Manor Matters Spring 2016

As always it has been a very busy term with a full weekend programme for our junior boarders at The Manor.

Early in January, one of the highlights was the 'night hike' with Sam Moore, our Head of Adventure, on one of the coldest evenings of the term. Thirty pupils were dropped off by mini bus some five miles from school, walking back to The Manor with a variety of staff and Sixth Form helpers. Everyone enjoyed the crunchy ground and starry skies, although were surprised by the cold and they certainly appreciated their hot chocolate waiting for them upon their return to The Manor.

February saw the introduction of ‘The Manor Quiz’, complete with photo rounds and questions on specialist topics. With 12 teams entering, Team Onesie Wonders (Wilf, Rufus, Dingqi, Jess and Ollie) pipped team Burning Bananas by 0.5 of a point after the final round - it went right to the wire.

Another popular event was the ‘Manor's Got Talent’ competition which took place over two weekends and involved all members of the House. The audience enjoyed many hilarious moments and everyone was amazed at the hidden talents, ranging from live drawing to comedy sketches and musical recitals. Worthy winners were Katie and Will for their beautiful duet.

The whole House also got involved in the organisation of a Saturday night, Hawaiian-themed evening. Pupils organised decorations and fancy-dress as well as helping to create the supper menu and fruit cocktails. Singing, dancing & of course, a limbo dancing competition were much appreciated by all.

House trips and entertainment this term included film nights, visits to the cinema, ice skating in Swindon, pancake, cookie and cup-cake making, watching London Irish at their home ground and a trip to Bristol to watch the British Basketball League (BBL) match between The Bristol Fliers and The Newcastle Eagles. Third Form Manorites also had a rather cold but well fought wide game, with passion and enthusiasm shown on all sides. The evening was made even more special due to some snow – just a sprinkling it has to be said – but a phenomena which some of the Manorites had never experienced before!

Manor pupils have also been extremely busy on the sports fields and on the stage. Most Manorites represented the School in a match during the course of the term and were delighted to win the Lower School inter-house hockey competition, captained by Will H. Twenty nine pupils were involved in the colourful, Lower School production of Alice in Wonderland whilst others sang in choirs, performed in the annual Dance Show, in recitals, in the Spring Concert and Rockfest. Special congratulations to Third Former, Natalie, this year’s winner of the Lower School Music competition.

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