Escola Mediterrània, Barcelona, Spain
Mediterrània is a school at Barceloneta neighborhood in Barcelona; once a fisher’s town, now more tourist oriented.
The school is actually right next to Barceloneta beach. From its doors you can hear the seagulls, you can even smell the sea! This days the school is decorated with cinema-related motifs.
This is, actually a temporary school that will stop being in use once the new school is built… its been a long wait, but coming to an end very soon.
We are doing the workshop with 4th grade class; look at them :) they chose to be photographed on the backyard, with the flowers…
And you can listen here to the music they use as school bell (we used SoundCloud for it is © music), and also some other sounds that will give you an idea of how is it to be here. Let’s go The City Rings!
Centro Escolar Vale de Lamaçães – Portugal
Our school is the Centro Escolar Vale de Lamaçães, a new school that opened in 2009 with ten class rooms, a garden, a covered patio, a theatre, multipurpose rooms and spaces for special activities. Our school has 232 pupils from 3 years old till 10 years old. The neighborhood of the school is the Lamaçaes parish, located at the border or the city of Braga in Portugal. The parish has a population of 2.525 inhabitants. It is a neighborhood with an old center looking over the hills and woods of the green Braga valley, but also has a modern area with many shopping centers, new apartment blocks, playgrounds, public sport fields and squares with bars and restaurants.
And here is a photograph of our school bell.
And this is how it sounds. Enjoy!
De Piramide, Gent, Belgium
We are the kids from the 4th grade of a school called ‘De Piramide’ in Ghent, Belgium. Our school is located in the centre of Ghent, not in the very centre, but close to it. Our neighbourhood is called De Brugse Poort and it is a very nice multicultural place, just like our school.
A big part of our school has just been renovated and we are lucky to be in the
new part. Look, we even have a digital blackboard! That will be very useful when
we need to check the city rings blog.
We don’t have a schoolbell, but we do have a school gong. This is our teacher
Matthias hitting the gong. Have a listen too!
We are really looking forward to this project! Hear you all soon!
CEIP Can Cladellas, Palau Solità i Plegamans, Barcelona, Spain
The Schillerschule Essen is online!
This is class 4b from the Schillerschule in Essen.
The school is situated in the northeast of the city centre. It is special in many ways, first in the building of the Schillerschule (named after the famouse german writer Friedrich Schiller) is another school. each of the schools have their separate exits and schoolyards. And on every side of the buildings are churches!! On the left there is the protestant Immanuel-Church and on the right side the catholic St. Elisabeth.
You can often hear the bells. Like last monday, when we took the picture of the class.
Another characteristic is the school bell, though the bell sound is nothing special, the breakfast break is: After the second lesson there is one bell signal for the break to start. It looks like this out on the schoolyard.
Then there is a 15 minute break just for breakfast, that means some of the children are sent to get the milk and fruits and they eat together in the classroom. Then there is another bell signal (if the caretaker doesn’t forget it, like he did when we wanted to record the bell) and after this signal there are another 20 minutes for the real break on the schoolyard. Here is what something like that is sounding like:
What the kids like about their school is the football playground, the dental visits (once a school year) called “Zahn-Mobil”, the swimming lessons, the subject of listening (like TCR) in their lessons, the colours in the schoolbuilding, and that they could participate in different projects when attending the full-time school.
IDES, Institut d’Education Sensorielle de Paris.
These are the students in Groupe SP3 .
And here is a photo of the garden. The school is near the Paris observatory in the 14th arrondissement.
This is the sound of Henriette, the school bell, named by the nuns many moons ago. IDES has existed since 1857, and is still on the grounds of a convent.
Looking forward to hearing from you !
These are the students of 4b. The school is an international school located in Mitte, Berlin. I am 4b’s Art teacher who is participating in The City Rings project.
Here is a photo of the school bell.
And the sound…
La Poterie in Rennes, France
We are a class from a primary school of Rennes, France. The name of the school is «La Poterie». We are located in the south of Rennes near the subway station « La Poterie ».
We are a class of 29 students : 17 in grade 5 (CM2) and 12 in grade 4 (CM1).
We have two teachers : M. Perrussel during three days (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) and M. Pothier Friday because M. Perrussel is the director of the school.
There is 211 students in the school and we have a chinese section.
See you !
Het Klaverblad is a real small school in the city centre of Ghent. The 3th and 4th class of teacher Delphine are anxious allready to start this edition of City Rings. Here you can see the class and one of our schoolbells ( we also have a small portable one for pupils with a very selective hearing ).
La Binquenais is a secondary school in Rennes city. We are located in a part of France named Brittany (or Little Britain) which is one of the six Celtic Nations.
Simon Tattevin (the teacher) and his class, 13 students (from various countries as Guinea, Turkey, Haiti…), are really looking forward to starting the project, make some noise and sound, and discover what you guys are doing at the same time.
We are just back from holidays!
Finally a picture and sound of our brand new electronic bell !
Ausiàs March school was started the year 1983, and it is located in Les Corts district of Barcelona. For you, football fans, that is near the FCBarcelona Camp Nou stadium ;). Click here to see a video made during the school’s open doors day, and click here to visit the school’s website.
This November edition of The City Rings, we will work with Flora Terensi, music teacher, and the 6th grade class. This is a group of around 20 little boys and girls, say hi to them:
Flora tells us the group is very motivated, and interested in music and new technologies. She also tells us that, as in the rest of the school, there are people from many countries in the class: China, Pakistan, Philippines, a variety of South-American countries, aswell as children of catalan and spanish origin.
Here you can hear the school’s bell.
And here is collection of eight tuned bells that Flora uses at music class.
We are all eager for starting the workshop!
Stadspoortschool in Ghent, Belgium
The Stadspoortschool is a school with kindergarten, daycare and elementary school near the center of Ghent.
It’s situated just alongside the waterway called Coupure.
There are big renovation works going on throughout the whole school now,so this could cause interesting sounds !
In this City Rings project we’ll be working with 20 kids from the 6th grade. They’re waving at you right here :
In the Stadspoortschool there’s this bell with a nice horn, audible all over the city centre :
Hailuodon koulu or School of Hailuoto in Hailuoto, Finland
Hailuoto School is a primary and secondary school located on Hailuoto island in the Gulf of Bothnia, Finland. The population of the island is about 1000. In primary school we have 47 pupils and in secondary school 33 pupils. A ferry operates regularly between Hailuoto and the mainland. In winter an official ice road connects the island to the mainland. The atmosphere is really unique over here!
The school operates in a yard, where the oldest building dates back to 1911 and the newest to 1992. The buildings form a concept that combines the charm of old buildings of primary school and a library with a up-to-date sports hall. The secondary school building (built 1963) will be demolished during this year and a new school building will be built on the exact place.
In the City Rings project we have 17 pupils from 4th-6th grades.
The participation of Hailuoto School is produced by Hai Art.
Galliard Primary School, Enfield, London, UK
On 23rd April we began a new City Rings project in London! We will be working with class 5W at Galliard Primary School.
We said hello briefly to the class today and also recorded the school bells. Yes, they have an ‘old-school’ school bell and a modern systematic version.
Galliard Primary School is to the North of London in a suburban area, next to a big park. It’s a very big school with over 700 pupils! Children from 5W have been doing a listening project called Minute of Listening for the last 12 weeks, and are very excited about making and sharing some of their own recordings.
Colégio João Paulo II, Braga, Portugal
Colégio João Paulo II was founded in 2006 with the ambition of offering excellence and quality in education from nursery to secondary school.
The school is located in a quiet neighbourhood outside the centre, near the beautiful football stadium. There is no school bell, but the church bells next to the school ring every hour.
You can visit their website here: www.cjp.com.pt