||The Agrupamento de Escolas de Valongo - Escola Secundária de Valongo is a public institution, with students ranging from pre-school/kindergarten and primary schools, to secondary education and education and training of adults. It is a vast educational community (around 2.500 students), situated in the metropolitan area of the second biggest city of Portugal, Porto (12 km away from downtown). Valongo is a quiet and peaceful city, typical of a semi-urban environment. The community, and thus, the majority of our students' familiar backgrounds, is humble and economically poor, mostly composed of primary and secondary sector workers. Meanwhile, our educational institution, which ultimately aims at the successful outcome and academic quality of its students, created a Project, where there is a specific programme, developed to work with children and teenagers who have special educational needs and different levels of learning, in order to dilute possible constraints. Opening the school community to other European experiences and knowledge is vital to assure a common European assessment of both the individual and collective formation and training of the citizens nowadays, and we fortunately have a vast and very positive experience in this field of sharing. Geographically, the city is settled in a long valley, surrounded by mountains, where nature graciously placed a vast patrimony, as there is a Natural Paleozoic Park, with a unique diversity of species. As an old town, Valongo is full of cultural traditions, popular festivities and good gastronomy(bread, biscuits and pastry are part of the city ex libris). It's also the city of slate, with active pits working nowadays.
The Agrupamento de Escolas de Valongo opens doors to the learning of a foreign language since when a student starts the official studies at the Primary schools. This language is English and so it's very relevant for us to welcome fluent speakers of the English language. Together with this, the other fields of study for these younger learners are Portuguese, Maths and Science. These subjects then enlarge to more languages (French and Spanish), History, Geography, Physics and Chemistry, Arts and Physical Education, till the 9thlevel of studies. During their secondary educationstudents are focusing their academic formation on four main areas/fields of studies:
Science and Technologies (CT), Languages and Humanities (LH), Socio Economic Sciences (CSE), and Professional Courses (Technician of Tourism; Technician of Laboratory Analysis; Technician of Management and Programming of Computer Systems; Electro-technician; Trade Technician; Marketing Technician). The Escola Secundária de Valongo also provides a practical Course of Education and Formation (CEF), in Bakery and Pastry, for students who couldn't adapt and succeed in finishing their compulsory studies, and aim at entering the labour market sooner. In what concerns to the formation and training of adults, the regular teaching (Ensino Recorrente)stands for Sciences and Humanities, offering subjects of study as Portuguese, English, Biology, Geography, Philosophyand History. The Education and Formation of Adults (EFA) coursesare integrated in three main domains/fields of study: Culture, Language and Communications; Society, Technology and Science; Citizenship and Professionalism/Employability. For instance, adult students are meant to get input and competence in the areas such as Technical Equipments and Systems; Environment and Sustainability; Health and Ethics; Economy; Technologies of Information and Communication (TIC); Urbanism and Mobility.
PRIMARY, COMPREHENSIVE AND SECONDARY LEVELS/STUDIES. TEACHING DEPARTMENTS: LANGUAGES, SOCIO-ECONOMIC SCIENCES,SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS, INFORMATICS AND TECHNOLOGIES ANDARTS
The Trainee will be integrated in the school activities developed at Escola Secundária de Valongo, be them curricular or extracurricular, and considering his/her area of studies and formation, personal skills and interests.
The trainee must:
- organise, programme , promote, schedule and disseminate a course of Language and Culture in his/her mother tongue, which is aimed at students, teachers, staff and local community in general;
- prepare an area of support and guidance for learners on special educational needs, with the help of modern materials/technologies and diversified learning strategies;
- cooperate in the preparation of lessons and co-teaching the students of primary and secondary education, in areas of scientific knowledge as languages, economics, history, geography, biology, mathematics, Arts and TIC (depending on the Trainee’s field of studies) ;
- promote possible work/partnerships between students of his/her national country and the host country;
- share with the school community the culture of his/her country, its history, habits, heritage, art and gastronomy
Our Agrupamento de Escolas de Valongo - Escola Secundária de Valongo has always been a very dynamic public institution, which envisions the future in a very optimistic and innovative spirit and which hascommitted, since a long time ago, to European projects, knowing these ones open new horizons to the new generations and make all ends come closer and meet as one within the obvious and rich mosaic of diversities Europe gathers together. These European exchanges offer to our school population the opportunity to share experiences and exchange practical and positive knowledge, know-how, skills, competences, values and sensibilities, based on theprinciples of the European Union, which provides for the active and conscious involvement of its citizens in its construction process. They also contribute to an effective fight against the school failure and the precocious dropping out of students from school. Therefore, our institution has participated in several European projects, such as the Comenius Partnerships, involving teachers and students from many countries; we also hosted the Comenius Assistants (general training) and Grundtvig (adult training). All of them have been successful experiences of an unmatched and indisputable importance to our students and to our local community in general, because each experience brought us home an enlarged sense of belonging, a new way of looking at ourselves and at the others, a greater desire for knowledge, for integration, for sharing and for respect, knowing that we are all part of the whole we want to make become better Europe and the World.