At February half-term two coaches carrying seventy two students and eight staff made their way to the Austrian ski resort of Zell am See. The 24 hour journey was so comfortable it simply flew by and, before we knew it, we had arrived at our accommodation. We had been upgraded to the Kitzeinhorn which boasted three indoor sports halls, a jungle gym in the rafters, climbing walls, bouldering rooms, a cinema, table tennis room, disco and DJ facilities, trampolining room and two full sized indoor beach volleyball courts. All this of course paled into insignificance once the students discovered there was free Wi-Fi.
The skiing was wonderful and we managed to experience all four mountainsides on offer. The day we skied the Kaprun Glacier was, by far, one of the most stunning experiences of my time in the Alps. It was a perfect blue-sky day, with low cloud in the valleys which allowed views of the Alps such as I’ve never seen before.
We had a number of evening entertainments, the highlight of which was the Tyrolean Evening where three burly Austrian chaps in full lederhosen regalia had everyone dancing and slapping their thighs to their hearts content. The students, as always, were impeccably behaved and it was a real pleasure to have spent the week in their company. A huge thank you to my team of staff who gave up their own half-term so that KJS could provide these cultural opportunities for our students. They were: Steve Keeble, Catherine Rees, Jo Mumford, Nigel Atton, Jo Watson, Cath Flatley and Stu Brownlee.