Senior Boarder's News
The boarders have been on lots of different trips this term.During the first week back, we went to Guildford to visit the shops for the January sales. The weather took a turn for the worse the following week, so we all walked into Wokingham town centre for a relaxing afternoon before returning to school for a snowball fight and a snow shelter building competition.
An interesting, but very cold trip to Kew Gardens was arranged for the following Sunday. We got to see many of the plants and flowers specially grown around the park and in greenhouses and took take part in the special 40 minute bus tour, which gave an insight into Kew’s science and history.
The final trip before half term was a visit to China Town in London to celebrate Chinese New Year. We saw lion dancing, watched the celebrations and ate lots of tasty food. Everyone had a fantastic time!
The remainder of the term saw a trip to Beale Park, a visit to Windsor and an Easter Egg hunt around the school. We have also enjoyed activities in school, such as designing and making bird feeders, stylizing T- shirts, baking chocolate chip cookies and playing with the Wii Fit. We also have lots of fun playing games with our Cluster Groups. This is like the house system, in that each girl has her own group and gains points during the term. At the time of print, Mercury group is in the lead!
As the Senior Boarder, my main responsibility is to help the House Mistresses run the activities for Luckley Boarders. This article gives a flavour of some of the activities we have enjoyed this term.
In the first week of term, we went to Reading town centre for a familiarisation day and to explore some of the shops! The following week we visited Windsor Great Park, making the most of the final few days of good weather. Later in the term we visited Guildford and New Malden, as well as enjoying a fascinating trip to Windsor Castle.
One of the highlights of the term was the ‘Charity Shop Fashion Show’. In teams of 4, we all had a specific job, such as being the make up artist, designer, model or music and catwalk manager. With a limited budget, each team managed to put together different outfits from local charity shops and walked the catwalk with style.We all thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Thorpe Park.
Everyone had a great time when we visited Westfield Shopping Centre, especially Alex who was celebrating her 13th birthday. We returned with bags full of shopping!
Chris Huo, Senior Boarder
Hello, I am Chris, the new Senior Boarder for this year. I am very glad to share with you about my life in Cornish House and tell you about the activities taking place every weekend for the boarders.
After the Christmas holidays, all the boarders were delighted to return and meet each other again in the New Year! At the beginning of the term, all the sixth form boarders were focusing on revising for their January module exams and mocks. At the same time, a wide scope of activities was held in the boarding community throughout the term to help us relax and maintain a ‘work-life’ balance!
Firstly, there was the Chinese Lunar New Year dinner. All the boarders enjoyed a lovely evening together with a delicious meal prepared by the kitchen. The picture quiz on about the year of dragon also tested our knowledge and teamwork! We also visited London, where the boarders did some New Year shopping and enjoyed some tasty Asian cuisines!
Sixth Form Boarders in Cornish house have enjoyed trips to various destinations, ranging from nearby places like Reading and Guildford to Birmingham in the Midlands. Some of them are also busy attending open days from the universities that they have got offers from!
As my role as the Senior Boarder comes to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Davis and all the boarding staff, especially Mrs Dixon, for giving me this precious opportunity in contributing to the school and in guiding me to accomplish my role. Finally, I would like to wish the best of luck to the new senior boarder and wish everyone an enjoyable Easter!
After the summer holidays, all girls were refreshed and fully equipped for the new term! There have been lots of interesting activities going on in the boarding community throughout this term which has definitely enriched us all.
We celebrated Chinese Mid-Autumn festival, which was the same day for ‘Chuseok’ in Korea, with a delicious dinner. Afterwards all the boarders took part in a treasure hunt which provided a great chance for us to get to know each other and enhanced our team spirit! We also enjoyed moon cakes together under the full moon.
Cookery classes were held this term, which enabled us to share with each other our delicious creations, such as cookies and scones. We also used our creativity to make pizzas with our favourite toppings!
There were lots of other activities held, from marzipan creation to laser quest, where the boarders had lots of fun. There have been trips to places such as Windsor, Marlow, Southampton, Portsmouth and Bicester Outlet village, where all the boarders have really enjoyed themselves and have done lots of shopping for their friends and family. The boarders also had an unforgettable day at Thorpe Park where they went on lots of thrilling rides which certainly tested their courage!
Boarders in sixth form have also enjoyed films together and showed off their singing talent on karaoke.
As the Autumn term comes to an end, the whole boarding community enjoyed a lovely Christmas dinner together before we broke up for holidays. I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Hello! I am Carmen, the new Senior Boarder for this year. It is my pleasure to be able to share with you about our boarding life. Coming back from the Easter holidays, all girls were fully equipped for their GCSE and A-Level exams. Apart from studying, there have been lots of interesting and fun activities going on in the boarding house.
There were also cultural trips to many different places such as the Avebury Stone Circle, Bournemouth Beach, Guildford and different museums, which helps to widen our horizon. Cookery classes were held to encourage the boarders to improve their cooking skills and share with each other their delicious cuisine.
The boarders in Sixth Form enjoyed a wonderful movie evening in Cornish House with pizza, popcorn and drinks! Many thanks to Miss Davis for lending us the movie, enabling us to have such a happy evening!
Miss Balsdon, the new Sixth Form housemistress also invited us to have tea in her flat. We spent a great time together and it provided us with an opportunity to get to know each other better.
As this academic year comes to an end, I would like to thank all the Year 13s for their help, especially to Jolie, our former senior boarder, who has been so kind and caring. We wish them all the best in their future and wish everyone a nice summer!
I hope you all enjoyed a nice Christmas holiday with your loved ones. I had a lovely celebration in Hong Kong, sharing the seasonal greetings with all my family and friends. After the break, we all came back with lots of energy and were well-prepared for our A-Level modules and mock exams. Everyone worked really hard and put in their greatest efforts in order to achieve the best possible results. Apart from studying, we all agreed that it is important to dedicate time to a range of interests and activities. We participated in a Scottish dance activity organised by Miss Ashton. Everyone danced together to enjoyable Scottish music, which was really cheerful and relaxing which helped us to release our stress. We learned some Scottish culture from it while having lots of fun and laughter.
The Chinese boarders shared their knowledge of Chinese culture in the Chinese New Year dinner, which was prepared for us by the kitchen. They decorated the dining hall with a range of traditional Chinese decorations, and we had a nice Chinese meal together while sharing the Chinese New Year greetings and showing traditions to the others.
Boarders also took part in a cultural exchange experience with a group of Korean girls and guests. During the activity, we had a chance to learn about Korean culture such as their New Year costumes, sports and music. We also tasted a range of Korean food such as Kimchi (traditional Korean pickled cabbage), Korean rice cakes and Korean glass noodles etc; they were all very tasty.
There have also been some shopping and sight-seeing trips going on this term, so we can continue our exploration of England. Apart from learning about English culture through school outings, our Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Matthews, kindly spent her afternoon with us making some traditional English Afternoon Tea, with her signature lemon cake, scones with jam and cream, sandwiches and English tea etc. The boarders enjoyed it very much and said “it is fun to learn while eating!” Thank you Mrs Matthews!
As this is the my last Head Boarder’s report, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Davis for giving me a chance to learn while helping the school, and to all the existing and former boarding staff, Mrs Dixon, Miss Agaba, Mrs Collett, Mrs Moore, Mrs Clay and Miss Ashton for teaching and helping me to fulfil the role as senior boarder. I wish whoever takes on the role all the best as the new senior boarder next term. Cheers!