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A Lovely, Leisurely, Long Weekend

Published on: Friday, May 7, 2021

Last weekend was our long weekend. While most of the boarders went home, 10 children stayed in school and what a treat they had. 

Friday night was 'pizza night' courtesy of Papa John’s – they were delicious! On Saturday morning we went to Vivary Park were the children did the tree top adventures, the low ropes, high ropes, the climbing wall and the jump. They were amazing, fearless and courageous – I however had both feet firmly on the ground and felt really quite sick watching them. When I asked one of the children did they like the “jump” he replied, “No, I thought I was going to die!” A big shout out to Carter and Miss B, the only ones to reach the top of the climbing wall. I was so proud of them, all literally achieving such great heights. This was followed by a well-deserved picnic, football in the park and rounded off with an ice-cream.

On Sunday we made the most of the outdoors, knowing rain was on the way. We had a huge BBQ in the woods along with lots of garden games and even fitted in a swim in our wonderfully heated outdoor pool. Another late night led to a very leisurely breakfast late on Monday morning. The weather was atrocious so an indoor day of 'Sardines' and 'Hide and Seek' making the most of the indoor space. We did eventually find everyone (!)  and sat down to enjoy hearty plates of lasagne, garlic bread and salad followed by strawberries and ice-cream. It was an absolute pleasure to spend the weekend with the children and I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did.

Happy Easter!

Published on: Wednesday, April 7, 2021

I’m sitting here on Sunday afternoon enjoying the sounds of the birds, bees and chickens, wondering how long this peace and quiet will last. The children are on an Easter egg hunt solving riddles and rhymes collecting mini eggs along the way. The last clue will lead them to the woods where they will hunt for their final egg then followed by a picnic and an afternoon swim.

Another happy day for the boarders.

Have a wonderful Easter break and see you all soon.

Boarders' Christmas Feast

Published on: Friday, December 11, 2020

What a surprise it was for the children when the fish and chip van turned up for the Boarders' feast and served us all an extremely tasty meal. This was followed by Knickerbocker Glories for everyone.

It was an evening full of festive fun, everyone in Christmas jumpers and hats with tables full of Christmas activities, puzzles, quizzes and word games whilst waiting for their fish and chips.

Crackers were pulled, Christmas music played and Mr Chippendale’s “Hall of Fame” rounded off the first part of our Boarders' celebrations.

Finally, yesterday, on the last night of term, the infamous staff panto and a visit from Santa (complete with Rudolph-Snoops) brought the curtain down on a fab term in the Boarding House.

A Weekend to Remember

Published on: Monday, November 23, 2020

A weekend with a difference! While most of our boarders went home at the weekend, due to Covid restrictions 12 children remained with us at school. Obviously this was hard for the children and so Mrs M and team set about making it a weekend to remember.

With the children being given the opportunity to make the choices and rules, this had been in a weekend in the making for some weeks.

"All I can say is thank goodness for Amazon! Over the last few weeks the children have been planning and doing a huge amount of online shopping. Our Saturday afternoon activity was model-making and each child chose an Airfix or wooden model to make. So with the record player on (that in itself was a history lesson in the making!) and constant chatter, there was the occasional outburst of singing and eventually some very good models created, which were painted and left to dry. 

Amazon also provided the children with Christmas jumpers, hats and glasses – they had great fun trying them all on ready for the last week of term and we did take the opportunity to do a quick photo shoot! Everyone ordered a gingerbread house which turned into a competition and we had some very elaborate houses that caught the eyes of the judges and luckily photos were taken in haste as many began to show nibble marks – by the end of the evening they had totally disappeared!"

"Food played a big part; requests were made for homemade soup, Chinese takeaway and pizzas, not to mention treat boxes, cereals and crumpets. Miss Biggs and I had a great weekend and I know the children did to. They were thoroughly spoilt and absolutely deserved every minute of it. A weekend to remember for all of us."

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!

Clare Masters
Head of Boarding

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