Farlington take to the slopes

January 31, 2019

Thirty-one students and staff from Farlington School headed to Italy from a drone-free Gatwick for the ski trip to Folgarida, Italy. This annual event is open to all pupils of all abilities in Years 7 to 13 and provides many students with their first opportunity to ski. Each day they go to ski school for five hours and work with the instructors to improve their technique within their ability group.

After a long day travelling, we arrived at our hotel, were assigned our rooms and met for dinner. We all had an early night ready for our first day on the slopes. Our first morning was quite busy getting our equipment, meeting our instructors and being put in our groups. This year there were two groups, beginners and intermediate/advanced.

After an amazing first day we all headed off on the Town Trail, which was a great opportunity to bond with girls in other year groups. As the week went on we were all getting tired but the sun was always shining and our skiing was improving every day which gave us all confidence to try more daring ski runs. By the end of the week the beginners group had mastered red runs and the intermediate/advanced group had conquered black runs and gone off-piste!

After a full day on the slopes we always had a full evening of entertainment, including a scavenger hunt (where we had to find all sorts of things, write a poem to try and impress the teachers, and dress up as a superhero or an inside-out skier), a pizza night, a very competitive bowling evening, and a quiz night (which was ‘technically’ won by the teachers’ team!)  In true ski trip tradition there were lots of games of UNO and Dobble which, despite Miss Whittaker’s serious game face, were lots of fun!

The week whizzed by far too quickly and before we knew it, it was our last night. We had an amazing gala dinner and awards ceremony, which included the ‘Geographers of the Week’ award (to the two girls who thought Cardiff was the capital of Scotland!), the ‘Triplet’ award and the ‘Pink! UNO is a Stressful Game’ award. At the end of the evening the teachers told us it may not be our last night together as Gatwick Airport had been closed for over 24 hours and we might not make it home the next day!

We arrived at the airport to discover our flight would depart on time and boarded our EasyJet flight, very relieved to be heading back to Gatwick… and even more relieved when we landed, to be told that our flight was the last one to land as the airport had just closed again!

This was my second ski trip and it was just as much fun this year. It’s a great trip to bond with girls in other years, to improve your ski (and UNO) skills, but more importantly to have lots of fun. Thank you to the hotel staff, Amanda Robinson from Inspired Travel, Mr Binns, Mr Higgs and all the teachers.

“Each year we have a fantastic time on the ski trip and this year was no exception,” said Sara Whittaker, Director of Sport at Farlington, who organised the trip. “The ski resort and instructors were excellent and the girls and staff got on tremendously well: a brilliant bonding opportunity. It introduced some of the girls to a sport they had never tried before, while others were coming for a second or third time. Ski trips are so much more than a holiday. They enhance physical skills and knowledge, develop personal and social awareness, provide the opportunity to set and achieve personal goals, as well as the obvious health and fitness benefits.

“At Farlington we believe it is essential all girls find a fitness activity they enjoy and can participate in well beyond their school years. Lifelong participation in physical activity is our aim and, hopefully, skiing is something the girls will be able to pursue in the future.”

Tilly, Year 8

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