25 April 2017

It was an early start for the first week of the Easter Holidays but the 6am meet at Manchester airport was worth it for the journey we were about to embark upon. A group of students and teachers were flying to Vermont, USA to spend the week skiing.

We were all set for a cold week, expectant of below zero temperatures and lots of snow. However, upon arrival we quickly realised we wouldn’t require our thermals and thick jackets as we were met with bright sunshine, deep blue skies and high temperatures.

We settled into our hotel and got out onto the slopes as soon as possible.


The boys enjoyed 5 days of ski or board tuition from the instructors exploring the vast number of mountains available to them. On the slopes, at any time throughout the week, boys (and teachers!) could be seen skiing/boarding like professionals, falling on their backs, laughing and joking or having fun throwing snowballs! We only had one slight casualty resulting in a visit to the resort medical team. However, the knock Mr Cookson sustained to his head has had no lasting effect…he is still making no sense and talking gibberish!

In addition to the snow fun, we watched a local ice hockey match, spent time in the leisure pool on the slides, wave machine and rapids, ate too much and enjoyed each other’s company. Any spare time, we had was spent trying to complete the many entertaining challenges set for us by our entertainment manager, Miss Whitehead!

The week came to an end all too quickly, but on the way back to the airport, we had enough time to do a historic sight-seeing tour of Boston city and tour Fenway Park, home to the famous Boston Red Sox baseball team.

A fantastic week where new friendships were formed, challenges were achieved, peaks were conquered and new skills learnt. Everybody returned encouraged and with a sense of satisfaction, having accomplished a target and experienced something new.


Thank you to all the pupils and staff in attendance for making it such an enjoyable and fun week.

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