During the winter vacations of the school where I work, in Holsted, Denmark; Rebecca (my team mate) and myself went with our students and pedagogs to Hafjell, a well known and beautiful ski centre close to Lillehammer in Norway. We spent five incredible days there.
Here, in fact, together we've been able to spend together some beautiful days making some walks among unbelievable landscapes, making snowmen and skiing. For the whole week, we've been in contact with our students in a different context from the usual scholastic one. The Hotel where we went, the “Hornsjo Hoyfellshotell” was just gorgeous and every day we had excellent breakfast and dinner. Inside this hotel structure there also was a warm swimming pool and a sauna, so I experienced a well known activity in North Europe: running and falling in the snow, after having done sauna and it was chilling… but really amazing!
In this extremely relaxing environment, the students have developed new kinds of relationships between them, mostly based on leisure games, on the sporting activities. Additionally interactions with pedagogues and with us DI’s, were developed in a context of great relaxation and fun. I think I've never seen them so happy and we had to laugh a lot also after we've fallen on the snow while skiing.
In general, during this holiday, I've seen all the students developing their relationship in a good way, without conflict, whilst enjoying this incredible experience together. I had for example the possibility to make snowboarding with some of them… with boys that normally, from the experiences of the life they had, have a very rough attitude, especially towards those of us who do not speak fluent Danish. Here instead, thanks to the sport, their way to interact was changed radically. They have shown more openness to interact in a constructive way. For example some of them did not correctly know how to wear ski boots and after I have shown one of them, he then started to help his schoolmates, also those with whom he sometimes had some fights.
At the end, the interaction with the students has been the most beautiful and interesting thing of the holiday. To see how, in the context of game, of relaxation and of sport, the interactions between the students, that are sometimes affected by rages or fights, completely disappeared.