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Cultural Connection at CCA

posted 21 Oct 2014, 00:50 by H Slim   [ updated 21 Oct 2014, 00:51 ]

It has been a very special week at Clacton Coastal Academy. It has seen them welcome for the very first time, 16 Spanish Exchange students to the school and to the town of Clacton.

This wonderful opportunity took place over 5 days. The Spanish visitors stayed with CCA students in order to gain a better understanding of how British families live. It was a jam packed week with visits to Clacton Pier, Colchester castle and a day trip to London to take in all the famous sites. Students also had the opportunity to take part in lessons at CCA and got to sample some traditional British food cooked by the hospitality department.

Students said the main things they will take away from the trip were how much they learnt about each other’s cultures and about each other. One student said: “I can’t believe how quickly we got to know one another. To start with we could barely understand each other, but we soon got past that and my Spanish has really improved. I have made some brilliant new friends and I can’t wait to see them again in July.”

Principal, Tracey Hemming commented that: “This is the first time CCA has offered this wonderful opportunity to its students. This is not just a language learning scheme. It is about building an academy and community that embraces culture, difference and diversity. The project has been developed by our very talented SMSC Youth Leadership Group. Our students are playing host in order to create a lasting link between CCA and the Pia Sabadell School of Barcelona. The intention is that the understanding ethos underpinning this scheme will filter into the rest of the academy, not just those directly involved in the exchange.”

Students from Clacton will be visiting their new friends in Barcelona in July to experience life in a Spanish school.