41 students from years 8, 9 and 10 and 4 teachers, enjoyed a gloriously sunny and action packed few days in Catalonia during PINC week. Based in Tossa de Mar, a small seaside resort with a curved beach overlooked by a castle, the group travelled to Barcelona, Girona, Figueres and the theme park Port Aventura.
In Barcelona they visited the monumental zone of Parc Guell and took in the views across the city before taking a sight-seeing tour en route to the Ramblas. We strolled down the Ramblas taking in the human statues and street artists, some students visited the market while others preferred to sample the Spanish burgers in McDonalds! The afternoon was spent immersed in football in Camp Nou, cited as the highlight of the trip for those mad on football.
In Girona they visited a Cathedral, walked Roman and Medieval Walls and then had some free time to enjoy the shops and cafes and practice their Spanish. One adventurous, and very civilised, group ordered a meal in Spanish at an authentic café. Many of us enjoyed an ice cream before getting back on the coach to Figueres. Before arriving at the Dalí museum Mr Green gave us a background briefing on the artist and his work. I think it is true to say that students saw art which they had never imagined,¡muy diferente!
Portaventura provided all the thrills and spills a theme park should offer with the fastest roller coaster in Europe, Furios Baco and the equally terrifying Shambala.
Evenings were spent on the beach, enjoying games of beach football, quizzes and on the Thursday evening a typical Spanish festival. The festival of Sant Joan (St John) was celebrated on the beach with fire crackers, fireworks and a bonfire. The supermarket became a regular stop off on the way back to the hotel, providing students with another chance to practice their Spanish.
The teachers were really impressed with the amount of Spanish the pupils (and Mr Meredith) spoke, new friendships were formed between the year groups and behaviour was excellent throughout. While the trip was over far too soon we hope the experience and memories will endure.