We are delighted to welcome a new Kinder (Year 9) to S. Anselm's College. Last week, pupils in Kinder enjoyed their action-packed induction week, which included walking up Kinder Scout (a natrual choice!), camping overnight at its base, cycling the Monsal Trail and participating in a cultural trip to Sheffield. As well as this, they started tennis coaching with Abbeydale Tennis Club before recounting their experiences to parents on Friday evening at the presentation and BBQ evening on the Headmaster's Lawn.
After loading the minibuses with all our bags and food, we set off on the first Wednesday of term to Edale. We were met there by Mr Noel, who kindly gave us an extended walk up the Pennine Way, around the tops and back down Grindsbrook. The weather varied first from overcast to heavy showers, but this did not dampen anyone’s spirits. By the time we stopped for our packed lunch, the sun broke through and we all admired the beautiful scenery across the valley. After a competitive spot of blackberry picking (with the most successful being Bob, who seemed to be impervious to brambles) we headed back to The Gathering for a change of clothes, some free time and a barbecue and toasted marshmallows around the fire pit.
When it was time for bed, the girls retired to their luxury annex, complete with spacious rooms, comfy beds and hot showers. The boys had a real adventure inside two massive safari tents, kitted out with wood-burning stoves, paraffin lamps, antique furniture, real beds and bathrooms. After the fun-filled first day, all were ready for some well-deserved sleep.
The next day, Kinder headed to Hassop Station. They rented bikes and cycled the length of the Monsal Trail to Blackwell Mill and back. The sunshine and lovely views made the adventure very enjoyable and the hot chocolates and toasties waiting at Hassop Café were well received by all. After lunch, Kinder set off to Sheffield to explore the Winter Gardens, the Ruskin Collection and the metal work exhibit. The students took sketches of their favourite elements of each section and learned a little about Sheffield’s rich industrial history.
On Friday afternoon, Kinder prepared their presentations, practised their speeches and finished off their PowerPoints. Parents and families had been invited to come along to hear Kinder talk about their adventures. To kick things off, Aisha and Tom - the new College Head Girl and Head Boy - welcomed everyone and said a few words. The Kinder presentations followed and everyone managed to rise to the occasion and speak fluently and clearly about their induction week. Finally, all enjoyed a barbecue on the Headmaster’s Lawn. Well done Kinder for an outstanding induction week!
We would like to express our sincere thanks to Mr and Mrs Noel and their team at for making us feel so welcome - every member of Kinder (and the teachers!) had a truly outstanding time!