Students embark on European adventure

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More than 30 Ripley students experienced Spanish and French culture first-hand during a week-long trip.

Students from Years Eight, Nine and Ten at the Ripley Academy travelled to France before making their way on to Barcelona.

In France, students saw the sights and visited major landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and Arc De Triomphe.

Then they travelled to Barcelona where they visited the underground wine caves, the Montserrat Monastery, the medieval town of Gerona, the open air market, the Nou Camp stadium, La Segrada Familia and Las Ramblas.

Robin Pardo Roques, curriculum area leader for modern foreign languages, lead the trip and said it was a fantastic experience for students.

He said: “They were a great group of students to take to Spain as they were really excited and enthusiastic about being there, they really benefited from it.

“They experienced a different culture and tried Spanish food like paella. They developed their social skills and gained a deeper understanding of the language.

“Travelling abroad also shows them that there’s a lot more out there for them to explore and hopefully they shared it all with their families when they returned. They also realised that what they are learning in class really works.”

Tyler Spencer, 13, said he thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

He said: “One of my favourite things that we did was visit the Nou Camp, we had a look around and a tour of the stadium.

“We were doing something every day and we had to use our Spanish to order food and ask directions.

“I was a bit nervous at first but the more I spoke in Spanish, the more my confidence grew.”

Leah Careless, 15, said her Spanish improved during the course of the trip.

She said: “We went out for a meal one night and Mr Pardo Roques said he would pay for it if we ordered it all in Spanish. We did it and we also tried lots of Spanish food like squid and octopus.”

Megan Lewis-Fearn, 15, said she now felt more confident speaking Spanish.

She said: “We ordered food and drinks in Spanish and asked people for directions.

“They spoke quite fast but when they realised we were English they slowed down a bit. It was a great experience and allowed us to put what we had learnt in our lessons into practice.”