Ski Trip 2019

Santamarca students and teachers at Astun

Last week a few lucky students and teachers had the opportunity to partake in the annual ski trip to Astun. The yearly trip allows the students to learn and build up their confidence in a fun winter sport.

The trip, which commenced on a Sunday, lasted for five days. The students and teachers had to arrive to school early to take a long bus ride to Jaca. They then had to get fitted, pick-up their ski and snowboard rentals, then check into their hotels —sounds exhausting. The next few days consisted of the students waking up at the crack of dawn to have their breakfast before tackling the mountain trails. Overall, it sounds like it was a tiresome, but fun-filled week.

Skiing or snowboarding is a fun winter activity. It’s a thrilling way to keep fit and enjoy the great outdoors. If you’ve ever thought about trying out this fun winter activity with your family checkout Astun’s website here. We’re certain you’ll enjoy it.


Christmas 2018 Tales Contest winners

Our first post for the New Year!! Happy New Year everyone! Or as they say in Espana – Feliz año! Hope you all had a relaxing holiday with your family and friends. If you’re like us, you’re probably still daydreaming about all the fun times you had during the holiday season. Luckily, we have something to cure those January blues. We have selected the winners from our annual Christmas Tales contest. I’m not sure if it’s just us, but these kids seem to be getting more and more creative every year. Take a look at some of this year’s stories.

Our Christmas by Teresa Esclarin 

Aunt Petunia was very  excited to be celebrating Thanksgiving’s dinner at her home. She was at the kitchen preparing mashed potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Green Bean casserole, gravy and turkey. Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without the turkey…

Ever since I was just a chick I’ve heard about Christmas,, Thanksgiving Day, and all the other holidays  when people get together with their families to have dinner and fun. It sounds great, right?

But when I grew up, I began hearing  rumours about what people have for dinner on those wonderful holidays. Guess what? Us! Their plan is to feed us, make us get fat, then kill us and… eat us.

But as I’ve said, those  are just rumours, a story to make the chicks go back to their nest and go to sleep. But now that Mr. Burner, the owner of the farm where I live, has started to give us more food, I’ve began to get a bit worried.  I’ve mentioned my concerns to my friend Luc and he agrees with me; we are in trouble. We decide to tell Lara (a very beautiful and wonderful mother, for chicks and turkeys, who I don’t like) and she started to panic. I told  them it isn’t fair that turkeys can’t celebrate Christmas because we’re eaten first by humans. So then, we came up with a great idea; we were going to escape!

We waited until dark and the three of us snuck  inside Mr. Burner’s house. It was all in silence and in the dark. We started to walk silently through the corridor. There were  a few pictures on the wall and Lara felt like they were watching us. I tried to calm her being the strong turkey I was (even though I was shaking like a leaf) and we continued walking. There was a strange light at the end of the corridor. We arrived in the living room, where the farmer had put up the Christmas tree and has left on all the decorative lights. . We were all absorbed at looking at the beautiful coloured-lights when a shadow appeared  from behind.. We turned around and and found an enormous cat glaring at us with its teeth showing. My blood ran cold when I saw him and Luc screamed. The cat tried to catch him with it’s terrible claws, but I reacted swiftly and quickly took him away by the wings. I called out to Lara and she followed Luc and I. We started to climb up the Christmas tree, I let Lara go first while Luc was behind.. He was quickly getting tired while trying to escape with his fat butt. Why did he have to  to eat all of Mr.Burner’s food? The cat was chasing us and climbing faster than us. He was going to catch Luc when decided to I use the tinsel from the tree to swing down to save him like Tarzan. I caught Luc and we swung to the highest point of the tree, but the cat was still trying to get us. Lara was so afraid and Luc started to scream we are going to die, we can’t go anywhere. But then, when everything seemed lost, I got an idea. I ordered them to stay together and to grab on to the huge and shiny golden star at the top of the tree.  The cat saw that he had trapped his prey and decided s to jump and catch it once and for all, but then, the Christmas tree swung and fell against the window smashing the glass. We fell down to the floor and I made sure everyone was okay. I turned around and saw that the cat, “Mr. Whiskers” were all tangled up with the lights and the tinsel and the tree was partly hanging outside the broken window. Suddenly the lights came on and we heard Mr. Burner shouting blasphemies from his room. We decided to run away as fast as we can.

Now we are free. Now we can celebrate Christmas, and I’m so happy to be able to be with my friends, safe and alive. My name is Liam Turkyson and I’m one of the first turkeys to celebrate Thanksgiving from a pretty safe distance from the nearest kitchen, restaurant or aunt Petunia’s dining table, and I wish to all of you a Merry Christmas!

Be sure to also download the other winner’s stories. They were all well written. Congratulations again to all the winners!!

Quotes that inspire

Feeling a bit down lately? Well you’re probably not alone. Some of our students have been feeling a tad defeated after, ahem, receiving their exam results.

Do not despair readers! All is not sad and gloom. A few students from 1D have made a few posters with some inspiring quotes that are sure to put a smile on your faces.

So whether you’re feeling down from receiving bad exam results, the grey skies, the chilly days or whatever, take a deep breath, keep calm and check out the funny quotes below…..

Love, Loss and What I Wore

 NEW – For our Spanish only readers, we’ll now be adding the Spanish translation for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

This past Friday, I (Elisa – American Auxiliar)  accompanied students from 4th of ESO and bachillerato classes to watch a play. Starring students from the Saint Louis University, Love, Loss, and What I Wore was a funny, powerful, and insightful performance about the lives of women and the fashion that goes with them. Narrated by four different women playing almost twenty characters, this play told many stories all connected through the different fashion items they related to the situation.

Although the students went into this without knowing what the play would be about, they were excited and kept an open mind. Love, Loss, and What I Wore was a great opportunity for students to not only watch a story be told on stage, but to learn more about the artist’s experience. After the play, students got a chance to talk to the actresses and director and ask questions. Some students inquired about the story, asking the actresses which character or story they related to more, and others asked about the process behind putting on a theatre performance. They left the theatre with a better understanding of everything that goes into a play.

An important thing noted by one of the actresses was that even though this story focused on women, everyone could

find something in it to relate to. The students enjoyed a powerful performance and improved their language skills all in one excursion!

El viernes pasado acompañe a estudiantes de 4to de la ESO y bachillerato a ver una obra de teatro. Protagonizada por estudiantes de Saint Louis University, Love, Loss, and What I Wore es una actuación divertida, poderosa, y perspicaz sobre la vida de las mujeres y la moda que va con ellas. Narrado por cuatro mujeres actuando casi veinte personajes diferentes, esta obra nos mostró muchas historias conectadas por los diferentes accesorios de moda que relacionaban con la situación.

Aunque los estudiantes entraron a esta obra sin saber de que se trataría, estaban emocionados y con mente abierta. Love, Loss, and What I Wore fue una increíble oportunidad para que los estudiantes no solo tuvieran la experiencia de ver una historia en el escenario, pero también para aprender más sobre la experiencia de los artistas. Después de la obra, los estudiantes tuvieron la oportunidad de hablar con las actrices y la directora y hacer preguntas. Unos estudiantes preguntaron sobre la historia de la obra, preguntando cuales personajes o historias se relacionaban con más las actrices, y otros preguntaron sobre el proceso de poner en marcha una obra de teatro. Se fueron de la obra con un mejor entendimiento sobre todo lo que se toma para poner una obra.

Una cosa importante que mencionó una de las actrices es que aunque la historia es sobre mujeres, todos pueden encontrar algo en ella con que relacionarse. Los estudiantes disfrutaron una actuación muy poderosa y practicaron su inglés en solo una excursión.

Love, Loss, and What I wore.
Pictures of the performance.


Halloween Escape Room Challenge

In the spirit of celebrating Halloween, the Auxiliares and a few student volunteers hosted another Escape Room challenge. Similar to last year’s challenge, we created a few puzzles then laid them out and around a classroom. We then invited the students from 1st Eso, in groups of 10, to try and solve the puzzles within 10 minutes. Oh, and of course, we added a little surprise for the students…Zombies! In addition to only having 10 minutes to solve some crazy puzzles, the participants also had to try to stay away from the Zombies that were trying to catch them. Sounds stressful doesn’t it?

This year’s puzzle consisted of the following. Four sets of cards was laid out on desks in the middle of the classroom. Three sets had four playing cards laid out like this……

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While the fourth hand had only three playing cards like this…….Screen Shot 2018-11-10 at 10.22.14 AM

The students had to then figure out which card was missing from the fourth set. It may seem a bit challenging but the student also had further clues written out on the blackboard.  The clues, on the board, consist of the following: (10+10+2+3=25) (8+7+8+2=25) (5+5+5+10=25) (8+9+3+?=25). 

Can you guess which card is missing?  If you guessed Screen Shot 2018-11-10 at 10.22.24 AM (5 of spades) then you’re are correct!! Each hand had to equal 25.

Once they were able figure out the answer, the participants were given another clue. The second clue was the same as last year where we had the following cryptogram…….

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We also had the following clues written on the blackboard A= 24, B= – C= – D= 4.

Were you able to figure out the cryptogram? If you’re stumped, here’s the answer:


Lastly, the students had to guess the meaning of the cryptogram. If you guessed the answer ‘shoes’, then you’re also correct.

Sitting between the chairs in the classroom were a pair of shoes with a set of keys tied between the laces. The set of keys were for a lock that opened a suitcase which was set beside the shoe.

These puzzles may appear to be difficult, but the students had no problems solving them. One group was able to solve all of the puzzles within 6 minutes! We definitely have some brilliant minds at Santamarca.

An escape room isn’t complete without someone or something chasing you. Thanks to our very own makeup artist aka Elisa the Auxiliare, we had some gruesome Zombies. Take a look at some of the  pics below.

Overall, this was a fun and exciting activity for the students and Auxiliares. The students had a chance to use both their English and Math skills. Who would’ve ever thought that learning can be so much fun!

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UAM Champions League Winners

A few days ago, on Tuesday October 9th 2018 to be exact, a few of our students participated in the UAM Champions League and won. The league, which is organized by the Autonomous University of Madrid, is an annual sports competition geared towards secondary students. The event featured various sports such as basketball, indoor football, soccer and beach volleyball. Other activities also included table tennis, human foosball and an orientation career race – a race on the campus grounds which required students to find a number of obligatory beacons marked on a map.

Overall, it was a fun filled day that provided the students with an opportunity to learn more about the campus and start new sports disciplines. To find out more about this event click on the link here.

At the event this year, 10 of our students participated and won two individual competitions. Some of those students include: Paula Vidal, Sara Donas, Olivia Iribarnegaray, Alba Quixal, Enrique Beigveder and Pablo Osorio. Apologies to those whose names weren’t mentioned.

We are all very proud of those students and their athleticism. This brings me to the point of this post,  on behalf of all us here at Santamarca, we’d like to send a big congratulations to all the participants. Well done!


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A new school year.

Hello and welcome to our blog! If you’re new to our blog, we’re glad that you’ve dropped by. If you’ve been with us for awhile, welcome back, we’re grateful for your continuous support.

A lot has changed over the past few months. As some of you may already know, some of our teachers and writers of this blog has left the school and has gone on to bigger and better things. And although we’re very sad to see them go, we wish them the best of luck on their future endeavours. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get an update from our previous auxiliares de conversacion extranjeros, Emily Leifer and Stephanie Ofori sometime in the near future.

As the famous saying goes – the show must go on. So with that said, we would like to welcome back Anthony Morgan, our Canadian auxiliare from last year and give a big welcome to our new assistant and writer Elisa Castro Martinez. You can read both Anthony’s and Elisa’s bio here.

Thanks again for stopping by and reading our blog posts. We hope to keep you well informed about what is going here at Santamarca Bilingue. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below.

A final farewell

As two of us are leaving next year, we would like to use our last blog post to reflect on the last year. For Emily and Stephanie, this has been our first experience teaching and it has been a truly rewarding experience for us. We are very sad to be parting with the fantastic students and staff we have spent the year getting to know, and are very jealous that Anthony gets to spend another year at Santamarca.

While Anthony will continue teaching at Santamarca next year, Stephanie will be returning to the University of Liverpool to finish her degree in Law with Spanish. Emily will also be entering the next phase of her education at University of California, Irvine Law School.

We feel really lucky to have had so many memorable moments with the students. Most notably for Anthony and Emily, the ski trip they went on in March. Meeting students from New York that were here on an exchange and seeing how they interacted with our students was a particularly proud moment for us. Seeing our students’ use their English speaking skills while having the patience to teach their friends Spanish was heart-warming. We have also enjoyed creating games and activities for the students in an effort to make English leaning less of a bore and more fun. The Escape Room we ran for Halloween, murder mysteries and recreations of TV game shows from America and the U.K. generated a lot of enthusiasm from the students which in turn encouraged us to continue thinking outside of the box. Additionally, the thought-provoking discussions we had, especially with the older Bachillerato students allowed us to get to know them better and understand their perspective on Spanish and world issues, which was fascinating for us.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the teachers and staff at Santamarca for making this year such an enjoyable experience. They have taught us so much about patience and perseverance, and the students have definitely kept us entertained and left us with many funny stories to tell when we get home. We will truly miss them but we wish them all the best for the future!

We need your help!

We don’t usually ask for much from you, our readers, well except for them to read our post and follow our page, but not much right? Glad you all agree. This post, however, is asking for some help from you, our awesome readers and followers.

One of our amazing student in 1st ESO is taking part in a contest about Physics. We kindly ask that you check out his contest entry video here then hit the “like” button.

That’s all, pretty easy right? Also, be sure to get your family members to vote as well. We really want our student, Rodrigo, to win.

As always, thank you for your support.

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