Wednesday, 16 December 2009


Hola chicas!!
El pasado lunes día 14, las alumnas de espaol de Y10 visitaron el Instituto Cervantes en Londres.
Tal y como nos explicaron allí, el Instituto Cervantes es una institución que a pesar de tener su sede en Madrid, cuenta con diferentes institutos del mismo nombre a lo largo de todo el mundo. El instituto Cervantes de Londres es uno de los más importantes, ya que posee una impresionante biblioteca sobre gramática y literatura tanto española como hispanoamericana.

El nombre del instituto Cervantes se debe a un importante escritor español autor de la novela El Quijote. Cervantes es el equivalente a Shakespeare en la literatura inglesa y además, como curiosidad, debes saber que murieron el mismo día, el 23 de abril de 1616.

Tras conocer los secretos de la biblioteca del Instituto Cervantes, pudimos disfrutar de una película española titulada Cobardes.

Aquí tenéis algunos de los feedbacks de algunas de las alumnas que disfrutaron de este dia tan español: (click on it to zoom it)

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Día de Todos los Santos

All Saints' Day (Día de Todos los Santos) (officially the Solemnity of All Saints and also called All Hallows or Hallowmas), is a solemnity celebrated on November 1 in Western Christianity, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Christianity in honor of all the saints, known and unknown.
In Portugal and Spain, floral ofrendas (offerings) are made on this day to their deads.

In Spain, the play Don Juan Tenorio is traditionally performed.

There are a few traditional sweets that the Spanish eat on All Saints' Day. The most common is Huesos de Santo (literally 'saint's bones'), which is made of marzipan and 'dulce de yema'. Another is 'buñuelos de viento'.

In Mexico, All Saints coincides with the celebration of "Día de los Inocentes" (Day of the Innocents), the first day of the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebration, honoring deceased children and infants.

¡¡¡¡¡¡Feliz Día de Todos los Santos!!!!!!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

European Day of Languages
The MFL department went to Victoria Station for a Languages exhibitions regarding the European day of Languages, celebrated on Friday 25th and Saturday the 26th of September. A group of ten Yr7’s and Yr8 students went to the trip and they had a fantastic time! Students were told about the importance of learning different languages; they participated in different quizzes and were given materials to take home. Other students did some fantastic class work in which they had to choose a word in a different language and then create a poster with the word.

El grupo de MFL quisiera aprovechar la ocasión para agradecer desde aquí a la Consejería de Educación por el material con el que hemos sido obsequiados, y para, por supuesto, enviarles un cordial saludo.


At the beginning of July the Modern Foreign Language Department at Haggerston School received The Award for the Secondary Spanish School 2009 at the Spanish Embassy.

Instituto Español del Año is an initiative of the Consejería de Educación of the Spanish Embassy (Department of Education at the Spanish Embassy) that seeks to identify and give recognition to those schools that excel in the promotion and provision of teaching of Spanish.

The status 'Instituto Español año 2009' is granted to up to 5 schools according to the following criteria:

  • Provision of Spanish

  • Pedagogical and curricular innovation

  • Extracurricular activities

  • Use of ICT

  • International links

The fourth year of this competition was open to all primary, secondary schools and further education colleges in UK and has successfully drawn applications from 26 schools, both from state and independent sector.

A panel of experts visited the 10 short listed schools in May and June , attended lessons and interviewed head teachers, subject leaders, students and other members of the school community.

The scheme has gained increasing interest from the media and recognition from Ofsted in their reports of the winning schools. It has also helped to establish a vibrant net of schools where languages are an exciting part of the curriculum.

The Spanish Ambassador hosted a reception at the Spanish Embassy in London on Friday July 3 to present the Awards to the winning schools. Guests included Lid King, National Languages Director, who helped the Ambassador with the prizes, and representatives from national and local educational institutions and organizations.

The event provided an exceptional opportunity to learn from teachers and head teachers and head teachers as to why Spanish continues to be a success at Haggerston School.

Monday, 12 October 2009


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 in the Julian calendar and October 21, 1492 in the modern Gregorian calendar, as an official holiday. The day is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States, as Día de la Raza (Day of the (Hispanic) race) in many countries in America, as Día de las Culturas (Day of the Cultures) in Costa Rica, as Discovery Day in The Bahamas, as Día de la Hispanidad and Fiesta Nacional in Spain, as Día de las Américas (Day of the Americas) in Uruguay and as Día de la Resistencia Indígena (Day of Indigenous Resistance) in Venezuela.

Today is also known in Spain as Día del Pilar, festivity in honour of Aragón's patroness the Virgin of the Pilar. On the Dia del Pilar there is a procession with cardboard giants, and a spectacular display of flowers dedicated to the Virgin.

It is also the Day of the Armed Forces in Spain.


Friday, 26 June 2009

Trabajo medioambiental con Year 9.

El lunes 29 y miércoles 1 de Julio tendremos una visita especial y aprenderemos mas sobre el reciclaje y cómo podemos ayudar al medio ambiente de una forma creativa y divertida.
The students will learn that waste disposal is a problem and that it can have some serious environmental impacts. Pupils will begin to make links between waste disposal in landfill sites and climate change as a result of gases released from rotting waste. Pupils will identify ways to reduce their waste by making some recycled products. They will be shown how to make a gift bag from newspaper, a necklace or bracelet from magazines and recycled paper.
Asi que estar pendientes porque pronto tendremos las fotos!

Hemos ganado el premio del Instituto Español del año

El departamento de español ha conseguido el premio al mejor instituto español de la Conserjeria de Educación!
Desde el departamento queremos dar las gracias por todo el esfuerzo a las alumnas y profesores y al maravilloso equipo de trabajadores de Haggerston por su apoyo!
Si quereis saber mas entrar en la siguiente página :

Una vez mas Congratulations!

Monday, 11 May 2009


¡¡Hola guapas!!

Here you have a fun way of practicing and reviewing before your Spanish listening exam.
You just have to listen to the song:

And then, you can try to do the activities proposed in this web:

¡Buena suerte!

Fantastic Achievement in MFL

Before the Easter break the languages team at Haggerston submitted our entry into a national competition run each year by the Spanish Embassy. The scheme is open to all secondary schools and colleges of further education in the UK and seeks to give recognition to those schools that excel in the promotion and provision of the teaching of Spanish within the school.
The panel of judges select the best candidates based on the following criteria;
Provision of Spanish and student take up
Innovation: pedagogical and curricular
Extracurricular activities
Use of ICT
International Links
Our portfolio was received and as a result Haggerston has been shortlisted! This is fantastic news. We are now awaiting a visit from the embassy prior to a desicion being made and the winning school being announced on 19 June 2009.



Monday, 27 April 2009


The modern Mother's Day holiday was created by Anna Jarvis as a day for each family to honor its mother, and it's now celebrated on various days in many places around the world. It complements Father's Day, the celebration honoring fathers.

This holiday is relatively modern, being created at the start of the 20th century, and should not be confused with the early pagan and Christian traditions honoring mothers, or with the 16th century celebration of Mothering Sunday, which is also known as Mother's Day in the UK.Different countries celebrate Mother's Day on various days of the year because the day has a number of different origins.

One school of thought claims this day emerged from a custom of mother worship in ancient Greece, which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of Greek gods. This festival was held around the Vernal Equinox around Asia Minor and eventually in Rome itself from the Ides of March (15 March) to 18 March.

The ancient Romans also had another holiday, Matronalia, that was dedicated to Juno, though mothers were usually given gifts on this day.

In addition to Mother's Day, International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries on March 8.

In Spain, Mother's day is celebrated on the first Sunday in May, so as this Sunday is Mother's Day in Spain, we just want to greet day to all the mums in the world in a Spanish way:

¡¡¡Feliz día de la madre!!!

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Spanish theatre at Petchey Academy

Aquí tenéis algunas fotos de la excursión a la Petchey Academy: de las alumnas de Y9 de Haggerston School y de la representación.

If you like the pictures and you enjoyed the performance, you can let us know it by making some comments in the blog.

Gracias chicas.

Esperando el autobús

La representación

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Fotos de la visita!!!!

Hola chic@s!!

Aqui tenéis algunas de las fotos de la visita de nuestros amigos de Cañada Blanch y de las distintas actividades que tuvieron lugar en nuestro colegio durante ese dia.

Espero que os lo pasarais muy bien, que hayais sacado provecho de esta experiencia y sobre todo, ¡qué os gusten las fotos!

Creating half hearts

Joined hearts

Conversation with Y11

Skipping rope

Friday, 6 March 2009

Bienvenidos a Haggerston amigos!

El próximo miércoles nuestros amigos del Colegio Cañada Blanch nos harán una visita.

El día entero estará basado en la multiculturalidad y se desarrollarán diferentes actividades en relación con este tema y en colaboración con los departamentos de música y arte.

Las actividades consistirán en juegos, canciones, bailes y presentaciones sobre las diferentes culturas y su representación en Londres y en concreto en Hackney.

Las jornadas de multiculturalidad comenzarán en el period 3 y finalizarán en period 6.

I hope you enjoy the experience!!

(After the multicultural day you can post your commentaries and say how did you find it.)

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

1,2,3 a bailar!!!!!!!

1, 2, 3 a bailar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In this section you can watch different songs and dancings typical from Spain. And you can also know a bit more about the spanish culture or you can even learn how to dance these dancings.

  • Las Sevillanas La Sevillana es una canción folklórica procedente de la Seguidilla manchega que se ha ido aflamencando. La Sevillana nace para acompañar al Baile. Se baila en pareja, en tandas o series de 4 sevillanas. Cada una de las Sevillanas tiene TRES partes. Actualmente cada vez hay más Academias de Sevillanas. Antes se bailaba en los patios o casas de vecinos, también llamados corrales. En las romerías y en las ferias se ha bailado siempre, aunque últimamente hay un mayor número de gente que conoce los pasos de este baile.

And now, let's dance!!!!Good luck!!!!!

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

EL DIA DE REYES Today is the Three Wise Men's day!!!In Spain today is the day when the children receive their christmas presents. But instead of comming from Papa Noel, the presents come from the three Wise Men who, as the Christian religion says, they came from orient on the 5th January's night to give some presents to Jesus(baby). That presents where: Gold, mirra and inciense. Nowadays, on the 5th January's night, children let the Three Wise Men a glass of milk and some biscuits for them to take some energies in their long travel. Next day (6th January), they wake up in the early morning to open their presents, which are standing under the christmas tree.
Feliz dia de Reyes!!!