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Open enrolment at early-education centres

foto escoleta-boixosThe education department of the Formentera Council announces the publication from Friday of admission information and waiting lists for the island's two escoletes, or “nursery schools”.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, which starts Monday September 17, 60 of 67 families who applied received an affirmative response. As for those households on the waiting list, four have children in the nadó, or “newborn”, age group (for babies born in 2018) and another three are included in the group for one- and two-year-olds (born in 2017). There is no waiting list for children aged two to three and some vacancies still remain.

Families can finalise enrolment from today, Friday June 15 to Thursday June 21, from 4.00pm to 6.00pm in Escoleta Sa Miranda. Release of the final waiting list will follow the close of enrolment.

This school year, Escoleta Sa Miranda consists of seven classrooms—one for newborns and three each for one- to two-year-olds and two- to three-year-olds.

With capacity for 30 students, Escoleta Camí Vell has just two classrooms; one for the one- to two-year-old group and another for the two- to three-year-old group.

A total of 16 instructors form the teaching staff of both centres. They are joined by an educational aide, a director, a cook and a kitchen assistant.

Working strategies are identical at the two escoletes and activities are organised jointly in weekly meetings attended by both Sa Miranda and Camí Vell teachers. The two schools share cooking staff.

Early registration at Formentera school of music and dance

foto escola de musica 2018The culture and education departments of the Formentera Council remind islanders that pre-enrolment is ongoing for the 2018-2019 year at the island's Escola de Música i Dansa (School of Music and Dance).

Students have until Wednesday, June 20 to pre-register, either in person at the Citizen Information Office (OAC for its initials in Catalan) or online at the OVAC.

For returning students and new applicants alike, pre-enrolment is an essential first step for students who wish to attend classes in the coming year.

Course catalogue
The Escola's officially accredited course offering in music and dance spans two categories: elementary and professional. Students at the elementary level have their pick between transverse flute, guitar and piano.

As a licensed educational centre, the Escola offers instruction that is reglat (“regulated”) and therefore officially accredited, as well as non-accredited studies. This particular feature means courses run the gamut. Options exist for students of all ages and all stripes, from “Initiation to Music” for six- and seven-year-olds to workshops on traditional music and professional musical studies.

Moreover the open nature of the Escola's operations model makes for a course offering that is constantly expanding and evolving.

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Formentera schoolchildren dive head first into posidonia seagrass

fotos-devletian--assoc3Roughly forty Sant Ferran pupils' headlong dive into the undersea world put them first in line to discover the values embodied in posidonia seagrass and the natural treasures enveloped by our sea.

It is not the first time Formentera gives local schoolchildren the chance to take this particular plunge. This year a total of 110 students from Sant Ferran, la Mola and Mestre Lluís Andreu in Sant Francesc will go snorkelling in ses Salines nature reserve.

After an earlier initiation with “Posi té un do”, the youth will now discover “El primer viatge”—the first and second chapters in a story about the secrets and adventures of Posi. Each student will be sent home with a copy of the story.

The professional staff of Vell Marí diving centre facilitate the activities, which, in addition to financing from the Formentera Council, receive support from the Eivissa-Formentera foundation for conservation, Trasmapi and the Abel Matutes foundation.

Forthcoming school excursions are scheduled for June 14, 18 and 19. The activity is part of Save Posidonia Project, which is aimed at educating people about the importance of posidonia. The undersea species and designated World Heritage Site is threatened by the unregulated anchoring of boats, sea water pollution, namely from inland sources like treatment plants, sewage (storm drains, oils and hydrocarbons), destructive fishing operations, invasive species and climate change.

Summer hours at Formentera libraries

foto bib maria villangomez The Formentera culture and education departments are announcing updated opening hours at several of the island's library facilities. From June 15 to September 15, Biblioteca Marià Villangómez, the adjacent computer lab (el Telecentre) and Sant Ferran's public library will all observe summertime hours.

Hours of operation are as follows:

Biblioteca Marià Villangómez:
Monday to Friday:
MORNINGS: 10.00am to 1.00pm
EVENINGS: 5.00pm to 8.00pm

MORNINGS: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10.00am to 1.00pm
EVENINGS: Monday to Friday: 5.00pm to 8.00pm

Biblioteca Sant Ferran:
Monday to Friday de 5.00pm to 7.00pm

New hours will also be observed at AISF, Formentera's image and sound archive, where summertime visits will be by appointment only. Visitors are asked to phone the CiF office of culture or send an email to AISF.

The schedule change is determined by the academic calendar, and coincides with a shift in the typical profile of visitors to the libraries in summer. The shuffle makes it possible for staff to carry out certain seasonal activities as well, like cleaning, revising the full catalogue, decluttering storage space and reorganising files.

Council puts up €95K in student financial aid

Foto estudiants a classeThe Formentera Council's education office reports that today, Friday May 18, to June 28, applications are being accepted for assistance for used text books, higher education and travel costs during the 2017-2018 school year. Education secretary Susana Labrador held up the “renewed support the assistance offers Formentera students” while highlighting other financial support also available at the regional and national level.

The Formentera Council has earmarked €95,500 for students this year.

Assistance for text books
The Council has pledged €45,000 for textbook purchases. The money will benefit resident families registered on the local padró by helping build reserves of second-hand textbooks at Formentera's primary and secondary schools. Schools will get €50 for every child in primary and €70 for pupils in secondary education. For large and single-parent families, the aid covers 100 per cent of costs.

Money for higher education
The Council will hand out €12,500 in ten €1,250 grants. To be eligible, candidates must be domiciled on the island and enrolled in higher learning (university, fine arts, technical studies, professional fine arts, design, sports studies)”, Aguilera reported. Study grants will only be awarded to students of public, attendance-based programmes. Private schools will only be considered if the studies in question are not offered by any public establishment.

Travel aid
Locals can also request travel cost reimbursements if their higher education, technical training programmes, postsecondary formal education or art programmes are not offered on Formentera. The Council will dedicate €38,000 for aid of that order, split into chunks of €150 for students in Eivissa or in distance learning programmes and €450 euros for students who study outside the Pitiüses.

Details on eligibility and documentation required for the application are available here.
Submissions can be dropped off in person at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) or online on the OVAC website.

For more information potential candidates can visit the Council's department of culture, education and patrimony. The deadline for requests is June 28.

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Sant Francesc · Formentera
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