Year 7 & 6o ano Learning Event: Borders

09/10/2019

Olivença & Elvas
The theme of the visit is “Borders” what they signify and how they impact on our lives. The group travelled to Olivença in Spain where there is a real and visible example of how a place and its people reveal multiple identities through its culture, architecture, history and language. The streets are paved with calçadas, the walls of the town have street names in both Portuguese & Spanish, Manueline architecture is imprinted across the town's historic buildings and Portuguese is taught in the local school.

Providing children with opportunities to learn in situ about aspects of geography, history and culture is a privilege and provides learners with authentic experiences which cannot be replicated in the classroom. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff who gave generously of their time and energy over the two days. I would also like to mention and acknowledge the generosity shown to us by the Câmara of Elvas, João Pires our guide in Elvas and Lifeoutside who were responsible for activities in Olivença.
 
Report by J. Burke
 
Outline one thing you learned from this visit - sample of students’ replies:
Olivença used to be Portuguese.
I learnt about borders and time traveling.
That in such a short distance things can have huge differences just by crossing a border!
That the fort used to be a prison...
I learned about how the people in the Forte trapped the Spanish people, who came and tried to enter the Forte.
I learnt that there is a strange instrument in Elvas called the “Ronca”.
That poor ate black bread and rich ate white bread in the middle ages.

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ur purpose is to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment within which all members of our community can achieve their full potential and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.

Our purpose is to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment within which all members of our community can achieve their full potential and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.