THE BANDA SCHOOL NEWS

Ski Trip 2014

The ski trip set off on December 5th, 2014, which also happened to be the last day of term.

The original destination this year, Andalo, had to be abandoned at the last minute due to a lack of snow. We instead travelled to the neighbouring resort of Passo Tonale, a high mountain pass in northern Italy across the Rhaetian Alps, between Lombardy and Trentino. From the mythical 3 km long “black” Paradiso with a vertical drop of 710 metres, to the 4,500 metre long picturesque Alpino with a 725 metre vertical drop, Passo Tonale turned out to be an excellent destination.

We had a mix of skiing ability on the trip, the beginners worked incredibly hard to get to grips with the new skill. It was fantastic to see them all skiing with smiles on their faces by the end of the week. Those that had skied before also made great progress throughout and were able to tackle some challenging slopes by the end of the week. We used the same company as last year and again the instructors were outstanding. The children warmed to them quickly and this was evident in the progress that they made.

Throughout the trip we had endless comments about the exceptional behaviour and politeness of the children. This started on the plane where the air stewards could not praise them enough. It really was a pleasure to travel with all of the children; they were very well mannered and admirably looked out for each other. The other staff and I were so proud of all the children for the effort they put into the skiing and in the way that they conducted themselves and represented the school and their families. Well done to all of them.


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