1. My School, My City, My Country

MY SCHOOL – Escola Secundária Alcaides de Fariaescola_alcaides_jose_campos_0001

The Secondary School Alcaides de Faria, in Barcelos, was established in 1957, being then named Secondary School for Industrial and Commercial Studies of Barcelos. From that type of schooling institution it has” inherited” and developed an organisational culture, somewhat specific, but nevertheless dominant, with “democratic”, tolerant and humanitarian features. This is the result, on one hand, from the “inheritance” of the “secondary industrial and commercial schools”, strongly non-elitist and, thus, open and tolerant; on the other hand from the contribution of the action of its leaders -with their own values and beliefs, their main actors (teaching staff and others), in a permanent interaction and a constant socialization.

The present designation of this schoolesaf1 was proposed after a referendum in 1992, being the “Alcaides de Faria” accepted as the school patrons. Those “Alcaides” are famous historic characters who have portrayed an action of loyalty and heroism in the defence of the Castle of Faria (a burg of Barcelos) in the fourteenth century, against the Spanish occupants of Castilla.

The school is located in Barcelos, in the town centre, and it has had a growing attendancewhose figures, mainly after the Revolution of the 25th of April 1974, show the situation as being one of overpopulation, in school terms. The school usually comprehends about 1850 students, distributed in Middle School Classes, Scientific Courses (Science and technology, Economics, Arts and Humanistic) and Vocational Courses (Accountancy, Design, Electro technology, IT programming and management, Electromechanical, Multimedia and Mechatronics). Last year it became the headquarter of a group of schools, including 2 kindergartens and 8 elementary schools, making a total of about 2850 students.barcelos_alcaide_farias-34_full Since its foundation, it has been directed to the community, in general, with Art exhibitions both at school and at Art galleries, involving students, teachers and national and international artists.

Every year, groups of students and teachers take part in demanding projects concerning the participation in national competitions (Maths and Physics), production of innovative products such as an ecological car and a robot, which have participated and been awarded in several national and international competitions (Shell eco-marathon, etc.).

eco car                               Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2013

The European projects have been a reality both for teachers and students with several school exchanges (Greece, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, France, England, Denmark, Azores Islands),

European projects (Euroweek, Comenius) and students ‘individual mobilities (Eslovenia, Germany, Italy, England, Latvia and Finland) to develop research projects. These are seen as a natural way to improve language skills, to learn about each others´ culture and to abolish barriers in order to create a single and tolerant Europe.

euroweek czech republic                Euroweek Estonia



Barcelos is a town located in the district of Braga, in the north of Portugal . It has a total population of 123,831 and an area of 378.9 km², distributed for 63 villages. The city itself has a population of 20,625 inhabitants.
Barcelos was originally a Roman settlement, which expanded and became the seat of the First Duke of Bragança in the 15th century. It is one of the growing municipalities in the country, especially in Minho metropolitan area, and it is well known by its textile, adobe industries and handcraft (pottery, embroidery).
The town’s famous symbol is a rooster, in Portuguese called O galo de Barcelos. The legend says that a rich man made a big party and accused a pilgrim of stealing him a sterling cutlery. He protested his innocence, but the judge didn’t believe him. The judge was about to eat a roasted cock and the pilgrim said: If I am innocent, this cock will crow three times. When the pilgrim was about to be hanged the cock crowed. The judge released the pilgrim immediately.

Every year Barcelos is visited by thousands of tourists from all over the world who come to meet the ancient monuments and traditions, participate in cultural events and taste the delicious gastronomy.


Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is located in South-western Europe on the Iberian Peninsula, and it is the westernmost country of mainland Europe. Portugal is bordered by Spain to the north and east and by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south. The Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are also part of Portugal and are very attractive tourist spots both for the Portuguese and the foreigners.
Portugal is a democratic republic ruled by the constitution of 1976 with Lisbon, the nation’s largest city, as its capital. The four main governing components are the president of the republic, the assembly of the republic, the government, and the courts.
The climate can be classified as Oceanic in the north and Mediterranean in the south. Portugal is one of the warmest European countries, the annual temperature averages in mainland Portugal are 13°C (55°F) in the north and 18°C (64°F) in the south.

lisbon and tagus river lisbon Belem Tower lisbon- mosteiro dos Jeronimos church douro bridge and rabelo boat Albufeira beach azores islands beach Sintradouro vineyards   geres

Portugal is internationally known in the music scene for its traditions of fado. Fado (translated as destiny or fate) is a music genre which can be traced from the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. It is characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor. The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word saudade, a word that Portuguese speakers wrongfully claim has no accurate translation in any other language. (Home-sickness has an approximate meaning. It is a kind of longing, and conveys a complex mixture of mainly nostalgia, but also sadness, pain, happiness and love). Modern fado is popular in Portugal, and has produced many renowned musicians. In 2011it became part of UNESCO’s list of World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Mariza , a fado singer

However, the country has seen a recent expansion in musical styles, with modern acts from rock to hip hop becoming popular, as the new generations reject much of the past traditions. If Amália is still the most recognizable Portuguese name in music, today the biggest exportations are fado singers like Mariza, Ana Moura, Cristina Branco and bands like Moonspell (metal), Madredeus (fado and folk inspired), Da Weasel (hip hop) or Wraygunn (rock, blues). Regional folk and dances remain popular though, having been updated and modernized in many cases.

With a moderate and healthy climate, a rich fishing coast, and smooth, protected valleys it is not surprising, therefore, that Portugal is so rich in wine production as well as in healthy and tasty products used in a varied gastronomy.
The neighbouring Atlantic Coast naturally leads to a sea product oriented-gastronomy with such a paradise of fish and crustaceans. There is, however, a first and unavoidable dish that is part of the Portuguese everyday menu: soup. The most popular soup in Portugal is the “caldo verde”, emerald green like the province of Minho where it was first conceived. The “cozido à portuguesa”, the “rojões à moda do Minho”, the “tripas à moda do Porto” and the tasty “caldeirada” are some of the most typical dishes.
Nonetheless, let credit be placed where it is due: dried codfish, “bacalhau”, finds its place of honour several times a week at every table. Traditionally, it is said that there are as many different ways to cook it (more or less sophisticated) as there are days in the year. And last but not least, one of the less expensive but more tasteful fish – the sardine (“sardinha”), an essential delicacy in the barbecues and outdoor celebrations throughout the whole country.
Portuguese people are sweet toothed! Their specialities include at least two hundred different types of pastries. Traditional cheese is also part of the Portuguese diet due to its smooth consistency and delicate flavour.
From the North to the South and Atlantic islands, the country is wealthy in monuments and History as well as in beautiful beaches and breath-taking landscapes. We mustn´t forget the good wines and, apart from the unique Port and Madeira, there are more than one hundred different varieties of wines, ranging from table wines to special ones, all of them reflecting the individual character of their respective soil.

Some meat and fish dishes:

codfish pastries codfish grilled sardines rojoes pork meat shellfish rice    caldeirada

Some traditional desserts:

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A Escola Secundária Alcaides de Faria, em Barcelos, foi fundada em 1957, tendo então o nome Escola Secundária de Estudos Industriais e Comerciais de Barcelos. Desse tipo de instituição escolar tem “herdado” e desenvolvido uma cultura organizacional, algo específica, mas não menos dominante, com características “democráticas”, tolerantes e humanitárias. Este é o resultado, por um lado, da “herança” das “escolas industriais e comerciais secundárias”, fortemente não-elitistas e, assim, abertas e tolerantes; por outro lado, da contribuição da ação de seus líderes -com seus próprios valores e crenças, seus principais atores (pessoal docente e outros), em interação permanente e uma socialização constante.

A atual designação da escola foi proposta depois de um referendo, em 1992, sendo o “Alcaides de Faria” aceite como o patrono desta. Aqueles “Alcaides” são personagens históricas famosas que retrataram a lealdade e o heroísmo na defesa do Castelo de Faria (a burg de Barcelos) no século XIV, contra os ocupantes espanhóis de Castela.

A escola está localizada em Barcelos, no centro da cidade, e tem tido um crescimento no número de alunos, principalmente após a Revolução do 25 de abril de 1974, que se revela como uma situação de superpopulação, em termos escolares. A escola normalmente compreende cerca de 1850 alunos, distribuídos nas classes da escola secundária, cursos científico-humanísticos (ciências e tecnologias, economia, artes e humanidades) e Cursos Profissionais (Contabilidade, Design, Eletrotecnia, Programação e Gestão de TI, Eletromecânica, Multimédia e Mecatrónica). No ano passado tornou-se a sede de um grupo de escolas, incluindo dois jardins de infância e oito escolas primárias, perfazendo um total de cerca de 2.850 alunos.

Tem sido, desde a sua fundação, uma escola dirigida para a comunidade em geral, com exposições de arte na escola e em galerias de arte que envolvem alunos, professores e artistas nacionais e internacionais. Todos os anos, grupos de estudantes e professores participam em projetos exigentes relativos à participação em competições nacionais (Matemática e Física) e à produção de produtos inovadores, como um carro ecológico e um robô, que têm participado e sido premiados em diversos concursos nacionais e internacionais (Shell eco-marathon, etc.).

Os projectos europeus têm sido uma realidade tanto para os professores como para os estudantes, com vários intercâmbios escolares (Grécia, Espanha, Irlanda, Bélgica, França, Inglaterra, Dinamarca, Ilhas Açores), projectos europeus (Euroweek, Comenius) e mobilidades individuais dos alunos (Eslovénia, Alemanha, Itália, Inglaterra, Letónia e Finlândia) para desenvolver projetos de pesquisa. Estes são vistos como uma forma natural de melhorar as competências linguísticas, aprender sobre cada cultura e abolir barreiras, a fim de criar uma Europa única e tolerante.

Barcelos é uma cidade situada no distrito de Braga, no norte de Portugal. Tem um total de 123,831 habitantes e uma área de 378,9 km², distribuídos por 63 aldeias. A cidade em si tem uma população de 20.625 habitantes.

Barcelos era originalmente um assentamento romano, que se expandiu e se tornou a sede do primeiro duque de Bragança, no século 15. É um dos municípios em crescimento do país, especialmente na área metropolitana do Minho, e é bem conhecida pela sua indústria têxtil, de tijolo e artesanato (cerâmica, bordados).

O famoso símbolo da cidade é um galo chamado O galo de Barcelos. A lenda diz que um homem rico fez uma grande festa e acusou um peregrino de lhe roubar os talheres de prata. Ele jurou a sua inocência mas o juiz não acreditou nele. O juíz estava prestes a comer um galo assado e o peregrino disse: -“Se eu sou inocente, este galo cantará três vezes”. Quando o peregrino estava prestes a ser enforcado o galo cantou e o juíz libertou-o imediatamente.

Todos os anos, Barcelos é visitado por milhares de turistas de todo o mundo que vêm para conhecer os monumentos e tradições antigas, participar em eventos culturais e saborear a deliciosa gastronomia.

Portugal, oficialmente República Portuguesa, está localizado no sudoeste da Europa, na Península Ibérica, e é o país mais ocidental da Europa continental. Portugal faz fronteira com a Espanha a norte e a leste e com Oceano Atlântico ao oeste e sul. Os arquipélagos atlânticos dos Açores e da Madeira também fazem parte de Portugal e são pontos turísticos muito atraentes, tanto para o portugueses como para estrangeiros. Portugal é uma república democrática governada pela constituição de 1976 e tem Lisboa, a maior cidade do país, como sua capital. Os quatro componentes principais de governo são o Presidente da República, a Assembleia da República, o Governo e os tribunais. O clima pode ser classificada como oceânico no norte e mediterrânico no sul. Portugal é um dos países europeus mais quentes, rondando as temperaturas médias anuais em Portugal Continental 13 ° C (55 ° F) ,no norte, e 18 ° C (64 ° F), no sul.

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  4. Personally I like my school because every year there are lots of activities for teenagers, as for exemple clubs, sports competitions, …
    My city has many interesting things to visit, principally about history and the people are very nice and friendly.
    My country is amazing, the weather is fantastic, the food is delicious. Wee have a lot of history and principally the people love the tourits.
    I hope you can come and visit Portugal!

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