Archive for February, 2009


Cátia’s Carnival

February 25, 2009


My Carnival was great fun!

I went to Cabanas de Viriato with my family. This Carnival is fun, because it is different from all the others I used to go to.

I really enjoyed Carnival this year!


Cátia Almeida 7.ºC


Carnival in Cabanas de Viriato

February 25, 2009





My Carnival was great, I danced and it was very amusing.
I went to see the Carnival in Cabanas de Viriato and Canas de Senhorim with my family.
I just hope future Carnivals will be like this one…

Maria Miguel 7.ºC


Welcome to Carnival!

February 24, 2009

The origin of the name “carnival” is disputed. According to one theory, it comes from the Greek prefix carn (“Meat eater”), referring to a cart in a religious parade, such as a cart in a religious procession at the annual festivities in honor of the god Apollo. Other sources, however, suggest that the name comes from the Italian carne levare or similar, meaning “to remove meat”, since meat is prohibited during Lent. Another theory states that the word comes from the Late Latin expression carne vale, which means “farewell to meat”, signifying that those were the last days when one could eat meat before the fasting of Lent. Yet another translation depicts carne vale as “a farewell to the flesh”, a phrase embraced by certain carnival celebrations that encourage letting go of your former (or everyday) self and embracing the carefree nature of the festival. (Wikipedia)

Carnival in England:


Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day) is a day of celebration as well as penitence, because it’s the last day before Lent. Throughout the United Kingdom, and in other countries too, people indulge themselves on foods that traditionally aren’t allowed during Lent. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.


 Click HERE for a Pancake Recipe



Carnival in the USA:


While Mardi Gras in the United States is not observed nationally across the countmardi-grasry, a number of cities and regions in the U.S. have notable celebrations. Because of the French colonial history of the settlements, the earliest celebrations occurred in Mobile (Alabama), Biloxi (Mississippi) and New Orleans (Louisiana), which have each developed separate traditions. In addition, modern activities generally vary from city to city across the USA. (Wikipedia)






Well, I teach in Carregal do Sal, but I live in Mealhada, home of one of the most famous Portuguese Carnivals.






 And you? Tell me something about the way you celebrate Carnival in your region.


Maria Miguel’s love poem

February 16, 2009

Maria Miguel tried to write a love poem. Here’s the result! What do you think? Good, isn’t it?

Wouldn’t you like to give it a try?

Love is beautiful but in hard times it can be sad
Don’t choose the False Love!
Choose the True Big Love
This is the advice of a Friend

Maria Miguel (7ºC)


Love is in the air…

February 14, 2009


I love you – love poem

I love you

Not only for what you are,

But for what I am when I am with you.

I love you,

Not only for what you have made of yourself,

But for what you are making of me.          



Jornadas “Novos Desafios, Novos Percursos”

February 10, 2009

On 30 and 31 January our school held the event “Novos Desafios, Novos Percursos. Jornadas de Ensino-Aprendizagem das Línguas-Culturas organised by the teachers Carla Marques (Portuguese) and Celeste Simões (English). The event gathered over 60 participants (teachers of English and Portuguese), 27 speakers and some special guests.

The 11A  and CEF (Empregado de Mesa) students also participated and proved to be of a great help to the organisation. Indeed, part of the success of this event is due to their hard work and commitment.

The English Club members gave their hand, too, and organised all the folders for the participants and speakers!

So THANK YOU to ALL the people who made this project come true!

Some special moments (Click the image to watch the slideshow):


Read the online newspaper article: “Farol da Nossa Terra”