On Sunday 14th October 25 boarders and 3 members of staff set off for Silver Blades ice rink in Gillingham. A great deal of fun was had by all with various skating abilities displayed on the ice. Mayowa made good use of the polar bear navigating his way around the ice. Hoffman stood out like a ‘sore thumb’ as he was the only one wearing shorts and a T shirt! A good day was had by all and more importantly the day was injury free.
This weekend was a fun-packed weekend and began with the junior boarders being taken into Canterbury to the now regular (and very popular) trip to Kaspa’s – an exciting dessert house that offer the world’s favorite hot and cold desserts under one roof, the menu boasts a mouthwatering selection of ice creams,gelatos, waffles, crepes,milkshakes,smoothies and sundaes.
In the evening all School House plus some of the Lower Fifth girls settled down for a game of ‘eyes down’ BINGO! It was a fun night with the boys and girls winning sweets and treats.
On Sunday the boarders were taken to London for a sight-seeing trip around the capital city. They day started at 9am where the children boarded the train at Canterbury West Station. After arriving at Victoria Station the group walked to Park Lane corner, after a brief stop to sample hot chocolate at the luxury department store, Harvey Nichols, and boarded an open-top bus where they were treated to a guided tour of London. Unfortunately the heavens opened; however this did not dampen spirits! They saw wonderful sights such as the London Eye, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace. After the tour the group walked back to Victoria Station, via Hyde Park, to return home. The boys and girls arrived back at boarding feeling thoroughly culturally enlightened, and only a little damp.
This weekend was Exeat and although many boarders spent the weekend with their families or guardians, 41 boarders chose to take advantage of the opportunity to stay at school. Those that stayed enjoyed a thoroughly relaxing time – a lie-in with late breakfast on Saturday, then into town for many and for some a day out in London. In the evening it was back to boarding with a film on the big screen and pizza and KFC and ice-cream as well as an extended bed-time! On Sunday aftrnoon a trip to dreamland in Margate with Mr and Mrs French and their son Kaden. Although the boarders stayed at school it very much did not feel that it was school!
After a busy week at school the senior boarders had a relaxing day on Saturday. Some enjoyed ‘retail therapy’ when they took the minibus to Bluewater, one of Europe’s largest shopping centres, with Mrs Lea. Others relaxed in the kitchen sharing cooking skills.
This weekend the School House boarders had a great morning at Flip Out in Ashford, This is a trampoline centre with floor to wall trampolines and everyone had such a fun time. Later on that evening after Mrs French had prepared strawberries, bananas and marshmallows ready for the chocolate fountain. The children were very eager to get dipping, as you will see from the picture I think Mr French had quickly sneaked in his son, Kaden.
After everything was eaten and cleared away it was time for Saturday evening Karaoke. To start with Mr French sang a lovey version of ‘Perfect’ ( Well he thought it was perfect The children thought otherwise!).
A great Saturday for everyone in School House.
On Saturday the boarders were collected by Mrs Bradley and Mrs Thyssen at 9am sharp ready for the boarders’ trip to Chatham Ski Centre. Once the boarders arrived they were all given a safety brief on the activities. First on the list was tubing which the boarders really enjoyed as they climbed into their rubber ring and then had races to the bottom of the slope. Second on the list was tobogganing. Chatham has the longest tobogganing track in the UK and the children loved winding their way down the 750 metre track with just the brake to stop them.
Back at School House, it was time to hear the stories of their fabulous, fun morning on the slopes.
Every Thursday after dinner all the boarders congregate in the Girls’ Common Room for the weekly boarders line. Information is dissimulated and boarders have the opportunity to make general comments and requests. The meetings are lively and relaxed and a wonderful opportuniy for the entire boarding community to gather together.
What a great morning and afternoon had with the Year 7 & 8 boarders. After a relaxing morning we went to the tennis courts to play football tennis. Everyone got involved and had lots of fun.
We then ate lunch in the Dining Hall and had some down time before heading back outside but this time it was for team building tasks. This was a really good opportunity for me to get to know all the boarders in School House and I was very pleased that they all joined in and had a great time.
After more football tennis everyone was ready to return to our lounge for the grand Mario Kart competition!
A brilliant start to the term for School House.
On Saturday our younger boarders walked into Canterbury with Mr Hooley and Mrs Burden. The city centre was buzzing with a festival: there were rock bands playing and people of all ages dancing and jumping to the beat, with flags and body paint and banners. The boarders had an excellent view from the pavement, sitting outside a cafe and eating waffles, crepes, and ice-cream. On the way back to school they stopped at some of the craft stalls – it was lovely to see the boarders behaving so well and enjoying themselves immensely.