News from the Boarding House: Friday 13 November

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Lots of smiling faces arrived back at the boarding house on November 1st refreshed and ready to start a busy half term in the run up to the festive season – and we were also delighted to welcome back the latest addition to our Boarding family recently returned from China after many months of remote learning! 

With Bonfire Night itself in danger of becoming a damp squib due to current lockdown measures, fireworks filled the night sky courtesy of Preston and surrounding villages for three nights this year, which we were able to enjoy from the Boarding House itselfIn fact lockdown has certainly not affected life so far, and we are still enjoying a full and busy schedule of activities including the gym, basketball, tennis courts, table tennis, film nights, arts and crafts. 

A delicious aroma filled the boarding house on Sunday afternoon when the Y11s took time out from a heavy work schedule (due to looming mock exams) to relax and have fun in the kitchen ….winning this term’s first inter-year bake off by popular vote with some melt-in-the-mouth brownies….. which were very welcome following an afternoon’s walk crunching through fallen Autumn leaves on a perfect cold, crisp afternoon. Younger years spent their time hunting for the whereabouts of the school’s reputed but sadly long-forgotten secret passageways to Minsden Chapel and Hitchin. One particular Y7 is now hoping she will be the one to uncover the famous buried treasure stashed away long ago by the Knights Templar – and fame and fortune! 

The weekend also saw the winter’s inaugural lighting of the drawing room fire and a cosy but very competitive afternoon spent with playing Cluedo and Monopoly (the current Cluedo reigning champion being Rhema…with two others hot on her heels ready to knock her off the top spot Watch out!!). 

By the time of the next newsletter, mock exams will have just finished and we shall be gearing up excitedly to spend the weekend Decking the Halls. Until then, life in our PHCB community will be as busy and varied as ever, with our bubble of vivacious, energetic boarders. Today being World Kindness Day, it also seems very fitting to comment on just how regularly we are impressed, touched and delighted by how kind our boarders are towards each other, and us. Wishing you all a healthy and happy November. 



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