28th March 2014
Writing: Laurie Bishop (Year 9)
At the end of last term, 21 Spanish students from IES La Flota travelled to Amersham and Challoners to take part in the second leg of the Spanish Exchange 2014.
On their arrival the students went on a tour around Old Amersham and top Amersham to learn a bit about Amersham's past. Once they had seen all there was to see in Amersham they made their way to Challoner's to be greeted by their exchange partners, before dispersing to their corresponding exchange families to be settled in in their exchange accommodation. The weekend was spent wholly with exchange partners for private day trips: a trip to Thorpe Park was a popular choice, and there was a mixture of other activities.
The following Monday was a day trip to Cambridge for both the Challoner's and IES La Flota students. We left in school hours and after a long two hour journey we arrived in the city of Cambridge. Given a treasure hunt devised my Miss Ashton, we travelled around Cambridge finding listed landmarks in the city - and as evidence of us finding the landmark we were required to take group photos and write down facts about the place. This treasure hunt was followed by a relaxing but informative trip punting down the river Cam, which runs round behind many of the college buildings in Cambridge.
The next three days saw the La Flota students on day trips to London to visit many attractions such as the British Museum, London Eye, Buckingham Palace and The Tower of London - with the occasional oppurtunity to do a bit of shopping for souvenirs in places like Covent Garden, Camden Market and Oxford Market. This allowed the Spanish students to learn about Britain and its long history, and giving them time to explore modern British culture in the wide array of shops in London.
On the final evening a farewell dinner was booked at Pizza Express in Amersham. This gave the students a last chance to talk, and thank one another for what had generally been considered a successful exchange. The following morning saw rather emotional farewells to the students for now - but not for the last time as almost all students are still in contact with their partners and little exchanges are very likely in the future.
On behalf of all the students involved in the Murcia Exchange 2014, I would like to thank the staff who made it highly enjoyable for all of us.