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Students and teachers from Granada, Spain, with their hosts and Head of Spanish Mr P. Loughran - View Full Size Image
Students and teachers from Granada, Spain, with their hosts and Head of Spanish Mr P. Loughran

A group of students and teachers from Granada, Spain, has spent 10 days with sixth form students from Loreto College Coleraine recently as part of an ongoing exchange programme.† Organised by Head of Spanish Mr Peter Loughran, the Exchange aims to enhance studentsí language skills as well as their understanding and appreciation of each otherís culture and customs.

The trip was a return visit, as a party of thirteen Year 13 students from Loreto College had already spent ten days with their partner students in Granada in April 2011.† The Loreto College Granada Exchange is organised in conjunction with fellow A level Spanish students and their teachers from three schools in Co. Armagh: St Paulís High School Bessbrook, St Catherineís College Armagh and St Michaelís Grammar School Lurgan.

During their visit, the Spanish students gained several daysí experience of everyday life as a sixth form student at Loreto College, as well as sampling family life with their host students.† They also enjoyed trips to some of Northern Irelandís main tourist attractions: Portrush, the Giantís Causeway, the W5 Centre and shopping areas of Belfast as well as a day trip to the historic and scenic attractions of Derry.† The students were, of course, encouraged to perfect their use of English during the trip, and to benefit from their experience of everyday life in Northern Ireland, even if this did occasionally involve some rather unpleasant weather.† In turn the opportunity was there for Loreto Collegeís host students to practise their Spanish Ė especially important as these students are all preparing for the A level Spanish examinations later in the year.

Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, was delighted to welcome the Spanish visitors to the school, and congratulated all the staff and students on the excellent collaborative partnership which existed across the Coleraine Ė Granada link.