María Sánchez wrote:
On Monday 6th of November, the students of 1st of Bachillerato C and D went cycling to an environmental path in the Manzanares River Regional Park, in Hoyo de Manzanares. The activity was organized by the Physical Education department and it consisted on spending the morning learning about nature in that area while we exercised our bodies.
We left school during the first period with Sonia Castellanos and Maite Teigell, the teachers who are responsible of teaching the Physical Education subject to both Bachilleratos this year. After an entertaining bus ride, we finally arrived to the park at ten o’clock in the morning. Then, some professional cyclists gave us the material we needed to accomplish the activity. Once everybody had kit themselves up with a helmet and set up the saddle correctly, we were ready to begin.
They started by dividing us into two different groups, each one would follow a different route and we had the chance to choose in which group we wanted to be in, depending if we preferred to follow an undemanding path or a rougher one. Relying on what some of my classmates have told me and from a personal point of view, both of the tracks were hard but worth the effort.
It was a lot of fun and we found out a lot of new things while we enjoyed of privileged views of the Guadarrama Mountain Range, we also learned about how the erosion of the rocks has left an amazing mark over time forming an unique landscape and how people from nearby villages used to take the granite in the rocks to make something useful or valuable out of it. We didn’t just acquire geographical knowledge but we also got fit by gaining skill with the bikes they gave us. Moreover, we put into practice a lot of cooperation and teamwork because everyone was supporting their mates and encouraging them to keep going. We realized that the effort was worth it when we stopped to have our morning snacks in a lookout placed at a great height where you could admire some examples of the Mediterranean forests and vegetation. We took advantage of that little break to take some pictures together and regain strength.
The whole activity was physically demanding and we all came back to school exhausted, but none of us paid much attention to that because we all had a great time and lots of fun. We really do recommend doing similar activities with school in the future.