At the end of each half of term we like to put together a summary round-up and picture gallery of some of the fun activities that our Manor pupils have enjoyed.
On Sunday 5 November, Staff, parents, pupils, and friends were all treated to a spectacular display at the Manor Bonfire and Fireworks night last Sunday. Preparations for the evening took place over the weekend and the Manorites had a lot of fun carving the scariest pumpkin faces that they could. The kitchen was also a hive of activity as cookies, cakes and toffee apples were prepared under the watchful eye of Miss Wilkins and Mr Gordon, and they both picked up some handy cooking tips from the pupils in the process! Overall, a magnificent sum of £1179.69 was raised for the School Charity, Malayaka House.
On November 12, the Manorites all joined in at the Remembrance Service in School and then went to Trowbridge to see Paddington 2. All agreed that it was a great film and some of our hardier third formers even shed a silent tear at points!
The Headmaster dropped into the House and challenged Monty to a quick game of table tennis, and there is much anticipation surrounding the draw for our table tennis competition!
In addition, eight third formers enjoyed a ‘home-cooked supper’ with Mrs Sampson, Mr Fulling and Mr Gordon and there was much discussion around the merits (or not) of siblings!
On Sunday 19 November, the Manorites took a trip to Splashdown Waterpark in Poole. Many brave swimmers descended near vertical slides in darkness, whilst others preferred to gently float in the ‘relaxing’ rapids; a quick stop off, on the way home, for some shopping in Salisbury completed a fun day out!
We welcomed Miss Quinlan and Mrs Oades to The Manor on Tuesday 21 November in the evening for the first session of the ‘Manor Ballroom Dancing Club’ – many children enjoyed dancing along to some upbeat tunes, and we are all looking forward to seeing the progress of our dancers.
Our Christmas tree was decorated on Saturday 2 December, and we all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Craft Day on Sunday 3 December. Many of the pupils made wooden trays with Mr Gibson, whilst Mrs Gibson lead the way with felt stocking decorations; many thanks indeed to them both for so kindly bringing their artistic skills to The Manor for the day!
The Manorites spent much of the last Sunday of term preparing for the Manor Advent Concert. Rehearsals ground to a halt mid-afternoon when some snowflakes finally fell, and the much loved ‘waterslide’ was temporarily turned into a ski-slope.
We all enjoyed our evening concert of festive songs, recitals and a nativity play; the sight of baby Jesus descending from the balcony will be remembered for some time!
During the interval, the Headmaster kindly judged the Christmas Cake Competition. The bakers had all worked very hard this year, and the standard of entry was exceptional, making judging very tricky. After much deliberation, Freddie and Harry were announced worthy winners, with Alex and Molly being awarded second and third place respectively.
Thank you to Mrs Sampson and all the Manor tutors and staff for making this half of term, once again, so extremely enjoyable for our Lower School boarding pupils. We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and good wishes for the New Year.