Boarding Weekend ~ 1-3 December 2017


This festive weekend began with luxury hot chocolates, mince pies and movies in our newly decorated boarding houses. Whilst we had planned Christmas movies, the Orchard girls were desperate to watch Titanic (for the umpteenth time) but, no matter what they watched, all had very relaxing evenings.

Barnfield full boarders spent Saturday in Birmingham with Mrs Sanderson and Mr Folker. They arrived at Birmingham New Street Station around 11.30am and headed straight for Wagamama’s before it got too busy. The afternoon was spent firstly in the Frankfurt Christmas Market, the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany and Austria, offering a large range of traditional food, gifts such as handcrafted wooden decorations and delicate glass baubles, toys and jewellery. There was also an opportunity for Christmas shopping in the Bullring before they arrived back at school exhausted ready for a Domino’s pizza and an early night.

On Saturday, Orchard, Flaxfield and Cedarholme boarders had the opportunity to take part in a Christmas craft workshop with Miss Morris in Hodgkin House. Students created some very complicated origami stars and beautiful 3D paper snowflakes. Later came the glitter, and it’s safe to say, from this point forward the weekend became a Christmas bonanza! 

All boarders went on the weekly Uttoxeter trip where they started to think about their secret Santa presents for each other, followed by festive drinks in Costa.

After supper students took part in constructing and decorating gingerbread houses. They worked in pairs or groups of three to build and decorate their creations. After two hours, a lot of patience and even more icing we had a miniature festive village sat in the living room of Orchard house. Not only did it look fantastic, but the sweet scent was and still is mouth-watering. Whilst we didn’t make this a competition, all students were keen to impress, going the extra mile to create paths, fences and snow people to surround their houses. They all had a brilliant night and agreed that the creations were far to pretty to eat (until Sunday evening).

On Sunday morning all boarders were up early to either visit the Chatsworth Christmas Markets with Miss Morris and Mrs Sweet, or to head off to The Nutcracker ballet with Ms Gaunt and Mrs Parry. We arrived at the Chatsworth Christmas Markets nice and early to beat the traffic and for the first half an hour it was reasonably quite. We had a lovely stroll around, enjoying the smell of warm Glühwein (mulled wine), German sausages and lots of other food stalls. By 11.00am it was heaving with Christmas shoppers, but there was a lovely atmosphere and many of the boarders were able to pick up Christmas gifts for family and friends. At about 5.00pm, students arrived back from The Nutcracker trip, clearly having had a fabulous day. Sunday evening was spent getting ready for the week ahead whilst singing Christmas songs and eating gingerbread. 

A lovely weekend was had by all. 

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