15th October 2021

We changed our usual arrangements for the weekend and instead went roller blading on Saturday in Eastbourne.  The children really enjoyed their hour or two of skating.

On Sunday we joined Pre-Prep children, parents and staff for their Children in Need/Countryfile ramble around the grounds.  There was an excellent turnout for this beautiful walk; I know I sometimes take it for granted as I walk Woody every day, but we really are lucky to have these splendid grounds.

The boarders were rewarded for their help with the ramble with a meal at Simply Italian in Rye.  They were perfectly behaved and didn’t leave a crumb of food on their plates!   We also walked along Rye harbour wall and had an impromptu talk from a man from the Sussex Wildlife trust about our oceans, plastics etc, which was very interesting.  The children then paddled in the freezing October sea!

Before we can disappear for a much need half term break the children will be dressing up for the Halloween day, which will be a dress rehearsal for the Roller disco on 6th November!

I wish you all a lovely couple of weeks.






8th October 2021

Once all prep was finished on Saturday, the boarders split into groups; one group decided to do some theatre skills with Mr Howard whilst the others went to the sports hall for a kick around with Mr Harrison.

After an early supper Mrs Powis took our Catholic children to Mass in Battle. She reported back that they all behaved impeccably. When they returned they collected their tuck and settled down to watch a film.

We tried another new venue last weekend – Ninja Warriors in Eastbourne. The children spent a frantic hour leaping from one obstacle to another or swingging from monkey bars.

I discovered that Ninja Warriors was in the Eastbourne shopping centre which had some decent shops, so the boarders agreed that we should do our bit for the planet and return there for Christmas shopping rather than driving all the way to Bluewater. Into the deal would be another session as a Ninja!

We returned to school for some free time and the boarders’ favourite meal – toasties!

1st October 2021

After the much-needed exeat, the children returned full and beans and with arms full of tuck!!

Alvaro and Paula were made boarding prefects on Monday and I’m looking forward to the continued help and kindness they have displayed in the house.

The boarders’ hoodies arrived and already I’m making another order for our ever-growing flexi boarding cohort.

Our Halloween Roller Disco was advertised on Monday and I am delighted to say the house will be full on 6th November; I am sorry for those who have missed out this time.

Next weekend we are off to sample Ninja Warriors in Eastbourne; judging by their website and recommendations the boarders are set for a fun day out.



24th September 2021

The weather is still amazing and the children are loving spending so much time outside – long may it last.

Most of our boarders tried their hand at clay pigeon shooting on Saturday morning; there were some excellent shots by all accounts. The afternoon was spent on bikes and chilling in the sunshine. The gappers took the children over to the theatre for a movie on the ‘big’ screen after supper.

On Sunday morning we joined Mr Powis for a slightly different chapel.  With some excellent team-work, we managed to empty the chapel and give it a spring clean after a heartily sung hymn and a prayer.

We discovered a great climbing centre in Polegate for our boarders’ outing after lunch – Ordinary Climbers.  It was really well run, as it had many different walls with varying grades of difficulty. The instructors were brilliant and the facilities were excellent – we shall definitely be back!

After celebrating Alvaro’s birthday, we have a much need Exeat to look forward to this weekend, with Jordi’s next week.  I hope you all have a lovely relaxing weekend.

17th September 2021

It has been a busy start to the term but the children have settled into a rhythm and look as though they have been here for years!

Our second weekend was spent playing on bikes in the sunshine and appreciating our wonderful grounds.  We had a surprise visitor in the afternoon, Donald Hayes, who was the first ever boy at Vinehall in 1938.  He was a lovely 90 year old man, with lots of amazing memories.  He made Mrs Powis and me quite emotional!  He enjoyed looking at the shields on the landing and recognised quite a few of his contemporaries.

The children enjoyed a lazy Saturday night with tuck and a movie.  After a much-needed lie-in and a delicious breakfast on Sunday, we went to chapel where Mr Powis talked about the Vinehall motto ‘To do our best for the benefit of others’.  We spent the afternoon at the Sovereign Centre in Eastbourne racing about on the aqua challenge and in their fun pool.

We treated the children to McDonalds for supper, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

10th September 2021

At last school life feels normal again and, once we’d got the PCR tests done, there was no more talk of the awful Covid.

We have given a very warm welcome to a lovely new group of boarders.  Everyone has settled in remarkably well and quickly.

Our first weekend was spent playing games on site; the children enjoyed getting to know the school and bonding with each other. Their eyes were like saucers when we got the tuck shop open after supper!

On Sunday morning Joff Powis took our Chapel service and we SANG; the children sang loudly and beautifully – it felt so good!  Mr Powis talked about us all being kind and looking after each other in our new family.

After lunch we went to Bedgebury; it was a lovely warm September afternoon.  Unfortunately Maria fell off her bike on one of the trails, but Mrs Powis came to our rescue and I got her to hospital where a greenstick fracture was diagnosed.  She was very brave and luckily the hospital were amazingly quick.

This week the house began to fill up with flexi boarders again and everyone seems to be in the rhythm of boarding life.

Quelli Coles

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