Fiesta de la paella!

Libby is standing beside the two paella pans with a group of students and staff sitting in the background on the grass, on bean bags and on benches.

In temperatures of over 30 degrees, hearing Spanish music playing in the background and smelling the cooking of paella you would be forgiven for thinking you were in the Mediterranean… For students and staff at RNC (Royal National College for the Blind), it was the start of summer with a paella party!


The feast was organised by 21 year old Libby Corrigan from Devon as part of her ‘Skills for success’ programme. Spanish teacher Lisa Roberts explains “Part of the course teaches students how to plan an event, including inviting guests, securing venues, food, volunteers etc. and of course ensuring the event goes smoothly.”


Libby asked for the help of Spanish language volunteer Maria, who shared her traditional paella recipes while supporting our students with actually making it. There were meat and vegetarian versions with some students having the opportunity to try some foods for the first time which included prawns, squid and artichoke.


Principal Mark Fisher said “The paella party was a great event and Libby did very well in organising it. It was a great turn out with over 25 students there, able to experience a taste of Spanish culture. The event was timed very well to mark the end of term and the Spanish trip to Madrid.”


Visit the RNC Facebook page to view the gallery of photos from the paella party


Lisa Roberts, who is in Madrid with the students now, added “Some of our students have never been given the opportunity to go abroad so it’s amazing that RNC lets them do it. Spending a week in Spain and immersing themselves in Spanish culture will give our students a fantastic chance to hone in their language skills.”


We run European trips to Spain, France and Germany. All RNC students are offered the chance to take part in these trips but priority is always given to students who are studying language courses.

If you’re interested in studying languages with us, use the links provided below to find out more or, call our student enquiries team on 01432 376 621 or email

Spanish courses at RNC

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Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC


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