Boarders Christmas Party

The Christmas party for Elstree Boarders was a little different this year. It took place on the last Thursday night rather than the usual last Saturday of term but was still just as much fun with almost every child who boards attending. The dining room was beautifully decorated by Lara and her team and Mrs. Hepburn had made each of the guests a little Christmas themed party bag which she put on each place setting.

We enjoyed a delicious supper of baby back ribs, chicken skewers and other goodies with chocolate coated waffles and fruit kebabs for pudding. There was a real party atmosphere as everyone joined in with spontaneous renditions of all the Christmas tunes that were playing in the background. The girls definitely led the way as they danced back to their tables, laden with plates of food and draped in colourful party hats!

Sadly, Mr. Inglis was not able to be with us, so we had to forgo his usual ‘Elstree 12 days of Christmas’ but we all had an epic games of Head or Tails before finishing off the meal with some heartfelt thanks to Lara and her team for a really wonderful supper.

After supper, we all headed into the Hall for the Snowman Challenge. The children had to use loo roll to turn them into snowmen. Additional tinsel and decorations were available from Mr. Hepburn and the other staff if the children could tell them a joke and make them laugh. No laughs, no tinsel!

Anyway, it was great fun and the children were all such good company. Given the eye-watering sugar intake, I have to say that they were all superb in getting up to bed and getting to sleep when it was time for lights out. Spot on!  Great night!

Boarding at Elstree

Around 50% of Elstree pupils board from one to seven nights of the week. Elstree’s flexible boarding model means children from Year 4 can weekly or flexi-board.

Boarding is a home-from-home experience.  Children live with our House Parents in the main house, supported by a dedicated team of House Master and Mistresses, Matrons and a Nurse. Boarding enables pupils to learn to live as part of a community; it builds up their self-confidence, independence and organisation skills; to pursue a wealth of activities and interests and to build up strong friendships

Elstree’s Headmaster and wife live next door and are also involved in boarding life during the week and weekends. Children are thrilled to see them and get very excited when they have the opportunity to walk one of their dogs.