Junior Girls’ Boarding Update: 20 March 2017

This week has been a particularly busy one with the Cornwall Music Festival in full swing. Helena has competed in no fewer than eight classes and the results have been phenomenal. First places were achieved with the Chamber Orchestra and Girls’ Choirs and she was placed 2nd in the solo violin class where she was awarded a distinction and 89/100!

On Wednesday morning I made myself quite unpopular when I woke the girls a little earlier than normal and requested their presence outside and in their uniform for a house photo at 7.50am, they did, dutifully and with minimal grumbling, and I was really pleased with the outcome; I was less pleased with the girls inability to keep a secret though….Paula’s birthday mug will not be a surprise after all.

On Wednesday evening the girls had a slightly early supper before the boarding community came together for the termly Boarders’ Service in the Chapel. The Rev led a lovely reflection service that focused on being in the right place at the right time for God to speak and guide us; the boarders did a grand job of belting the hymns out too.

Friday evening saw the junior disco take place in the Old Sports Hall and as a result we welcomed Madi to the house for the evening. With no other 1st or 2nd years in this weekend the usual rounds of supper, prep and then sport in the SBASC ensued for everyone else.

It was an early start for all on Saturday as we joined Trennick House and Poltisco House for a joint trip to Exeter, leaving at 9am. Upon arriving in Exeter the girls enjoyed an hour and a half of climbing at the Exeter Clip and Climb Centre on the Quay. After a brief safety talk the girls got harnessed up and made the most of the arena, climbing, leaping and racing. The photos below should give you a flavour of just how much fun was had.

Having expended so much energy the girls were keen for some lunch and some retail therapy and so we made our way to the Princess Hay area of the city. Zara, Jack Wills, Urban Outfitters, H & M, Topshop and Primark all featured highly on the girls lists of priorities and the number of shopping bags that emerged at the end of the two hours spoke for themselves.

It was then back on the coach bound for home and straight into the dining hall for a steak pie or turkey burger supper.

On Saturday evening Helena performed in the Music Festival Gala finale and so we delayed our pizza, chicken and nacho’s feast until she got back at 8.30pm. The climbing and shopping had certainly worked up an appetite and the girls ate until not a crumb remained. It was lovely to hear the girls giggling and enjoying themselves in the common room in the evening.

On Sunday and with no plans at all, the girls enjoyed a lie in before brunch. Amy headed off with Mrs Murphy and the Malvern girls for a horse riding session at Wheel Buller and the other girls made the most of the down time; relaxing, completing prep and watching movies.

A roast chicken supper was enjoyed and the girls completed prep, tidied their rooms, changed their beds and packed their bags for the morning.

Next week, the penultimate week of school, will see subject teachers finalising the end of term reports; that is full reports for 2nd, 3rd, 5th and U6th and progress report cards for 1st, 4th and L6th. Miss Hope and I will then get to look at them and we will begin the analysing and target setting progress. I am expecting good things, the girls have been working hard in prep time, and out of it, and I am very proud of their work ethic and attitude; hopefully their efforts will be realised.

Next weekend is jammed packed with fun. On Saturday the entire boarding community will be taking part in a beach clean, for the charity Surfers Against Sewage, at Crantock Beach in Newquay and on Sunday, and at Paula’s request, the girls will spend an hour on the flow rider, Cornwall’s only artificial wave simulator, at Retallack Resort, Wadebridge.  On Sunday evening they will then head into town for Caroline and Paula’s leaving/birthday meal at Piero’s, an Italian restaurant. Make sure you read Miss Hope’s blog next week to hear all about it!

Mrs Sarah Mulready: Housemistress, Pentreve House (Junior Girls’ Boarding)