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Hola! Spanish exchange trip success

Girls studying Spanish had the chance to put their language skills to the test during our October exchange trip with our partner school, I.E.S. San Juan Bautista, who are based in the centre of Madrid, Spain. This trip was the fifth exchange with the school in Madrid, and was a great opportunity to learn outside of language lessons and truly experience a whole new lifestyle.

For both the Spanish pupils in Sheffield and our pupils in Madrid, the exchange includes pupils being hosted by families and spending the weekend with them, attending lessons with exchange partners in their respective schools, and sightseeing with staff.

The Spanish pupils stayed with us from Wednesday 17th to Tuesday 23rd October. They enjoyed a welcome breakfast, being immersed in a different culture staying with their host families, and exploring the UK, visiting Sheffield city centre as well as Lincoln and York. Our pupils also had an amazing time and made close friends with the Spanish students - Grace, who documented the exchange trip in a blog, said, “It was great getting to know everyone’s different exchange students! We’ve learnt a lot about their culture and how different it is to ours. We all had a great time and it has been such a good experience!”

When they left, there were lots of heartfelt goodbyes. All pupils involved had a wonderful boost in confidence and enthusiasm in learning a new language and our pupils are really looking forward to visiting Madrid in the second part of the exchange at the end of March next year.

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