School Calendar


Hi there, and welcome to the English department's blog at La Merced.

This is where you'll find all kinds of things, from instructions for your homework , to news and gossip from school, photos, music...You'll even find a way to earn extra credit ; answer the questions that you find in the blog and see how your grades improve!

So add it to your favourites now!

We hope you'll take part in it too, sending us things you think are interesting or funny, and then we'll turn it into a really cool blog.

Hope you like it!

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Physical (corporal) punishment in schools around the world

Here's a great article about corporal punishment in schools in different countries around the world. As you will read,we're lucky enough to be live in a country which is in the "Premier League" of countries where children's rights are protected.Surprisingly, the U.S.A is in the 3rd division! Here's a map of all the States(in red) where children can be "smacked"

Saturday, 28 May 2011

THE match!!

The first picture is Wembley now. The weather doesn't seem to help a lot today!

And the second one is what Trafalgar Square in London was looking like today at 1 pm. Everyone is so excited about tonight's match! I wasn't lucky to get tickets for Wembley, but some friends of mine were, and they are sending me pictures, the atmosphere seems to be amazing!

The little Pea (Chicharito)

Sing this to the tune of "Let it be" by the beatles!
"Little Pea,Little Pea, Little Pea, Little pea, You are Javier Hernandez, Little Pea"
Good luck to Rooney and Chicharito tonight!

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Eight minutes into Space, at 8 km per second!

As the Space shuttle program comes to an end, (Endeavour is up there right now, working on the international Space station), here's a video of something we're unlikely to see again.
Just imagine; there are 8 people in that spaceship travelling faster than the speed of sound!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Anything missing?

The picture is not a very good one, but can you spot any difference between the windows in your house and these?
The blinds, that we call persianas, do not exist anywhere but in Spain, or at least not in England.
They like to take advantage of the light. This way, they normally wake up at around 6 am and go to bed earlier than us, around 10 pm. What is really surprising is that in June the sunrise is at 4.30 am, and they don't need anything to stop the light coming in!! They normally have sutters and blinds like the ones we have at school!

Friday, 20 May 2011

Guggenheim's creator designs; "The melting skyscraper"

Frank Gehry, the architect who designed the Guggenheim in Bilbao has built another extraordinary building, this time in New York. It's less a building than a sculpture, where the metal lines are softened and "rippled" to make it look like it's melting before your eyes.

Watch, enjoy and if you can answer the questions, well, you know, it's bonus points for the 3º evaluación!

  1. In which year was the Empire state building completed?

  2. Is the skyscraper for ofices or for homes?

  3. New York was the first_______ city

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Man tries to take a pony onto a train

True or false?
No animals are allowed on trains in Britain.
The man wanted to travel for free.
He wanted to go to London.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

You don't like skirts? He doesn't like long trousers

Schoolboy in a skirt:

Pupil protests at rule forcing boys to wear trousers during hot weather

Read and answer these questions if you can.
Why is he wearing a skirt?
What are the rules about uniform at his school?
What is the school's policy about make-up?

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Bombing practice. Answer the following questions

Here's a very strange thing. A beautiful part of the country, where only sea birds and the occasional fishing boat pass, and then the most dangerous warplanes man has invented.
Watch the clip and see if you can answer the questions.

What is special about Garvie island?
Where is it?
What happens to some of the bombs?
Why is a bomb disposal expert's job safer under water? >

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Who are you supporting tonight?

Tonight is a great night! Eurovision night! Everyone here is watching it, it'll be showed in most pubs. Who do you want to win this year? I'm supporting the UK this time, represented by Blue!

Pirate Johnny and Mistress Penelope

Here they are. The most fashionable couple in Hollywood!

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Do you complain about lunch at school?

I should start saying something positive, but what I still don't get used to, is to have a sandwich for lunch in 20 minutes! And I must say I'm lucky, because a lot of people have lunch at 11.30!! while I do at 12.15 am. Can anyone think of having lunch at 11.30? You're still in your morning break!You'll think I'm crazy, but as all Spanish people here, I can't wait to have a nice and warm dish of lentils!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Adventures in Urdaibai!!

Multi Adventure School Trip to Laida - San Pedro de Atxarre

Date: 6th of June, 2011 (3º -4º ESO)


09:30 h Departure

10:15 h Arrival

2 Groups (3º y 4º ESO)

Group 1: 10:30 h -12:30 h Canoes in Laida (aprox. 2 hours)
12:30 h -14:30 h Trekking up to Saint Peter of Atxarre

Group 2: 10:30 h-12:30 Trekking up to Saint Peter of Atxarre

12:30 h -14:30 h Canoes in Laida (aprox. 2 hours)

Swimming costume
Comfortable clothes and trainers
Flip-flops (Important!)
Sun cream
Light jacket (if bad weather)

 The price of the trip is 18,5 € ( 10,5 € for the canoe hire and 8 € for transport)

Monday, 9 May 2011

Let's make a Fiesta photo slideshow.

If anyone has any good photos from the School fiestas, give them to me, and we'll make a slideshow. There will be prizes for the best photos and even for just taking part!

News from England!

Hi everyone!

As some of you might know I'm living in the south of England, in a town called Southampton. I've been here for over a year and a half and I'm working as a Spanish teacher at 3 schools.

From now on I'll be writing here English curiosities, things that I like and don't like, what it is like to live in this country, etc. If you have any questions about living here I'd love to answer them!

This is a picture of Southampton, Bargate, right in the city centre

See you soon,


The History of Pop music, in 3 minutes.

Well done 3º ESO A.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Well done students and teachers!

Congratulations to both students and teachers for the charity football match.

In the end, the teachers won a really hard game, but the student team gave a great performance, coming closer to winning than any team before them.

So well done guys. With your efforts, A record amount of money was raised for the very good cause of the Merced Orphanage in Mexico.
You should all be proud.

We'll publish photos soon!

Friday, 6 May 2011

The best travel photography

Take 5 minutes and practice your listening by watching this audio slideshow of some amazing images.
Click on this little blue thing!

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

How to remove children's milk teeth!

My niece is 6 years old, the age when little girls'"milk"-teeth fall out.
She has a wobbly tooth, but she won't let me pull it out for her.
So I thought of another idea!!

Tell me what you think of my idea!

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Welcome Back!! It's a very short term!

Hi there, welcome back, and we hope you had a great Easter holiday.

Our team of dedicated journalists has been following events and have come up with these two funny bits from the Royal Wedding.
We've called it; "People in uniform being silly"