11th - 17th February 2017
Writing: Brendan Frank (Year 8)
Photography: Matt Bourne (Year 10) and Brendan Frank (Year 8)
Editing: Jack Webb (Year 10)
On the first day of half term, 64 students and eight teachers travelled with Lufthansa from Heathrow to Munich, followed by an onward coach journey to the Hotel Buchegg in the Saalbach-Hinterglemm ski area of Austria. By the end of the evening, the group had dined and been fitted with ski gear ready for the slopes on Sunday.
The next day started with lots of excitement and much chatter at breakfast about what might lie ahead. Everyone was shuttled down to the slopes to start their first day of skiing, with students being assigned to groups based on their abilities; there were beginner, intermediate and advanced groups, each with an instructor. The first day of skiing was enjoyed by students and teachers alike and, after 5 hours of ski lessons, everyone met back at the main slope to be shuttled back to the hotel. Dinner was followed up by one of Mr Spenceley’s famous quizzes.
Monday started in a similar way with breakfast and the packing of lunches at the hotel, although this time the advanced groups skied straight out of the hotel and, after a great day of skiing for all, ended with a film for the evening’s entertainment. Tuesday’s highlights included night skiing (for the advanced groups and one intermediate group) or tobogganing and snow tubing, whilst Wednesday’s skiing fun led to an early supper and a coach trip to Zell am See for an ice hockey match, which was well-supported by DCGS!
The next day was a little dreaded, because it would be the last chance to ski and we didn’t want the trip to end. It was met nevertheless with great enthusiasm and turned out to be one of the best days of the trip. There was skiing, snowballing and more. After packing bags and cases, dinner was followed by another enjoyable evening movie. Friday morning came too soon (largely because of the 3:30am pick up from the hotel), but everything went smoothly and, after a good flight and quick transfer to school, students were soon sharing snow stories with their families.
A huge thank you to Mr Deadman and all of the staff who made it such a fantastic experience for the students!