Ski trip teaches life skillsPosted: 7th May 2019
A week on the slopes gave teenagers more than just skiing skills.
A group of 43 Year 8 to 10 students from Burnt Mill Academy spent five days skiing in Grandvalira, Andorra.
As well as developing their ability to ski, the students gained a number of life skills.
Kerry Davies, PE teacher, said: “By the end of the week, all students were able to go up the chair lifts and ski the blue runs. They all made big improvements in their skiing as most had never skied before. By the end, they were all competitive, which was a really good achievement.
“Some had never been away and so started the trip a little nervous, but by the end they were crying as they were having such a great time and did not want to leave. They had to take responsibility for themselves which meant their confidence massively improved, especially doing something they had never done before.
“They absolutely loved it and really were so well behaved; it was a pleasure.”
The group also received praise from their ski instructors and travel operator.
Stephen Scott, director of Activ4 Sports Tours, sent a letter to headteacher Laura McGlashan saying: “I would like to take this opportunity to point out the excellent impression that was made by your students and staff. Our resort team has been full of praise for both the students and staff, who all had a positive attitude and ensured that the tour ran well.
“I would be most grateful if you would pass on my personal thanks to party leader Kerry Davies and her accompanying staff, without their energy and commitment, your pupils would not have been able to enjoy such a wonderful experience. Their rapport with your students and with our staff in resort was a key factor in the success of the trip and I am sure your parents and governors would like to join us in thanking your staff for raising the profile of your school and for giving so freely of their time.”
Ski instructor Peter Howe wrote: “Just wanted to say from all the instructors that worked with your school how well behaved, polite and fun all the kids were this week; it makes our job easier and I want to thank you for that. All the teachers who were present also made our job run smoothly. “I feel all the kids progressed really well and are all now skiers.”