All year 12 students at John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School have the opportunity to be a part of a once in a lifetime ski trip in their last year of schooling. The trip is to Mt Hotham in Victoria and it gives the students a chance to experience life in the snow for a week and to try and master the skill of skiing or snowboarding. The trip takes place in the second week of term two holidays each year. The students are lucky enough to be able to stay in their own lodge just a stone’s throw from the resort centre, and have lessons incorporated into their package. They also get to experience night skiing under the floodlights at the Big D beginners run, and at the end of their 6 days enjoying the snow, all students relish being able to work their way down the mountain on a pair of ski’s or a snowboard.
Although the students hate having to say goodbye to the resort as the bus starts making it’s way down the hill, this only signals the start of the next phase of the trip – a weekend in the city of Melbourne. The group stay in a hotel a short walk away from the Queen Victoria Markets, and they get to enjoy all that Melbourne has to offer - an AFL football game at the MCG or Etihad Stadium, the café’s and restaurants and of course, the shopping. The group get two days and two nights in Melbourne before heading back home to Perth ready for the start of term three.