Wow! Where has the first week gone?
The induction programme kicked off last Sunday with our new boarders arriving from far and wide. This year Pentreve House will be home to a number of new faces and some old ones. With boys from Germany, Hong Kong, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the Scilly Isles and of course the UK there will certainly be a cosmopolitan feel to the house. We welcome two first year boarders in Cam and Hector who are not only new to boarding but also to Truro School. James returns as a second year, Bosco, Harry and Will are joined by Anthony and move into the third year and our new fourth years: Jay, Sammy, Phillip, Fahed, Chris and Andrey complete the Pentreve family.
Over the course of the first couple of days the boys, and indeed the entire boarding community, followed an extensive induction programme that saw them familiarising with the school and wider Truro area. They have experienced taster sessions in the Sir Ben Ainsle Sports Centre, playing badminton, basketball and squash whilst also being inducted into the fitness suite. The medical centre has been visited, a game of bowling at Truro Bowl was enjoyed mid-week and the bank holiday Monday was spent at Tolcarne beach in Newquay where the sea, some surfing, bowls and beach rugby were all enjoyed too.
School started properly on Thursday morning and in our usual Pentreve tradition this meant uniform mug shots. The incredibly smart boys dutifully posed and then headed off up the hill for breakfast.
With two full school days under their belts, the boys are fully into the swing of school life. Fahed and Anthony have attended rugby training, Cam spent Friday afternoon wargaming and Sammy is chomping at the bit, super keen to get some tennis playing started. The majority of the school clubs start this week and we will be urging the boys to join and try out as many as possible.
3.45pm on Friday afternoon was greeted warmly following the excitement of the first week. The boys (and Mr Nicholas and myself) were understandably exhausted and ready for some rest and relaxation. Friday night saw the boys complete an hour of prep in the house after supper. Bosco and Chris then played basketball in the Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre with some of the Trennick lads whilst the other boys made the most of the games room facilities and table tennis table until it was too dark to see the ball. Later weekend bedtimes were enjoyed and the boys went to bed looking forward to a lie-in.
Boarding on Saturday
Saturday morning quickly came about and I was greeted by the usual adolescent groans at wake up. Brunch was enjoyed and then the boys made the most of some down time. The shops in town and Tesco were perused, a couple of the girls from Malvern visited and the house facilities were again enjoyed. Fahed had rugby training and then the annual Former Pupils V 1st XV Rugby Match enticed a number of Pentreve watchers. In the afternoon the boys joined the Junior girls’ from Poltisco for a taster fencing session. The on-guard position was perfected by the beginners whilst the more proficient Andrey and Amelie duelled it out and showed us all just how it is done!
Having worked up an appetite the boys were delighted with the steak and chicken supper that awaited them in the dining hall. However, Saturday just wouldn’t be Saturday without the infamous pizza and DVD night and why should this new academic year be any different. The eagerly awaited, first pizza and DVD night was a resounding success with all thirteen pizza’s quickly devoured. It is fair to say that the boys went to bed sufficiently full.
Boarding on Sunday
On Sunday, lie-ins were enjoyed before a hearty brunch once more. We then loaded the mini bus and made for the Oasis Fun Pool at Hendra Campsite in Newquay for some swimming pool and flume fun. Up and down the boys went, the rubber-ring flume a firm favourite. Two and a half hours later and the rather prune like boys finally resurfaced, only to find the arcade! After a quick, yet unsuccessful attempt to win their millions we loaded the mini bus and headed home.
Again, a feast was waiting for us and the boys tucked into a well-earned chicken or pasta supper.
With Monday morning and school now firmly in their thoughts the boys are tackling some prep and organising themselves for the first full week of lessons. I, and I know Mr Nicholas will agree, have been incredibly impressed with how the boys have risen to the challenges that starting a new school brings and we are looking forward to watching this group of boys bond, grow and develop as the year progresses. Make sure you check out Mr Nicholas’ blog next week to find out what the boys get up to.
Mrs Sarah Mulready (Assistant Housemistress, Junior Boy’s Boarding)