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Good news for EAST

The Eastern Algarve International School at Tavira (EAST) has received the excellent news that permission has been granted to open the school this September, subject to a number of conditions, which mean initially opening for primary students, in order to give time to expand the facilities for older students. The school intends to develop fully to encompass all age ranges as soon as possible.

Monday, September 18 is the projected opening date, with interviews for parents and students beginning Monday September 11. A provisional calendar for the term dates for 2006-7 is now on the school’s website,, along with other information about the school.

EAST is a non-profit making school, owned by its parents, staff and the local community, and will open in temporary buildings, originally designed as a small rural tourism hotel. The school will open with three small teaching groups, helpful in recognising the needs and developing the potential of each individual.

The school day will commence at 8.20am and end at 4.40pm, but there will be no homework, as students will have time scheduled within the day for their own individual study. There will be a physical activity every day, and Wednesday afternoon will be dedicated to sports (including sailing, golf and beach Frisbee). On Friday afternoon, students will be able to choose what they do and on offer will be anything from astronomy to yoga.

The highly qualified and experienced staff have been appointed following a rigorous selection process.

A wide range of educational classes and activities, including tuition in English and Portuguese, will begin in October in the evening and at weekends. These classes will be run continually for 10 weeks and will be available for everyone, reflecting the school’s commitment to the local community.

All parents of children of Reception age and above, who have applied and been offered places, will shortly be contacted individually, inviting them to pay their admission and security fees. Other parents who are interested in securing places at the school should contact EAST’s

Director, Terence Payne, on 914 721 566 or e-mail [email protected] for further information.