The weekends at Tavy House (Prep boarding) are all about family time. The boarders spend time enjoying each other’s company and utilising the onsite facilitates, nearby activities and organised trips.
We have a vibrant community of full boarders and a number of weekly boarders choose to stay at school for certain weekends depending on the activities. This creates a fun and vibrant family of between 20 and 35 full boarders.
We like to have every full boarder in school for the first and last weekends but during most other weekends the boarders are more than welcome to go home following their commitments on Friday (or Saturday if they are in Years 7 or 8 and have been selected for a sport fixture). We also have exeat weekends where most pupils go home but every pupil is more than welcome to stay with the Houseparents. All pupils go home (or to guardians) during half term.
We try to ensure that the weekend programme is busy and varied with the emphasis being on family fun. Saturdays will normally include a trip to Tavistock, on-site activities such as mountain bike riding, art, baking or dog walking by the river whilst Sunday will usually involve a trip such as surfing, mountain biking, pizza making, Christmas shopping, Total Wipeout, The Eden Project, climbing and ice skating to name but a few.
We make good use of our outstanding facilities including our outdoor (heated) pool from April through to October, cooking/baking, sports hall challenges, art, table tennis, pool and mountain biking through our own hills.
We also run special events such as themed sleepovers, camping challenges on Dartmoor and camp fire cooking by the River Tavy. These are particularly popular and will regularly attract weekly and day pupils to come and board a little more often!
Our catering is split between being on-site and the often-popular option of walking to College to join older siblings for a meal. This would normally be for Saturday lunch and supper, Sunday brunch and supper. We will also cook our own BBQs on Sunny Slopes or over the campfire by the river.
Boarding at the Prep is huge fun as a result of the strong family ethos where age is not a limit rather an opportunity to include everyone as a brother or sister during term time.