School trip to the Italian Alps

During the first week of Easter, Mr Courtney, Mrs Ware, Miss Wood, Mr Maddox and Sue Quinton took 39 students from years 8 and 9 to the Italian Alps, for a week of skiing.

The 18 hour journey took us through France and on through the Mount Blanc tunnel into Italy. We arrived at Pila, Aosta Valley mid-morning on Sunday and the students were kitted up at the Interski hire store with their ski gear for the week ahead.

After a long journey and half a day to relax, unpack and eat more pasta than you can dare to imagine, we were all absolutely buzzing to get up on the cable cars and ski lifts to hit the slopes! Nerves, anticipation and excitement filled the hotel on the morning of our first day in Pila…a slightly chaotic rush to have all aboard on the coach and equipped with medi cards, lift passes, ID, lunch vouchers, goggles, helmets, sun cream and of course the correct winter clothing, which at 20+ degrees was a little uncomfortable to wear at ground level. Nevertheless, the first day on the mountain was a success.

Throughout the week the students got to know the routine well and were prepared and on time every morning. The students enjoyed five hours a day on the slopes, increasing in skill and confidence rapidly with the tuition from their ski instructors.

As the week progressed, students were completing blue runs, most on red and some on black runs with some off piste skiing too! Everyday the students challenged themselves to be better than the previous day. From a teacher’s perspective, it was impressive to see this level of determination and desire to improve. Their efforts were rewarded in an Interski celebration ceremony, with certificates and badges issued to all students. Each instructor made personalised comments to every student, which showed how our students had made a positive impact on their instructor in one way or another.

Our Après Ski schedule was equally as busy – students (and teachers!) enjoyed tubing, an ice hockey match, ice skating and an all you can eat pizza night, along with eating out at an authentic local Italian restaurant each evening.

Our last day in Pila was also the last of the season. There was a good vibe up on the mountain and spirits were high. Knowing that such a long journey lay ahead, the students were keen to push through the achy muscles, bruised legs and sleep deprivation to make the most of the slopes. Staff and students alike were drained of all energy, which led to a rather relaxed journey back to England.

We would like to praise our students for their outstanding efforts over the week. They behaved impeccably and represented our school with the highest standards. Mr Courtney has already booked Pila, 2018 and a letter for this will be circulated in due course.

Feedback from students:

“My best memory was when we first went up the mountain and started skiing for the first time” – Lara, year 8

“This has been one of the best weeks of my life!” – Sophie, year 8

“I loved everything on this trip, everyone has had a laugh!” – Alfie, year 8

Feedback from parents:

“We have two tired but very happy children home! Both Mia and Oliver are full of great stories about their trip. Thanks for looking after them so well and a special thanks for the photo updates, it was reassuring to see the kids looking so happy while they were far away from home. I’m certain they’ll treasure the memories forever!”

“Thank you so much to everyone involved for such a fabulous trip and memories of a lifetime for all the kids!”

“Thank you all so much for taking care of our kids! The updates have been fantastic and the organisation of the trip from start to finish has been superb! Thank you TBS and staff, very proud to be part of a fab school!”

“Katelin has not stopped talking about what an amazing time she had! Thank you to all the staff, and everyone that made this amazing experience possible”

“Millie’s had such an amazing time, thanks to everyone involved in organising this trip and to the staff and drivers for being so brilliant.”