Our town and our school

Our town

Cáceres is the capital of the same name province, in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain. As of 2009[update], its population was 91,131 inhabitants. The municipio has a land area of 1,750.33 km², and is the second largest in geographical extension in Spain.

There have been settlements near Cáceres since prehistoric times. Evidence of this can be found in the caves of Maltravieso and El Conejar. The city was founded by the Romans in 25 BC.

The old town (Ciudad Monumental) still has its ancient walls; this part of town is also well known for its multitude of storks' nests. The walls contain a medieval town setting with no outward signs of modernity, which is why many films have been shot there. The Universidad de Extremadura, and two astronomical observatories are situated in Cáceres. The city is also a seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Coria-Cáceres.

Cáceres was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1986 because of the city's blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture. Thirty towers from the Muslim period still stand in Cáceres, of which the Torre del Bujaco is the most famous.

Cáceres is one of the cities competing for recognition as the European City of Culture in 2016. The town's cultural highlights include various traditional dances such as flamenco and the blue lycra jig which is unique to Cáceres.

 

Festivals

 

  • The Festival of the Martyrs (La Fiesta de los mártires) is held in January.
  • Carnival, The Festival of the Candles (La Fiesta de las Candelas) and Fiesta de San Blas are held in February.
  • The Easter Festival Semana Santa is held during the week before Easter Sunday. Processions wind through the narrow strets in the historical center.
  • Music Festival Extremúsika, held around March-April.
  • Music Festival del Oeste, a pop, rock and heavy music festival, first days of July.
  • The San Jorge Festival, held on the 22-23 April, involves a dragon being burnt in a bonfire in the town square (La Plaza Mayor), accompanied by a fireworks display.
  • WOMAD music festival is held at the beginning of May.
  • Ferias de San Fernando is held at the end of May.
  • Fleadh Cáceres is a new cultural event that occurs between Octuber and November months. The idea comes from Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann which is an Irish music event that happens every August in Ireland.

Education


The University of Extremadura (founded in 1973) has a campus in Cáceres. It comprises several schools:

  • Polytechnic School (offering studies in Computer Engineering, Architecture, amongst others)
  • Nursing and Occupational Therapy School
  • School of Sports Science
  • School of Teaching
  • School of Business and Tourism
  • Veterinary School
  • Philosophy and Letters School (offering studies in Literature and History, amongst others)
  • Law School

 

Twin towns


  • Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • La Roche-sur-Yon, France
  • Castelo Branco, Portugal
  • Portalegre, Portugal
  • Piano di Sorrento, Italy

 

Our school

The state school “Castra Caecilia” was built in 2007 and oponed in septiembre of the same year with 5 classes of Infant Education (3-5 years old), 2 for Primary Education and a special classroom for 3 pupils with specific Educational and Physical needs.

The building was built for 12 primary classes and 6 infant classes. It is situated in a relatively new area of the town where young couples with small children live and where it was thought necessary at the time to build a primary school.

The school is situated in a residencial, comercial middle class area, in front of a park, also newly built. Next to the school there are also sports facilities belonging to the council, where a variety of classes are given.

         The school has 2 floors and is bright and modern, and is surrounded by several patios. The ground floor has an entrance hall where the school reception is. There are two doors here, one leading to the infant classrooms on the left and primary classes on the right. There are also two more corridors where you can find different offices and the canteen. At the end of these corridors there is a gym with toilets and changing rooms, as well as the door out to the two primary playgrounds and sports area.

To the right of the hall, there is a stairway up to the 6 remaining primary classrooms which are found on the right and on the left two corridors where you can find the computer rooms, several offices… the library is at the end of the corridor.

The average age of the parents is 35 years old for men and 33 for women, with an average of 2 children. The majority of the couples are married although ther are also one-parent families. They all live in the area and 99 % live 10 minutes or less away from the school. The majority of the parents work in the services sector.

At present, after 4 years running, the school has nearly 400 pupils and 26 teachers. The centre continues to grow and 3 new classes have recently been added to Infant Education as well as a bigger canteen. 3 new classrooms for Primary Education are to be built shortly.

         The most important school project is the bilingual project. At the moment the 3 first years of Primary Education receive almost 40% of their classes in English. Not only do they receive English language classes, but also art, literacy and science are given in English.