CJ Students Visit Marianist School in Spain

Chaminade Julienne students toured the Spanish countryside and visited with friends at a Marianist sister school in Madrid during a nine day springtime excursion through Spain.

As part of the school’s annual journey overseas March 8-16, about 25 CJ Spanish students spent three mornings in Spain’s capital city with pen pals at Colegio Santa Ana y San Rafael, a fellow Marianist institution. Activities included introductory icebreakers (presented in Spanish), a walk through the city’s famous Buen Retiro Park, games and dancing, and fun with the school’s mascot, affectionately known as ‘Father Chami.’

“We were all struck by the similarities of the two schools, especially in the area of family spirit, which is one of our Marianist charisms,” said Peg Regan, Spanish teacher and foreign languages department chair. Regan and chaperones Brad Kassner, science teacher, and Cindy Budde, administrative assistant, also accompanied students to Zaragoza to visit La Basilica de Santa María where Fr. Chaminade was inspired to start the Society of Mary.

Other highlights from the trip included taking a group bike ride along the beach in Barcelona, hiking on the island of Montserrat, and attending a La Liga futbol match between Espanyol and Rayo Vallecano at Estadi Cornella-El Prat in Catalonia. On the group’s final night, their Spanish pen pals treated CJ students to a farewell dinner.

“Saying goodbye was very hard, but several pen pals are making plans to visit Dayton this summer,” Regan said.