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Welcome to CPI de Zas Website

Our school, called C.P.I. de Zas (which means Integrated Public School), is set in Zas, the capital village of the council of the same name. This Council is situated on the west side of the province of A Coruña, near the area known as “Costa da Morte” which in Galician means the Coast of Death for the many shipwreckings there, due to the roughness of the weather. The farthest point to go on the old continent, Finisterre, is at the end of the road which leads people from Santiago de Compostela, Galicia’s biggest pilgrimage centre, through Santa Comba, Zas and other villages or hamlets of this magic land full of legends and traditions which seem to attract more and more tourists every day.
We are at a similar distance from Santiago, and A Coruña, one of the most attractive cities for its sights, commerce and many touristic interests. 
Our climate is Oceanic, soft temperatures and a lot of rain, so our landscape is meant to match the melancholy soul of our folk.
The inhabitants whose number is continuously decreasing, base their economy on farming. There are a few industries (woodwork and construction materials) and commerce is also pushing, mainly in Baio which is the biggest town in the council.
During this course 2006-07, there are 277 students at our school and 37 teachers distributed the following way:
3 groups of Infants
9 groups of Primary pupils
8 groups of Secondary students, 1st and 2nd cycles
1 group of vocational students. 
Students use Galician as their mother tongue and show a few difficulties to express themselves in Spanish, which seems to be almost as foreign as French or English, although they are in contact with it all the time through the media.
They come to school by bus and spend most of their time here: from 9:45 in the morning to 17:00 in the afternoon. 
As this area is so large and population is so scattered, school is their meeting point between equals: they hardly ever gather if it isn’t here. Some of them only have the opportunity to do activities such as going to a play, a concert or a museum when we organize them at the school. It’s less and less frequent though. New technologies are helping to bring part of the world into this area, too. Some of the parents are quite involved in their children’s education and very interested in their acquisition of any languages that will help them in their future.
 
It has been a tradition here, as in
Galicia in general, to emigrate to Europe mainly, looking for a better way of life.  They have experienced themselves how hard life can be when you have to start from the very beginning, that’s to say learning how to speak.
The Department of English considers it a must to open our students to the world of English. So far we have managed to take twelve of our students on a nine day trip to Worthing, West Sussex, England. It was a great success.
We would love to contact schools from any country to exchange points of view, comments on ideas about teaching and learning foreign languages, with students interested in writing to ours, and maybe in a future exchange or a visit to each other’s place.

e-mail :  cpi.zas@edu.xunta.es



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