46 blurry eyed children and 5 staff left Manchester airport early on Sunday bound for Milan, then onto a coach up a very windy road to start a week of skiing in Madesimo. With a metre of snow having fallen just before we arrived and the sun now blazing we could not have been luckier with the weather or conditions.
The first lessons commenced; some skiing for the first time, others a little rusty since their last outing on the piste. In no time at all, all were speeding down the slopes with more confidence. By the end of the week all the students had improved and to see the beginner group getting down red runs was fantastic.
A superb trip and thanks to the students and staff alike for making it an unforgettable adventure.
A group of 39 girls from Years 8, 9, 12 and 13 spent five days in Normandy during February half-term. We stayed in a study-centre where the girls participated in activities such as bread-making, archery, circus-skills and photogramme (making photos without a camera). All the instructors spoke only in French, so the girls were pleased to be able to follow their instructions and to learn new vocabulary. There were also excursions to the local market (where the girls had to buy the most unusual thing they could find, won by a foot-long black radish), to a caramel-producing farm, to the famous Mont St Michel and to a World War 2 the way they really made an effort to use their French.
The 22 students on the NASA Houston trip arrived safely back in Manchester at 10am on Sunday morning. They had been travelling for about 20hrs with flights from Houston to Amsterdam and then on to Manchester. Exhausted but elated having had such a terrific experience.
The students were excellent in the way they conducted themselves and our hosts at NASA were most complimentary.
Perhaps the highlight of the week was meeting Don Thomas, an astronaut who has flown on 4 missions into space. His talk was most inspiring.
Have a look at the range of activities they did on the trip at their blog:
The History department has returned home from another successful and very enjoyable First World War battlefields trip. Everyone had a great time and valued the opportunity to visit sites such as the Thiepval Memorial, Vimy Ridge, Langemark German cemetery and the Flanders Field museum in Ypres.
The art department took 18 art students to Madrid and Toledo during February Half Term, under the guidance of Ms Payne, visited marvellous galleries including The Reina Sofia (where we saw the powerful Guernica painting by Picasso), Thyssen-Bornemisza and The Prado.
The students who took part had a fabulous week and thoroughly enjoyed experiencing German life with a host family. The work experience placements included working in primary schools, with solicitors, tourist information centre, a dentist and a book shop. We managed to join this up with the MUN conference taking place in our partner school