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Students head to the slopes

Students and staff enjoyed a week skiing in the Alps.

This February half term saw the long-awaited return of the school ski trip to Austria, 42 students from Years 9 to 11 travelled by coach for a week of skiing. Having overcome the 20 hour coach journey, the group arrived at the Pension Birkenhoff. Students and staff alike were taken aback by the incredible scenery and landscape that would be their home for the upcoming week. 

Students slept incredibly well that first night, enjoying the comfort of a normal bed, and awoke ready to take on the slopes on Sunday morning. They began on the nursery slopes, and students were starting to find their way on their skis and after the first day, some already began to make their way up the mountain to explore the slopes of Warth. The progress that every single student made over the week was incredible. By the final day, students who at the start of the week had never even used a pair of skis were now skiing down from the top of the mountain, with some taking on the red runs. 

The evenings were equally busy, with students enjoying a series of activities including swimming, ice cream night, and a fiercely competitive quiz night. In between activities, students were able to enjoy the hotel's facilities during some well-deserved down time, playing table football and table tennis or supervised trips to the local village to purchase snacks.

Trip Leader, Mr Best, said: "I would like to thank the weather for being fantastic throughout, the enthusiastic ski instructors who supported our students every single day, and our committed Greenshaw staff, who without the trip simply would not run and I can not thank them enough. And finally, I would like eto thank our students. The high standards of behaviour shown, their respect to their peers and members of the public alike, and the resilience to keep trying even when it was tough. They were not only a credit to the school, but also themselves, and should be incredibly proud of all their efforts."