the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
Spanish students explore Salamanca
03 May 2019
In the very early hours of Monday 1 April 2019, 16 girls studying GCSE Spanish, accompanied by myself and Miss López, left from EHS to board a flight from Gatwick Airport to Madrid, to be later transferred to the Spanish university city of Salamanca. After a very intense morning exploring Madrid’s Museo Reina Sofia and its city centre, we arrived in Salamanca in the late afternoon, where the girls met their host families and had a first opportunity to get to know them and practise their Spanish.
On Tuesday morning, the girls were taken to the ISLA language school where they had intensive Spanish lessons for the following four days. Lessons took place in the morning, and after eating lunch with the host families, the girls experienced a range of cultural activities which included a tour of Salamanca, a magic show, karaoke, a visit to the cathedral, a tapas tour and a salsa dancing lesson. There was also a photographic competition, in which all girls were asked to take four creative photos around Salamanca. On Wednesday morning, the girls also enjoyed a typically Spanish breakfast of chocolate con churros which was greatly enjoyed by all (I certainly loved it!).
On the last full day, we had the opportunity to go on a day trip to visit some very traditional villages in a beautiful natural area called Sierra de Francia. We visited the astonishing villages of Mogarraz and La Alberca, with their well-preserved old buildings and houses, full of history and character.
On the early morning of Sunday, we left Salamanca for Madrid. After a very long journey, we arrived back in school at midday, feeling rather exhausted but happy to have spent an excellent week learning about the Spanish language and culture in an authentic setting.
Our second trip to Salamanca has been a great success, and we are now looking forward to organising a return to ISLA language school next Easter. My most heartfelt thanks must go to all girls for their effort and positivity, and above all to Miss López for her support and contribution to make this trip such a successful experience for everyone.
Mr Flox Nieva
Head of Spanish
Spanish students visit Salamanca
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