IES DIEGO TORRENTE PÉREZ
The I.E.S. “DIEGO TORRENTE PÉREZ” is a public educational establishment located in a rural area
of Cuenca, in La Mancha. It is a general secondary school with almost students, who are from 12 to
18 years old. There are two vocational studies in our institution: One is Emergency Care and Transport; and the second one is on Restaurant Services; as well as a prevocational course on Cooking and Restaurant Services. We have participated in one Comenius and one Erasmus+ KA219 project, it was a fruitful experience, after that we have continued our collaboration with our expartners through e-twinning. Our centre has a very clear European vocation and we want to improve and to strengthen our European dimension.
Our European Museum Project
Our current project has a clear goal: our students should learn about art and our heritage and they should be able to use new technologies to make our art masterpieces accesible to everyone, specially our students and elders; at the same time, our students, who usually don’t have the chance to travel abroad, meet directly different traditions and cultures and therefore increase their European citizenship, by learning about other countries and collaborating with students from other European areas. It would be an enormous enrichment to let them interact with similar age
students, especially with different cultures and traditions. Given the great agricultural tradition in our area, we have migrant students from different nationalities who find it difficult to integrate, therefore, this program is perfect to solve problems of this nature. We have ICT teachers who have worked a lot and with a wide expertise in Augmented and Virtual Reality, what will be perfect for this project, we will share our knowledge with the rest of teachers and students in the project.
San Clemente - The town
Somewhere in La Mancha, in a place whose name… San Clemente.
San Clemente is located in the south of the province of Cuenca, 110km from the city of Cuenca, in the natural region of La Mancha Baja, at an average height of 750m above sea level.
It has a steppe or pseudo-steppe habitat of an anthropic nature due to ancestral alteration of plain holm oaks. It is made up of a large cultivated area, with dry cereal, garlic, onion and vineyards being the most widespread. We also find some olive and vegetable crops. In the vicinity of the town, a rich orchard stands out thanks to good farmland and abundant underground water. The landscapte in San Clemente has beautiful ochre and reddish colours, which in spring turns green intensely with the growth of cereal crops. Small areas of grassland and low woody scrub, thyme are interspersed in the landscape, with areas of pinus and holm oaks. On some banks and next to roads or paths there is presence of sumac bushes, which indicates the existence of ancient crops of this species, which was introduced in Roman times or by the Arabs for its use as tanning and dyeing agent.
HISTORY ANCIENT AGE
Some archaeological finds date from pre-Roman times that testify that some places in our municipality, such as Quintanarejos or Los Arenosos, knew settlements of Iberian substrate, around 2500-1250 BC, highlighting the finding of tombs with rich military grave goods.
Although what constitutes our urban area today was not chosen by any human group until well into the Middle Ages to settle due to the orography of our land and the shortage of drinking water, the Romans were forced to build a bridge to its I pass over the Rus river, on the route that was part of a road that went from Laminium (Alhambra) to Saltigi (Chinchilla).