During the Easter holidays, the school once again organised a very successful Ski Trip, led by Miss Lawler. She, along with five other members of staff, took 68 students in Years 7-10 and 12 to Zillertal, Austria, for a massively enjoyable eight days on the slopes, from Friday 3 April to Saturday 11 April.
This was a hugely rewarding trip. Many members of the group had either never skied before or had limited skiing experience; however, every single member of the party threw themselves in with gusto, gaining a few bumps and bruises along the way but never losing their enthusiasm and commitment! All members of staff were very impressed by the dedication shown by the boys, who skied on multiple different slopes, in Pachmairhof, Zel am Ziller, Finkenberg and Mayrhofen. Each course brought its own challenges, but students showed outstanding progress in conditions which were occasionally rather difficult.
Each day was devoted to time on the slopes, with evenings set aside for a number of fun activities. The first of these was the Quiz Night, which was hotly-contested! Students also nominated a ‘wally of the day’; its inaugural recipient was Mr Devlin for a comical fall on the first slope. The first night also saw one of the more surreal moments of the excursion, as some of our Sixth Form students were chased down the road by a rampant calf… no students (or animals) were harmed.
Students were also able to experience some Austrian culture first-hand during their stay. They were treated to some local cuisine, with some Austrian sausages – but they also managed to seek out some home comforts, including chips! One of the most interesting and exciting evenings was the Tyrolean evening, where students joined some other school groups for an evening of local activities, including wood-cutting and log-balancing. Some students even got to practice milking a cow (not a real one!). It was fantastic for students to experience a slice of culture completely removed from what they are used to, and several commented after that this evening was one of the highlights of the trip.
Sadly, the trip had to come to an end, but everyone involved was left with dozens of anecdotes and memories to relive. The school has already begun organising the 2016 Ski Trip, although it is quite clear that it will have to be something special to top this one. Well done to all of the students, who were a credit to the school throughout.
Search #IsleworthSki on Twitter to read Mr Fisher’s tweets from the slopes, which give some further details about just some of the highlights from the trip.