Amidst the political turmoil that currently envelops Spain, twenty-nine Upper Remove (Year 10) pupils accompanied by three staff visited our partner school in Zaragoza (in the northern region of Aragón) for a week's exchange programme, returning on Sunday evening.
We visited Mr Sarriegui's home city, San Sebastián, and gained an appreciation of its fine cuisine and beautiful town and beaches.
We also saw the fine mudéjar architecture of the little city of Teruel and the even smaller nearby village of Albarracín. Within Zaragoza itself (the city of Caesar Augustus) we visited the Roman ruins which are mostly hidden below the current pavements, as well as the seat of the Aragón Autonomous Parliament which is housed in a beautiful Islamic palace called the Aljafería.
The particular highlight for our pupils was spending the school day in lessons, either in the Spanish language or in their English language classes. It was a fantastic week and we are very grateful to our hosts for the welcome we received, and for organising such an interesting programme. We look forward to the exchange students' return visit in March.