Six Nations, Clay Modelling, Muddy Walk and Sports Hall Games
The atmosphere at School has been absolutely wonderful this weekend. The House matches yesterday were played with passion and great enjoyment. After the football you could barely tell the boys apart with the amount of mud caked on their faces. A huge thank you to Mrs Seddon, Miss Walker and Mrs Sheldon who have really had a lot to do with the laundry these past few days. The House matches finished with plenty of opportunity to get showered, changed and ready for the rugby. It was a tense but enjoyable game with Mr Carr and James C keen for Scotland to get one over the English but ‘C’est la vie’ and a good enough performance to beat the Scots at Murrayfield.
Afterwards we enjoyed supper and tuck before getting dressed down into comfies before Saturday Night Treat. The seniors opted to watch White House Down, which they all thoroughly enjoyed and the juniors watched Nanny McPhee in the Library. Popcorn, or as Goodluck likes to call it, Puffcorn, went down a treat with lemonade.
The Sunday lie in was enjoyed before a little bit of TV time and a delicious full English with all of the trimmings before our day ahead. Mr Phillips joined us but we call all tell how nervous he was with the Ireland v Wales match coming up later in the day.
Mrs Bennion was doing an Art Masterclass with a few pupils who opted to take part in a ceramic workshop. They rolled out a thick slab of clay which they then shaped over newspaper to achieve a domed shape. Features were pulled out of the clay surface, or pressed into the surface. Additional clay was applied to form extra details such as the hair, and smaller detail was incised into the clay. Everyone worked really well and a varied range of heads appeared from Will U’s Pre –Raphaelite inspired lady to Arthur E’s African mask complete with a snake!
The other boarders dressed into scruffs for a muddy but very enjoyable walk ahead. We visited the Nine Ladies stones in Stanton in the Peak. Some opted to race up to the top through the brambles heather and steep hills while a group opted to head the more gentle route round the side. Charlie C won the race out of the pupils with Archie P second and Tom H third. At the top there were some great trees to practice our climbing and some good photo opportunities were had. Rugby in the heather saw the boys having fun whilst avoiding the hidden rocks. Mrs Percival treated us to some Christmas Cake at the top before our descent down. With lunch about to be served we had to get back the quick route, which we thought would be straight down with only a few roots to cling onto some were down in a flash. Of course this wasn’t everyone as we waited for the slower group to descend on their bottoms through the mud and leaves (sorry Mrs Seddon - more washing!).
We got back for lunch, soup sandwiches and crisps before heading to the sports hall for a ferocious game of dodgeball and 5 a side football. Some much needed free time was enjoyed from 3.15pm with some opting to carry on with their art, a few enjoying the Six Nations rugby and the others taking the opportunity to take a couple of hours out to relax and enjoy the Sunday.
A delicious Sunday Roast Lamb with a good turnout of parents. Gong Hey Fat Choy was said before grace which means Happy New Year in Cantonese. It is the year of the Monkey! A great weekend had and now the boarders can look forward to Half Term on Friday.
Next half of term we can look forward to some more exciting Sundays. On Sunday 13th there is the S. Anselm’s Fly Fishing Competition, the Malvern Cross Country and possibly zorbing for the other boarders.