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Ski Trip 2017

On Saturday 18th February, 50 students from Years 9 & 10 met at school ready to embark on a fun filled week of skiing.

We were heading to La Plagne. After a nightmare of a transfer to the resort (which should have taken three hours and delayed us by six!), we finally arrived safely at the Hotel Rhododendrons late afternoon. Students unpacked and had ski fit where they collected all the equipment that they required for the week - boots, skis, poles and a helmet. The location of the hotel was excellent – just a 20 metre walk to the ski school meeting point and the lifts.

Students were put into ski groups depending on their previous experience; in total we had five groups. All students had four hours of lessons a day with our instructors – Alex, Stefan and Louisa who were from the Ecole du Ski Francais (ESF) - they were all fantastic. 

Students skied in the morning, returned to the hotel for lunch then back out in the afternoon. We then returned to the hotel each day for a lovely three course meal and evening activities.

During the après ski we took part in different activities - bowling, a film night (Eddie the Eagle), sledging, ‘Born To Be’ show and a presentation evening. Students also played pool in the hotel’s games room.

The ‘Born To Be’ Show was a spectacular night on the slopes. A torch lit display with a ski show, freestyle jumps and fireworks. Students were also given money to practice their French to buy some dinner – pizza, crepes and waffles were the popular options!

The students were a credit to the school. All students approached each day with a positive attitude and, despite having sore legs, were excited and enthusiastic for every skiing session, giving it their everything. The progress that the beginners made was exceptional – having never skied before, they were taking on blue and red runs by the end of the week and having lots of fun in the boarder cross and at the fun park.

At the end of the week the ESF presented the students with their certificates in the setting of a lovely mountain café with a hot chocolate. The ‘grade’ depended on their skiing ability.  1, 2 or 3 star followed by Bronze and Gold level.  Two skiers got the top award of gold – Max and Jodie – well done!

We were so lucky with stunning blue skies and sunny days – on the last day it snowed which was excellent to experience. On our final evening, the teachers presented some awards – the topics varied from Best 'Wipe Out' of the Week to Most Positive and Encouraging Attitude, to Perseverance on the Slopes, Best Skier, Chivalry on the Slopes and many more! Each ski group had two winners – one student was chosen for a variety of reasons to do with their positive mentality and support of others over the course of the week and another student for the most progress. Everyone was also given a La Plagne magnet as a memento.

It was a great week – the students were an absolute credit to the school. Thank you to all the staff that made it possible!

Miss Colebourn - Head of PE


For more photographs of the trip, please visit the album here.


“I love skiing! My best part was Lucy absolutely smashing it every five minutes, and learning to ski”, Eleanor

“The last day of skiing was the best day as we went to the ski park and Stefan was an amazing instructor”, Kayleigh

"Great experience but it just went too quickly”, Josh

"The weather was amazing and I didn’t break any bones”, Rachel

"The best part of the week was getting to know new people”, Rhianna