Calder High School column: All hail to our school’s Snow Kings and Queens...

Some of Calder High School's student skiers
Some of Calder High School's student skiers

After a busy term at Calder High School, 32 students and five staff boarded the coach to Austria on Friday, February 13.

Mr Guise came down to Calder VI to wish us a good trip and as we all put on our Sapphire Blue CHS 2015 Ski hoodies, we waved goodbye to Calderdale for one week! Our coach journey was long and we collected two of our ski instructors along the way, who enjoyed our singing and Jack Holmes’ whistling throughout the journey.

We arrived in Imst, Austria, at about 5.30pm on Saturday night, sorted our hotel rooms and got skis, boots and helmets fitted for our busy week of ski. The weather was amazing all week, sunny each day, helping bring out some healthy freckles and impressive ski goggle tans!

The instructors pushed students and encouraged them to become confident beginners and well trained intermediates and advanced on the slopes.

Each night we had a new activity from bowling to movie night alongside the famous CHS marble competition. ‘Standrings Smashers’ took the overall winners prize this year, with many marbles won for acts of kindness, improved ski and funny moments!

Awards night was a busy evening, our ski instructors gave out individual certificates and the CHS staff provided the more light hearted awards. Skier of the week went to Gemma Johnson; she followed the advanced instructor down some seriously tough pistes. Snow Queen was awarded to Molly Hudson who in her own words was ‘upgraded’ to the advanced group and mustered on even with sore toes all week, a very graceful skier. Snow King went to Jari Bunard who improved across the board; he really suits the snow lifestyle and enjoyed the live music each day at lunch on the slopes!

We had a couple of bumps along the way but all came home in one group. We wish Olivia and Junaid a speedy recovery and hope they have fond memories of our 2015 Ski Trip. We can’t wait for next year!