Skiing Trip to Italy, Jitter Beans
29th February 2016
Ard Scoil na nDéise Skiing Trip to Italy
During Mid-Term, a group of Transition Year and Fifth Year students headed on a school trip with five teachers. This year we were off to Lavarone in North Italy to go skiing on the Alps.
The excitement that had been building up for months was very evident on Saturday morning as students wheeled in packed suitcases to be weighed (in case of overpacking!) We were waved off by some emotional parents and headed for Dublin airport. Our flight was at five o’clock that evening and was particularly special for a few girls who had never been on a plane before.
We arrived in Milan, exhausted at this stage. When woken up from our three hour bus journey, we were all pleasantly surprised by our surroundings. The ground was covered with a thick blanket of snow. Our hotel was at the foot of the slopes and even in the dark of night the place looked beautiful. We settled down, excited about the days to come.
The skiing was fantastic, and I doubt that many would disagree with me. In saying that, our attitudes weren’t quite the same on the first day. The big boots that were almost impossible to get on and off and the painful walks to and from the slopes did take a while to adapt to. But by the second day, all aches and pains were put aside as some of us braved it out and went on the ski lifts up to the blue slopes.
The progress that we all made in the five short days was amazing and even looking at some of the slopes we went down is hard to believe. There was no shortage of falls and collisions but this made it all the more enjoyable for everybody involved and those watching. On the last day some of the ‘elites’ had even managed a few red slopes. We all received medals and many of us decided we’d love to return in the future. Time really does fly when you’re having fun.
The evenings were also filled with fun. There were discos where we learnt Italian songs and dances. There were a few other Irish schools in our hotel also, and we all made friends on the first night. Another night we went bowling in the nearby town and on another occasion we went tubing. Many photos and videos were taken which will no doubt be looked back upon with happiness.
The food was probably the one down side, most of us didn’t exactly appreciate the Italian cuisine. The food was very out of the ordinary and didn’t appeal to the majority of us. That said, we brought plenty of snacks and it was a good excuse to fill up on the not so healthiest of foods!
On the last day we were sad to be leaving. We took our last few photos and headed for Milan to do some shopping. We all have fantastic memories and some even claim to be suffering from ‘post skiing depression’ It was so much fun and we all bonded really well throughout the trip. It was a week not to be forgotten!
Eileen Fitzgerald, Transition Year
Today, the 26th of February, Mike Pettit who set up the business Jitter Beans, came in to speak with us as part of our Enterprise Module. He explained to us how he set up his franchise and informed us of the characteristics needed to start a successful business, some of which are; the ability to think outside the box, confidence in your ideas, being able to take a calculated risk, being determined in everything you do, and never giving up! This advice will come in handy for some of us who plan on setting up our own business in the near future. Overall this talk was extremely interesting, and we all enjoyed everything Mike said. We found the talk very beneficial and took a lot from it. We also enjoyed the cookies Mike brought us!
Denise Murray, Transition Year