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Fishing in Villalkor’s Cultural Week

2022 is the International Year Of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture and Villalkor School celebrated it!

The General Assembly of the UNO has declared this year as the International Year Of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture. «Small in scale, big in value» is the motto UN (United Nations) has launched for this year’s campaign.

Because of this, Villalkor School also celebrated the event and we are going to see how they chose to commemorate this year. We decided to talk with some teachers about how it was celebrated and this is what we were told:

Question: What is the school doing to celebrate and commemorate the International Year Of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture?

Paloma: Firstly, the Cultural Week was dedicated to that topic, the school agenda we are working with this year is also dedicated to it and, most importantly, we made activities with students, especially to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable fishing without wiping out the ocean and without pouring plastics and elements that will take centuries to decompose.

Mercedes: For the part I played in my subject with my students of Plastic Arts and the Artistic Drawing Activity, what we did was the hall’s decoration. It’s a big space, we had to fill many empty spaces and everything we worked on was related with fishes, sea bottoms; fish decoration simulating underwater, etc.

Amaya: The Cultural Week was dedicated to this topic, and different activities were done. The different types of fishing were explained to the students.

Rosa: This year, we matched the international year to the project we work on. We worked the sea and the oceans. So, grades first to fifth (in Kindergarten), we did activities related to the ocean and the sea.

Q: What different activities were planned for students during the next week?

Paloma: There were activities and talks. There were two types of activities: activities in which students did practical things, and activities which consisted on viewing movies with cineforum and then drawing conclusions and thinking. People came to give talks on the different types of concepts, and plantations and activities were done.

Mercedes: For the same subjects (Plastic Arts) we planned something more fun. With 1st of ESO students, we dyed some T-shirts. I showed them a very old technique of dying T-shirts with artificial dyes so that they can use and enjoy them later in the summer. To 2nd and 4th of ESO students of the Artistic Drawing Activity, I showed them a technique of paper dying, another ancient technique where they learnt how to dye, and made gouaches on blank sheet of paper or with more special papers, so that they can then bind any book cover.

Amaya: Well, there were a lot of activities, all related to fishing, mainly that. The smaller ones, in Elementary school, played at catching fish. They received a little academic gift, a book or something like that.

Rosa: During that week, there were activities, spectacles in english, magic activities, a theater of goldfish in reference to the sea… We also had a concert for the littles ones, with nursery rhymes, and there was a star activity, which was an activity with families. They came to the classes and did activities with the students, their childs and the rest.

Maribel: During the Cultural Week there were activities, talks, a Red Cross ambulance and the Red Cross van to donate blood came to the school. The activities done in classrooms were workshops prepared by each teacher and they were done during their time schedule. There were talks on aquaculture, childhood and cancer, and there was one on gambling.

Patricia: The first thing we did was inform all the families that activities were going to be made and that, in some of those, they could participate, but that was more for Elementary School students. Then, each teacher prepared activities related to their subjects and talks for the students.

Paloma (Elementary School’s Headmistress): For Elementary School there were activities and talks at every hour of the day. One day the students brought their bicycles and the went on a trip to a castle, not very far from here, and the returned to school for the lunch. The teachers prepared games and activities for the students. To conclude the week, we prepared a dance to do with all Elementary students and we filmed it and posted it on the Internet.

In addition, we asked some students from the Artistic Drawing Activity what they did to help decorate the school:

Q: How did you contribute to the decorations that have been exposed to celebrate this year’s Cultural Week?

Student 1: We made fishes with different techniques for some weeks. We used a technique called zentangle, which consists of making drawings following patterns; then liquid watercolor and water to spread the color all over the fish; and another with silk paper, cutting out the papers and gluing them with water and glue.

Student 2: Our contribution was to put a lot of fishes that are located in the school hall. We have also done some murals that are in the hall. We want to make an honorific mention to Mercedes, the best teacher who has taught us how to make colored fishes.