The Year in Boarding
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.
Busy in the Boarding House!
The autumn term is one of the busiest for the Burford Boarders. September saw a number of new faces arrive and whilst some naturally experienced some feelings of homesickness, they have settled in well to the routines of boarding life. A full programme of events and activities has kept everyone busy. These include bell ringing, debating, cookery club and Japanese club.
Our sporting links with teams around Burford remain strong with boarders attending rugby, football, netball, horse riding and self-defence. Our on-site gym re-opened in October and has been well used ever since. Inter-house competitions have been fiercely contested and have included badminton, basketball shootout, rowing and dodgeball. Falkland are currently in the lead!
The Boarding Schools’ Association National Boarding Day was held in October, and to celebrate we held a ‘Bake Off’ competition. We welcomed Sally, the chef from ‘Bumbles of Burford’, as our judge and presented her with five cakes – all made and fabulously decorated by the boarders in a two hour time frame – quite a challenge!
Weekend trips have been organised; Woodlands, Freedog Trampolining, clip and climb, bowling and the Cotswold Water Park are some of the favourites. There are weekly trips to Witney and we have also been out to Cheltenham and Oxford. A trip to Twickenham saw the boarders watch the Barbarians play Fiji. We celebrated Nigerian Independence Day with a traditional dish of Jollof rice, and took part in Wychwood Primary School’s International week, with around 40 boarders giving presentations about their home countries, teaching traditional dances and demonstrating how to use chopsticks. It was all a lot of fun.
With Christmas fast approaching, a Christmas choir was formed to sing carols and raise money for the Medical Detection Dogs; this year’s chosen charity. We had an excellent demonstration of the detection dogs in November and raised £180 from our carol singing in Witney. The house, dorm rooms and Christmas trees have been decorated and several trips ice skating to Oxford have been greatly enjoyed. This weekend we are looking forward to ‘Christmas’ with governors, the Headteacher and other invited guests joining us for our Christmas meal. We will be holding a disco and also having a trip out to Bristol.
It has been a wonderful term and we look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday 6 January when the House will be open from 2.00pm.