Languages - Spanish

Catalonia 2019

I am pleased to inform you that arrangements have been made for a trip to Catalonia. This trip is available to those members of the First and Second Year who study Spanish.

We will be booking the trip through the educational tour company, Travelbound. We are going to spend five days on the Costa Brava, with a base for five nights in Tossa de Mar. Tossa de Mar is an attractive seaside resort situated about 100 kilometres north of Barcelona and 100 kilometres south of the French border. Founded by the Romans, it has an attractive old quarter, the Vila Vela, with cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, and great views over the beach and bay. It is the ideal base for this type of trip; large enough to enjoy exploring, but small and safe enough to allow pupils a degree of controlled independence, which would be impossible in a larger place.

We will travel by coach from School to London, and then by plane to Barcelona. From there, it is a coach journey of about an hour and a half to Tossa de Mar, where we will be staying in a three star hotel with a pool, a short walk from the beach and the picturesque centre of this little town.

Although based in Tossa de Mar we will make a number of excursions. We will spend a full day in Barcelona, starting off at the Plaça de Catalunya and walking down the Ramblas, exploring the old Gothic Quarter and the fantastic Mercado de la Boqueria, ending up at the Mirador de Colón and the port area. We will end our day in Barcelona with a visit to Gaudi’s Parc Güell.

On one of the other days we will again travel by coach, first to the town of Figueres, where we will visit the entertaining and extraordinary Dalí museum. The other excursion will be to Girona, a medieval city with Moorish and Jewish quarters. The trip will be topped off, of course, by a trip to the Nou Camp, home of FC Barcelona.

This trip is a great chance to visit this vibrant region of Spain. The cost, which includes transfers, flights, full board and excursions, will be approximately £670 (this may be subject to change as flights and the itinerary are finalised). Pupils may also like to bring some money for food on the journeys to and from Spain, and some pocket money for spending when we are there.

It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure any necessary Visas are obtained in good time. Parents must also ensure pupils carry any necessary residency permits. The School will not be liable for any costs incurred should Parents fail to do this in good time.

Please note that your child will be covered by School insurance for this trip, but will not be covered for any pre-existing conditions. Parents may need to purchase their own insurance to cover such conditions. If you require further clarity on this please contact Assistant Head (Co-Curricular) Mrs Burrows.

If you would like your son or daughter to go on this trip, please pay a non-refundable deposit of £150. Places are allocated in the order in which payment is received and the quickest way of paying is by using KESpay KP772. The KESpay option for this activity will close on Friday 16th November. Places are limited to 45 for this trip and the KESpay facility will accept payments up to the maximum number. If you find that your payment is not accepted, this means that all places have been booked and you should contact Mrs Paul to be placed on the waiting list for the trip. We will contact you if and when a place becomes available.

The School will also accept payment by cheque but please be aware that payment by cheque may delay the allocation of a place to your child. Cheques should be sent directly to the Accounts Office and must have your child’s name and the name of the trip on the reverse, and be made payable to King Edward VI School.

I will confirm the allocation of places as soon as possible. If you have paid by cheque, please do not assume that your child has a place until you receive that confirmation.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A J M Sinclair
Teacher of Spanish