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On April 14, 2019, a group of 13 Bishop McNamara High School students and two teachers departed to Spain to finish the second part of the Spain Exchange program with Paz de Ziganda Ikastola in Pamplona.
In 2018, we celebrated 10 years of friendship with our partner school Paz de Ziganda Ikastola and this very unique exchange program. Every other year, a group of Spanish students visit Bishop McNamara during September, and BMHS students travel to Spain during their Spring break vacation.
The main objective of this program is for the students to have the opportunity to experience a place with the Spanish language and culture. This year the students had the opportunity to spend Holy week in Pamplona. The BMHS group crossed the Pyrenees Mountains and visited Bayonne, France as well. After Easter Sunday, the group headed to the South of Spain and visited the Alcañiz Castle (a 12th century Calatrava castle converted into a hotel), Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilica (in Zaragoza), Montserrat Monastery, and the Gothic city of Barcelona.
While the BMHS students and teachers were in Barcelona, they had the opportunity to visit Camp Nou Stadium (the place of one of the top 5 soccer teams in the world), Gaudi's Holy Sacred Family Basilica, Gothic Quarter, Park Guell, Casa Milá, and the Mediterranean sea.
After thirteen days in Spain, the Bishop McNamara group returned to United States on April 27, 2019.
Mr. Luis Duclos, a Bishop McNamara Spanish teacher in the Modern and Classical Language Department, the coordinator of this wonderful exchange program, has prepared a slideshow of the trip to share with the community. We have also prepared a collection of photos shared throughout the trip. Enjoy! (Direct link to Collection of Spain Trip Photos https://www.bmhs.org/cf_media/index.cfm?obj=4909)