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Ski trip success

Over 30 students from years 8-13 took part in an enjoyable half term of skiing on the Academy’s annual ski trip to Austria.

During their first ski lesson, students were split into groups depending on their experience. On the first day, the beginners started to learn basic manoeuvres such as turning and stopping whilst the more experienced skiers took to the slopes to define their skiing techniques.

Each day, the students took part in 5 hours of skiing and by the end of the trip all students were skiing competently on blue runs, with some even moving on to tackle the more challenging red runs.

Each evening, the students enjoyed the culture and cuisine as well as interacting with locals at the family run hotel. Students also took part in a range of fun activities such as table tennis tournaments, DVD nights and a fancy dress party on the last night.

Trip organiser and PE teacher Mr Liam Feeley said: ‘All the students really embraced the trip and overcame their fears. The trip not only allowed students to learn to ski or improve their technique but also taught the students many other valuable life skills. Students learnt to become more independent and organised, being away from home. The students also developed their teamwork skills and were incredibly support of one and other, with many new friendships being formed during the course of the week.

‘We always return to the same family run hotel as there is a real family feel and all our students’ needs are catered for. Staying at the hotel also gives students the opportunity to try local cuisine and practice their language and communication skills.

‘We also try to keep the cost of the trip to a minimum as well feel it is really important that all our students have the opportunity to attend.’

Ski trips for next years trip will be sent out shortly.