2019 saw a very early, 3.45 a.m. start for students to visit Cantabria to extend and develop their use of Spanish. Thirty-three blurry eyed students from Years 8 to 11 met at Terminal 1, Manchester Airport for what turned out to be an excellent six days learning and developing Spanish speaking skills and getting to know an area of Spain not many tourists ever make it to. Based in the seaside town of Las Comillas, students made the most of days out to Santander, Santillana del Mar and Picos de Europa, amongst others.
Staff and students alike enjoyed all this beautiful part of Spain had to offer, and although the food choices could be unusual from time to time, new friendships were made which have carried on since our return to school. Key highlights for many included their time in Academia New which extended Spanish skills through to the hair raising cable car Fuente De with its almost vertical ascent to the plateau above and amazing views all round. The visit was rounded off by a visit to the Gehry designed Guggenheim museum in Bilbao before our return flight to Manchester via Frankfurt and a tired greeting by parents and carers just after midnight.