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Spanish Exchange Programme

Posted at 9:45 am on 8th October, 2019

Bienvenido Spanish Students!

In July, Wellacre greeted a group of Spanish Exchange students with a warm ‘Bienvenido’ (welcome) as a 3-week cultural programme commenced in school.

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During the three weeks, Spanish students buddy up with a Wellacre student and stay with their families. Students have invited their Spanish exchange partners to learn more about British school life by joining them in all their lessons at school as well as showing them more about Manchester culture with various trips and visits. Other students in Year 9 also welcome and engage with the exchange students in lessons.

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Miss Bailey, Leader of MFL, said:

“The Spanish Exchange Programme is a fantastic learning opportunity for not only the exchange students but for all those who engage with our Spanish visitors, both in classes and beyond school, in their host families.” 

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The exchange is organised by Manchester Host Families, and Wellacre has successfully hosted Spanish Exchange students for several years and has also now established a link with the school of some of the students involved.  The communication between teachers allows for students to communicate with their Spanish counterparts and extend their learning in language lessons.  

Miss Bailey added:

“A key outcome of the programme is language practice and improved fluency, as well as an increased cultural awareness and knowledge.  We look forward to Wellacre students benefiting further in lessons from the Spanish school link.”

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Spanish Exchange host families reported a positive experience as part of the programme.

Wellacre parent, Mrs Bates, has been a host family as part of the programme for two years and said:

“Daniel and Alejandro enjoyed another year of the exchange.  This time we went to Crocky Trail, Pleasure Beach, Richmond Castle and North Yorkshire, Waterworld and Jodrell Bank. Alex had the taste of his first Indian meal too!

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“Dan had such a great time and experience on his return trip to Madrid! We would all recommend the exchange programme. Many thanks to the school and everyone involved for giving Dan this opportunity.”