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Flower Power at Hestercombe Gardens

Published on: Saturday, May 12, 2018

What a fantastic morning our younger boarders had today! Snoops had a top to toe health appointment with the vets and the boarders wanted to take him. The vet was fantastic and had the children gripped as she explained what she was checking and why, and Snoops was so well behaved. He then went to the grooming parlour to have his nails done. However, Mrs Willmott had to push him through door as he really didn’t want to go, but finally he succumbed to a handful of doggy treats!

Having been certified one very fit, healthy and happy dog it was time for a walk. Mrs Willmott took him and the children to Hestercombe, where they all ran off some energy and rewarded themselves with hot chocolate afterward. It also just so happened that Hestercombe was celebrating “ Somerset Garden Day” and so the children got to make some beautiful head wreaths, which are now proudly hanging up by their beds.

Those summer nights...

Published on: Monday, April 23, 2018

We could not have wished for better weather to start the summer term with. After those long winter nights, the boarders now have the freedom of playing tennis, swimming in the outdoor pool, cycling around the school grounds, or even just laying on the grass and cuddling up with Snoops, our boarding pup. What’s not to love about boarding?!

In the coming weeks we look forward to more summer-themed activities. What are your favourite things to do in the summer?

Life's a Beach!

Published on: Monday, January 15, 2018

The first week back is always an exhausting one, and by Friday we had some very tired children (and staff!).

So, a really lazy weekend was in order. It was business as usual on Saturday, with activities and sports training, and then on Sunday we all headed out to the beach.

I think our Gap students were somewhat unimpressed by our beach! Minehead is cold, windy and very grey compared to the golden beaches of Australia and South Africa! No 'barbie' for them, just a pack lunch on the sea front!

Quite frankly I have a feeling that they think that we are slightly mad! But, nevertheless, the cold, brisk air blew away the cobwebs and brought a little colour (possibly chilblains) to our cheeks. Even Snoops enjoyed running along the beach and getting a natural blow-dry from the wind!

We do look forward to showing our Gap students more South West delights when spring arrives ... the beaches certainly look better when the sun is shining down, and who can say no to an ice-cream or two?

Hip hopping in the boarding house

Published on: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Who would have thought you could get 17 Year 7 and 8 boarders hip hopping after only 1 lesson. Wow your children were amazing and they had the best night!

Jessica, a professional dancer, came in to teach the children to 'hip hop' with music blearing out and bodies grooving – I have to say it was just a joy to watch the children having so much fun and working together.

Yoyo, one of our Year 8 boarders, has been having hip hop lessons for many years and is an incredible dancer who inspired the girls and boys to learn.

We are having a 2 week trial and then I hope to get Jessica to come on a weekly basis for any boarders that want to continue.

Move over “Strictly” and make room for King’s Hall “Hip Hoppers”!

Fun at Crealy

Published on: Friday, September 22, 2017

Our boarders do have a lot of fun! Having stocked up on a full English breakfast and with lots of spare clothes packed, we headed off to Crealy Adventure Park for the day. And what a great day we had. The sun shone and the children went off with their friends and spent the day feeding animals, whizzing down death slides, firing water from boats, swinging high on the pirate ships, taking on water from the log flumes. Hysterical laughter could be heard across the park from the roller coaster rides.

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