Tapas Trip 2019

On Friday 19th July a group of 21 GCSE Spanish students set off on the train to ‘sunny’ Pokesdown to go to ‘Casa Carlos’, a fantastic Tapas restaurant. The students were brilliantly behaved and were a real credit to the school. All the students took part enthusiastically trying to understand the Spanish the waiters and the Spanish owner Carlos. Several pupils tried all of the dishes with the most adventurous trying a very varied ‘Paella de Mariscos’ which had squid, prawns, mussels and white fish in it! It was a real pleasure for both myself and Mr Woodward who kindly accompanied the trip, to see the students getting so much from this short visit to a slice of Spain in Dorset! The restaurant even gave the students a pottery pot as a memento which they had served their deserts in – this was on the house!

A big thank-you to all the students for their great engagement in the language and impeccable behaviour and to Mr Woodward for his support. We are already looking forward to next years’ trip with the new year 10 starting their GCSE this September! It will be a popular one as we have two GCSE classes in September for the first time meaning there will be 46 pupils studying GCSE Spanish bucking the trend in the decline in languages at GCSE. We hope you are looking forward to your GCSE years as much as we are and hope to see you on the Tapas trip and the Valencia trip in 2020. Here are a couple of pictures to show the flavour of the trip, it really was a little bit of authentic Spain right here in Dorset and – as I am sure the students will say as much as the staff – it really is a fabulous restaurant and well worth a visit.

Mrs O’Kelly and Mr Woodward

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