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Ski Trip Blog – Day 7


Our final day on the slopes was a cold one accompanied by some falling snow! The children all finished off their packing this morning before and after breakfast and then we all headed up the mountain ready for our last few hours of skiing. Lots of fun had by all in some potentially tricky conditions but, as ever, the children handled themselves brilliantly.

When we got back to the hotel after skiing we all showered, got dressed and then had a big meal before starting our bus journey home.

This really has been a brilliant week of skiing. As I mentioned last night, the children have all been fantastic and have been a credit to you as parents and us as a school. We, as teachers, hope that the children are returning home with brilliant memories and a thirst for more skiing.

Ski Trip Blog – Day 6


Despite my reservations about whether the sun was going to shine for us today, our luck with the weather continued! More fantastic skiing from everyone today with the beginner groups taking on some more red runs, the more experienced groups tackling some moguls and everyone enjoying yet more perfect conditions on the slopes. This was our last full day of skiing so everyone was keen to make the most of it!

After skiing the children were able to choose between two activities; heading into town for more shopping/crepes/gelato or going to the ‘fun park’ for some fun in the snow. All parties had a great time and enjoyed their apres-ski activity. Once the children had showered and dressed we conducted the final room inspection of the week ahead of the results this evening and, funnily enough, everyone made an extra effort to tidy their rooms tonight!

This evening saw another lovely 3 course supper followed by a presentation ceremony by the ski instructors from Interski. The children received different awards for their efforts throughout the week and the instructors all remarked on how brilliant the Pinewood children had been and what a credit they have been to us as a school; a wonderful way to round off a brilliant week!

We can’t quite believe that tomorrow will be our last day of the trip; where has the week gone?! Great fun has been had and we will all leave tomorrow with fantastic memories from an amazing week of skiing.


Ski Trip Blog – Day 5

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More glorious weather today (apologies, that may be getting boring to read each day!) and more fantastic skiing from all groups. The beginner groups carried on working on their parallel turns down some blue runs whilst all of the other groups continued to push themselves to progress even further on the slopes. All of the Interski instructors have commented on how well each group is doing and how impressed they are with the progress that they are making, which has been wonderful to hear.

After skiing we headed straight down into town to give the children some free time to explore and look around the local shops and, more importantly to them, the creperies and gelaterias! We then headed back to the hotel to get showered and ready for supper and then after supper headed out for some ice skating fun! A few children opted to stay in the hotel and get an early night instead of joining the ice skating activity as the busy days of skiing are catching up with them.

There are some thick clouds developing over the mountains tonight so we may not be lucky with glorious sunshine tomorrow but, as we are skiing, some more snow would certainly be a welcome sight!

For more photos, please go to the Photo Gallery

Ski Trip Blog – Day 4

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We really have been blessed with the most amazing weather so far this trip. Whilst today was the coldest day we’ve had, the sun was still shining beautifully for us.

We all had another action packed day today with all of the beginners now having been on the button lift and some of them even navigating some red runs! The most experienced group tackled some tricky black runs today and their instructor was more than impressed with how they all handled themselves. All of the other groups carried on fantastically taking on trickier runs and they have all commented that they feel as though their skiing is improving every day, which is brilliant.

After our day of skiing had finished and we had showered and dressed we all headed onto the bus to go to our bowling activity. Great fun was had at bowling and the children certainly enjoyed trying to beat their teachers which, unfortunately for us, most did…!

We have just had some very delicious roast pork for supper and everyone is now in bed sleeping soundly, building up some more energy for another action-packed day of skiing tomorrow.

For more photos please go to the Photo Gallery.

Ski Trip Blog – Day 3

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We woke up to more stunning weather in Courmayeur this morning! The sun was shining, the skies were clear and everyone was ready and raring to head up the mountain! When we arrived at the gondola to take us up the mountain there was a large group of professional skiers waiting to head up for a slalom race so there were lots of excited and inspired Pinewood children after our encounter.

Once we’d kitted up we then went our separate ways again. The beginner groups again headed to the ‘baby bowl’ where they continued perfecting their turns and one group even managed to go up a small slope on the button lift and skied down it! The other beginner group are also doing brilliantly and will be heading up on the button lift tomorrow!

Groups 2 – 5 all continued to work hard on the slopes taking on board lots of advice and improving their skiing whilst enjoying the prefect conditions.

When we got back from skiing we showered, dressed and tidied dorms for the ongoing dorm competition and then had a bit of relaxation time ahead of supper out tonight. We have just returned from a delicious supper at a pizzeria in town where we had lots of different pizzas to enjoy and some birthday celebrations for a few children with birthdays on the trip. The children are now settling down into bed ready for another day of skiing tomorrow.

For more photos please go to the Photo Gallery.


Ski Trip Blog – Day 2

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What a day we have all had! We all woke up very excited to hit the slopes so we got through breakfast quickly so we could get started! When we arrived on the mountain the weather was stunning; clear blue skies and lovely sunshine! We quickly booted up, collected our skis and met our fantastic instructors, then headed further up the mountain.

The different ability groups split off at this stage with the beginners heading up to the ‘baby bowl’ where they learnt how to go up a slope in a chair lift, put skis on, ‘scoot’ on one ski, get into a snow plough position and then start skiing down a small slope as well as adding in some turns and jumps! Everyone made brilliant progress and we’re looking forward to seeing this continue tomorrow.

The Level 2 children refreshed their skills and started doing some gentle skiing. Level 3 again refreshed their skills and then started on the slopes, and Levels 4 and 5 headed straight onto the slopes whilst receiving advice on how to improve their technique. All the children did fantastically and the Interski instructors were very impressed with their attitudes and abilities.

Once skiing had finished for the day (we of course stopped for lunch in the sunshine in between the skiing!) we headed down the mountain to our first of two activities – ‘bum boarding’! The children all enjoyed sliding down a few slopes on their rubber boards and then we all walked into Courmayeur town for a trip to the local gelato shop! As you can imagine, this went down very well with the children and after they had had their ice cream they were given some free time to wander around the shops and were gently encouraged to look for potential gifts for families at home (we did our best for you all!).

We have just had another delicious 3 course supper, the Middle School children are tucked up in bed (8:45pm) and the Upper School children are taking part in a quiz organised by Interski. Needless-to-say, everyone is very excited for their second day of skiing tomorrow so fingers crossed for more stunning weather!

For more photos from the trip, please go to the Photo Gallery. 

Ski Trip Blog – Day 1


After a long day travelling we finally arrived in Courmayeur at 2pm. We were dropped off at the hotel where we met Lauren and Izzy, our InterSki coordinators, and had a delicious lunch of lasagne. We then split into Middle and Upper School groups, with the Middle School group heading up the mountain in a gondola, which was the first gondola journey for some and was very exciting, whilst the Upper School settled into their rooms. The Middle School children got kitted up and then headed back down the mountain to settle into their rooms whilst the other group headed up the mountain to get suited and booted! Yesterday evening we had a delicious 3 course supper followed by singing a big Happy Birthday to Miss Parris and getting an early night (all in bed with lights out by 9:00!). Lots of very excited faces ready to hit the slopes on Monday!

Due to a slight technical issue, I’m afraid there are no photos from Sunday, but we will make sure there are lots of photos from Monday’s skiing!

Year 8 Leavers Trip: Day 5


“After breakfast, my group went to the rafting place. This time, the instructor let me captain the boat for a bit and in the first few minutes we got stuck in some rocks! Then we came back and had lunch, after which it was my group’s turn to do the “fine dining” challenge. We went shopping for a bit and came back and played table football. Then I went with some of the others to the sports hall and played football. We had a penalty shootout before we came back.”

Nathaniel Ramsay

Tonight, we get to sample the fruits of the children’s labours in terms of the dining challenge. Tomorrow is another travelling day; we have some worn out children but they are all thoroughly enjoying the Leavers’ Trip!


For more photos from the trip, please go to the Photo Gallery.

Year 8 Leavers Trip: Day 4


“Today has to be my most memorable day! I woke up this morning anxious about the challenges to come because I am not very good with heights. Our first activity was high ropes! At the beginning, I was racked with fear but after a few daunting zip wires and bridges I had overcome my fear. After that I was completely ready to go on the 100m zip wire. We then had a packed lunch in a grassy picnic area consisting of  cheesy baguette and a granola bar. Our second activity was climbing. After my previous experience, I was able to climb without any trouble! I was in a group with Lily P and Bo. While climbing, I even saw a snake that was sleeping in one of the rocks; luckily, I noticed it before I trod on it (it was harmless!). The coach journey was an hour to get back to the hostel and we were all very tired!”

Milly Thompson

Tomorrow, we are back whitewater rafting and then on to the “Cooking Challenge”! A pub quiz tonight to test out their knowledge of the local area, sports and France!


For more photos from the trip please go to Photo Gallery.

Year 8 Leavers Trip to the Pyrenees: Day 3


“We had an extra early start to the day and woke up at 7:10am. We needed to grow into our shoes and feel what our backpacks were like. We then had breakfast and were ready to go! We took a coach to the starting place for our 24km walk. We all started off thinking that it would be a walk in the park (pardon the pun); then soon there was a sudden increase in the slope and the pain started to get to all of us. I kept on thinking that there was only one hour to go when really there were 8 hours for the whole walk. 3 hours past and we were nearly at lunch. We finally managed to get to Lac du Bethmale and the view was the most beautiful view in my whole life. We had lunch and we were off again. Raff, Matt and I were playing games to try and forget how long we had to go. Without realising, we were only 5km away and all the adrenaline kicked in. We made it as fast as we could back to the hostel and finished our 24km walk!”

Daniel Lockhart.

The hottest day I’ve ever had in the Pyrenees, but the children were so resilient and got on with it. All a bit tired, but safely back and ready for a trip to town before dinner. We’re off to the the high ropes tomorrrow and rock climbing – an equally adrenaline filled day!


For more photos from the trip please go to the Photo Gallery.