Boarding Blog Archive
Spread Happiness, Not Germs
Published on: Friday, March 20, 2020
Phew, what a week it’s been! I have to say I think I am now fully qualified as a travel agent, taxi driver and mad shopper (nothing left on the shelves for me!). Trying to sort out all the overseas travel has been no mean feat, but we’ve done it and I can happily report that all our boarders will at some point make it home to the safety of their family this week.
As I said, it really has been a chaotic week but the children have carried on as normal with the exception of they now all have the cleanest hands you will ever see! We did an experiment earlier this week involving a plate of water and some pepper; the latter of which reflected germs. The children put one unwashed finger into the mixture and the pepper stuck to their finger. They then washed their hands and when they put their finger back in the water, the pepper spread to the sides. A little bit of magic and a great way to demonstrate just how important it is for us to wash our hands.
Who knows what next week will bring, but we will continue to spread happiness - not germs!
Head of Boarding
Daring Day Out at Mendip Activity Centre
Published on: Monday, March 9, 2020
Yesterday we had a very exciting day out and I am going to tell you about what happened and the fun we had. In the morning, we had our usual English breakfast but as we were leaving early we had to finish really quickly. Mrs Masters then drove us to the Mendip Activity Centre, which was around an hour and a half away.
When we arrived we were split into two groups; one group would go tobogganing first, whilst the other would do archery. I was in the archery group to begin and we had lots of fun shooting at one another (don’t worry though, the tips were foam!), and firing at cans and giant 2L bottles. The bows were harder to use because these didn’t hold the arrows, which meant that the arrows kept falling out - this being really frustrating for me! Tobogganing consisted of sitting on a sort of seat without a back, and sliding down a hill. The problem was that you slide on a dry slope, meaning you had to wear gloves and long shirts and trousers. There are lots of rules, such as no locking chains or holding onto each other.
After each group finished their first activity, we had a delicious lunch of sausage and chips in the bar. We had hours of fun but we sadly said goodbye to the ski centre and were on our way back to school. After we got back, we just chilled until supper then everyone went back into their respected areas and went to sleep after a good, fun day. All in all, it was a great day for me and my friends, and a great thanks for Mr & Mrs Masters and Miss Stone for taking us.
Bowling and Board Games
Published on: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Saturday night saw the start of the semi-finals in our chess tournament, all very tense and exciting, while on Sunday we took the children bowling (not so tense, but equally good fun!). The evening was spent digging into big tubs of popcorn, snuggling under warm duvets, and cuddling up with a good movie - the perfect end to a perfect weekend.
Head of Boarding
Flippin' Good Fun!
Published on: Thursday, February 27, 2020
The younger boarders had a flippin' good night on Tuesday when they went to Mrs Masters' flat for an evening of pancake making! Great fun was had by all and everyone enjoyed flipping their creations (even if half of them ended up on the ceiling!). Let's face it, there's nothing more tasty and satisfying (in my humble opinion) than the classic lemon and sugar combo, but the children thought otherwise, opting for melted chocolate instead!
It's a War Zone!
Published on: Thursday, February 13, 2020
On Friday we welcomed over 60 boarders for yet another movie night. This time round we watched the 2019 version of The Lion King - it was a hit with everyone (although I expect there were a few tired pupils).
The wind picked up overnight on Saturday, rattling a few windows and even a few large branches. Sunday morning, though, was a little more relaxing with a chess tournament taking place - serious stuff and very competitive, and what was even better was the hush that descended when the games begun. However, by Sunday afternoon the hush was overcome by all the boarders taking part in a Nerf Gun war. A company came from Wiltshire, dodging trees and gale force winds, and set up a war zone in the Sports Hall, and well... you can imagine the fun that was had!
This weekend is half term and we spare a thought for our international boarders who are unable to return home due to the current circumstances. I am sure that their host families will look after them well and give them a fun packed and enjoyable week. See you all soon!
Head of Boarding