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Posted on March 8th 2018
Ski Trip to Austria
In the middle of the night on Saturday 10th February, 4 members of staff and 24 students met in the Academy's car park for what would be an exciting adventure ahead of us!
"I don't know where to start... this trip was amazing!" reports Caitlin Coppard, Year 8. "This trip was my very first with the school and out of the country, and to top it off, it was the first time I had ever been on a plane."
The week in Austria was one of those unforgettable firsts for many of our students. Somewhat humorously, one student exclaimed "I've just realised we're going up mountains" as we neared the resort. Then, upon our arrival at the hotel, another student threw himself onto the ground outside exclaiming "this is real snow!" Every new sensation was thrilling.
Over the course of the week, there were triumphs and fails. Exceptional fails at times, particularly on the first couple of days, which left a mass of bodies rolling over each other down the mountain on more than one occasion. One student reported "I said I would go first, but instead she started going at the same time and we both fell. We got help by a member of the public. It was amazing and funny". No one would have expected at this point that a number of our talented students would be skiing down black runs a few days later.
On top of morning and afternoon skiing lessons, and 3-course meals every evening, our lucky students enjoyed a plethora of evening activities. One night we attended a festival of stunts and fireworks, another night we enjoyed trampolines and climbing walls. Who could forget the late night walk in snow shoes over knee-deep powder, or our disco on the last night which afforded everyone the opportunity to show off their somewhat exotic moves?
Every student represented the Academy exceptionally. They all supported each other kindly and made many new friends. "I met really nice people", concludes Velvet Hoilett, Year 10, so hesitant only a few days earlier as she did not know anyone on the trip on day 1. Even the teachers were "really nice... really happy as well". Testament to how relaxed everyone could be thanks to the attitude and behaviour of our fantastic students.
To conclude, we must note that a reunion is due as Mr Winter would rather forget, Velvet won the slalom race on the last day by 0.2 seconds. She states "I may have a quicker speed next time. What do you have in response to that, sir?"