Highlights of day 2 were sitting in the comfy seats of the player’s dug out in the sunshine, at Barcelona’s Camp Nou Stadium and imagining reporting from the commentary boxes.
Students really enjoyed day 3’s visit to a Spanish school: ‘Colegi Inmaculda Concepcio de Gava’, where despite initial nerves students fluently conversed with Spanish students and it was difficult to stop them talking by the end of the visit. The students swapped numbers with their new Spanish friends and were impressed with how much they could find in common with people who previously had been strangers from another country. All students really excelled themselves and Miss Dunleavy is extremely proud of Leah Barlow; Erica Craveiro; Acecia Gamble; Kayleigh Holland; Grace Kabouadiko; Josh McVety; Sam Palmer and Ethan Smith who behaved as excellent ambassadors for Broadoak School and the Dean Trust. Students were a pleasure to be with and really worked hard.
That afternoon Josh McVety held his own amongst a semi-professional team of 18 year olds: ‘Unión Deportiva Vista Alegre’ based in the seaside town of Casteldefels and was congratulated by the team for playing really well and awarded with one of their football shirts as a momento of the experience.
On the last day students in groups navigated their way to Gaudi’s enormous and awe-inspiring Sagrada Familia Cathedral, using maps of Barcelona. The winning team was Leah Barlow; Acecia Gamble and Kayleigh Holland, who were led by Leah’s incredible navigation skills, which had helped keep the whole group on the right track all week. We just managed to fit in spectacular views of Barcelona from Montjuic, before catching the bus to the beach for crepes and then picking cases up from the hostel and off to the airport; a real transport challenge.
Miss Dunleavy is already planning the Spanish trip for next year where it is hoped students will stay in ‘Hotel Ciudad de Casteldefels’, near the beach; visit the Spanish school in Gava; kayak in the sea and visit Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral and Montjuic in Barcelona.