A group of pupils and staff from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe recently enjoyed a week’s skiing holiday in Arinsal, Andorra.
The school sees the ski trip as an ideal activity for its pupils providing them with great physical exercise and an opportunity to learn a new skill, in a totally new environment. In addition to the health and fitness benefits, the trip enables many opportunities for personal and social development, the opportunity to set and achieve personal goals, a focus on environmental awareness and the development of foreign language skills.
“The school ski trip is an ideal opportunity for students whether they are innately sporty or not,” explained Mr Mike Whiteside, Assistant Headteacher at Saint Paul’s. “The thrill of learning a new skill, in a new environment, in a completely different culture is one everyone can share. The exercise benefits are huge, students will do hours of intensive exercise without even being aware of it!”
Mr Whiteside added: “Success in skiing relies on acquiring the correct technique rather than physical strength and can be very rewarding to learn. It is not unusual for pupils who have shown little aptitude for traditional PE in school, to develop an enthusiasm for skiing by taking part in one of our school ski trips.”
Mrs Debbie Milne from Saint Paul’s said: “Even the most reluctant of students are wide eyed with wonder when faced with getting sporty in the snow– so much so they probably don’t even notice just how many hours of intensive exercise they’re doing. Alongside the invaluable health and fitness benefits of skiing, we see the great benefits of building self-confidence and the creation of new friendships as we spend time living, learning and relaxing as a group.”
“The ski trip was once again a great success and I am very proud of the mature and responsible way our pupils behaved whilst abroad. They were superb ambassadors for our school,” commented Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “As a school we see skiing as an activity which supports the National Curriculum in promoting the physical, sporting, mental and social development of our pupils.”
“It creates a new and different appreciation of physical activity in a non-competitive atmosphere, it develops an interest and confidence in pursuing an active lifestyle and it inspires a sense of challenge and achievement.”