Article by the Head of Boarding published March 2017 in Diplomat magazine
Please click on the link below to read Mrs Lorinda Munro-Faure's article in Diplomat magazine about parenting and the teenage boarder:
National Boarding Week: June 20th - 26th 2016
The Boarding Schools’ Association is celebrating their Golden Jubilee from June 20-26 2016. We were very fortunate that Dr David Barnardo visited St Catherine's and launched National Boarding Week.
St Catherine's is taking part in many events, with money raised to support Barbardo's.
Weekend Activities for Boarders
Every weekend there are special activities arranged for boarders of all ages: there is always something for everyone to enjoy. A mere flavour of what has taken place is reported below:
Preparing for National Boarding Week: June 2016
- During the weekend of Friday 17th June to Sun 19th June preparations for National Boarding Week were well underway. Following a two-tone cupcake piping demonstration by Mr Friend on the Sunday, boarders donned their aprons and took part in a baking extravaganza with their customary creative flair and infectious enthusiasm, making and decorating cupcakes to sell for Barnardo's.
Friday 6th May to Sun 8th May 2016
On Friday night the boarders enjoyed some relaxing and invigorating yoga, ready for a long weekend of revision, revision and more revision!
On Saturday the girls attended the Prep School May Fair. They played lots of games, enjoyed the cake sale and marvelled at the magician. The Sixth Formers made their own pizza, aided byMrs Moore, Erin and Ruby.
Sunday saw high-octane excitement at the Wild Wood high ropes course at Stoke Park. The girls from Bronte and Symes clambered, balanced and zipped their way around the course and were not fazed by the height and windy conditions.
Friday 5th February to Sun 7th February 2016
The boarders' weekend activities began with watching a film in house, whilst some girls went to watch Surrey
Storm Development Squad train in the Sports Hall. On Saturday, a group of 23 girls accompanied by Mrs George and Miss Dingley-Jones went to Windsor Castle. The girls saw the state apartments, Queen Mary's dolls house and the parts of the castle that had burned down in 1992 that had been rebuilt. The girls then enjoyed trying to distract the Queen's guards, before enjoying some shopping time in Windsor.
On Sunday, the boarders enjoyed a relaxed day with some arm knitting for Keller, revision for the 6th form and a trip in the evening to the Chinese buffet for Bronte and Symes.
Friday 21st November to Sun 23rd November 2014
The boarders had a calm weekend, after the fever-pitch excitement of lacrosse on St Cat's Day. The weekend kicked off with many girls performing in the Gala Concert or watching it and supporting their friends; all agreed that the performing was fantastic and that they thoroughly enjoyed the concert.
On Saturday, 58 girls went to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 at the cinema in Guildford. They thought the movie was very good, apart from the cliff-hanger at the end! On Sunday, there was a Christmas Arts and Crafts session, where the girls made paper chains, decorations made out of felt and gingerbread biscuits. Thanks to all involved, and especially to Mari-Liis and Oleksandra for leading the baking!
Friday 3rd October to Sun 5th October 2014
The weekend kicked off (literally!) with our second lesson in Body Combat, with Fitness Suite as another option. On Saturday, despite some rainfall, the boarders went to the Surrey Hills Wood Fair, which was held nearby this year at Birtley House Estate. The girls got to see many different trade stands, demonstrations, other activities and various animals, including owls.
On Sunday, the boarders and girls from Perth College went to Holy Trinity Bramley to celebrate Harvest Festival. After brunch, they all headed out Donutting, and much fun was had by all, judging by the screams and whoops of glee. Many thanks to all the staff involved this weekend.but had adventures of their own on the D of E practice expedition.
Friday 19th September to Sun 21st September 2014
The weekend was lots of fun for the boarders. On Friday, the girls participated in Body Combat where they worked out the frustrations of the week by punching one another and dragging around heavy objects – all in the name of self-defence!
On Saturday Mrs George, Miss Dingley-Jones, Miss Lopez and Mrs Hart took 40 girls to Chessington World of Adventures. The weather held – the only cause to get wet was on the rides! Lower 5 missed out on the thrills and spills but had adventures of their own on the D of E practice expedition.
On Sunday the weather perked up and Miss Dingley-Jones put the girls through their paces with some team-building netball skills. To round off the weekend, the boarders attended the evening Songs of Praises service at Holy Trinity Church.
Friday 5th September to Sun 7th September 2014
The first Boarding weekend of the new year began with a party for all the girls on Friday night, which involved many different games. Bench ball went down a storm with everyone, with some very competitive playing going on amongst the staff and amongst the girls. Many thanks to the Senior Boarders for organising such a fun event.
Saturday saw Bronte and Symes taking on a Young Apprentice challenge to pitch their costume company to the high-flying film directors, Miss Cullen and Miss Dingley-Jones. Many amazing creations, tactics and business ideas were put forward and suitably impressed the judges! Saturday also saw the 6th form going with Mrs Hart on their orientation trip to Guildford, to ensure nobody can be late back to Boarding because of not knowing where the buses leave from!
Sunday began with a service in the chapel for Association Day and then Keller had their orientation trip to Guildford – they seem to have had quite a lot to do, as none came back with Mrs George on the earlier bus! Perhaps they were busy finalising their equipment for Bronze DofE training next weekend. The L6 experienced Come Dine With Me, Hart style, and were treated to melon and parma ham, different chicken dishes for their main and chocolate cake and meringue for desert. Not only was there fantastic food in an nice and friendly atmosphere, but also much discussion about Scotland and the referendum, as well as charity runs. A great start to a new year of Boarding!
Friday 20th June to Sun 23rd June 2014
- This weekend kicked off with the wonderful Middle School Summer Concert which the girls thoroughly enjoyed. On Saturday morning the younger boarders took a refreshment trip to Sainsbury’s before watching One Man, Two Guv’nors in Woking which was enjoyed by all with much laughter. On Sunday, we set the tone for next week with our very own mini Wimbledon tournament with Fran the victorious winner! After this, in true Wimbledon style, the girls enjoyed strawberries and cream followed by a quick dip in the newly-acquired paddling pool.
- A very relaxed weekend which was much needed by the girls (and staff!) and it was enjoyed by all. Thank you very much to all who helped out this weekend.
Friday 6th June to Sun 8th June 2014
- After a stormy start the boarders had a lovely sunny weekend:
- On Saturday, the L5 set off on their Bronze D of E expedition. The Bronte and Symes girls went to Brighton with Mrs George, Miss Chan, Sam and Anna. Lots of traditional seaside treats and fun followed: fish and chips, ice cream and rollercoasters (not necessarily in that order!), and some shopping in the Lanes went down very well in the sunshine.
- On Sunday the archery activity gave the girls a chance to practice their Katniss Everdeen skills! Many thanks to Mrs Leitner and Miss Turner for supervising. L5 returned, weary but in once piece.
Friday 16th May to Sun 18th May 2014
- A great time was had this weekend in the sun. We kicked off the weekend (literally!) with a Body Combat session on the rounders pitches outside, and all the girls had a great time learning some self-defence moves. The girls are psyched for the opportunity to learn more later in the term.
- On Saturday the boarders went to Bramley Fete and had a wonderful time going around the stalls, trying out the sweets and getting an aerial view of Bramley from the ferris wheel. Earlier visitors to the fete got to hear the Rock Choir, led by our very own Mr Tudor.
- On Sunday the boarders went to Oxford and had a tour around the university led by Miss Cullen. After admiring the buildings and open spaces, they went to work on the shops and the ice cream shops! The Cake Shop in the Covered Market provided some mouth-watering cakes to look at and aspire to creating. The U6 attended their Leavers Communion, which was a lovely service, and then had an excellent lunch afterwards.
Friday 21st March to Sun 23rd March 2014
- Friday night kicked off a very busy weekend for the boarders with activities to suit all tastes such as sessions in the fitness suite and an Easter chocolate workshop; Miss Bayley and Miss Carter, assisted by the gap students, coordinated the creation of many delicious delights for the boarders. Sports Relief on the big screen rounded off the evening.
- On Saturday many boarders saw Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in Woking. The amazing dancing, dazzling sets and costumes and humorous touches made this an enjoyable performance for all.
- Sunday saw the boarders getting creative, making canvas art to decorate dorms and boarding houses. The start of packing signals the end of what has been a very busy term….
Friday 14th March to Sun 16th March 2014
- A great time was had this weekend, beginning on Friday with kite-making and the fitness suite, whilst some girls were playing in the Chamber Concert.
- On Saturday afternoon the Bronte and Symes boarders were treated to a great workshop by The Techtonics, an a-capella group made up of students from Imperial College, London. They learnt about what goes into a rehearsal of a-capella music, and spent a fair amount of time learning how to beatbox, to varying degrees of success! The Techtonics also performed a few of their own arrangements so the girls could see a complete performance, and they valiantly attempted an ad hoc on the spot arrangement of Bare Necessities!
- On Saturday evening, Miss Cullen hosted a Murder Mystery dinner party with the Bronte girls, and everyone had a good time as the girls acted out the plot while trying to find out the identity of the murderer!