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Junior Ski Trip 2018, Les Arcs – Post six

March 31, 2018
Our last day of skiing

Junior Ski Trip 2018, Les Arcs

For more posts from our Junior Ski Trip 2018, do see blog one, blog twoblog three blog four and blog five.

One last time and welcome to La Plagne.

On our last ski day we went across to La Plagne in the Vanoise Express a spectacular cable car that links the two resorts.

Our last day of skiing

Our last day of skiing

Vallandry

After exploring La Plagne it was back to Vallandry to pack our luggage ready for tomorrow. After dinner they had the challenge to erect the highest tower from marshmallows and spaghetti.

There are definitely some future architects amongst them!

Building marshmallow towers

Building marshmallow towers, who will build the tallest?

Building marshmallow towers

Building marshmallow towers

Hard at work building towers

Keep concentrating! Whose tower will be the tallest?

On Saturday before our departure we will have a chance to relax by the swimming pool and last minute shopping before returning home.

Thank you to all who have made the trip possible – we have loved our trip!

Mr M

We tweet from @BallardSchool

Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here.

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Junior Ski Trip 2018, Les Arcs – Post five

March 29, 2018
Loving the snow!

Junior Ski Trip 2018, Les Arcs

For more posts from our Junior Ski Trip 2018, do see blog one, blog twoblog three  and blog four.

A Powder Day!

Whilst last night rained down by the hotel, higher up the mountain plenty of powder was falling. This powder snow made today’s conditions a dream.

Loving the snow!

Loving the snow!

Giant Airbag

After lunch we all went to the Giant Airbag. This is where the most daring tested their big air skills.

Giant Airbag here we come!

Giant Airbag here we come!

I'm flying!

I’m flying!

After skiing we made our way to Les Arcs 1800, some by bus but the fittest walked 2 miles through the forest.

The Luge and a spot of fondue

Here we have come for a fix of adrenaline rush with the Luge, in addition whilst waiting our turn we were treated to sample some fondue, queuing had never been so enjoyable.

Enjoying the sledging

Enjoying the sledging

So much fun on the Luge

So much fun on the Luge

We are loving our time here!

We are loving our time here!

Schoolmates having fun!

Schoolmates having fun!

Mr M

We tweet from @BallardSchool

Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here.

Junior Ski Trip 2018, Les Arcs – Post four

March 28, 2018
Loving the powder slopes!

Junior Ski Trip 2018, Les Arcs

For more posts from our Junior Ski Trip 2018, do see blog one, blog two and blog three.

A Powder Morning!

What a great day to be skiing!

Here are some photos from the different groups.

On top of the world!

On top of the world!

Loving the powder slopes!

Loving the powder slopes!

The previous day dusting has left the slopes with about 3 to 5 inches of powder. So we all went out and had a superb day of skiing. The conditions meant work hard, play hard. So at the end of the day only 8 students managed free skiing. No-one from the top group, I think Luca worked them very hard today.

Gently does it!

Gently does it!

Pizza night

Pizza night in France

Pizza night in France

After a shower and a short rest it was pizza night, we all have had some delicious stone baked pizza and joined in with a quiz night; the students teams are battling it out to see who becomes the ‘queen or king of knowledge’.

Quiz night after a great day on the slopes

Quiz night after a great day on the slopes

Quiz night after a great day on the slopes

Which team will win the quiz night?

Will we be the winners?!

Will we be the winners?!

Mr M

We tweet from @BallardSchool

Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here.

Junior Ski Trip 2018, Les Arcs – Post three

March 27, 2018
Skiing down the mountain

Junior Ski Trip 2018, Les Arcs

For more posts from our Junior Ski Trip 2018, do see blog one and blog two.

A game of two halves

A game of two halves. Today we woke up to a clear morning which made conditions perfect for skiing. Again all the groups skied their way to Les Arcs and we had lunch in the picturesque area of Arc 1950.

Resting with some lunch and sweets!

Resting with some lunch and sweets!

Clouds and snow

Skiing down the hillside

Skiing down the hillside

The afternoon was a different story, the sky became busy with clouds and plenty of snow started to dust the already white mountains. This made conditions challenging due to the light snow but was enjoyable under foot, or ski shall we say.

Now we are all looking forward to a powder day!

Shopping in Vallandry

Hot Chocolate and snow!

Hot Chocolate and snow!

After skiing we all visited Vallandry village and some of our students tasted some delicious home made hot chocolate, I hope they bought you some nice presents too 😉.

Mr M

We tweet from @BallardSchool

Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here.

Junior Ski Trip 2018, Les Arcs – Post two

March 26, 2018
Having a little rest!

Junior Ski Trip 2018, Les Arcs

For more posts from our Junior Ski Trip 2018, do see blog one

Challenging Skiing conditions

Conditions today were challenging. It has been overcast all day making visibility very difficult. However, our groups have been superb, all of our skiers have made it across to Les Arcs where they have been skiing all day.

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Lunch stop

Trying snails on holiday

Who’s up for trying some snails??!

Lunchtime for the skiers

Lunchtime for the skiers

Lunchtime for the skiers

Lunchtime for the skiers

For lunch today we stopped in one of the restaurants on the slopes, we were pleased to see some of our students trying a french delicacy; escargots!

Sledging fun!

Sledging fun in France

Sledging fun in France

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After skiing we all went for a bit of sledging fun. We can truly say that they are having a ‘whale of a time’!

Mr M

We tweet from @BallardSchool

Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here.

Junior Ski Trip 2018, Les Arcs – Post One

March 25, 2018

Junior Ski Trip 2018, Les Arcs

Arrival

Day 1 was a very long day traveling. We got to a sunny Vallandry and checked in, got our skis, had lasagne and an early bed time.

First day skiing

First day skiing has been a success, all of the students have had a superb ski day.

Even some roof skiing as per the pictures.

We tweet from @BallardSchool

Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here.

#Do1NiceThing – Headmaster’s Blog – Tuesday 20 March 2018

March 20, 2018

#Do1NiceThing

I am writing this on St Patrick’s Day just after playing in a fancy dress hockey match (I’m the one in the kilt) for our staff, parents and alumni to raise funds for Sport Relief in Schools. It was a bone-chillingly cold day with snow in the air and yet everyone got out of their warm homes and Saturday routines to enjoy time together (the hockey wasn’t bad either) and, most of all, raise money for those less well off than ourselves.

Charity sports relief for schools hockey

The parents’ hockey team excelled with over £200 raised for Sport Relief for Schools. They even had a great 4-2 match in favour of all those in fancy dress!

Lent is a time for fasting, doom and gloom?

I was reminded of the #Do1NiceThing campaign which is running at the moment in the period in the Church calendar called Lent. In many people’s minds, Lent is a period for church folk to be even more gloomy, straight faced and ultra killjoys. It’s a time for few treats (some seem to think), to give up guilty pleasures (like chocolate) and to suffer in silence (but in plain sight) before Easter Day allows for the return of some jollity and, yes, some chocolate.

Taking up something positive for Lent

Clearly this is a poor caricature of the Church. This Lent, as with others gone before, people of faith (and none) have been encouraged to take up something positive for the period of Lent rather than this to be a time of denial. Hence the #Do1NiceThing campaign which is part of ‘Love Your Streets’, an initiative of a charity called Street Angels.

This is a programme suggesting a simply good deed for each day of Lent – not dissimilar to ‘random acts of kindness’. The following are some of the ideas being shared on the Love Your Streets website:

#Do1NiceThing

#Do1NiceThing – a Street Angels initiative

#Do1NiceThing: Engage in conversation with those who serve you / call in on an elderly neighbour / smile at people / spread the niceness on Facebook and Twitter / look at joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme / give away a book you think is worth reading / discover a new tourist attraction in your local area / be a nicer driver / shop locally / create a wildlife garden or window box / buy Fairtrade / say thank you to someone as they work and say how much you appreciate them / walk round your neighbourhood and pick up litter / take some items to a charity shop / spot ways of helping people and do it / take some chocolates into work to bless your colleagues / write a letter to an emergency service to thank them for what they do / #Do1NiceThing #OthersRWorthIt

So, what ‘nice thing’ shall we do today?

Alastair Reid (Headmaster)

We tweet from @BallardSchool

Ballard School is an independent, private co-educational school in New Milton, Hampshire, providing an outstanding level of education for nursery to GCSE. With small class sizes and proven academic excellence, we strive to nurture the academic potential of all students. Learn more about our academic programmes, pastoral care, facilities and school ethos by visiting our website or by requesting a prospectus here.

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