On March 26th, pupils from St Andrew’s travelled to Prato Nevoso in Italy for a week long ski trip. St Andrew’s teamed up with Danesfield Manor to take 34 pupils on the trip, the first time the schools had been on a ski trip together. To get the pupils prepared for the trip, they had a number of dry ski slope lessons at Chatham Ski Centre, learning how to do the basic skills they would need for when on the real snow.
Pupils travelled to Prato Nevoso by coach and ferry for a combined total of 23 hours! Having arrived on Sunday afternoon, pupils moved in to their rooms and then completed a ski fitting, getting their helmets, poles, boots and skis. There had been lots of snow in Prato Nevoso so the pupils were able to spend some time playing in the snow before going to sleep to be ready for skiing the next day!
Our first day of skiing was on the Monday, where the pupils put on their ski boots and met their instructors for the week. Each day the children had 5 hours of ski tuition from their instructors, allowing children to progress from using basic snow plough turns to using parallel turns, venturing further up the mountain as confidence levels grew. Some groups even managed to ski backwards!
Each evening the pupils took part in an evening activity, including snow tubing, sightseeing in Mondovi, pizza night, quiz night and the presentation evening.
All of the pupils made excellent progress over the course of the week and should all be proud of how well they represented St Andrew’s throughout the duration of the trip.