“It has been the best Sunday ever!” commented Alex, our Russian Year 7. That might well have been the fact that rather than having letter writing we enjoyed a fabulous BBQ in the quad followed by games of croquet with parents, staff and children up until bedtime.
With the Year 8s in Scotland tackling the highest mountain in Britain with Mr Mortimer and Mrs Whawell the boarding house should be much quieter…..or so you might think. In fact the boarders have been on great form, supper times are full of enthusiastic stories from the house matches, which Churchills managed to clinch in a very exciting final against Wellies, which went down to wickets lost. Pitts and Wellies both won the Senior House Rounders, the first time it has been a draw in Mrs Brailich’s long history. The much loved Saturday Night Treat had a few unfamiliar faces with Toby G and George P joining us for the evening. The Junior boys watched the classic Bugsy Malone while the Year 7s grabbed their duvets and pillows and made a snug in the Hargreaves Hall with the huge screen to watch Mean Girls with popcorn and lemonade while the Junior Girls watched The Little Princess in their common room.
It was a warm Sunday morning and bearing in mind it has been a hugely fun and busy term the boarders were awake before the lights came on, although many enjoyed their lie in. Down to breakfast for a full English. Toby de la B’s plate was a mountain of the most delicious food. It started as a sandwich but was built layer by layer with bacon, sausages, black pudding, hash browns, tomatoes and eggs. In the end it had to be eaten with a knife and fork. This set us all up for the day ahead, the annual S. Anselm’s Sailing Regatta at Carsington Sailing Club.
We got through many races on Sunday and with the wind gusting 28 knots it proved interesting and a lot of fun. The parents played a huge part in helping launch and receive the boats off the beach as all of the races are started and finished Le Mans style off the shore. Thomas G came through as the Individual Sailing Champion after a faultless start and a great sail from start to finish.
There were many capsizes and each and every pupil sailed at least 3 races throughout the day. The smiles on the faces made for some excellent pictures. The day finished with the famous House Sailing Race which included every boy and girl. They had to start from the beach, sail out around the windward mark and back to the beach, three at a time. It was great fun, boats colliding and capsizing as the first lot jumped out of the boats as three new crew jumped in. In the end Nelsons came through champions.
Individual Champion – Thomas G
Individual Junior Champion – Teddy R
Parent and Child Race – Mr Mellor and Hector M & Mr Potter and Jed P
Staff and Parent Race – Mr Wood & Miss Nieper
House Race – Nelsons
Sunday evening was superb. A great BBQ with burgers, sausages and a range of salads and sauces. The boarders had a wonderful evening and finished the year off in style!