The first weekend of the new academic term saw boarders taking part in several Covid-Safe activities helping them to meet each other and build friendships within their House ‘bubbles’.
Stevens House girls had a barbecue followed by some games, and gathered together around the fire pit to enjoy toasted marshmallows. They also went on a lovely bike ride in the sunshine.
Haywoods House boys also had a House barbecue which gave them the opportunity to socialise and enjoy some great food. Sunday was followed by more fun games and another barbecue. This time the boys were to be the cooks, which they absolutely love.
On Saturday, Buchanans girls decided to unwind with some entertaining challenges including the after-eight game, while on Sunday they took part in team-building and problem-solving activities.
Chapmans boys had a lovely Saturday evening with their annual BBQ in the back garden. On Sunday, Form 3 enjoyed a walk up to Brooke Hill, with an ice cream at the top to cool off in the late summer sun, while the other forms played football and rugby in the garden or on the Astro.
Lower School Hodges spent the weekend with a mixture of in-house activity and going for a stroll through Rutland with Mr Morris. In Art they made jazzy name signs for their beds with Miss Gilbert and they also enjoyed playing football out back with Mr Mozos. On Sunday, after the outdoor Chapel service they enjoyed the usual excellent brunch. During the walk via Egleton, they visited the Rutland Farm Park in Oakham, engaging with sheep, pigs, chickens and llamas!
The senior girls in Round House, including those in quarantine by Zoom, had a house supper (Chinese takeaway), and then watched the film Kingsman 2. On Sunday they broke up their day of revision with an afternoon ice cream break “Sundaes on Sunday”!
Mrs Carly Latham, Senior Housemistress, said, “It was lovely to be back together again and to see the smiles and hear the laughter! Life in the Houses has been adapted to adhere to the BSA Covid-Safe Charter that we signed earlier this year, and we also follow our own strict Covid-Safe guidelines. It was fantastic seeing the pupils building friendships and enjoying school life as safely as possible.”
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