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School House weekend fun

Back into the swing of things last Saturday with the boarders’ first trip of this half term to Hollywood bowling alley in Ashford. The children had 2 games each and some came back with huge stickers for getting a strike – congratulations to Lucia and Alba for sporting the most stickers. Whilst at Hollywood bowling alley everyone had a chance to play on the amusement machines, Tangsang and Archie both came back with a few prizes.

That evening back in School House, Mrs French and Madison had set up the snacks for the evening film, High School Musical. Not only did the children enjoy this film but the singing to the music could be heard all around the boarding house!

School House weekend of fun

This Saturday the boarders enjoyed their first trip back after half-term to Hollywood Bowl in Ashford.  The junior boarders had two games each and some of the children came back with huge stickers for getting a strike, Lucia and Alba had the most stickers. Afterwards they had a chance to play on the amusement machines, Tangsang and Archie both came back with a few prizes.

The evening film in School House was High School Musical with snacks set up by Mrs French and Madison.  Not only did the children enjoy the film but the singing to the music could be heard around the boarding house.

This week’s trip is Wildwood, followed by a another fix of High School Musical 2.

Making pancakes

After prep was finished Mr Anderson and the boarders made pancakes for everyone to enjoy…. a tasty mid-week treat!

Ice Skating on Sunday

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.

Mouthwatering desserts and Bingo

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.

Sight-seeing around London

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.


A relaxing Exeat weekend in school

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!

Saturday relaxation

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.

Flip Out, Chocolate & Karaoke

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.


Saturday on the slopes

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.