Wilson's Hospital School have been hosting pupils from a secondary school in Madrid, Spain this week. The pupils from Manuel de Falla school in Coslada are part of a language exchange programme. The Wilson’s pupils will visit their school for five days at the end of March. The group of girls and boys and their two teachers arrived on Monday 31st after school and met their partners in Wilson’s. Some of the Spanish youngsters stayed at home with day pupil’s, while others experienced life as boarders. On Tuesday the group went to Dublin where they visited the Natural Museum and the Visceral Science Exhibition.
On Wednesday the pupils were in classes in WHS and then they had a tour of Mullingar in the afternoon. In the evenings they were socializing with their Irish counterparts and a variety of activities including bowling, basketball and watching DVDs. They also worked on their language diaries and wrote up an account of their days’ activities.
On Thursday they went to the Boyne Valley to see Trim Castle, the Battle of the Boyne site and Newgrange. The day was completed with some shopping in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. On Friday morning the Spanish students went to visit Locke’s Distillery in Killbeggan. In the afternoon they were in learning some Irish culture including phrases as Gaeilge and some ceilí dancing. The pupils involved from both school agree that it has been a really worthwhile learning experience for them all and some good friendships have been formed.