Skiers from New Hall School, Chelmsford, returned triumphant from Pila, Italy, having taken part in the Artemis Interschool Ski Challenge 2019. The New Hall skiers performed incredibly well, coming 3rd overall and 2nd out of the British schools, against some of the best skiers in the country.
Ten New Hall students had top-ten placings, with podium places for the following students: Isabelle Lander (Year 11) for 1st place in the U18 Giant Slalom and Slalom; Maximilian Pietrzak (Year 6) for 5th place in the U12 Slalom; and Amelia Pietrzak (Year 5) for 2nd place in the U10 Giant Slalom and Slalom.
Gold medal winner, Isabelle, conquered the Italian slopes, taking home a gold medal in the Under 18 Ladies Slalom. Isabelle, Year 11, said: “To win a gold medal and to be part of the New Hall team winning 3rd place overall, was very special.”
New Hall now has the largest school ski team among the British schools competing. The sport has received significant investment in recent years and Principal, Mrs Jeffrey, accompanied the team to cheer them on to this most recent success.
Mrs Jeffrey said: “We are incredibly proud of the resilience and collaboration shown by our dedicated ski team. All of our skiers gave of their best. To be awarded 2nd place out of 47 British schools was a brilliant result. It was a great reward for all their hard work and it was a joy to celebrate with the team.”
Alongside a successful academic programme, New Hall School provides excellent facilities and training for budding sports stars and fantastic music and performing arts provision. The Catholic boarding and day school for students aged 1-18 has a distinctive ‘diamond model structure’ and a strong ethos of pastoral care, which supports students in their endeavours, allowing them to achieve success in a wide variety of fields.