Each year we welcome native speakers from China, France, Italy and Spain (or Latin America) to St Gabriel's to work particularly with our A level Spanish candidates and GCSE classes, but also with younger pupils in the Senior and Junior schools.
By way of a "Thank you!" to Amparo the Spanish Language Assistant from Valencia, Year 10 pupils prepared a traditional English afternoon tea, which they enjoyed together during their last lesson with Amparo before she returned home. We asked Amparo to reflect on her time with us this year.
"In my last week at St Gabriel’s I was treated to a typically English afternoon tea by my lovely Year 10 students. They baked cupcakes, made finger sandwiches and the highlight, was of course scones, cream and jam, all washed down with a tasty cup of tea. I had never eaten scones before so I had to be taught the right way to do so, but is it cream or jam first? I did not know, but I do now! It depends if you come from Cornwall or Devon.
Working as a Spanish Language Assistant at St Gabriel’s this year was an unforgettable experience for me. From the very beginning all the staff and students made me feel at home. They became my English family during the year, sharing their recommendations for places to visit and cultural events to attend. It was so nice too that everyone showed a genuine interest in hearing about my culture and traditions. I was impressed by the willingness of the pupils in all Year groups to practise speaking Spanish and the St Gabriel’s Spanish teachers make the lessons really engaging.
My two favourite memories from my time in the classroom were when the Year 3 girls learnt to tell stories about the book character “Osito Tito,” and the brilliant performance by Year 10 girls of a scene they wrote for an imaginary soap opera. The pupils at St Gabriel’s are so creative!
I will always remember St Gabriel’s as a big family and as the place where the students prepare themselves to follow their dreams."