Final post of the Summer Term

It has been another very busy half a term in Cloister, and I am sure that everyone is looking forward to a well-deserved rest over the Summer Holidays.

The focus for many this term has been on exams. I have been so proud of the calm and organised manner in which the girls have approached their GCSE’s in particular, given that there have been none for the past 2 years! They all worked incredibly hard, and now deserve to have wonderful, restful summer. Farewell to our UV leavers, Jodie, Anya and Ashley. You will be really missed but we wish you all the best for your new schools.

House activities this half term have centred around relaxation and spending time away from revision and exams. The new outdoor games have gone down particularly well, and there have been many competitive Badminton matches in the courtyard. Rounders has also gained popularity, mainly due to the warmer, longer evenings! Miss Humphries has been busy baking, providing exam snacks. A personal favourite was chocolate- marshmallow rice crispy squares. An excellent revision snack!

The highlight of this term has to be Dove Day. We were so lucky with the weather and after a two-year hiatus, the green tent was back to its former glory! The day started with a wonderful Chapel service in which Biobele, the school Almoner read the bible reading. We then headed out onto midget pitch for the dog show, tug of war, gymnastics show and various stalls. Our tug of war team certainly won the prize for the most enthusiastic team, narrowly missing out on a prize! There were many Cloister pups in the dog show, entering rounds such as ‘Waggiest Tail’ and ‘Prettiest Girl’. In my opinion, they were all winners! We then moved across to the House tent where we were able to enjoy a relaxed picnic in the company of staff, pupils and parents. Luckily the rain held off until right at the end when a brief shower introduced the ‘125 show’.

Glastonabbey was another highlight of the term, and we were treated to a range of solo and band performances. Shout out the all the Cloister performers: Gwendolyn, Sophie, Ettie, Funto and Bella who were absolutely superb. The evening was enjoyed by the entire house who danced the night away!

The final week of term has been as busy as ever. Dorm Feast took an unexpected turn when Sophia and Hannah started a spontaneous Cloister-Shelburne sing off. What we may have lacked in tunefulness we certainly made up for with noise and enthusiasm!

We were also treated to our House Chapel service, written by Biobele. It was a reflective and thoughtful speech, highlighting the importance of community and supporting each other. Our House readers Biobele, Mari, Aumkaar and Sophie read with clarity and feeling and the music by Kelly and Catherine was outstanding. House funals took place on a rainy Monday afternoon, but the whole House came out to support their peers.

We played so well, and I look forward to the results being announced on Friday. We now only have a few days left and among various end of term school activities there is our House outing to ‘Jump’.

All that is now left to say is that to everyone in Cloister we hope you have a wonderful summer, spending some quality time with families and friends. To the Mons, farewell from Cloister. We will miss you, but please do stay in touch. We will always be your Cloister Family.