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.
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St Edmund’s boarders look forward to their trips out on Saturdays. It is a time to relax and enjoy new experiences. Last Saturday the School House boarders visited The Retreat Animal Rescue Centre in the beautiful village of High Halden. They all had a excellent time looking at the animals and even had a chance to feed some of them. The staff at the centre said “The boarders were absolutely fantastic. They treated the animals with respect and care and they asked some very thoughtful questions. They listened well to our guide and were a delight to be with.”
Last week 34 excited boarders, Mr Buckingham and Mr Stubbings set off for outdoor pursuits in Sittingbourne to play paintball.
Great fun was had by all and it gave some of the pupils the chance to show off their CCF training with accurate shooting and good tactical awareness while a few of the less courageous cowered under cover!
9 May 2018
This weekend the Year 7 and 8 boarders in School House were taken to the Bayford Meadows go karting circuit. On arrival the boys and girls were then taken to the briefing room to collect their racing suits and helmets and gloves. Once everyone was suited up there was a briefing from the race circuit officials and then it was time to climb into the karts and go racing!
The boarders had a thrilling time at the race circuit and are already asking when they can go back again!
7 May 2018
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
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.
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
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
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
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