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Trips led by our Modern Foreign Languages department provide our students with a perfect opportunity to develop their confidence and enhance their language skills, whilst gaining a first-hand awareness of a country’s culture and heritage.

Year 10 student Jessica provides a first-hand insight into her recent trip to Madrid, with fellow GCSE Spanish students.

“During the May half term, I and a large group of Year 10 GCSE Spanish students, accompanied by our Spanish teachers, flew to Madrid for a four day tour of the Spanish capital.

Our packed schedule opened with a visit to one of the city’s largest and most beautiful parks, Parque del Buen Retiro, “Park of the Pleasant Retreat”, which included the grand 19th century glasshouse Palacio de Cristal. Having explored the park’s avenues we set out for the Warner Brothers theme park. After spending several hours on a number of exhilarating rides we returned exhausted to the capital. Dinner provided us with an opportunity to sample some of the city’s renowned tapas dishes, I particularly enjoyed the calamari.

On day two our teachers led us to a number of the city’s most popular destinations, including Real Madrid’s football stadium el Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Plaza de Espana in the heart of the captial, and to the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Jardines de Sabatini. We had lunch in one of Madrid’s markets, and bought plenty of churros, a sweet pasty snack. We also had time to visit el Museo Reina Sofia, which is home to a large collection of 20th century art.

That evening we had an American themed dinner at the Hard Rock Café. To mark my birthday staff gave me a brownie with a candle on top and made me stand on a chair whilst everyone sang happy birthday to me.

On the hottest day of the trip we returned to the Parque del Buen Retiro to hire canoes. We spent the morning splashing about on the lake in an attempt to cool off. That afternoon we had some free time to go around the shops, with all of the girls heading straight to Sephora to buy makeup, with the boys returning with fidget spinners.

That night we ate at an Italian restaurant. Following dinner we played football in the square, and met with some local students.

By 7.00 a.m. on our final day we had our suitcases ready for our departure back to Liverpool. Before our flight we had time to travel to Toledo, located an hour outside of Madrid. We all enjoyed a bus tour of the city’s beautiful old town. Our tour guide provided us with a fantastic insight into the history of the town, including how marzipan was first made. Our tour complete we headed to the airport to fly home.

Madrid was a fantastic experience, one which provided us with a great opportunity to put our GCSE Spanish into practice.

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