Our Spanish alumni families share some of their favourite memories of their time with their Walhampton friends
Ties of friendship for life
Spanish students are the largest group of foreigners who frequent Walhampton every year. Their presence in the school is very well received by both the children and the British families who live in the New Forest. The Spaniards correspond with gratitude to the signs of affection for the British and every year many students of Walhampton and also their families visit Spain, invited by the Spaniards. Ties of friendship are one of the main legacies of Walhampton in the opinion of Spanish students. Adults and young people .... many of them have been created, thanks to the school, bonds of friendship for life.
Gonzalo Delclaux (Y8, 2016)
"Walhampton has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. My time there got me back to Spain so mature and responsible, as well as taller and thinner because of the life in the nature and the intensive sport. The school gave me the opportunity to learn lot of new things and matters about Great Britain and introduce me in new sports like rugby . Thank you for inspiring me and training me Mr Stanley. Rugby is now my favourite sport and I play it intensively in a well known team here in Spain. But one of the best things in Walhampton is, without doubt, their grounds, views and nature that surround it. They made me feel happy to be alive. And what to say about the amount of new British friends I lived with as brothers in the boarding house. I love keeping in touch with them through the social medias and I invite then to come to Spain almost every summer. Thank you to the school and even to all the Walhampton families who made me and my mother feel in Lymington like at home."
Alessandro Senta, (Y7-8, 2015-2016)
Living in Barcelona, Alessandro is half Spanish and half Italian.
"I enjoyed the two years in Walhampton as the best of my student life so far. Another great aspect of the experience is that it has enabled me to expand my circle of friends with whom I keep in touch thanks to new technologies and carefully planned trips during the holidays. As a boarder, many of my student colleagues became almost like brothers and sisters, sharing great memories and companionship not just with British boys but also Spanish or Japanese “amigos”.
Many of the Walhampton families looked after me during exeats when I could experience the New Forest life as a local. During school holidays I also enjoy having Walhampton friends spending time with us in Spain. Some of them are now learning Spanish in senior school so I hope that they will keep on visiting!"
Juan Redondo (Y6, 2016) and Maria Redondo (Y5, 2016)
Last year's stay at Walhampton was the most rewarding and exciting experience in Juan and María Redondo lives. They have learnt English and have acquired wide knowledge on many matters but the most important lessons they have learnt is to be self confident and to open their minds to new cultures and new people. In addition, they made lots of friends who will remain in their hearts forever. They are currently studying at the International School SEK Ciudalcampo, in Madrid, where they are trained under the International Baccalaureate principles.
Marta Caballero (Y7, 2016)
Marta Caballero belongs to the Campos family with a long tradition in Walhampton. Most of its younger members will attend or have attended a year in Walhampton. As can be seen in the photos, the family is very numerous, which will ensure the presence of one or two members of this Spanish family per year in the next courses. They love to invite all of summer some of their British friends made at Walhampton. Last summer it was the turn of Gemma Fitzwilliams, who made a pilgrimage with the great Campos family to the tomb of Apostle Santiago. A gorgeous experience!!!
Carlota Camina, (Y7-8, 2014-2016)
Carlota is at Highlands School in Madrid. She is studying Year 9 and she plays hockey at Club de Campo’s team, which came third place in the Spanish Championships.
"Walhampton School is a place full of happiness and joy. Everyone who has been there would say the same as me: “IT’S AWESOME!”.
The teachers, friends and parents in Walhampton have helped me making the two best years in my life and I do not know how to thank them more. I have memories at Walhampton which I will never forget and I found many talents that not even myself knew I had. Walhampton left me a mark and I know I will never find a school better than this one.
Thank you Walhampton!"
Huge thanks to all our Spanish Walhampton familes who have shared their memories with us, especially Isabel Saracho who instigated and co-ordinated the above messages and photos. Muchas Gracias!