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St Philip Howard Catholic High School to Le Touquet

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On Monday a group of 48 students and 5 teachers set off by coach to Le Touquet in Northern France.

After a smooth and pleasant ferry crossing, the group visited the recently refurbished sealife centre, Nausicàa, in Boulogne before heading to Collège Jean Jaurès in Etaples to meet their French penpals.

The Speed Meeting activity flowed very well and the students overcame their initial shyness and were soon chatting in a wonderful mix of ‘franglais’!

Tuesday morning was when the Carousel of Bilingual Activities took place and saw students working together in their mixed bilingual teams on activities such as Bananagram, Toilet Paper Fashion and Pictionary. A perfect opportunity for more ‘franglais’ and bilingual team building.

Wednesday was the day trip to the musée Somme in Albert and a visit to the Christmas Market and a game of bowling in Amiens.

On Thursday the St Philip Howard students were given the task of buying and preparing their own lunch from the Le Touquet market; a mini French Master Chef experience! The afternoon was the Scavenger Hunt in bilingual teams, followed by a very successful disco.

Friday morning was the quiz at school with a meal in the school canteen with the French penpals before heading off for a shopping trip to Cité Europe en route for home.

A wonderful and unforgettable experience for all involved.

Felpham Community College to Jaén

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On Thursday, a group of students from Felpham Community College flew from Gatwick to Malaga in Spain for a 5 day trip to Jaén in southern Spain. After a visit to Malaga beach for a picnic and some games, the group enjoyed a walking tour of the city and a lovely meal at a Spanish restaurant before driving to Jaén where everyone was asleep as soon as their heads hit the pillow in our comfortable hotel!

The following morning, the group met up with their penpals from IES Fuente de la Peña High School in Jaén for a morning of bilingual activities followed by a Scavenger Hunt, getting to know the beautiful city of Jaén.

On Saturday the English group set off for Granada and after a guided tour of the fabulous Alhambra Palace, visited Granada Science Park and enjoyed a meal in a lovely Spanish restaurant.

On Sunday after a visit to the Castillo de Santa Catalina, we enjoyed a lovely countryside walk despite the unusually bad weather! The day was rounded off with a great fun evening disco together. Loads of dancing and having fun together!

On Monday, the English group waved Jaén “adiós” before heading off for a final day sightseeing in the fantastic city of Madrid and flying home having had a brilliant trip.

IES Fuente de la Peña to Davison High School

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In June, students at Davison High School, Worthing were happy to welcome a group of Spanish students from IES Fuente de la Peña High School and José Nogué Escuela de Arte in Jaén, southern Spain for a week’s visit.

After a day travelling and a flight from Madrid the group received a warm welcome from their host families and made their way to their host homes and a welcoming evening meal.

The next day the Spanish group enjoyed a morning’s Scavenger Hunt in Worthing Town before re-joining their Davison hosts and penpals for some fun bilingual activities at school in the afternoon.

On Thursday, the Spanish students travelled up to London for sightseeing taking in Buckingham Palace, Westminster and a river cruise along the Thames.

Friday saw the Spanish and English groups meeting up for more bilingual activities followed by an outing to Lewes for the Spanish group and a tour around the beautiful town and castle.

On Saturday, both the Spanish students and their teachers and the Davison Junior Euro Reps enjoyed a day in London – this time taking in the British Museum, Regents Park and plenty of shopping at Camden Market.

After a Sunday spent with their host families, the groups met up again in the morning for more bilingual activities after which the Spanish group headed off to enjoy an afternoon in Brighton before setting off back to Worthing for a great fun final night with their English friends at the Worthing Bowling Alley.

In the morning, the Spanish group waved goodbye to their Davison friends but with a promise to come back next year!

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