Spanish Department - Barcelona Trip ‘15

On the morning of Monday 15th June 45 of the School’s most enthusiastic Spanish students congregated at Belfast International Airport where they set off on a five day trip to Barcelona, during which time they broadened their horizons by engaging in a variety of ediucational, enjoyable and worthwhile activities. 

After arriving at their destination of El Prat de Llobregat Airport at lunchtime on the Monday, the GGS delegation headed to the Plaza de España for some food before travelling down to Salou by coach. In the evening, following a buffet dinner where some pupils proved extremely adventurous, sampling such delicacies as shrimp, fish and paella, the party then walked down to the centre of Salou for a quick spot of retail therapy before heading back to the hotel for some relaxation before bed. 

The focus of day two was a trip to Barcelona, which saw the group embark on a guided tour of the city which took in: the Olympic Stadium, Montjuic, the Plaza Mayor and the Sagrada Familia before the delegation finally headed to FC Barcelona's iconic Nou Camp stadium, scene of so many memorable footballing encounters (including Manchester United's remarkable comeback in the 1999 Champions' League final again Bayern Munich). After a short return to the hotel the evening was then spent relaxing at the nearby beach.

On day three the pupils visited L’Aquarium Barcelona, which proved highly entertaining and educational, before again spending the evening at Salou beach and then the pool, followed by a short walk and a visit to ‘Dunkin Doughnuts’! Day four, the group’s final full day, meanwhile, provided the highlight of the trip when the GGS contingent visited Port Avetura Theme Park, where they enjoyed the opportunity to experience the huge range or rides and activities on offer, all against the backdrop of the glorious Spanish sunshine.

Upon arrival back at Aldergrove on Friday 19th June Grosvenor’s delegation was able to reflect on a trip which had afforded them many opportunities to take in the sites and attractions of Barcelona and the surrounding area while, most importantly, helping the pupils to develop their language skills, which will only help them when it comes to future external examinations.

Many thanks to Head of Spanish Mrs Amanda Salt whose diligent organization of the trip made it possible, as well as fellow Spanish teacher Mrs Julie Hay and colleagues Mr Jonathan Arnold, Ms Lorraine Gray and Mr Mark Deuchers, without whose willing attendance the trip would not have been able to run so successfully. 

We look forward to following the further adventures of the GGS Spanish Department throughout the academic year 2015/2016.

 

 

Grosvenor's Barcelona '15 contingent during its guided tour of the city on Tuesday 16th June

A number of Grosvenor pupils enjoy some relaxation during their trip to Barcelona in June