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The Y9 students who recently enjoyed a week’s ski-ing in Switzerland - View Full Size Image
The Y9 students who recently enjoyed a week’s ski-ing in Switzerland
Y9 students trying out new techniques on the slopes in Switzerland - View Full Size Image
Y9 students trying out new techniques on the slopes in Switzerland
Y9 students who recently enjoyed a one-week Ski Trip to Switzerland - View Full Size Image
Y9 students who recently enjoyed a one-week Ski Trip to Switzerland
Y9 students on the slopes during their recent Ski Trip to Switzerland - View Full Size Image
Y9 students on the slopes during their recent Ski Trip to Switzerland
05/02/2013 LORETO STUDENTS ENJOY SKI TRIP

A group of thirty Year 9 students from Loreto College Coleraine recently spent a week in Switzerland learning to ski, accompanied by three teachers and in partnership with a group from Oakgrove College, Derry.

The group stayed in the Haut Lac International Centre, Les Sciernes, Switzerland - centre is run by a Northern Ireland family and some of the staff are from Derry and Ballycastle. The Centre is located in a practical and welcoming building set in its own grounds overlooking the picturesque Swiss village of Les Sciernes in the heart of the Swiss PreAlpes. Its fully qualified instructors work with their groups throughout the entire ski day, ensuring safety, progress and lots of fun on the slopes.

During the week, the students from Loreto had breakfast at 8.00 followed by ski lessons both morning and afternoon, coming off the mountain at 4.30, exhausted. After dinnerm, they then enjoyed a full evening programme of up to 4 different activities, meaning that they were kept occupied until bedtime. The evening activities included sports such as table tennis and bowling, activities such as arts and crafts, cookery, pool, table-football, computer games, DVDs, chess, board games, and quizzes. The students were organised into a House system with their Oakgrove College counterparts, and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know their fellow students and their House Leader.

At the end of the week there the centre ran a slalom race for all students, with medals for the top three students in each group.  Before the students returned to Loreto, they each received a Snowlife Snowsport award, stating the level of proficiency they had achieved during their week’s skiing. Members of the Loreto group scored from level 3 in the Beginners group up to an amazing level 8 in the Advanced group.

Teachers Mr Stephen Gallagher (Vice Principal), Mrs Maureen McCullough (Head of PE) and Ms Julie Wilson (PE teacher), who organised the trip and accompanied the group, paid tribute to the Loreto students for the spirit and energy with which they entered into all the week’s activities. The students described their week in Switzerland as a fantastic experience, which they would never forget, and many of them returned to Loreto College quite determined to go skiing again as soon as they had the opportunity!