The annual Barcelona trip set off at 5am prompt on Friday October 19th, and it did not take long until the songs were blasting out on the coaches and the girls especially enjoyed their versions of popular Oasis songs. The 26 hour coach ride was going to fly by, (no pun intended) if this energy was maintained throughout.
At just after 8am on the Saturday morning, the coaches pulled in to a dull and slightly damp Calella. The rain had hit the town hard, but thankfully this soon changed and by the time students had checked in to their rooms and freshened up, the sun was shining and the mercury was hitting 24 degrees. The students enjoyed their day exploring the town, and the vast majority took advantage of the weather and spent many hours on the beach with a variety of games such as volleyball and football played there. After another chance to freshen up, we had our evening meal and we went to the local hired venue to dance and sing the night away.
Fully rested and eager to go, Sunday saw us head into the centre of Barcelona, with a visit to the Barcelona Zoo. The animals looked ecstatic when they saw St. Mary’s return, and we spent several hours looking round the different enclosures. Once finished here, we jumped back on the coaches and headed to Port Vell, with another day of hot weather and sunshine awaiting us. Students spent the time looking around the shops. At night, we headed back to get ready for quiz night, and the carefully selected teams provided a competitive streak to the evening, but it is fair to say that all had a great night.
After another early alarm, we jumped on to the coaches to head for the Nou Camp Stadium tour, followed by a visit to La Sagrada Familia. Brother John could not contain his excitement as he was presented with his entry ticket, and he spent a lovely afternoon praying in the cathedral. Students were able to experience the hustle and bustle of Las Ramblas, and spent the afternoon shopping and enjoying a bite to eat under the Spanish sun. The buzz of games night began to echo on both coaches, as the competitiveness between both boys and girls started to come out, with some heated conversation already taking place. After a variety of activities, it was the boys’ dance with Mr. Pauksztello that just edged it for them, and they therefore won the prize of early entry into Port Aventura. The sense of injustice resonated throughout the girls’ camp; however, despite Miss. Ashcroft’s and the girls’ best efforts, the clapometer cannot lie!
The final day saw us all head to Port Aventura, which was enjoyed by all. Students went on all rides and enjoyed the new rollercoaster in Ferrari Land. As is now famous on the Barcelona trip, the fancy dress evening saw some amazing costumes from both students and staff, with the Men in Black providing excellent security all night, some fantastic Halloween themed costumes with equally brilliant makeup and even an MC Hammer tribute! It was a perfect way to end this years’ trip.
We set off on Wednesday morning and returned to school just after 2pm on Thursday, with some exhausted students and staff. It certainly will be remembered for years to come. Thanks must go to Mrs. Brahms, Miss. Cooke, Mrs. Yates, Miss. Ashcroft, Mr. Barratt, Mr. Heywood (Woody), Mr. Pauksztello (Pokkie), Mr Durrant and Mr. Horton for giving up their half-term for the trip. We are looking forward to next year already!