Friday, 30 June 2017

Well-earned homage

     Even after our students have left, teachers must stay at school for some three weeks, we do some administrative work to finish the ending school year and to begin to get ready the next one. So this week we had the chance to live a really moving and special event, Mrs Lola Portillo, great colleague and former school´s bilingual program coordinator, was honoured by the naming of one of our class-rooms after being an excellent teacher and being the first one to get retirement in IES Profesor Tomás Hormigo.

Congratulations, Lola, you have always had room for you here but now you do have yout own one.

Thursday, 22 June 2017


     Llegó el fin de curso y éste llegó cargado de actividades tan divertidas como emotivas.

     When the course finishes we are getting used to celebretring nice activities of different nature (theatre plays, prizes, concerts, graduation...) This end of the course has been also plenty of this kind of events, I would like to point out especially two of them.

     Oliver and Annie (after the successful Romeo and Juliet and Grease), 3ESO B and Mónica have performed another excellent musical play mixing the plots of  Dickens´ Oliver Twist and the movie Annie, amazingly performed and above all unbelievable sung (Gloría Luna, who played the character of Annie, must record a CD or deserves to win any TV talent show).

     The concert directed by "Monsieur" Jesús Alemeida  was a moving show where, by their French songs, almost all the students of our school honoured Mr. José María Moya, who leaves IES Profesor Tomás Hormigo after twenty-four years. Good bye, friend.

     Enjoy your summer.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Oscars 2017 (4th Edition)

     Como cada final de curso durante los últimos cuatro años, celebramos nuestro festival de cortometrajes en inglés, los Oscars Profesor Tomás Hormigo. Este año fue un verdadero éxito con la participación de más de 25 proyectos.

      Today, Friday June 16th, the fourth edition of our English short film festival, Oscars Profesor Tomás Hormigo, was a success. We can say so because we got 26 projects from which we chose seven finalists, among them, we found comedy (The Party, Pet Life, The Worst Super-Hero), Horror (The Last Meeting), Drama (Life without Colours, The Videotutorial) and a critical analysis of society, the Best Project winner, Human Race.

     As we said before, the seven finalist films which were shown today came out from the previous 26 projects worked out by our students, as a result of the involvement of lots of teachers: this has been the first edition which the whole English board teachers have taken part in, being this short film project prime part of 3ESO and 4ESO speaking skills assessment. Besides teachers of other areas have also helped with different duties like music, being jury, decorating... thanks to them all this edition has been a special one.

     The library was the place where the results of their projects were played, a great surprise for all the students since the seven finalist titles were top secret:
-The Party: An eccentric and funny plot about four posh girls invited to a party to be kidnapped... or not, something quite David-Lynch-like but much more colourful and in. Awarded with the Oscar for Best Actress, Candela García (4ºB).
-Pet Life: One of the most original pieces seen today, a hilarious story of cats and dogs where actual animals were the characters dubbed by our students´ voices. Awarded with the Oscars for Best Screenplay and Best Actor, Harrison Genders (3ºC). Click here to watch it. 
-Human Race: Actually, a masterpiece, it looks simple but it is a complex analysis with symbolism, animation and a moral. Awarded with the Oscar for Best Visual Effects and BEST MOVIE, to Romy and Taylor Hopewel (3ºB). Click here to watch it.
-The Last Meeting: The teenage horror film which is never missed on our festivals, a kind os I Know What You Did Last Romería. Awarded with the new category, Oscar for Best Non-Native English.
-Life without Colours: Some common, or not so, problems of our boys and girls are successfully depicted by this black and white film. Awarded with the Oscar for Best Message.
-The Videotutorial: Domestic violence and social networking collide in this excellent short, a work which moved most of us. Awarded with the Oscars for Best Film Editing and Best Soundtrack.
-The Worst Super-Hero: It is not easy to be a hero but you can really laugh at him when he such a mess. Awarded with the Oscar for Funniest Movie. 

     Later they met at the gym to know who the winners were. Conducted by José Luis Caballos, also as usual, the prizes were given by their English teachers and Inmaculada García, Olivia Cózar, Carmen Beltrán, Fernando Banda, Daniel Molina, Javier Orellana and our headteacher, Juan Manuel Campos, who thanked all our students for their amazing short films before giving the Best Movie Prize.

     As usual it has been a great day but usual doesn´t mean it was less exciting.


Monday, 5 June 2017

C U soon, friend

     Nuestro amigo George terminó su tiempo aquí y continúa con sus aventuras, por unos meses aún por España para seguir más tarde por el resto del mundo. Se lleva todo nuestro cariño allá por donde vaya.

      George H. Harman arrived in January, straight from New Zealand, to help us with our English but he didn´t only play that role, he became an excellent partner and appealling motivation for our students. He never said no to any of our proposals, being always ready to participate on any activity  and always with fun: teaching rugby, playing music, travelling with us whenever we had to (Isla Mágica, Selwo, Málaga University Meeting...).

    Several farewel events took place, both students (writing thank you letters, asking about his experiences among us, giving him presents...) and teachers having a dinner with him and giving him a gift for him to remember us too.

    Throughout our years of bilingual studies, we have met excellent people who came here to work hard and learn with us (Abbey, Preston... ) they will never be forgotten and George has earned a place among them, in our particular Olympus for speaking auliaries.

   CU soon, friend.