Pupils take to the slopes on the Ski France trip
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Every two years the school run a one week long ski trip to the French Alps. On Saturday the 9th January 2016, just under one hundred pupils, staff and parent helpers set off on the eleven hour journey to Alpe D’Huez. The trip opens up the opportunity for not only the pupils to learn or improve their ski skills but also for them to practice their French, develop valuable social skills and the room inspections every night ensure that the pupils learn to keep their rooms tidy!
Every morning the pupils were woken up at half past seven and they were expected to be down and ready at breakfast for half past eight. The food at the hotel was surprisingly good. For breakfast you were given the option of croissants, pain du chocolate, cereal and much more so that you had enough energy for the day ahead. You were then given time to get your ski clothes on and then be out on the piste for nine o’clock, ready for your morning lessons with the French ski school. The morning lessons were taken by the French instructors who pushed you to your limit and improved your skiing immensely. In just a week the beginners who hadn’t even skied on snow before managed to advance to parallel turns with the help of both the French instructors and the adults who had accompanied the pupils on the trip. They were given time for lunch and a break but then the pupils were back out onto the slopes with their ski leaders in groups of around ten for the afternoon.
The pupils all really enjoyed any opportunity they got to ski but some of the highlights of the trip were from the entertainment at night. There were quizzes, karaoke, bum-boarding and the Miss Alpe D’Heuz competition. The Miss Alpe D’Heuz competition was a big success and it was all thanks to the boys who entered into the spirit of it and got dressed up in their favourite skirts and bikinis!
The school hope to run the trip again in two years time and provide other people with the experience that some pupils have been lucky enough to get.
By Rhea Middlemass