Report from Head of Spanish, Andres Gutierrez
This Summer Term the Spanish Department took 24 Year 8 pupils to the sunny south coast of Spain. After a very early start, we arrived in Malaga ready for four action-full days.
We started day one by visiting Nerja, a quaint traditional Spanish town on the Malaga region. Pupils had the opportunity to practise and develop their Spanish skills by buying the ingredients for their lunch – all pupils put their linguistic and problem-solving skill to the test and no one was hungry! We then visited the Nerja Caves; our lovely guide was really impressed by our group’s enthusiasm and interest.
The group then spent the afternoon and evening discovering Benalmadena – pupils again had the opportunity to practise their Spanish shopping for souvenirs at the local market stalls.
On day two we had a very early start as we set off for Mijas, a beautiful white Andalusian village in the Malaga mountains. Pupils were delighted by the beautiful architecture and feel of the town. After that, we made our way to Ronda where we visited the first-ever bullring in the world. Despite the high temperatures, pupils were very upbeat and showed great interest in the buildings and beauty of the town.
We then set off for Marbella, where pupils had the opportunity to continue practising their linguistic skills by shopping for ice creams and churros. We finished the day by spending some quality time at the pool back at the hotel and working on our Spanish booklets.
On day three we finally had a very much needed lie in! After a fantastic Spanish breakfast, the excitement of the water park could not be contained. We arrived at Aqualand, one the largest water parks in the south of Spain, where pupils had time to enjoy the rides and some sunshine.
Day four saw us travelling from our hotel to Malaga, where we spent the day visiting Gibralfaro Castle, the Roman Ruins in the town centre and having lunch at a local restaurant, where pupils ordered their food in Spanish.
Even though we had a long and delayed journey home, Mr Gutierrez and Miss Shopova hope all of our pupils enjoyed Spain and the culture. Mr Gutierrez would like to thank all parents for their support, to our pupils for their incredible enthusiasm to practise their linguistic skills and to Miss Shopova for her invaluable help on the trip. Hasta la proxima!