S. Anselm's

A full boarding and day school for boys and girls from Nursery to 16

Farms, films and cross-country running

Farms, films and cross-country running

Before we get into the weekend’s shenanigans I would just like to clarify that: Boarders’ parents are most welcome to join the boarders for Sunday Supper every Sunday whether we have been to Church or not, unless notified otherwise.

After an enjoyable afternoon of sport on Saturday and the enjoyable trip to Ice Cream and Dreams with Mr and Mrs Seddon for Adam’s birthday the boarders settled down for Saturday night treat. The Year 8s watched Fast and Furious and the Juniors and Year 7s watched the film ‘Twins’ with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. The Year 7s are very much looking forward to watching the 12 rated films after Christmas and if the parents can please email their consent for their (Y7) children to watch 12 rated films to ben.wood@anselms.co.uk that would be great.

Sunday morning the boys and girls dorm lights were turned on. Many were quietly playing board games and reading which was lovely to see while others were taking advantage of the much needed lie in. We all enjoyed a delicious full English together before those running in the Shrewsbury Cross Country left with Mrs Brailich, Mrs Whawell and Mr Phillips. They got some excellent results with the Senior Girls coming 2nd overall, Senior Boys 3rd and Junior Girls 3rd overall.

Back at base the Year 8s enjoyed going down to Bakewell unaccompanied for the first time this term. Some came back with pop and others with some sweets from their £1 pocket money. At this point, please can I remind parents that Tuck is not permitted from outside of School, the children get tuck from the House Tuckshop on Wednesday evening and Saturday evening, which is plenty.

Boarders at the Bonsalls FarmMr and Mrs Bonsall have invited the boarders over to their wonderful farm to sort out one of the outbuildings to prepare for camping and lodging in the warmer months. This building has the most incredible views over Dovedale and was built in 1822 to house some of the animals and hay bales. After Farmer John met us on the track on his tractor we had a great tour around the farm, visiting the calves and the milking parlour and finally up to the outbuilding. Farming in DovedaleIt was incredibly steep down to the river but the boarders were keen on seeing if would could catch any fish with our bare hands, after all when it comes to camping up there the boarders will need to provide for themselves. A long slog back up the hill and there was a bonfire awaiting us. We had lunch and got to work sweeping and cleaning out the building wearing dust masks equipped with brushes and forks. Farming in DovedaleMax H, Russell F, Adam S and Kyle C ensured that the top floor was clear first and then the others, most notably Arthur E and Arthur L got to work on clearing out the ground floor. Mr Shepherd and Miss Phillips measured the doors so that we can make some new timber doors while we looked at where the fire pit would be best situated. We all can’t wait to get back up to the ongoing project. It really could be something special and thank you so much to the Bonsall’s for providing this opportunity.


On return the boarders enjoyed some free time. Some enjoyed the rugby while others had a kick around outside. The Cross Country runners returned and the boarders and their visiting families we sat down for a lovely Sunday Roast accompanied by Shea J who played the flute superbly during dessert. A great weekend once again!!