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Sports, museum visits and beautiful Spanish culture, are just some of the great experiences the students took part in over the Easter holidays…
Trip to Madrid
On the 30th March eleven Spanish students from years 12 and 13 made an early start to travel to Madrid for a week, the aim of the trip was to enhance their linguistic skills – and what better way than to head for Spain. The students were able to not only use their language skills, but the trip allowed them to improve their overall cultural awareness.
Upon arrival, the students wasted no time and headed straight for the beautiful Parque del Buen Retiro to relax and watch the wonderful on goings of the sites around them. They then took an excursion and went along to the Prado Museum to contemplate the masterpieces of artists such as Goya and Velάsquez.
Each morning the students had 4 hours of intensive Spanish lessons with native speakers at the Linguarama Language School, where they were encouraged to communicate entirely in Spanish. Afternoons and evenings were then spent visiting other cultural sites in Madrid, such as Puerta del Sol, the Reina Sofia Museum – where the students saw Picasso’s ‘Guernica’.
Keeping things busy, the students also took an open-top bus tour of the city, during which they unexpectedly held up at the Royal Palace, whilst the King Juan Carlos and other important figures made their way to an important engagement.
Highlights of the trip were not only the Spanish cuisine, but experiencing the incredible atmosphere of the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu as they witnessed Real Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League Quarter Final.
Cricket Trip to Malaga
On the 12th April, students were up at the crack of dawn ready for their flight to Malaga. By 6am the team had arrived at the airport and were loading their all-important cricket kit, ready for their flight at 7am!
Upon arrival in Malaga, the team were greeted with glorious sunshine and wasted no time in collecting their kit and heading to get ready for their first training session at the Cartama Oval.
The next day was the day of their first game against Winchester College, where they lost narrowly, still, there were many positives that were taken from the game with some good individual performances. In the evening, away from cricket, the team enjoyed a fun filled game of tenpin bowling which everyone enjoyed, including Mr Boswell and Mr Hartley. After sampling some of the great Spanish cuisine, the team headed back to their hotel for some much needed rest.
Over their final few days, students played against Radley College which saw many pleasing performances most notably, Ben Trembling’s superb 90 runs in a match that was sure to help everyone prepare for the upcoming season with a high standard of cricket, and on the final day the Trent team came out deserved winners against a strong Radley team.
After the final game the team packed up their kit ready for their evening return flight home. They then travelled to the Cartama football ground, where they enjoyed playing some football on the super football pitch before heading to the airport.
The team enjoyed a fantastic tour and the experience was one to remember. The facilities and the standard of cricket were superb and set them in a good position for the forthcoming season.
Tennis Tour 2014
On the 12th of April, a combination of both year 9 and year 10 students accompanied by Miss Salisbury and Mrs Harris began their tour with an exceptionally early meet of 3:40am! Although for the vast majority of the students the early start didn’t feel too difficult as they were all in a state of excitement and anticipation to what was about to unfold.
Upon arrival in Alicante, Spain, no students looked back due to the constant stream of activities. Throughout the trip, all of the students worked hard at their personal tennis developments. For many of them, this was their first experience of playing on clay, however after their 5 day stay, they were all extremely able. Collo, who headed up the students coaching sessions, was a phenomenal coach and really assisted the students and worked with each individual.
When the students were not playing tennis, they participated in beach sports at the stunning local beach. These included paddle boarding and windsurfing, which proved many of their competitive spirits.
Paige Gillott, year 10 student says ‘ In my opinion the Tennis tour was one of the best experiences of my life, not only improving my tennis skills drastically, but also the fun I had with my peers, many of those being students I had not had chance to get to know before this trip. Huge thanks to Miss Salisbury for putting on such an unbelievable tour, and also to Mrs Harris for her accompaniment".
Paige, who is one of three students who were nominated to be ‘Best Tourist’ for the level of effort, helpfulness and enthusiasm. Niamh Cullen, also from year 10 and Laura Cooper, year 9 were also awarded – well done girls.