Year 7 visit Barcelona
It was very exciting to take Highfield’s first trip to Spain last week. We had an early start on Monday morning, which meant we arrived at our resort by lunch time and were able to have time for some team work challenges and year group bonding on the beach. The weather was definitely on our side as the children competed to produce the best sand model - a competition which predominantly involved burying one of their class mates.
The outings started in earnest on Tuesday with a trip to Camp Nou and the Olympic Stadium on Montjuic Hill where pupils took the opportunity to trial a couple of the Olympic competitions and the staff enjoyed a chance to race the 100m. The afternoon finished at the Poble Espanyol Museum – a ‘living’ museum that had a variety of buildings depicting architecture from across Spain.
Day 3 was spent north of the city, starting in Figueres with a visit to the Salvador Dalí Museum – a fascinating gallery with something to look at around every corner, up, down or sideways, both inside and out. We finished the day at the charming fishing village of Tossa de Mar which has a stunning old town offering beautiful views across the sea.
We continued the art theme in Barcelona on Thursday. After a stroll along La Rambla and around La Boquería Market, as well as lunch on Port Vell, we visited the most famous sight in the city – La Sagrada Familia. This stunning cathedral, as yet incomplete, captured imaginations with beautiful lighting coming through amazing windows and columns towering as if to the sky. The architect, Gaudí, had also built a park, Parc Güell, higher up in the city which was our final visit of the day and an opportunity to let off steam in the fresh air.
Our final morning was spent in Calella, starting with a Quiz of the Week showing just how much the pupils had learned that week – and we were most impressed. After spending time on the beach we were able to meander around the Gothic Quarter and enjoying some final souvenir shopping before our return to England.