Boarders Reflect on Summer Highlights
Debatably the busiest of the terms, summer provided countless opportunities for our boarders to go outdoors and experience something new, often at a stone’s throw away. Here are just a few of their highlights from the past couple of months. You’ll soon notice there’s a theme to what they enjoyed!
A Spot of Summer Fun
The festivities kicked off in early May, when we were faced with what can only be described as a rare spell of sunshine. Taking full advantage, the children packed up their beach bags, ready for an action-packed weekend at Splashdown Quaywest, the UK’s biggest outdoor waterpark.
From riding the Wild Kamikaze waves, to satisfying their sweet-tooth with a traditional ice cream, the staff and boarders had a memorable weekend. It’s no surprise that this trip proves to be the most popular in the boarding calendar.
It’s ‘Pawty’ Time
With a taste for summer, it wasn’t long before our boarders were indulging in sweet treats once again. Luckily for them, Snoops decided to invite all of his boarding friends to his ‘ultra-hip’ 2nd birthday ‘pawty’.With hits including Hound Dog and Who Let the Dog’s Out, as well as a delicious pooch-friendly cake, it was surely a night to remember!
It is hoped (at least on Snoops’ part) that when he turns 3 (21 in human years) he may be rewarded with a large glass of ‘pawsecco’!
As with all Woodard Schools, and as a boarding community with a real family atmosphere, we aim to celebrate the diverse nationalities of our pupils through regular themed evenings. This summer, our catering team kindly threw a fabulous Italian-themed dinner party.
With a colourful menu of antipasti, mushroom and parmesan risotto, margherita pizza, and tiramisu, there wasn’t an empty belly in the house. The tables, adorned with checkered tablecloths, made everyone feel as though they were in a real Italian pizzeria, and the many selfie props on offer proved popular with our social media-savvy pupils.
The Great British Boarding Bake Off
It appears that our boarders’ favourite memories all have one thing in common: food. However, this one is a little different! As part of the British Boarding School Association’s (BSA) National Boarding Week celebrations, our budding bakers threw their very own cooking competition.
Equipped with skittles, sprinkles and chocolate stars, as well as essential baking tools, the children competed against one another in a bid to win the ultimate baking battle. Jackie, one of the school chefs, kindly undertook the role of Prue Leith, judging the children on their baking and design skills. There was some tough competition, but it was Constanza who was crowned Star Baker, with Anna and Herbert coming 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Wild Weekend Away
To wrap up the end of term, Mrs Masters and Mrs Wilmott, accompanied by the Gap Students, departed for a long weekend filled with roasties, reptilians and retail therapy!
The celebrations began with a visit to a local zoo, Tropiquaria, for some animal encounters and a spot of fish and chips, before a stop-over at Dunster Castle to watch the wonderful outdoor production of The Secret Garden. Sunday naturally consisted of a delicious roast dinner and a trip to Taunton for some much-needed shopping – who knew you could pack so much into 42 hours?!
Coming Up ...
As we reflect on the past term with fondness, it is with excitement that we look ahead to the many memories that will be made during the Michaelmas Term. Over the coming weeks, we have trips to Butlins Water Park, Hollywood Bowl, and Flip Out Wellington to look forward to, as well as a range of in-house games and activities. If you’d like to keep up-to-date with all things boarding, please follow our Boarding Blog.
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