First Spanish Exchange Programme for King's
At the start of February, a group of Fourth and Fifth Form pupils studying GCSE Spanish took part in our first ever Spanish exchange programme.
Welcoming Spanish pupils from two schools in Valencia, British School Alzira and British School Xativa, pupils either stayed with us in one of our boarding houses, or, if paired with a day pupil, went home with their new British friend.
Over six days, the group enjoyed day trips to destinations such as Stonehenge, Bristol, Bath and Exeter, to visit various historical sites and landmarks whilst having some free time to visit shops around the cities. Each evening, was spent getting know everyone better, and on the Saturday evening, some Spanish pupils even accompanied their new friends to the Taylor House ball!
During the half term break, the Spanish leg of the exchange commenced, affording everyone some lovely springtime Spanish sunshine. Throughout the week, the group visited places of historic and cultural importance in and around Valencia.
Some pupils visited beaches and seafood restaurants, whilst others went to classic Valencian festivals, met up with friends or took early walks up in the mountains.
Everyone enjoyed the trip to the old part of Valencia city, walking through the old streets and looking at classical buildings, even seeing a bull ring in the centre among the shops. And on their final day, the group visited a Fallas factory where they learned about the process of making the intricate, detailed and very large statues. These statues, which can hold meanings relating to social or political issues, are made over the year and are then burned down for the festival. This was an ideal opportunity to learn more about Spanish customs while practicing Spanish language skills!
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the exchange and we warmly thank Dr Burgos for planning and co-ordinating the whole programme and to Dr Snell for making an excellent wing man! We look forward to future exchanges and to keeping in touch with our new friends.
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