The ski trip –Integration in Action!
This year was a year of firsts for the very popular and successful ski trip. It was Oakgrove’s first time in Bulgaria and the trip was run, in Integration week, along with two other Integrated schools, North Coast and Hazelwood.
Pamporovo in the Rhodope mountains on the border with Greece is one of the sunniest ski resorts in the world (though the sun didn’t show much in our week!) and has superb slopes for novice skiiers which the majority of our group were. |There was a huge ‘dump’ of snow just before we arrived which afforded the best conditions of the season.
The slopes are a ten minute bus ride from the hotel and the ski centre itself held all equipment overnight. The Bulgarian instructors are some of the best we have encountered and it wasn’t long before even the most tentative skier was taking to downhills like a pro!
Bulgaria is very cheap and everyone could afford snacks on the slope, the après ski and the little bells which seem to be part of the local culture. There were activities most evenings including ringing, bowling and karaoke and pupils were able to go into the small town which was safe and friendly. Not getting to sleep isn’t usually a problem on the ski trip as everyone is so exhausted, some are trying to sneak off bed by ten o’clock!
There are always a fair share of aches and bugs on the ski trip but mercifully, no-one was injured in what is a risky activity even with supervision as professional as in Bulgaria and very little ski time was lost, everyone was so determined not to miss a minute.
The ski trip especially is for Year 10s and nothing else they learn will be as quickly or to such a standard: no-one came back not having learned to ski and everyone seemed to have had a ball as well!
A pupil testimony - Cashel Cooper-Kelly’s ski trip
The Ski trip 2014 in Bulgaria was absolutely out of this world!
The slopes were so fun!
Our Instructor, Katy, taught us so much. By the end of one of the best weeks of my life, we were going down the dangerous red slopes fearlessly!
Putting on the heavy ski boots for the first time was so exciting! Then, walking down to learn the basics, the first small slope we went on – the fierst day we thought it was so big but by the end of the week, we were flying down giant, red slopes from the top of the snowy mountain at top speed! Going down a bumpy slope, I fell backwards and that was amazing too!
Everything about our time in Bulgaria was amazing, from all the snowy fun days to the activities at night, meeting new friends from different integrated schools and just having such a great time. I would love to do it all over again!