Falklands’ students spend time in Punta Arenas as part of an exchange program
Students from the Falkland Islands Community School (FICS) have returned from a two week exchange visit to Punta Arenas in Chile, reports the latest edition from the Penguin News.
“The visit gave the students the opportunity to see some of the friends they had made when a number of Chilean students visited the school back in October of last year,” FICS Headmaster David Tongue told Penguin News.
Eleven students from the school made the trip accompanied by their teacher Michael Barton and former teacher Veronica Fowler.
The group comprised: Axel Rodriguez- Reid, Byron Stewart-Reid, Clodagh Stewart-Reid, Kate Stenning, Jake Buckett, Kirsty McLoed, Michaela Clifford, Pilar Castro, Laoisa Bishop-Newman, Shannon Alazia and India Clarke.
The students stayed with host families and attended school during the first week of the visit. In the second week, the students stayed in a hostel in Puerto Natales for two nights, ate out together, went to Torres del Paine National Park and saw Milodon Cave.
Student Kate Stenning said: “It was interesting to see the difference between school here and the school in Chile. It was great to meet so many new friends and it helped me to improve my Spanish”.
Michaela Clifford added: “It was amazing! A great experience! Before I went I knew very little Spanish and now I have learned quite a bit”.
Jake Buckett also enjoyed the experience: “It was wonderful to see some of the friends I had made when the students came here”.
Mr Tongue said it was great to see how the students had valued the experience: “The opportunity to spend time and make friends in a different country, and immerse themselves in that country’s culture, is an excellent part of their extra-curricula education. We have made some important links which we hope to explore further in the future.”
In 2010 and 2011, Chilean students from Punta Arenas received scholarships to spend time in the Stanley school to improve their English and get a feeling of the Falklands’ culture. (PN)