It's Goodbye from Me!
Published on: Friday, July 2, 2021
I have been doing the weekly newsletter for the past 9 years I have been running boarding, and there are some things I will not miss! I will, however, miss the children who have become my extended family. I never knew my heart could experience the highs and lows of a boarding family, but it did. I have loved every minute of being with the children and have experienced so many wonderful things.
Our trip to Cornwall for a weekend was just the best. It was in the middle of March, and we were paddling in the sea, picnicking on the beach, eating fish and chips at Rick Steins and enjoying trips around the bays in a speed boat. For several years we would camp out on the last weekend of term, toasting sausages and marshmallows and going on torch light walks through the woods.
There were emotional times as well. It was never easy saying goodbye to the leavers. There was one boy called Terrence who arrived at the front door on his own, aged 6, suitcase in hand saying “Hi I'm Terrence, I think this is my new school?” He arrived in Year 3 and left in Year 8 and very quickly became a very special member of the boarding house. Coming away from home to board at school at such a young age meant that we all took him under our wings and watched him grow over the years into a loveable, scruffy monosyllabic teenager. When it was time for him to leave King's, he said to me, “Why are you crying Mrs Masters?” I replied, “because I will miss you Terrence” and his reply was, “Whatever!” but in his own awkward way we all knew he would miss us too.
There has not been a day gone by when I haven’t felt that warm feeling of proudness, whether it be a boarder achieving something or just the odd comment of, “How was your day Mrs Masters?” Taking them out on trips was always a pleasure knowing that they would behave, remember their manners and just being grateful for what they had experienced.
The hardest thing, I think, was homesickness, it is so hard seeing any child upset and knowing the best we can do is just be there, listen and comfort them, although Snoops is by far the best distraction! You cannot beat a good lick and a cuddle from the boarding dog!
There is one thing however that I cannot walk away from, and that is Snoops. I cannot thank Ali Milburn enough for gifting us a school dog. When we went to have a look at a litter of puppies, and this crazy bundle of fur jumped into my bag as if to say, “Pick me, pick me!!”. It is without a doubt the best thing that we have ever been given. Snoops has at some point reached out his paw to each one of us with his licks, cuddles, party tricks and is very much the perfect school dog. As I can't let him go, he will still come with me to nursery a couple of days a week and I will steal him away for the occasional weekend and a few weeks in the holidays but he will continue to be in and around the boarding house and school doing the job he does best, spreading love and happiness among us all.
A huge thank you to the amazing boarding team but particularly to all the wonderful children I have had the pleasure of looking after over the years.