PUPILS from an Alnwick school got to practise their French for real, after jetting off to the Alps for a week of skiing.
Thirty-six children and staff from the Duke’s Middle School flew from Newcastle to Grenoble, where they enjoyed good snow, great weather and excellent instruction.
Each day the pupils had four hours of lessons from French ski instructors, as well as plenty of evening activities including ice-skating, table tennis, making balloon sculptures and a disco. They also visited the school bank, speaking French to draw out their euros, before signing out for a little shopping.
But they also had to keep their rooms tidy – and amazingly, the boys won that competition.
On the final evening the pupils were all presented with a skiing award from their instructors, with the more experienced skiers gaining a level two merit, meaning they are competent to ski green and blue runs using mainly parallel turns.