What a weekend! It was packed full to bursting with the most amazing things, just like those stockings you find on Christmas Morning, minus the nuts of course as we are nut free here. The first event was one of those major sporting undertakings that makes putting on the Olympics seem like child’s play. The annual Colour Tripleball competition is manic, fast-paced, totally Horris Hill with every boy playing on a game with three referees and two or three footballs with a sin bin, rugby posts and no rules to speak of all thrown in for good measure.
Saturday evening saw another; one hour, sixteen teams, sixteen mini games, sixteen different venues, points for turning up on time in the right place, points for team work and the announcement of an overall winner. It’s like one of those old Nintendo games with Super Mario and his friends but without the console buttons and you don’t get magic stars or traps to upset your progress.
Sunday saw another set of challenges and activities of a slightly different sort. A group of seniors was out Laser Tagging in Swindon and the Lego Club was in action making some Lego birds. At first I thought this was based on a Christmas theme, as the first one I saw was of a rather striking robin. But the next looked more like one of those things in Jurassic World so I think the theme was more wildlife in general. Then the Wood boys took on the Hill in a 500 piece jigsaw making competition. The morning was taken up with a fantastic array of Christmas decoration making equipment and the dining room was full of holly, candles, pastry stars, ribbon, baskets and more. The afternoon saw creativity continue with another of our Art Workshops and whilst all this was going on, we had two other groups out riding.
Finally, the busy weekend drew to a close with a wonderful Carol Service in the chapel. As always, the choir, readers and congregation did us proud and we all went home to our houses. There it was Christmas cake and Secret Santas. With gifts from bright yellow wooly hats, to mini hockey sticks, from velociraptor puzzles to mini snooker kits, it’s little wonder we all drifted into slumber land tired but happy.