In mid-December, seventeen First - Third (Years 7-9) formers from Oundle School enjoyed a skiing holiday in Cormayeur.
Charlotte Jones (12) commented, “Our hotel was a short walk from the gondola up to the main ski area. However, unfortunately there wasn't much snow on the resort where we were staying in Courmayeur, so for the first four days we skied at another resort called Pila, an hour down the valley, where there was enough snow to have a good time skiing and do exercises and tricks.”
In addition to skiing pupils enjoyed ice skating, a pizza night, and shopping at a Christmas Market.
On Friday there was a presentation where instructors graded the pupils on how well they had done during the week.
Charlotte added, “Everybody improved really well, especially the beginners who were able to do red runs by the end of the week. The instructors were called Anna, Freddie and Peter. The Interski instructors were very friendly. On behalf of all the pupils I would like to thank Dr and Mrs Holmstrom for taking us on this amazing trip.”
Trip organiser and Biology teacher, Walter Holmstrom commented, “This was such an enjoyable trip despite the poor snow conditions. The pupils were enormous fun to be with both on and off the snow and worked very hard at improving their skills – so much so that more than half of them were awarded the highest Interski grade at the end of the trip. This was the final ski trip for Margaret and me before we retire and really brought home why we have enjoyed taking school trips throughout our time at Oundle.”
Background Information on Oundle School
Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.
The School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports MasterPlan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion which opened in April 2015 and new astroturfs due to be completed this year.
There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 860 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day school for children aged 4 to 11.