Boarding News

April 2019

This half term has once again been a busy one. We have had many activities going on, in and about the house. As can be seen from the photos below our students have enjoyed making dream catchers, had a onesie party for charity and joined in with the charity football matches. I am very pleased to say that the Chapter House Boys’ team once again won their match against the year 6 boys – they had great fun playing and enjoyed their continuing winning streak.

We had one of our language assistants come and make French toast which was enjoyed very much as can be seen by the happy faces. Whilst here she also taught some of our students a few French words.

We have had our usual weekend trips including Energi Beats, which seems to be popular with the children. They also had the chance to go to Legoland and the Aquarium.  Those that went had a great time playing amongst the touch pool in the Aquarium and enjoying rides and building with the many blocks of Lego in Legoland.

Chapter House boarding staff would like to wish you all a very happy Easter holiday and we look forward to seeing the children back here rested and refreshed.


  • It is important to keep to a good bedtime routine for the children, therefore please do not call the rooms after 20:00 as this is the time that the children are settling down ready for bed.
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Julie Day
Senior House Tutor

Making dream catchers – great concentration!

French toast night – learning about a different culture.

Aquarium and LEGOLAND – learning about sharks and enjoying the rides.


Birthday celebrations.

Hot chocolate night!

Charity onesie party.

Football competition.


February 2019

This half term has been a full and varied one in Chapter house. Some of our students were lucky enough to have been asked to go to Ripon Cathedral to help set up Candlemas and afterwards join in the celebration. We have had many weekend activities such as Energy beats, cinema and soft play where they were able to go to the petting farm. Their favourite animal was the goat; he was quite happy to have his ears scratched! Bowling and laser zone were also enjoyed by our students as well as the Gym Festival.
In House we held the teddy bears’ tea party and all the students that wanted to have their faces painted had them painted with Teddy bears. We have had plenty of arts and crafts going on; paper flower garlands and lots of drawings.
Football has been enjoyed every weekend with matches being played against the year 6 students – unfortunately we haven’t been as successful this half term, not winning many of the games! The students enjoyed time in the dance studio learning Disco Zumba as well as playing table tennis and enjoying races in the martial arts room.
This half term our charity event was successful – the students helped to make and sell cakes for Valentine’s day.
As we break up, we have to say goodbye to some of our staff who are going onto different jobs; Mr Casten, Miss Franklin and Miss Gillam.  We wish then all the best for their future endeavours.
We have welcomed Mr Harmen into Chapter House, who some of you may know as he has worked with Chapter House before. We also have two new members of staff joining when we start back after the holidays.

• Phone calls need to be finished by 20:00 hrs as any time after this disrupts the evening routine and disturbs roommates who are trying to sleep. If there is an emergency, please call on the emergency phone: 07599276655. 
• Tuck needs to be in single packaging and have an expiry date that will last the term.

Julie Day
Senior House Tutor

Teddy Bears’ Tea Party

Fun at Creepy Crawlies

Some of our students were lucky enough to be invited to go to Ripon Cathedral to help set up this year’s Candlemas.

Lots of fun during free time activities.

December 2018

This half term Chapter house have enjoyed many trips out at the weekends. This has included ice skating, a trip on Santa’s train as well as a Christmas party with Santa paying a visit to the boarding house and each child receiving a small gift (creating much excitement). Earlier in the half term there was a trip to the White Rose Shopping centre as well as a trip to Energi beats and the cinema. In house, as well as the usual football, there was a match against the year 6 students, Chapter House were victorious!

Christmas decorations and Christmas cards were made by those who wanted to. This year’s Charity Fair took place in the Atrium and the children all had a great time playing a few games and buying homemade goodies.

Finally, Chapter House boarding staff would like to wish you all a happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year, and we look forward to seeing you all in January.

Julie Day
Senior House Tutor


Father Christmas comes to Chapter House – A visit from Father Christmas took place and all children received a small gift from him.


Fun on the ice – Some of our students took part in our ice skating activity, lots of fun was had by all. Those that were not so confident on the ice to start with soon gained their confidence and were off and skating well.


November 2018

Some of our Chapter House Boarders have been presented with a variety of different awards for achievement in boarding; including ‘Star of the Week’, ‘Kind Friend Award’, ‘Most Improved Boarder’, and the prestigious ‘Gentleman’s Award’.  These were presented to the children by our Heads of Boarding, Miss Holt and Mr Hay.  A big congratulations to you all!

October 2018

Students are very happy to be able to celebrate their birthdays with friends in Chapter House Boarding. Students love sharing cake, singing ‘Happy Birthday’ and enjoying time in the ball pit.

September 2018

Over the past month, we have had lots of activities in Chapter House Boarding including the closed weekend activities where the children participated in pizza making, a scavenger hunt and the ‘It’s a Knockout’ competition. The following weekend, some of the children went on a trip to Creepy Crawlies, which they all enjoyed a lot.



Week Beginning 21 May 2018

Chapter House have been working on their rollerblading techniques, racing and challenging each other around the playground. Alongside them, the girls have been creating dance routines and keeping active.







Week Beginning 14 May 2018

Children have been enjoying the lovely weather and had their faces painted on the weekend.







Week Beginning: 9 April 2018

We learned to make pompoms this weekend and enjoyed creating with wool.

Week Beginning: 4th November 2017

Chapter House had a lovely Bonfire Night watching the amazing fireworks display.






Week Beginning: 26th October 2017

We decorated pumpkins in preparation for Halloween. We got judged on who was the best pumpkin, well down Andrea for winning!










We went Trick-or-Treating around the school campus where we were treated with frights and scares from spooky rooms and hiding skeletons. Luckily we managed to escape with all the sweet treats! Afterward we had a lovely disco in house.


We went to Filey Animal Park for Halloween Weekend to feed the animals, do some Halloween Challenges and get stuck in all the mud!



Week Beginning: 16th October 2017

We had further fun outside in the leaves and playing with our friends.



Week Beginning: 9th October 2017

We had fun playing with the autumn leaves in the playground. We learned how to make leaf crowns and did frottage with the leaves to create interesting patterns. The leaves were also great to play hide-and-seek in!




Week Beginning: 9th October 2017

This weekend was filled with activities. We designed our own t-shirts on Friday night and throughout the weekend. We enjoyed being creative and showing our individuality on our t-shirts. Then on Saturday we went to the National railway Museum. Miss Burton brought along her Train Bear which we each got to take on all the trains. We learned all about the old and new trains and had fun watching them use the turntable.



Week Beginning: 2 October 2017

This weekend we had a mini-Olympics and Run The World Challenge for Cultural Week. We enjoyed bobbing for apples and ran many laps as a house around the track to total a fair few miles!


Tom, our Chinese student, taught us all to fold origami as a part of cultural week. We made, peaches, frogs and airplanes.



Week Beginning: 25th September 2017

We had chocolate fountains in house with some yummy fresh fruit and sweets. We enjoyed dipping them into the fountains and even though it got a little messy, it was so delicious!




Week Beginning: 18th September 2017

This week we went to Creepy Crawlies Indoor Play Center. We had lots of fun playing on the great slides and climbing frames and we got to go on some fun swings and play in the water park outdoors. There was a petting farm where we got to hold Guinea pigs and give them some food which we really enjoyed doing.



We made our pizzas from scratch this weekend. We learned to make the dough and how to stretch and roll it out. Choosing our own toppings was yummy, sometimes they didn’t even make it to the pizza!



Academic Year 2016-2017

Week beginning: 8th May


Chapter House got into the swing of summer with a Hawaiian Luau party. Everyone dressed up in their beach gear with flowers galore for a fun afternoon playing and dancing with our friends. We tried out the limbo and a conga train and even had time to relax under the palm trees. Loads of fun was had by all!

Week beginning: 1st May




Despite the weather, Chapter House had a lot of fun painting their surfboards for the Hawaiian Luau party we will be having next weekend. We were all inspired by the movie Moana and got our creative juices flowing as we painted different patterns onto the boards.

Week beginning: 24th April



Chapter House had a brilliant day out at the Treetop Adventure Park where we got to hang out in the netted areas high up in the canopy of a forest. We had a battle with balls against the staff which the boarders definitely won! There were fun net slides which we could slide down in sacks to other parts of the nets and explore the treetops. This trip was definitely a highlight for many of us!

Week beginning: 27th March

We had a wonderful day at Diggerland on Saturday.  The weather held allowing us to dig big holes, play skittles with excavators and go on rides around the grounds.  Definitely a trip to repeat!

Week beginning:  20th March

At the weekend some of the boarding students went on a boat trip in York. They had a wonderful time and many have requested to go back again.

Week beginning: 13th March


Our Brownies held a tea party for some of the senior staff in boarding.  They spent a lot of time deciding the menu, had an entertainments committee and decorations committee.  The afternoon went well with Miss Amy Martin being one of the honoured guests.  The girls have all gained their Hostess Badge.



We visited Eureka on Sunday where the children played interactively with many exhibits. They learned about their bodies, the environment, our oceans, space and, to quote one of the children, “stuff about science”.