Fifty-six pupils from years 9 to 11 and seven members of staff from St Richard’s Catholic College recently enjoyed a week of skiing in the beautiful skiing region of Alpendorf, Austria.
This annual St Richard’s trip is in its’ ninth year and continues to be an immensely positive experience for all who get involved.
Each day, lucky pupils participated in two hour lessons in the morning and afternoon working in ability groups. For the majority of pupils, it was their first time skiing. They then met together to enjoy lunch in the mountain restaurant.
After snow fall on the first day, the conditions for the rest of the week were perfect with blue skies and sunshine. By the middle of the week, all the pupils had progressed well enough to use the chair lift and ski down steep mountains.
At the end of the week, the pupils took part in a timed race which was followed by a prize ceremony on the last evening.
Harry Whiteley, a year 9 St Richard’s pupil, won the trophy for being the fastest skier out of all the schools present that week.
The trip included a range of enjoyable evening activities including tobogganing, swimming, a shopping trip, a bowling evening and a New Years Eve party with an impressive canon firing at the hotel.
The St. Richard’s group were made extremely welcome at the beautiful lakeside hotel and were treated to lots of traditional Austrian food.
Peter Byrne, Assistant Principal and leader of the trip, said: “We were very proud of the pupils. They gave 100% all week and joined in the skiing and activities with a real sense of fun and enthusiasm. Our pupils were complimented on their polite, respectful and helpful conduct throughout.
“My thanks also go to Mr Heseltine, Mr Bligh, Mr and Mrs Holloway, Miss Crawley and Mrs Douglin for making the trip possible by accompanying the trip.”
Adam Baker, year 11 pupil and Deputy Head boy, summed up the experiences of all the pupils: “We had an amazing week that will live on in our memories forever. I’m only sad that I won’t be able to go again next year!”