It was a jam packed weekend for our Boarders, featuring the much anticipated Boarders’ Got Talent competition on Friday evening.  This year’s event was busier than ever, with acts from all of our Friday Boarders.
Prince and Aidan both impressed the Judges with their piano skills, whilst Theo also won a prize for his drumming.  Third place went to Arthur and Freddie from Year 6, whose act was ‘Famous Quotes from Films’; with second place being Harry from year 7, with ‘Webster’s Wriggles’, some humorous jokes, largely about Mr Hearne. The winners this year were Cebe, Georgie, Corina and Ruby with their alternative ‘Twelve Days of Christmas 2020’ – highly relevant in the current Covid-19 climate.
The judges did a marvelous job, with David Walliams-Critchlow being particularly scathing of some of the acts and Aleesha Dixon-Pink, Amanda Holden-Egerton and Simon Cowell-Thompson, being a little more complimentary.
On Sunday, the Boarders spent a leisurely morning in Castleton, for some Christmas shopping and to enjoy the ‘Christmas Tree Festival’. Castleton is well known in the Peak District for its magical Christmas trees, colourful lights and quaint olde world shop fronts.
In the afternoon the children decorated some gingerbread biscuits ready for the ‘Boarders’ Feast’ place settings, before donning their Christmas jumpers for the night of festivities.  With the other boarders arriving at 5.00pm, the evening kicked off with  drinks and canapés in Hargreaves Hall and the first of the evening’s entertainment.  Three of the boarders, Emma, Florence and Prince were pitched against Mr Thompson and the Matrons, with questions about recent events in school and boarding, along with three challenges.  On this occasion, it was the boarders who won, beating the staff team by two points.
It was then time for the Feast, with a sumptuous roast beef dinner, with all the trimmings and chocolate waffles for dessert (the menu having been chosen by our full boarders).  There were three more games, this time with Miss Egerton, Miss Pink and Mr Critchlow being pitched against a selection of Junior, Year 7 and Year 8 boarders.  The favourite game was the ‘Reindeer Headdress’ challenge, with the staff one being so impressive that Miss Egerton kept it to wear for school the next day!
There was just time for some thank yous and for the Secret Santa presents to be distributed before it was bedtime.
… Of course, there are many more stories that could be told from the Feast, but as any S. Anselm’s boarder will tell you: “What goes on at the Feast, stays at the Feast!”)