Final Arrangements

Below is the itinerary of our skiing trip to Austria:

Friday, 14th February
Meet at Sacred Heart (07.00 hrs)
Leave Sacred Heart (07.30 hrs)
Depart Dover, Ferry (17.00 hrs)
Arrive in France and travel overnight

Saturday, 15th February
Arrive in resort (9.00 hrs)

16th – 21st February
Six days skiing

Friday, 21st February
Leave Hotel and travel overnight (20.00 hrs)

Saturday, 22nd February
Depart Calais, Ferry (14.20 hrs)

Saturday, 22nd February
Arrive Crosby (23.00 hrs)

The coaches will return to the Liverpool Road site on Saturday, 22nd February at 23.00 hrs. This is an approximate time and all children will telephone from a motorway service area to confirm arrival time. Parents are asked not to park in front of the school gates as the returning coaches will need this area to park-up.

Luggage space on coaches is limited and, in the past, this has presented some problems. As both coaches have their full complement of passengers, it is essential that children only bring 1 medium sized holdall/or travel bag. No suitcases! A small bag is, of course, needed to take onto the coach as hand luggage.

Accommodation Details:-
Hotel Ennshof
Salitergasse 271
A-5541 Altenmarkt
Tel: 0043 6452 6073

Students should ensure that they have eaten a light meal before boarding the coach. Food can be purchased at a motorway service area and there will be further opportunities to eat on route. We will be stopping at regular intervals in Belgium and Germany, and it will be possible to buy food and drinks, but it may be wise to have a packed meal as the motorway services will be very crowded and can be quite expensive. Please ensure that your son/daughter has enough money (Euros and Sterling) for the journey.

Spending money should be changed into Euros. It needs to be in a clearly named envelope and will be collected from the students, for safe keeping, once the journey starts.

A medical consent and declaration form should be filled in with all relevant information and returned to school as soon as possible (no later than Friday, 26th January). If your son/daughter is taking medication at the time of travel, the medication should be clearly labelled and given to Mrs Hewlett. Spare inhalers should be given in. An ample first aid kit will be taken with us, but if your child is susceptible to travel sickness, please ensure that medication is taken at the correct time. (Some travel sickness pills need to be taken many hours before the journey begins.)

Miss Clarke (Head of middle school) has agreed to be contacted if an emergency occurs. He has the names, addresses and telephone numbers of the ski party and, in the unlikely event of something happening, she will contact you. Parents should not contact him unless a serious problem presents itself. If you do require some information or have any queries, please telephone 07809 221148.

Austria is a long way from Crosby and it is only natural for parents to worry about their children’s welfare. I would like to assure you that your son/daughter will be well looked after and supervised at all times – on the slopes, at the hotel and in the evenings.

I would appreciate your co-operation in reminding your son/daughter about the importance of a high standard of behaviour at all times, especially as he/she will be acting as an ambassador for Sacred Heart, Merseyside and England. It is particularly important, for safety reasons, that they read the attached code of conduct and that they bring it with them to refer to whilst we are away. The code of conduct must be followed at all times and it is the students’ responsibility to ensure that they do so.

At our Information Evening in November, we spoke about our souvenir ski hoodies and their dual purpose – a) as a memento of the trip and b) for identification purposes on both our outward and return journeys. All students MUST wear their hoodies for both journeys.

Finally, anyone under 17 is not allowed to bring wines, spirits and cigarettes/tobacco into this country, therefore your son/daughter will not be able to bring back any of these as gifts. Your attention is also drawn to the enclosed ‘packing guide’.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Mr P.Burke
Ski Party Leader