Our Visit to Rosas, Costa Brava (Spain), May 2016
On the 26th May, 28 years 10 and 9 students and 4 staff went to Rosas in Costa Brava in sunny, sunny Spain ( actually, weather wise we had a right mixed bag as they say in this neck of the woods : sun, clouds, showers, thunder, lightning, more sun....we even had a power cut for five minutes at the hotel due to summer storms!).
Nonetheless we had a fantastic time and the students were a credit to themselves, their families and the school.
The drivers, Darren and Paul, also made a great contribution to make the trip a real success.
On the way down to Spain we stopped at the Millau bridge where our students saw the amazing product of modern design and engineering and they also saw samples of the traditional French floor toilets much to the amusement of our female contingent. The views of the valley from the Millau bridge are breath taking and I hope they stay in our students' minds for a very long time - all the selfies they took will help bring those memories to life no doubt.
When we arrived to the hotel on Friday afternoon, whilst I was sorting out all the logistics with the tour rep, the students and staff went for a splash in the pool. After dinner we went for a stroll along the boulevard and it was great to see all the excitement when they saw the beach!! We went for a lovely walk and "gate crashed" a German garden party, doing a spontaneous flash-mob to "Sweet Caroline" and "YMCA".
Next day it was an early start to go on a day trip to the magnificent city of Barcelona - we went to Camp Nou, a couple of students bought for 30 euros a box with grass from the pitch where Leo Messi shows his magic! An expensive but unique souvenir. Then we went to Parc Güell , designed by Barcelona's famous architect Antoni Gaudi - we arrived a bit late but we still had an hour and a half to enjoy, at leisure, some of the highlights of the park. Finally we spent the rest of the afternoon at Tibidabo theme park where apart from enjoying the rides, we could also enjoy stunning views of the city. In the evening we went to watch the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atlético . I must admit that I was not very pleased with the result :(
The following day we spent the morning at Figueres where we went to the Dali museum and did a quiz (congratulations to Emma Stainer the winner, and Louise Stainer and Hannah Bailes the two runners up). We also did some shopping and then we went to the water park in Lloret de Mar for the rest of the afternoon. In the evening we went on the disco train ride along the bay of Rosas and saw superb views of the town at dusk. We then returned to the hotel to relax, playing pool and also improving international relationships; we had a great time joining the French and Spanish pensioners who taught us a few moves and how to keep young thanks to music and dance.
On Monday morning we went on a boat cruise to Cadaqués where the students had to do a shopping task challenge, which was successfully completed by all. We were planning an afternoon on the beach , but it had to be cancelled as there was a big thunder storm with power cut included....we decided to swim in the pool in the rain!! In the evening "operation Jean Pierre" continued and we had a great time mingling with the pensioners on the dance floor.
On the following morning we had to depart from the hotel but our adventure was not nearly over yet. We went to the language school and then did some shopping. When we left the hotel, we were told by the staff at reception that we were the best school group the hotel ever had. On our way back home, we stopped at the historical French city of Narbonne to see the beautiful cathedral and sample some French culture and create some more memories to cherish. Mine I will not forget as a bird decided to leave a "souvenir" all over me.
I would like to thank once again all the students who took part on the trip for being such great company and to the staff who demonstrated the highest standards of duty of care and commitment to make the trip so enjoyable and successful. ¡Viva Rosas!
“Spain was by far the best residential I’ve been on!
I will forever remember the memories I made whilst I was there. We explored loads of different places in Spain (and in France on the way home), which was so much fun, but at the same time we were improving our Spanish speaking skills.
If I had the opportunity, I would definitely go again and I would certainly recommend it to other students!
I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the amazing teachers who took us and cared for us whilst we were there, you all made the trip worthy!”
Imogen Coney, year 10
“I would definitely recommend the trip to Spain to the younger students. It was a fantastic experience and we all had a really good time in those six days. We got to know the Spanish culture better and we also learnt new language and accents.
The teachers in the trip were a right laugh and went out of their way to make sure that the trip was fun, even on the coach journey, everybody bonded and had a laugh. My favourite part has got to be “Waterworld” in Lloret de Mar and “Camp Nou” in Barcelona, places I wouldn’t normally get to experience but I am glad I have”
Hannah Cryer, year 10