And the winners of the February writing contest are…

1º María Corrales Triana 5º San Juan Bautista

Dear Max: I know your dad get a new job in Spain and you have to move to Spain. I have some advice for you. I like museums and my favorite museum is the archeological museum of Madrid. I like it because it is very interesting and very big. In Spain there is a lot of great food like paella or tortilla. The best restaurant in Madrid is "El Filandon". You have to go to the "Plaza Mayor" on Christmas, because there is a lot of lights and a big Christmas tree, it is amazing! Retiro Park is very beautiful and colorful. There is a lake in the park where you can sail in a boat. Also, you can see the "Cristal Palace", it is beautiful! I think it is the best thing you can visit. You can also go to El Escorial, it is outside the city. A fun thing to do is to go to "Casa de Campo". There are a lot of trees and it is very beautiful to visit and have lunch there. See you soon, María.

By María Corrales Triana
from Spain

2º Quique Rodriguez Fernández 6º Colegio Andel

Hi John, I've heard you are coming to Spain, that's amazing! You should visit Toledo, Sevilla, Villarreal and Cáceres because in my opinion they are very pretty. Since its summer you should also visit a beach. Also, you should come visit me in Madrid and it would be lots of fun to meet again. We could have a sleep over, play video games, watch movies, play soccer, etc. Whenever we go to a restaurant you should order paella, it's delicious! Tell your parents to order sangria I'm sure they will like it. I remember the first time we met in Great Britain when I went to visit last year, and I had no friends and you saw me lonely at the park so you invited me to play. From that point I knew we were going to be good friends. Than your mom and mine became friends too so we met every day of that week. By the way if you have any trouble, tell us and we'll do anything we can to help you. Oh, I almost forgot to ask you, when are you coming and how long are you staying? Have fun when you come. See you, Quique

By Quique Rodriguez Fernández
from Spain

3º Mario Fernandéz 4º La Salle

Hi John, How are you? I hope you’re fine. I’m really looking forward to seeing you again!! I’m writing you because you’ve told me that you want to move to Spain. In my opinion, that’s a great idea. If I lived in another country, I would be pretty interested in Spain and the fact is that Spain is more than beaches, dancing, partying and drinking. Spain is behind Italy with the most world heritage places and monuments. Our culture is fascinating, you can find a huge range of areas which are completely different. For example, the north of Spain is characterized by its own ecosystem made up by nature, mountains and lakes; while in the center you are likely to find lots harvest fields. Also, Spain is not a very expensive country, you can live well and even save some money. I hope I have helped you! Looking forward to seeing you, Mario

By Mario Fernandéz

And the winners of the January writing contest are…

1º Santiago Pérez-Miranda Mata 5º Andel

My name is Santiago and I live in Villaviciosa de Odón. The first thing I want to tell you is my birthday was spectacular. Let's start at the beginning: my birthday is on December 7th, so seven is my favorite number. Last year, I turned 10 and I was very happy because it was a decade. However, I am the youngest in my class and when I was in first grade, I was the youngest in my school.  Anyway, I want to tell you about my most recent birthday. As soon as the sun dawned, everyone began to congratulate me, and I was happy, because I had been waiting for this day for a year. I had some buns I had bought for the occasion, and immediately I started playing with my new champions league ball I received the day before. After lunch they gave me a game called “Backyard Battle”. Afterwards, I went with my family to my favorite restaurant, Tierra, and there I had a great burrito. Later, I went to sleep knowing that it had been the best birthday of my life.

By Santiago Pérez-Miranda Mata
from Spain

2º Sofía Navarro Sancho 5º Salesianos Estrecho

In my last birthday party, I was celebrating in a bowling alley. It was very fun because I also ate at Burger King and jumped on trampolines. I celebrated my last birthday with my friend from my village, I gave her a pink friendship bracelet. She gave me some clothes and a painting then we went to an arcade next to the bowling alley. We won tickets for prizes! I do not remember what we won but it was fun! I was celebrating my birthday in Valencia because I was born there. Each summer I go to Valencia and my birthday is in the summer on the 14th of August. Usually, I celebrate my birthday with my family because in the summer. My parents gave me one of the best gifts I could ever want: a PS4 with three games! I got Uncharted 4, The Last of Us and Ratchet and Clank. My parents have told me that I will celebrate my next birthday at a trampoline site. My name is Sofía Navarro Sancho and that’s my last birthday story.

By Sofía Navarro Sancho
from Spain

3º Olivia Pérez Méndez 5º Santa María del Mar

My last birthday party was fantastic! It was on Saturday, the 22nd of December. It was the first day of the Christmas holidays. First, I went to the cinema with seven of my best friends and we saw The Return of Mary Poppins. It has music and dancing, but the songs are different from the original film. When we left the cinema, we went to the park across the street from the cinema and played there because the weather was lovely. At about six o’ clock we came back to my house to eat Nutella, chorizo, cheese and ham sandwiches and crisps. The best thing was my beautiful and original pink birthday cake. It was made of chocolate inside. It had edible glitter and on the top was an edible dog and a unicorn! It was delicious! After I blew out the candles, I opened my amazing presents which included The Unicorn Slime Surprise, a funny unicorn doll that you can fill with different colored slime. Finally, we played games until eight o’ clock. It was a wonderful party and we really had lots of fun!

Olivia Pérez Méndez
from Spain

And the winners of the December writing contest are…

1º Luna Del Olmo De Castro La Salle 3º ESO

This is the story of a family who always celebrates Christmas. They put the Christmas tree up in November, their house is full of lights, but on Christmas night the father did not come home. He was working, and his family was worried. He always arrived home late but that day he arrived at 11pm. He made an excuse saying there was a lot of traffic. The two little girls asked him to play a game with them and, but he said “no” and he laid on the couch. The two little girls went to bed because they were tired. When they were sleeping, the mother told the father that if this continued the little girls would be angry with him, and she went to bed. That night, the father realized that he did not spent enough time with his family. He was always working, and he never had time. That night he had an idea. He thought that Christmas should be with family so that night he went to a mall to shop for presents. He made a gingerbread house. When the girls woke up, they had a breakfast with the gingerbread house and they played a game with their parents. They opened the presents and they had a good time. Since then, the father hasn't arrived late anymore, and this family became a happier family.

By Luna Del Olmo De Castro
from Spain

2º Sofía Fraga Ortiz Santa María del Mar 6º Primaria

My Christmas story:

Once upon a time there was an American couple. Their names were Ann and Charlie. They lived in Miami and their plans for Christmas were to go to Chicago to visit Charlie’s family for Christmas and go to Las Vegas to visit Ann’s family for New Year’s Eve. When they were in the airport the flight company said, “There is a lot of snow in the country and the plane is not going to take off”. They told them that they can go to other country to spend their Christmas. They chose to go to Spain. In Spain they went to: Madrid, Galicia, Barcelona and Sevilla. In Spain they saw the traditions are different than in U.S.A.

This is because in Spain there is the Three Kings Day and in U.S.A there isn’t because they aren’t Catholic. They saw a lot of different things between Spain and U.S.A. This couple learned that Spain has a lot of good things. Ann and Charlie told their families the traditions of Spain. Now they do a mix of Spanish and American traditions. One year later Ann and Charlie invited their families to Spain. Ann said, “It was very interesting”. These families lived happily ever after and had a spectacular time.

By Sofía Fraga Ortiz
from Spain

3º Kyrios Laforga Merino La Salle 5º Primaria

It’s a cold winter afternoon on the 24th of December. I was so excited because I was going to Christmas dinner with my family at my grandma’s house. I was very happy because I hadn’t seen them for a long time. The dinner was at 10 o’clock but I had to shower and to get dressed. I was going to be very elegant because I had bought a beautiful jacket. When we arrived at my grandma’s house, I had to set the table while my uncles, aunts and parents prepared dinner.

When we started eating we noticed we didn’t have turron. It was a big problem! What could we do? We went to a shop, but we only found chocolate.

After dinner we talked, sang Christmas songs, and opened our presents at 12 o’clock. There were a lot of presents, but the best present was that we spent Christmas Day in Madrid. We went to visit different monuments in the city. I wanted to see the science museums and have lunch at KFC. In the afternoon we went to some shops and bought presents for another day. After, we saw a show about Christmas and after the show, there were many pretty lights. They were so beautiful when we arrived home we were very tired, but we had a great day!

Kyrios Laforga Merino
from Spain

And the winners of the November writing contest are…

1º Santiago Fernández Soto 6º de Primaria Santa María del Mar

My school Santa Maria Del Mar. It is big and wonderful. With a big dining room  and two buildings biggers than the dinning room. In our dining room they make very delicious food. It is located in A coruña-Galicia (Spain). Our school is religious. the views from the school are great they are towards the beautiful beach of Santa Cristina.

We have a hall where we receive parents and students.

We have a large playground equipped with a football field, a running track and a hockey track. we also have a little park for the little ones.

In the classrooms the students learn natural science, social sciences, mathematics, Castilian language, Galician language, religion, music, gymnastics and obiously English. Children from 4th grade to 3rd grade of secondary school use Ipads for books, which is very useful. There are extracurricular activities such as basketball, volleyball, football, judo, information technology and English. In most courses we are 25 students.

The teachers are very intelligent and teach the children each subject well. Teachers help children a lot and make them good people to take care of others in the future.

The school also has a widespread fire system.

We have good and fast wifi. We give the students here the material. We have very good and professional staff.  Those of 1º of secondary stay one night to sleep in the school. We also make a weekend trip to Javier where we make games with other schools too.

Our uniform is grey jeans, a white polo shirt, a black sweatshirt and black shoes.

Every year our school makes a poster and a slogan. We are also doing a play called Queendom.

See you later.

By Santiago Fernández Soto
from Spain

2º Gonzalo Martín Llorente 5º Primaria Colegio Andel

My school is the perfect school for me. My school is only for boys and it´s catholic. I have a lot of friends in my school. In the school there are many things for playing, do extra-activities ,do class and a lot of things. I think that my school is big and that is a good school for a full education : personal, academic, religious, cultural and sporty. We have great teachers and they almost teach of the responsibility that we have in our exam ,classes and more things that will make us great persons. We have five football fields (one of artificial grass , one roofed and three are soccer fields) , two basketball courts and a ping-pong table . We have a great oratory to celebrate mass, and to visit Jesus along the day. And we have a thing that is a brilliant idea: ¡We have an ecologic orchard! The maintenance managers collect the vegetables that are ready for collecting, and they give it to the kitcheners, that they cook it and there we eat them. Near the orchard we have also a climbing wall ,but we don't use it. We used the last year. We have also a assembly hall, where we assist to conferences, or to the assembly, where we talk about the things that occurs in the evaluation. Almost we have special days like the Science Day ,that we do experiments all the days or the English day that we do activities in English with native people.

By Gonzalo Martín Llorente
from Spain

3º Ana Bello Maqueda 3º Primaria Colegio Salesianos Estrecho San Juan Bautista

My favourite season of the year.

My name is Ana. I live in Madrid and I am 7 years old.

I have good lucky because my school is very big and I can play a lot of games. The school has got two playgrounds and one football camp. 

It has a big building for Primary education. At this school, all pupils have got a school uniform but for sport classes they have sportwears.

Also it is very famous in Madrid because it has got a big Church that has got the second largest dome in Madrid.

This school organizes a lot of activities after classes. I have skating class on Mondays and I have judo class on Tuesdays and Thrusdays. They are very funny.

My brother also studies in the same school. He is two years older than me. Both of us likes Salesianos Estrecho School and hope finish our studies there.


See you at my school!!!

By Ana Bello Maqueda
from Spain

And the winners of the October writing contest are…

1º Adrián García Santaballa, 5º Ceu San Pablo Sanchinarro

My favourite season of the year.

One of my favorite seasons of the year is autumn because the weather is not too cold and I can do lots of plans outside. I like the colours of the leaves. I like to ride horses because it is really exciting. I like to do excursions with my family: go to the zoo, play football in the park with my friends, jump in puddles on rainy days, and make crafts with pumpkins and with leaves. One of the things I like to do in autumn is to eat chestnuts. In the city, there are a lot of places where people buy roasted chestnuts, they are delicious! Another typical thing to do in autumn is to collect mushrooms in the forest. In my city, Madrid, there are a lot of churros places and we like to go and buy them i on the cold days with a cup of hot chocolate. Also, the best part of this season is that it is my birthday! I always look forward to this time of year because I receive presents and have a fun party with all my family and my friends. Autumn is a very fun time!

By Adrián García Santaballa
from Spain

And the winners of the May writing contest are…

1º Eduardo González García-Baquero 6º Juan Zaragüeta

My favorite movie is Avengers: Infinity War, which is about the Avengers who are the most powerful heroes on Earth. This time, the villain is Thanos, the crazy titan who tries to get the infinity stones to kill half of the universe because he says it is overpopulated.

The actors are Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) Josh Brolin (Thanos), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America) and Elisabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch).

The Avengers must prevent Thanos from getting the stones. The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, another group of superheroes who are also trying to protect the stones. The film has very funny scenes, references and strategies used in other films like Alien, it also has fights and a little violence but, it is very funny, and I recommend it. To understand it you must have seen the other 16 Marvel movies.

My favorite characters are Thor, the God of thunder and King of Asgard and; Scarlet Witch, a girl with whom experimented with an infinity stone and became one of the most powerful of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In the post-credit scene, Nick Fury and Maria Hill appear in a car which crashes with another who has no driver. Suddenly Maria Hill begins to disappear, and she is followed by Nick Fury who takes out a modified beeper and before disappearing he presses a button that sends the Captain Marvel logo.

By Eduardo González
from Spain

2º Diego Ballesteros 6º Colegio Andel

I do not really have a favorite film, but if someone asks me I would say it is A Dog’s Purpose or Hachiko. It is a coincidence that the film director is the same in both films: Lasse Hallström.

Both of them are about dogs and I really like them because they have happy, funny, and sad moments which makes the film more interesting. In both films the dogs is always very important to the owner, he tries to make him happy. Hachiko is about a dog that always waits for his owner at the station after work, but one day the owner died and he never went back to the station for Hachiko. So every single morning and evening, Hachiko went to the station looking for his owner until his death. A Dog’s Purpose is about a dog that that comes back to life after dying. It´s really funny because the dog´s mission is to make his owner happy. When the sad moment comes, it was a lot worse than a normal death because they mixed the death with some happiness.

In the two films, there are some famous actors. In A Dog’s Purpose, the famous actors are Dennis Quaid and Peggy Lipton and in Hachiko there is Richard Gere, Joan Allen, and Jason Alexander.

I recommend these films because they great to see with your family and friends.

By Diego Ballesteros
from Spain

3º Hugo Kandjee 6º Ntra.Sñra de Lourdes

I don´t know what my favourite film is but if I have to choose one I would choose Marvel Infinity War. I love the Marvel films. It´s my favorite film because during the film you have to pay attention because all of it is associated with the end of the film and it is also associated with the other Marvel films. The main enemy is Thanos, and he is pretty crazy. In fact the film is about the end of the universe because of the six infinity stones. There are 6 infinity stones: the time stone, the mind stone, the power stone, the reality stone, the soul stone and the space stone. In this film Thanos wants the six stones because of the boundless power they all have. He wants to destroy half of the universe with the six infinity stones with a special gauntlet that is able to hold the six stones. If you don´t have the gauntlet or you have only two gemstones you may die in a second. There, all the Avengers are there to fight and protect the six stones. When the six stones are used the gauntlet breaks and disappears. These stones are used to control the universe and one

By Hugo Kandjee
from Spain

And the winners of the April writing contest are…

1º Mateo Gallardo, 6º Primaria, Colegio Nuestra Señora de Lourdes

Hello! I'm going to tell you what my family and I do in spring:

- The first thing comes to mind is we go pick mushrooms in a forest in Soria with my mother, my father and my brother. It is a bit sticky and you have to be very careful because some are poisonous and if you touch them something bad can happen to you (each type of mushroom is different).

- The second thing is to go to the surroundings of Castillo de Montalbán to see the poppy fields. In some fields the poppies are yellow and in other fields the poppies are red. Sometimes they let us take one to put it in a jar with water or to donate it to some gardens. They are very, very nice and decorative!

- Other things we do in the spring is read books, poetry and even comics in the garden because of the good weather.

- This is my favorite thing to do: go on a picnic with my family and my friends. I love it because you eat outdoors with a sandwich or an omelet. Then we play outside with my friends.

By Mateo Gallardo
from Spain

2º Hugo Perez Cebruna, 5º Primaria, CEU Sanchinarro

I like a lot of spring sports, but my favourite one is basketball. I prefer basketball more than another sports because I am a good player who practises every week. I play on a basketball team in Alcobendas. The name is Valcude Alcobendas and I have good teammates.

Another sport I really like is running because you can run whenever and wherever.

The weather in spring is very irregular so I can’t always do these activities.

This spring has started very bad with a lot of rain. It has been impossible to do these sports frequently.

By Hugo Perez Cebruna
from Spain

3º Sofía Navarro Sancho, 4º Primaria, Colegio Salesianos Estrecho

My name is Sofia and I live in Madrid. In spring I like go to Valencia because is it is a beautiful city or I stay in Madrid.

Spring has very good weather because it is not hot but not cold and for this reason it is awesome walk around the parks with my dog and my sister.

I like when spring arrives because this means that summer is near and you can start to put on the summer clothes or eating the first ice-cream of the year.

I like spring because the flowers are beautiful and there is more sunlight throughout the day. I like summer the most because it’s my birthday and you can go to the pool and swim.

This year, spring is very important for me bacause I will take communion on May 13th.

By Sofía Navarro Sancho
from Spain

And the winners of the March writing contest are…

1º Alberto Moro López, 1º ESO, Colegio Nuestra Señora de Lourdes

I was born in Valladolid, the capital city of the province of Valladolid and the autonomous community of Castilla y León.

Valladolid is inhabited by 300,000 people approximately. It isn’t a small city but it isn’t as big as Madrid or Barcelona. People from Valladolid are famous because it’s supposed that they’re quite unfriendly. But I know for sure that this is not true (most of the times).

Valladolid doesn’t receive a lot of tourism, but it has lots of beautiful monuments such as the Cavalry’s Academy, the Town Hall, St. Anne’s Monastery, St. Benedict’s Church, St. Paul’s Church, the Sculpture Museum, the Cathedral, St. Mary the Old’s Church and the Calderón Theatre. Valladolid also has a lot of history: the Catholic Monarchs were married here, Philip II and Philip IV of Spain were born there, it was the capital city of Spain from 1601 to 1606, it is the city where Christopher Columbus died, the city where Miguel de Cervantes lived for some years and where the playwright José de Zorrilla was born.

Valladolid also hosts two world-famous events: Holy Week and SEMINCI (International Cinema Week).

Valladolid’s Holy Week has the world’s best sculptures, made by great Baroque and Renaissance artists of Valladolid’s School, like Gregorio Fernández, Juan de Juni, Pompeo Leoni or Alonso Berruguete. SEMINCI is one of the most important cinematic festivals of Spain, at the level of Sitges Festival, for example. Many famous actors and directors have won awards in this festival, such as Brad Pitt, Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick or Antonio Banderas.

In conclusion: Valladolid is a beautiful, must-seen city in Spain.

By Alberto Moro López
from Spain

2º Leticia Amo Robledo, 4º Primaria, San Juan Bautista


My hometown is in MadridI like this city because it's the capital of my country and this makes it special.

In my city, you can visit a lot of monuments. In the old quarter, you can find places like the Royal palace, Gran vía street, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and Las ventas. Mountain places like Cercedilla and Peñalara are close too.

If you like animals you can go to the zoo of Madrid where you can find turtles, zebras, elephants, giraffes, monkeys and parrots. If you like sports, you must go to Santiago Bernabeu and Wanda Metropolitano stadium, but if you like basketball you have to go to Palacio de Deportes.

Music has got an important place in Madrid because in the city we have a lot of concert halls like La Riviera where many famous artists sing.

For children, you can go to Micrópolis; it is a city for little boys and girls where you can work in a shop or have your driving license. Madrid is awesome!

By Leticia Amo Robledo
from Spain

3º Julia Benedetti González, 2º ESO, Santa María del Mar

I was born in A Coruña on the 25th of September, 2004. This place is situated in the north of Spain. I love my hometown in spite of the weather.

If you visit this city, you will see La Torre de Hércules the oldest Roman lighthouse still in use and MUNCYT, a science and technology museum. You should visit the House of Man (Domus) that is a science museum. Finally, another important building is the old house of the famous painter Picasso; in the past this building was the painter’s house, but nowadays it is a museum.

The most typical food is octopus but in general the shellfish are very typical too.

The football team of A Coruña is Deportivo. In all the cities you can practise sports, but A Coruña is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean so you can practise water sports such as surfing and windsurfing.

There are a lot of important people that were born in A Coruña and one of them is Luis Pedrahita; he was born in A Coruña on 19th February, 1977. He is a famous comedian that works in a famous Spanish TV programme called El Hormiguero.

A very typical celebration is San Juan. At night we light a bonfire and we jump over the bonfire because if you don’t jump it, the witches will come to your house.

My favourite place is “Los jardines de Mendez Nuñez”, which are pleasant gardens in the city centre where someone puts the date there by using flowers and plants.

Don't forget to visit this beautiful city!

By Julia Benedetti González
from Spain

And the winners of the February writing contest are…

1º Violeta Martínez Martínez, 2º ESO, Santa María del Mar

My best friend

Julia has been my friend since we were seven years old. She was born on 25 September 2004 in A Coruña. She is thirteen years old. We have known each other from school, when I was in her class for the first time. We were always in the same class, and in fifth of primary, we met Laura and Carla and have been friends ever since. But Julia is my best friend and we spend a lot of time together. Laura and Carla are best friends too.

Julia is short and slim and she has got long, curly, brown hair. She has got big, brown eyes and wears glasses. Julia is brave and very funny. She is not shy; she is talkative. She is sometimes a little bit lazy, but you never get bored with her.

Julia lives with her dad, her mum, her brother and her sister. She had a turtle but it died two years ago. Her favourite animal is the elephant. Now, she has not got any pets. Julia is very good at skating and she sometimes goes swimming. While she is skating she usually wears a pair of jeans, a T-shirt, a pair of trainers and some equipment to protect her body, such as a helmet. She does not like sweets and Julia loves fruit. Her favourite food are oranges.

I think that Julia is a very good person, she always helps you and she always has got a huge smile in her mouth, even in the most difficult situations.

Thank you, Julia!

By Violeta Martínez Martínez
from Spain

2º Irene González Pacheco, 5º Primaria, CEIP Miguel Hernández

My best friend Lucy

My best friend's name is Lucy. It's amazing that we have the same surname! But we are not family.

Lucy has got long, straight, brown hair and brown eyes. She usually combs her hair with a ponytail. She isn't very tall, but she is very thin and has got pale skin.

Lucy is very funny and generous. She is always happy and she almost never gets angry. She is also very kind. She has got a big heart! Her birthday is the first of June. Lucy's favourite subject is PE and her favourite food is pasta. And she really likes chocolate, too!

Lucy's favourite pets are dogs. She wants to have one, but she lives in a flat and her parents won’t let her have one, they don't want to have a dog at home. So she has got a little turtle in her grandparents' house.

Her hobbies are skating and reading. She goes swimming on Sundays.

Lucy likes to wear funny clothes with lots of colours.

We have been in the same class since we were three years old. But when we were nine years old, the two classes of our grade were mixed and Lucy went to 4A and I stayed in 4B. This year we are in 5A and 5B.

In summer, we usually go with our families to the theme park, and we have a lot of fun there! I really like being with Lucy! I hope we will be friends forever.

By Irene González Pacheco
from Spain

3º Eduardo González García-Baquero, 6º Primaria, Juan Zaragüeta

I have lots of good friends, but if I have to choose my best friend it’s difficult to say. My best friend is a boy called Marcos. We've know each other since we were small. He is 12 years old. He has one brother that is 15 years old. His mum works in Carrefour. My best friend is a little short. He has brown eyes and black hair and almost always wears sports clothes.

He is funny and he is always there when you need help, but he is funny in a funny moment. I like him because we have hobbies in common: football, building Legos, and other things. With Legos and our imagination we make stories with lots of themes. We have Star Wars Legos, Avenger Legos, and many more. Also, we meet to play Xbox One, PS4 or new other video games.

Also, we went to see Marvel and Star Wars films. We went to the cinema with another friend whom also likes Star Wars.

By Eduardo González García-Baquero
from Spain

And the winners of the January writing contest are…

1º Marcos Sevillano Albert, 1º ESO, Nuestra Señora de Lourdes

I love when a new year is coming because I am one of these people that likes to think about the new things to do in the following year.

My resolutions for this year are many. The first one is to get better marks at high school. I think that it is possible but difficult because I have to work very hard. The second one is not to play too much with the electronic gadgets, because I think too much time with an electronic device isn’t healthy. The third one is trying not to eat so much junk food because it is unhealthy and when I have to train with my football team I feel heavy and I can’t run properly. Another resolution for this year is to behave well with my little sister because we are always arguing and fighting and our parents are very tired of our behaviour. Another important resolution is to make a big effort to train harder with my team to win the League. Another resolution for this year is to learn a new language like Portuguese or any Asian language because I think that it is very difficult and it is a big challenge for everybody who loves languages. Finally, the las thing I would like to do this year is to travel through Europe and America because I love other cultures and I love visiting important monuments. In summary, this year I would like to complete all my resolutions. I know that it is a little bit difficult but if I work hard I will get it.

By Marcos Sevillano
from Spain

2º Juan Morín Martínez, 6º, Colegio Andel

In this New Year I will pass all my exams with an "A" score. Also, I would like all the wars to stop. I will go to the amusement park. I love it because it has the Tornado. I want to go to the zoo (I love the animals like the black bears), I like the karts because I have dream to drive a car, a bike or a truck. This summer, I want surf at the beach. I will do windsurf on the lake and sail in a cruise. In my birthday I will like a PlayStation 4 to play with my family and my friends. I would like to play basketball or football with my parents and also I want to walk in the mountain with my family and if we find snow I want to ski or snowboard.

I will finish my model plane with my brother and my father and a model roller coaster. I will read a lot of books.

When I go to countryside with my grandparents I will ride on my bike. I want to climb in the top of a mountain.

I will smile and make happy everybody around me.

These are all my dreams.

By Juan Morín Martínez
from Spain

3º Guadalupe Landa, 1º, Escuela Franciso Javier Clavijero

Hello, I'm Lupita and I'm from the school Francisco Javier Clavijero. I would like to share my New Year's resolutions. One of them is to learn a little more English and be able to speak it fluently. Another resolution is to get good grades in school, eat healthier and finally, I would like to attend to my 3 dogs.

By Guadalupe Landa
from Mexico

And the winners of the December writing contest are…

1º Paula Martin Varela, 5º, Colegio Santa María del Mar

Of course I do! Christmas is wonderful!
Christmas is my favourite time of the year. You can see your family on Christmas Eve and open all that presents... it's simply wonderful!
I always have turkey for dinner and everyone loves it except my sister because she’s vegetarian. My family has a tradition to eat my grandmother’s biscuit cake. We love it!
On Christmas morning, I always wake up around six o’clock, but I wait for all my family to open the presents. I know people that get six presents in one night, but we have two presents and we are still thankful.
For New Year’s Eve, I’m going to say that is completely different from Christmas Eve. We don’t have dinner, we eat a little bit and then at twelve o’clock we have the twelve grapes. When I was a little girl, I thought if we were going to 2014, we needed to eat 14 grapes. The crude reality is that all the years we eat 12 grapes.
But I’m Christian, and the most important thing is Jesus’ birth. I always pray at the table before having dinner. That’s Christmas for me.

By Paula Martin Varela
from Spain

2º Paloma Velasco Navazo, 4º, San Juan Bautista

Hello, I am Paloma and I am nine years old. My school is Salesianos Estrecho.
The Christmas in Madrid is wonderful. You put the Christmas tree, the Nativity Scene, garland, Christmas lights, and presents.
You sing Christmas carols.
Father Christmas and Three Wise Men give us the presents.
You eat chocolate from the advent calendar, you celebrate Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
You go to your family’s house and you get presents there. You eat with your family, you have lunch and dinner with your family.
You write Merry Christmas on the Christmas cards!
You can make a snow man with the snow and snowflakes.
Father Christmas has reindeer. The reindeer have jingle bells.
You eat candy canes.
You put a stocking on your chimney and Father Christmas puts candy and chocolate in the stocking.
Your family eats a lot of marzipan and Christmas cakes.
Merry Christmas!

By Paloma Velasco Navazo
from Spain

3º Ainara Carretero Urcera, 4º, Virgen del Pilar

I love Christmas because we prepare the tree and then Santa Claus brings us gifts and he puts then under the tree for the children. Before Santa Claus comes, you have to put out cookies and milk and carrots; milk and cookies are for Santa Claus and carrots are for the reindeer. Christmas is for spending time with the family, to eat together and have a good time on the day of Jesus' birth. You also have to go to church to pray to Jesus. We sing Christmas carols with everyone. We will have a very happy Christmas and it is very fun!

By Ainara Carretero Urcera
from Spain

And the winners of the November writing contest are…

1º Teresa Sánchez Garcia, 1ºESO, Nuestra Señora de Lourdes

Hi I am Teresa , I am 12 years old and in my family there are 4 people. My mother, Maria Eugenia, my father Norberto, and my sister Carmen.
My mother and father work in the water and my sister is at the Lourdes school like me but she is 16 years old.
In my family we like to eat seafood, especially me, and we also like to celebrate Christmas with the whole family. I have many cousins, some of them live in Valencia, so it is difficult for us to see them often, but from time to time they come to see us.
My grandmother recently passed away and she often took my sister and I to the nursery. My grandfather Jesus makes us laugh a lot.
And this is my super family! I love this family, my family is very original and very funny too.
I love my family very much!

By Teresa Sánchez Garcia
from Spain

2º Li Lin 4ºPrimary Salesianos Estrecho

I’m Li Lin, my family is the best in the world because we are a big family with my three sisters, and they’re very funny! My mom and my dad are funny, my father is funnier than my mother. My sisters sometimes play with me and I´m very happy, I love them but sometimes they are angry with me but I still love them because they are my family.
My little sister wants to play with me every day, but I can’t because I have to do my homework. My big sister sometimes play with me but in the last few days she doesn’t play with me. I have another big sister who usually plays with me and she loves playing Monopoly and the “who, what, where” game. My little sister, my second sister and me sometimes play hide and seek but we have a very small house. My dad often goes with my little sister and me to buy things in Ahorra Mas. My dad and my mom have a big restaurant called Hong Kong. My big sister cooks very well and she loves making cakes, Chinese confectionery and the dishes she makes are delicious.

By Li Lin
from Spain

3º Alexander Ikechukwu 6º Primary Colegio Andel

Hello my name is Alex. Today I´m going to talk about my family. My family is from Nigeria. My father’s name is Fabian and my mother is Jane. My father lived in Lagos, the capital of Nigeria, and my mother in Enugu, a town of Nigeria. One of the traditions of this country is chili pepper. I invite you to taste it and if you taste it, eat 5 without drinking milk or water. Now I´m going to tell some interesting things about my family: my grandmother is 62 years, if you give 5 chili peppers to my dad or mum, they will not complain, and now I´m in 6th grade. I am 11 years old and 2 days ago, it was my birthday. They gave me a pair of new boots and a new ball of Rear Madrid, the best team in the world. I also have sister called Rachel and a brother called Shawn. Bye!

By Alexander Ikechukwu
from Spain

And the winners of the October writing contest are…

1º Isabel Serrano de Haro 6º CEU San Pablo Sanchinarro

So, what am I good at? Well I´m really good at running because I practise every day, approximately half an hour. I started to get addicted to this fabulous sport at the age of 9.Why? Because my mum insisted many times and I refused too much, that I finally gave up. She booked me on a running team. At first I thought that I wouldn´t like this and that I would end up really tired. But at the end I actually made myself a healthy person. After some months, my coach started talking about school competitions. He started choosing the best runners and, of course, I was in. I was amazed but at the same time worried. So I had a mother-daughter chat and after it I was more confident. I have been running for at least 3 years and I have taken part in many races. Running is not the only thing that I´m good at; I´m also good at Spanish. What I mean, is that my Spanish classes are my favourite ones. And I´m starting to think that I could turn out to be a Spanish teacher when I grow up. But first of all, let’s concentrate on the present day. In the end I don´t really think I´m good at anything else but I hope I will be better when I grow up. After all, we will all have a comfortable job. My favourite hobby is dancing and I am really good at it. That´s why I like listening to music. When I hear a pop song I feel it inside me and I just can´t wait a second to start dancing. I really like to look at people dancing so that I can learn new steps. A really strange thing I have inside my body, is that whenever they tell me to dance, they ask me if I have ever gone to dance classes. But I haven´t so let´s say it is a small gift I have, although I only dance really well in front of a mirror. I have to get used to not having one. I will someday make my own dance studio. So at the end I have discovered I am good at three things: running, Spanish and dancing. Now let´s talk about what I am not good at. So the first thing is singing, I am horrible at singing because I don´t have a soft voice. Another thing is math, although I hate it, I just can´t fail this subject. So at the end we all have good things and bad things and we all do things better than other people.

By Isabel Serrano
from Spain

2º Alberto Obregón Marín 4º Juan Zaragüetta

I´m good at narrating fooball matches because I like football a lot and I know so many players in leagues around the world: so many teams, national teams, and where the players were born. My favourite team is Real Madrid and I have two favourite players: Marco Asensio and Toni Kroos . If I wasn`t a Real Madrid fan I would be for Bayern Munich. I don`t miss any match of La Liga or Champions League on TV. Of course, I love go to Santiago Bernabeu stadium which is the stadium of the Real Madrid. I read the newspaper every day to keep me updated on sports. Sometimes I go to the stadium with my grandfather and we enjoy that. My father took me there because he knows I like it and with my sister Alba, but she doesn`t like it. I have two T-shirts of Real Madrid: one of Marco Asensio and the other one of Toni Kroos. One day I put my T-shirt of Toni Kroos on my dog called Scooby and I said that he was a Real Madrid supporter. When I get older I will be a commentator of football matches.

By Alberto Obregón
from Spain

And the winners of the August writing contest are…

1º Ainara Medina 5º Asunción Cuestablanca

This holiday I went to Benidorm. We stayed there for two days. In Benidorm, we went to the beach and the pool! After, we came back to Madrid. We arrived in Madrid at midnight, very late! Later, we went to Malta. In Malta we stayed at a friend's house, went to the city of Popeye, and later to two beaches. The city of Popeye had floats and my parents a special unicorn for me and my friend. We stayed there for five days and then we went to Barcelona for a day and spent all day at the beach. We went home and later to a river near Avila. These were my holidays!

By Ainara Medina
from Spain

2º Alba Obregón. 4º. Juan Zaragueta

The other day my parents told me that I’m going to have another dog after our holidays on the beach. The dog is from ONCE foundation. I was very nervous. The day we went to the beach we woke up at 6:00 AM with a horrible cold, but when we arrived to the hotel and got in the swimming pool it was fantastic! That night we were in the center of Benidorm. I thought nothing interesting was going to happen to me but I was wrong! My dog Scooby found a chick in the entrance of the hotel that had fallen from its nest. It didn’t know how to fly so we had to take it to the bathroom of the hotel room with water and bread. The next day we took it to an animal shelter. That day was my brother’s birthday and the next day was Scooby’s birthday. Later, we went and got Guss, the dog from the ONCE Foundation. We went back home and when we were in the street we saw a lot of dogs so we called 112. Are we expecting more adventures in the summer? I think so because we are doing to go to Disney World in Orlando!

By Alba Obregón
from Spain

And the winners of perfect holidays writing contest are…

1º Pablo Nuñez. 3º Asunción Cuestablanca

Tell us about your perfect holiday!

My perfect holidays are at the beach or my village. Now I am in Hernansancho a nice village with a river

Here, I can play with my cousins.

One day, we went to ride horses and we saw many animals. One was very big and ugly. We were scared but when we were near we laughed a lot because it ended up being a tree’s shadow!

Another fun day was at the beach. There were so many waves at the beach that day. I was there with my dad, my sister, my mum. We went to Tivoli. It is an atraction park. We went up to the roller coaster and a lady dropped her wig.

We laughed a lot. It was the most fun day of the summer.

Then we returned to Madrid where I saw my friends from school to tell my stories of my very fun summer.

By Pablo Nuñez
from Spain

2º Nacho Bardo. 6º. La Inmaculada

Tell us about your perfect holiday!

I love all the holidays because you can visit some cities or villages that are new for you or ones you visit every year. For example, I always go to Cadiz and Andorra. I love them both because I go from the south point to the north point of Spain and I can visit the beach and the mountains. The holidays are perfect for me because you don't have to do school work and you are always having fun!

By Nacho Bardo
from Spain

And the winners of films writing contest are…

1º Iván Arias 3º ESO

Tell us about your favorite film. What is it about? Who is in it? Why do you like it?

White Hell.

The last film I saw was not so new, in fact it was it was White Hell.

It is based on survival and tells the story of a gropu of men that survive a araplane crush and they try to survive the wolves that are hurting them.

There are many good actors but the main is Liam Neeson that protects the people from the wolves thanks to his job that was killing wolves.

This is a film about survival. However, it is the prossure you have because of the tession in the film what makes it vert exciting. There are very good scenes but the best ones are when the wolves attak humans. Those scenes are incredibly good. It makes you think about how dangerous an animal could be when it defends its territory.

I would recommend this film yo the people that I appreciate be strateggy and also to people that like movies in wich it isn’t easy to guess what is going to happen. I would say to them go and try it! Like me. You might find that the film lifts you out of your everyday life into a curcunstance you may not want to leave.

By Iván Arias
from Spain

2º Javier González del Pozo 6º Colegio Claudio Sánchez Albornoz

Tell us about your favorite film. What is it about? Who is in it? Why do you like it?

My favorite film is “THE LORD OF THE RINGS”.

This film has the gender fantasy, high fantasy, adventure novel and it country is New Zealand.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS develops on the three age of Sun of the middle age. It divides in three films: The Community of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

In the first film the community of the ring is formed, in which Frodo Bolson the one is carrying the ring to the Mount of Destiny where it was forged; with the intention that the Dark Lord, Sauron, does not recover it.

In the three films appears different character with different pray:

Humans: Aragon, Boromir, Faramir, Éomer, Théoden.

Elves: Legolas, Elrond, Arowen, Galandriel.

Dwarfs: Gimli.

Hobbits: Frodo, Sam, Pippin, Merry, Bilbo.

Magicians: Gandalf, Saruman, Radagast.

Dark lord: Sauron, lord of Nazgûl, Nazgûls.

Orcs: Orcs of Moria, Uruk-hai(Lurtz).

Ents: Barbol.

By Javier González del Pozo
from Spain

3º Lucia López Navas. 5º Santa Ana

Tell us about your favorite film. What is it about? Who is in it? Why do you like it?

My favorite movie is grease
It's a movie based on a
Musical, goes that in summer (Australia) a boy of 18
Years old named Dani Suko (John Travolta) falls in love with Sandy (Olivia Newton) and spend the summer together at the beach
They have to go back to school, Sandy is somewhat worried because it's his first day at that institute what they do not know either is that they are in the same institute
Dani is the leader of a gang with his colleagues T-birds
Then when rizzo (the leader of the group Pink Ladies, something bad) presents them Dani becomes the pimp and sends him to fry asparagus, Sandy gets angry and Dani is in love with her
Dani is going to compete in the lightning a very dangerous race
Because his friend has been hit in the head and can not drive when Sandy wins that he had come to see him asks a friend of hers to help him change and she says okay, school parties come and Dani goes to Sandy all changed and are back together.

By Lucia López Navas
from Spain

And the winners of May writing contest are…

Miguel Vázquez Babiano. Arcángel Rafael (3ºESO)

How do you know this person and why do you admire them?

I admire my mother because she is a great person and she teaches me a lot of things like to put my T-shirts away. Also, my mother encourages me when I am studying and she loves me so much.

Another thing is that she accompanies me everywhere and never leaves me alone, she takes good care of me, and she wants the best for me. I try to behave well with her so she does not get angry.

My mother is a very good person and tries to take care of everyone, cares for others and always tries to make everything that others do right. She is a trustworthy person and I love her very much.

When I go somewhere alone or with some friends she calls me and asks me how I am and if I need anything.

When I am sick she always takes care of me, takes me to the doctor, gives me medicine to make me feel better and asks for the day off at work to be with me and take care of me.

My mother, since I was a child, has helped me enjoy different sports.

I have always loved her and I do not want her to be sad because of me.

In conclusion, she is the best mother anyone could have and I thank her for everything she does for me!

By Miguel Vázquez Babiano
from Spain

Carmen López. Juan Zaragüeta (5º)

How do you know this person and why do you admire them?

Emma Watson is an actress and I know her because I saw some of her films. The first film I saw her in was Harry Potter, where she was Hermione Granger, one of the best friends of Harry; but there are many other films in which Emma Watson has appeared. One of the reasons that

I like and I admire Emma Watson is that when she was nine years old she started the Harry Potter films, and after the first film (2001) she worked in the second(2002), third(2004), fourth(2005), fifth(2007), sixth(2009), seventh part one(2010) and seventh part two(2011). She became a famous actress when she was 9 years old. She also was the main character of the film the Beauty and the Beast, one of the best films this year. She has worked many times and in many movies with actors and actresses like: Maggie Smith, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Geraldine Somerville, Bonnie Wright and Michael Gambon. I will always like Emma Watson and I hope she continues to participate in movies, because I really want to see them soon. And I also hope they are as good or better than the previous ones she has worked on because I have been delighted with them so far.

By Carmen López
from Spain

And the pets writing winners are…

1º Claudia Valdés. Santa María de la Hispanidad. (4º)

Do you have any pets? Describe Them

I have a dog that is called Chispa. She is a female. She is dark brown and medium size, more or less. She is joyful and happy. She loves to play chasing, and catching the ball or a stick. I love her!

Would you have a wild animal as a pet?

No, I would not have a wild animal as a pet because they can’t adapt to living with people. They usually live in forests, jungles, deserts, and the South or North Pole. They can also be dangerous for us.

Tell a funny story about a pet that you know

One of my best friends has a cat that is called Nuki. Once, Nuki got lost and we were looking for her for ages. About one hour later we found her under my friend's parent's bed with an enormous piece of meat.

By Claudia Valdés
from Spain

2º Guadalupe Marcos. La Inmaculada (5º)

Do you have any pets? Describe Them

I have a turtle that is named Lala. She is 5 years old. Her birthday is the 5th of June. She is very small, about 20cm long and 10cm tall. She’s brown, black, and green. She has a big head and long claws.

Would you have a wild animal as a pet?

No, I wouldn’t. But when I am 23 years old, I would like to save all the animals in the world. I’m going to save the animals that are in danger of extinction.

Tell a funny story about a pet that you know

One day I went to my friend’s house. She has a cat. When we went to the kitchen, I didn´t see a cat. However, I looked again and saw a white cat! I said to myself: It´s a magic cat!

By Guadalupe Marcos
from Spain

3º Carolina Martínez. Escolapios (6º)

Do you have any pets? Describe Them

Yes, I have a puppy. Her name is Molly. She is short with a black head and a white body. She has brown eyes and small legs.

Would you have a wild animal as a pet?

No, I wouldn’t. I think they are very dangerous animals. Right now I have a puppy and I want to have another puppy. My parents, however, don’t want to have another because they say that Molly is like six dogs in one.

Tell a funny story about a pet that you know

When I was younger I had a dog called Kuky. She was ten years old and I was in a special park for dogs. I went to the bathroom a moment. When I came back to the park I didn’t see any one except Kuky. I ran and she ran with me and I said to her, “Kuky where are they?” and I started to cry. Then I looked back and I saw my brother. I ran to my brother and saw another dog and I thought, “Who is that dog?” Then I said “KUKY!” and both came to me. Apparently, both dogs were named Kuky!

By Carolina Martínez
from Spain

And the cities writing winners are…

1º Irene Paños Rodríguez 6º La Inmaculada (Alcorcón)

What is the best part about your city?

The best part about my city is that we have all we need,there is a lot of things where we can have fun.I think the best thing is WARNER PARK,I love it except the row because you have to wait for attractions it is eternal.

What would you change?

I would change: apart of the row to wait, the people to look after the environment it is very important, it is really serious, the future of the world depend on us.

What's the best season the visit your city? Why?

Depend the season do you prefer,but I think summer is really good,on holydays without school, all people is getting fun. It is my best season excepting for the bees.

By Irene Paños
from Spain

And the Carnival writing winners are…

1º Paula Borrega (La Inmaculada) 6º Primaria

Why do you like Carnival?

I like Carnival,because people wear costumes and some costumes are very funny.Also,because Carnival´s parades are beautiful.And you can see many types of costumes,some of them are very original. Other costumes are beautiful,funny and crazy.

Which would be your perfect costume and why?

My perfect costume would be a mad hatter´s costume.Because I like his crazy stile,his hat...I also like his orange hair,his make up and his clothes.He is very crazy and funny, so it´s the perfect costume for me to wear.

Are you going to do something special at Carnival in your school?

I don´t think we are going to do anything special at Carnival in our school.But all years in English class we do some activities and games that are very funny.One year our teacher told us a Carnival story very interesting.

By Paula Borrega
from Spain

2º Candela Sanz (Colegio Joaquin Costa) 6º

Why do you like Carnival?

I like Carnival because I think it is a very good idea to spend the time with your family and friends,also to have the opportunity to dressing your costume,going to a very funny party and meeting interesting people in different zones.

Which would be your perfect costume and why?

I think my perfect costume would be a superheroe one because I am an adventurous person and I would like to fight the crime and to meet other interesting superheroes,also I would like to fly and to have superpowers. The best superpower would be an invisible one or to be able to fly.

Are you going to do something special at Carnival in your school?

I don´t know but I would like to celebrate in the playground drinking lemonade and eating shortbread with my friends and teachers.In my old school I celebrated in the playground with lemonade and dancing with happy and funny music.

By Candela Sanz
from Spain

3º Marta Gost (Colegio Arcangel Rafael) 6º

Why do you like Carnival?

I like Carnival because I think that when we dress up we show who we really are. I also like Carnival because it's funny to party with your friends and family all together. And also it's funny to dance, play dump...

Which would be your perfect costume and why?

My perfect costume would be dress up like Marinette because she is a little clumsy and funny, she is also very honest with her BFF, Alya, and when she transforms into Ladybug, she's not that clumsy and she feels self-confident.

Are you going to do something special at Carnival in your school?

Yes, we are going to dress up like Mexicans because I'm in 6th grade. Each grade is going to wear like other countries and instead of buying the costumes, we are going to make it ourselves. In my opinion, it's cooler to make the costumes because you can also have fun making them.

By Marta Gost
from Spain

And the Christmas writing winners are…

Adriana Moreno, N.R.S. de la Providencia

New year's day

On new year's eve day everyone is happy and is reunited with the family for dinner all together. Every year prepare a lot of sweets and food delicious, later the grapes are eaten and it provides for a new and better year.

By Adriana Moreno
from Spain

Gema Álvarez Sevilla, Santo Ángel

New year's day

After studying a lot in the first term, we finally can enjoy Christmas. We change exams by free time, we change extraescolares classes by funny activities with our families... In Christmas magic is around. Streets are full of lights and colors, people are happier, everybody is more generous. Children get a lot of toys and adults have free time to enjoy with the people they love. Santa visits our houses and the three wise men bring us our favourite book. Snow covers our roofs and although it is cold outside , everybody feels the heat of the people who love you. I love Christmas!!!!

By Gema Álvarez
from Spain

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