OBH Christmas Crafts and Gingerbread Bake off

With the ‘season to be jolly’ rapidly approaching, at Rudolph’s top speed, this was the perfect excuse for OBH boarders to get into the spirit of the occasion, by participating in a fun-filled Sunday.
Following a pyjama breakfast, many of the Rugby players and helpers wrapped up warm and courageously prepared for a somewhat chilly and rainy Rugby Seven’s Tournament; the remaining boarders donned their aprons and headed for the Art Studio where there were a range of glittering crafts on offer, accompanied by the melodies of a somewhat ancient Christmas CD. The boarders had great fun making mini Christmas trees out of mini pots, stars and pinecones and an impromptu singing of Happy Birthday to Mercedes set the tone of the morning.
Maddie Anderson established her own Christmas card making company whilst Anlan Wang made excellent use of Mrs Bolton’s glitter stocks, producing a beautiful , multi-coloured glimmer tree. Imogen, Georgie,
India and Grace led the way in the glass lantern corner with numerous festive designs. At the end of the morning, there was an enormous array of Crafts, destined to adorn the dormitories for the much anticipated competition. Mr Hayes’ festive crooning provided light entertainment throughout and Mrs Griffiths was on hand to help make the Art Studio spick and span again.
Following a delicious indoor BBQ lunch, some of the intrepid helpers returned in search of warmer activities. With hands washed, Mrs Griffiths led the way with our very own OBH bake off. This week: Gingerbread. Fearing soggy bottoms and other gingerbread no-nos, the children all listened carefully and got stuck into mixing and needing their dough. There were numerous shapes created from the humble Gingerbread man, to various Christmas delights, including stacked trees. The boarders took great pleasure in decorating their designs, with silver balls, sprinkles and a good dollop of icing. The designs were beautiful and it made the
judges task very challenging. Well done to our top bakers Jorge, Poppy, Imogen and Emma. We all agreed that the gingerbread tasted delicious!

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