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Boarding Schools Celebrate National Boarding Week
20th June 2016

Hundreds of boarding school pupils are taking part in the largest celebration of boarding ever held in the UK.  As part of its golden jubilee, the Boarding Schools' Association has revived National Boarding Week after a gap of over 20 years.

Hundreds of boarders are staging a wide range of activities to promote and celebrate boarding including a BIG Boarding Weekend, an assembly from Dr Barnardo, the burying of 24 time capsules in one school, crazy hair days and many more activities!  

National Boarding Week activities:

  • Monday - the BSA team and member schools will be Going Green in support of Barnardo's
  • Tuesday - we will be with Sodexo at the finals of the Boarding Bake Off at Dorney Lake, Eton. Good luck to all taking part!
    • The finalists are:
      • Nick New from St Peter's York
      • Clara Greenwood from Ackworth School
      • Skye Brooke from Tudor Hall School
      • Charles de Labilliere from The Elms School
      • Charlotte Bennett from Royal Alexandra and Albert School
      • Honor Williams-Ellis from Felsted School
      • Harry Szulc from Millfield Senior School
      • Rebecca Khanan from Millfield Prep School
      • Caroline de la Harpe from Sexey's School
  • Wednesday - the BSA team will be planting our very own tree to join the Boarding Orchard and burying a time capsule at BSA HQ
  • Thursday - will see BSA Chief Exec, Robin Fletcher, take part in a panel discussion 'Flourishing - putting the emotional wellbeing of children at the forefront of their education' at the Telegraph Festival of Education. Click here for further details.
  • Saturday - Hatherop Castle, Felsted and Mill Hill will be battling to become the winner of the BSA and Barnardo's Store Wars competition
  • Sunday - the Big Boarding Sing takes place, our choristers will meet to sing with Dominic Peckham at Victoria Embankment Gardens.

National Boarding Week will culminate in London on Sunday, June 26, when 100 choristers will take part in the The Big Boarding Sing on the Embankment. This will be led by Dominic Packham, guest conductor of the English National Opera.

BSA Chief Executive Robin Fletcher said National Boarding Week was a way for boarding schools and students to showcase British boarding.

"The UK has the biggest boarding school market in the world with over 75,000 students and good, modern British boarding is deeply admired and widely imitated.

"National Boarding Week showcases why boarding is a great option for many children, increasing their confidence and independence, giving them the chance to explore and try new things and helping them to make deep friendships that will last a lifetime."

View our National Boarding Week gallery below.

St Swithun's School
St Swithun's School

Happy anniversary

 

Pupils at St Swithun’s School, Winchester, have been enjoying the extra benefits of boarding this week as they take part in activities organised by the school to celebrate National Boarding Week.
On Saturday, having pitched their tents on the school fields with glorious views over the Hampshire countryside, over 50 girls congregated to enjoy a party with camp-fire food and entertainment by local band Court Rogue, which included some staff musicians.

As the evening progressed, participants also took part in a scavenger hunt and created outfits from bin-bags to show-off in a fashion parade. In a tribute to Major Tim Peake’s safe return to Earth from the International Space Station there was also a rocket building and launching competition.
Before retiring to their tents girls toasted marshmallows over the camp fire and enjoyed a selection of camp fire stories. 

Also, as part of the school’s celebration of National Boarding Week and recent thinking about what St Swithun’s culture means to all pupils  and staff the school are compiling a list of “100 things to do before you leave St Swithun’s”. It is intended that the “100 things” act as defining markers of what makes being part of St Swithun’s so unique.  

 

 


Cheltenham Ladies' College

Congratulations on your golden jubilee @BSAboarding and happy #NationalBoardingWeek from everyone at CLC


Dulwich Prep, Cranbrook


Kent College


Millfield School

As part of national boarding week we as a community are doing the following:

  • Banner Competition for each house – all pupils making house banners to be displayed during the week in the dining hall (already started see @Warner_News)
  • Wednesday: All 24 houses (includes 4 day houses) are burying a time capsule each within the grounds of their own house
  • Friday : It’s a knock out competition between all 20 houses, with 10 large stations involving 400 + pupils


Prior's Field School

Getting the grounds ready to bury a time capsule with a little help from a friend!


Royal High School Bath

Happy 50th Birthday @BSAboarding. Here's a photo of our tree planting for the Boarding Orchard #NationalBoardingWeek


St John's College

Congratulations to new Head Boarders Alex & Kat.You have an exciting year ahead! #NationalBoardingWeek


Tonbridge School



Tudor Hall School

We ran a ‘Boarding at its best’ competition whereby the girls had to submit the top 3 things they love most about going to a boarding school.  The following two entries won a hamper full of goodies to share with their friends.

Lara Morris-Marsham, from our IVs (year 10) 

  1. We make friends for life because we treat them like sisters and rely on them like mothers – basically we are one big happy family.
  2. Whenever we are upset, there is always support or a hug from a housemistress or fellow housemate 24/7.
  3. We all love playing tennis on our amazing courts after a  busy, hard working day, ready for a fresh morning swim at seven.

Rosie Symington, from our IIs (year 8) 

  1. Being with all my boarder friends, having a laugh and having toast & hot chocolate in the evenings.
  2. Our House Mistress makes everyone happy and they go all out to make us have fun, e.g. pizza and movie nights.
  3. Everyone is so kind to you, particularly when you’re upset and need a friend to comfort you and cry on their shoulder.  The house is so supportive and homely and feels like one big sleep over.

Skye Brooke who is in the IVs (year 10) entered the ‘Boarding Bake Off’ with a a raspberry & lime chequerboard sponge filled and frosted with Italian meringue buttercream and decorated with lime macaroons, and has progressed to the finals at Dorney Lake on 21st June.  In the of Mrs Griffiths: “It is a creation worthy of Mary Berry.”  

 


The Elms

We at The Elms School are getting behind the BSA Boarding Week and will be hosting our Boarding Is Great (B.I.G) Weekend on 25-26th June. On the weekend we will be offering the boarding experience to all those in main school to board for free. At present we have over 120 children who have signed up. I wonder how many other schools are doing the same thing? During the weekend we will be having a school disco, pool party, Colossal Assault Course, inflatables, wide games, BBQ, pyjama breakfasts etc. It should be a great deal of fun.


Mill Hill

We are now integrating our boarding with Mill Hill International from September 2016 so I am sure next year will be even more exciting! A poster competition is currently in place to ensure excellent publicity for the following events for NBW:

  • Monday, June 20 - Go Green for Barnardo's. £1 green mufti day
  • Tuesday, June 21- Fourth Form Boarders’ Assembly about ‘Life as a boarder’  
  • Wednesday, June 22 - Golden Time Capsule event. Chapel Lawn. 1.00pm
  • Thursday/Friday June 23rd and 24th Tutor sessions School wide:  ‘Raising Cultural Awareness’
  • Friday, June 23- ‘Golden Moments’ Photo competition Results: A glimpse into life as a Boarder. Finalist entries to be broadcast on School screens.   
  • Saturday June 24th – International DVD and Treats evening, with a variety of dishes on offer from countries around the world. Finalist in the Store Wars competition!
  • Sunday, June 26 - Big Boarding sing with Dominic Peckham in London

Many thanks for the inspiration and support received from the BSA.


Shiplake College

 Are holding a taster sleepover for 24 prospective Year 9 pupils on Monday 20 June


St Mary's Shaftesbury

We are planning to bury a time capsule in the grounds on Wed 22nd June for the Golden Jubilee.


Royal Russell

  • Monday 20th – Boarding Orchard – tree planting in the Beechwood area.Current year 13 boarders to plant.
  • Tuesday 21st – Time capsule. Burying a time capsule on the roundabout.
  • Wednesday 22nd Boarding Bake-off. An in-house competition between the houses (including day houses).
  • Thursday 23rd – Big Boarding Tea. A traditional English tea with inter-house sack races, etc.
  • Friday 24th Boarders treasure hunt around the school grounds.
  • Saturday 25th – Big Boarders cinema night. Open air cinema night on the quad with the giant screen. Raising money for the school’s link school in Uganda.
  • Sunday 26thBig Boarding photo. Chapel service followed by a ‘drone’ photo on the quad 

The Wellington Academy

Burying a Time Capsule on 22nd June


Glenalmond College

Raised over £700 by Going Green for Barnardo's!


Cundall Manor School ‏

It's #NationalBoardingWeek. We will be celebrating #BSAis50 by burying a time capsule with all things Cundall later this week. 


Abbotsholme School

Next week is National Boarding week…and Schools around the country are doing lots of things in celebration of this week and the fact that the BSA is fifty years old!

Abbotsholme like many schools will be getting involved to promote this unique part of our Independent School experience and education.

We start the week of celebrations with a boarding BBQ on Sunday and end the week with some shopping in Liverpool!

Monday is dress in green day for Barnardos, and Tuesday is a Bake Off! Wednesday boarders are burying a time capsule of boarding memories and Thursday a special trip is planned in celebration.

Boarding is very different to twenty years ago when some of my colleagues experienced boarding. They only have fond memories of boarding at their schools but do say that the provision, care, activities and boarding accommodation is so much better than it was. Weekends back in the day had very few organised trips. One colleague recounts a weekend which included breakfast, prep, lunch, shopping in town, supper and tv, breakfast, church, lunch, nothing and then prep! Very different to the Abbotsholme weekends and boarding school weekends around the country which are jam packed with activities, trips, games and events!

Tune in next week to hear more about boarding…


Rydal Penrhos School

A pair of Rydal Penrhos pupils have been speaking on the benefits of boarding life ahead of a landmark occasion this week.

 

 

As part of its golden jubilee, the Boarding Schools’ Association has revived National Boarding Week after a gap of over 20 years.

Lower Sixth pupil Adele Parry, who will become deputy head girl next year, has spoken on how boarding at Rydal Penrhos has helped her development.

 

 

She said: “Being a boarder has helped with my studies an enormous amount, and the teachers are always on hand to give you whatever help you need in order to help you achieve your goals.

“It is a really close knit community here at Rydal Penrhos, and the family feel it has here gives you the confidence you need to push on to get to where you want to be.

 

 

“There are a host of activity programmes available for both boarders and day pupils, which give you the perfect chance to bond with other people at the school while also learning some new skills along the way.

“Another thing that is great about boarding here is the number of evening classes available for pupils throughout the year, which are a perfect way to top up on your studies closer to exam time, which have been extremely beneficial for myself as I prepare to take my A-levels next year.

“Being a boarder at Rydal Penrhos has really helped me grow both as a student and a person during my time here, and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.”

 


 

National Boarding Week will culminate in London on Sunday, June 26, when 100 choristers will take part in the The Big Boarding Sing on the Embankment. This will be led by Dominic Packham, guest conductor of the English National Opera.

BSA Chief Executive Robin Fletcher said National Boarding Week was a way for boarding schools and students to showcase British boarding.

 

 

“The UK has the biggest boarding school market in the world with over 75,000 students and good, modern British boarding is deeply admired and widely imitated,” he added.

“National Boarding Week showcases why boarding is a great option for many children, increasing their confidence and independence, giving them the chance to explore and try new things and helping them to make deep friendships that will last a lifetime.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


St Francis' College

@StFrancisHerts are going green to support Barnardos as part of #NationalBoardingWeek. Happy Birthday @BSAboarding


Dean Close School

Lots of fun @DeanCloseSchool @BSAboarding #NationalBoardingWeek


Leighton Park School

This week we'll be celebrating all things boarding! Why not join us with your own LP boarding memories? #BSAis50


 

Woodhouse Grove


St George's Ascot


The Pilgrims


Benenden 


Royal Russell


Wrekin College


Mill Hill

Mill Hill buried a time capsule in front of their fruit tree on the Chapel Lawn at lunch-time on Wednesday 22 June.  The will also be taking part in Store Wars Final on Saturday 25 June.


Ryde School

Ryde School’s Time Capsule Contents!
A ‘message for the future’ from the Headmaster
A letter from the Boarding staff
A slip written by every current boarder, showing their predictions for 2041
A packet of Noodles – bearing an out of date sticker (as they will be on opening)!
A USB cable (together with an explanation re what it is used for)!
A copy of the most recent Isle of Wight County Press
A copy of today’s daily newspaper
A folder containing articles/photographs on the following:

  • Tim Peak’s return to earth
  • HM the Queen’s 90th birthday
  • First balcony appearance of Princess Charlotte
  • Current political info (including lead up to the EU referendum)
  • Current Isle of Wight demographics
  • Current British currency
  • Current cover from British passport
  • Shopping list – showing current prices
  • Isle of Wight Festival - 2016 line up
  • Top 10 baby names in 2016
  • Current top 10 in music charts
  • Photos of current Fashion Trends
  • Photos of current Ryde School uniform

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cobham Hall 

Click here to view our video via the BSA Facebook.

 


St Catherine's School, Bramley

 

St Catherine's launched with an assembly given by Dr Barnardo’s nephew, Dr David Barnardo. They have also been busy inviting lots of friends to visit the boarding houses – enticing them with cakes baked in the Great Boarding Bake Off!

  

 


Royal Russell

Royal Russell's National Boaring week fun!

  • Monday 20th – Boarding Orchard – tree planting in the Beechwood area. 
  • Current year 13 boarders to plant. 
  • Tuesday 21st – Time capsule. Burying a time capsule on the roundabout. Pam & Coleen
  • Youngest boarders to be involved (years 7-9). 
  • Wednesday 22nd Boarding Bake-off. An in-house competition between the houses (including day houses). 
  • Thursday 23rd – Big Boarding Tea. A traditional English tea with inter-house sack races, etc.
  • Friday 24th – Boarders treasure hunt around the school grounds. 
  • Saturday 25th – Big Boarders cinema night. Open air cinema night on the quad with the giant screen. Raising money for the school’s link school in Uganda.
  • Sunday 26th – Big Boarding photo. Chapel service followed by a ‘drone’ photo on the quad 

St Mary's Shaftesbury

The Golden Jubilee Time Capsule

This week we held a very special ceremony to celebrate 50 years of the  Boarding schools Association.

The world of boarding is changing rapidly and with our new Head Teacher, Mary Arnal we at St Mary's Shaftesbury are are looking at things afresh, a new uniform, a new timetable and an invigorating and innovative look at boarding life. So, with many other independent boarding schools all over the country we filled and sealed a Time Capsule, each House contributed items that hopefully will give a flavour of boarding life today before it changes irrevocably. Old school kilts, photographs, theatre tickets and biscuit wrappers were just a few of the many items included and we hope they will prove interesting, intriguing and probably amusing to the daughters of the current St Mary's pupils when they open the box in 2041, to celebrate another 25 years of the BSA.

 

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