S. Anselm's

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

Spring comes to Bakewell

Spring comes to Bakewell

Spring Arrived in Bakewell this weekend

Isn’t it marvellous when we wake up and it is light outside and even better when you open the curtains and the sun is shining? This weekend, a very busy weekend at S. Anselm’s, has been terrific. Not least we have all been listening carefully to hear how our Under 11 ‘Legends’ netball team have been getting on at the IAPS Finals in Brighton. To be ranked as the 16th best Prep School in the whole country is a tremendous achievement. Back nearer home we had the senior boys out on Saturday playing hockey at Foremarke. The 1sts had a competitive game and just lost and the 2nds managed to come away with a hard fought draw.

Then it was time… England v Wales at Twickenham. We gathered in the Sky TV Room and all eagerly awaited kick off, the pundits had predicted a Welsh win by two tries. This only increased our nerves further. What an inspiring first half from the team wearing the red rose, however from such a comfortable lead it soon became a nail-biter towards the latter end of the  second half as George North began to punish the English back line. Into the final two minutes, Wales were one score away from victory but we managed to claim victory. Only ‘Le Crunch’ to go against a very sorry French side who lost to Scotland over the weekend.

The boarders all returned after their matches on Saturday and enjoyed a little free time playing football and running around outside. Tea was delicious and we all enjoyed our tuck before having a mini-tournament in the sports hall before dressing down and preparing for Saturday Night Treat. The seniors had the choice of two films; Spectre and Mortdecai while the juniors enjoyed ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’. Is there a better Saturday Night than sharing popcorn and guzzling lemonade with your friends?

Sunday morning came and with wake-up at 9am a lie in was taken advantage of. However there were some early birds. The cross-country were up an hour earlier so that they could make it down South for the coveted English Prep Schools Cross Country at Malvern. The talk of the day was definitely around Mr and Mrs David Beckham whose children were also racing! The boys and girls came back claiming they had said hello to the once best ‘right foot in football’ in the world. They ran hard in an ultra-competitive field. 21st Century Cross Country now means that each runner is electronically bugged and zapped at different points of the course doing away with the old fashioned pencil and paper recording. We are looking forward to hearing how each of the runners has fared.

Mr Robinson, Mrs Taylor and Mr Carr took the boarders on Sunday down to Bakewell with their £1 pocket money. Once loaded up with sweets and pop they headed to the Park with Poppy and Bertie (the Robinson and Carr puppies) to feed the ducks, play on the swings and a run around the park. Back up for lunch and Mr Carr helped those who wanted help with their ESB presentations ready for this week’s Examinations while the others thoroughly enjoyed Mr Robinson’s Easter arts and crafts afternoon. A football and uni-hock tournament followed before we all gathered with the cross-country runners and boarders’ parents for a delicious lamb roast, accompanied by crispy roast potatoes, carrots, cauliflower and gravy. Sticky chocolate pudding was for dessert and enjoyed by all.

Another fabulous weekend for the boarders. Please can I remind parents that there is a church service this coming Sunday (20th) with Sunday Supper afterwards. Please RSVP to Mr Wood on ben.wood@anselms.co.uk so that we can cater correctly.