All returned safe and sound from another amazing ski trip!
More details to follow when school re-opens but this is what one of our Old Westbournians had to say
…” Where do I began after such an incredible trip to Winter Park?
Firstly, I would just like to say a huge thank you for allowing myself and other old Westbournians the pleasure of coming back to join Westbourne on this recent ski trip.
It felt like the good old times once again and even though it’s four years since I left Westbourne it just felt like yesterday… mixing with both teachers, pupils and parents on this incredible trip. It is this unique community atmosphere that I struggle to find any where else and the thing I miss the most since leaving Westbourne.
The trip itself was possibly even better than the 2013 trip to Winter Park – full of skiing from the first to the last lift with the teachers making sure we all managed to get on that last lift! We enjoyed many excursions – a favorite one of mine was tubing where Westbourne, as always, tried to beat records! We opted to break the tubing hill chain record by managing to put together a chain of 28 giggling pupils and adults. Let’s just say it got rather messy at the bottom!
The skiing itself was exceptional, be it on the fresh powder each day, to skiing through tight trees or wide blues and let’s not forget our incredible instructors.
Overall what stood out for me was the diversity of the group, from Year 6 students to those Year 11’s completing their GCSE and ultimately to myself and other leavers at degree level and beyond, all having attended Westbourne. All of us sharing common values/ground and creating such an enjoyable trip together. This made the days skiing and the evenings all the more memorable and interesting.
It is for this reason that I wanted to come back and join in one of Westbourne’s trips abroad, just as I was fortunate enough to do so whilst still a pupil. Westbourne creates an atmosphere like no other, one that evolves in everyday school life and continues when you leave the school, something many other schools could only hope for.
So, this leaves me to say, “when’s the next trip?”