GTS pupils up in the mountains again

Posted on: 12/02/2014

"Breathtaking........ Fun................, The powder was perfect....... It was fantastic ............ Epic............, The best week I've ever had, It was tiring and hard but so much fun......... Excellent...... I've learnt so much.......... The best week of my life...............Love it.... 

These were some of the comments and feeling expressed by our pupils on the return journey last Sunday. 

So 25 intrepid pupils and 4 excited members of staff set off for the beautiful and picturesque Aosta valley for the Great Torrington School annual ski trip. All pupils and staff returned exhausted but all with smiles on their faces and not a scratch in sight. 

Great Torrington School pupils were joined by pupils from other schools in their lessons and they made friends instantly and got on superbly all week. Our pupil's earned special praise and recognition for their exemplary behaviour and attitude. Our Ski representatives from Interski, Skiing instructors, coach drivers and hotel staff were full of compliments as our pupils once again proved to be a credit to themselves and the school.  Our Ski rep Mr Guant from Interski, wrote to the Headteacher this week saying that he forgot that he was actually working because he had so much enjoyment from being with Great Torrington School pupils and their teachers who seem to work seamlessly together. 

The snowing condition were absolutely perfect for skiing and the mountain was relatively quiet which everyone took advantage from, not least the beginner group who really excelled and left the nursery slopes and progressed up the mountain at a steady pace. The intermediate group and advance group worked really hard with their instructors and put in some good skiing and were whizzing around the mountains. 

In the evening pupils enjoyed bowling, playing pool, a disco, pizza night in town and a Wii game night where we must mention Harry Bartlett, Owen Seward and Luke Creighton for their dance moves!  The finale night was presentation evening and all the instructors praised the pupils and commented on their positive attitude and good behaviour and that  they were fantastic to work with all week. 

One of the Key Stage 4 pupils did their GCSE controlled assessment on the highest slopes on Mount Pila and they were given the opportunity to demonstrate advance techniques under the watchful eye of Miss McCarthy and their instructors. The grade obtained will complement the hard work done in school. 

The week was great, exhausting and fun and we will return with next year's trip date already booked from 24th January - 1st February 2015.  There are still places available!

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