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Students and Spanish Department members with their Exchange partners from Granada, Spain - View Full Size Image
Students and Spanish Department members with their Exchange partners from Granada, Spain
14/10/2014 SPANISH VISITORS ENJOY LORETO COLLEGE TRIP

A group of students and teachers from Granada, Spain, has spent 10 days with GCSE and A Level 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 students’ language skills as well as their understanding and appreciation of each other’s culture and customs.

The trip was a return visit, as a party of thirteen GCSE and AS Level students from Loreto College had already spent ten days with their partner students in Granada in April 2014. The Loreto College Granada Exchange is organised in conjunction with fellow A level Spanish students and their teachers from foud schools in Co. Armagh: St Paul’s High School Bessbrook, St Catherine’s College Armagh, Royal School Armagh and St Michael’s Grammar School Lurgan.

During their visit, the Spanish students gained several days’ 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 Ireland’s main tourist attractions: Portrush, the Giant’s Causeway, the Titanic Centre and shopping areas of Belfast and Coleraine, as well as a day trip to the historic and scenic attractions of Derry. The group also had the opportunity to sample traditional Irish culture with a ceili in Armagh. 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 College’s host students to practise their Spanish – especially important as these students are all preparing for 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 – Granada link.