Each day, 2-3 students will share some aspect of their experience in Spain. Below, you’ll hear from Avery M and Morgan M.
Today we began our first day at Laude EL Altillo in Jerez!
Upon arrival at the school, I noticed it was much different than Porters, as Laude is one building with students from ages 1-18.
When we met in the library, the Head of School came to greet us and personally thank us for warmly welcoming the Laude girls in September. Even though he is the Head of a really big school, he invited us to stop by his office if we ever need help or have a question over the next two weeks.
During our tour of school, we visited some of the elementary school classrooms and practiced our Spanish with the little kids! It was really impressive that such young kids are taught in French, English, and Spanish throughout each day and could greet us in three different languages. English class was the only period in the day when we were asked to speak English, so it was a perfect day to practice, practice, practice our bilingual skills.
After morning classes, we had chicken and pasta in the cafeteria. The dining hall was similar to ours at Porter’s except there was a section of tiny chairs and tables for the littlest students!
To end our school day, Porter’s girls went to a robotics class while our hosts attended their afternoon classes.
We started building a Lego Mindstorms robot, which we will eventually be able to program and direct! It is a typically a project done with younger kids, so even those of us who took Problem Solving through Programming two years ago at Porter’s will be able to work on the software with ease.
After school, Avery and her host sister went to a department store called Hipercor (they have everything!) and then stopped in a small cafe for a snack. They both had hot chocolate, made with real chocolate and real sugar, a treat to end the day. Overall, it was an excellent first day of school!
Tomorrow, we will head to the city of Seville. But first, we have an information sheet to review, thanks to our friends at Laude, including information about the history of the city and what we will see during the day.