lunedì 22 dicembre 2008


We wish you all Merry Christmas and happy new year !

domenica 7 dicembre 2008

Meeting the teachers

On 24th November we met the coordinators of our school partners. They came to Alcamo to visit our school, then we had the opportunity to interview them and ask them questions about their countries, cultures and students, of course.
It was the first time we had this experience that's why we were excited.

I think it was a positive experience because we had the possibility to learn about cultural diversity. Lo Bue Mariella IVA SS

It was a positive experience because we had the possibility to compare our cultures.
Roberta Renda IVA SS

They talked about their country and I'm happy to have had this new experience.It was a positive experience because it helped us to understand the importance of communicating with the foreigners and the cultural diversity that exists in the world. Mariangela Garracci IVA SS

I think this experience has enriched us and helped to understand the duynamics of diversity. Deborah Dattolo IVA SS

Thanks to this experience we can learn to live together with people of different cultural and ethnic background. Jessica Orlando IVA SS

It was funny and pleasant and it enriched my knowledge. Carmela Di Lorenzo and Marianna D'Angelo IVASS

It was a beautiful day, the teachers showed us some power-point presentations of their countries and we asked them questions. Federica Dara IVASS

Welcome party at "Castello dei Conti di Modica"

We organized a welcome party at the "Castle of Modica Counts".
We brought typical Sicilian dishes we had cooked at home: pignulata, cassata, panelle and many more. We tried to do our best to show them what Sicilian hospitality is. We also showed the power-point presentations about our school, Sicily and Alcamo. We were excited and in the end satisfied with what we had been able to do. We are sure the teachers appreciated our efforts and enjoyed their stay here in Sicily.

Discovering Trapani and its province

Trapani, Erice, Segesta, Castellammare del Golfo and Scopello. Discovering Trapani province

mercoledì 26 novembre 2008

workshop in Alcamo

Many THANKS to Vladimir who was so kind and patient with us. He taught us how to improve our blog using bubble share and how to make our students communicate using Skype.

The teachers of the European team.

venerdì 31 ottobre 2008


Each school has chosen 4 classes which will be twinned with one of the different countries.

E-twinning :
IVA Social sciences with Slovenia (coordinator: Mariella Sorrentino);
IIB Social sciences with Lithuania (coordinator Mariella Sorrentino);
IVA Pedagogy with Latvia (coordinator: Giovanna La Monica);
IVB Pedagogy with Poland (coordinator: Annalisa Fundarò).

martedì 28 ottobre 2008

Our School

Our school takes its name from Vito Fazio Allmayer an eminent educationalist and philosofer who was born in Palermo in 1885 .He taught for many years at the University of Palermo then he moved to Pisa where he died on April 14th 1958

Our Headmaster

Here is our headmaster ,a very good and open
minded person .He always can give us the best
advice whenever we need it

the secretarial staff

The secretarial staff in our school is very kind and at our disposal whenever we need their help.

the linguistic lab

One of the Computer rooms where we would like
to spend most of our school time.
Two teachers involved in the Comenius Project
are working

the teachers'room

Our school is located in a good area easily connected to other towns by roads and motorways.It has a population of about 863 students(14-19 years of age),34 classes,80 teachers .On your right you can see one of the teachers' rooms during the break

the library

We can borrow all the books we need or like reading for a couple of weeks

the scientific lab

In the Scientific Lab we make a lot of
experiments and we learn a lot about our body.

the ceramic lab

A lot of students attend the ceramic lab to create and decorate different colour shaped coloured objects
At the end of the year there is an exhibition
to show all the things carried out.

lunedì 27 ottobre 2008

the music lab

In the Music Lab we learn how to sing better and
sometimes we dance.We also enjoy learning
English by singing

Different Courses

Students can choose among three different courses,each lasting 5 years(from the first to the 5th class):
1-Liceo Linguistico specializing in French,English, German or Spanish.
2-Liceo Socio-Psico-Pedagogico which emphasizes Educational Sciences with the study of Psycology,Pedagogy and Sociology.
3-Liceo delle Scienze Sociali specializing in Social Studies ,the main subjects are:Anthropology,Sociology,Psycology and Anthropological Geography

Classes involved in the project

In our school there are 32 classes and four of them are involved in the Comenius Project .Here are two classes and teachers of the Liceo Socio-Psico-Pedagogico

sabato 25 ottobre 2008

The English teachers

The English teachers involved in the project: Mariella Sorrentino, Giovanna La Monica, Annalisa Fundarò.

Here we are !!!

Class IIB Social Sciences

Class IVA Social Sciences

venerdì 24 ottobre 2008

School assistants

Last but not least!! We don't want to forget our school assistants . They are always ready to help us and give us the information we need. Thank you, Marianna!

martedì 21 ottobre 2008

Sicilian "pupi"

Special mention must be made of the “Pupi” still Sicily’s best known and characteristic craft products. The puppets are the famous Paladins of France and the puppetry technique harmonises with the texts incorporating the essentials of this form of drama typical of Sicily.

Religious feasts

Customs, Sicilian folklore and crafts are still an important means to getting know Sicily and its people. In the past the continual arrival of new cultures created layers of popular beliefs, rites and folk song handed down in the singing. One example of this is the religious feast day: in Catania Sant’Agata, in Palermo Santa Rosalia, the Mysteries of Holy Week in Trapani.

Aeolian islands

However the charm coming from this province derives from the Aeolian islands, famous all over the world for their pleasant sweet smells and beauties: Panarea, Vulcano, Stromboli and Filicudi.


The town of Messina is placed on one of the two sides of the Straits of Messina. Elegant and high-class residences, churches and monuments offer many examples to know this town. The most famous structure is the mechanical clock of the cathedral, that is the biggest clocks in the world and real example of precision and an always efficient mechanism. The mechanical clock of the cathedral.In province of Messina famous are sides as Milazzo, Tindari and naturally Taormina, Taormina-Greek theatre. The most important small town from a touristic and historical point of view, which its Greek theatre.


In Caltagirone, a town in the province of Catania, can be found baroque residences and ceramics of greats value. Caltagirone is also famous for the Cathedral and its Tesoro and the 142 steps forming the stairs of Santa Maria del Monte with ceramic risers.


After Syracuse the most fascinating city is Noto, a baroque art world centre: churches, nunneries and residences recall the magnificence of this style. Catania offers come examples of baroque building as the Elephant Fountain the Cathedral, Palazzo delle scienze and its annexes museums, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Bellini Theatre.


The province of Syracuse is one of the most charming of the island, both for the particular concentration of natural beauty and for the many monuments that surround it. Syracuse Syracuse founded as a Corinthian colony was for a long time the most important town of the island. The most famous structures are the Greek theatre and the roman amphitheatre, but there are also the catacombs of San Giovanni; the Arethusa Fountain and Dionysus’s Ear, a cavern endowed with a good acoustic resonance.


Ragusa (its baroque wonders) The province of Ragusa is known for its baroque wonders. The baroque architecture can be found in the cathedral of Giovanni Battista, in the basilica of San Giorgio or in the church of San Giuseppe, and it mingles with the charm that connects architecture and power in Donnafugata residence castle.

Piazza Armerina

In the province Piazza Armerina which has also pre-roman strictures and roman villas found nowhere else in the world, as well as the famous mosaics in Villa Filosfiana. Buccellati Very delicious are products offered by the local cuisine: different kinds of pasta and roasts seasonings, the “buccellati”(typical short pastry biscuits whit a dried figs filling) and the “ciammelle” ( large milk biscuits). Finally, one of the characteristics of the provinces is its naturalistic environment.


Enna is the only seashoreless Sicilian province and because of its peculiar geographical position, it offers the possibility of an inland view of the whole island. The town is full of residences dating from XVI and XVII century, castles and fortifications. The mayor monuments is Lombardia castle probably named for people of Lombard origin who settled here in Enna. A few kilometres from Enna there is Lake Pergusa, one of the few lakes in sicily: according to the legend Proserpine was carried off from these shores by the god Pluto, who her to be his bride.


The town and the province of Agrigento show a rich archeological and historical fortune. Once called Akragas it is one of the major cultural sites in the Mediterranean, the greatest time in Agrigento’s history was that of the Greeks, whose culture here assumed its own highly scenic particular forms. It became a wealthy diocese in 1087 under the Normans. The most famous places of Agrigento are Pirandello’s house and the Valley of the temples; the temple of Concordia, the Temple of Juno Lacinia, the temple of Hercules, the temple of Jupiter seem to be eternally set in memory of that reached full growth on the mainland.

lunedì 20 ottobre 2008

Typical food in Palermo

The characteristic food of Palermo is "pane epanelle", pasta with fresh fried sardines.
The typical Sicilian cassata, a cake made with almond-cream, ricotta cheese cream and candied fruit The “frutta martorana” and cannoli.

Sferracavallo and Isola delle Femmine

Any well know and charming sea resorts are the coves between Sferracavallo and Isola delle Femmine, the long beach and the small fishermen’s village of Mondello. Following the sea along the eastern coast there are Bagheria, termini and Cefalù, famous for its architectural beauties deserve.

venerdì 17 ottobre 2008


Sicily is divided into 9 provinces, Palermo is both capital and the centre of regional government. Palermo Cathedral This city can be considered a real synthesis of the many different cultures and civilizations, politics and domination wich succeded in Sicily throughout the centuries. Founded by the Phoenicians, it soon became a centre of trade and political interests, in Norman and Arab times. Its many monuments, especially the baroque, give it a characteristic appearance. This magnificent capital of sicily is still a century-old city with an interesting layout, and while great and important treasures are kept in its museums, Monreale and Cefalù as well Palermo uniquely interesting poles of attraction. All three cities have famous beautiful mosaic. One of Palermo’s well conserved jewels is the Norman palatine chapel built at the time roger II; it is in Palazzo dei Normanni, the seat of the Sicilian regional assembly. Therefore a careful observer will not miss to notice traces of the Arabian Palermo, for example the cupolas of san Giovanni degli eremiti a those of san Giovanni dei Lebbrosi, the cathedral and the martorana in wich is grafted the Norman style of many residences and churches. Rulers who came by sea wanted these monuments to beautify the capital of their kingdom, so they set up the first structures of the cathedral and also those of the palace, which today is the seat of regional parliament. Palermo is a baroque town in its feasts as well. Many of these had very old traditions and habits. It is so for the feast of Santa Rosalia, the patron saints to whom many pilgrims address with devotion; it is so for many different ways of expressing one’s religiousness, almost in the pagan way, following the procession of good Friday; and finally, it is so in the evocative “feast of the dead”. But Palermo is its sea a well, even if it is a bit hidden from our view by its harbour.


Sicily is the largest Island in the Mediterranean. Inhabited since the dawn of prehistory, it is washed by three seas: the Tyrrhenian, Ionian and central Mediterranean. Most of its surface is mountainous or hilly. Etna The highest peak is Etna, this is Europe’s largest and most active vulcano. It lies on the east side of island in the province of Catania. The Egadi Island - Cala Rossa, Favignana In the seas round Sicily, the Aeolian or Lipari archipelago and Ustica lie to the north, the Egadi islands, a variegated and outstanding as well as a particulary beautiful archeological, geological, places for a really special holiday.The most extensive plain on the island is the Piana di Catania, at the foot of Etna. The climate is marine but also montane, prevalently the former, with the result that temperatures are mild, rarely rising to extremes in summer and winter. The brilliant clear light here, vitalizing certain plants and crops, means that the flora is typical Mediterranean as like the olive tree, vineyard and famous oranges of Catania.

Where's Alcamo

Alcamo is........

venerdì 10 ottobre 2008


The cultivation of olive trees is carried out in our area. The climate and the soil are ideal for a good ripening of the olives. The process of picking and selection is carried out by hand and the phase of working guarantees the production of an exquisite olive oil.
Rosalia IVASS