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Spanish Exchange 2014

Posted On: 03/12/14

Thank you to Eleanor Oakes; a student who was involved with this years Spanish Exchange, for submitting the report below and photos from the trip.

Extremely early on Wednesday 19th November 2014, 17 students from Joyce Frankland Academy Newport years 9 and 10, flew to Madrid for the return leg of our Spanish Exchange. The Spanish students from Carmen Conde in Las Rozas visited in June last school year and it was now our turn. When we arrived we received a warm welcome from our host families and spent the night getting to know them.

In the following days we visited the beautiful city of Toledo and learnt lots about its fascinating historical value. Friday morning we had a presentation on the main points of interest in Madrid. In the afternoon we got the chance to explore the town of Las Rozas. Students had the privilege of meeting the Mayor of Las Rozas and participated in a question and answer session in which we learnt even more about the rich Spanish culture.

Over the weekend the Spanish and English students spent time with their host families and often met up in the evenings to socialise. We enjoyed traditional Spanish cuisine with our host families and took part in many unique activities.

On Monday morning we had an English class with a different group of Spanish students and had fun answering a quiz together. We then headed to Madrid, where we saw some amazing monuments and museums such as the Prado museum, the Retiro Park and the Reina Sofia, where the world renowned Guernica is housed. That evening we also saw Real Madrid’s Bernabéu stadium. The next day we got to visit Madrid again to see the beautiful Royal Palace and take a walking tour around the centre.

On our last day in Spain we spent the day in Valle de los Caídos followed by El Escorial, the royal residence. There were many tears as we said our goodbyes and headed to the airport for our flight home. We had a brilliant time on the exchange, had a chance to use our Spanish and formed some strong friendships. Special thanks to Mr Rumsey for organising the trip, and Mrs Strong for putting up with us all week!

- Eleanor Oakes, Year 9