Comenius visit to Spain
On 21st May Miss Samani, Mr Richards and Mrs Bartram went to Barcelona to visit our Comenius partner school, Can Rigol. Can Rigol is situated just outside Barcelona city centre, it is a special school which caters for pupils aged between 3 and 20 years old. It has 84 Pupils with a wide range of special needs. Some of the pupils are integrated into neighbouring main stream schools for some of their lessons.
We were given an overview of the general education system as well as information about how special educational needs are catered for too. The tour of the school gave us the opportunity to see their specialist staff working with individuals, for example we observed a speech and language assistant supporting a pupil who only communicates with her eyes.
We were also fortunate to be able to visit a mainstream primary school for a short period. The overwhelming factor that stood out in both schools was the amount and standard of art work around the school. This is a key area of the curriculum in Spain and there was amazing evidence of it throughout both schools. It was lovely to see that our exchange with Can Rigol has added to this, as they have used the Rangoli patterns that we have sent to them, which the children have really enjoyed colouring in - widening their knowledge of different cultures and customs around the world !
It is fitting that art is such a focus as you cannot visit Barcelona without being overwhelmed by the work of Gaudi. The Sagrada Familia and the fairyland, Parc Guell are a must if you go to the city, to see examples of his work. Of course the Miro Foundation should also be on the list for art lovers. We have put a selection of photographs on the website for you to have a look at.
This was a fitting final trip to our amazing 'A Taste of Europe' Comenius project. Can Rigol staff and pupils put on a fantastic show to celebrate the end of the project, which was brilliant. With photos and video clips from each visit and for England a celebration of British Pop music. The performances from the children were truly inspiring. It was a humbling experience to be in the audience and there wasn't a dry eye in the house!