On Tuesday 3rd September, Toby Rupp (our new Resident House Tutor) and I took the four younger boarding pupils into Canterbury to show them around and for a special treat we took them on a river tour showing the historical parts of Canterbury. While waiting for the next river tour we visited the New Harry Potter store near the entrance to the cathedral (Bethany was very excited as she loves Harry Potter) we spent some time in the new shop but had to leave before someone put a spell on us. After leaving the shop we took a stroll down to the Marlowe Theatre and took some pictures of the Art. We then took our river tour which was very interesting and I would highly recommend this trip to all the boarders, not only was it fascinating but the scenery was beautiful, seeing parts of Canterbury you would never normally see.
Afterwards we visited Kasper’s and even after being offered the pick of the menu, decided that they would share a huge waffle and have a couple of drinks. This was a great afternoon and the boarders had a wonderful time. CSgt French, Housemaster of School House
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.
Football with Kent uni and KRAN
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.
Half-term ski trip
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.
Happy New Year!
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.
Baking for an English Afternoon Tea
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!
Festive ice skating
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.
Senior boarders go paintballing
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.