The Best of BarcelonaOn Monday 15th February, fourteen Year 11 students and three Year 10 students along with Mrs Davenport, Mr Felton and myself went to Barcelona for a GCSE Spanish trip for four days. The students were very excited, arriving early and eagerly awaiting the arrival of the bus at 11.45am for a swift departure by 12 noon. We flew from Bristol airport and although most had flown before, there were few students who had not been in an airport or indeed on a plane. All enjoyed the experience, without any tears or anguish!
Within an hour of arriving in Spain, all students were beginning to get to know their surroundings with an evening stroll around the local area. They also were beginning to get into the swing of using the language by practising their speaking and listening skills when ordering food for themselves in restaurants.
During the trip they saw famous landmarks such as the Torre Agbar, La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, La Rambla, La Boquería Market, the Olympic Park and the Gothic Quarter of the city. All members of staff were extremely impressed with just how much they appreciated the architecture around Barcelona as well as experiencing a new culture. Students were eager to know more about the history, the life and culture of the city, as well as using the language and listening in on Spanish conversations as much as they could.
We did a tour of the Camp Nou football stadium, home of FC Barcelona, where we got see not only the pitch and trophy room but also the press conference room, the commentary box and changing rooms. Even those students who are not football fans said how much they enjoyed it and took lots of photos to show friends and family. Some said that this was the best part of the trip, despite not being a football fan!
We also had the opportunity to jump onto a cable car which essentially ran from one side of the main city to the other. Although one student said that she was scared of heights, she rose to the occasion and participated fully, being rewarded with a large chocolate waffle afterwards for her bravery! The only people to have shown any fear whatsoever during the trip was myself and Mrs Davenport who described the experience as ‘being put in our super panic zones’! The students appreciated the staffs’ bravery and enjoyed congratulating us on our achievements. We also celebrated with a chocolate waffle afterwards!
attitude and actions made us very proud. They listened and understood the importance of being vigilant with their belongings and it was a credit to them that there wasn’t a negative experience in this aspect.
The trip provided them with an opportunity to manage their own finances and to budget how much they had to spend each day, which is clearly an invaluable life skill and has helped them to become more independent and mature.
It’s safe to say that they absorbed everything the city had to offer them. Lots of life-long memories were made and new friendships were formed. It has made us very proud of how much their confidence grew over the trip in terms of not only using the language they have learnt in a classroom in a real life situation but also as individuals. The success of the trip is very much a credit to the students who went and they were an absolute pleasure to be around!
(CL for MFL Teacher)