The multi-national flavour of boarding enhanced the excitement of Eurovision 2019. Boarders from differing countries momentarily forgot about their examinations and took time off from their studies to cheer on their country, with a competition with Amazon vouchers as prizes ensuring that interest was kept up to the very late hours of Saturday evening. Thanks to Miss Tanja for organising and to Mr Stubbings for setting up the television transmission to project events onto the large cinematic screen.
Our resident tutor Tanja works for the charity, the Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN), as activities and wellbeing support worker. This group works with young refugees who are striving to live fulfilled, independent and successful lives in our communities. Recently KRAN played a friendly match against the University of Kent; to make up number they invited three of our boarders (Yohanan, Max and Warren) to join the team. They all enjoyed a great afternoon of football and made new friends.
Last Sunday 45 members of the St Edmund’s community (boarders, day pupils and staff) travelled to Killington, Vermont for a week of skiing, après ski and socialising across all year groups. Killington is known in North America as “The Beast From the East” due to its perfect snow conditions and over 85 manicured pistes. The group are staying close by, in the historic Vermont town of Rutland.
On Sunday afternoon Mrs James took a group of our boarders to the roller skating rink in the nearby coastal town of Margate. They had a lot of fun and very much enjoyed the afternoon … and also the stop at Macdonald’s on the way back to school! Many thanks to Mrs James.
Many thanks to our Chinese community who organised a wonderful celebration of their New Year. The catering staff created a special evening meal and afterwards the boarders cooked dumplings, fish and other specialist items such as ‘nian gao’. Painting, red envelopes and fortune cookies all helped to make a great evening, and it was superb to see the entire boarding community joining in.
While it was cold and grey outside last Sunday, Dr Margrett and Mrs Ward spent the afternoon in School House with the boarders and set about to create a quintessentially English Afternoon Tea.
Our boarders love baking … Nico and Archie made Gingerbread Men, Sunip and Nelson made Fairy Cakes, Issy, Tang and Florence made chocolate cake, Jess and Omna made Smartie biscuits, Bethany and Tilli made shortbread and Hugo and Adrian made cheese scones. Whilst we waited for the baked goods to cook, Issy and Tang also rustled up some cucumber sandwiches whilst the boys gave the room a quick vacuum! What a feast we had!
Last Sunday the boarders set off for the Caverley Grounds in Tunbridge Wells for some outdoor ice skating. Loads of fun was had by all as they took in the Christmas atmosphere and enjoyed an afternoon of skating.
On Sunday 2nd December 31 girls excitedly departed for Christmas shopping at Bluewater, the amazing retail and leisure centre in Kent with over 300 shops! Four hours later an exhausted group returned to the minibuses laden with shopping bags. I think it is safe to say a good day was had by all.
Last Sunday 40 boarders accompanied by 3 members of staff set off for an afternoon of paintballing at Quex Park in Birchington. Great fun was had by all as some showed off their CCF skills while others (Spencer Wong and Mayowa Dickson) showed off their hide and go seek skills! After a little blood, sweat, tears and overall enjoyment the afternoon was capped off with a visit to McDonalds.
This weekend the boarders had another busy weekend. Saturday morning the junior boarders were taken to Wildwood Discovery Park, a woodland discovery park in north-east Kent, England. It features over fifty species of native British animals such as deer, badgers, wild boar, wolves and brown bear. All the children had a great time.
Saturday evening was time for another session of High School Musical number 2, the children had a great time singing along to the music. Luckily Mr French went upstairs with the Year 9 boarders to play FIFA 18 otherwise we would have had to listen to him singing yet again!
Sunday was an early start for the children who had signed up for the Chatham Dockyard trip. Chatham Historic Dockyard is a maritime museum on part of the site of the former royal/naval dockyard at Chatham in Kent. This dockyard covers 400 acres and was one of the Royal Navy’s main facilities for several hundred years until it was closed in 1984.
The children had a tour guide with them for the duration of the trip so they got to learn a lot about the history of the dockyard and even had a look inside HMS Ocelot, a former serving submarine.