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2015 ISI Inspection Report

Excellent in every category

Spanish Trip

28 girls improved their Spanish speaking skills on a trip to Spain at Easter.

In the spring break 28 girls went on a week-long educational trip to Benalmádena in Southern Spain, accompanied by Mrs Dwyer, Mrs Formoy and Nurse Abby.  In groups of two and three, they stayed with host families living within a twenty minute radius on foot of Colegio Maravillas.  Mornings were spent at Colegio Maravillas, having language lessons with Rosa and Pedro and break and lunch on the roof top terrace.  Then in the afternoon there were activities.  These were a walking tour of Benalmádena, a flamenco lesson, a trip to the nearby white village of Mijas and a sports afternoon down on the beach in the sunshine.

Everyone also enjoyed a whole-day trip to Málaga, where a visit was made to the ruins of the Roman theatre and the Alcazaba, the 11th century Arabic fortress that is the city’s most important landmark and which commands a magnificent view of the city and the port.

Food is always a highlight of school trips and everyone tried everything offered by the host families when they ate with them in the evening.  In the interests of scientific enquiry, the girls and staff sampled many ice-creams and also the beautiful paella served at the school.  The final evening, everyone ate together in a sea-front restaurant where they were serenaded on the spur of the moment by a ladies’ choir visiting the area to participate in a singing competition. 

Not only will there be many happy memories of a wonderful trip but everyone is now very confident to speak Spanish, building on the success they had speaking it throughout the week.