Students were given the opportunity to be involved in a Spanish Exchange. This initially involved RCC students staying with host families in Spain in May 2010. This was followed recently by IES Santos students staying with host families in Redcar.The trip was a huge success; the students got so much out of the trip. It developed their Spanish Speaking skills immensely. It helped them to understand the Spanish Culture, improved communication skills and enabled them to gain an insight into Spanish life.
The hospitality received in Montoro was second to none and host families welcomed our students with open arms and treat the students as if they were their own children. We were given the opportunity to look round the school, all the staff were really welcoming and students got to experience lessons within the school.
[singlepic id=1001 w=320 h=240 float=right]Lots of activities were provided including visits to Cordoba, Seville and Granada. Both staff and students thoroughly enjoyed their time in Spain. Students at the start of the trip were very apprehensive about staying with another family, it was lovely to see how this changed throughout the course of the trip, as they made long lasting relationships with the families and many students were in tears and didn’t want to leave the friends they had made.
Both staff and students kept in touch communicating through email and face book until it was time for the students to visit RCC. Everyone both staff and students alike were very excited awaiting the arrival of their newly found friends.
IES Santos staff and students arrived at RCC on Tuesday 3rd May 2011. Following the initial excitement and tears as friends and staff were reunited, students participated in a game of mini Olympics. Spanish students were then introduced to their host families.
The week progressed with lots of visits out to Whitby, Kirkleatham, and Newcastle Sage, where students had the opportunity to see the sites and climb Roseberry Topping. Both staff and students had a tour of the school and were involved in lessons working closely with the drama and arts department.
[singlepic id=950 w=320 h=240 float=left]The exchange came to an end with a leaving party for everyone to say their goodbyes on Sunday 8th of May 2011. This was a very emotional evening; however this is not the end but the start of a long relationship between the two schools, host families, staff, students and friends.
The experience for the students has been amazing, not only have they been on trips, gone to nice restaurants and built long term relationships. They have created newsletters, travel guides, participated in blogs and wrote articles reflecting on the whole experience which has improved their communication and language skills immensely.
The Spanish exchange has been a huge success for both schools; the exchange would not have been a success without the hard work, organization and kindness of many people. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved, staff and students at both schools and especially the host families who without them this event could not have gone ahead.
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Principal: Mrs Angela Sweeten
Redcar Academy, Kirkleatham Lane, Redcar, TS10 4AB
Tel: 01642 289211 •
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