Today has been a great day for us. We have celebrated the 41st anniversary of our current Constitution. As you can see it is not so old, so many teachers and parents remember with emotion how the Spanish people voted a unanimous YES to this Constitution after having gone through 40 years of a military dictatorship. Our students´parents have been the protagonists today telling their chidren about personal experiences of that time. They have specially highlighted  how important this document is as  all our rights and duties as citizens are collected there. We, parents and teachers, wanted to make students aware of the importance of our country being a parliamentary democracy since it wasn´t always like that.

Long live the Constitution!

A Spanish national hero.


...who was born of the minor nobility, was educated in the royal Castilian court and became an important general and administrator, fighting against the Moors in the early Reconquista. Later exiled by King Alfonso VI, he left service in Castile and worked as a mercenary general for other rulers, both Moor and Christian. Late in life, he captured the Mediterranean coastal city of Valencia, ruling it until his death in 1099. (reference).

This is the description that my students have done for you to draw your pictures:

Our character is special because it mixes reality with legend. We will start with his description:

He was a brave and warrior man. He used to wear a beard like most of the men of his time. He is always pictured with an armor, a cape and his sword and helmet. His two most precious assets were his sword and his horse to which he even gave a proper name.

But he wasn´t only a warrior; he also was a family man with a wife and children. He comes from the northeast of Castile, a Spanish region and he is mainly known for his warrior exploits. Despite being considered a hero, he did not always have it easy.

We hope to be helpful with this description to elaborate your drawings.

Now you can find out:

1.- The name of his sword and horse.

2.- The name he was given as a national hero and its meaning.

3.- Something about him that it is part of the Legend.

4.- Where do you have to go to visit his tomb.

Juan of the cow.

There was a man who had a son and a cow. The cow was very beautiful and the son a bit  silly. The father sent him to sell the cow  one day, because they needed the money. Juan, who was called his son, was very sorry, because he was very fond of the animal, but he had no choice but to obey. When they passed a mountain, thieves came out and stole the cow. But he followed them and saw them …

Here goes the beginnig of a traditional tale of our region. It was written by a famous still alive writer from our region , Luis Mateo Díez.who loves writing rural stories.

Now it is your turn…

What will it happen next? Perhaps you can make a comic with the story. We  send you some pictures (click on the following link)

castilian folk tales


enter the house where they lived. He returned to his home and his father asked:

 – Why did you come back so soon? Have you already sold the cow?

 – No, father, they stole it from me.

 – How can you be so silly!

 – Do not worry, father, we will get paid

. – What are you going to do?! said the father very angry.

Then John disguised himself as a maiden and went to the house of the thieves. He asked if they needed a maid and they said yes, so that he stayed to serve them. At night the captain called her to her room and told her to sleep with him. He ordered the other thieves not to disturb whatever they Heard.

When the captain turned off the light Juan pulled out a whip that he had under his dress and began to whip the captain and in spite of his shouts, nobody came to help him.

When the captain was already unable to move, Juan took all the money that he found there and escaped through a window, telling him:

Do not forget that I am “Juan of the cow”.

When he got home, he told his father:

Here you have, father, I’ve already get paid for the cow but I still have to make more money out of it.

He sent for a doctor’s suit, and so dressed he approached the thieves home.They were looking precisely for a doctor, since they saw his captain in such a bad condition. So, they asked him to come in.The doctor entered, observed the captain and said:

This man seems to have been strongly beaten.

Yes sir! said the thieves. What a wise doctor!

Then the doctor sent each of the thieves to look for something different.One was sent for bandages, another for alcohol, another for cotton, another for an ointment and  so on until there was none left in the house.Then he went alone to  the sick man, took off his belt and lifting it in the air he said:

 I’m Juan of the cow!  I am Juan of the cow!

When he got tired of whipping him, he filled a few bags with money and left.

The next day Juan dressed as a priest. As the captain had stayed was seriously hurt the thieves were at the door in case a priest passed by, and as soon as they saw him coming, they asked him to come in to assist a dying man. Juan went up to see the patient and said:

– Goodness gracious! This man is going to die! Quickly, go to town and bring me my grail, my clothes, the hyssop (they are all items priests use for their practises).

So he sent all of them for something until there was no thief left in the house.Then again he went to the captain, who just realized who he was and shouted:

– No, please, not again Juan of the cow! Take all the money that you want, but don’t give me any more straps! Look, there is the box. Take everything ,whatever you want.

Juan took all the money, except for three pesetas for them to eat that day; but still before he left he gave the captain a pair of whips more.

When he got home and gave his father all the money, he said:

Man, you’re not as dumb as I thought.

Nevertheless Juan was worried, because he knew that from one moment to another the thieves would take revenge. Therefore, since then, he always by the chimney with a  cauldron of fish, for what might happen.

One night he felt steps on the roof and thought:

– They are there!

He heard one telling the others:

Get me down with a rope little by little.

Then Juan stoked the fire and the thief coming down put his feet in the cauldron and it burnt. He shouted:

– Up up, please! Quickly!

– What’s wrong? -the others asked.

Nothing, … it is very dark and I was scared.

What a thief you are! – laughed the others and another one started down by the rope.

When he reached the cauldron, he also burnt his feet and shouted:

Up up!

What’s wrong?

Nothing, … it is only that there are many mosquitoes and I hate them.

What a thief you are! said the captain this time.I will go down and, even if I say “up, up”, you lower me more.

The captain started down the rope and immediately shouted:

Up, up, “Juan of the cow” is here ! But the others obeyed him and they continued lowering him down until the captain fell the hole of himself

 in the boiling fish.
And here ends the story of “John of the cow “ who was not as dumb as he seemed.

Written by Luis Mateo Díez and translated by Mª Soledad González.

Complete the sentence

A fun game to tell different stories in a very funny and sometimes silly way. Students sit in a circle and one of them begins a telling a story. Whenever the story teller decides to stop then the person on the right has to continue the story. By the end of the circle students laugh and enjoy themselves and feel comfortable with each other. Of course , as a class we now have inside jokes because of the story we created on the first day of school.

Playing jenga

Jenga is a fun game that requires steady hands and concentration. It was only the first day at school but students had to show some skills. The Jenga game was used as an ice-breaker and since each wooden piece corresponded to a question we got to know each other and have some fun. The students had to answer the question that they picked and ask the same question to one of the other students. If the student failed to keep pull out a Jenga piece without destroying the tower, all the class would have to answer the questions corresponding to the pieces that had fallen.

Culture in the FL classroom: Happy Easter! Frohe Ostern!

Easter is long gone, I know – as is Easter break. It’s back to school for everybody, back to good old routine…. As you may know, the celebration of the Easter Week is an important moment here in Spain. Countless processions have taken place all over the country, while we have been indulging ourselves with special dishes characteristic of Spanish cuisine. But how do people in other countries celebrate Easter?

On this occasion students found out more about Easter traditions related to German-speaking countries. From Year 5 up to Year 8, every class was assigned a different task in order to create the colourful decoration you can see in the photos.

The decoration of the Easter tree, an absolute must in any German household, was created by Year 5 students. Year 6 was charged with writing the Easter greeting, both in Spanish and in German, as well as with making some paper daffodils.

Year 7 and 8 did an activity on traditions and folklore that are paramount to the celebration of Easter in Germany. Each group was given a picture about a specific tradition which had to be matched with 3 suitable text passages. Finally, each text received a title in bilingual version Spanish – German. Texts and pictures were made into two huge banners to complement the decoration of our school’s entrance hall.

By: Lucía Rodríguez Cuenca

Coasty Co.

As students of the IMS Private School, we are participating in the annual Junior Achievement competition (JA). This competition provides us with the unique opportunity to compete with international schools and allows us to showcase our skills, entrepreneurial spirit and passion to innovate.  Our company is called Coasty Co. and specialises in the production of coasters with the distinctive ability of heating up your daily hot beverages. Our coasters function with the use of a heating element where the thermal energy is transferred to a metallic plate, thus, heating your favourite mug placed on our coaster. Our coaster is connected to a recycled USB cable, allowing the consumer to use our product in the comfort of their work spaces. During the Trade Fair at the Mall of Cyprus on the 16th March we had the opportunity to showcase our innovative product as well as develop and enhance our entrepreneurial skills. We were encouraged to decorate a stand and act like real professionals trying to sell our product by interacting with various customers and at the same time answering questions from the judges of the organisation. We are in the 10 finalists out of 60 teams Pancyprian.

Chemistry Trip

IMS school visit to Mallia Winery.Our science students visited the KEO Winery in Mallia, accompanied by their chemistry teachers. The students were shown around the plant and the staff explained the essentials of wine making, from harvest to fermentation to bottling. The students also took part in some simple QC analysis performed in the lab on wine samples. We don’t know how many of them were convinced to devote their future careers to the wine-making industry after this elucidating visit, but we definitely know how many of them wanted to try the wine.57840032_574436589632204_147533294848704512_n58443863_612667005903780_5924250512533749760_n58462731_440982173112329_5214250697192636416_n58570690_655201518271324_1513653132033261568_n58691998_621293448342006_5615607372299894784_n58809844_385067085555710_7836559193266978816_n58375549_586400288528088_4223263809130725376_n

The scientists crossword

A crossword hiding names of scientists was created for our students aged 15-18. Their task was to figure out the scientist through the the description given. The descriptions however were not simple. They included facts from physics as well as from real life. The students had to use their knowledge of the subject as well as their imagination to come up with the answer in order to find the scientist hidden and complete the crossword.


When TV meets the classroom

Television show brought to IMS. Rouk -Zouk is a fun television show which requires two teams and a lot of imagination. Due to the exam period coming up, ROUK-ZOUK served as an entertaining way for the students to revise the syllabus and prepare for exams.

How to play:

All students need to bring their headphones and mobile phones. Each team picks a leader.

There are 3 students facing away from the leader, listening to music on their headphones until their classmate taps them on their back to turn. The leader is given a word and he must describe it to the 2nd student in the row. The student will then need to find the answer so that the game can continue. Then, the process is repeated until one minute is passed, meaning students listening to music will be tapped on their back to turn around, listen to the explanation of the word and guess the hidden word. In this way, students are able to revise for their exams and have fun at the same time.

Rules :

They are not allowed to repeat the same words in the explanation.