On Friday 23rd June, pupils from our Spanish partner school, IES Punta del Verde in Seville, came to visit our school. The 16 pupils and their teachers got involved in lessons in the morning, and in the afternoon, joined us on a trip to Smithills Open Farm. We learned all about the wide range of animals on the farm and we were even allowed to hold some of the rabbits and feed some of the alpacas and donkeys (pictured right). On Friday evening, the Spanish pupils enjoyed fish and chips in Olympus Fish and Chip restaurant and were pleasantly surprised by the British delicacy.
Pupils at Sharples were also invited to accompany the Spanish pupils to Liverpool (pictured below) and the Lake District, and the Year 9 pupils stepped up and became tour guides for the weekend. In Liverpool on Saturday, we visited the Museum of Liverpool, the Albert Dock and Liverpool One. The Year 9 pupils used their Spanish to communicate key facts and help the Spanish pupils order food at lunch time. On Sunday, our pupils demonstrated their resilience in the long walk between Grasmere and Ambleside, and the Spanish pupils enjoyed the beautiful views.
On Tuesday, the Spanish pupils were welcomed back into classrooms in the morning, and in the afternoon, they were treated to a tour of the observatory, a science escape room (below right) and a film in the 3D cinema. To end the exchange, the Spanish pupils enjoyed a cooking lesson (below left) , something they do not have in their own school. Working in pairs, they made toad in the hole and apple crumble. Before the final goodbyes, pupils ate this quintessentially British meal together.
The Year 9 pupils from Sharples School became good friends with the Spanish pupils, demonstrating their kindness and hospitality to ensure the Spanish pupils had the very best experience possible.The Spanish teachers were very impressed with the school and very grateful for all the hard work and effort put in by the staff and pupils at Sharples.