It’s starting to feel a lot like winter over at The Grange, a perfect time for lighting the fire and cosying up with some comfort food. On Saturday, Mrs Shearman, our House Mistress, held a Smores night in aid of Brainwave, a local charity in Somerset for Children born with brain injuries or acquired injuries. At 7pm, the students gathered around the fire pit to enjoy the warmth, toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate with cream – In total £45 was raised.
On Sunday morning, the students made the short autumnal walk over to the church in Kingston St Mary for the Harvest Festival Service, led by the chaplain Christine Winter. With Church decorated with beautiful sunflowers that the students had created in Mrs Griffiths’ art class, the group sat and listened attentively to the service. Candy, Pier, Joan, Tymur and Vitold all gave excellent readings to the congregation and the group all sung harmoniously, with renditions of 3 hymns. We also enjoyed superb musical performances from Anne on the Violin and Yuchen playing the piano. The students were also given the opportunity to donate the items they had collected for the local charity Open Door, these were placed at the altar for everyone to see and were given to a very worthy cause. After the service the students were warmly welcomed into the community with conversations, juice and biscuits.
After lunch and as the sun was shining we made the bus journey to Saunton Sands. With a group of the boys taking part in a surfing lesson and getting changed into their wetsuits, the remainder of The Grange students headed off to explore the beach. As the tide came in the students watched their friends dive into the waves with their surf boards. We were very impressed with the surfers’ patience and perseverance and after some tumbles, many of the students were riding the waves like professionals. Awaiting the students in the dining room on their return was a big plate of traditional fish and chips.

Katherine Barnett