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Boarding Weekends

The boarders head out on outings at the weekends.  Here, a few of our Houseparents and other onsite staff, tell us what the boarders got up to:


Mr and Mrs Pitman: "After a great week back at school, the weekend boarders were treated to a mixture of rest and adrenaline. Marshmallows were toasted on the fire pit on Saturday evening. A leisurely Sunday morning was followed by a sunny visit to Hayling Island and the wonders of “Funland”.

"The view across the Solent is fantastic”, said Mr Pitman as he and three of the boarders plummeted screaming into free fall on the roller coaster. It didn’t stop there as pupils were flung hither and thither, then soaked on the flume. Great fun for all and maybe a tiny bit of candy floss. Hurrah for the British seaside resort!"

From the Sussex coast to the South Downs with Miss Maindonald: "Our weekend boarders had an early start on Sunday as they headed out after breakfast for a beautiful walk around Woolbeding. The boarders loved the stunning views, spotted a few animals, and even collected some sticks along the way. It was a rather cold, rainy morning, so a quick stop for hot chocolate at Cowdray on the way back was definitely necessary! After lunch back at school we headed out again to watch Tom and Jerry at the cinema - a great way to finish off the weekend!"

Mr Dichmont and the gang headed off to the beautiful town of Petworth: "We went for a walk in Petworth Park, climbing trees and looking for the deer, which were successfully hiding from Westbourne House boarders that day!"

Back to the coast with Mr and Mrs Jeram: "The haphazard weather did not deter the boarders from getting out and about this weekend. First on the agenda was a Saturday evening trip to the park with the children enjoying the multi purpose activity area, a huge slide and tasty ice cream by the seaside.

A hearty breakfast and time to call home was followed by a Sunday morning trip to the shops, pocket money rattling in their pockets, ready to buy important provisions for the week. After a torrential downpour made moving around tricky, the decision was made to re-board the minibus and head back to the Range for some indoor (dry) shopping! 
For the afternoon activity, the children set off to Itchen Valley Country Park, spending time on the adventure playground before heading on to the Go Ape adventure course. Some of the children may have regretted second helpings of roast beef as they prepared to launch themselves off the zip-wire but all seemed to enjoy the challenge of the intimidating tree top activities; supporting each other superbly whilst traversing wobbly bridges, cargo nets and awkward walkways."

Decorating Middle Lodge

Mrs Jeram shared these photos of the first night with her Year 7 girls in Middle Lodge.