Back in February half term Mrs Holt and a team of teachers took a whole coachload of Year 9 – 11 students to Passo Tonale in Italy. An amazing experience for all involved. We looked forward to the daily updates from the slopes which included the naming of the Northgate Numpties! The numpties were chosen for their mishaps, whether that be forgetting to remove goggles before putting sun cream on, putting their skis on the wrong bus or losing out to a 5 year old on a chair lift. There were certainly plenty of laughs along the way.


Mrs Holt, trip organiser said, ‘It was a real pleasure to take the group skiing over the February half term holidays. Every pupils behaved impeccably, and exceeded all expectations. Their progress was fantastic, going from nervous beginners at the start of the week to comfortable skiers by day five, who could confidently get about the mountains. A truly amazing week, and one where experiences and memories will last a lifetime.’

Below, Ola and Drew, Year 10, have written a poem about trip and Wyn, Year 9 tells us about his experience.


It’s a very early start

And we’re telling our parents this is where we depart, 

We say bye to our folks

And ready to greet the slopes,

The coach was a blast

But it didn’t last,

The ferry wasn’t fast

And the French Borders we have just passed.


We arrived in Italy,

Now it’s time for me to go ski

But look, that slope is too high for me!

So on the first day the Northgate Numpty was clear,

The Tutu and the Hat,

Of course he wants that,

Caught in the act,

Mr Stirling has stacked!


As the days go on we have much more fun,

Now it’s our time to get on the Husky Run,

After that long snowball fight,

It’s time for the Pizza Night


Skiing is so much fun

But it has only just begun,

We are going up the slopes higher and higher,

Getting onto that Glacier was our number-one,

3000 metres high up,

In the Gondola we are,

So close, not far,

The pictures we took,

It was a great look.


After all the incidents with Suncream, Chair Lifts and Skis,

It was our last days with these,

With not really low weather degrees,

We did the blue and red slopes with ease,

We left the instructors pleased,

Getting certificates for all the laughter and hard work.


We are now all ready to leave,

Everyone is proud from what they have achieved,

We get on the coach,

Another 27 hours of driving

And a whole load of singing,

We arrive back at school,

Everyone had a amazing time,

It will be a memory that will last,

We also like to Thank Mrs Holt

And all the other teachers,

For all their efforts and help throughout this trip!

Wyn, who went on the trip said of his experience, ‘The thing I enjoyed the most about the ski trip was the number of exciting activities that we did each day. As everyday not only would we have a brilliant time skiing on the slopes, but we would also experience extra activities each day. This meant there was never a moment where we weren’t enjoying ourselves: speeding down the ski slopes, sightseeing, bum boarding or just all having fun together making unforgettable memories that would last a lifetime.’

A huge thank you to the whole staff team for making the trip possible.