Boarding News and Events
Another Year Begins In Boarding
The wonderful summer weather made a reappearance at the beginning of the academic year, allowing the new boarders to enjoy the Welcome Fair in the Cotswold sunshine. Almost fifty new students joined the Boarding House from a variety of destinations, one student having travelled over 8000 miles from the Falkland Islands, another coming from just beyond the catchment area.
The term began with a trip to the Witney Feast, where boarders enjoyed all the fun of the fair and were treated to a spectacular firework display. Soon afterwards, the Year 7 boarders joined the rest of the year group on a trip to PGL, where group bonding involved high wires and raft building.
Whilst the weather remained warm, the Campfire Choir were in full swing over the weekends, however, there may have been far less focus on the singing and more on the marshmallows! The first of the Inter-house competitions got underway, with Basketball, Quiz and Table tennis in the first half of the term, giving Wysdom the lead during Term 1.
At the end of September, the boarders celebrated National Boarding week by completing the Luggage tag map showing their home town or city and baking was proving popular during digital detox. A fantastic group of International boarders gave up their time to educate the primary school children about their own culture and traditions during Wychwood School’s International Week.
Halloween went down a scream with party games and pumpkin carving, this was closely followed by Bonfire Night and gave our international students some thought and insight into some of the UK’s traditions and customs.
The boarders have been lucky enough to get tickets for two International England games at Wembley this term, Spain back in September and Croatia more recently in November.
The Year 11’s came back from half term with a mock exam timetable and a reality check! They have been working really hard towards preparation for the mocks and looking further ahead to their GCSE’s. It is beginning to become clear how much work there is to do.
The Tassomai League saw boarders pitching against each other for the top spot on the league table with the anticipation visible during Monday breakfast as the results are published at 8am. There is much speculation on whose name will appear at the top!
A fantastic new opportunity has been made available to the boarders, courtesy of our neighbours at Burford Golf Club. Lessons with the golf pro for and the future prospect of a golf scholarship being made available for a talented candidate.
Half-termly Tutor Tea in Oxford
On Tuesday 27 November the Boarding House Year 7 and 8 girls enjoyed their half termly tutor tea.
The six girls, accompanied by Miss Wilson, Miss Gravenor and Miss Hustler, visited Cosmo in Oxford for a jaw-droppingly large buffet meal. The gasps of amazement from the girls on arrival were enough to make the drive in the torrential rain worthwhile!
Dinner options on offer included food from all over the world, and the girls enjoyed challenging each other to try new foods, with varying levels of success.