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Over the recent October half-term break, a group of Sixth Form Hispanists spent four days in southern Spain in the small Andalusian town of Benalmadena, accompanied by the Spanish assistant Miss Serrano and Head of Spanish Mr Barber.
The pupils were exceptionally lucky with the weather, blessed, as they were, with clear blue skies and temperatures in the mid-twenties. It was not, however, just rays of sunshine that they found themselves soaking up. They also imbibed the local Spanish culture, helped by the fact that they were staying with host families and attending lessons in the mornings.
Then, every day, once the morning’s lessons were over, the group was treated to a delicious variety of Spanish cuisine at the language school, before setting off on the expedition planned for the afternoon. The remainder of each day was no less instructive than the morning, with experiences ranging from understanding the culture and history of the town of Malaga, famous not least for being the birthplace of the renowned Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, to attending flamenco shows. The stay culminated in a kayaking tour around the beautifully picturesque lakes of El Chorro. Pupils returned in little doubt that the time had been well spent, with a real sense of fulfilment at the level of Spanish they had attained
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