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06 Jul 2009 00:00 by theblaines Star rating. 11 posts Send private message

i was hoping someone can help.

we are moving to villamartin in feb 2010 and my daughter will be 4! i need to find a suitable and nearby state infant school for her.

is this possible as she has little spanish behind her or should i start saving to send to private infant school?

we have so many questions and all school websites are in spanish so im none the wiser! any help would be greatly appreciated.





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06 Jul 2009 14:11 by mrs d Star rating in Northern Ireland bu.... 20 posts Send private message

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There is a good spanish state school in Villamartin and also one in Playa Flamanca. We are moving to Punta Prima next month and our daughter is 5 so we visited both schools.Playa Flamanca is closer to us so we have opted for that one. I also visited Mar Azul International school as like yourself was worried about my daughter's lack of spanish. I wasnt impressed with the school premises at all and although the kids all seemed happy enough I just didnt get a good feeling about it. After speaking to lots of people who were in my postition at one stage they all said spanish school at that age was the right thing to do. Within 1 year she should be fluent and now that I have got over my 'over protectiveness' I think it is the best thing I can give my daughter . Imagine speaking 2 lanuages at 6! I will however keep up her reading in English , and have bought more reading books from the school she was in at P1.



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06 Jul 2009 14:21 by theblaines Star rating. 11 posts Send private message

thank you so much. you dont happen to remember the name of the one in villamartin. we are also from northern ireland and im goin out next friday to gather up more information. my little girl hasnt even ben in day care before so im very worried about her settling in.its a great opportunity and im just thinking of all possibilities!!





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06 Jul 2009 15:14 by mrs d Star rating in Northern Ireland bu.... 20 posts Send private message

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Yes the school is called Los Dolces. You need to take an interpretor with you as they speak no english! Where are you from in NI?

We live in Lisburn and are moving on the 3rd August so my time is being taken up packing at the minute . Anything I can help you with I would be pleased to , even after our move.



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06 Jul 2009 15:22 by theblaines Star rating. 11 posts Send private message

hi ther we are from saintfield. i am really concerned about the schooling i just imagine her sitting there allday not understanding whats being said and whats goin on? do they speak any english? would be so grateulto keep in touh especially as you are exeriencing the same hurdles. Are you going to work out there? my husband as few interviews next week. just waiting on estate agent coming to our house now making it very real!!

 

thanks so much 

gemma 





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06 Jul 2009 15:52 by mrs d Star rating in Northern Ireland bu.... 20 posts Send private message

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We used to live in Ballynahinch but luckily sold our house just before the bubble burst. We rented in Lisburn and put our daughter through P1 before we finally decided we were going to move over, though we have had our house there for nearly 3 years. I am a buyer and when I handed my notice in my boss asked me to continue doing it in Spain! So I am going to do school hours only. My husband is a carpet fitter and we found an advert in the local paper for an english carpet shop. We emailed them and are going to go and see them when we get settled in.

On the school they do not speak any english in class! I was watching the children outside in the playground before we went into the school and there are quite a few english in it and they were talking english in the playground to each other. I have the same concerns as you about them sitting there feeling totally out of it, understanding nothing, but I have watched my daughter over the last few years and she has played on numerous occassions with spanish kids who dont speak english and they have got on fine.The private school in Villa Martine is very expensive , I think around 900 euros per month. Mar Azul was around 350 euros and in San Miguel but I think if you are going to stick Spain learning spanish is the right thing to do for the children. I think the first couple of weeks will be akward but after that they will settle in.

Karen

 



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06 Jul 2009 16:04 by theblaines Star rating. 11 posts Send private message

estate agent just away just hope it sells asap!! I cant see private being an option so state school seems to be the way forward! hopefully she will adjust quickly as she is interested in  speaking like dora!!

my husband is a mechanic and is worried about the language holding him back. we never even thought of the local paper! there is so much to think about! Wehavent bought a property yet but my parents own property in villmartin so we will be staying there till we get on our feet!!

we have talked about this for years and now have finally got the courage to do so we thought it wasbest while kids are young

 

bet you have so much still to do so thanks so much for taking the time to help me out.

gemma





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06 Jul 2009 18:08 by theblaines Star rating. 11 posts Send private message

oh meant to ask - how long is the school day in the infant school??





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06 Jul 2009 19:45 by EOS Team Star rating in In Spain of course!. 4018 posts Send private message

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The school day in this area (Malaga) is from 9 until 2 or if there is comedor (dining facility) they can stay until 3. Some schools offer aula matinal for working parents that can start at 7.30.

 

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06 Jul 2009 22:24 by Emerald Property Management Star rating in Estepona,Malaga. 180 posts Send private message

A friend of mine moved here when her daughter was 4 and within no more than 9 months she was playing in the pool with all the SPanish children sounding like Spanish was her mother tongue! Kids are so much better at learning new stuff than we are! My Spanish isn't too bad but my 2 year old has taught me a few things and she's only been at part time nursery!

 



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07 Jul 2009 10:16 by theblaines Star rating. 11 posts Send private message

oh thats reassuring. thank you. we are going over again on friday so im hoping thatll convince me 100%

do you think it would be worth while having spanish lessons before we go out in feb?

gemma





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07 Jul 2009 10:20 by EOS Team Star rating in In Spain of course!. 4018 posts Send private message

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I would definitely have Spanish lessons before moving out and watch films in Spanish, listen to Spanish music etc

 

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25 Jul 2009 17:04 by rachelmoving Star rating. 18 posts Send private message

Hi all,

Just wondering if anyone can help me we are moving to Costa Blanca, (Playa Flamenca, Villamartin, La Zenia area to be presise)My daughter has decided she is now coming with us (she split from the boyfriend which was her reason for staying in Ireland) of course were delighted but having heard the bad reports about the legality of Mar Azul school & seen how expensive Il Lemone is were stumped. We feel at 15yrs she is too old to go to state school as she has only begun learning Spanish. Can anyone tell me of a reasonably priced international school which of course is well recommended. We are happy for her to go to a Brittish or American school as we plan to subsidise her education with the Irish curriculum at home.

I would be grateful for any websites phone numbers or information

 

Cheers guys

Rachel :-)





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27 Jul 2009 16:25 by The Sheriff Star rating in Rojales, Quesada. 33 posts Send private message


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27 Jul 2009 17:05 by rachelmoving Star rating. 18 posts Send private message

thanks a million to the Sheriff I have e-mailed them for their fees & some info hopefully they wont be too far away

 

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27 Jul 2009 21:22 by jedk Star rating in Mar Menor, Spain. 34 posts Send private message

Just wanted to say good luck to your daughter.  Spanish lessons are a must and it doesn´t have to be too formal.  For the 15 year old try ´kids speak spanish´ which is a really fun pc game and I am sure - even though it is aimed at a little younger - she will enjoy.  Sometimes we forget with children that they need to learn a different vocabulary than the adults.  We learn all about formal conversations and how to shop etc when the children need to learn the names of toys and games, how to chat with their mates and how to talk about every day living. 

We have a book called  ´Essential Spanish for Kids´ (phrases teachers never told you) published by the AA.  It really is a worthwhile purchase at about 4 pounds.

 



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27 Jul 2009 22:07 by rachelmoving Star rating. 18 posts Send private message

Thanks so much Jed for the reply will definitly get the book for her! she was going to stay in Ireland with her dad (were divorced) because she had a boyfriend who she had dated for over a year but they broke up & while of course Im upset for her Im over the moon shes coming with us!! so getting her started with the Spanish is paramount so your help is much appreciated :-)

I went to your daughters website well what a little doll & so brave!!! you must be so proud of her!! She is a gorgeous young girl & I loved reading her site!! Iv sent the link to my daughter maybe they can chat & she can tell her what life is like in Spain.

Again thanks for the book & computer game (it will suit her shes never off her laptop) lol

best wishes

Rachel

 





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