Notley High Ski Trip February 2010

Thursday, 25 February 2010.

February half term 2010 saw yet another ski trip head out to Austria for the annual Notley High Ski trip. It was my tenth trip at Notley and quite honestly the best to date!

With only 23 students it was the smallest trip I have ever taken but because of this there was a real family atmosphere to the group. All the students really looked out for one another and there was no separation between the year groups.

Travelling with a new company this year, The Austrian Experience, provided us with a really personal service and a range of new and different evening activities. We went Tubing on the first night where the children slid down the slopes in large tyre inner tubes! Much fun was had by all!! On Monday evening we took a tough walk up the mountain to a small ski lodge where they cooked up a big pan of pancakes and jam for us. We then took a floodlit toboggan ride back down the hill. Wednesday evening was the annual disco and Thursday presentation evening where students received certificates and trophies for their achievements during the week.

The skiing this year was fantastic and the weather and snow conditions couldn’t have been better. All students had had dry slope lessons prior to the trip enabling the whole group to ski from the top of the mountain on the first day. The beginners progressed so well that by the end of the week everyone had skied blue, red and black runs, a real achievement for everyone. It was really lovely seeing and hearing the children at the end of each day telling tales of their adventures on the slopes and what fun they had got up to in the snow!

The students were a pleasure to take away and a real credit to the school and their parents. I would like to thank them for such a good week away. I would also like to thank Mr Rowe, Miss Wilson and Mr Catt who also came on the trip and did such a fantastic job all week.

I am already organising next years trip back out to the same resort and hope to have letters out before the Easter holidays! I know there is a lot of interest already for this trip and there will be a maximum of 40 places. More details will follow shortly.

Nikki Segura:  Ski Trip Organiser

Day 6 - Zauchensee 2009

Thursday, 19 February 2009.

We had a fantastic final day skiing at Zauchensee. Although conditions were very cold the sun shone all day. It was lovely to see how well the children had improved from day 1. All four groups skied blue, red and black runs which is a real credit to all – especially considering that many of the students had only started skiing at the beginning of the week.

In the evening we had our presentations where each child was presented with a badge and a certificate with their grading.

Day 2 - Austria Ski Trip 2009

Sunday, 15 February 2009.

A great first day skiing! We have been lucky enough to get some brilliant snow to try out our skills on our first day. Beginners have been learning the basic skills and how to master the button lifts, whilst those with some experience under their ski-boots have been more adventurous and have flown down some ski-runs!

Mr Trumper's team were victorious in the quiz - much to the disbelief of Miss Ward. A stewards' enquiry is underway...

We have arrived!

Saturday, 13 February 2010.

We arrived at the hotel for 7am. The guesthouse is lovely.

The Children will be making snowmen this afternoon.

Day 4 - Austria Ski Trip 2009 - Blizzards, Combovers and Disco

Tuesday, 17 February 2009.

The Notley ski crew battled incessant snow and wind today on the 4th day of our ski trip. At times you could hardly see your hand in front of your face and the wind chill made conditions even more difficult. Despite this, every group managed to ski down to the foot of the mountain at least once and everyone agreed that we still had a brilliant day's skiing. We might even have thawed out by the time we get back to Notley!

Our evening activity was a disco in a local club. However, before we went out, the staff and several students decided to follow the current trend in hairstyles - the "combover". If you'd like to see what a stylish lot we all were - including Mr Catt(!) click here to view the photos. You've never seen anything till you see what can be achieved with a liquid eyeliner!

More updates tomorrow.
The Notley High Ski Crew

Day 1 - Austria Ski Trip 2009

Saturday, 14 February 2009.

After a long journey we have all arrived safely in Austria. We have already been to Flachau to pick up our boots and skis and have spent the afternoon in the local park playing in the snow and practicing our skiing ready for the big day tomorrow. We also had a massive snowball fight which was won by the staff – regardless of what you may be told by any of the students. We've never seen so much snow at this level on any previous trip!

The hotel is fantastic and Elsa the manageress is the friendliest host we’ve ever had. The students are settling in to their home for the week and we’ll all be having a nice early night so we can get up for breakfast at 7am, ready for the first lifts at 8:30

Bunny Goes Skiing.

Friday, 12 February 2010.

Bunny has packed his bags and run away on the ski trip! He will learn to ski using the "stick it out and stand on it" method and will enjoy such delights as "cheese on skis"

You can follow him on his adventures with the Notley children by checking back regularly.

Day 3 - Austria Ski Trip 2009

Monday, 16 February 2009.

16th Feb - An altogether fantastic day in Austria for everyone on the ski trip - staff and students included. Groups 1 & 2 had their usual blast across the mountains with some of them giving the instructors a run for their money!

However, the stars of the day were undoubtably the beginners groups 3 & 4. Most of these students had never stepped on a pair of skis before Sunday, but after a couple more hours tuition this morning they headed up to their first proper run down the mountain in the afternoon. Not only did everyone make it down in half the time estiumated by the instructors, they managed two more runs top to bottom before the end of the day. Well done to all of them.

After a quick swim in the local swimming pool (with most braving the outdoor pool too!) it was back to the hotel for a birthday celebration. Our thanks go to Franz for making such a lovely cake!

Click here to check out the pictures. There will be another update tomorrow so come back soon!