The Kaimes School Ski Club runs on Friday afternoons after school at Midlothian Snowsports Centre. The children learn initially during lessons in Outdoor Education (ODE). If they wish to progress further then they are invited to attend on Fridays. During the course of the year the The Club attend Snow Factor several times per year and day at Glenshee in the Scottish Highlands to enable progression onto real snow. This is all funded through the Kaimes Special School Association (KSSA) by a grant from BBC Children in Need. And in 2013 we saw 12 pupils and 4 staff on our very first ski trip abroad to the Austrian resort of Zell-am-See. This was aided by an Austrian organisation called Skiing4all who cater for people with learning difficulties. The fundraising was done entirely by the KSSA with the help of pupils, staff and parents.
The ski club were in Le Corbier in the French Alps in mid March 2018 with pupils from both schools. See further down.
Also, click on the link from the BBC regarding autism and skiing is worth a watch.
In 2017, BBC Scotland came to film us as part of the annual Children in Need fund raiser. There is a short film based around one our pupils, Josiah and his family and how skiing has benefitted his condition.
Skiing and animation: two students from Edinburgh College of Art visited the school and the dry ski slope at Hillend to inspire some of our pupils to create a ski-themed animated movie. See below for the amazing results.
Our next foreign ski trip was in March 2016 in Serre Chevalier and also to Le Corbier in March 2018, both in France. We traveled with some of our friends from Woodlands School in Edinburgh. (See below for details.)
Le Corbier, France 2018
Watch our teaser trailer.
Serre Chevalier, France 2016
Zell-am-See, Austria 2013