At the beginning of the Easter break I travelled with 42 other students to Dover, where we endeavoured to embark on our P&O ferry to Calais. The destination was skiing in the alluring Pyrenees mountains of the principality Andorra. This year many of the students were beginners but all of us were eagerly anticipating the exhilarating and rewarding experience ahead. Our accommodation was in the quaint parish of Encamp located on the Valira d’Orient river, in a very friendly hotel.
Early each morning we surfaced for a delicious and filling breakfast before catching the gondola to the top of the mountain. Once suited and booted and reunited with our skis we headed off to catch the first lift of the day. We all skied in specified ability groups in different areas within the resort, but by the end, once the beginners had mastered their turns; we would begin to share runs as a whole school.
After a long day skiing, we would get dressed for dinner in the hotel, and an evening of après ski activities. My most favourite was when we had the opportunity to visit the capital Andorra La Vella to do a spot of shopping followed by some late night bowling, which admittedly, I was shocking at!
The ski trip quite literally changes the way many of the students will holiday and has given me a totally different outlook on the winter months. I’ve met people on these trips which I can call life long friends but before I get too nostalgic I would like to give a huge thank you to Mr Kerrison, Ms Bush, Mr Gooding, Miss Martin and Ms Parrot for making all of this possible.
Joe Palmer
Sixth Form Student