Ski Trip 2013 - Invitation to Ski!

Tuesday, 29 May 2012.

Dear Parents/Carers

After another good ski season it is time to start organising next year’s ski trip.  The trip will return to the resort of Zauchensee/Flachau in Austria and we will be travelling with ‘The Austrian Experience’.  The trip will run during February half term, 15 – 23 February 2013. The trip will be open to all years and we have a limit on numbers; because we are expecting a large response there will undoubtedly be a reserve list.  Should you find yourself on this list don’t despair as we generally have some people that drop out over the year.  If on the reserve list, your return slip will be kept but your deposit returned.

Day 3: Flachau and Toboganning

Tuesday, 14 February 2012.

We woke to grey skies and snow this morning and it didn’t stop all day. This meant fresh powder and lots of fun. We skied at Flachau today, new slopes and new snow. The beginners had a hard day skiing tackling some steeper slopes and really persevered with their technique. Group three skied everywhere skiing both sides of the mountain and exploring the deep snow. Group two really put on the speed  giving group one a run for their money. They too explored most of the mountain skiing both sides into Flachau and Wagrain. Group one spent time in the powder and playing on the bumps getting some air under their skis. All groups had a great day in hard conditions. We have had a few bumps but nothing serious!

Change of Hotel!

Wednesday, 01 February 2012.

We have just been informed that unfortunately we will be unable to use the Hotel-Pension Hubergut for our ski trip this year.

However we have now been booked into the equally lovely Jugendhotel Simonyhof in Radstadt (see picture) which puts us even nearer the slopes (less coach travel - more skiing!). The new hotel website is One small note: don't go to the German site and let Google translate it for you - it translates Jugendhotel ("Youth Hotel" - a hotel catering primarily for young families) as Youth Hostel (which it isn't!).

The contact details are on our site now so please take a minute to update your files, mobile, phone etc.

Mrs Segura and the team.

PS We have been assured it has full WIFI so we are still planning to update the site with blog entries and photos whilst we are out there - keep checking the site and writing comments for us to read!

Ski Trip 2012 - Applications Open Now!

Thursday, 19 May 2011.

Dear Parents/ Carers

After another good ski season it is time to start organising next year’s ski trip. The trip will return to the resort of Flachau in Austria and we will be travelling with ‘The Austrian Experience’. The trip will run during February half term, 10th – 18th February 2012. The trip will be open to all years and we have a limit on numbers; because we are expecting a large response there will undoubtedly be a reserve list. Should you find yourself on this list don’t despair as we generally have some people that drop out over the year. If on the reserve list your return slip will be kept but your deposit returned.

The trip will cost £870 to be paid in instalments, and will include:

  • All travel by fully executive coach
  • 6 nights full board accommodation
  • Ski and boot hire
  • Après ski programme including tubing, swimming, bowling and tobogganing
  • Lift pass for 6 days
  • 6 hours of ski lessons per day
  • Fully inclusive winter sports insurance
  • A school ski sweatshirt style top.

Please go to the Letter and Downloads section for more information....

Day 2 - Zauchensee 2011

Monday, 21 February 2011.

We woke this morning to fog and a dusting of fresh snow. Ellie Gray and Sam Dore were awarded the special outfits to wear for the day for particularly funny incidents yesterday so had to ski sporting a tutu and Spongebob Square pants outfits! 

Up on the mountain all groups went straight to the top and had fun playing in the powder. The beginners were fantastic and have skied a variety of runs today showing great improvement. The more experienced skiers have been cruising around the red and black runs practising their parallel turns and having fun with some jumps! This evening we are all off swimming to ease our aching muscles.

Check out the gallery for our day in pictures. (Obviously no photos of the evening activity since I wasn't about to take a camera into the pool. Also, it wasn't really picture weather today what with constant snow and fog later so we'll play catch up tomorrow if the weather improves - Mr Rowe)

Everyone loves the blog comments so keep them coming.

More tomorrow....

Mrs Segura and team.

Day 5 Kleinarl in the Sun (occasionally!)

Thursday, 16 February 2012.

With slightly better weather this morning we headed up the mountain to Kleinarl to play in the fun park. With fresh powder under our skis we all skied the red down to the café for a quick hot chocolate. All groups then headed over the peak to tackle the fun park and extreme powder. Group four managed a couple of jumps and the headed down their first ski route of the week. Group three followed also having fun in the deep snow and group two weren’t too far behind. Group one spent most of the day playing on the jumps, in the deep powder and in the half pipe! There should be some good photos in the gallery later.

Day 2: Zauchensee the Sequel

Monday, 13 February 2012.

Another great day today with cold weather and clear skies. The beginners ventured onto the steeper blues exploring new parts of the mountain. All have improved and made lots of progress. Group three have been all over the resort playing in the deep snow and having fun on reds and blues. We even conquered a short back on the last run! Group two were more adventurous tackling the ski route and the moguls. They covered many miles and improved their technique in the deeper snow. Group one skied their legs off all around the resort following the world cup run, the ski route and all the blacks.

10% discount at Trespass at Freeport

Thursday, 01 December 2011.

Looking to buy some new gear for February's Ski Trip? Well then you'll be glad to hear that we have secured a 10% discount at Trespass at Freeport!

Just mention that you are on the Notley Ski trip to claim your discount. 

Happy shopping.

Mrs S and the team.

PS Might be an idea to take a letter of something from the school just in case but the staff know about the discount so you shouldn't get any issues.


Day 4 - Flachau 2011

Wednesday, 23 February 2011.

We have skied in Flachau today in brilliant sunshine. Groups 1 and 2 have been skiing reds and blues all day and skied from top to bottom first thing in the morning. Groups 3 and 4 have been skiing all over the mountain looking for bumps and jumps. After lunch all groups skied a short ski route which was great entertainment for all those on the lift above us! There was some skiing, lots of rolling around in the snow and even some tree hugging! Check out the pictures for photographic evidence of students showing how to fall over. After we had all stopped laughing we skied our own way down the mountain for a hot chocolate at the bottom. We are off to the disco this evening to strutt our stuff on the dance floor and off to Klienal tomorrow to play in the snow park with grinders, jumps and even a half pipe for the more adventurous.

Day 1 Zauchensee 2011

Sunday, 20 February 2011.

We have had a great day today at Zauchensee. All the groups have skied from the top of the mountain some taking longer than others! Lots of children have fallen over and the staff were not far behind them (Mr Rowe and Mr Catt!!) The weather has been fantastic with brilliant sunshine all day. Perfect for plenty of photos. Check out the gallery for our day in pictures. We are off to Flachau this evening for a spot of floodlit toboggoning and then home for a good nights sleep. Up early again tomorrow to catch the first lift up the mountain at Zauchensee.

Day 4: White Out in Zauchensee

Wednesday, 15 February 2012.

Day four dawned overcast, snowing and windy. We headed up to Zauchensee for the day. Everyone had entered into the fun of Fancy Dress day and we certainly brightened the day for everyone on the slopes. Many of us were asked for photos and lots of people were commenting throughout the day. The outfits included a bunch of bananas, a number of Where’s Wally, Mario and Luigi, a Scotsman, a Mexican, Banana Man, Maid Marion, a parrot, Hula girls, a cow, Harry Potter, Batman and Robin a cowboy and his horse and a colony of penguins to name but a few!

Zauchensee 2012: Day 1

Sunday, 12 February 2012.

We have had a fantastic first day with the best beginners group ever!  The top group have zoomed around the mountain taking in blues, red, blacks and a few jumps along the way. Groups 2 and 3 have been mostly on reds getting used to their skis again and having lots of fun!The beginners started on the nursery slope this morning and then ventured to the top of the mountain for a lovely cruise down the blue. All the kids have been great and we are all looking forward to going tubing this evening.

Information for Parents - Ski Trip 2012

Wednesday, 16 November 2011.


Dear Parents/ Carers,

The ski season is fast approaching and it is time to start thinking about what you should be doing to prepare for the school ski trip to Austria. I have uploaded a Parents' Information pack with all the information you will require for the forthcoming trip. If there are any questions you have that are not answered on the site please email me and we will put the information in the FAQ section.

I would ask that you pay particular attention to the details regarding passports (which must have at least 6 months left from the beginnning on the trip), EHIC cards and pocket money.

All emergency contact numbers are taken off SIMS so you may need to check that the school have your correct contact details if you have changed mobile numbers recently or moved house. We will also be using the School Coms system to inform you of our safe arrival and our expected time of arrival on our return to school. It is vital we have the correct numbers not only for this but also should we need to contact you in an emergency.

Can I also remind you that under no circumstances are students allowed to bring their mobile phones with them on the trip. They will have access to pay phones in resort and we will be uploading a daily blog on this site for you to see what we have been up to and send any messages. If you have any questions regarding this please call me at school.

I would also like to stress the importance of booking some dry slope lessons for your child if they have not skied before. This will save them at least two days on snow and enable them to progress at a much quicker pace whilst in resort. Local dry slopes are Ipswich and Brentwood and both offer excellent lessons for beginners. Alternatively you could visit the indoor Snow Dome at Milton Keynes where they can learn on real snow. We have provided some of the relevant links here.

We all know how fast our teenagers grow and so we are setting up a classifieds page on the site for you to sell your second hand ski gear. If you wish any items to be included on this page you will need to email us the details of what you wish to sell with a picture if you wish, price and include a contact number so prospective buyers can call you direct.

Lastly with Christmas fast approaching we have included a kit list in the information so you may want to add items onto Christmas lists.

The final itinerary for the trip will be published as soon as we have the details from the company so keep an eye on the site for any updates. We will also be having meetings with your children to inform them of any other details they may need to know.

Best wishes and Happy Christmas!


Mrs N Segura and the Ski Team.

Day 3 - Zauchensee 2011 - Brilliant!!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011.

Another good day on the slopes with snow falling all day making conditions excellent. Lots of powder and plenty of falling down! The top groups spent the day skiing the ski routes looking for the virgin snow whilst the beginners really came on a treat with the soft snow and had fun going over the bumps! Emma Bennett wore the spongebob outfit today for demolishing a rack of skis yesterday and Dan Goddard looked more than comfortable in the pink tights and tutu for forgetting to take the protective film off his goggles and wondering why everything looked blurred!! We are off tubing tonight to slide down the hill in large tyre inner tubes, and looking forward to spending the day skiing in Flachau tomorrow.

Arrived Safe, Well and Excited!

Saturday, 19 February 2011.

Just a quick blog entry after a long journey! All arrived safe and well and not a little excited about skiing tomorrow. Journey took a bit longer than anticipated due to a cancelled ferry but the students took this in their stride and have behaved impeccably.

Le Roy and Bernard 2 the Sequel (our drivers) have been their expected efficient selves and got us here in just about 13 hours from Calais - not too shabby.

Hotel is very welcoming and everyone was tucking into soup within five minutes of arrival.

For the first time we have full WiFi access in the hotel so more blog posts, pics and general geekiness will follow over the week. Check back daily and and feel free to comment too - love to hear your feedback.

More soon...

Mrs Segura and team.