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Thursday, 27 December 2012

1st Karaoke casting 2012/ 13

 The 1st karaoke casting 2012/2013, organised by the English Club,  is about to start!
 The jury, the presenters and the DJ are ready!

The presenters, Rafaela and Catarina, welcome everybody.

We have a full house!!

Our talented students amaze us with their performances

   But suddenly ..... BLACKOUT !!!

What's the matter?

Well, due to bad weather a power failure shut everything down and the second part of the casting had to be called off :( !!!
But, don't worry! The second term is about to start and all the students who couldn't sing will have their chance to perform for us.  
Don't miss the second part! We will give some more news about the coming event soon.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Karaoke- 1st Casting

Join us next Friday at 10 o'clock in the "Polivalent" for the 1st casting of 2012/2013. It will be funtastic!!!

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

International Tongue Twister Day

The 7th November is the International Tongue Twister Day...so let's practise some English tongue twisters!

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers?

If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,

where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?


She sells seashells by the seashore.

The shells she sells are surely seashells.

So if she sells shells on the seashore,

I’m sure she sells seashore shells.

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
As much wood as a woodchuck could if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Celebrating Halloween at our school

The creativity of our 7th form students was at its best! Congratulations to them all!

Wednesday, 31 October 2012


Take the challenge and solve the crossword puzzle! 
Then check below. But wait! Solve the puzzle first!


Some fun facts about Halloween

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Friday, 5 October 2012

Columbus' Day

Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas, which occurred on October 12, 1492, as an official holiday. The event is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States, as Día de la Raza in many countries in Latin America, as Discovery Day in the Bahamas, as Día de la Hispanidad, Fiesta Nacional in Spain, Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural (Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity) in Argentina and as Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) in Uruguay. These holidays have been celebrated unofficially since the late 18th century, and officially in various areas since the early 20th century.
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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

26th September - European Day of Languages

Today Maia Secondary School also commemorated the European Day of Languages. Students from all grades created their posters , texts and pictures, calling everyone's attention to the role languages play in helping establish bridges among people from many different nationalities.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

European Day of Languages

Did you know that...
01 There are between 6000 and 7000 languages in the world - spoken by six billion people divided into 189 independent states.
02 There are about 225 indigenous languages in Europe - roughly 3% of the world’s total.
03 Most of the world’s languages are spoken in Asia and Africa.
04 At least half of the world’s population are bilingual or plurilingual, i.e. they speak two or more languages.
05 In their daily lives Europeans increasingly come across foreign languages. There is a need to generate a greater interest in languages among European citizens.
06 Many languages have 50,000 words or more, but individual speakers normally know and use only a fraction of the total vocabulary: in everyday conversation people use the same few hundred words.
07 Languages are constantly in contact with each other and affect each other in many ways: English borrowed words and expressions from many other languages in the past, European languages are now borrowing many words from English.
08 In its first year a baby utters a wide range of vocal sounds; at around one year the first understandable words are uttered; at around three years complex sentences are formed; at five years a child possesses several thousand words.
09 The mother tongue is usually the language one knows best and uses most. But there can be “perfect bilinguals” who speak two languages equally well. Normally, however, bilinguals display no perfect balance between their two languages.
10 Bilingualism brings with it many benefits: it makes the learning of additional languages easier, enhances the thinking process and fosters contacts with other people and their cultures.
11 Bilingualism and plurilingualism entail economic advantages, too: jobs are more easily available to those who speak several languages, and multilingual companies have a better competitive edge than monolingual ones.
12 Languages are related to each other like the members of a family. Most European languages belong to the large Indo-European family.
13 Most European languages belong to three broad groups: Germanic, Romance and Slavic.
14 The Germanic family of languages includes Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, German, Dutch, English and Yiddish, among others.
15 The Romance languages include Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian, among others.
16 The Slavic languages include Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Bulgarian and others.
17 Most European languages use the Latin alphabet. Some Slavic languages use the Cyrillic alphabet. Greek, Armenian, Georgian and Yiddish have their own alphabet.
18 Most countries in Europe have a number of regional or minority languages – some of these have obtained official status.
19 The non-European languages most widely used on European territory are Arabic, Chinese and Hindi, each with its own writing system.
20 Russia (148 million inhabitants) has by far the highest number of languages spoken on its territory: from 130 to 200 depending on the criteria.
21 Due to the influx of migrants and refugees, Europe has become largely multilingual. In London alone some 300 languages are spoken (Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish, Berber, Hindi, Punjabi, etc.).

If you want to listen to HELLO in different languages go to the following site:

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Welcome back to school!

Are you ready to start?
The English Club will be here to entertain you, inform you...and make this new year the best of all!

Sunday, 3 June 2012

2nd edition of the Karaoke contest - final

For the second time the English Club organised a karaoke contest. In the first edition Mariana Domingues was the winner. Now she is one of the ten finalists of the Portuguese contest - Ídolos de Portugal 2012!!!  
We wish her a brilliant career as a singer! She really deserves that.
Below you can see the results and the videos of the  performances of this year's contest.
The English Club staff is very pleased with the event and congratulates ALL THE CONTESTANTS for their excellent performances. 

1st place

2nd place

3rd place

And now you can watch Mariana's first performance on stage in the 2012 contest - Ídolos de Portugal. Congratulations and all the best, Mariana! We are all very proud of you! You deserve to be the 2012 Idol of Portugal!

Friday, 18 May 2012


It was a success! Lots of students showed up to have a first contact with the German language and they liked it! 
Below you can get a glimpse of the general atmosphere of the two sessions. Tschüss! Bis bald!


Due to the importance that learning foreign languages has in today's globalised world, the English Club teachers are going to organise a German workshop today.
More than 50 students have enrolled on this project.
The teachers  hope that this workshop may be an excellent opportunity for the students to discover a new language and that they may have some enjoyable time too.
"Lern' und hab' Spass!" (learn and have fun!)

Friday, 4 May 2012

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

What a beautiful film! Don't miss it!

Sunday, 22 April 2012

The second term of this school year is over, but much was accomplished  which deserves being reminded. So, below you can see some photos and videos about the activities which took place in February and March, such as the school day of languages, St. Patrick's Day and, last but not least,  the second karaoke contest. Have a look at them!

2nd Karaoke contest ( 23rd March)