Jun 13 2012 By Gregor White
RAPLOCH children have been preparing to greet some international visitors with a big "Hola" later this month.
Pupils at Raploch Nursery, Raploch Primary, Our Lady's Primary and Raploch Youth Space - based at the Raploch Community Campus - did eight weeks of Spanish lessons with Dunblane-based hablas palabras.
It’s ahead of Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra - and Raploch’s own Big Noise group - performing an open-air Big Concert in Stirling on June 21 – part of the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics.
Val Storrie of hablas palabras said: "My job of teaching was made easy by the enthusiasm of the children and their genuine interest in and desire to learn Spanish.
"Much of the teaching was through song, but I never imagined for a second how quickly the kids would pick it up.
"I would walk through corridors in the campus and hear the kids singing their Spanish songs and wherever I went I would always be greeted by 'Hola Señora Storrie'.
See more at www.makeabignoise.org.uk.
For info on Spanish and hablas palabras see www.hablaspalabras.co.uk.