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The Y9 students en route to Switzerland on the College’s Ski Trip - View Full Size Image
The Y9 students en route to Switzerland on the College’s Ski Trip
Y9 students on the ski slopes at Leysin, Switzerland during their Ski Trip - View Full Size Image
Y9 students on the ski slopes at Leysin, Switzerland during their Ski Trip
Action from the Y9 Ski Trip to Switzerland - View Full Size Image
Action from the Y9 Ski Trip to Switzerland
Y9 students enjoying their ski trip in Leysin, Switzerland - View Full Size Image
Y9 students enjoying their ski trip in Leysin, Switzerland
Students enjoying the Y9 Ski Trip in Leysin, Switzerland - View Full Size Image
Students enjoying the Y9 Ski Trip in Leysin, Switzerland
25/01/2016 LORETO STUDENTS ENJOY SKI TRIP

A group of forty Year 9 students from Loreto College Coleraine recently spent a week in Switzerland learning to ski, accompanied by five members of Loreto staff.

The group stayed in the Haut Lac International Centre, Leysin, Switzerland. The centre is located only a few minutes’ walk from the Leysin chairlifts and is run by fully qualified instructors, who 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 dinner, 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 toboganning, a games night, a casino night, a disco and a movie night.  The students were organised into a House system for competitive and fun events.

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. The Loreto Year 9 skiers all made amazing progress, with already advanced skiers taking on the challenge of black runs and first-time skiers taking on blue runs and moving further up the mountain as the week went on.  For instance, Alex Mailey, who started the week as a beginner, won third place in the slalom race: an incredible achievement which embodied the positive spirit of the trip.

Teachers Mr Paul Byrne (PE),  who organised the trip and Mr Sean Murtagh, Mrs Oonah McEwan, Mrs Maeve Close and Mrs Karen Lagan, who also 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!