LA BAITA? IT’S ALL ABOUT BREAKFAST
Bertie Fullerton (La Baita, Year 8) says his House is a special place to be, and not just because of pancakes on Mondays!
The first thing that struck me when I walked into La Baita was just how big it is – I remember thinking there was loads of space. I’ve never lived anywhere this big. That means even when it’s noisy downstairs, there’s always somewhere quiet to read. That’s usually my bunk. I like the bottom bunk because, when I was younger, I once slept on a top bed that had no railings and woke up on the floor with a bleeding nose!
One of the things that makes La Baita special is how close we are. All the boys from the junior school know each other because – unlike the senior school where boys are divided between Houses – we’re all in one House, which brings us all together.
Not that I have loads of time spare time to spend with people in the House, as I’m always in a hurry – particularly in the mornings. When I wake up, I lie in bed for 20 minutes and then realise I’m meant to be downstairs, so I have to get dressed in a rush and eat my breakfast. I have the same thing every day – chocolate milk and bread or yoghurt – unless it’s Monday. On Monday, breakfast is great because we have mini pancakes with honey, maple syrup, sugar or jam.
Then it’s time for meditation. It’s either outside in the playground or inside in the maths classroom, depending on the weather. When I came to Aiglon last year I’d never done anything like it before, but it calms me down before class and, at other times when things get a bit hectic, I’ll try to meditate.
When we get back from school, La Baita’s just a great place to be. Compared with home, in La Baita there are lots more people and so much more to do. There’s a great atmosphere – people playing games or practising music, for example. We have dinner together, then we might play pool or football.
I remember last year when a big group of us were playing table foosball and one player spun the handle so hard that the ball broke the goalie’s head off and it went straight in the back of the net! That’s a memory that’s never faded.
I also manage to get plenty of work done – maths is my favourite and I’m always battling with one particular boy to get the most marks – and I like to find a bit of peace and quiet to read my Kindle. I like fantasy or sci-fi books – at the moment I’m reading the Wax and Wayne series.
I get through a lot of books. It usually only takes me a day or two to read one, so the Kindle’s a lot easier than having to go to the library every day. And reading helps explain why I’m usually in a rush in the mornings. Because I’m either reading – or lying there wondering why I read so late last night!