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 persons 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 with pupils from both schools. More news soon.
Also, click on the link from the BBC regarding autism and skiing is worth a watch.
Recently, 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.
Our next foreign ski trip was in March 2016 in Serre Chevalier, France alongside some of our friends from Woodlands School in Edinburgh. (See below for details.)
Serre Chevalier, France 2016
Zell-am-See, Austria 2013