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Surreal’ – an appropriate description given by the boys from Casuarina and Palmerston Academies on their recent winter getaway to the snowfields of Mount Buller, north east of Melbourne.

10 boys from the Darwin-based academies were chosen to attend the special camp as reward for their their excellent school attendance and academic results, with each of them well on their way to graduating from Year 12.

For all the boys (and many of the Clontarf staff), it was their first experience of seeing and touching snow – far cry from the balmy weather they are used to in the Top End.

Palmerston 10-12 Academy member Clarence Baird said that despite the big difference in weather, it did nothing to allay the boys’ enthusiasm to hit the slopes.

“During the first lessons, the boys were really excited and picked it up really quickly,” said Clarence. “We’re all naturals.”

The boys were even filmed carving up the snow by a Channel 7 crew with footage broadcast on the popular Sunrise breakfast programme.

To top off the trip, the boys presented to staff and guests from Clontarf partner Bank of Queensland, who generously facilitated the whole trip.

The Darwin staff and boys would like to thank Kat Watts and Simon Davis from Bank of Queensland as well as all the staff at Mount Buller Resort for providing an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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