Early starts; the frustration of the boots, goggles, gloves, helmet, skis, poles routine; the occasional icy winds; and the different menus were all challenges that our children met with gusto. From the moment we boarded the early morning coach to the moment we arrived home, the children confidently stepped-up to the challenge of being away from home and learning new skills. The rooms were, on the whole, kept tidy and fragrant! And the children understood the compromises and negotiations that go with sharing a room with others.
On the slopes, we were bowled-over by the skill level every child had reached by the end of the trip. Many were tackling some of the most challenging slopes in Montgenevre when a few short days before they were waddling precariously around in circles on the nursery flats. Every child gained a Snowflake medal which demonstrated they had jumped at least one level higher than expected and the instructors were all delighted with their progress.
Simply put, the ski trip was a fantastic experience for all involved. I have to say how impressed I was at the nature of all the children outside the school environment; they really were an absolute pleasure to spend time with. It was a privilege to learn a little more of the characters – the Year 6 boy’s ability to sing Adele songs was unexpected and the pool table challenges were memorable.