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Year 10 welcome students from Madrid

On Saturday 10th January, twenty-one students in year 10 at Ranelagh School welcomed their counterparts from Colegio Decroly, a private school in the centre of Madrid, on the first leg of their inaugural exchange with the school. The Spanish students braved the chilly weather for visits to Oxford and Windsor as well as two days in London.  Although they had very full days, the students were able to appreciate the history and architecture that our region offers and really enjoyed their trips out. In addition to visiting local places, the Spanish guests spent a morning in Ranelagh, joining students for assembly and taking part in lessons. They were particularly impressed with the size of the school and the facilities to which the students have access.
The year 10 students enjoyed hosting their visitors, enthusiastically sharing their culture and way of life. The Spanish students’ departure was emotional for many as great friendships had been forged but the Ranelagh students are now looking forward to going out to Madrid in March to stay with their friends where they will experience Spanish culture and practise their language skills.
 
Mrs Beverley Stevens, the newly appointed Headteacher at Ranelagh, spoke with enthusiasm about the exchange, “We are particularly grateful to the parents and families of students in both countries who are prepared to welcome visiting students into their homes.  This is an excellent way for young people to develop their language skills and an ideal opportunity for them to experience another culture at close quarters.”