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On Friday 15th June, 34 pupils and 4 members of staff set off on a 36 hour journey (it sounds worse than it was) to La Fosca, Spain. We arrived at the Camping Kings campus at around 9am on Sunday morning, where we were greeted by 2 of our group leaders Robyn and Dom. After being shown around the campsite we had breakfast - which was a selection of cereal and fruit, toast and yogurts before going to La Fosca Beach where we all took part in an ice breaker challenge called ‘Splash’. We were all amazed at how beautiful the beach was - turquoise waters, golden sand and sunshine. The rest of the day was spent relaxing by the pool (which was nice and warm) enjoying the sun. After a delicious dinner we got ourselves ready for the Disco. This proved popular amongst LHS pupils who took over the dancefloor and demonstrated their version of the ‘Macarena’. It was a great way to end the first night and was a great opportunity to socialise with pupils from other schools.
Day 2 was spent at Waterworld in Lloret de Mar which is one of the biggest waterparks in Spain. The day was spent going on some of the biggest and scariest rides I have ever experienced, including the Hurricane, Speed Furious and Extreme Mountain. We also spent some time chilling in the jacuzzi and swimming pool. This was a real highlight for most people on the trip. After a well spent day we headed back to camp where the rest of the evening was spent down at the beach playing a very competitive game of softball (and of course, Mr Beagent’s team won - no surprises there!!!).
The following morning we walked for 15 minutes to another beautiful beach called ‘Castells’. Arriving at the beach we were split into 2 groups - canoeing and kayaking. Once we were all kitted up, we set off into the sea, where we paddled around the coastline and arrived at a small pebble beach where we left our canoes and went swimming in and out of coves. After a fantastic day on the water, we returned to camp. After showering and dinner we went to the local town of Palamos. We were given free time to explore the town and absorb the culture - we also managed to visit the fair and do some shopping.
Day 4 was spent on Palamos beach sailing the Catamarans and Toppers. After a quick brief on how to set up and execute some of the turning techniques we set sail. Despite a lack of wind we still managed to perform a “Tack” and “Jibe”. A buffet lunch was served in a marquee that day - a great selection of salad items, meats and fruit.
On day 5 we travelled to the beautiful city of Barcelona where we went on a tour of the famous football stadium, Camp Nou - home of Barcelona FC. Despite not being much of a football fan I was overwhelmed by the scale of the stadium which has a capacity of 99,354 - the largest stadium in Europe. I was also amazed to find out just how successful the club has been over the years - the trophy collection was phenomenal. After the tour we were dropped off at Las Ramblas where were given free time to explore the popular tourist stretch - renowned for good food and shopping. The streets were packed full of people, markets, stalls and high street shops. This was the hottest day of our trip peaking at 34 degrees at one point - thankfully the rest of the week was between 24 - 28 degrees.
Day 6 we returned to Palamos beach to take part in the second session of sailing, in the Pico and Fun Boats. Once again we learnt some sailing techniques but due to a lack of wind we played a number of fun water games which was refreshing given how hot and sunny it was. In the evening we visited the town of Playa d’aro which was lovely. Afterwards we went back to camp for our last Disco. We ended the trip as we had started it by taking over the dancefloor. The final song played was Loch Lomond and we were joined on the dancefloor by the other school groups.
On the last day, suitcases were packed and we set off for our last set of activities. Sadly Banana Boating wasn't possible due to strong winds - these would have been welcomed when we were sailing! As a result we spent the final day playing games in the pool, snorkelling at La Fosca beach and playing volleyball.
Getting ready to leave La Fosca, we did our final number off with our group leaders Hannah, Robyn and Dom. Then we set off on our 36 hour journey back to Fort William. The journey home passed in no time and before we knew it we were back in Scotland.
This trip has been a fantastic experience. I have loved participating in new activities, learning new skills and experiencing a different culture. I have made new friends and will look back on this experience with fond memories. Going on the La Fosca trip has been one of my highlights of my time in Lochaber High School. Anyone thinking about going on this trip definitely should!
Thank you to the staff of Lochaber High School and PGL staff for making it such a memorable experience.
Korrine MacMillan 6L