A group of 37 students from Years 5-10 and 4 members of the school staff have just returned from a three-day ski trip in Cerdanya, one of the most stunning places in the great valleys of the Pyrenees, nestling on the border with Andorra.
For a number of years now the BSB has been running this Spring term expedition both as an enriching activity and a social experience. The trip aims to encourage winter sports while furthering cross key stage and cross school links between pupils. As Mrs Hughes, Head of Secondary, puts it, “The trip is really about the whole child. It encourages physical fitness, it gives children the chance to engage with each other outside school in a different environment, and it helps build their confidence up and improve their social skills”.
The ski team travelled to Campus Cerdanya, a beautiful resort which provides students with excellent value for money, extremely hospitable accommodation, and superb snow and ski conditions despite this year’s balmy weather and unusually warm temperatures in early February. The preferred slopes were Masella, Font Romeu, Les Angles and Porte, where children could perfect their skiing techniques and have lots of fun.
Throughout the years we have had students who have attended this trip on consecutive years, which illustrates the enjoyment students experience on the trip. Also, every year a number of children who have never skied before join the trip and by day two they are skiing blue or red runs!
Evening entertainment is a big part of the ski trip as well with students taking part in extra activities, such as ice skating, a cinema evening, a karaoke session in the hotel, and a visit to Puigcerdà, a picturesque town by the Segre river surrounded by mountains and meadows, which is also the capital of Cerdanya.
All the students had a great time and really enjoyed spending a few days out together. The teachers were very proud of the fantastic progress they had made:
“What a fantastic ski trip! The children were wonderful and all made huge progress with their skiing. The beginners were skiing blue and red runs by the second day – exceptional! All of the students were real delight to be with, and the adults we worked with all commented on their wonderful manners and how well behaved they were. There really are some great little skiers on these trips!” Amanda Hughes, Head of Secondary.
“It was a pleasure to be involved with what was a very well organised and enjoyable trip. To hear the children to talk about their achievements was particularly pleasing.” Gregg Taylor, Key Stage 2 Teacher.
“It was a fun trip that students and staff thoroughly enjoyed. The progress made from day one was great to see. The beginner group ended up skiing on blue and red runs competently.” Steffan Roberts, Early Years and Primary PE Teacher.
“Excellent trip! The students clearly enjoyed it. All the staff at the site was fantastic and it was really enjoyable to be on.” Hannah Girvan, Geography Teacher and Year 9 Pastoral Coordinator.