Gaelic football, afternoon tea and a Ceilidh were just some of the activities enjoyed by Spanish students visiting Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy.

Twenty-one Year 8 students and two teachers from our partner school, Colexio Guillelme Brown in Spain, came to Derby as part of an exchange trip.

They partnered up with Year 8 students and took part in a fun-filled week of activities and lessons.

The group enjoyed afternoon tea, a Gaelic football session, a Ceilidh and trips to the University of Derby, Pride Park Stadium, Matlock Bath and Alton Towers.

They also toured Saint Benedict and took part in lessons before rounding off the week by working with our students on an idea for a new app. They created posters detailing their designs and these were displayed as part of an exhibition.

Mr Orme, languages teacher, organised the week.

He said: “Everyone really enjoyed the week and we’ve had some fantastic feedback from the Spanish students and their teachers. It’s great for our students too because they make friends with people from other countries and they learn to speak Spanish. I think they tend to think that everyone in Spain speaks English but this helps them to realise that’s not the case and to understand the value of learning languages. An exchange like this also helps them to work on other skills like teamwork, communication and problem solving. They also stay in touch with each other for years.”

Spanish student, Karla Loreley, 12, said: “The week has been amazing, not only because I have known a new city and I have learned a lot of English, but because I have met a lot of new and wonderful people and I would love to see them again in the future.”

Our students will visit Colexio Guillelme Brown in 2021.

Mr Gritton said: “This is the fifth time we have run this exchange programme together and it is always a brilliant experience for our students who learn lots, find a new appreciation for language learning and make long-lasting friendships. Everyone made our Spanish visitors very welcome and we hope that they enjoyed their stay.”

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