Safely arrived at Calais and all successfully through passport control despite the zombie like state of most 🧟♀️🧟♂️.
Booked onto an earlier ferry which should get us to Dover by 6am approx. ETA at school is 10am ish ……. further, more accurate, updates to follow.
*update*…….. about to get off the ferry…… a calm crossing but resembling a scene from
Wow, what a week! I can only echo the comments made by Mr Colman.
A fantastic group of students who have done us, the school and most importantly you very proud.
The progression has been remarkable, the best I have seen.
The main reason for this post, if he approves it (!) is to thank Mr Colman for not only his work beforehand but for coordinating, so successfully, what will be a memory of a lifetime for every single one of us!
Looking forward to seeing my own family but will miss the slopes, the kids and the hot chocolates!
As we sit on the coach on the way home, the general feeling among the staff is one of overwhelming pride. Our students have been a credit to us, to the school and to their families. Their conduct has been exceptional and their skiing progression exemplary. I have been running this trip since 2006 and I cannot recall a group over those years who can compare with this bunch in terms of their collective levels of determination, confidence and resilience. They have bonded brilliantly, supported each other on the hill and have joined in the fun at every point, laughing at themselves and laughing along with the staff (or more accurately, laughing at the staff!!!)
Day 5 on the hill was a chance to apply the skills they had developed during the week. One ski run is called “the wall” and I believe is the 5th steepest Ski slope in Europe!! Several of our skiers successfully negotiated this run which is incredible! The adjacent black run was also attempted by some…… this drops onto “the wall ” halfway down (see the photos)….. to put this achievement in perspective, I last went down “the wall” in 2011…… 20 metres on my feet, 120 meters on my backside! When the students told me where they’d just been, there was a mixture of admiration (for them) and shame (for my own cowardice!!!!)
We had a few fallers over the last couple of days, resulting in “minor”, although painful, injuries. Several of these students rested up with Mrs Chamberlain and then wanted to crack on later the same day or the next day, again reinforcing the levels of determination that impressed us so much.
We have lots of video footage which Mr Rich will kindly edit and compile into one “film” which we’ll share with all students after half term and they can keep as a memento of their week
Sincere thanks to Mrs Chamberlain for all her invaluable work pre trip, as well as her legendary organisation during the week , and to Mrs Wittich Jackson and Mr Rich for being so pro active all week …….and so much fun (even when it’s at my expense!)
Travel update to follow! 😉
Please enjoy these images of the ski groups receiving their well deserved certificates from their instructors.
……. the “alternative” awards will remain classified information for the ski party only!
All present, correct and on our way home.
I’ll update the blog when we are at Calais with an ETA.
Day 5 blog to follow this evening.
Incredible progress made by every group today. The CCS staff are extremely proud of how well the students are engaging with each other, with their instructors and this is reflected in their performances on the slopes. Some of the groups have negotiated a black run today! A Fantastic accomplishment for the “beginner plus” groups in particular!
Plenty of video footage and photographs taken that we’ll share with the students on our return.
Tonight we host the instructors at the hotel for our presentation night. Pics to follow!
All teenagers think they are invincible…… yesterday was the day that they realised how tiring skiing is! The fatigue factor had well and truly kicked in with 3 alarm calls required to wake them up!!
A stunning day up top! Suncream required (and will be needed for the rest of the week!)
The disco was a big hit with CCS taking command of the dance floor (although many of the lads preferred patrolling the periphery!)
A stunning day on the slopes. The beginner groups are progressing really well and are starting to make their way up the mountain. They are linking turns and starting to build up their speed. The intermediate groups are starting to negotiate red runs and are Looking forward to the challenges ahead!
The elite group are just very difficult to keep up with!
Bowling tonight….. it’s fair to say that as a collective, we are better at skiing than bowling! A sing song on the coach on the way back (also a low point in terms of quality of performance), and a quick presentation of daily awards before bed. A 6:50am alarm call tomorrow was not welcome news for the vast majority, but an early start = the best of the groomed runs in the morning.
High hopes for tomorrow!! Blue skies await us on the mountain and then the all Important disco in the evening to look forward to. Hair straighteners and make up at the ready….. and the girls will be making an effort too!
Please do “comment” …. I’ll share comments with the students tomorrow or Thursday.
The 6:40am alarm call was certainly a shock to the system for most students this morning, however all made it to breakfast on time and nearly all were awake.
The usual carnage of the first morning ski hire unfolded as expected….. one lost glove, one set of wrong boots put on and general low level hysteria, however we made it to the top on time and were ready to rock!
A respectable minus 10 degree temperature awaited us at the top of the mountain. After heavy snow yesterday, the conditions were perfect with good visibility and lots of “powder”……the students smashed their first day! A few minor bumps and bruises, but all down the hill in one piece and all are raring to go again tomorrow (or at least that’s what they are telling the staff!)
Pizza night saw a few individuals break through the 10 slice barrier! This was followed by Mr Rich and Mrs Wittich-Jackson’s race night (not them racing each other, rather them showing a selection of video clips of ski , snowboard and athletics races and students had to predict the winners!) Good fun and now time for some well deserved rest before Day 2!!