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 pupils finish their lessons at 3.00pm (Prep 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 have the opportunity to take part in various activities. These vary by season, with the pupils 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 or film nights.
Boarders also have the opportunity to use all our facilities on site, including our sports hall, fitness suite (Seniors only), 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 pupils traditionally enjoy a day punting and exploring the city. We also organise visits to see the sights of London and Colchester Zoo .
Our boarders also enjoy activities in Norwich, a vibrant, historic city which is just five miles away. They 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. Boarders 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 boarders 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. Pupils 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 child worships elsewhere.
Children and teenagers alike need a healthy and balanced diet to grow, to learn, to have energy for sport and activities and to play and relax well.
We have a full-time professional and experienced chef and all our meals are cooked in house, including for those with individual dietary requirements. The boarders sit down together to eat, just as a family would at home. In fact most boarders say there is a much better choice than they would get at home, particularly in the mornings!
Breakfast always comprises a selection of cereals, toast and preserves, fresh fruit, yoghurt, fruit juice, tea and coffee. There is also a hot option several times a week such as scrambled eggs, porridge or warm croissants.
There are always at least two hot options for lunch, one with meat and one vegetarian, as well as a salad bar. In addition to fresh fruit and yogurts, there is a daily pudding option – Eton mess and homemade bread and butter pudding are always firm favourites!
Suppertime sees a choice of a hot dish, such as homemade chilli chicken with rice or the salad bar (or both!). There is always a pudding available as well as fresh fruit and yoghurt.
Snacks are also provided at morning break, after school and in the boarding house in the evenings.
Our boarders come to us from all over the world, so we make great efforts to cater for all different cultures. Pupils have the opportunity to input into the school menus and we appreciate their suggestions. We are also very experienced with dealing with pupils’ individual dietary needs, including students with coeliac disease and those who require a dairy-free diet, and are happy to devise specific menu options to meet particular requirements.
Finally, there are also facilities in the boarding houses for pupils to make their own snacks ‘out of hours’. Boarders have access to kettles, toasters and a fridge.