Students at a Horsham college played host to Spanish visitors.
The youngsters and staff at Collyer’s welcomed a group of 13 students and two
teachers as part of a student exchange programme. The students attend top Spanish school Instituto Cristobal Lozano in Hellin, close to Alicante on the east coast of Spain.
The group started its week in the UK with a visit to London where they visited the main historical
monuments including Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square. The
group also went to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion, Petworth House and the Weald and Southdown
Museum, to learn about how English people lived and worked in the past.
Maria Carmen Melgarejo, accompanying teacher for the Spanish students, said: “This fabulous
experience provides a better understanding of customs, history and culture, so it is a good way to
elaborate a modern European citizenship.”
In addition to trips and visits, the students also spent valuable time attending lessons with her
English hosts in a variety of subjects and took part in some busy and entertaining classroom
workshops, with a particular focus on language and culture.
Margarita Mortimer, Head of Spanish at Collyer’s, said: “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. The Collyer’s students and their families have been
very accommodating and visiting Horsham, London, Brighton and the South Downs was a fantastic
experience for all of us.”
Collyer’s Vice Principal Steve Nicholls said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome our visitors, they are
an absolute credit to their school, Hellin and Spain! 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.”