20 October 2017
Organising boarding Activities, or enrichments, as we describe them in boarding, is an interesting part of my work and provides both joys and frustrations. The joys are those moments when you know that a planned outing has worked well, and the frustrations come when one has to deal with things outside of one’s control, the weather being one such factor. The annual Fairholme Fair was offered last Saturday and even though the sky was bleak our four GAP Students and a supervisor took eight girls from Brown House who were determined that the weather would not dampen their spirits.
Ten-pin bowling, putt-putt, PCYC markets and other regular events on offer are regular features of our weekends and are well attended and the swimming on Sundays is popular as the months become warmer.
We have already commenced planning for the whole of next year and more specifically, for Term 1. The Boarder closed weekend will involve a highly organised water safety program at Burleigh Heads on the second weekend of term. This year, Australia Day falls on a Friday making that first weekend back a long weekend so we are looking to involve our junior boarders in an Australia Day trip to the Darling Downs Zoo at Pilton. The day is structured and I have been assured that the young crocodile who is being patted will have his or her jaws taped shut. I patted a baby croc outside Rockhampton. It was well taped and had the most beautiful soft skin.
The Year 11 boarders are planning to farewell the Year 12s and the last week of Year 12 will be particularly busy. The Year 12s do a walkthrough in the dining room to show their gowns to the younger girls and the last week of term involves a special Christmas dinner for boarding featuring a visit from Santa. This is the final role of the 2017 Boarding Committee and we celebrate with a beautiful meal and many guests.
Mrs Val Lovell
Head of Boarding