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NO-TEEN!!! The First English Magazine at Narcís Oller. – Issuc Nº 5 IN THIS ISSUE











CONTENTS: * Contents

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* The Editor’s Introduction

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* The New Staff

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* A letter from Romania

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* Arts and Culture: Theatre Passion at NO

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* NO’s Melting Pot: An Interview with our Parents - Poland

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* Zodiac by Sign

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* Passatge del Terror

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* Social Psychology: Our Agony Aunt, Belinda

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* Welcome to NO!!!

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* NO Roams the World

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* Our New Head Teacher – Mr Andreu Dexeus

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* Let’s Meet: Annabel Salvany

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* In the Next Issue

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NO-TEEN!!! The Editor’s Introduction

Welcome to this third season of our NO-TEEN, our English magazine.

T his is our fifth issue and it comes full of novelties and exciting topics. Y our

magazine, created, written and edited by some of your


In this number we learn more about THEATRE at NO, about the experiences of different members of our small community, about their work, expectations and progress. Our reporters have interviewed some of the teachers who work at the theatre school project, Alguer, one of the students of Batxillerat d’Arts Escèniques and a former student who created her own Theatre Academy in Valls. Besides, we have also met our new head teacher and head of studies in order to learn more about their project for NO’s future.Other staple sections in our magazine, The Agony Aunt, Horoscopes and The Melting Pot are also part of this edition. Interestingly, we have started a new system of collaborations and, apart from our permanent staff of 2nd Year ESO, students of 1st and 4th Year ESO are taking part in the elaboration of this issue, even a former student, a member of our staff in previous issues, Madalina, who now lives in Romania.


But now, let’s meet our new staff.


Our immense gratitude to all them.

NO-TEEN!!!’S NEW STAFF Let us meet our new reporters!!!!

Full Name: Irene Sánchez Pinel

Age: 13

Class: 2 ESO E

Interests & Hobbies: Skate and hang out with my dogs. Why do you want to take part in our workshop? I want to take part of this project because I like English. What do you think about the idea of publishing our own Teen Magazine? It is nice, because then the next year more people will want to take part in this Teen Magazine. How can you collaborate in the production of the magazine? I can collaborate with all type of proposals an ideas. What are your responsibilities in this number? I will help with interviews and articles.

Full Name: Júlia Martín Carrero

Age: 13

Class: 2 ESO E

Interests & Hobbies: I love dancing and reading. I practise ‘zumba’ in my town and I like reading a good thriller every night before I go to sleep.


What do you think about the idea of publishing our own Teen Magazine? It’s a fantastic idea because the people in our high school can learn more things about teachers, students and many activities in and out Narcís Oller.


Why do you want to take part in our workshop? Because I want to learn more English and this way I can help to publish our school magazine.

How can you collaborate in the production of the magazine? I can help other people who need advice. I can ask them about their things and find a solution to their problems. What are your responsibilities in this number? Maybe I will make some interviews and complete some articles.

Full Name: Mar Amorin De Jesus

Age: 13

Class: 2nC

Interests & Hobbies: I love drawing. I usually draw anime-inspired characters. I am also crazy about making photos. I take lots of them with my mobile phone. And finally I enjoy dancing, especially contemporary dance. I take lessons at a dance school in Valls. Why do you want to take part in our workshop? Because I would like to interview interesting people and learn more about our school. What do you think about the idea of publishing our own Teen Magazine? I think it’s an excellent idea because we can socialize with more people and we practice English in a different way. How can you collaborate in the production of the magazine? I think I can take good photos. I can also interview people and draw people’s portrait.



What are your responsibilities in this number? I still don’t know.

A Letter from Romania Hi everyone!, My name is Madalina. I’m an ex-student of Narcís Oller. A few months ago I moved to another country which is in the other side of Europe, Romania. Many people have asked me what my new high school is like, how Christmas is celebrated, etc., how my life has changed and what it is like now. In this first letter I would like to explain part of this. First of all, my life hasn’t changed too much. I mean it is the same but in another country and with other people. What truly has changed is my daily routine. In Catalonia I used to wake up very early because the high school started at 8:10 am and I used to do all the homework that I had in the afternoon. Conversely, here school starts at midday and finishes in the late afternoon – early evening, so that means I don’t have to wake up early but I should try to finish all my tasks in the morning because I often arrive home late in the day. The high school, “Colegiul Național Iulia Hașdeu” (National college Iulia Hașdeu) is very different from Narcís Oller, the way of teaching, the subjects and the teacher - student relationship. For a start I have now 19 subjects and as opposed to Narcís. In my new school teachers can “listen to you”, in other words, they can make you sit an oral surprise exam about any lesson they’ve taught before that day. Apart from that, you have to do an end-of-semester exam of the most important subjects for your profile (math - info, math - info bilingual English, philology or philology bilingual


History or Geography (you have to choose one of them) and Latin.


Spanish), in my case, philology bilingual Spanish, in which there are 4 important subjects: Spanish, Romanian,

Here the school year is distributed in two semesters. The first is the shortest about 3 or 4 months and the other lasts until the end of the year. Now, I can take advantage of the winter break. I have found out that Christmas is celebrated here in a very similar way to Catalonia. I mean with your family and with traditional dishes. On the night of December 24th people open their presents and they usually have dinner with their family. As the tradition says, on December 25th, Christmas is celebrated in a slightly more religious way. New Year, in contrast, is celebrated a bit differently; for example, in Romania, instead of eating grapes at twelve o’clock, people toast with champagne and think of a wish. Be careful! On no account should you tell it to anyone, otherwise it won’t be fulfil. The tradition says that if you eat fish that night, you will be lucky in the New Year. Because of that, people usually eat it as well as soup or others traditional dishes, such as “sarmale” (on the left) or “salată beouf” (on the right). As I belong a bit to both cultures, I celebrated New Year combining both customs. Well, that’s my life now. I hope I have answer some of your questions and I have to confess that I miss a bit (very much) Narcís Oller and their people.



Bye!! La revedere!!

THEATRE PASSION at NO It is some time now that students at NO can learn the basic theatre techniques. At ESO levels there are non-compulsory subjects and at Batxillerat the branch of “Arts Escèniques” has been offered for a number of years now. We have met teachers working on both stages and asked them about their work and opinions.

MONTSE VALLÉS – 2nd YEAR ESO HOW LONG HAVE YOU TAKEN PART IN THE THEATRE PROJECT IN NO? I’ve been taking part in the theatre project in INO since 2014. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TAKE PART? Because, in my opinion, theatre is a very important area to improve social, personal and communicative skills. It is so important that I think that it should be present in all the levels of ESO, just like any other subjects. WHICH GROUPS OF STUDENTS DO YOU WORK WITH? I work with the students of the second group/level of ESO WHAT DO YOU ESPECIALLY PRACTISE IN YOUR LESSONS? Mainly the basic theatre skills: body expression, voice and text in order to get students to communicate. Besides, theatre is a very nice way to work in groups so it allows practicing this kind of students’ organisation.


Writing the text takes a lot of time but also it is an amazing experience because it allows me to imagine, to create, and to play with characters in my mind.



WHICH PART DO YOU PREFER? When the day of the performance it’s a magic day: everybody is very nervous but when the performance is ended is a special moment to celebrate with the actors the work well done! WHY DO YOU THINK THEATRE IS IMPORTANT IN THE CURRICULUM? As I said, theatre is a very important project to practise and to improve a lot of abilities and it is possible when you unite your work and your effort with the others. HAVE YOU PREPARED AND PERFOMED ANY THEATRE PLAYS IN VALLS? I have prepared and performed two plays in the Centre Cultural and others in the INO theatre WHAT ARE YOUR PROJECTS AT THE MOMENT? At this moment I’m working on a project to take the play “Perfectes desconeguts” (our adaptation) to the stage. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO THOSE STUDENTS INTERESTED IN THEATRE? I think that the most important is to have fun acting and being on the stage.



This is my first year as a theatre teacher at Narcís Oller.



WHY DID YOU DECIDED TO TAKE PART? There are several reasons. First of all, the teacher who did it so far, Montse BovĂŠ, left to work in another high school and I was asked to occupy her place. Besides, I find this project truly exciting and I had always had in mind to take part in it. WHICH GROUPS OF STUDENTS DO YOU WORK WITH? In my first year I started with a non-compulsory theatre subject on 4th ESO and the 2nd Batxillerat Performing Arts. WHAT DO YOU ESPECIALLY PRACTISE IN YOUR LESSONS? In the first fifteen minutes, we usually work on a better understanding among the group members and to do so we use games to relate to each other apart from some techniques of concentration and synchronisation. We are now immersed, for a while, to prepare the two plays we will premiere, one for each level. We have studied and adapted the script, designed the costumes and the scenography and now we are working really hard during the rehearsals. WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART OF YOUR WORK? Quite a bit, first it was hard for us to decide which work we would do, because both in Q4 and 2nd BAT We are very big groups and this makes us a great time to agree. Perhaps the most difficult task is the fact of having so many students per group. WHICH PART DO YOU PREFER? The contact with the students, with these young actors and actresses of the future. It gives me the opportunity of watching them as they relax and let go of their emotions, how they laugh and express their feelings. And, above all, the help they provide you, the involvement of the majority of them. WHY DO YOU THINK THEATRE IS IMPORTANT IN THE CURRICULUM? Thanks to this subject they learn to have self-confidence, to speak in public, to adopt correct



inner artist. We only have to learn how to let it out an always acting with respect towards


postures and face an audience, other people and everything around them. We all have an

HAVE YOU PREPARED AND PERFOMED ANY THEATRE PLAYS IN VALLS? Not at the moment, but at Christmas we released "Homenatge al Tricicle" with the students of 4th ESO, in our sports hall and having the rest of 4th ESO students in the audience. The truth is that it was such a success that the company want to perform again it in the near future. On March 12th we will premiere "Tonight, we are closed" by Manuel de Pedrolo, with the 2nd BAT at the Teatro Principal de Valls. Besides, on 19th May we take "Different People", a text by various authors, to the stage with our 4th ESO students at the Teatre Principal too. WHAT ARE YOUR PROJECTS AT THE MOMENT? These two plays I told you about earlier. And two more things; in February we will present a poetic-musical recital by the students of performing Arts and Music of 2nd BAT with Andreu Dexeus at the URV Faculty of Tarragona, and we have in mind to produce "Homage to “El Tricicle"” at some other time. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO THOSE STUDENTS INTERESTED IN THEATRE? Theatre is a tool for self-discovery; to improve your self-confidence, adding joy and commitment to constant work. Learning is not only about studying and sitting exams, it's also about growing up as a person, to learn how to relate and interact within a group, with different people and with the world around you. The first thing you need is a lot of respect and desire to work with the rest of the team. From here, we must leave shame at the dressing-room and let our inner artist out. We would like to express our gratitude to both teacher for their kindness and comments. Txell presents us with a quote by Federico García Lorca we think it is better leave in its original Spanish:

“El teatro es poesía que se sale del libro para



hacerse humana.”


Rubén Pelejero was not available to answer our questions despite all

our efforts.

N.O has always considered a priority to offer the possibility of studying the performing


arts at Batxillerat.

lguer Montull is one of the 2


Year Batxillerat students

who chose to study this branch and has always taken active part in NO performances. He answered our questions and shared with us his views on theatre and the artistic profession.

1.- When did your interest in the world of theatre start? Did anyone influence you? My parents always say that my nursery teacher educated their schoolchildren with theatre games and role games and this way of working was great for me. And I suppose that for this reason I have never been ashamed of being on a stage in front of an audience. 2.- At what age did you start taking theatre lessons? I have been doing theatre as an out-of-school activity since I was a child, but I think that maybe I realize that I like theater when I started participate as a member of Grup del Teatre Principal de Valls when I was 9 years old. 3.- Why did you decide to study theatre at Narcís Oller? Ever since I was a child I have always wanted to be an actor, so in order to be able to enter into a drama and acting college and be able to devote myself to theatre professionally, apparently Narcís Oller had to give me the basis to be able to do that. 4.- Have you ever taken part in our plays? Which ones? What was your role? Are you happy with your performances? The most important plays for me are those that I have done with Grup del Teatre Principal de Valls, from a very small character from the traditional Christmas play ‘Els Pastorets’, to the more important characters like John, Wendy’s brother in ‘Peter Pan’ or the narrator of the musical ‘Into The Woods’. I also really enjoyed an updated version of Romeo and Juliet in which all the actors were all the characters of the Shakespeare play. There are obviously other plays or performances that I don’t remember with the same love.


I haven’t had many opportunities to look at myself from the outside and analyze myself, but I suppose I have good memory for studying a script and a physical memory, too. I mean being aware of what I have to do with my body at every moment, breathing, voice, moves and body.


5.- What are your strong and weak points as an actor?

6.- What are the "benefits" of studying theatre? Would you recommend theatre to other students? Why? It's very common to hear that theatre is a good tool for getting rid of your embarrassment when you are in front of an audience, but the truth is that I don't really agree with that. Of course, theatre is an art that is created to show something to an audience, and therefore you cannot be ashamed; it's like a shock therapy for losing your shame. So, I really encourage all students who really have something to show to an audience to get into theater. 7.- Are there any disadvantages? The main disadvantage of theatre studies is that if we are looking for a professional level, you have to look for private alternatives, because in state school you can only find teachers from other subjects doing theatre classes. For this reason, a misconception is created about theater; people think that it is just an easy entertainment where some actors are on a stage saying a text. But theatre is more than that; it has a technique, there are many methods of interpretation, there are many tasks that make a play possible, the good taste of the creator must be educated ... And unfortunately, all this isn’t in the classes that are given in state education. 8.- Are you planning to continue your theatre studies after Narcís Oller? Have you considered becoming a professional actor? Of course! I want to learn more and better. And if after a good training I have the opportunity to be a professional actor, go ahead. But at the moment it isn’t my main target. 9.- Who are your favourite actors/actresses? I have never really had a favorite actor or actress, if you take as your favorite actor the actor you have seen all his movies or you know everything about his life. But the little I have seen of actress Laia Costa has interested me a lot. 10.- Cinema or theatre?



Although I like both, I find the theater very ephemeral, unique and unrepeatable, and that isn’t in the cinema.

Some of our former students decided to pursue their passion for theatre and make of it

E his profession.

va Cabré is an excellent example. Alma Mater of “La Peça” theatre school, her hard work and intense effort brings the theatrical spirit alive in Valls.

Gerad Pèrez and Mau Martínez, students of 2nd ESO interviewed her at her school. Incidentally they are also her students. Well done, lads!

How long have you been working in drama? If you mean by that to earn my living exclusively by teaching I have been working around seven or eight years since I started with “La Peça”. But before that moment I had already taken classes but I had to combine it with other jobs or other things such as an actress. Where did you study drama?

I don’t know, I started learning at the beginning of ESO, but I think I liked it even before that. I was interested but there weren’t any options in Valls.


When did you discover this passion for theatre?


I started with an extracurricular activity at Narcís Oller, then I continued with this extracurricular activity in Tarragona and then at a professional level in a theatre school of Barcelona.

Have you ever collaborated with Narcís Oller? Yes, I did. Some time ago when there was an extracurricular musical I was in the choir. Some time later I collaborated in some session of theatre training where I could give tools to the teachers who participated in it. What did you teach in your drama classes? Well, we deal with theatre in general starting with body and oral expression. The most important part is working hard on a good training basis to go on stage and become good actors and actresses. Besides, theatre can be useful for people who, even if they don’t want to devote themselves to it professionally, can find this training at school helpful as they can interact in front of their classmates with confidence and gain self-esteem. https://www.facebook.com/lapeca.teatre/






N. O.’s Melting pot Our high school has students with families that come from different countries. Our schoolmates live the Catalan culture and the culture of their parents’ countries. We want to interview their parents to learn things about their origins. This way we get to know our schoolmates better. In this issue we visit Alexandra Pecj’s parents. She is a student of 2n ESO.

Where were you born? We were born in a Gubin, a town in Krosno Odrzańskie County, in western Poland. It has about 17,000 inhabitants.

How long have you been living here in Catalonia? We moved to Catalonia twenty years ago. What do you do for a living?

Right now we live in Puigpelat, a village not very far from Valls.


Where do you live now?


I’m a mechanic and my wife works in a supermarket.

Where did you use to live in Poland? Before coming to Catalonia we used to live in Warsaw, the capital city of Poland. We can imagine that that was really a big change for the family. Warsaw has a population of just under two million inhabitants in its metropolitan area.

Do you travel back there often? Sure, of course. We go back on holidays. What do you miss from there? We especially miss our family.

And surely they also miss the magnificent architecture and the lively atmosphere in this wonderful city.

Panorama of Warsaw by night



What to visit in Warsaw‌

From ancient times the twelve zodiac signs have been divided in four groups according tom four elements of nature.

FIRE PERSONALITY Fire signs are enthusiastic, dynamic, powerful, passionate, extroverted and brave. They are not scared when they have problems in life. Fire signs love extremes. They can love you or they can hate you. Fire signs are full of confidence, ambition and want to be successful. They are determined and they can do anything if they decide to do so. Attention, sometimes they need help to use their energy in a positive way. FOOD & DRINKS They love grilled food and barbecues, specially “calçots” and “roast beef”. International cusine such as Mexican and Indian food are their favourites. Their usually drink strong cocktails. Their number one is Bloody Mary (with 4.5 cl (3 parts) of Vodka ; 9 cl (6 parts) Tomato juice; 1.5 cl (1 part) Lemon juice; 2 to 3 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce; Tabasco sauce; Celery salt and Black pepper). ANIMALS They do care for mysterious dragons from tales and legends and black panthers. PRECIOUS STONES



Fire signs love gold, shiny, expensive, powerful gold. But if you want to impress a fire sign lady, buy her rubies necklace.

WATER PERSONALITY Water signs are secretive, emotional and have great intuition, yet they lack a sense of reality and choose to live in fantasy worlds. Water signs tend to have a hard time dealing with real friends. Sometimes they hang out with the wrong people. Water signs make amazing artists and are usually the most creative sign. They are kind and fun, but if you hurt their feelings, they sometimes go a little crazy. FOOD & DRINKS They love fish soups and seafood creams. For drink they love energetic drinks. ANIMALS Their crazy about with mythological sea animals like: Sirens, Kraken, and Loch Ness Monster PRECIOUS STONES Water signs love diamonds, glitter and holographic things. They are so elegant and they love wear sapphire earrings.

AIR PERSONALITY Air signs are very gifted when it comes to communication and social exchanges. They are naturally very chatty, friendly and warm, although their energy can at times distract them from their objectives. Air signs love learning new things because they are very curious. The Air element is known for their logical thinking, sense of justice and intelligence. The most important disadvantage of the Air element is their superficiality.

And for a drink they always go for fizzy or sparkling drinks.


As they are very talkative they love meeting friends for lunch or dinner, at home or in a restaurant. They usually order light food such as salads, soufflés or mousses, especially the chocolate mousses. Don’t be surprised if they order “tocinillo de cielo” for dessert since their head is always on the clouds.



ANIMALS Their favourite animals are birds, especially the royal eagles. These animals watch everything that moves on the ground from high up in the sky, just like air signs, who are very observant. PRECIOUS STONES Air signs appreciate transparent, clean things and for this reason they consider diamonds are their ideal precious stones.

EARTH Earth signs always take smart and logical decisions; it’s fair to say that the Earth signs definitely have their feet firmly on the ground. Solid, sensible, stable and perseverant are the best adjectives to describe the Earth signs. They can look a little cold and distant at the beginning, but when you get to know them a little better, they become a lot friendlier and warmer. They truly deserve your trust as they are reliable. However, they may be shy. Don’t worry, they will soon open up. FOOD & DRINKS They love all produce grown on the land, potatoes, lettuce, carrots, vegetables and fruit. They always drink detox drinks made with organically grown vegetables and fruit. Some of them recommend this recipe page for delicious drinks. https://food.ndtv.com/lists/10-delicious-detox-drink-recipes-1684332 ANIMALS Wildlife that make underground dens including rabbits, mice, arctic ground squirrels, chipmunks, weasels, river otters, raccoons, mink, beavers, opossums, moles, rats, and groundhogs.




Earth signs do not have a precious stones, but they never say no to a ring, a bracelet or a necklace made of gold, silver or platinum.




Could you have ever imagined that so many people from around the area would come to experience the

“Passage of Terror”?

We never expected so many people. Every year more and more people come and that fact, together with our passion for Halloween, is what makes us continue organizing the passage. How do you organize the year?

“Passage of Terror” every “Passage of Terror”

As soon as we finish the current one year, we start thinking about scenes and situations for the next season. It's something that takes a lot of time to organize.

“Passage of Terror”?And,

How many people participate in the different sections and the characters' roles?

how do you distribute the

The number of people varies. But there are always about 25-30 friends working on it. What is the most complicated thing in the

“Passage of Terror”?

The most complicated thing is to be able to gather a good group of people and to organize everything since we work, have our own families, other hobbies, and so on. Is there something you haven't tried yet but you have in mind? Sure, of course. We always have to try to do something new as it would just be boring to simply repeat the same stuff year after year. Next year... Well, it's a surprise!!!!

organize. That's exactly the reaction we want to cause in the people who visit the

Terror” and I can assure you that some of us would not come to experience it.

“Passage of


The truth is that when we have set the stage and we walk around it on our own... more than once somebody has felt scared. Well, jokes apart. Most of us are afraid of all the stages we


Do you ever feel afraid of something?

Who had idea of the

“Passage of Terror” and when did it being?

Initially it was the idea of a neighbour here in Vallmoll, who started doing it in her own house. It was something familiar and little by little other friends started to take part until one day, the mayor suggested we should do the

“Passage of Terror” in the "Casal de l'avi de Vallmoll"

(that was three years ago) and after that we convinced the mayor to organize it in the village castle. Is there a better place to take the Who had idea of the

“Passage of Terror”? We don’t think so.

“Passage of Terror”, and when did it being?

Because it's something we like, it's a hobby. How did you feel the first time you performed for the

“Passage of Terror” and


would you describe the first visitors' reactions? The first time it was surprising to see that people loved it and asked for more for the next year and, honestly, that is a great motivation, considering that we are not a professional theatre group.






Psychologist and blogger Martha Beverly O’Sarrigan (Bev) answers questions and offers advice to help readers sort out love, friendship, school and other issues.

I HATE EXAMS Dear Agony Aunt, I have a big problem with exams. I don't want you to think that I'm a lazy person, at all, a student who doesn't study for his exams. In fact, I always study a lot for my exams but I don't know why I usually get very nervous when I'm sitting in front of the paper and I forget everything I have studied before. Everyone thinks that I never study. Even my parents believe so and they have taken all kinds of distraction from me (PC, mobile phone, comics) and I can't hang out with my friends. I often get a C- - when I could get an A++ if I wouldn't get nervous during exams. My teachers think that it's really strange because I always know all answers during the lessons. I don't know what to do.

Hopeless Dear Hopeless,


This is my advice, I hope in helps :).


Don't worry, it happens a lot, I remember when I was at high school I used to study a lot but I always ended up with an F-. That was until eleventh grade. Then I changed a few things. I had a complete new routine before the exam. I read a book, listened to music, basically I did things to calm down and, actually, it worked, I got a C- on the test, but it was still difficult so I asked my teachers if they could make an exception and assess me by doing some extra homework and projects (you are not going to skip exams, though).

NO SOCIAL LIFE Dear Agony Aunt, I’m texting you because I don’t know what to do with my parents, I’m 14 and I have never hanged out with my friends. Let me explain. It all started when I was 10 and we had a project to do for the science class, my friends and I wanted to go to one of the member’s house. The moment I told my parents about this, they replied I couldn’t go because they thought that I would drink alcohol or smoke. As a consequence the teacher gave me an F because I didn’t do anything. Everyone thinks that I’m a little special and they never invite me to their celebrations because they know that my parents won’t let me go. I am 14 now and I don’t have any social life or friends. ON the other hand, my parents don’t seem to care about this. They just want me to focus on school. Could you please give me some advice? I want my parents to trust me and know I'm responsible enough to hang out with people of my age.

FRIENDLESS Dear Friendless, I think your parents are very worried about you and your health, but I think that they exaggerate a bit. Maybe you could try to hang out with your friends in their own houses so your parents will know that there is an adult at home. After that, you should try to change things little by little. Ask them if you can spend some time playing basketball at the park, for example.


I hope your parents understand you need friends and a social life and let you hang out with your friends soon.


Trust me, if you do not press them too much, in no time you will be able to go out with your friends in the afternoon. Be patient. Ask them if you can be 15 minutes past the limit hour every 5-6 weeks.

TO NARCÍS OLLER This school year there are 150 new students in 1st YEAR ESO. Most of our writing team was in 1st grade last year, which is why we remember the first few weeks of change and adaptation. Now we want to know how our youngest are experiencing it. We carried out a survey and here we present you with its results. We would like to thank the five 1st graders who helped us with the quizzes.















On the other hand, almost 50% of those interviewed find Maths the most difficult subject. Secondly the languages, especially in this order: English, Spanish and then Catalan. ADAPTATION PROCESS We also asked the new 1st grade students if they had any problems when they came to NO. Three quarters said that they didn’t while the remaining 25% answered that when they had problems they had been with other students.


When we asked them about their homework, almost 50% thought that there is not much homework or that it isn’t much harder than in


Almost everyone thinks that there is a big difference between elementary school and NO. New things that make adaptation difficult include schedules, the number of teachers, and especially exams. They think that there are more at NO and they are more difficult.

elementary school. The other another 50% thinks the opposite. Maybe that depends on the elementary school they come from? 80% of students who answered our questions believe that the schedule of NO, until 14:40 in the afternoon, is better than in their elementary school. Only one student told us that the timetable is worse because he has to get up earlier. With the exception of two people, the rest of the participants told us that they are comfortable or very comfortable in class with their classmates and they have all made new friends. TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIP An important part of the students think that teachers at NO are good and do their job very well. Some people are convinced that they are very strict and some believe that some teachers might do better even though they don't tell us what they could do better. Food for thought, Teachers !!! CHANGES FOR THE BETTER Finally we wanted to gather their suggestions for improvement. It is true that some people think that there is no need to change anything in NO, however some of them agree that a second break would be a very good thing. Others talk about technical improvements such as more efficient heating, escalators and better digital equipment.





Thanks a lot for answering our questions and to the 5 collaborators of 1st grade, we invite you to join our writing team next year

N.O. ROAMS THE WORLD!!! One of the traditions of N.O. is the End-of-Stage Trip for the students of 4th Year ESO. All students wait eagerly to that week off, travelling to amazing destinations in Europe in the company of their classmates and some adventurous teachers. Marta and Mohamed tell us about the preparations and the exciting journey they are organising.

THE PREPARATIONS… The so-called “sale of polvorons” As every year the students of 4th raise money for our final trip by selling different types of Christmas food products. Not only do we sell ”Polvorons”, but we also offer other typical Christmas sweets.

What do we sell?




“Polvorons” without sugar



All of this products have been purchased at “El Patriarca”



Fairs This year the AMPA commission decided to participate in local fairs selling food or different type of objects. In the fair of Vila Rodona we sold different type of object (pens, compasses, recycling bags…)

In the ”Christmas Market” in Valls we sold different type of food. We sell :     

Hot chocolate Cake Hot tea Water Christmas wine or Glühwein.

The Breakfast Sweet Sale The AMPA commission decided to sell breakfast in groups to raise money during break time each Thursday. First the delegates the delegates collected on a piece of paper the groups formed from each class and then assigned them a date. Then when all the groups have a date to sell their breakfast products, the groups have to decide what to sell on their day.



Once that has come, the groups sell as much as they can and the proceeds are divided into as many parts as members of the group. However the money collected is not counted in the global list but is money that is earned per group and individual.

THE JOURNEY… WHICH PLACES ARE WE GOING TO VISIT? The cruise will last eight days (7 nights and we are going to visit 6 cities in three different countries: Marseille (France) , Genoa (Italy), Rome (Italy), Palermo (Italy), Cagliari (Italy), Palma de Mallorca (Spain) and we will end in Valencia (Spain). The cruise will be from the 26th of March and, by the 2nd day of April will be finished.

Our ship is leaving the port of Barcelona at 7 pm and we are going to arrive in Marseille at 8 am. We will have twelve hours to visit the city. Marseille is a beautiful city situated in the south of France, and has a lot of things to visit like the old port, or the temple of Notre-Dame de la Grade.

The 3rd day we are visiting Genoa, a city in the north of Italy. We will arrive there at seven am and we will be leaving at 7 pm. In the city we will visit some places like Piazza the Ferrari or Porta Soprana, and a lot of more things!

I think this is the place that all of us are looking forward to, Rome! We are going to this beautiful city the 4th day and we will be there for only twelve hours. We have a lot of things to visit in this city and I don’t think we will be able to visit all of them. A thing that we must do is taste the famous Roman ice cream!

On the 5th and the 6th days we are touring our two last cities in Italy. They are both in different islands Palermo is in Sicily, and Caglari is in Sardegna. This city has a lot of history and a beautiful beach. And the last place that we are visiting is Palma de Mallorca.

Do not forget we will be looking forward to your “Journey Diary” when you come back!!!


We wish you all 4TH YEAR ESO students an awesome trip and wonderful memories.


Thank you Marta and Mohamed!!!

Interview with our new head teacher, Mr Andreu Dexeus The person who can probably tell us the most interesting things about our school is and this school year we have a brand new one‌ So we decided to interview him ASAP. We paid a visit to Mr Dexeus at his office, where he spare a few minutes of his busy agenda to meet our reporters.

Why did you decided to become the new head teacher? Because I had been the head of Studies for 8 years and I've always felt very committed to the Institute since I've spent 20 years working here as a teacher. I became friends with an old teacher named Jaume Grant and we worked together in theatre for 15 years. When he left, the then head teacher asked me to become a new head of studies. The former director Josep Maria Pallàs thought I could be a good candidate to be the new director because he didn't want to remain in that position. What are the differences between begin head teacher and head of students? There are many differences between being head of studies and being the head teacher since you are the face of the institution and the position of head of studies is a very technical one involving how organize the lessons timetables and the teachers’ schedules. I believe being the head teacher is much more stressful. How did the process of your election work? In a commission formed among others by different teachers, two education inspectors and a representative of the city council I presented my management project and I had to undergo a sort of an exam and finally this panel of examiners had to make a decision whether I could be the new head teacher. I took my tests and passed them. Eventually this year I was told that I had the opportunity of taking the position and I accepted.


I think the most important part of the program was the work with emotions. In my view the most relevant factor in high school everyday life is that members of the community feel happy. Of course, order and respect also play a vital role.


Which are the new most important ideas and changes in your program?

What are the duties of a head teacher? With power comes responsibility, and to be the head teacher is a big one. However, I feel proud and satisfied because now I can carry out things I have always wanted to do. From your short experience, is it difficulty be a head teacher? What is the most difficult thing of being one? The hardest part is balancing the way you transmit your messages and actions, being a kind person who promotes dialogue and listens to everyone’s contributions and being clear an assertive about how I want things to work and to be organised.

What is the most gratifying thing in becoming the head teacher? The most gratifying thing for me is that, despite being a heavy burden, being in charge of the highest management and responsibility at NarcĂ­s Oller is a reason to feel proud about, and therefore I accepted it when I was offered the opportunity.

It is quite remarkable that a city the size of Valls has two high school of this size. Valls could well be the only one in Catalonia. Most schools have around 500 students and between and 40-45 teachers. We double these figures, which makes being the head teacher a really hard task. In this situation, most head teachers give up teaching and mostly work only as principals.


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It is important to remember that NO among the 15 biggest secondary schools Catalonia, which may be not so evident Valls because IES Jaume Huguet is also this group.

Apart from being a head teacher, what else do you do? I am also a music teacher. I didn’t want to do stop teaching despite the workload being the head teacher implies. I feel a music teacher and keep very much involved in the project leading to the “Batxillerat d’Arts Escèniques”. I was at the beginning of the programme and now I want to continue being part of it, teaching students in Batxillerat from a practical point of view. In fact, I used to work at university, too. At College I taught less practical subjects and, since I spent 20 years as a professional musician, playing around Tarragona area, I feel it is important to work with students in practical school subjects, especially when the teacher has such a wide professional experience. As a result of this, something which could surprise strangers, especially as there are only around 10 music teachers who have become head teacher, is that I can be both reading a speech and a minute later conducting the school choir or playing the piano at any school event. Do you like it? Absolutely, and as I say despite the stress and the heavy workload. Every time there’s a knock at the door I know there’s a new challenge to face, a problem to solve, a decision to take. I feel ready and qualified after 8 years as a Head of studies and the different specific degrees I have studied at the “Escola d’Administració Pública de Catalunya” and at the University of Barcelona.

Thank you, Mr Dexeus for your views on your new role.



We also want to thank Noemí Camacho who contributed to this interview.

Let’s meet… Ms Annabel Salvany, our new Head of Studies The person who probably knows more about how Narcís Oller works at all levels is the Head of Studies. After eighteen years working at our school, Annabel Salvany occupies at present this position. Our staff met her a Monday afternoon for an eye-opening conversation.

Why did you decide to become the new head of studies? Well, basically because for eight years Andreu Dexeus had been Head of Studies and I had been his deputy. When he became the Head Teacher, he asked me if I wanted to be his new Head of Studies. What is the difference between being head of studies and their deputy? The difference is that the Head of Studies is the main responsible for the organisation of timetables and schedules and, we could say that the deputy is their assistant. Each one does different things. The Head of Studies plans those schedules and the distribution of other tasks such as the support teacher rollcall. The Deputy Head of Studies deals with the curricular activities (trips, lectures, etc). Which areas of action are the most important? What tasks does a Head of Studies develop?


Other relevant aspect is the substitute teacher rollcall when someone is not at teaching their lesson because they are on leave or ill. They have to be allowed by the Head Teacher, of course, or submit their “leave of absence” justification.


For a star we prepare the groups’ schedules in the summer, the teachers’ timetables and the distribution hours of optional subjects.

What new changes do you want to introduce? Actually we've already begun to introduce and improve some important aspects such as “Ieduca”, an app much more complete than the previous system. We also want to change the use of some spaces and we hope that everything will help us to improve. Form you short experience, is it difficult being a head of studies? What is the most difficult thing of being head teacher? I find it especially difficult to scold the students, sometimes you feel bad when you have to shout at someone but, clearly, if someone doesn’t do their job or misbehave you have to tell them. Which thing is the most gratifying of your work as head teacher? It is quite gratifying; since I have been here for many years and after all that time I already know a lot about Narcís Oller. As a new teacher, you do not normally get a responsibility such as being a tutor or in charge of organising an important project. You need time to get to know how the school works. Some years later, you adapt better and you feel ready to take more responsibility. That’s when you can consider becoming the Head Teacher or the Head of Studies. Do you like it? Yes, a lot, because you organize a lot of things, schedules, school trips, many difficult activities and when you see something that doesn't work you have the possibility of improving it and you can also give your opinion on important things. Apart from being a head of studies, what else do you do? I’m also a technology teacher I also teach a non-compulsory subject for ESO students. I teach Batxillerat as well.





You will learn about the “Lila Commission”…

You will meet some members of our community…

We will learn about some families who came from other parts of the world to live among us…

Women and sport in Valls…

The importance of reading a good book…

This year’s Eurovision contest…









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