jueves, 18 de diciembre de 2014

Julio Caro Baroja's 100th Anniversary Celebrations at the High School

Our school was named after the famous anthropologist, historian, linguist an essayist Julio Caro Baroja.
On Wednesday, the 15th of November, 2014, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of his birth.

These are the images of the event.

lunes, 15 de diciembre de 2014

3º ESO- 1 MET and 2

3º ESO is getting some training for the next term to prepare their two most important projects in the year: Theatre Project and the Portfolio Project.
They have started with something not very difficult: A talk about fashion.

In 3º ESO 2,  Irati, Maialen, Sofía, May Ann, Cristian and Manuela made an outstanding  oral presentation on Fashion.
In 3º ESO 1, it was Gonzalo, Danel, Joseba, Miguel, Andrés and Ander who got the best marks.

Both courses started the second evaluation by reading a world famous book: The Phantom of the opera, by Jennifer Bassett. After the reading, they worked on comprehension question, designed a flyer and presented their new project the their classmates.
In the PPT below, we can see them working and their final products.

domingo, 14 de diciembre de 2014

Drama Workshop Performed Funny School Times -1

What has  Drama Workshop  done during the first term?
Here are two documents to watch:

1. A film about Drama classes:

2. A Prezy with the  Performance:
Performance of  Funny School Times
To watch the Prezy, click on the word "Performance". Once there, use the Full Screen and click on the arrows, at the middle bottom of the Prezy image, to follow the "story".

viernes, 12 de diciembre de 2014

1º ESO -1 MET, A Year Full of Expectations

In 1º ESO-1 MET Oral Skills are most important. During the first weeks, they worked on Personal Information. After creating a family poster they presented their first project orally to the rest of the students. They also prepared some interviews to "celebrities", which were dramatised in class.
However, their first big project was "English Speaking Countries".
The English teacher and Sherry, the High School language assistant, introduced Britan and The U.S.A. After that, the students were given some information about the English Speaking Countries. They were divided into groups of four, surfed the net and with all that information collected they designed a poster about those countries. Finally, they presented their project to the class.


Soon after that, they read a book: The Borrowers. On this occasion they designed a flyer, which was presented orally too.
In the following PPT we can see pictures of these activities taken by the students themselves.

miércoles, 10 de diciembre de 2014

"Funny School Times", Four Years ON

Orain dela lau urte...
Hace cuatro años...  
Four years ago, 
Julio Caro Baroja High School started its star project
TheTrilingualism Project.
No doubt, it is one of the projects that has given a good reputation to our school in Getxo. It started by having one more lesson in English in 1º ESO - MET and a especial English Workshop: Drama Workshop. The following school year we opened another new exciting subject: T-COM. Later, Citizenship, Ph.E., Ethics and A.E. in English would take their place in the Trilingual Projects.
This is the fourth school year with MET. All courses in ESO have arranged special classes to improve the students' command of English .  But, in order to celebrate it, this morning, over 50 MET students have joined at the Assembly Hall to sing the song that gave name to the drama play they have performed for the last four years and which made their first début  by this time in December, 2011
Funny School Times.
Funny School Times will probably be performed for the last time tomorrow evening, at 19:00 p.m
Students of 1º ESO - MET will close this first circle of our Trilingualism Project Drama Workshop.
Parents and friends are invited to enjoy the play performed by our wonderful school cast.

Congratulations to teachers and students!!!

viernes, 28 de noviembre de 2014

Comenius Bilateral Meeting - Day 7

Last but not least.
In Workshop 5, students finished up preparing their power point presentations, the blog post, the site report. They wrote new documents and rehearsed. At the same time, a group of them gave presentations for the English lessons. They explained what the Comenius Project is like and what they had done during the Bilateral Meeting.
In Workshop 6, in teams of 5, they presented their products, in digital format and in posters. They showed their research finding on national identities by explaining the similarities and differences between both countries. This has been the first step before studying our Common European Identity in the Trilateral Meeting next term.

After break, they started their last session with a song: Iratxe Cea and Carlos, the Comenius teacher and composer,  sang “Welcome Home, to Europe”, our Comenius  students’  European Anthem which will be sang by students of four different countries (Norway, France, Germany and Spain-The Basque Country) in the Trilateral Meeting in Garbsen in March, 2015.
Finally, they answered the questions of the Evaluation of the Meeting, which another group of students had previously prepared.

At quarter to three, German and Basque students kissed and hugged one another and expressed their  strong wishes to meet again, this time in Garbsen, Germany in March, 2015. But a little surprise was reserved to them at Bilbao’s Airport.

Comenius Bilateral Meeting - Day 6

Thursday 27th was a very hard day. To begin with, they had a very long non-stop session of tree hours (Workshop 3) in which they searched and discussed about similarities and differences between Germany and The Basque Country-Spain. In new teams, some reflected their ideas in posters and others created digital documents (docs, pp, etc).
At break our guests enjoyed an amusing and amazing break  by playing traditional Basque Games (Herri Kirolak). 
After that, a three-hour workshop-4 was held. Those who had finished went on with new tasks such as writing a post for the Comenius Blog or a report for the Comenius Site, record the activities and take pictures of the different teams for the Slide Show, review the activities for the National Evening, etc.

The National Evening was a real success in many ways:  It was started by giving the prizes to the winners of the Treasure Hunt. Later, two teams competed to win the European Quiz they had created. Prizes were handed out, too. Then, they moved to the school canteen, where they enjoyed wonderful food prepared by families. Finally, they were surprised when they went into the gym and saw that Itziar and Ignacio’s team had made a wonderful disco of it.

Time passed very quickly, but it resulted in a memory for all their lives

miércoles, 26 de noviembre de 2014

Comenius Bilateral meeting - Day 5

All the Comenius students received a lecture on The Basque Country (Euskal Herria) by María Jesús Domínguez, supported by a PPT offered by Begoña  Ibarra (Basque Department), in order to understand the importance of their visit to Gernika (Assembly House, Peace Museum, Historical events through centuries, etc.)

At 9:00 a bus took them to our emblematic small town in the heart of Biscay. Once there, their watched a video about the Assembly House and Gernika, which was very instructive especially for German students. "Below the Oak Tree"  an iconic picture was taken to be remembered for the rest of their lives

The Peace Museum, once more, made them realize and think over the physical and moral destruction that all wars convey. As everybody knows, it is a small museum with big ideas to preserve Peace as the best gift among human beings.
In Mundaka they had lunch. Fortunately, rain had not arrived yet. They took wonderful pictures of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve.

Finally, Bermeo closed a wonderful field trip day. The small fishing town discovered them our sea traditions and a particular seaside landscape.

martes, 25 de noviembre de 2014

Comenius Bilateral Meeting - Day 4

Comenius participants have enjoyed a varied time full of  novelties today.
They started their second workshop with a new discussion and conclusions about their findings.
They produced  posters that were displayed in a gallery show where everybody could appreciate the similarities and differences between the German and Basque (or Spanish) identities.

In order to deepen in our common European identity, there were put into new binational teams to work out similarities and differences concerning the following: food, clothes, music, sports, works of art, daily routine and events, religion, festivals, folk traditions, etc.

At midday they visited the Diputación, where a guide explained in English the way we are ruled in Bizkaia. They were also given a short lesson on our History through that institution and government.

After lunch, they visited our world famous Guggenheim Museum, where they learnt a few things not only about modern architecture and Frank Gehry but also about the new concepts on arts.

Finally, they spent the rest of the day on shopping and enjoying their time in Bilbao.

lunes, 24 de noviembre de 2014

Comenius Bilateral meeting. Day 3

Today it has been a very interesting day for the Comenius participants: After the welcoming by the Principal of the school, and some warm-up games to meet one another, they were received by Kepa Miñanmbres, representative of Getxo's Town Hall.

Later, they walked from Ereaga Beach to the Suspension Bridge in Las Arenas. During the walk they had to complete the Treasure Hunt questions about the Municipality.
In the afternoon, they started their First Workshop session.
As usual, we upload a visual diary.

domingo, 23 de noviembre de 2014

Comenius Bilateral Meeting, Garbsen - Getxo

Yesterday, November the 23rd, Saturday,  at 16:50 p.m.15 German students from Garbsen and their teachers, Martin and Nora, arrived at Bilbao Airport.
All our Comenius students and parents were waiting for them. Having arrived earlier, nerves and excitement floated in the air.
But, as the saying goes,  an image is worth more than a thousand words.

Today, Sunday the 24th, our new friends have spent all day with families. Some of them have gone sailing or  have had a basketball game; others have been sightseeing our beautiful country.

Tomorrow, The Comenius Bilateral Meeting Project, 2nd year, is starting at our school.
Let's welcome them

miércoles, 19 de noviembre de 2014

4º ESO-1 MET in A.E.

4º ESO – 1 MET are having a special time in A.E. this year.  They are Improving Reading, but in English, as part of the new subjects in English that our High School offers.

Here is the summary of their activities for the first term:
They started by reading a witty, funny short story –“Happy Days”. They read it and worked with a comprehension and vocabulary exercises. In a second and third session, they dramatized the text and finally they performed and recorded it.

Their second task was entitled Classical and Modern Fables. They learnt how to construct a short story, following the structure of the fables. After reading a few of them, they told them to the rest of their classmates and brought more to be told in class.

Their third approach was “The Black Cat”, a classical short story by the world famous E.A. Poe. The text was read twice. Then, they worked on comprehension questions, vocabulary and the structure of the story. Finally, every one of them learnt a part of the story by heart and performed their monologue.

Urban legends is a must to encourage teen to read. They were handed out a few of them to be read in class and at home. They worked with them and brought more for the next two sessions, which were presented and recorded.

And the last proposal for the current term will be Poems for Teens. They will be given some about different teenage topics, and some links to surf the net, too.  After reading and studying them, they will learn part of them by heart, bring one or two each and finally they will create their first English poem.

And that’s all for now. Who said that reading was boring?

martes, 18 de noviembre de 2014

Comenius Bilateral Meeting: Getxo - Garbsen (Germany)

There are only 3 days left for the 15 German students from IGS High School - Garbsen (Germany) to arrive at Getxo for the Comenius Bilateral Meeting
They are spending a whole week with us, from the 22nd to the 28th of November. 
They will be accommodated in our students' houses. During the week they will work together, share information on the Comenius Second Year Project and live new experiences.
They will visit our Town Hall, The Diputación and Guggenheim Museum, Mundaka, Bermeo, Gernika... they will go on working on the Second Year Project "National and European Identity? and they will even have time to have a go at surfing and other freetime activities.

In the following pictures we can see parents and students in the last meeting (18th November)

viernes, 31 de octubre de 2014

Comenius Corner

Comenius students from IES Julio Caro Baroja,Getxo have prepared their first posters for the Comenius Corner at school. Did they enjoy their time while designing them? Click on the picture to discover it.

jueves, 9 de octubre de 2014

Comenius 2014-2015 First Meeting

Yesterday afternoon, our students held their First Comenius Meeting
This is the second year of the European Project "Our Identity: National and European?" The Principal handed out the Trinational Calendar designed by last year's Comenius students. Later, the same students explained to the new ones what they had done and how they had lived the Comenius experience
After that, the new students went upstairs to the computer room to write their profiles for the matching with the Germans. In November they will host 15 German students from Garbsen, Germany, In March they will fly there to meet and work with students from France, Norway and Germany.
As everybody knows, this is a School Project.

viernes, 3 de octubre de 2014


Our meeting started on Monday, September 29. We were greeted by Viktor, the coordinator of the hosting school, in the conference room of our hotel.

On Tuesday, we met at the school, which is located in a beautiful building erected in 1914.
We managed to plan the second project year in great detail. The reward was a fantastic boat tour on the Danube around sunset followed by a tasty dinner at a very typical Hungarian restaurant.

The field trip took place on Wednesday, Oct 1st. We were guided by Gabor, who is a teacher at the host school; he used to be a professional guide. Among the many magnificent sights were Hero Square, Castle Hill and the President's palace.

As we are facing major changes in our project with the introduction of ERASMUS+, we needed
to come up with new ideas for the application for the new project starting from 2015, which were discussed on Thursday, Oct 2nd.
After a very exhausting day we all went to the city centre for the farewell dinner.

On Friday we visited the Parliament, shared documents and pictures and most of us went back home.

miércoles, 1 de octubre de 2014

Comenius Teachers' Meeting in Budapest

Two teachers of the English Department of IES Julio Caro Baroja BHI are holding the Comenius Meeting for Teachers from the 29th of September to the 3rd of October, 2014 in Budapest, Hungary.

First, they will evaluate the first year's results of the project. Then, they will organise the students' meetings for the current school year 2014-2015. Eight countries take part in it (Norway, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Turkey, Greece and Spain-The Basque Country).
They will organise the contents for the meetings and the working project details.
Finally, they will come to agreements for a new application for the next two years.

jueves, 25 de septiembre de 2014

Drama Workshop -1-ESO-1

Drama Workshop has already started.
These are the new actors that will enjoy the  drama classes with lots of activities.

They will learn about the elements of a dramatic play to feel confident on the stage. They will study about the characters, the plot, the theme, the stagecraft, etc.

miércoles, 17 de septiembre de 2014

Our last day in Scituate, by Eneko N. and Aitor J.

The last day in Scituate was the saddest day of the exchange. Some of us awoke at 5.30 am and went to the beach to see the breaking Dawn. Later, we went to have breakfast at a café near the harbour. At 11.00 o'clock we went to a baseball field and we were playing together lacrosse, baseball, football, etc.
Then, we went to have lunch. Some people went home and others to a restaurant to eat pizza and to buy the last presents.

At 3 o'clock all the Basque and American students went to Logan Airport, Boston, to be together one last moment. At the airport, a lot of people cried when we kissed and hugged one another. We felt very happy about the exchange experience, but unhappy about leaving.

 We arrived in Madrid at 7:30 a.m. and at one o’clock in the afternoon we arrived in Bilbao. Once there, at Loiu Airport, we took the last photo with all the Basque students from the exchange, our new family.

lunes, 15 de septiembre de 2014

Farewell Party, by Vanessa and Joana

We woke up at 6:30 am to go to school with our partners. As usual, we only went to class for the first period.
We all felt excited after school as we were going  to the outlets. From the  high school to the shopping center there are about  2 hours drive.

During the trip we were singing and dancing in the bus. We were so happy because all of us love shopping. We spent 3 hours in the shops and had lunch there. All the people bought  a lot of outfits. We got home at 3:30 pm.

At 4:30 we had the last party of our trip: Farewell party. Our teachers came too.

We took a lot of photos playing games, singing and dancing. We had dinner all together and then we all went to a rugby game. We had a lot of fun. We supported Scituate High School Rugby Team and our cheerleaders by shouting and jumping. After that, we went back to the party again and we continued singing, dancing, taking pictures...

Our last day in the USA was… perfect!

domingo, 14 de septiembre de 2014

Harvard, by Xabier de V. and Markel

Today, 11th of September, is the anniversary of the fall of the Twin Towers. We have started the class at Scituate High School at 07:45 and we have had a fire drill.

Then, we have gone to Cambridge. First, we took the school bus and afterwards the subway.
A former student at Scituate H.S. who is studying at Harvard University now, talked to us about the town and the university (Harvard Square, etc).
We also visited the Natural History Museum. I think that most of us especially liked the animals’ section, although there were other very interesting rooms, such us the glass butterflies room, the American room, The Azteca  room, etc.

We went back to school at 5 p.m.  Half an hour later, we went to Zac’s house to celebrate the Fawewell party from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  We talked to friends, played games, swam  in the pool and had some food that our American  parents had prepared.

Many of us went to see a baseball game between Scituate High School and Cohasset. After that, we went back to the party. Some even saw the sun rising in the morning.

New York 3, by Miren, Michelle and Maria

Ellis Island:
This island was the first Federal Station of immigration in the USA open in 1829. France presented the new nation with the Statue of Liberty. This monument means the liberty and democracy of the nation.

Wall Street:
Wall Street is kind of the heart of the financial district in New York. This street is so famous for a lot of films that feature it, like "The Wolf of Wall Street". The bull that appears in this street means optimism, aggression, and financial prosperity. 

China Town:
It is the biggest neighbourhood and the most dangerous place to buy because they can cheat you, as many of the items are fake. There are a lot of Chinese shops too in the street selling, for instance, souvenirs, wallet phone cases, vegetables, sea food, etc.

09/11 Memorial (never forget):
The attack to the Twin Towers happened on the eleventh of September, 2001. Over 3000 people died. A memorial has been built on the same place. It is like a really big waterfall surrounded by the names of the people who died on that day written on iron steel plates.

Many people died. It is true, but others didn’t, as they missed, for example, the train to get there on time, or changed their minds and didn’t go there on that day.

viernes, 12 de septiembre de 2014

New York 2, by Ander S. and Inigo O.

We started the morning with a deluxe continental breakfast. At 8:00 we took the bus to go to the UN. We arrived there at about 9:00. We were told that the UN was created in 1945, after the World War II. We were also informed that the UN was built to facilitate international cooperation on issues such as international law, peace and security, humanitarian affairs and human rights. The current Secretary General is Ban Ki-moon, from South Korea. After visiting the UN, we walked  to the Grand Central Station to have lunch.
At 15:00 we took a bus ride around the city with a stop at the Brooklyn Bridge, where we took wonderful pictures of Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge. The guide talked about the different communities living in the area. It was most interesting.
 At about 16:00 pm we got off the bus at the fascinating Times Square. We were free for an hour, so we took some pictures there and went shopping.
At 17:00 we had dinner at Bubba-Gump. It was very nice. A waiter asked questions about the film and some of us won some prizes.
 At 19:00 we took the bus to the world famous Yankee stadium and watched a baseball game: The Yankees v The Rays. The game lasted about three hours.
Finally, at 22:00 our bus driver picked us up and took us to the hotel.


jueves, 11 de septiembre de 2014

New York 1, by Gaizka y Xabier F.

We met at 5:45 at school to take the bus to New York. We were very tired because we hadn’t slept at all the day before. After four hours in the bus, we had a short stop. When we arrived in New York, everyone was tired but happy and we all started taking pictures.

The first thing we did was meeting Sherry, our language assistant, and Rose, our guide, in the Metropolitan Museum. Our guide was a very nice woman with an amusing personality. In the Metropolitan Museum, we saw lots of works of art: Egyptian, Chinese, etc. After that, we visited Central Park and we had free time to eat lunch. Before we got on the bus, we visited the place where John Lennon was killed. Just there, there was a man playing the guitar, and some of us started singing with him "Hey Jude". Then, we took the bus to the harbour and sailed the Hudson river to see the wonderful skyline of New York.
 In the afternoon, we went to the 5th Avenue. There, most of us went shopping:  to the NBA store, Lego store, Hollister, etc. We met again at seven to go up “the Top of the Rock”, which is on the 50th floor of the Rockefeller Center. From there, we took beautiful photos of New York at dusk.
Finally, the bus took us to the hotel. It was a wonderful day, although we were really exhausted. This was just our first day in this beautiful city.

miércoles, 10 de septiembre de 2014

A busy weekend, by Delia and Haize

Saturday morning some of us went to an amusement park. The water rides were great fun but scary at the same time. Some others went karts and played golf. It was the first time for some of us. In the afternoon, everybody went to Zack's and Ander's house for a pool party. It was incredible! We stayed in the pool and the jacuzzi all afternoon.

On Sunday morning we all went paintball except for Molly and Aitziber, who went to see a Red Sox game.  When we finished some people went to Maria's and Jurdan's house and the other ones stayed with their families having dinner or watching a film.

In Maria's house we played volleyball and we ate delicious ice cream. At night we played menhunt

sábado, 6 de septiembre de 2014

City of Salem, by Izar and Jurdan

Salem Witch Museum experience:
The village of Salem is an old place with a lot of witchcraft traditions. Today we went to the Salem Witch Museum, which is a great way to find out more about the history of this village, especially about many people who were accused of witchcraft
In this museum there's a huge room, like a theatre. In the middle of this room you will find a big circle on the floor with the names of some of the witches who were accused. Also, it is surrounded by figures that represent people who were involved in the story.  
The story starts with a group of women who were not able to express themselves, so they started to meet together. That would be named coven in the future. One of the women who was in the coven was possessed by a demon. That's how witch hunting started. People were frightened, so the leader of the coven was accused of witchcraft, and she was found guilty. After that, a lot of people got arrested, even killed (John Goodwin Jr., 1 year old, for example). After killing more than 18 people, the city government asked for forgiveness. Nowadays the practice and belief of witchcraft is legal
In the second part of the exhibition, we went to another room with examples of witchcraft throughout  history (paintings, books, TV series, etc.) The most remarkable thing was the cannibalism, which appeared in a painting by Goya, representing one of his nightmares. In the painting we can see a witch holding a basket full of human arms.
This museum made me think about something I already knew.  The history of this museum and the village in general prove how we, humans, have been doing such horrible things just because of our ignorance, and this has been happening along history for so many years now. It was a great and interesting village with a lot of history, from which we can learn a lot. 
(To read more about it, click here)

Boston: The Freedom Trail and the Aquarium, by Inigo S. and Julio

We arrived at the High School like every morning and an hour later we took the bus to Boston. It was a really hot day, but we had an amazing time in the Aquarium watching penguins and over a hundred different fish species.

Afterwards, we walked around the city and we went shopping in Quincy Market. All the people spent lots of money there!  Although we had a really active day, we had time to visit the most important places where the revolution for independence started such as the Old State House, Old North Church or Paul Revere's House (key in the foundation of the USA).
In the afternoon we saw a soccer match. The sailors won! Then we had dinner in a Mexican grill called Chipotle. Next, we drove to Lindsay’s house where we had a calm night eating marshmallows in a bonfire. The day was really tiring so when we arrived home we slept all night long.

jueves, 4 de septiembre de 2014

State House and Museum of Science (Boston), by Aitor and Ander

Yesterday we went to Boston to the State House and to the Museum of Science. We took the bus at 9.00am and we went to a subway station, where we took the subway to get to the State House. There we visited such an interesting building. We saw the most important rooms and we took a lot of photos. They explained and showed us interesting things such as the old and new Assembly of Representatives, where we met Mr. James Cantwell, the representative of Scituate in the State House. He was very friendly to us and explained the working at the assembly. We also had fun because we took some selfies with the statues of the governors of Massachusets. Finally, we took a photo of the group with Mr. Cantwell and we went to the Museum of Science.

What a wonderful museum! At the beginning, we went to animal habitats. Very interesting indeed. We could even smell animal skins. After that, we went to the first floor and played with some gadgets such as gravity games or perspective games. So interesting!

At 2:00pm we went to see a lightning show. It was amazing!
At 3:30pm we returned to Scituate.

In the afternoon, some students went to a pasta party. A pasta party is a typical party before a soccer match. In that party we ate pasta and salad to get energy. The party finished in the swimming pool. After the pasta party, some students went to another party.
Later at night, we went to
Julia’s house, Gaizka’s American sister, and we hung out with a lot of people. We ate marshmellows and they taught us how to dance Cotton Eye Joe, a typical country song from America. Finally, we taught them some Basque dances and we chilled out until we went home.
It was a wonderful day!