Spanish visitors at Collyer’s

Spanish students welcomed to Collyer's SUS-140707-104615001
Spanish students welcomed to Collyer's SUS-140707-104615001

At the end of June, Collyer’s and Horsham were delighted to welcome a group of Spanish students and teachers, who were visiting the college of as part of an educational student exchange programme.

The students attend top Spanish school Instituto Cristobal Lozano in the beautiful town of Hellin, close to Alicante on the east coast of Spain.

The group started its week in the UK with a visit to London and then Horsham District Council’s Chamber, as part of the students’ education to find out about how local government works in different countries. The Chairman of the Council, Cllr Brian O’Connell, kindly welcomed the group and led a special presentation ceremony.

Margarita Mortimer, Subject Leader for Spanish at Collyer’s, was thrilled: “The Collyer’s students and their families have been very accommodating; visiting Horsham District Council and being so warmly welcomed by the Chairman was a fantastic experience and an honour for us all.

“We are always pleased to welcome our Spanish exchange students because it’s such a good opportunity for them to experience life in England as well as practise their language skills.”

Isabel Serrano, accompanying teacher for the Spanish students, added: “This fabulous experience provides a better understanding of customs, history and culture, so it is a good way to elaborate a modern European citizenship.”

The students continued their educational week with visits to the Horsham Museum, Brighton and spent time with local students and their families in Horsham.

Collyer’s Principal, Dr Jackie Johnston, said: “The exchange is an incredibly important part of learning about language and culture for the Collyer’s and Instituto Cristobal Lozano students and I’m very happy that everyone has thoroughly enjoyed the visit.”

Report and picture contributed by Collyer’s.