Mr Ryan MacKintosh, Acting Principal Teacher of Guidance
Highland School Ski Trip
The Highland Schools Ski Trip to Europe has been running since 1975. It is a joint venture of several Highland Schools, with a combined party of approximately one hundred pupils. The trip is open to S2 and S3 pupils.
The ski trip is often first time many children take a holiday without family members and is therefore a great way for pupils to gain independence and confidence.
Alpine resorts provide excellent snow conditions and favorable weather; this combined with morning and afternoon tuition, creates a perfect environment for both beginners and experienced skiers.
Taking part in the trip enables pupils to develop many skills including:
- Develop mobility, balance, fitness, coordination
- Citizenship/ Team Building
- Responsibility towards group – time-keeping, supporting others etc
- Experience sharing rooms and ski tuition groups
- Enjoy off-piste activities
- Engage with teachers in a different setting
- Practice foreign language with native speakers.
- Practice reading and extend vocabulary. Responsibility for self – time-keeping, personal hygiene, behaviour
- Exposure to unfamiliar food, music, local customs and architecture
- Develop sense of awe and wonder
- Manage own finances and budget calculate exchange rates
- Develop ideas and collect data for the classroom, for example: school diary, ski trip facebook page, photo album, art projects
Video footage of the 2013 Highland Schools’ Trip to Les Menuires in France can be found HERE.