At 10 o’clock in the morning everyone in Rockbrook, English class, payday, packed lunch in Rockbrook and first tour to Croke Park.
Croke Park has been at the heart of Irish Sporting life for over 100 years. The Stadium tour is really a must see for sports fans and for everybody interested in Irish history and heritage. Our students experienced an inspiring journey around this national stadium. They could test their hurling and Gaelic football skills in the interactive Games Zone. The weather was not good but they all enjoyed the tour to the third largest stadium in Europe, Croke Park.
Despite the rain and traffic jams, everyone arrived at the airport on time. And then, the flight, two hour delay, quite a while. Arrival in Dublin, long wait to collect luggage. We got to Rockbrook very late, the families were waiting impatiently so we gave the school books and identification cards to our students and they left for their homes after a very short introduction. Everyone was exhausted. They started school next day. On Thursday and Friday we visited all the boys in their host schools. Everyone told us their impressions and tribulations: food, home, host family, everything different. They miss their parents, brothers, home, friends; congratulations to all of them for their great behaviour and effort they have made. It takes a while to settle. From here, our encouragement to all, parents and boys.
1st Term in Ireland Program 2018-19 meeting was held at La Farga School on September 17th. First, parents and children got familiar with fundamental aspects of the linguistic and cultural immersion program as well as practical details such as flight, luggage, documents, etc. After that, some students and parents, who took part in the previous edition of the program, explained their own experience. Finally, La Farga offered a meal where everybody talked in a relaxed way, shared expectations, challenges, fears… It was great. There are a few weeks to go until October 10th when we are off to Dublin, in the meantime, packing up, saying goodbye to friends, lots of things. We encourage all to take advantage of this unique experience.
Wednesday June 13th, everyone was happy, it was the day to return home, to see family and friends, to have overcome a challenge and … so many other things. The host families took the boys to Rockbrook and in the course of the morning we could see gifts, hugs, kisses, emotion … it was the end of a stage; each one knew inside how he lived the goodbye. Then, a birthday party, David Lluch and Pol Romo: “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU”. At 15:00 we went to the airport, then the check-in and everything went according to plan. The boys behaved very well in such a long and heavy day. Mr. Michael Shanahan, the head of the Irish program, stayed with us for the last four days to give us a hand. Thank you, Michael. At 20:30h, the spectacular reception of family and friends at the Barcelona airport. Hugs, banners, emotion, memories, stories … no words to describe such a moment, we just want to say thank you all.
June 9th, TIE Exam – The Test of Interactive English
The test is in two parts – a speaking test and a written test. In the oral test you present your project, talk about either your book or news story and talk to your partner to reach a decision based on some material the examiner will give you.
The writing test is about gramar and use of English. The writing test takes 1 hour and the speaking test takes 25 minutes for Junior TIE.
The students had been preparing this exam on Saturdays. People are almost always nervous before an exam but the boys were relatively calm. The exam began at 10:30 and finished at 12:00. Some said that the oral part had been better, others than the written part, comments of all kinds, but they were quite satisfied. Now let’s wait for the results. Good luck to you all!
Then, the packed lunch and a short birthday party, two students had turned years, Vini Arenas (Mestral school) and Alejandro Foncea (La Farga), two excellent boys, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! By the way, the cakes were delicious. Everything had to be done quickly because the bus was already waiting for us to go shopping. Time for the gifts. The city centre was full of people, it was difficult to walk. In the streets there were musicians, painters, celebrations … A great atmosphere with 22 degrees of temperature and no rain. Finally we went into Carrolls Irish Gifts, a big gift shop. “… I will buy this shirt for my brother … this cap for my father, he will love it … for my mother this mug … these key rings for my friends …” Actually they were already anticipating and living their return home. At all times they behaved with great responsibility and we had a good time. The next time we take the bus we will be going to the airport.