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    Busy Weekend for Boarders

    From Zorb football to sleeping under the stars, it was an action-packed first weekend of the autumn term!

    From Zorb football to sleeping under the stars, it was an action-packed first weekend of the autumn term for our boarders! Kimbolton House boys kicked off Friday night with 5-a-side Zorb football – a fun new twist to the beautiful game. Encased in giant inflatable bubbles, the First to Upper Sixth Formers bounced, rolled and occasionally collided with each other in a closely fought match on the Duchess Astro.

    Meanwhile, over at Outdoor Pursuits, the White House Girls set up camp with cardboard boxes and sleeping bags for a sponsored sleep-out in the School grounds. The event had a serious purpose - to give those taking part a small taste of what homeless people experience living on the streets, and to raise money for a local soup kitchen (£460 at the last count). Speaking to the girls beforehand, Housemistress Mrs Ceri Stokes said: “Young people are now the most likely group to be living in poverty with nearly half of the people living in homeless accommodation being 16-24 years old. You will only be without your home comforts for 14 hours, and it will be difficult to adjust to, so please imagine what it is like for people who really are homeless.”

    Saturday was filled with sporting commitments including Hockey and Football fixtures against Wellingborough School, Forest School, Ratcliffe College, Oakham School and Spratton Hall – as well as canoe team training on the River Ouse and a sailing competition against Uppingham and Oundle at Rutland Water. There were also creative opportunities aplenty in the form of a fabric letter-making workshop and a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

    Finally, on Sunday afternoon, all of our boarders gathered in the gardens of White House for a barbecue and a well-deserved rest before another busy week!

    Next up in the boarding calendar? A Kimbolton House residential trip to Derby later this month, for a Derby County football match, camping and a coached session at the velodrome.