This was our second visit to Mallorca, following the success of last year’s joint trip with King Edward VII School and Sheffield Girls' High School. Notre Dame students from Year 12 and Year 13 travelled out at the end of last term, to meet up with their partners and families from the Sant Josep Obrer Catholic School in Palma de Mallorca. Such excitement at the airport when they all met up! The trip was hugely successful; all students made new friends, both from the Mallorcan school and from the other two Sheffield schools and, from a teacher’s point of view, lots of Spanish was spoken and our students’ confidence grew as the week progressed.
As a parent myself, and a teacher, trips such as these are an invaluable boost to language-learning as well as helping children develop a sense of responsibility and independence. We are awaiting the imminent arrival of the Spanish exchange partners with great excitement, as all are keen to show off our school and city to the visitors.
Our thanks go to the parents who supported us, and to the students who were model ambassadors for their school, their city and their country, and who took every opportunity to develop their Spanish. Well done to all who took part!
Here are some of our exchange students receiving their Treasure Hunt Winners' Prize in El Pueblo Español en Palma: