Blues News Issue 46 March 2018

W hilst most of the school went home at lunchtime on 14 December for a well-earned rest, or some mock revision, 42 students were completing their packing before returning to school to head off to the slopes for the ski trip. After two winters of patchy snow before Christmas, the teachers had chosen a glacier resort to be snow-sure, but they needn’t have worried: there was masses of fresh snow this season, and the slopes of Les Deux Alpes were in perfect condition. It snowed a lot on Days 1 and 3, so the students were able to ski powder and learn or refine their technique for that, the teachers reminding the beginners that they mustn’t get used to this, and that this was every skier's dream come true! The boys were divided by ability into five groups, and everyone made superb progress with their instructors as the snow was so good, but also because it was the first week of the season, so the slopes were not as busy as they would be over Christmas or New Year. Every day, after three hours of skiing in the morning, we came back to the hotel, just next to ski school, for a big lunch, before heading back out for another couple of hours in the afternoon. Les Deux Alpes has lots of varied terrain, and also a great snow park, so every lesson could include different challenges. Après-ski activities included the usual Blue Coat favourites of DVDs and games, but the snow-sculpture competition this year was particularly inventive (the winning teammaking a life-size model of Mr Cook after a spectacular wipe-out), and the quiz night run by Mr Slack was especially fiendish and highly competitive. An unusual addition to this year's après-ski was a live concert by Craig David, attended by the Sixth Form, and listened to from their bedrooms by everyone else, as it was part of a music festival next door to the hotel, but a bit too late for most to attend. Mr Cook and I would like to praise the students for being excellent ambassadors for Blue Coat, for making the most of their time on the slopes, and for their great attitude to and participation in all the activities both on and off the slopes. The next ski trip will be to the Italian resort of Claviere in the Milky Way, a favourite area for Blue Coat ski trips. - Miss van der Werff, Head of History TRIPS BRAVING THE COLD Blue Coat's skiers hit the slopes