Before I write on our extensively thriving boarding houses, I need to apologise for not writing sooner! We are always busy and WHS is known as a busy and thriving school so it goes without saying that sitting down and writing ones’ thoughts down is nearly impossible. However I hope you will be pleased to know that in the boarding houses we have the youngest ‘boarders’ possibly in the country (formally known as the Heads’ of boarding babies)! Not only do we have Alfie Nuttall who is 18 weeks in the girls’ boarding house, but now finally waiting for what felt like an entire year being pregnant, we have on the boys’ side baby Poppy Hallam born on the 12th January 2014, weighing 8lb 6oz. Poppy is causing quite a stir that there is now a ‘girl in the boys’ wing!’ Ooh err! The boys are in awe of Poppy. I also find using Poppy as a ‘tool’ to enter into a dorm at lights out gets the boys quiet and ready for sleep as they whisper and coo over her! Brilliant!
Before Poppy came along, we were busy organising Christmas. Christmas is always a fantastic time in any school wherever in the world you are. However, I feel that having the intimacy of a boarding house and plenty of children to celebrate with, there is ample opportunity to indulge one’s inner child. There is no better way than doing this than by having the ultimate ‘Boarders Christmas Party’ hosted by the Boarding Team in the MFT.
With the dress code being ‘Christmas Novelty’, we saw the most funniest and outrageous costumes ranging from crazy and classic Christmas jumpers to turkey hats and oversized Christmas ear-rings and head wear. The children sat down to decorated tables with helium balloons, glitter and a feast fit for ‘eyes bigger than your belly’.
Having all the boarders together is a chance to celebrate them and their achievements within dorms. Simon Hallam and Polly Nuttall did short speeches and handed out certificates to boarders who have had no crosses over the course of the autumn term. Then followed the highly entertaining entertainment first kicked off by the most gorgeous trio of Ones girls singing a medley of Christmas songs in perfect voice! A jaw dropping moment for their talent and it didn’t stop there! We had further singing and dancing and a certain group of Ones boys leaving us with sore stomach muscles for laughing so much at their very funny dance.
Then came the highlight of the evening in the shape of Karaoke- or rather ‘secret karaoke’ where staff and children had signed up to be chosen to sing but they had no idea what they were to sing, and who with. There was certainly an atmosphere of nervous delight as the names were read out. The staff and children stepped up to the stage and sang their hearts out. None other than Mr Foster was up there singing too!
Then finally stepped up the boarding team who were obliged to sing ‘Boarding Style’ again (a parody of Gangnam Style)! This was a hit last year and we had to do it again! The children joined in with the words displayed on the screen then they all proceeded to dance around the MFT in conga style! It was an absolute hit and it was a moment where we recognised that our boarding community is very special!