Ski Trip 2011

DACA SKI TRIP 2011

In January 2011, Staff and Students visited the Aosta Valley Resort in the Italian Alps for a skiing holiday. After a long journey consisting of a ferry crossing and a coach ride through France down to Italy, our students arrived at the resort where they would participate in a number of snow sport activities. Those staff who went on the trip were impressed with the behaviour and attitude of the students, as all represented the Academy well. The staff were pleased to see students encouraging each other in overcoming fears of racing down ski slopes. All who went on the trip thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to planning their next trip.

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1. Mr Loughran, Mr. Pearson, Mr. Worthington, Miss. Entwhistle wrote:
We set off from DACA at 10-15am on New Year's Day. After a number of stops to pick up ski instructors, we arrived at Dover at 6-30pm, in good time for the 7-15 ferry to France.
After crossing and adding on the hour, we set off for Italy at 10pm. We took a couple of breaks on the way down including an 8am breakfast in the |French Alps. We passed through the Mont Blanc tunnel at 10am and arrived in Aosta at 11-15am.
We were really impressed with Interski who sorted us with skis, boards and boots and after a lunch in a hotel in Aosta, we unpacked and settled in to the Hotel Roma. A small group of us walked the main pedestrianised shopping area, taking in the Roman architecture and Italian shops.
At 8pm we had our welcome introduction from Interski and settled down to bed in anticipation of our first adrenaline packed day on the snow. Everyone was in agreement that the meal in the Hotel Roma had been excellent(although Mr Worthington felt it had been good with outstanding features).

Sun, January 2, 2011 @ 9:41 PM

2. Graham Pedder wrote:
Keep up the blog if you can find time between thoroughly enjoying yourselves, taking in the sights and the apres ski, oops sorry, I meant working extremely hard!

Mon, January 3, 2011 @ 12:24 PM

3. Louise Fowles wrote:
Fab to hear you got there safely and I hope you've all had a wonderful day on the piste today.....I'm not envious one bit!!!! Keep your fingers crossed the weather forecast is right and you get some more snow on Wednesday/Thursday.

Mon, January 3, 2011 @ 5:20 PM

4. Jayne Beckingham-Burgess wrote:
Hi Miles, hope you and your friends are enjoying yourselfs, if you can find a spare 2 minutes, a phone call would be great. LOVE YOU XXXXXXXXXXX

Mon, January 3, 2011 @ 5:20 PM

5. Michelle Pedder wrote:
Hello Sam hope you've had a great day ski-ing and no broken bones YET. Wish was with you instead of working. Enjoy yourself and have lots of fun with your friends. Joel Helen and Dad say hi, Helen says what are the boys like there LOL. See you soon, Love you MUM XXXX

Mon, January 3, 2011 @ 8:23 PM

6. Chris Worthington wrote:
Ski Day 1 - Without exception every student was in the dining room for breakfast at 7.30am. Without any hitches we got up on to the slopes for our first lesson at 10am. The staff and students were split up into groups; beginner, intermediate and advanced. The views from the gondola over the Aosta Valley were breathtaking, we hope to have these uploaded for you viewing soon. In the advanced group Luke Hayes was clearly the best skier and fitted in with a large group of students from Kings Hill School in Gloucester. Of the intermediates, Charlotte Hodges, Jack Charnley and Nick Harrop found their ski legs again very quickly and credit goes to Scott Kelsall who for a first time skier fitted in with the intermediates. Lessons at Chill Factore and Rossendale have paid off for Miles Beckingham Burgess and Harry Eastham respectively. The stars of the beginners were Holly Ballentyne, Conner Jones and Jodie McCartney . I would also like to give a special mention to Suhail Hussain and James Cooper who claimed the most falls, but always came up smiling. Lunch was taken in various mountain restaurants, depending on the groups the students were in. The afternoon lessons saw everybody improve further and at 3pm, most were disappointed that the day had to come to an end. With everyone back safely by 4pm, there was just enough time for a shower, a visit to the supermarket and yet another fantastic three-course meal in the Hotel Roma. At 8pm, we travelled by coach to Courmayeur to the Olympic Ice Arena for Ice Skating. It was no surprise to us that our students were by far the most talented on the ice, perhaps in part due to visits to the Blackburn Ice Arena. The coach got us back for 11pm ending our first 16 hour full on day. 8 hours to Ski day 2. Lets hope the rest of the week goes as well as the start.

Mon, January 3, 2011 @ 10:49 PM

7. Ghazala wrote:
Raeece, You're obviously having lots of fun, which is what it's all about, However, please ring if you can find time. Miss you loads and love you even more. XXXXXX See you soon.XX

Tue, January 4, 2011 @ 9:54 AM

8. amanda whittle wrote:
hey ke it sounds like your all having a great time.....we all miss you can you give us a quick call just to say hi you know what your dads like he's worrying like a girl as always hahaha......love you baby enjoy yourself but not too much coz im not there haha xxxxoxoooxooo

Tue, January 4, 2011 @ 11:26 AM

9. Jayne Beckingham-Burgess wrote:
Hi Miles, sounds like you are all having a wonderful time, i am very very jealous!!!!!. Give us a ring, we miss you, especially Sophie, Sasha and Princess. LOVE YOU XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Tue, January 4, 2011 @ 12:17 PM

10. Catherine Garrity wrote:
Hi Luke. Sounds like you've found your feet quickly on big skis. Hope you continue to have fun. Don't waste valuable fun time ringing us... just enjoy x x x

Tue, January 4, 2011 @ 5:29 PM

11. Sue Eastham wrote:
WOW ! sounds amazing.......looking forward to seeing some pics. Everyone seems to be enjoying very much...
take care, behave , miss u loads - James especially misses you ! hahaha
see u Sunday Harry!
xx

Tue, January 4, 2011 @ 6:42 PM

12. Lottie wrote:
Hi Chaz, sounds like everyone is having a great time but not much info on how the boarders are getting on, have you learn't how to do a 360 yet? :) Were all missing you especially Lewie who is missing his xbox buddy Have you heard the latest, Rovers are trying to buy Ronaldinho and Beckham!! See u on Sunday. Love Mum, Dad & Lew.xx

Tue, January 4, 2011 @ 7:59 PM

13. alison coleman wrote:
hi bradley and everyone on the trip. sounds like your all having a great time. we look forward to the pictures.hope you enjoyed the bowling tonight.enjoy the rest of the week.missing you loads,love you.ellie natalie megan,karen all send their love. mum xxxxxxxxxx

Tue, January 4, 2011 @ 9:23 PM

14. fiona clementson wrote:
Hi Joel sounds like you are all having a great time, hope you are enjoying the snowboarding!
If u can find the time inbetween all the fun, give us a ring. Everyone missing you, bet your not missing us!
See you Sunday x
Mum n Dad

Tue, January 4, 2011 @ 11:15 PM

15. Bev wrote:
Great to see all having a fabulous time, house is quiet without you Jaden, glad to see no broken bones as yet.
Everyone sends their love, make the most of it, and take care of the goggles.
Love ya loads xxxx

Wed, January 5, 2011 @ 12:08 AM

16. Dave Pearson wrote:
Day 2 Skiing - Started breakfast at 7:30 and was up on the mountain at 9:15 where the temperature was -12 with snow in the air. Unfortunately, future world slalom skier and world champion speed skater, Miss Entwistle, was unable to participate in the action due to a skiing injury the previous day. Today was the day that the group was introduced to the dreaded ski lifts. I am pleased to say that none of the students had any difficulties getting on and off the lift. The film crew, aka Mr Loughran, got some great footage of the action on the slopes. We only wish the beginner group had a camera in hand to capture the moment when Mr Loughran lost his footing when attempting to film them whilst skiing backwards down the slope. Daca obviously dominated the slopes again, with Rob Fowles being given snow boarder of the day in a group of students from another school, Jade Anker was awarded most improved snow boarder, James Cooper most improved beginner and Rebecca Leigh for her positive attitude and risk taking. Raeece Suleman-Butt nominated himself for the best dressed male award on the slopes but this was in fact given to Chris Holt for the all in one number. The hotel roma restaurant once again served a superb 3 course meal before we moved on to the local bowling alley. Mr Pearson won (BY DEFAULT) in the teacher's lane and Suhail Hussain and Luke Hayes stole the show in the student's lanes. Miss Entwistle provided Chris Holt with a lesson in pool before the whole group accompanied the coach driver in a sing-a-long to the Grease mega mix on the coach back to the hotel. Pupils retired to their rooms in preparation for ski day 3. Bring it on!

Wed, January 5, 2011 @ 6:16 AM

17. Chris holt wrote:
Hi guys skiing is fabulous I love it I don't want to go home and I just want to be an professional skier like the rest of the boys who I am not as good as xxxxxxxxx

Wed, January 5, 2011 @ 3:54 PM

18. Michelle Pedder wrote:
Hi Sam you all sound like ur having a fantastic time and getting DACA on the world map, im shattered just reading about your days. Continue to have a great time see you Sunday its cold and wet here in Darwen xxxx

Wed, January 5, 2011 @ 5:30 PM

19. Gwen Walsh wrote:
Hi Jaden
Glad you are having a good time but sorry about the sprained wrist. Hope your Mum didn't invite that one by mentioning broken bones. Please get home safely without further injuries! We are all missing you and send our love. See you Sunday (sorry but you do really have to come home)!

Grandma

Wed, January 5, 2011 @ 7:08 PM

20. Ms Bradbury wrote:
Wow. Almost (but not quite) makes me want to take up ski-ing! Glad you're all having fun. If you get a moment, spare a thought for us all back in Darwen on the first day of term. Stay safe!

Wed, January 5, 2011 @ 7:34 PM

21. Louise Entwistle wrote:
Day 3 Skiing - The students arrived promptly down to breakfast at 7am before arriving at the ski slopes at 10am. For the first time in three days the queues for the ski lifts were surprisingly busier than normal, delaying the start of the ski day although this did not affect the performance of the DACA students throughout the day. All students were skiing or boarding again with Connor Lathwood achieving skier of the day for the beginner’s group and Jade Anker winning the award for most improved snowboarder. In the progressive beginner’s group, Raeece Suleman-Butt won the award for skier of the day for his passion and determination. Connor Jones took to the air and landed a perfect jump and Joseph Kent attempted the same jump but didn’t quite reach the peak and slid backwards down the slope. Harry Eastham showed his potential as a future ski instructor as he helped others in the group with their technique and turns. Moja the ‘cool instructor’ felt confident enough to take the boarding group up the gondola to a blue run on the mountain. Dylan Douglas-Lowe gave his snowboard a bit of TLC with a hug and a kiss and was able to descend down the slopes with balance and control suggesting a huge improvement and progression from the previous day. Charley Stacey was able to match his snowboarding skills with his snowboarding looks producing some excellent runs, while in the intermediate group; Robert Fowles took boarding to another level in the snow park, catching some air on the jumps. We arrived safely back at the hotel by 4:15pm to prepare for the night’s events. At 6:45pm we arrived at the Moderna Pizzeria for a delicious ‘all you can eat’ pizza feast. We strolled through the beautiful town of Aosta before arriving at the ‘Face’ venue for a ‘wicked’ and ‘bouncing’ rave with 300 school students from all over England. The DACA students, ONCE AGAIN, dominated the podium with their skilful dance moves, i.e. jumping up and down with their hands in the air; CRAZY! Mr Loughran and Miss Entwistle were the first of the adults to take the stage throwing out some shapes which were no-where near as bad as the staff from other schools dancing like their mum’s and dad’s. Mr Pearson then brought a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘party leader’ with his stunning, pre-prepared dance routine which led to him being cheered off the stage with ‘high 5s’ all round. As a group, we took over the dance floor and set the standard for party celebrations. It was obvious that the students were ‘buzzing’ after the night’s events as they didn’t even notice when we drove past the golden arches of Ronald McDonald’s restaurant. Everyone was in bed by midnight to recuperate for the second half of the week. Can this ski trip get any better?

Wed, January 5, 2011 @ 11:11 PM

22. Luke Hayes wrote:
At 10am, I left the rest of the students to join my group, off to the peak of the mountain, avoiding vertical drops at the edge of the red run on the way down. My group eventually made it down to end of the run, leaving a trail of steam behind us. My group made it over a few jumps that didn't turn out as successful as planned as all the group ended up falling over on at least one of the jumps during the day. All in all, a great day's skiing! Hope you guys back at school are having as much fun as us. x

Wed, January 5, 2011 @ 11:20 PM

23. kera fowler wrote:
Had a good day today loving falling over quite a lot and being with some funny people. The instructor can be a bit pushy but its worth it as we all are improving in our group. Missing home a bit but would rather be here in Italy skiing had a really good night tonight with every one dancing in the club it was really funny. Hope everyone is having a good time at school because I am having an amazing time without all the homework maths and English and everything else I will be missing not looking forward to going back on Monday though

Wed, January 5, 2011 @ 11:30 PM

24. Holly Ballantyne wrote:
having a great time skiing hope everyone is having fun at school in maths and english. practising hockey stops and fell over in an awkward position and couldn't get up again. miss everyone at home can't wait to see you all :) xxxxx

Wed, January 5, 2011 @ 11:35 PM

25. Nick Harrop wrote:
Having a pretty amazing time here with everyone, couldn't ask for better people to spend my holiday with. Just hoping everyone at school is having a great time with out us all, missing my chats with miss peary in 10D and abbie, chloe, george, josh ect.. see you monday guys.. :) :) :)

Wed, January 5, 2011 @ 11:37 PM

26. Scott Kelsall wrote:
i am just a pro skiier and an the best dancer, closely followed by mr pearson.

Wed, January 5, 2011 @ 11:40 PM

27. Charlotte Hodges. wrote:
Wooooo havin a top time, cheek bones start hurtin every night from laughin so much. Got plenty of bruises from the falls. Skiing is ace, just not liking the early mornings! Had some really good nights out and started talkin to people i never thught i would. hope everyones enjoyed there first day back at school whilst we've been at the top of a mountain chilling :P some GORGEOUS italian lads here, dont think it could get much better to be honest, see yous all soon! much love xxxxxxxx

Wed, January 5, 2011 @ 11:56 PM

28. The Gondola Gang ;) wrote:
well, we have lots of fun the 6 of us(Holly Ballantyne,Kera Fowler,Nick Harrop,Charlotte Hodges,Harry Eastham & the legend Mr Worthinton, we have a survival plan if we need to which contains eating Mr Worthington. It makes our 15minute gondola journey a lot faster with some of the conversations we have. Today sir took us around the world with his accents from Scotland to Liverpool, from the U.S to the down under.

Thu, January 6, 2011 @ 12:03 AM

29. H. Lunn wrote:
Sounds like everything is going really well and everyone is having a great time. Come on girls - you should all be better dancers than Mr P - Charlotte and Miss E don't let us down with the dancing!!!!

Enjoy the rest of the trip and take care

Thu, January 6, 2011 @ 12:27 PM

30. scott kelsall wrote:
skiing is amazing, I love every bit of it.. I am very good at it and a love doing it - not! My teacher is gorgeouse well both of them are, thanks to everyone who helped organise the trip I love it.. Mum if you read this I love you xxxxxxx

Thu, January 6, 2011 @ 3:58 PM

31. jhaworth wrote:
hi becs hope u having fun see u soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Thu, January 6, 2011 @ 4:45 PM

32. jhaworth wrote:
hi bec hope u enjoying yourselfxxxxxxx

Thu, January 6, 2011 @ 4:47 PM

33. Nicola Ballantyne wrote:
It sounds like you are all having an absolute ball and having a great time skiing. Missing Holly loads. It's too quiet at home!! Have fun, keep safe and see you soon!

Thu, January 6, 2011 @ 5:29 PM

34. Louise Fowles wrote:
Oh noooooo...... does this mean Rob is even more addicted to boarding than he was before he went?!?!?!?!!?
Sounds like he's going to want to be boarding when the freestyle equipment is out at chill factore when he gets back x~)
Sounds like you're all having a blast out there in Italy. Enjoy your last few days out there and make the most of your time on the slopes

Thu, January 6, 2011 @ 8:11 PM

35. Lynnette Morley+Steven Charnley wrote:
Sounds like you're having a great time. It's very quiet around here without you Jack. Molly and the dogs are missing you. As well as your Dad!
Hope you're eating well and enjoying all the apres ski.
Missing you. Love you loads.
Lynnette,Dad, Molly, Rover fido,Molly(the dog!!)and George.
XX
PS Rovers beat Liverpool 3-1!!

Thu, January 6, 2011 @ 9:11 PM

36. Graham Pedder wrote:
Morning Sam, hope you're enjoying yourself as much as everybody seems to be and you're still in one piece (more or less). just to let you know England beat the Aussies by an innings again last night to win the Ashes series 3-1. =D Now if you could communicate with us..... See you soon. Love Mum, Dad, Helen & Joel x

Fri, January 7, 2011 @ 8:14 AM

37. Ksmith wrote:
If you ordered snow for when you get back home ..... You got it ;) . The daily blogs mAke a great read and it sounds like teachers and students are having a fantastic time. Christian, if you think you are taking up skiing again as well as all your other sport you better start unloading the dishwasher to earn spending money ;) glad you are all enjoying it can't wait to see the photos have a safe journey home and see you Sunday.

Fri, January 7, 2011 @ 11:02 AM

38. Nige D-L wrote:
Sounds like your all having fun and enjoying yourselves. Were all missing you Dylan espically Big E. Enjoy the rest of your time snowboarding and a safe journey home.
See you soon, Lots of love xx
JP and Micky D send their love xx

Fri, January 7, 2011 @ 3:28 PM

39. Michelle Pedder wrote:
Hope u've all had a fantastic time and have memories that will stay with you forever. Enjoy ur last night in Italy. Safe journey home and see you Sunday xxx

Fri, January 7, 2011 @ 4:15 PM

40. DACA Pro Skiing Staff wrote:
Day 4 Skiing - After the party night it was a very quiet breakfast this morning. Miss Entwistle shook off her nasty injury to make a welcomed return to the slopes, and students had amazed and concerned looks on their faces when Mr Loughran announced he was going for a wax...(his ski’s obviously). We were all skiing and boarding in our lessons by 10am. For the first time in the week we experienced a light covering of powder snow but this didn’t affect the performance of the students in their lessons. The beginners have progressed so well this week that the instructor felt confident enough to take them onto the more difficult red slopes. In the beginner’s groups, Sam Pedder and Jodie Mcartney were voted skier of the day as they were the first ones to master the parallel turn. The most improved skier of the day is awarded to Bradley Stuart for his risk taking by taking on the lengthy blue run. Joel Roberts and Dylan Douglas-Lowe impressed the instructor by their increasing speed whilst descending the mountain. After a successful day on the slopes we retired to the hotel for a siesta before sitting down for yet again another fantastic meal. At 8:20 we set off on foot in search for a traditional taste of Italy. We stopped at the local ice-cream café to sample a variety of Italy's finest ice-creams. After our visit, it all got a little out of hand due to a staff Vs pupil snowball fight; obviously we won! After the last snowball was thrown, we made our way back to the hotel for an early night in order for the final examination on our last full day of skiing. The students thought they had got away from exams, they thought wrong. The evening concluded with kicking back and relaxing to tunes in the hotel reception with snacks and stories of the day. Bring on Day 5!

Fri, January 7, 2011 @ 4:41 PM

41. Graham Pedder wrote:
Have a safe journey home. See you tomorrow.

Sat, January 8, 2011 @ 12:27 PM

42. Julie Kelsall wrote:
Hello scott sounds like your having lots of fun. not long now till your home cant wait to see you lots of love mum xxxxxxx

Sat, January 8, 2011 @ 5:45 PM

43. susan anker wrote:
HI SKID KID ME & DAVID ARE MISSING U LIKE CRAZY and milly wonts you home an i hope you've saved some energy for your 13 houre's of gymnastics you go back to this week and your dance class grandad said hi pal we all hope you had a fantastic time and wherse our postcard is it going to come back three days after you again ha ha ha you little terror xxx mist you.

Sun, January 9, 2011 @ 12:39 AM

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