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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

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.

Terrence Chen

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.

Clare Masters
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!

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