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his annual magazine is produced by the English Department of the IES Infante D. Juan Manuel, Murcia and it is sponsored by the Parents’ Association.

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nother school year is coming to an end and, another year that we are here to show you some of the English Department activities and a few samples of students’ productions. It has been a long way and we have lived a wide variety of experiences and we are now ready for a well deserved holiday. You will notice that we have improved our magazine layout and this is because we have been lucky enough to have Isabel Rubio back at the English Department. This magazine wouldn’t be possible without her expertise. She has done a great job choosing and designing every single page. We would like everybody to join us in the next issue, so if you want to practise your English, show some of your works or drawings, please tell your English teacher. You’re very welcome! Remember this is a students’ magazine!

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pecial thanks to the English Department Staff for their collaboration on the making of this magazine. IES Infante D. Juan Manuel. Murcia

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Yolanda López Escar Lay out Isabel Rubio Pérez

Contents English Department 3 Music 4 Interview Laura Torres 5 Madrid in English 6 Book Review Elena Arcas 7 Book Review T. González 8 Book Review A. Saquero 8 A bit of Arabic Culture 9 Interview UK Students 10 Play at school 10 Exchange 11-14 Bridgwater College 12 Food 12 Free Time 13 English Families 14 Healthy life 15 My life at Infante 16-17 Theatre 17 The most exciting thing... 18 I couldn’t live without...18 Simile, please 19 When Peter Fortune... 20 Sports 22 Art 23

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English Department By Gloria García Guillamón, head of English

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nce again, the school year is about to finish, and when we look back at the programme of out-of-school activities designed at the beginning of the year, we are proud to check that most of them have been successfully accomplished. Planning and developing out-of-school activites demand lots of effort and personal involvement on the part of teachers, students and families, and also tolerance and ability to cope with unexpected events. However, we have always thought them to be worthy because they offer a unique opportunity to share experiences with “the others” (call them teachers or students) and to see each other in a different light, not like the ones opposite but like people on the same boat.

This year we have had many and varied extracurricular activities, like a school exchange with Bridgwater College, an English guided tour of Madrid, plenty of drama (professional and amateur, on and off the stage), contests, games, collaborations with the English magazine, presentations on the part of students, etc. Apart from the educational value of these activities, they have provided an opportunity for a real use of English, for learning how to improve for next year programme and last but not least, lots of fun too. In short something that should never be left aside or missed.

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Music

by Marina Alegría Aroca and Reyes Valero Moya 3ºC James Blunt

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his British singer was born in 1974. In 2005 he released his first album “Back To Bedlan” with songs such as You’re Beautiful or No Brabery. In a few weeks, he had his album in the charts. In September 2007 a new James Blunt’s album “All the last souls”, whose first song is 1973, was released. In November 2008, he released his last work with the name “All the last souls”. This album contains a duet with the singer Laura Pausini, Love love love, and three live songs: Cuz I love you, Young folks and Breakfast in America. Take that

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ake that is a British band from Manchester that started its career in 1990. The band was formed by Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange, Howar Donal and Robbie Williams. In 1992 they released their first album “Take That and Party”. A year later they released “Everything Changes”. In 1995 they released “Nobody Else” whose first song was Sure. The IES Infante D. Juan Manuel. Murcia

same year, Robbie Williams left the band to start his own career. A few months later, Take That announced their separation. Nearly 10 years later, they went on tour again except Robbie Williams. The same year they released a new CD: ”Beautiful World”. The first song is Patience. In 2008, the band launched their fifth record, “The Circus”. El canto Del loco

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l canto Del loco and Pignoise are some of the Spanish bands that have succeded in the music World. El Canto Del loco have released five CD whose songs were by Dani Martin, David Otero and Chema Ruiz. Dani Martin is a singer; David Otero plays the guitar and sings and Chema Ruiz plays the bass. Pignoise

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ignoise was formed by Álvaro Benito, Pablo Alonso and Hector Polo. Álvaro Benito plays the guitar and sings, Pablo Alonso plays the bass and Hector Polo plays the drums.

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Interview Laura Torres

by Jessica Hilaño Yela 3ºE

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aura Torres, fourteen years old, is a rhythmic gymnast and she is going to tell us a little about what she does.

Jessica –When did you start practising this sport? Laura –I started when I was seven years old. Jessica –Explain to us what rhythmic gymnastic involves. Laura –It’s a sport that uses all your physical attributes, especially your flexibility. There are two ways, group routines. (Consisting of children and two substitutes) and individual routines. The routine lasts 2:30 minutes and 1:30 minutes. The equipment we use is hoop, a ball, a rope, skittles and a ribbon. Jessica –Do they make you eat a especial diet? Laura –We can eat what we want except things like bread, pasta and sweets.

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Jessica –How many hours do you train each day? Laura –It depends on the day, but about two and half hours or three. We also have ballet on Saturdays. Jessica –When do you study with so much training? Laura –I study when I come back from training after having dinner and having a shower. Jessica –What titles do you have? Laura –In the individual routine I’m the regional champion, and last year in Tenerife I was runner-up (with the rope), in the group routine we were the semi-finalists, using the balls.

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Madrid by Ángela Alcántara

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y class (3ºD), actually only the girls of my class, and some other people from other groups went to Madrid, from November the 18th to November the 19th. Three English teachers came with us: María Ignacia, Gloria and María José and they wanted this trip to be an English trip. I can’t remember the correct order of the events, but I’ll try.  6

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All of us were excited but tired at the same time, that morning we had had to get up so early. When we arrived in Madrid, our first place to visit was the “Science museum”. There, we saw loads of animals in danger of extinction and other animals and ancient things. It was interesting for me, and I think it was for all of us. But in the hall, the girl who explained all the museum to us said that there was an enormous dinosaur, but then they  had taken it out of the exhibition, so we couldn’t see it, which was a pity because my parents said to me that it was beautiful. After that, I think that we had lunch; I think we ate a sandwich or something like a snack. Then, the bus took us to the cinema, where we saw a film about dinosaurs,archeologists and stuff. It was really big, and we had to wear enormous glasses to see the screen because the film was in 3D. Sometimes it seemed as if the dinosaurs were so near and we were shouting all the time. It was really funny. IES Infante D. Juan Manuel. Murcia

The bus  took us to the hotel, and we stayed there for half an hour, we left  our suitcase there and tidied  the room a bit. I shared my room with Laura. Then, we went to the shopping centre, where the teachers gave us 3 hours to do whatever we wanted. At the moment  we got  off the bus  we were talking about the possibility of seeing famous people, and it just happened. We saw Martin Rivas, the actor in “El internado” and Inés, who is my friend and also a fan, ran towards him and started screaming, I started laughing, and then everybody went towards him and took photos. I will always remember this moment. Then we went to a buffet, and we ate some pasta there, it was good. In the hotel, we wanted to speak till late at night, but we couldn’t, we were so tired, I don’t know what the other people did, but at least, Laura and me fell straight to sleep.

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Book review by Elena Arcas Conesa 3º ESO

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain Angela and Tomás at the Science Museum The next day, we had breakfast in the hotel and I had: two eggs, bacon, milk , cereals, too much food I think, because then I didn’t feel We went for a walk with a man who well. explained some places in Madrid to us, called “Madrid de los Austrias” I have to say that the boy was a bit weird, but well, it was good, although we had to get up early… Then, we took some photos, and caught the bus to leave Madrid, to finish our trip… But it wasn’t the end because we had 5 hours until we arrived in Murcia, so, we enjoyed right up to the end. We stopped to eat something and then got back on the bus. On the bus, the teachers gave us a questionnaire about the visit, and then they corrected them and gave, the boy or girl who had every answer OK, a little present. And they gave me one, it was an orange cap, I liked it so much! They gave little presents to those people who guessed the riddles that they said. And when the teachers said, “in twenty minutes we will be in Murcia”, all of us, said, NOOO... and then we looked at each other and said, tomorrow we have lessons... And that’s all, it was a little trip, but we had great moments!! Bacon&Eggs

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om Sawyer is an orphan and lives with his aunt Polly and his brother Sid. Tom and his friend Huck see Injun Joe murder a man. Injun Joe tells people that his friend Muff Potter murdered the man, so Muff goes to jail but Tom and Huck are afraid to tell anyone what they saw. When Muff Potter’s case is heard in court, Tom testifies against Injun Joe who finally escapes. One day Tom goes on a school trip to a cave with Becky. Huck hears Injun Joe and his partner planning to attack an old woman called the Widow Douglas. He gets help and this saves her life. Later Tom and Becky Thatcher get lost in the cave. While they are there, they see Injun Joe. Finally Tom discovers how to leave the cave and they tell everything to Becky’s father, Judge Thatcher, who orders to close the cave. Injun Joe will die there without food and water. Later Tom and Huck enter the cave and find Injun Joe’s hidden treasure of gold. Tom becomes the town’s hero and finally the widow Douglas decides to adopt Huck because his drunken father does not care for him. IES Infante D. Juan Manuel.Murcia

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Book review by 3º ESO students

Vathek

The story of pop by Tomás González Fernández

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his is a gothic novel written by William Beckford. Vathek is a caliph whose perdition is bounded to his ambition. The story begins with a merchant who brings two swords. Vathek steals them and tries to translate the inscriptions, but he doesn’t understand them and comes close to madness. In a relaxing retreat, the merchant is shown to him with its true form, the Demon Graour, who offers Vathek the Hell in exchange for recanting Mohamed’s faith and offering him the blood of fifty children bringing Hell to his kingdom. Vathek takes this and goes to Hell where he talks to some people about their experiences and life. I found this book really exciting and entertaining. I highly recommend it. Just in its first pages it takes you into a state of “I want to know what’s next!” There are very good descriptions, especially of Hell.. Also it introduces the Arabic mythology: djins, peris, rocs, ifrits, etc.

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by Ana Saquero González

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his book is about music. It is a history of pop music from 1950 to the seventies. You can read about the most famous singers and groups. For example about Rock”n”Roll, when Billy Halley wrote “Rock around the clock”, there were a lot of fans; they were the Teddy Boys. There was Rhythm “n”Blues. Black singers sang this kind of music. The Beatles were very important in the 60s and also The Rolling Stones. In the USA Elvis Presley was the most famous. He sang like black singers did. I liked this book a lot. I have learnt a lot about pop music. I didn’t know that there were so many pop groups and I didn’t know about these songs because they are very old. It’s very interesting and you should read it if you like music.

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A bit of Arabic culture by Ismael Ganzani Meseguer 1ºB Bachillerato

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i to everybody! I’m Ismael and I’m Spanish but not completely ‘cause my dad’s from Morocco. He was born in a small city called Khouripqa, which is in the centre of Morocco. I wasn’t born in Morocco, but I’ve got lots of experiences there, experiences which I’m going to explain to you. Morocco is a colourful country which is full of small shops. So when you are there you can get lost. While you’re walking you can buy something to eat, like seeds, chick peas or a kind of dried sausages which are not made of pork because most of the population is Muslim. Just one or two per cent is Catholic. Neither Muslim nor Catholic eat pork in Morocco. In the shops you can buy a “chilaba” or a kind of sandals which are called “babuchas”, or stop in an Arabic café to have a tea while you watch a belly dance show. This place full of shops and cafés is called “Medina”. I really love going for a walk there; I feel quite calm because people are very, very friendly. When I am in Morocco, I usually go to the “Medina”. Now I’m going to tell you about the food. The official dish is the “tajine”, which is made of veal and vegetables in a clay saucepan. “Tajine” can also be cooked with fish too, but it is not very usual. I love it. I’ve said that “tajine” is the official dish but not the most famous. The most popular dish Bacon&Eggs

is “couscous”. “Couscous” is made of semola and meat (chicken, veal or lamb). “Couscous is one of the tastiest dishes that I’ve ever eaten in my life. In fact, I’m looking forward to going to Morocco to eat it again. Because of people’s hospitality, in Morocco there are a lot of parties which last a long time. For example, weddings which are very funny. Now I’d like to talk about Spanish people. In Spain there are ignorant people who despise Arab people. I think these people haven’t got any culture and haven’t opened a History book in their lives. If they revised our History, they would realize that a lot of things we know nowadays (Greek Philosophy, our watering system or lots of Spanish words) come from the Arabs. On the other hand, I must say that I’m against some Arabic traditions which avoid people’s freedom. I think everyone should have freedom to act, speak or think, in Spain, in Morocco, and all over the world. I’m going to Morocco this summer. Next year, if there is another magazine I will write about the trip. It’s been a pleasure for me to tell you a bit, just a bit, about this big and surprising culture. IES Infante D. Juan Manuel.Murcia

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Play at school

Interview with Bridgwater College Students by Carolina Yelo e interviewed five English students out of the ten who took part in the InfanteBridgwater Exchange. They were: Lewis, 18; Rhys, 16; Elli, 16; Suzy, 16 and James, 17. They were from Somerset and North Somerset. They are learning Spanish because they think that it sounds really good, and James also thinks that our language is the best in the world. Besides, Lewis grandmother lives in Andalucía. They have between 3 and 6 subjects at their college. They are interested in sport and music, James for example loves basketball. They have told us that in England a lot of young 10 people have a part-time job, for example Suzy works like a lifeguard. They have liked our city and most of our food. We think that they are so nice and funny, it was a great experience!

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The Messenger’s Story by María Martínez Lozano 3ºC

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he first of April our class went to the Assembly Hall to see a play directed and produced by a Sottish man called Alan Kennedy. In the play the characters were played by the students. The play was about an old couple; a man told them they were going to have a daughter. When the daughter was born, her parents took her to her aunt’s house. When the girl called Fernanda was 18 years old, her aunt gave her a computer. Fernanda met a boy through the Internet but this boy was a prince! The prince’s servants went to Fernanda’s aunt’s house and took her to the prince’s castle. When she was in the castle she met the cook and she fell in love with him. Then the prince killed the cook because he thought he had married Fernanda. Fernanda heard her aunt calling her. Everything was a dream!

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Our experiences in Somerset by 1º Bachillerato students

Bridgwater College by Amalia Ballesta Yagüe and Paula Ruiz Vidal

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ducation in a college (16+) in England is a bit different from our secondaries schools as students have the opportunity to choose between International Baccalaureate (similar to our education system) and A-Levels, the most common choice. English students usually take three or four subjects 12 among loads of possibilities. Around 20000 students go to Bridgewater College to study from Biology, French, Technology and Maths to Fashion Design, Automotive, Photography, Brick Layering or Hairdressing. The College has amazing facilities: computers in every classroom, Mac computers for photography, video and music edition, studios (for dance, filming, photography and music, a big library, a Language room where students can watch foreign TVs and read foreign newspapers,

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a gym; football, basketball and hockey pitches; garages for mechanics, a real hairdresser’s, a restaurant, leisure time rooms (they even have play stations and pools), and lots of other interesting rooms where students can practice what they are learning in a similar way to real life. We were amazed when we visited this college, it was huge and very different from ours (although we like it). To do an exchange it’s an experience that we recommend to everybody. We really enjoyed it and we can’t wait to see all of our partners again.

Food in UK by Alejandro Navarro Galiano and Pablo Martínez López

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s we were told, the traditional English breakfast consisted of eggs, sausages, beans... but not everyone has it. In fact, only farmers and people who needs a stronger breakfast have it. At midday, they usually have lunch. It consists of a sandwich, some crisps and, just in case, a piece of fruit. Their lunch is quite lighter than ours! If they are still hungry, they snack in the early evening, having tea with shortbread at about 5 o’clock. Bacon&Eggs


Our experiences in Somerset by 1º Bachillerato students At about 7 they have dinner. The dinner is the heaviest meal of the whole day. They eat lots of vegetables, fish and chips or the typical roast beef (that can also be roast pork or roast turkey). To sum up, english food is not as bad as people say.

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Free time in England by Belén Cabezuelo Escribano and Marta Pérez Crespo

Here, people usually go to the tascas, or to the disco but there young people usually meet at a friend’s house. You have to know that in England the sale of alcohol is more strict than in Spain. Although we have different traditions or different languages we have made a lot of friends, and the weather there has been perfect. We think that it was a very good experience for us because we have learnt a lot and we would like to go to England again.

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f you want to go to somewhere you must take a means of transport. For example, in Bridgwater some people have to take the bus for go to the College, others have to go by car. If you want to go shopping or go to the cinema you also take the train because the shopping centres are in other cities bigger than Brighwater. Our English partner told us that when it’s sunny, many people would like to take this opportunity and spend the day on the beach, but they can’t swim because the water is really cold.

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At a party at James’s house

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Our experiences in Somerset by 1º Bachillerato students

English families by Isabel Miranda Castaño and Ana Luisa Gil Martínez

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ne of the most shocking things you can find there is the difference between the cultures. Living with a foreign family lets you see the contrast. We felt that divorces and step-relatives are much more common in England and socially accepted. New members of the family learn to coexist and they all rebuild their lives together.

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As the meal times are distributed in a different way, we had to adapt ourselves to this fact. English people consider breakfast and dinner the main meals of the day, in Spain it is just the other way around. Breakfast is about seven o’clock in the morning (depending on the family), lunch about one and dinner about six. They usually live in detached houses over two floors. The families were quite used to having pets. All the Spanish students were hosted cheerfully and became friends. In some cases we even met the grandparents and their pets. We were taken to their houses and they told us stories about IES Infante D. Juan Manuel. Murcia

their lives and things they did when they were young. After all, the most impressive thing for us was the fact that they really trusted the place they lived in. We mean that they left the doors open all the time even though they were alone or sleeping inside. In the end, the essence of the family is the same as in Spain, to coexist as peacefully as we can. We hope to go back soon and see them again.

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Healthy life by Mª Victoria Botía Zaragoza

by Patricia Sánchez Albaladejo and Constanza Palao Jornet

Healthy food or slow food

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ou have to practise sport because that helps us to keep fit, have our bones and muscles stronger, to have more resistance, diminish the stress, to sleep better, to have better coordination and flexibility… Eat a wide variety of foods: vegetables, fruits, meat, fish… that give you the nutrients that you need to have energy during all the day.

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he right food for you: fish, vegetables, fruit, salad… Some food isn’t bad if we prepare it at home, for example: pizzas, hamburgers…

Fast food the wrong food for you; it is really dangerous for us, depending on the amount and the frequency, for example: hamburgers and some pizzas, snacks, chips, kebabs, hot dogs, etc., made in fast food restaurants. Consequences Slow food you have a healthy life you feel better and happy you don’t have health problems you help your body

Advice don’t eat heavy meals do some sport and exercise control your meals

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Eat junk food. Lead a sedentary life. Drink alcohol or smoke.

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My life at Infante by José Julián Martínez Pretel

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t’s quite difficult to write about these six years of my life that I’ve spent in my high-school, IES Infante D. Juan Manuel because there have been so many days which I’ve had to get up early in order to attend classes and a lot of anecdotes. I’ve had a lot of teachers, and, from most of them I’ve learnt about the subjects they teach, also I’ve learnt from them points of view of the reality and, probably the most important thing, I’ve learnt to develop my study skills . I’d like to thank those teachers who have made me work harder and have taught me useful things. On the other hand, I’ve met a lot of classmates during these six years because each year I had different colleagues in my class. I’ve made also friends among people from upper and lower grades, some of

them are now my closer friends. I’ll always remember the trips to Granada and Burgos we saw very beautiful places there and the teachers who were with us were really nice and sympathetic. I’ll never forget the last days of school when we had to do all the final exams. We felt really nervous, but at the same time, we wanted to go on holidays and have a rest. Another special event is St. Tomás de Aquino activities, in which our class tried to win the events in order to go together to Tierra Mítica. I enjoyed so much being here although some days I didn’t feel like going to class. Finally, the Graduation Ceremony was very exciting and the party in the disco after it was the perfect end for this stage of our lives. Although I want to start my university studies, I know that I’ll miss my high school and I will be always proud of saying: “Yes, I studied at IES Infante D. Juan Manuel”·

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Graduation Day May 2009

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My life at Infante

Theatre

by Antonio Segura García 2º Bach

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hen Yolanda asked me to write about my two years at this high school I was a bit doubtful but she persuaded

me. I arrived here two years ago and I thought: “my new school is OK but I did not know too many people.” At first I was with people who I already knew, but then I made new friends, people at this high school are very kind and sociable and nicer than in any other high school in the world. I have grown up as a person and I have learnt a lot of things about the world and about myself. I have met very interesting people and if you are reading this, and I haven’t met you, you must be a boring person and you should change, it is a joke, you should not change... Teachers here are very hard-working, in general, and in general they get good results from their students, who work a lot too, in general of course. I have had a good time at Infante and I’ll remember this high school all my life as well as you. Thank you. Marta and Antonio at their Graduation

by Marta Melgarejo Martínez 2º Bach

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riting about the six years which I have lived in this highschool is difficult.  When I arrived here, I was only twelve years old and I began a new phase of my life with people who I knew because we had been at the same school. At Infante I met lots of new people and teachers and I have lived a lot of experiences, which I won’t forget like the school trips or Santo Tomás Days. However, the high school has been more difficult than the primary school, here I had to study harder if I wanted to get good marks. I’ll never forget my fantastic school trip to Italy with my friends and my teachers.  I hope to get good marks at “Selectividad” which allow me to do what I want in the future.  Now this phase finishes and a new phase starts, but I won’t forget the experiences which I have lived in this high school.  Bacon&Eggs

Food for thought by Anissa Muzzalupo and Carmen Mª Romero Caballero 3ºD

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e went to the theatre with some other classes from high-school last term. We saw a play called “Food for Thought”. It was very funny, because the actors were young and very nice. The play was about two old friends who meet at the man’s restaurant and they start a new business selling food and fantasy. A boy from my class called Pablo went on the stage and he performed with the actors and we all sang “Food for thought” at the end. We enjoyed this activity a lot.

by Andrea Sánchez Widdowson

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he performance that some groups of students saw was very funny and we all liked it! The plot was hilarious. They took people out on stage. But in the end even the people they chose from the audience to be on stage enjoyed it. The play was very good! IES Infante D. Juan Manuel.Murcia

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The most exciting thing...

I couldn’t live without...

by Laura Balibrea Coyle 3º D ESO

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he most exciting thing I’ve ever done is go to a Formula 1 race, with my parents last summer. I arrived from Switzerland on Friday morning, and I was at Valencia’s circuit on Friday afternoon, really an amazing thing to do. That day, I didn’t see much. I saw some GP2 (Second Category Drivers) trainings and the entire atmosphere (people, shops and so on. On Saturday morning, I saw the Formula 1 classification and in the afternoon the GP2 18 race. On Sunday, I saw the Formula 1 race and all the different drivers. I also saw some famous people. That was really cool and the most exciting thing of all!! There are lots of interesting things I’ve never done: I’ve never been surfing or bungee jumping. I’d like to go surfing but I am really scared of trying bungee jumping. I can’t stand heights. I’d like to visit Morocco. My parents went to work two or three years ago, and they said it was fantastic. Hopefully, I will go soon. It seems a very attractive place. And it is indeed!!!

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by 4º ESO students

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couldn’t live without my mobile because I use my mobile every day to talk to my friends because the live in Pinoso and I don’t see them I couldn’t live without my computer because I use it when I’m bored. Ana Pérez Rico

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think I couldn’t live without TV. I use it every day. The TV is used for entertainment and when I have dinner I watch TV. Another thing is the computer. I think computers are great because they are used for different things. We use computers to communicate and search for information. I coulldn’t live without those two things. Fernado Carrasco Mateos

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irstly, I couldn’t imagine living without my computer. Thanks to it, I can do my homework for the highschool. I can also communicate with my friends. Without my computer I wouldn’t be able to contact my friends from Equador. Another thing I couldn’t imagine living without is my mobile, because I need it to locate my parents and my friends. I use it a lot. Andrea Espinosa Torres Bacon&Eggs


Smile, please by

Carlos Castaño Delgado

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t is scientifically proved that it is worth smiling for different reasons - appearance, mood, health… all of them really important. If you feel miserable, you know, your exams and marks, your boy/girl friend…, try smiling. It will not just make you look happier, but it could make you feel happier and even healthier too, according to Professor Robert Zajonc of Michigan University. The important number of muscles we use when smiling changes blood flowing from our brain. That makes the brain hotter and increases production of certain chemicals that make you more cheerful and healthier. This is similar to what happens when we grimace with pain. That increases production of chemicals that act as a natural anaesthetic. When we frown, however, blood flow is blocked and the brain cools, which has depressive effect with negative consequences for our health. If people who smile live longer and more happily, I think it is really worth trying it, isn’t it? So, please, read the following jokes and smile even if you don’t understand some of them – remember this is British humour.

1. – Why are false teeth like stars? – Because they both come out at night. 2. – Father: Well, Peter, how do you like school? – Peter: Closed! Bacon&Eggs

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3. – Man: Your dog is chasing a man with a bicycle. – Man: Don’t be stupid! My dog can’t cycle! 4. – Woman: If we get engaged to be married, will you give me a ring? – Man: Sure. What’s your phone number? 5. – Father: Don’t you think our son got his intelligence from me? – Mother: Sure! I’ve still got mine. 6. AT A RESTAURANT: – Client: What’s the meaning of this fly in my soup? – Waiter: I don’t know, sir. I’m a waiter, not a fortune teller. 7. – Waiter: How did you find the steak, sir? – Client: just moved the potatoes and there it was. 8. – Client: Waiter, this plate is wet. – Waiter: That’s your soup, sir. 9. – Patient: Doctor, everybody keeps ignoring me. – Doctor: Next, please! 10. – Patient: Doctor, help me, please. I can’t stop telling lies. – Doctor: I don’t believe you. 11. – Doctor: I’m afraid the pain in your right arm is just old age. – Patient: Then why doesn’t my left arm hurt, doctor? 12. If you write write write you write write right but if you write write right you write write wrong. IES Infante D. Juan Manuel.Murcia

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hen Peter Fortune was ten years old grown-up people sometimes used to tell him he was a ‘difficult child’. He never understood what they meant. He didn’t feel difficult at all. He didn’t throw milk bottles at the garden wall, or tip tomato ketchup over his head and pretend it was blood, or slash at his granny’s ankle with his sword, though he occasionally thought of these things. Apart from all vegetables, except potatoes, and fish, and eggs and cheese, there was nothing he would not eat. He wasn’t noisier or dirtier or more stupid than anyone he knew. His name was easy to say and spell. He went to school everyday like other children. Policemen never came knocking at the front door 20 wanting to arrest him. As far as Peter was concerned, he was really quite easy. What was difficult about him? From the Daydreamer by Ian McEvan Paula Ruiz Vidal, 1º Bachillerato, has imagined this continuation of the excerpt of The Daydreamer by Ian McEvan as a practice of narrative texts.

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very time he heard that, he spent hours and days trying to figure out what they meant by saying he was a ‘difficult child’. He never dared ask his mum but he told his best friends, Sallas and Ballas. Peter always told them everything, he knew he could trust them and they would always keep his secrets safe. But what Peter didn’t know was that talking to your feet and calling them Sallas and Ballas wasn’t as normal as he thought it was. One day, while he IES Infante D. Juan Manuel. Murcia

was having a conversation with them about what he would do for his birthday party, his mum came into the room angrier than Peter had ever seen her: – Peter! What are you doing? I can’t stand this anymore! – Mum? What’s wrong? Are you OK? – I’m sorry… but Peter, ten-years-old children don’t talk to their feet. You are old enough to realise about that - She said trying to calm herself. – But mum, why? – He asked. – Because that’s just not normal! Nobody does that! We’re going to the doctor’s, take your jacket Peter. Peter didn’t understand what the matter was, his mum didn’t use to have any problem with Sallas and Ballas. On a Sunday afternoon he would have a bath and talk to Sallas and Ballas and her mum wouldn’t say a thing. So what was wrong now? Sarah, Peter’s mum, was really worried about that. She loved Peter, she loved him more than she had ever loved anybody, but the thought of a twenty-year-old Peter talking to his feet at a psychiatric hospital was driving her mad. The visit to the doctor’s wasn’t as she expected, she thought Mr. Wise would give her the perfect answer to solve her problem but instead of that he just told her again and again that there was no need to worry about that, that Peter wasn’t mad and he was just a child, so she left hospital quite downhearted. Peter heard all the conversation that his mum and the doctor had had and he just couldn’t understand anything at all. But he soon forgot about that, it was only a week left to his birthday! So he just continued planning what he wanted for his birthday party with Sallas and Ballas. Bacon&Eggs


After a week, Sarah had assumed that her son was a difficult son and she had even started to think that watching him talking to his feet could be funny. On the day of Peter’s birthday she put a small chocolate bar in his packed lunch bag and prepared a party at home with lots of his school mates. They played twister, had a big dinner and sang happy birthday to him. Peter loved every single present he got and had one of the best days in his life. When the party was over, Peter was so tired that he didn’t even brush his teeth. Sarah came into his room to say good night to him. – Have you had a good time Peter? - she said with a lovely voice. – Yes mum, I really loved my birthday cake answered Peter with a huge smile in his face. – That’s great. Good night darling. – and she kissed his forehead and walked out of the bedroom. But as she was turning the light off, she heard her son saying in a kind of sad voice:

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– Oh, mum I forgot to tell you Sallas and Ballas are gone. They have no toes left to count my years. And in her heart of hearts she felt sad, her son had grown up. Bacon&Eggs

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Sports Real Madrid vs Barça by Carlos Gómez Botía and José Manuel Pérez Martínez 3ºC

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ootball is the most popular sport in the world. People love watching, playing and talking about it because it is very exciting. The best team for us are: Real Madrid, Barça, Manchester United and Milan. The most important players in our opinion are: C.Ronaldo and Messi, they are champions. A football match is played with twenty two players on the field lawn. On the field there are the funs too, singing and shouting in the grades. In Spain this year, Barça is the league champion an the 22 king cup. Spanish football is fantastic, it is incredible, the best league ever.

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’m Carlos, my favourite team is Barça because it is the best football team in the world and it is the league champion, King cup and Europe.

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’m Jose and my favourite team is Real Madrid, but this year we lost. The most important players are: Casillas, Pepe and Robben. For me Casillas is the best goal keeper in Europe.

Nicolás Almagro by Mario Ecudero Ramos 1º Bachillerato

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his year Nicolás Almagro, one of the best Spanish players and the best Murcian tennis player, came to this school thanks to ADEIM.

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lmagro talked to us and answered some questions from the students. After this, he signed lots of autographs and finally he signed on the Association Wall.

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