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School Specialisms

Comenius trip to Spain

Programme: Comenius – As part of the two year Comenius project, SJCR students travel abroad to one of our partner countries. Countries involved in the Comenius Project include Spain, Italy, France, Czech Republic, Turkey and UK.

Title of the project: “The Piazza: Europe as a meeting place for European countries”

When: 14th to 18th May 2014

Where: Cadiz (Spain)


We arrived in Spain on Thursday and started our trip by visiting a local Spanish School, (IES Rafael Alberti) to discuss the plans for our trip. After taking a group picture with students and teachers from the other Comenius Project countries, we were put into groups with students from other countries to carry out various activities, including making banners and the decoration T-shirts with slogans about the Comenius Project, prior to the visit to an art exhibition. The final activity of the day was a tour the city on a tour bus and a chance to learn more about the history of the small city we were staying in. On Friday everyone from the project met at San Antonio Square, where we were again divided into groups with students from the other countries. We worked together on a quiz which took us round the four squares in the city to answer questions. When we arrived back at San Antonio there was a big exhibition which we participated in by marching around the square with the banners we had created the previous day. The atmosphere was amazing and we even had news reporters come and take pictures with a pictures of Ijaz, one of our party, appearing in the newspaper the following morning (see picture).

After a busy morning we had free time to go shopping and buy souvenirs and gifts for our family and friends, before meeting up at the Town Hall, where we were welcomed by the education and family ministers. This was followed by a guided tour of Cadiz, where we learnt a lot of interesting facts about the history of the town and its buildings. In the evening, we made our own way to dinner, which was great as were able to put our Spanish to the test and speak to the local people to find directions to the restaurant. We woke early on Saturday with all the members of the Comenius Project going out of the city of Cadiz to tour the Southern part of Spain. We visited a small old town call Vejer, which had a lot of history. We also visited a larger town called Tarifa, which is one of the windiest parts of Spain because it is near the sea. Our last destination was a museum in the middle of the mountains, which contained artefacts that the Romans left behind, such as their houses, stages and statues.

Going on this trip allowed us to practice our Spanish and to socialise and make friends with students from the other countries. 

By, Laura 9C, Zarin 9C, Adil 9S and Ijaz 9S