Boarders’ Open Weekend

After the long awaited Eagle House rugby fixtures on Saturday afternoon, the boys were welcomed back into the house with a warm roaring fire, a fancy of woolly Christmas jumpers and a delicious three course meal with all the roast potatoes Mr Inglis could ever hope to eat! Well done to the Dorm Captains for choosing the menu of a smoked salmon starter, followed by roasted duck with all the trimmings and a chocolate tart for pudding. The lovely meal expertly prepared by Lara and her kitchen team was thoroughly enjoyable and was a perfect match to the wonderful table decorations and Christmassy atmosphere created by Mrs Inglis, Mrs Ward, Mrs Denison and their little helpers (the Gappers). The Christmas banquet came to a raucous ending with Elstree’s very own version of The 12 days of Christmas, where the boys and staff were excellent value, with each table throwing themselves into each verse with added gusto on each round! A memorable finale to a delightful meal.

The boys were then entertained by some hilarious performances from Mrs Keene’s Improvisation Group. Whether a boy was a performer, active audience member or a spectator everyone was able to share in the laughter and marvel at some excellent sketches. A particular highlight for the boys was Mr Prichard’s portrayal of a ballerina.

Bed time then gave the boys a chance to dream up some finishing touches for their Dormitory Christmas Decorations Competition which was judged on the Sunday morning.  All of the dorms put in a lot of effort to make their dorm the most sparkly, tinselled and Christmassy dorm in the whole school and it was lovely to see the boys take such pride in their dorm appearance. After the church service and lunch, the remaining boys travelled to Winchester Cathedral to show-off their skills on the ice and buy some last minute secret Santa presents. The weekend was rounded off with a takeaway pizza and film before bed. A very enjoyable way to spend the last weekend before the end of a lively and productive term.