Comenius Visit to Spain
Melody Valois, Lauren McCann and
In which parts of Europe do our
Comenius partners live?
How did we get to Santander?
First, we flew to Bilbao, a city in northern Spain
We were met by teachers from our
Spanish partner school, who drove us
from Bilbao to Santander
Our partner school in Spain is called
Colegio San Juan Bautista – La Salle
This is John Baptist de la Salle. He set
up the first La Salle Institute in France
in the 17th Century.
There are now La Salle schools in 85
countries throughout the world.
• John Baptist de la Salle set up his first school to
help the children of the poor to learn simple
reading, writing and arithmetic. They were also
• During his lifetime and beyond, his model of
schools for the poor spread from France to many
• Their teachers were, and still are, called
‘brothers’, even though women have played a
major part for many years.
The school is in a small village about 1
hour’s train ride from Santander
Here we are on the morning of day one, arriving
at Los Corrales de Buelna to visit the school for
the first time.
What a surprise! We didn’t expect to
see lots of little cats in the school
During our three days together, we
• The education system in each country
• Special features of the culture in each country
• Projects we could work on together
• How we would stay in touch with each other
• Setting targets and dates
• Future visits to the other three countries
Each day we walked through the
village to a small restaurant for lunch
Here’s what we
saw on the
Here are some of the pupils’ drawings
for the Comenius project …
Everywhere there are signs in three
languages; Spanish, English and French
We thought we could copy this idea and have signs
in English, Spanish, Turkish and Latvian in all of our
‘Cultural Jigsaw’ schools.
On St Cecilia’s Day, we were invited to
a special music assembly
The children had prepared
some words and a famous
local musician sang and
played lots of musical
We visited the older pupils in the
They learn how to
work with electricity…