During the Easter 2016 holidays, 15 members of staff from Urmston Grammar took part in a trip to Santander in Spain as part of the 2-year Erasmus+ program, an EU initiative that aims to promote cultural and linguistic exchange within Europe. Our school has received a grant aiming to develop the Global Dimension in the School Curriculum, which is being used to fund staff trips to France, Germany and Spain.
The first batch of intrepid educators boarded their flight to Spain on Sunday 27th March and took part in a week of cultural and educational activities including intensive language lessons for a variety of different levels, visits to local sites of interest plus cultural activities including a scavenger hunt and some dancing lessons; see if you can guess which maths teacher was crowned king of the Sevillanas…
The second group followed them the week after for a very similar experience (but worse weather!) although they also had a day building links in local schools. All in all, it was a hugely positive experience and all those who participated are itching to share their new cultural and linguistic knowledge, so why not stop them on the corridor and ask “¿Qué tal?”
Although it is early days, we have already exchanged letters with schools from Rouen and Santander and a beginners’ Spanish club is running led by a number of teachers from a variety of departments. We hope to run trips to Rouen, Santander and Hamburg this year so watch this space for more events and activities coming from September as our Erasmus+ adventure continues!