It is wonderful to look back over the past weeks to see all that the boarders have done and achieved. Themed nights are becoming a favourite, with the Junior Girls enjoying Freaky Fridays with a light hearted ghost story.
This weekend the cricketers have again been putting willow to cork, with the 1st XI at Malvern on Sunday and the Colts XI at the Stowe tournament. Well done to all of the boys who participated. Well done also to Humphrey M who competed at the Chess Megafinal in Northampton, winning 3 of his 6 games and missing out on a place in the next round by 1 point!
Back at base we have also been busy. Saturday evening saw some of the boarders play croquet and others enjoying some free time before settling down for Saturday Night Treat, often the highlight of the boarders week. Two good films were put on, Jumanji for the junior boys and Penelope, a film about a girl with a snout for a nose and for the seniors they watched This Means War. Treat and lemonade was shared around and they all enjoyed a great evening. On Sunday morning the boarders enjoyed a lie in, with some of the year 7s enjoying a quiet game of cards and a few card tricks before a delicious full English breakfast. After breakfast the boarders polished their shoes on the Library Lawn. Once we had mastered the art of shining shoes the Year 8s headed off down to Bakewell with their £1 pocket money while the rest of the boarders enjoyed a uni-hock competition in the sports hall.
Over the three days S. Anselm’s have had a stall at Chatsworth International Horse Trials and after a light lunch we headed off down to Chatsworth Horse Trials. What a fabulous afternoon we had. The boarders thoroughly enjoyed looking around the stalls and in particular heading up to watch the horses going over the water jumps making a splash. With £5 pocket money many of the boarders went to taste the ever popular Churros (Spanish donuts covered in cinnamon and sugar and accompanied with a hot chocolate sauce pot). Others went off in search of something more lasting. Toby dlB and William U came across a craft stall. Although prices seemed out of reach we began to haggle and managed to get a seal on rocks carved out of fungi from within a tree for half price and a hand carved wooden duck for discount too. A successful trip one would say. Others enjoyed an ice cream while watching the pony club racing their ponies up and down the main arena in the gymkhana and the shooting dogs respond to their master’s call.
It was also a very special day for Violet B, Edward H, Freddie M, Louis S, Natalie G and their families for their Confirmation, which took place down at All Saints Church with the Bishop of Derby, Alastair Redfern. It was wonderful for the boarders to support their peers in what is a significant life event.
A lovely supper with roast chicken and Sue’s sensational stuffing rounded off a brilliant weekend. Let’s hope the weather stays good for more croquet and outdoor play!
BREAKING NEWS – Our first successful Video Skype took place last night on the school Ipads. Those boarders who wish to Skype their parents will be setting up their accounts tonight. It will be limited to two nights a week to start with from 8.30pm – 9pm on Mondays and Fridays.