15 students from year 9 took part in a very successful and extremely enjoyable six-day Spanish Trip to Barcelona. This was organised by the MFL department in order to raise cultural awareness and to give Spanish students a chance to practise their speaking skills!
Students left school early on the Thursday morning and, after catching the plane from London to Barcelona, arrived safely at their destination and settled in the hotel. The second day began with a visit to the Picasso Museum which is a key resource for understanding the formative years of Pablo Picasso, housing an important representation of works from 1917 and the series Las Meninas. Later, students had the chance to practice their Spanish when they visited the famous boulevard Las Ramblas which runs through the heart of the city centre. This was followed by a trip to La Boquería Market where the students were able to buy fresh products using their language skills. In the afternoon, students visited a ceramic workshop where they had the opportunity to make and paint a ceramic ornament of the cathedral La Sagrada Familia. The day ended at Park de la Ciutadella, an idyllic park where everyone enjoyed a nice relaxing walk.
The third day began with students exploring the famous Parc Güell. From here, they carried on to La Sagrada Familia, a large unfinished Roman Catholic basilica. Later, students attended a Flamenco Workshop and they were able to experience dancing this typical Spanish dance. The afternoon was spent walking around El Barrio Gótico; the quarter encompasses the oldest parts of the city and includes the remains of the city’s Roman wall and medieval landmarks. The final stop was at the beautiful gothic Barcelona Cathedral.
On day four, a visit to the Museu Nacional d’ Art de Catalunya allowed students to learn about different Catalan art and design from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The afternoon was spent at the Olympic Park Barcelona, where students went around all the main facilities that were used for the 1992 Olympic Games.
The return flight was delayed because of Storm Ciara, so students were relocated to another hotel and spent the fifth day relaxing and enjoying a day at Playa Sitges.
Sadly, Rockwood students finally had to say “adios” and return home. The students made great efforts to practise their Spanish during their stay in Barcelona – this meant they were a real credit to the school and a pleasure to take abroad!