Monday, March 23, 2009
Having a great time over in Spain. The zoo was great and so was the Spanish dancing oh and the paella). The school is fantastic and big. As I am having a great time and I will see you soon.
Hugs and kisses
AlexP.S Tere was a seal show at the zoo and we all got really wet!
I am having a great time .
On Saturday all of the Spanish people & there partners went
to Faunia I saw some lemurs , also we saw a seal show .
On sun we went to a famous park (called the RETIRO ) then in the afternoon we saw flamenco Dancing .
Yesterday I went to Eduardo’s auntie’s
flat and me and my partner played on
her playstation3. Also I went to Faunia
which is a Zoo in Madrid.In the Zoo we
went to see a seal show and it was so funny.
Hi everyone, I´m missing you all loads.
I am having a great time here and I have been all over.
I have been to a zoo called Faunia, a football match and in the vip section ,I have been to the park and the palace and have seen many beautiful things.
I am very happy here with Rocio.
What is the weather like?
It is cooking hot over here
I hope all is well
Hugs & kisses
Hi mum , dad , Moll and the stupid dog!
I’m having a brilliant time in Madrid and am missing u. The Bernabeu is a big stadium and is very loud when a team scores. I took lots of photos also I went to Faunia which is a place for animals and birds one nicked Jaydens hat.
See u soon.
From Tyler x
We are having a brilliant time in Madrid. This weekend we all went to the zoo which was great fun because a parrot stole Jayden´s cap.
Jacob and I had a guided tour around the football stadium which was a great pleasure – the atmosphere was electric.
Can´t believe we´re coming home tomorrow the time has flown by!
Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
love ya bye!
Missing everyone especially Marge.
On Saturday we went to the zoo called Faunia.
We saw water animals and land animals, there were birds , snakes, seals, penguins and at the beginning we went to see a seal show which was cool!
Then on Sunday we went to a snow dome where we slid down an ice slide on a rubber ring hoop and Carmen tipped up so she sprained her arm.
Also on Friday we went to the royal palace.
I had a great time over the weekend…and now. Yesterday, I went to a giant park and we went rowing! While we were doing so, we saw ducks, fish and best off all… turtles!
We also went to a place with abandoned cats. Of course we fed them. On Saturday we went to Faunia. Please could you ask Miss Horncastle to look at the blog. And Dad, why did you put “bonjour” while we are in Madrid? The Spanish host family are really nice. The mother does all of the talking. TTYL (talk to you later). Miss you all. (YAY… I don’t have to clean out the guinea pigs!)
My foot is better now.
(They forgot to mention that I went to the hospital as well as the doctor).
I am having a great time in sunny Spain!!! I heard there was some sunshine in England.
(Finally)! On Saturday everyone went to the zoo. There was a seal show. I love seals!!
Hi mummy, daddy, Holly and Ruby.
I know you probably want to know what I´ve been doing well I´m not going to tell you! Ha,ha joking! On Saturday we went to Faunia a sort of zoo. When we got there I realised I had been there when I was very little. It was so weird. We watched the seal show and the person explaining was talking Spanish so I just watched the seals jump. Then we had lunch and everyone started doing spit balls it was gross but the food was delicious. Then we had a water fight with our drinking water before going home. On Sunday we went to a snow zone to ski, toboggan and tubing and Carmen sprained her arm. So I went to Yolanda´s house to play with Ellie and Yoli in the park whilst having another water fight on scooters. Then we had some really nice ice creams before going home. That’s it for now but I miss home I want my bed. I´m so tired but I´m having loads of fun.
From Steph (That’s right mum I said STEPH!!!)
I`m at school now, it`s much smaller than our school, everybody is very friendly. It´s nearing lunch time.¿ I wonder what there is on the menu?
¡I am certainly looking foward to it after all the energetic activities we´ve done!
¡Hola Señor R. y clase!
How r u all? We are having a great time here in Madrid , especially the weather!! All of us went to a zoo called Faunia on Saturday (It was brill!!!). We are all having fun, plus Tyler went to the Santiago Bernabeu to watch Real Madrid play against Almeria .
All having fun and not looking 4ward 2 coming back!!
I am fine. Yes I am being very tidy mum! On Friday we went to the royal palace and the lights were so cool because they had crystals every where I want one pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Are the family ok?, Has anything exciting happened in England?
I have had a great time in Spain and at the zoo on Saturday.
Love Rachael and the rest of the group!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
A good nights sleep had by all. Well, at least by Mr Ludlow and Mr Evans. The boys, had a mission to stay awake most of the night and almost achieved their goal. Fortunately, Miss McHolm, Miss Dean’s and Mrs Leigh’s room was the nearest to theirs. Whoops! Sorry ladies. Another year when the men sleep through the noise and the female staff dutifully make numerous visits to the boys room, oh and one or two to the girls as well. And as for making their own beds, well the girls win hands down.
We took the children through the city, pointing out the Pension where the staff would stay. We headed towards the Parque del Retiro. On arrival, Mr Ludlow and Mrs Leigh peeled off towards the embassy, whilst Mr Evans and Mrs Dean took the children over to the park for a drink, an ice-cream and a play.
Off we went to the Plaza Mayor via many famous sites and the odd building site.
Yippee, time to buy all those useful gifts! The days events culminated in a warm greeting by all the host families and children. Hugs and kisses were had by all. The Spanish staff explained that the families had booked a coach and on Saturday all the children would meet to go on a group trip. What a great idea and very reassuring that the children would meet each other.
Adios for now. We look forward to meeting the children at school on Monday morning and updating the Blog further.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
It is Thursday morning, 19th March 2009. The sun rising over Strensall. All is quiet at Robert Wilkinson VC Primary School. Suddenly our senses are awakened by the sound of sizzling bacon and the soft aroma of coffee wafting from the school kitchen. Something must be happening? This is not an ordinary day. The excitement is brewing as children start to arrive laiden with luggage. The Madrid trip is about to begin. Em not a bad opening Mr Lees! Not sure whether I could achieve Level 5!
Sixteen children and their parents gather in the Brown Hall from 7.30 am. Thanks to Mrs Tottie who has been busy making breakfast and Mr Ludlow’s packed lunch. Better to forget that rather than the passports. Now where did I put the passports? Joking!
The journey on the coach was without hitch. A Harry Potter movie played keeping the children amused whilst giving Mr Ludlow the opportunity to have a snooze! The first “How long will it be?” came from Resul at 10.20 am. Not bad Resul you lasted an hour and a half, only another seven hours to go!! We stopped off at a service station for an impromptu Happy Birthday cake for Katrina. Thank you Miss McHolm. The children hit the shop. Why go to Madrid when you could spend your money in the motorway services? Mr Ludlow’s Bank was opened for Theo. I want my money back Theo, shame the interest rates are so low! Grant, who wins the competition for forgetting all his toiletries, purchased the latest item in fashion, a toothbrush! And Mr Evans purchased some intellectual reading material! The Sun!
Mrs Gibbon, Chair of Governors, wishing the group well.
Arrival at Liverpool Airport:
“We all live in a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine, a yellow submar..” , STOP singing Mr Ludlow! The team gathered around the Yellow Submarine sculpture for yet another group photo. With some great enthusiastic singing by William and Jayden. A history lesson was had by all as Mr Evans explained that once upon a time, in the olden days there was a group of singers that had an amazing impact on music, the group was called Abba. Whoops! Rewind! It must be the Christmas X-Factor experience that has gone to his head. The statue of John Lennon in the check-in hall was a clue. Yes, another opportunity for a group photo shoot. Everyone appreciated the musical history lesson of the Beatles and after two minutes headed off to have lunch. Manuela, Miss McHolm, Miss Dean and Mrs Leigh tucked into healthy snacks and sandwiches. Well our joint curriculum theme is on healthy lifestyles. Mr Evans obliged by agreeing to be the control study group member and tucked into sausage, egg and chips. We will be keeping a close watch to see which members of staff put on most weight. Now as for travel tips, we have discovered that Stephanie and Alex are the ones to ask. The quote of the day from Alex is that, “less is more!” and Stephanie can give an extensive detailed analysis of packing techniques. All the children and most staff safely went through security, no liquids, that is except Mr Ludlow. Mrs Lobb did a great job making sure he had everything needed for emergencies, including the small sachets of liquid to clean wounds. It was almost like a Mr Bean film, one security guard gets another, twenty questions and then finally they let him through. Was this a plot to leave him behind?
Arrival in Madrid:
All was going so well, famous last words! We arrived safely, collected bags and off we went to the metro. Unfortunately, we became victims of a pick pocket. We think it happened whilst gathering at the ticket barrier. Mrs Leigh´s bag was undone and her groups passports and her personal money was stolen (parents have been contacted of children that are involved). But the show goes on. Whilst travelling to the Youth Hostel plans were in place to report the loss and to work out how to get emergency passports. We arrived safely at the Youth Hostel and were greeted by the Spanish staff which was wonderful to see. We were a few minutes late because Mr Ludlow took a short detour. Next time please read the map Mr Ludlow! The children settled into their luxury apartment with Resul making frequent visits to the drinks and sweet machine wearing away the marble staircase.
Now off to VIPS, a dining experience not to be missed, except if you are a romantic couple sharing a special moment at the adjacent table! The children sat down to a quiet meal, well if that’s possible with eight boys conducting balloon experiments and girls concocting revolting mixtures with ice-cream , sauces and salt. The romantic couple enjoyed every moment!
A lovely finish to a busy day culminated in a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday Katrina with cake and candles to send us to bed and hopefully a good nights sleep.