In the second week of holidays we ran our very first Maitland Area School Ski trip as a standalone school. Nine students - Annaliese Moloney, Maddision Briggs, Patrick Dodd, Teagan Layne, Nathan Tucker, Harrison Biggs, Thomas Smart, Tayna Polgreen and Amelia Honner - ventured off to the snowy slopes of Mt Buller. Teachers who attended the trip were Miss Taheny, Mrs Derrington and myself.
On the Road
We left the Pt Wakefield BP at 10pm Saturday evening and started our LONG bus trip all the way to Mt Buller. After 15 hours of being on a bus we were finally able to see our first sight of snow. Although there was not as much snow coverage as we would have hoped it was still a beautiful display of patchy white and green.
On arrival at the mountain we quickly dumped our gear in our own private lodge and walked down to the village to get kitted out in all our ski gear. Once we had lugged our skis and boots all the way home to the lodge we were then able to relax whilst our Chef Grant came in and made us our first three-course meal for the week. Grant made some of the best soups and his deserts were delicious. A favourite with the kids was the crème brule and the adults loved his butterscotch pudding –yum!
On the slopes
The first day on the slopes for the students was mainly centred around learning the basics of skiing on Buller’s Magic Carpet. Ski instructor Daniel from Austria took our 9 students and Miss Taheny under his wing and did an exceptional job teaching the kids how to ski even though for the majority of the week he called Tayna – Taylor and Miss Taheny Anne instead of Anna.
It was great to see all nine students grow into confident skiers as the week progressed. Harrison and Maddison quickly joined the adults on Blue runs whilst the rest of the group slowly built their confidence and warmed themselves into it.
While we only get to ski for three out of the five days students still kept busy with Mrs Derrington by checking out the indoor rock climbing wall and attending a movie session at the Cinema.
Time for Goodbyes
On the final day it was sad to say goodbye to our beautiful cosy lodge and the creature comforts of having our own chef.
It was another long bus drive home but we all made it back safe and sound. All in all it was a wonderful trip and we would like to commend students on the way they conducted themselves and the positive attitudes they displayed on the trip. Our Chef Grant said we were the best school he has ever had and I thought this was a great compliment to our students.
With numbers pending – we hope to make this trip a biennial fixture at Maitland Area School. So I encourage any students who may wish to go to start saving those passport dollars to help pay for the trip or start putting those coins in the piggy bank till 2015.