Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Day Five: Soaring with the Screaming Eagles

Today was the final day on the stunning slopes of Mont Saint Anne and everyone was keen to impress one final time.  Once again, conditions were excellent and lovely large snow flakes floated down onto the mountain for most of the day. The groups were now becoming  harder to find on the mountain due to their increased speed and ability meaning they are either flying through forests or disappearing down blue runs. However, whenever we did manage to find them they were always in great spirits and enjoying themselves thoroughly. One such example was Dennis' school which consisted of George Currie, Max Gillies, Taylor Lloyd, Owen Connor, Freya Hughes, Poppy Bermingham-Byrne, Kate Jackson, Amy Jenkins, Joe Donnelly and Leo Halewood who I found at the top of the mountain.   Another group that I managed to catch up with was Sylvie's group, who needed a little bit of encouragement to get up to the top of the mountain but the reason for this was beyond me as they showed great agility when descending down a difficult slope. The group which included birthday girl Ria-Lea Davies, Molly Cashen, and Amelia Weedall don't really need to worry as it is clear they have done fantastically well this week. Unfortunately, not everyone has been able to completely master the art of skiing this week but a special mention should go to Sarah-Jane Riley, who after taking a fall on the first day, has struggled with her confidence.  However, her determination and resilience to keep on going has been admirable and she should be very proud of herself.  Finally, we did have to wait a little longer for one final group to arrive back this afternoon. The team of Ella Armstrong, Luke Dawson, Charlie Banks, Patrick McDonald, Megan Grierson, Emily Conlan and Callum O'Brien had been transformed into reindeer on the final run. Either that or they'd crashed into a number of trees as they all had branches protruding from their helmets. The day concluded with the groups presenting their instructors with the priceless memento of a Holy Family bobble hat. It was a lovely moment with many of the instructors having gotten gifts for their groups as well. The instructors of the ski schools have been fantastic and I know the kids will be tremendously grateful for their wise teachings. The instructors had only wonderful things to say about their groups as well. The evening activity was the eagerly anticipated ice hockey game so after dinner it was once again into the yellow buses and onwards towards Quebec City.  We arrived at the Centre Videotron just in time for the start of the Quebec Remparts against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Most of the pupils decided to support the Screaming Eagles on the strength of their much more exciting name. They didn't leave disappointed as the Screaming Eagles were victorious by 5 goals to Quebec's 2 in an extremely exciting game that was a fast paced, end to end thriller. There was even a fight!  So that concludes our time in Quebec. Tomorrow, we travel to Toronto and will explore the city and reach the top of the CN Tower.  L

6 comments:

  1. Well guys looks and sounds like you have had an amazing time .
    Thank you soooooo much Holy family staff for giving our young guys an brilliant experience.
    On to your next adventure Toronto enjoy and safe journey. (Josh Holland's mum and dad)

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  2. This sounds like it has definitely been the trip of a lifetime, can't wait to hear all about it Leo when you're home. Enjoy your last couple of days. Have fun and stay safe xxxx

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  3. What an amazing trip it has been so far and you still have more fun ahead of you. Hope the journey today is a good one. Looking forward to hearing about Day Six in Toronto (Audrey - Poppy's mum)

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  4. It’s good to see and hear that everyone is having such a great time. Have a safe journey to Toronto and enjoy Niagara. (Bec don’t get too overloaded with shopping. It won’t fit in your case). Take care and can’t wait to see you all on Friday (Maureen Becca Milers mum)

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  5. Wow well done Sarah-Jane we are all so proud of you !! and Many Thanks to all the staff for encouraging her with the skiing. Hope you all have a fantastic time in Toronto what a fantastic experience xx Michelle ( SJ Rileys Mum)

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  6. What an amazing and fantastic experience for all the children. Hats off to all the wonderful teachers taking them through this wonderful journey and looking after Ella Armstrong, you are amazing, can't wait to see you Ella and hear all about your trip. Love Nana and Grandad (PS what time on Friday 17 Feb do they arrive back xx

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