Senior Boys’ Boarding Update – 16 October

The first House Council meeting took place on Tuesday evening this week. Present were Henry Balkwill-Ruddick (Head of House), Alan Choy and Hector Chiu (Deputy Heads of House), Darryl Affrifa (U6 representative), Alec Sharbatian and Ethan Graham (L6 representatives) and Jay Osborne (5th Year representative). Various issues were discussed such as making improvements to the laundry service, increasing the time the heating comes on in the evening, improving boys’ cleanliness in the toilets and showers, and extending the time wi-fi is available at the weekend. Various tasks were delegated out to different members of the council who will report back at the next meeting.

Ayobami Afolabi, Ethan Graham and Joe Wright all enjoyed a trip to the cinema on Tuesday evening with the English Department to watch Hamlet. They gave more positive reports than anticipated and it is hoped that the viewing will inspire them in their English A-level.

Ms. Harriet Thompson, who is the Director of Pupil Progression, was offering advice to some of the boys this week in the evenings. We are very lucky to have Ms. Thompson around – she was the resident Assistant Housemistress of Malvern last year and knows the boarding programme well. Her remit is to advise students on their subject choices at GCSE and A-level and also on their choice of University application. Many of the Trennick boys have already benefited from her expertise in this area and are encouraged to continue to ask her for guidance and support.

On Thursday afternoon the 5th Years were hosted by Mrs. Copeland who provided another wonderful cream tea. She was a little disappointed with the volume of scones consumed – especially after hosting the Lower Sixth boys who devoured every crumb!

Sunday was a fantastic day spent at the survival and team building skills at Trenowth Woods near Grampound Road. Various activities were undertaken including lighting a fire using flints and straw and a team competition on a low ropes course. Jay Osborne excelled at cooking delicious sausages over an open fire for about twenty people at lunchtime. The highlight of the afternoon was axe-throwing. Andrey Zhuvok managed an outstanding score of three out of three axes buried in the wood – he is the current axe-throwing champion of Trennick House!