1st March 2019
True to form the children returned on Sunday night in good spirits, happy to see their friends.
What amazing weather we have had over half term! Now we have a return to real February weather – rain!
It’s been a fairly quiet week in the boarding house, with no illness – HOORAY!
We are all looking forward to a fun weekend.
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15th February 2019
Firstly may I apologise for the reduced Vinelines from the boarding house last week; illness and the impromptu exeat took over normal proceedings!
The children enjoyed their trip to Tunbridge Wells and Wagamamas on 3rd February. I stayed at school to look after two poorly boarders but Mr Coles, Mr Powis and the gappers made sure the outing went ahead. I did asked Mr Coles to take photos but I think that was one task too many for him!!
We also had to postpone our trip to Urban jump, which will happen later in the term; also the taster boarding disco, which will have an Easter theme now rather than Valentines.
This week I have been making travel arrangements for the boarders’ half term – a timely break to give everyone a chance to recover and knock these pesky bugs away!
I hope you all have a lovely week and enjoy the sunshine!
8th February 2019
It was a snow weekend at Vinehall and for the boarders that meant plenty of opportunities to get out into our 50 acres of grounds. With all manner of sports equipment taken out onto the slopes we soon resembled Val-d’Isère rather than Robertsbridge. It was lovely to be joined by the families of our day children after the Headmaster sent a call out for everyone to enjoy our snow!
It was Chinese New Year on Tuesday and Carole in the kitchen made us an amazing Chinese banquet for supper. It was delicious. We even ate with chop sticks! The challenge by the end of the meal was to see if we could pick up a lychee stone with the chop sticks; not many managed!
Many thanks to the catering staff from all of us in the boarding house.
1st February 2019
Our exeats are timed so well! Just as everyone is suffering with bugs and in need a break, we all get some time off. Unfortunately the weekend didn’t stop the spread of germs; hopefully the impending snow will sort out them out.
We will be taking the boarders to Tunbridge Wells next weekend for another meal out and shopping – lucky things! You see can how much they enjoy a meal out with friends from the photos taken in Simply Italian.
25th January 2019
Our second weekend was another relaxing and fun time.
After lunch on Saturday we headed off to the Tunbridge Wells Odeon to see Bumblebee and Mary Poppins – which sadly was very disappointing. Bumblebee was a hit for those that watched it.
We had booked a table at Simply Italian in Battle for our supper. They are so good there, always so accommodating and friendly. The children were perfectly behaved and ate really well.
By the time we had finished it was straight back to school and into bed!
On Sunday Mr Powis took Year 7 and Year 8 to Mountfield Church for their Eucharist service, whilst I took the juniors around the golf course with Woody for a brisk walk. We re-convened in the library for prep, followed by lunch.
The afternoon was spent making model aeroplanes and tanks and painting ceramics. There was a lovely peaceful atmosphere in the dining room whilst they all got stuck into their various projects. This was followed by tuck shop, supper and some football on the flood-lit astro!
A good weekend for all!
18th January 2019
Our first weekend back was lovely.
On Friday night there was a swim, Wii dance or floodlit Astro on offer – something for everyone!
The children enjoyed roller blading for a few hours in Eastbourne on Saturday afternoon. Once back at school we had supper and then introduced the tuck shop to our new gappers, who though it was ‘really cool’. They enjoyed being shopkeepers and helping the children with their maths by adding up the sweets they’d bought.
On Sunday, after a much-needed lie-in, we went to chapel where Will read very well and Mr Powis centred his service on the three kings; the boarder who found silver under his seat was duly crowned king for the day. This happened to be our reader, Will, who was given the chance to choose the boarders’ activities for the rest of the day.
Will was a very popular king as he chose football on the astro, followed by an hour of gaming, followed by tea and movie.
We taught the lucky gappers how to do nit checks on Sunday night so now their induction is almost complete!
11th January 2019
Mr Coles and I collected our new Gappers Mr Daly, Mr Ryan, Miss Buckley and Miss Grundy, very early one morning last week. The poor things were shattered and couldn’t keep their eyes open on the way home, despite us both talking non-stop to them! They were then duly wined and dined by Mr Gregory, Mr Powis, Mr Borrows, Sister Kate and Mrs Payne over the week and have all now settled in very well and look very smart in their new boarders’ hoodies.
We have one new full boarder this term – Alex – who seems very at home already. We also have three converts to weekly boarding – Henry, Connie and Sam – so the boarding house continues to thrive.
Our lovely new matron Nicola has found her feet and is whipping everyone into shape! Mrs Barrett will do her first nights next week and I expect all the children to behave impeccably for her!
The children (and staff) will all be tired this weekend so we are having a fairly quiet one – just an afternoon roller skating on Saturday, then a lazy Sunday after Chapel.
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