Exchange with Cintra
Every year, the older students exchange with the boys and girls of the Cintra School, in the Raval neighborhood of Barcelona. This center works with adolescents at a high-risk of social exclusion. The choristers and students of Cintra are able to play games and share their experiences together.
Exchange with La Masia del Futbol Club Barcelona
Periodically, there is a student exchange between La Masia del Barça and the Escolania. This exchange consists of a visit by the choristers to the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, or a visit by the residents of La Masia to Montserrat. With them, we share the importance of good values like effort, discipline, and teamwork.
Fifteen Days of Summer
Students usually return from summer vacation around August 20th. These days before the start of the school year serve to not only resume the activity of the choir, but also to enjoy a few days of swimming at the pool, sporting competitions, and a few other summer activities. It’s like a music summer camp and is greatly enjoyed by the boys.
December 6th, St. Nicholas day, is the biggest holiday here for the students. It is a party in which families, monks, and former choristers attend. The choir sings the legend of St. Nicholas and following in a tradition stretching back to the Middle Ages, on this day, one of the choristers that has previously been elected by his peers becomes the “Bisbetó”, or Little Bishop. He then plays Saint Nicholas for the retelling of the legend. The festival is loved by everyone who has participated.
Exchange with England
As a final trip during the school year, the oldest choristers travel to London and meet students there at a Senior school. During their stay, they tour London and discover English school life. Afterwards, the hosting students in England make a trip to live as the choristers at Montserrat and discover what life is like in Catalonia.
Each Wednesday, there is space set aside to share between the school and residence to focus on activities that the day to day life doesn’t allow. Depending on the week, the students may make an excursion to the mountain, listen to a speaker invited to the school, or some other group activity.
The boys have the opportunity to begin catechism for those who have not yet been baptized or received First Communion.