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School House boarders bake for Catching Lives

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On Saturday following a really cold week with freezing temperatures and a lot of snow, the School House boarders decided to do some baking for Catching Lives, the homelessness charity in Canterbury. Mrs Thyssen, Mrs Swatman and Mrs Surridge brought in the ingredients with which the boarders baked some lovely carrot cake.

3 March 2018

Choristers join School House for tea


Last Wednesday School House invited the Choristers to join them for evening tea in the school’s Dining Hall. Not an ordinary tea! Pizzas were delivered for all to enjoy along with Mrs French’s snacks and drinks.

After tea everyone went up to School House to have a bit of down time and fun together – some played on the Wii or PlayStation 4 and others played table football.

This was a great evening and the School House boarders are really looking forward to going to Canterbury Cathedral next month to see the choristers at Evensong.

Dining out in Canterbury

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On Sunday over 60 of the boarders went out for dinner at Chom Chom, one of Canterbury’s popular restaurants near the Cathedral. Chom Chom unites the rich cultures of Asia and Europe to bring delicious food that combines fresh and authentic ingredients served at a buffet. We all had a great time enjoying each other’s company and the splendid feast.

23 February 2018

Celebrating the Chinese New year

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Every year the Chinese students organise a party for the St Edmund’s boarders to celebrate Chinese New Year. Even though it was an early celebration this year due to half-term falling over New Year, this didn’t prevent the spirit of celebration! Thank you to all those who cooked and offered Chinese delicacies, and especially the scrumptious dumplings which were a delight.

19 February 2018

An ‘international’ supper time


On Wednesday the boarders walked into the dining hall to a surprise. Their eyes widened as they were presented with a demonstration from our chef on how to make fresh pasta. The Dining Hall was filled with the smell of the delicious spinach and ricotta ravioli being freshly prepared by our catering staff. We were also given tasty samples of a Japanese style miso soup with noodles. All the children enjoyed getting involved in this exciting supper time; whether they were rolling out fresh pasta on the impressive equipment or just taste testing.

26 January 2018

January Exeat


40 boarders decided to remain in at school over the January exeat weekend. Although the library was open all weekend and some boarders chose to work, most boarders took the opportunity to have a break from their studies. The old gymnasium was available for basketball for those who wished to do some exercise, and many went into Canterbury on Saturday during the day, with a few even venturing up to London for the day. By the evening everyone had returned to enjoy a tasty takeaway feast and tubs of ice cream before watching a film together.

22 January 2018


The Christmas Ball


On Friday night the boarders had a wonderful time at the Christmas Ball in the stately Dining Hall which looked splendid with Christmas decorations. A music request list from the boarders ensured that there was plenty of dancing and boogieing and it was great to see all boarders join in. The snow machine provided a warmer version of events that were occurring outside – it was lucky the boarders did not have to travel far to the party! Everyone made a huge effort to dress up smartly in their dresses and gowns and suits and all looked very elegant. Thanks also to Santa Clause for making an appearance and for making a very good attempt to look like Hoffman – an uncanny resemblance! Pizza kept the dancing going until late into the evening whilst the snow kept falling outside.

11 December 2017

A Christmas Bake-Off

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Years 7 & 8 boarders began the Christmas festivities with a Bake Off competition last Saturday. They worked together in teams and made traditional German biscuits under the guidance of MrsThyssen and Mrs Ward. Our amateur bakers made some fantastic biscuits with great designs and they even tasted good! Mr & Mrs French and Kaden came over were the judges and were so impressed with the end results. Mr French said “Great taste of ginger, lovely crunch and also beautiful designs”.

Congratulations to the winning team: Alejandra, Krishma, Jennifer and Bruno.

8 December 2017




School House enjoyed an evening trip on Friday 3rd November when they went to see a firework display ahead of Guy Fawkes’ Night. The boarders had a thrilling time and enjoyed watching the spectacle in the sky before returning to school for hot chocolate and cookies.

6 November 2017

Quiz time


Last Friday the boarders enjoyed a quiz together in the Dining Hall after dinner. Questions included logos and photos of staff when they were younger (which provided much amusement to all) and Abdullah’s challenges in between rounds (which kept us all on our toes). Congratulations to Tamara and her winning team.

5 October 2017