Evening Activities and Boarding
When the day participants have gone home, the emphasis of the course switches from music to having a lot of fun with new friends. The afternoon sport, evening activities, our house team system, the small music groups and general friendly atmosphere on our courses are all conducive to children enjoying themselves. We hear children at the end of each course complaining that the course was not long enough, rather than looking forward to going home (which we think is a good thing....)!
Many children do not know anyone when they arrive on one of our courses: but very quickly new friendships are formed. We have had very few instances of children being homesick; and the few there have been have been fleeting - generally they are just kept too busy to think about home. Each evening there will be activities and games. We usually do a big fun quiz on the first night (in house teams) to break any ice that remains to be broken; other activities include outdoor games such as softball rounders or football, a treasure hunt, table tennis, party games, Brass Academy's Got Talent etc. The evening draws to a conclusion with showers followed by milkshake and a light snack and a relaxed 15 minutes or so watching a short DVD. Bedtime for the younger children (12 and under) will be around 9.30pm: teenagers stay up later until about 10.30pm. Children of all ages attend our courses, and we recognize that teenagers need and want less structure in the evenings. So whilst they are very welcome to join in the evening activities, they can if they wish have a more relaxed evening, chatting with new friends or playing an impromptu game of football, cards or board games.
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