ISLAND STUDENTS ENJOY AN ACTION-PACKED SKI TRIP IN AUSTRIA – Island Echo

38 enthusiastic students from Carisbrooke College, Medina College and The Island VI Form boarded the Fishbourne ferry at the start of the Easter holidays for a busy week of skiing and snowboarding.

Accompanied by Miss Caddick, Mr. Rock, Mrs. Mackett and Mr. Jones, the students embarked on the 22-hour coach journey to Alpendorf, Austria.

Upon arrival, the weather was glorious with blue skies and warm temperatures to complement the heavy snow conditions. 5 hours of lessons over 5 days allowed remarkable progress on the snow. On the last day, most were out to explore the mountain with their instructors and take in the views, remembering to dash into the speed trap before it melts too much.

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Miss Caddick, trip leader and physical education teacher at Medina College, said:

“Learning to ski and snowboard is extremely difficult. Some inspiring students have met this challenge head-on, and all have found new skills in the form of resilience and determination. It was a fantastic mix of students who kept themselves entertained, as well as the staff, all week.

Medina College student Lennon Stone said:

“Learning to snowboard was very difficult, but was one of the best experiences of my life. It was my first time and I really fell for it, but I loved every moment of it. I especially loved snowboarding all over the mountain as the view was amazing and it was a satisfying experience to see how much I progressed throughout the week.

IWEF Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Carisbrooke College Karen Begley said:

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“International trips like this broaden our students’ horizons and help them gain confidence and independence, among many other skills. It was amazing to see this moving forward after the tough time we all went through during the pandemic. The students made new friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.

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