Change of Hotel for 2013

We were informed last week that unfortunately we will be unable to use the Jugendhotel Simonyhof for our ski trip this year. 

However we now have the details of our new accomodation and it looks like we're even better off!

Ski Trip 2013 - 5 Weeks to Go!

It is now only 5 weeks to our annual ski trip to Zauchensee. Final itinerary details will be posted as soon as they have been verified.

If students are beginners and have not yet attended any dry slope lessons now would be a good time to get them sorted. They will make such a difference when out on the snow.

Students need to ensure they have given the following details to Mrs Segura by 16th Jan:

  • Height in cms
  • Weight in kgs
  • Shoe size
  • Name for back of hoody
  • Size of hoody

Students also need to hand EHIC cards into the Finance Office by 9th Feb. Please check they are in date!

Students should keep an eye on their school emails and this website for details of other meetings to be held at school over the next few weeks. 

Mrs Segura

Day 4: White Out in Zauchensee

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

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


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.

Dry Slope Reminder

Just a quick note - but an important one.

If your child has not yet had any dry slope lessons these need to be booked and taken asap to ensure a good start to the trip and their progress on the first day on the slopes

Ski Trip 2013 - Invitation to Ski!

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

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!

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!

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....

Final Itinerary Ski Trip 2013

23 January 2013

Dear Parents/Carers

Below are the details for the final itinerary for the forthcoming ski trip to Austria.

Friday 15 February Arrive at school 10pm 
Saturday 16 February Ferry crossing to Calais 2.25am Arrive at hotel approximately 6pm 
Sunday 17 – Friday 22 February Skiing 
Friday 22 February Leave hotel 5pm 
Saturday 23 February Ferry crossing to Dover 5.45am Arrive at school approximately 9am 
Please note that return times are subject to change should we have to catch a later ferry.  Please be available to collect your child at any point during the morning. 
Hotel details Note: This is the NEW hotel for 2013

Jugendgästehaus Saringgut (Youth Hotel Saringgut)
Saringgut GmbH & Co KG - Familie Kramer
Kirchboden 50,
5602 Wagrain

Tel.: 0043 6413 8978
Fax: 0043 6413 8978 20
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Emergency staff contact number 0044(0) 7941216701 
Emergency hotel contact number 0043 6413 8978

Day 5 Kleinarl in the Sun (occasionally!)

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

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

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

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.