Boarding Life at Vinehall

17th May 2019 

Rest Revision and Bluewater… Click here for the round up of last weekend

10th May 2019

Everyone had a lovely extended bank holiday exeat and came back refreshed.

I know the gardeners say we need it but that’s enough rain now isn’t it? Luckily it stayed away whilst we had the whole school and boarding house photos taken.  The boarders helped Mr Coles get Woody ready for the photo shoot!

This is the time in the term where I become ‘Mrs Unpopular’ as I make the boarders to an extra session of revision after supper.  They’ve been very good each night, quickly settling for 30 minutes so that they can fit in normal fun evening activities as well.

The weekend ahead will be rest, revision and relaxation, together with the dreaded trip to Bluewater!!

3rd May 2019

Our first weekend back, although the weather was cooler, was a good one.  On Saturday the children made the plan for the afternoon.  They sensibly decided prep should come first, followed by play outside, followed by some ‘gaming’ time.  This was a good mix and everyone was happy.

After supper we introduced our tuck shop to our new boarders; they were very excited when they saw what was on offer!

On Sunday in chapel Mr Powis talked about new beginnings, spring and his favourite flowers – bluebells.  Melisa read the lesson and we all enjoyed singing together.

After lunch we headed off to Bedgebury Pinetum for our biannual mountain biking and walking.  The weather was kind to us and everyone really enjoyed their afternoon.  My group of walkers loved playing on the swings and climbing equipment.  Matron Nicola joined us with her dog.  There were two cycling groups: one hard core group, who had their share of spills and thrills, including Mr Ryan who hurt an already damaged shoulder – ooops!  And one slightly more sedate group who got lost a few times!  We all met up at the café where everyone had an ice cream.

Back at school the children begged to go outside again after supper; I am not sure where the energy came from but it was lovely to see them out having more fun.

Now I’m busy making the children’s travel plans for the first long exeat!  I hope you have a good weekend; I’ve agreed to get on the back of Mr Coles’ motorbike and join the 1000s of bikers in Hastings on Monday (#midlifecrisis?)

 26th April 2019

I’m hoping the lovely weather over the Easter weekend is a sign of what’s to come this term – the best term of the year in my mind.  The children returned in good spirits and went straight out to play.

We welcomed Adriana, Beltran and Ines (sister of Andrew who was here a couple of years ago) from Spain and Agnes from France.  They have all settled well and seem to be enjoying Vinehall life very much.

Mr Coles and I had the most amazing three weeks in Australia; not only did we pack in a lot of travelling – Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and Melbourne – but we caught up with our gappers from the last eight years!  We were totally spoilt by them and their families with parties, dinner at the Opera house, sailing in Sydney harbour, theatre and zoo trips and tours of Sydney and the surrounding areas.

We also met next year’s gappers who I’d appointed the week before we left (hope we didn’t put them off!)

I’ve included photos of them all – see how many you recognise! – Click here for story and photos

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