Twenty three excited children and four staff members took off from Crosfields recently and headed to the Italian resort of Pila for the School's annual ski trip. Trips abroad are a key part of the curriculum for Crosfields pupils as they contribute to children's broader education and help to develop different skillsets, such as helping them to overcome their fears and encouraging them to learn independently.
Following a busy ferry ride, and a lovely breakfast stop in France, the group were soon checking out their skis and checking into the hotel; the same hotel that awarded Crosfields 'Best Group of the Season' last year. The hotel owner, Luige, was pleased to see Crosfields again, and it was not long before he said that he wished he could have Crosfields pupils every week!
Day one on the slopes is always a bit daunting, but all of the Interski staff, the wonderful Co-ordinator Louise, and the four instructors made it all seem easy; even those girls and boys who had never been skiing before were happy as they got to grips with the pointy things called skis! There were lots of bright sunny days (several reminders to apply sunscreen), the children worked hard (lots of reminders to drink plenty of water), and they enjoyed pasta, pizza and chips (with only some reminders to eat full breakfasts!)
The children also enjoyed a full programme of activities after skiing each day. Matthew, in Year 5, enjoyed this part of the trip very much. "Bowling, karaoke and quiz nights were my favourite things after a day outdoors." he said.
The mountain scenery was beautiful, and good for morning reflection each day about what the children were looking forward to. All of the skiers had a good week, the top group contained some very stylish skiers, the beginner group listened carefully, and the two middle groups really improved their skiing. From Interski personnel to coach drivers, instructors, and hoteliers, they all reported, “Crosfields pupils are polite, they say please and thank you, and they look out for each other. They are also really good on the ski slopes!”
For Cynara, a Year 5 pupil, it was her first time on the slopes. She proudly reported that it was the best holiday that she'd ever had. "I just watched my friends do it and I gave it a go" Cynara said. Well done, Cynara!