Written by: Ed Marland, Head of Boarding
The first few weeks of term have flown by for everyone, including our boarders, several of whom started as new pupils in September and have settled in really well. I think it is fair to say they are all looking forward to this weekend’s exeat.
A day in the life of a boarder at FCPS is never dull. Whilst the school day is busy, and a day pupil may go home at 5pm, school still continues after 5pm for our band of occasional, flexi and full boarders. The week that has just passed might give you a flavour of what the boarders get up to and the fun they have.
Last Saturday, after school, Mrs Norton took our full boarders to Woodbridge for a few hours before returning to school for an evening meal, some tuck and a chill out watching Harry Potter on TV followed by X Factor.
On Sunday the planned activity was a trip to Colchester Zoo but due to heavy rain, a late change of plan meant a visit to paint ceramics at The Ceramics Café in Ipswich and some free time back at school.
Weekday evenings at school are an opportunity to get prep done before tea, have some free time as well as an activity in the evening. These activities are planned and last an hour before some snack and getting ready for bed.
Monday evening was a bracelet-making craft with some touch rugby and football in the hall for those needing to burn off a bit of energy. On Tuesday evening, the younger boarders played tennis on the hard courts. The Year 8s were at the theatre watching Private Peaceful. Many pupils boarded that night, as the return was quite late. It was Jorge’s birthday, so everyone celebrated with hot chocolate and cake! Monday night is also bed making night….not something any young (or older) person relishes, however it was taken VERY seriously, as you can see in the photo of Freddie Paffett and Oli George’s beds!
Wednesday and Thursday nights this week have been about helping the world’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan. On Wednesday the boarders made cookies and on Thursday they decorated them. I wrote this before the coffee morning, so I hope they were eaten as lots of effort went into making them.
Tonight the boarders head home or to friends’ houses for the exeat weekend, returning on Sunday night or Monday morning. A well-deserved rest!