Race Night

Last weekend Boarders had the opportunity to ‘let down their hair’ and get involved in the fun entertainment organised by the duty staff. Saturday night saw the opening of our Latino Cantina (also known as the dining room), with bunting, balloons and much, much more! The children were asked to wear appropriate attire and to don their favorite head-wear chosen from a selection in the school room (courtesy of Mrs Brett and Mrs Lennon’s costume department). Elliot McBean-Willis selected a dapper top hat, Harry Pertwee opted for a Nora Batty number, Faith Bahar, Tilly Lockhart and Francesca Hughes fashioned their own (prize-winning) mini-top hats whilst Mrs Allanson chose a fabulous white ostrich-feather number. Upon entering the dining room with their hats, every child was given their own personal entrance ticket to the OBH Members Only Race Enclosure.
In the dining hall, Mrs Allanson set the mood with some Latino music and pupils were invited to come up to Mrs A and Mrs B’s mocktail bar. There was a vast array of choice, from Berry Berry Bliss, Mock Pina-Colada, Dracula’s Blood and Dr Thunder. Children took the opportunity to sample and re-fill from the bar with many opting for the cocktail umbrella, lemon and straw additions in their glasses. Appletini proved popular with the Year 7 boys, whilst Paula Munoz was eager to learn the secret recipe for a Blue Lagoon. Following a delicious meal of chilli beans and lamb-burgers, Mr Barrett invited the children up to the white and milk chocolate fountains. All enjoyed tucking into chocolate heaven. Many thanks to the catering staff for creating such wonderful fruit and marsh-mellow kebabs – yum!
After a leisurely meal, punters were invited to the new OBH Members Only Race Enclosure (aka the school room) which even Frankie Dettori would be envious of. Richard Crawshay made super use of his top hat and pulled out his ticket from this Very Safe Place. Mr Journeaux set up business in the ‘Bet Gap’ shop and race-goers were given £150 OBH pounds to bet on the gee-gees. Mr Barrett started the proceedings and dressed in his best top hat, proceeded to explain the rules and was a most excellent compere for the evening. Alex Routledge and Nicolas Martin both took risks that paid off and left a big hole in ‘Bet Gap’ cash flow. For others, the evening broke the bank but it was agreed that a good time was had by all.

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