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Cobham Free School to Jaén, 20th – 25th October 2017

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Combination Languages last trip of 2017 was also a first as we welcomed a group of 30 students from Cobham Free School for the first time to Jaén.  The group met their pen pals from IES Az Zait at a Fun Day kindly hosted by Software del Sol.  They took part in a range of activities such as Padal, Table Football and Mini Golf in mixed bilingual teams and this was a great way to break the ice!  The experience continued with further activities in the school, a Scavenger Hunt in Jaén, an insightful visit to the Alhambra Palace in Granada, a tasty tapas evening and a visit to el Castillo de Santa Catalina and the Arab Baths.  The 6-day trip was rounded off by the last night disco where students relaxed and had fun with their new International friends, before heading off to Madrid the next day for a tour before travelling home.

‘A really fun experience to meet new people and to explore Spain.’  Becky

‘My pen pal and I have become good friends and we still talk now.’

‘The Tour Guide in Malaga was funny and interactive.’

‘The Alhambra was amazing.  I would go again!’

‘I enjoyed spending time with the Spanish students and my pen pal was really nice and very quirky!’  Gabrielle

Davison CE High School for Girls to Jaén, 19th – 23rd October 2017

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38 Davison girls and their 4 teachers spent 5 days immersing themselves in Spanish culture in October this year.  They jumped into the Spanish way of life by getting to know students from IES Fuente de la Peña and by visiting historical places of interest such as the Castillo de Santa Catalina in Jaén and the Alhambra palace in Granada.  The trip was rounded off by a very interesting walking tour of Madrid by the enigmatic Enrique!

‘The Madrid walking tour was so engaging and exciting!’ 

‘So glad I went.  The whole experience was educational and fun.  I would recommend it 100%.

‘The Tour Reps made the learning really fun!’

‘I loved the Science Park.  The bird show especially.’

‘Such an informative, outstanding, educational trip full of opportunities.  You get to meet amazing people and it was the best trip yet.’

Davison CE High School for Girls to Berlin, 10th – 14th July 2017

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40 Davison girls and their 4 teachers spent an amazing 5 days visiting the capital city of Germany and getting an in-depth look into it’s history, culture and language. 

Highlights included meeting students from Bettina-von-Arnim-Schule and getting to know them through bilingual games in the park, a camera challenge along the East Side Gallery and social events such as bowling and a meal out.  The group also enjoyed visiting The Berlin Zoo, The Reichstag and Sachsenhasen.  Tour Guide Maria brought these places alive with her vivid, thoughtful explanations.

Here is what some of the Davison girls had to say about the trip:

‘Our Rep, Tom, was really engaging and it was easy to ask him questions.’  Lara.

‘We had great fun with the German students.  Such a laugh!  Victoria

‘I found the concentration camp really interesting.’  Eden

‘The Scavenger Hunt was extremely funny.  I loved it!  Erin