BOARDING FIT FOR A KING
Much excitement has been generated by the naming of the Boys’ Boarding House which will open in September 2016 in what is currently our Junior Boarding space. After much discussion, we have decided to call it Prince of Wales Boarding House (shortened to Wales). It is named after both Prince Charles and also HMS Prince of Wales, the new Royal Naval aircraft carrier, which is currently under construction in Rosyth. The Girls’ Boarding House in Stoatley will be renamed also, becoming Queen Victoria Boarding House (shortened to QV) in September 2016. Such a name is most appropriate as Queen Victoria was one of our original patrons.
The interior design for these two boarding houses, which will represent a refurbishment and restructuring of our current boarding facilities in Stoatley Hall, will be significantly influenced by the ideas and views of our current pupils. Each boarding house will have its own entrance and boarding facilities for girls and for boys will be entirely separate. It is envisaged that full boarding will be open to boys in Year 9 and Year 10 from 2016 with any remaining space available for flexi, weekly or short term boarders in Year 7 and Year 8.
In QEII, our Sixth Form Boarding House, much work went on during half term to update and refurbish the showers. Tasteful cubicles, well matched flooring and chinaware have been selected. Our Head of Nelson, Alison, is Project Manager and is charged with choosing the colours for the statement walls which will provide a bright and cheery contrast to the white tiles.
Boarding continues to be a popular option at The Royal School, with international and UK boarders enjoying a fascinating weekend programme. This coming Saturday, boarders will visit Le Salon du Chocolat in Chichester to learn the art of the chocolatier and to taste their hard work at the end of the day. On Sunday, a group of boarders from The Royal School will take part in the Haslemere commemoration of Remembrance Day, joining the procession as it makes its way through the town to the war memorial.
Congratulations to Sandringham who won the Interhouse Music Competition just before half term. There will be a full report in next week’s newsletter.