.

Winning Menu 001Throughout the month of March,  The judges spent 6 days tasting food prepared, cooked and served by the students of Almancil and Algoz schools. They have been treated to some interesting and delicious dishes. The grand final took place at the Conrad Hotel on the 24 March. The students were presented with a black box of ingredients and ask to cook and serve a three course meal. They mastered the high tech kitchen at the Conrad Hotel and Pedro’s team from Almancil produced prawns in garlic, filet steak with spinach, potatoes and caramelised onion followed by a chocolate mousse. Erica’s team from Algoz cooked prawns in a Marie Rose and brandy sauce, filet steak with spinach and parsnip pureé and an orange desert. The competition was very close but after much debate, Algoz School were declared the winners by a squeak.


The students received personalised aprons and certificates. The Silves Sul School was presented with the trophy which they will be able to display in school for the year, alongside a replica which they will be able to keep. The runners up Almancil School also received a crystal plaque to display in school.  Both teams have been offered works experience in the Conrad Hotel.

Runners up Almancil

The Runners-up Agrupamento Vertical de Almancil

Winners Silves Sul

The Winners Agrupomento Escolas de Silves Sul











Next year it is hoped to offer the opportunity more schools  as part of both rotary clubs work in promoting educational opportunities for the students of the Algarve.

Well Done Everybody!