Hazelwood College hit the slopes in Andorra
Monday morning 23 January at 6am thirty six students and four teachers departed Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher and travelled to Andorra, France taking in the picturesque views of the Pyrénées Mountains.
We hit the slopes while enjoying our morning skiing lessons. During the days after lunch we got the opportunity to travel up the mountain on the ski lifts and cable cars and ski our way down the slopes to the sound of laughter and excited screams. There was fun and frolics in the snow as each of us achieved our goal of mastering the skill of skiing. Three of the four teachers who accompanied us on the trip took to the slopes but only one of them, Mr.Quinlan had the stamina to see it through to the very end.
Three of our group impressed the instructors so much that they were afforded the opportunity to ski from the summit, Jack McCarthy, Paul Power and William Dillon. The boys certainly tried to outdo the girls with their impressive twists and turns but it was the technique of Brendan O’Flynn that caught the eye of many other tourists on the Piste! In the words of Mr. Sheahan “That man was born to ski”. Mrs Murphy Reidy claimed that “the gracefulness of the girls was just as impressive.”
We were fortunate to have our Spanish student Andrea with us because she translated for both the teachers and us. We learned a few Spanish words, all polite ones of course. The girls were not to be outdone when it came to the next leg of our trip which involved a panoramic tour of the city of Barcelona and a shopping escapade that any fashion blogger or fashionista would be proud of. The Hazelwood ladies know their style!
The highlight of the Barcelona visit was an impromptu opportunity to attend a match in the famous Camp Nou stadium where the group sampled the electric ambience of a match between Barcelona and Real Sociedad . We had an amazing time with four great teachers, a big thank you to our French teacher Mrs Murphy Reidy who organised the tour and kept her patience with us all throughout, she was accompanied by Mrs Treacy who was the mammy of the group. We all returned safely and injury free after the trip of a lifetime. Great memories were made with great people.
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Picture a: Hazelwood College students (from left to right) Aoife McMahon, Blaithin Matthews and Shanon Buckley are pictured taking a breather from the slopes while on their ski trip to Andorra where they were able to polish their French as they polished their skiing skills.
Picture b: Brendan O’Flynn (left) keeps an eye on the ‘pro’ Ms Geraldine Murphy Reidy on the recent Hazelwood College trip to Andorra, which Ms Murphy Reidy co-ordinated.
Picture c: Hazelwood College teachers Mr Tom Quinlan and Ms Geraldine Murphy Reidy are pictured fully kitted out and ready to hit the slopes on teh recent Hazelwood College trip to Andorra.
Picture d: Hazelwood College teacher Mr Danny Sheahan prepares to show everyone how it is done on the recent Hazelwood College trip to Andorra.
Picture e: Hazelwood College student Tomas Stritch pictured taking in the sights on the recent Hazelwood College trip to Andorra.
Picture f: Hazelwood College students pictured wrapped up against the elements on their recent trip to Andorra. Pictured are (left to right): Marguerite Nolan, Noirin Collins, Andy Quaid, Ms Geraldine Murphy Reidy, Orlaith Hennessy, Cameron O’Flynn, Amy Murphy and Andrea Suarez Garcia.
Picture g: Hazelwood College staff and students take time out from the slopes to enjoy the sights and prepare to warm up in the course of their recent trip to Andorra, organised by Ms Geraldine Murphy Reidy
Picture h: Hazelwood College’s Ms Geraldine Murphy Reidy, Mr Tom Quinlan and Ms Kay Treacy are pictured all smiles after another exhilarating day on the scenic slopes of Andorra during the Hazelwood College trip there.