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Ski trip to the French Alps

Over the Easter holidays 32 children departed Terrington Hall for a week’s skiing in the French Alps. The group, which ranged from Year 3 to Year 8, included beginners and skiers of varying abilities. They all had a fantastic time, supported each other, and were a credit to our school. Nick Hyde, Head of Boys’ Sport, led the trip and wrote the following report:

Although skiing was the focus of our trip, developing independent young people was a close second, and the children managed an early journey to Manchester Airport, followed by a check-in for their flight to Grenoble, without incident.

They remained in good spirits throughout the long travelling day, with excitement mounting as we neared our hotel in La Plagne. We all agreed it was welcoming and comfortable, collected our skis and boots for the week, then retired for an early night.

The next day dawned as bright and sunny as we’d hoped and the local ESF instructors made excellent progress with their charges. Miss Falkingham, Mr Kibler, Mr Hyde and Miss Duree shadowed the children in their lessons, as well as venturing a little further afield when the snow conditions allowed.

Every child had fun but also concentrated hard to come on in leaps and bounds during their four hours of lessons a day. They were pleased to return to the hotel for lunch, for a sit down and to share their adventures. The food was excellent!

Given the huge amounts of energy expended on the slopes, après ski was low key. However the children were allowed to explore the close vicinity, and the Year 7 and 8 children acted as ‘big brother and sister’ to the younger children; roles they did with care and compassion. As a member of staff, it was great to see the children of all ages mixing socially and having a wonderful time in each other’s company. The highlight of après ski was the visit to Plagne Centre, for chocolate crepes and a little present shopping!

The last day of skiing saw the ESF instructors present the children with their ‘snowflake’ medals, and the overall feedback was the children were excellent ambassadors for the school! The hotel manager and her team also commented on the outstanding behaviour of the children. A week’s skiing is never enough, but there were some tired children and staff who arrived back at school just in time for Easter! We’re already planning next year’s trip…

Terrington Hall has a happy feel – across the school children seem to enjoy each other’s company and that of their teachers each and every day.