This has been a full, varied and ambitious weekend of activities for our boarders. Saturday evening saw one of those annual events that has everyone working together towards a common goal; the goal being, in this case, preparing and cooking a 5 Star meal from scratch. And 5 Star it most certainly was. With the school divided into four teams, the Ready, Steady, Cook menus were designed and printed, ingredients were obtained, fires were lit and side dishes created in a manner that would grace the tables of Mirazur or Eleven Madison Park.
Sunday saw various groups out and about. Some went off to see the latest Superman in our local Vue, while others were displaying all sorts of moves, some in the text book others not, at our local ice rink in Basingstoke. We had budding shepherds showing sheep at the prestigious Royal County of Berkshire Show and yet more on the water near Maidenhead for a kayak experience. Whilst all this was going on, the Parents and Sons Golf Competition was in full swing, quite literally in some cases, and after some daring drives, cunning chips and sneaky putts, the winners were duly celebrated.
We certainly don’t do things by halves here. As if all this was not enough, we also played host to The London Chess Tournament. Well over fifty contestants took part and the Sports Hall was packed full of budding grand masters or, indeed, grand mistresses. These are tightly fought encounters, with every move scrutinized and analysed, and brows furrowed with deep concentration. As I have said, it really was a busy weekend and it all drew to a close with a lovely evensong. The choir sang like angels, the congregation rivalled Pavarotti and we all went off to our beds tired but happy.