In our boarding community, we are able to tailor the boarding activities to the boarders in school on any given weekend or evening. To see photos of the most recent activities, please check our blog!
Typical Evening Activities
When girls finish their lessons at 3.00pm (Preparatory School) or 3.45pm (Senior School and Sixth Form), they can enjoy a snack in our dining hall and then go off to After-School Club (Prep School pupils), enjoy extra-curricular activities or go to the boarding house to relax and chill out.
At 5.00pm all boarders gather to do prep (their homework) with day pupils under supervision until 6.00pm. Supper is then served in the dining hall. All boarders, from age 9-18, sit together as a family and enjoy their meal together.
In the evening, boarders then have the opportunity to take part in various activities. These vary by season, with the girls often preferring to be outside in our grounds in the summer months playing tennis, enjoying impromptu games or just sitting in the Friendship Garden chatting. In the Autumn/Winter months there is an inevitable indoor focus with activities such as board games, craft activities, Wii competitions, pamper evenings or film nights.
Boarders also have the opportunity to use all our facilities on site, including our sports hall, swimming pool, music rooms and ICT suite. Or they can simply enjoy some down-time reading in their rooms, or watching television in the common rooms.
Every term a new weekend programme of activities is drawn up for boarders to enjoy. These activities are led by the boarding house staff or a member of the teaching staff. We aim to provide a mix of cultural pursuits and fun activities over the course of each term and weekend social outings are included within the full-time boarding fees.
Boarders can enjoy an activity off site one day every weekend and we organise excursions locally and further afield. Days out locally could be a visit to the Norfolk Broads for a boat trip, a day at our beautiful North Norfolk beaches, traditional seaside fun at Great Yarmouth, exploring Thetford Forest or a trip to the Queen’s royal residence at Sandringham. Historic Cambridge is just one hour away and girls traditionally enjoy a day punting and exploring the city. We also organise visits to see the sights of London and Colchester Zoo .
Our girls also enjoy activities in Norwich, a vibrant, historic city which is just five miles away. Girls may visit one of our many theatres – Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich Playhouse, the Maddermarket Theatre or Norwich Arts Centre – to see a show, visit one our cinemas – Vue, Odeon or Cinema City – or go swimming, ten-pin bowling or roller skating. Shopping is always popular – Norwich is one of the top ten cities in the UK for retail. As well as the national and international chain stores, the city has many individual shops in the famous “Norwich Lanes” area, and the largest permanent outdoor market in the UK. Girls have also been tubing at Norwich dry ski slope and built rafts and sailed down the river at Eaton Vale Activity Centre.
Of course our girls also need to relax at the weekend, just as they would at home, and our older pupils in particular who are studying for their GCSEs and A Levels will have homework to complete. We therefore generally arrange activities on site one day over the weekend, so everyone has a chance to recharge their batteries. Girls might enjoy a game of badminton in our sports hall or tennis on our courts for example, and our ICT suite and music rooms are always open.
All pupils gather together for meals over the weekend in our dining hall, and there is generally a traditional lunchtime Sunday roast to enjoy together. Pupils also have the opportunity to attend our local church in Hethersett, St Remigius, on a Sunday and we can arrange transport locally if your daughter worships elsewhere.