Once the obstacles of flight cancellation and PCR tests were overcome, the excitement of being in the beautiful province of Galicia at the beginning of the Easter break was awe-inspiring for our senior pupils, some having been unable to visit Spain for their entire two-year Spanish course.
The trip commenced with a guided walking tour around the headland and through the city of La Coruña, taking in stunning coves, spectacular beaches and historical plazas full of cafés and tapas restaurants. Our Grecian (Year 13) pupils were even interviewed by a local television news reporter in the street and asked to give their views on the new Spanish law regarding seat belts!
The itinerary was packed with a blend of linguistic, cultural, social and sporting opportunities, as well as a daytrip to the special city of Santiago de Compostela, its impressive cathedral, university buildings and cobbled streets full of tourists and students.
Our pupils attended twelve hours of lessons throughout the week, split into groups to provide a timely boost to both A level and IGCSE revision. The lessons were delivered by native teachers, communicating only in Spanish, and taking care to specifically revise topics and develop skills relevant to their examinations in the summer term.
The surfing lesson on a warm afternoon under a bright blue sky was a popular highlight, as was the handball training session at the local club, coached by a professional player and followed by the chance to meet some Spanish players of a similar age. Visits to the aquarium, the planetarium as well as plenty of ice-cream and a tortilla cooking demonstration completed the busy schedule.
The trip was an eye-opening experience for the pupils who have had an insight into one of the gems of hidden Spain that is Galicia and the Costa Verde. Feeling inspired to keep learning about Spanish people and culture, the appetite for travel has been well and truly restored and language skills consolidated.
Congratulations to the pupils who were good humoured and great company throughout, throwing themselves into all activities and appreciative of every opportunity.
IGCSE pupils :
‘It was fun, informative and educational as well.’
‘I feel more confident in my Spanish abilities.’
‘I would 100% recommend this to other students, the experience was rewarding.’
A level pupils :
‘This trip has been such a good experience, it’s not just about learning, it’s about living in the culture.’
‘I’ve learned so much about the food and the architecture. I’d love to come back and really immerse myself.’