Over the half-term break a party of sixth-formers from John Fisher and St Philomena's headed of to America for the annual senior ski trip. Based in North Conway in New Hampshire, the trip is a great opportunity for the students from the two schools to enjoy skiing in near perfect conditions as well as take advantage of American hospitality. It certainly helps that the hotel is situated in one of the largest retail outlet villeage in New England.
Cameron McGeekie writes:
Our first day started at 4.00am on Saturday morning at Heathrow and after a 14 hour journey the John Fisher and St Philomena’s squads arrived to the kind hospitality of The Green Granite Inn, North Conway. After our first, typical American meal we went out in search of some retail therapy in the local outlet village. Wading through knee deep snow all in the quest for some shopping was a feat that even the coldest member was willing to undertake.
On our first day skiing we were welcomed onto the slopes with one of the largest snow storms the east coast has ever seen. That didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of any of the ski instructors as we powered through some of the most amazing snow that had been left by the storm. Our team of 40 was divided into four groups of ability and every single person made substantial improvements in their skiing ability; from those who had never worn skis in their lives, to the ‘pros’ who could ski on virtually anything.
During the week we were lucky to be blessed with some of the best snow that anyone had ever seen and clear skies that unveiled some of the most amazing views that carried for miles; and each day the coach returning from the slopes would be full of tired and wet teenagers, however all of this could be drowned out by certain characters’ karaoke efforts. Our bright yellow school bus was the meeting point on which to share all of the day’s tales and stories. Some tales would leave you curled over in laughter and others clenched in fear. Yet every day we all woke up at 7.00am prepped and ready for another attempt at the slopes.
Our final day was sombre, so many memories and pictures to take from which we could savour the last few hours we had on the slopes. Coming back down to reality has left us all with a feeling of gratitude that we were all so lucky to be able to go on this amazing trip. From the students’ point of view, the trip was perfectly executed by the staff involved who couldn’t have done more to make the trip a great success. We have all come back as different people, and we have the staff involved to thank for this outstanding experience.