The Boarders enjoy the Christmas Markets in Manchester
We love the varied boarding programme at S. Anselm’s and we try incredibly hard to offer activities and trips that are different from the everyday curriculum. We play interesting sports, invent new games and get out and about in the beautiful local countryside with odd trips out to explore different cultures.
Going to the city today was a great and fairly new experience for many. We pitched up to Grindleford to get the train into Manchester Piccadilly. On the train there were lovely views out over the Peak District, going through Hathersage and Hope before entering into the suburbs and then seeing the Hilton Hotel towering the skyline indicating we were getting very close to the city centre. As we stepped off we walked down through the city and into the very busy Christmas Markets. There were stalls with foods from around the world, toys created from all sorts of weird and wonderful materials and the atmosphere literally buzzing. Our Spanish pupils thoroughly enjoyed some paella as they heard how life was going in Spain and charming their way into getting a large paella for a little bowl price!
Miss Phillips and Mrs Dinnigan hugely enjoyed their day with the children and we walked a good distance in the lovely wintry day. It really is amazing how soon places start to enjoy Christmas and there were even carol singers on the streets raising money for charity. The boys then walked down to the Football Museum and enjoyed playing some of their interactive games while the girls went into the Arndale centre.
A few treats were bought and everyone agreed that it was a fabulous day out. The evening had in store a delicious roast lamb before a relaxing Sunday evening. The children all wrote letters home before crashing out for a bit of David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II.
A quick note before Exeat: please can the boarders bring back a Christmas jumper for the boarders feast and for the last couple of years we have done Secret Santa. The children will pick out of a hat a name of a boarder before the weekend and if they can please buy a little present (no more than £5), wrap it up and put Dear Name, Love Santa that would be fabulous. Have a great Exeat all and everyone is very welcome to join us for Church and Boarders roast supper on Sunday 27th November – please just let Mr Wood know at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we cater for the correct numbers.