On Monday the 20th of March, thirteen students from Hispania College in Murcia, Spain joined The Arnewood School on a cultural exchange trip. The 5 girls and 8 boys, aged between 14 and 15 years old, spent four days soaking in the Arnewood experience. The students were accompanied by one member of staff from Hispania College. Miss Vincent took the organisational reins, creating a fun packed itinerary to make the most of the time the group would have together.
After an initial welcome the Spanish students were paired up with host students in a buddy system. The pairs attended lessons together, took lunch breaks together, and had the opportunity to learn about each other’s language and culture.
Mrs Hitchens conducted a special class teaching the students how to bake scones, which many of the Spanish students had not tried before. The next day the scones were enjoyed as a traditional afternoon tea complete with jam and clotted cream while everyone took part in a team quiz. The participants of the winning team each received a prize for their efforts.
On Wednesday the group was out of school all day on a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stonehenge and the ornate 13th-century, Salisbury Cathedral. On their last day the visitors attended a graduation ceremony, and each received certificates presented by Gryphon Trust CEO, Nigel Pressnell before departing Arnewood and heading back to Spain.