School from Spain visits Bury! ...
School from Spain visits Bury!
BLS English was delighted to welcome to Bury its first school group of 2013, 13 Spanish students and their teacher, Eva Martínez, visited Bury from 20 - 27 January.
The students,aged between 12 and 15, were from the IES Manuel Gutierrez Aragon school in Torrelavega in Santander, northern Spain. Their arrival was slightly later than planned because of all the snow. Many flights that day were cancelled, but fortunately theirs was still able to land.
The students found our weather quite a shock and it was the first time they had seen so much snow!
The students were here to improve their English. For most, this was their first trip to the UK and their first opportunity to try speaking English in the real world. They had English lessons each day at the BLS Junior School
on Springfield Road, with afternoon projects, visits to the town centre gathering information about Bury to present on their return to Spain.
They explored the town - buying food and asking questions to stall holders at the Bury Market as well as having a traditional roast at the Wetherspoon’s Corn Exchange, visiting Bury Bowl and encountering squirrels for the first time in the Abbey Gardens!
Whilst studying at BLS the students stay with local families in and around our town, practising their English and experiencing the Suffolk way of life.
All the students and their teacher really loved their time in Bury, and were heard saying that they hoped it would snow heavily again, so their plane couldn’t leave and they would have to stay for another week. Their teacher Eva
has accompanied students on many trips of this type to England, but fell in Love with Bury, saying it was much better for them than centres like London and Brighton that they had visited in the past. She warmly praised all
our hosts, noting the care and attention her students had received and reported. She is intending to return next year with more students, and is already recommending Bury to others.
We would love to hear from people who would like to get involved in hosting International students this year.