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Bridal Shower for Ms Burren

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On Tuesday 4th July we had the privilege of hosting Ms Burren’s bridal shower. After being escorted in by Harry, the bride had a wedding dress and train fashioned out of our very best newspaper. Our top of the profession make up artists then proved how good they are by making Ms Burren look even more beautiful. After the cutting of the cake and presentation of the boarders book of wedding tips, the afternoon finished with the traditional bouquet throwing, caught by Jewels.

6th July, 2017

Silly Summer Social

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The boarders asked for a Silly Sports Day as the end-of-term social for this year…and what a superb choice it turned out to be! A BBQ of chicken and lamb kebabs started the evening off superbly and the sun stayed out to make the evening very relaxing and enjoyable. An inflatable assault course and bungee run proved to be very popular and all pupils were keen to see the staff have a go too. Sack races and giant space hoppers provided great entertainment after a busy few weeks. The evening was rounded off with the Festival fireworks and hot dogs on the sheep field. A wonderful evening.

6 July 2017

School House Awards


The end of what seemed a very quick year brought our School House Awards this evening.  After ice cream and sweets were enjoyed the serious business of handing out chocolate medals and certificates began. The highlights were; Most likely to be the first female French President (Tamara), Best Make Up Artist (Amisa), King of the Bouncy Castle (Charles) and the Audrey Hepburn award for stylish dressing and drinks (Alice). The evening had a special presentaion for Ms Lawton in recognition of all the fabulous ways that she has made School House so wonderful to be in this year. Good luck and we will miss you.

5th July 2017


Harry Potter Studios

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Several boarders went to visit the Warner Brother Studios where the Harry Potter films were made. They immersed themselves in a five-hour tour where they explored the original film sets. Highlights included the grandeur of the Ministry of Magic, the serpentine streets of Diagon Alley and the intricate costumes and props. A great way to escape from school for a few hours on a Saturday.

3 July 2017

Paintballing Fun

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Today School House worked as a team at Quex Park Junior Paintballing. Loyalties were tested, and great fun was had by all.  “The best activity of the year” exclaimed Javier.

1 July 2017


Work experience at the University of Kent

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Noah and Jiaming have been working this week in the Chemistry department at the University of Kent. Their work involves helping out with the running of the labs and trialing experiments for the undergraduate courses. So far they have worked in superconductors, luminescent compounds and preparing photosensitive solutions to make their own photographic prints. A huge thank you to Dr. Fernandez (Head of Chemistry) for organising such a wonderful opportunity.

29 June 2017

Summer celebration at Gorsefield


Tonight at Gorsefield we celebrated two of the boys’ birthdays. We started of with a massive KFC feast. Followed by birthday cake. After letting our KFC and cake  go down we all played football in the garden. This year has gone very fast and all the boys have been a great joy at Gorsefield. We also say goodbye to Jaime and Segun and we wish them both success and happiness.

29 June 2017

Silly Sports Day


Great fun was had on the Sheep Field with our annual Silly Sports Day. Appropriate silly sportswear was crafted out of newspaper and cello-tape for the first event and the Blindfolded Egg Hunt created much hilarity. Our four teams quickly gelled together. The afternoon gave them the challenges of Head Skittles, Orange Presse, Water Balloon Catching and finished with the Car Sponge Water Transfer. All of our boarders were winners and showed great levels of communication, peer support and problem solving abilities.

26 June 2017


Forest School Fun

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On Saturday 10th June the boarders from School House enjoyed a morning of Forest School activities at St. Margaret’s Bay. They met the Forest School leader Peter Evans who hosted the session.

During the morning they learnt how to make camp fires and all succeeded in using fire strikes. They toasted giant marshmallows stuffed with Rolos and sandwiched them between chocolate biscuits. Delicious! They also heated a kettle of water to make hot chocolate. In the second activity the youngsters followed clues on a bug hut and tracked down hidden insects. Later they chilled out in the beautiful sunshine in hammocks.

They returned to school pleased with their accomplishments, smelling of smoke and very grubby!


23 June 2017



Celebrating end of year exams

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To celebrate the end of year examinations, on Friday 9 June, the School House boarders spent a very enjoyable evening at the Canterbury Archery Club.  It was a great change to have a different set of aims and targets to hit, with Alessio Yu being given the shield for the best shot. With individual coaching, we were all able to improve our technique. The hardest event was trying to pop party balloons tethered in the wind from 10 metres away!

12 June 2017