It was lovely to welcome the girls back last Sunday and to hear about their half term breaks. For Hattie and Jess this meant a week in Huddersfield, complete with snow! Angie spent the week a little closer to home, but out of county, with a host family in Yeovil whilst Leora spent the week with her usual host family just up the road in Truro. The junior girls enjoyed, amongst other things, long walks and baking. Upon their return, the girls were unanimous in their agreement that a week out of the house, and in particular away from the screen, had been good.
This week has seen a return of online lessons but this time with a sense of light at the end of the tunnel. The government announcement that schools would reopen for all from Monday 8th March was welcomed and this, coupled with a definite sense of spring in the air weather-wise, has made for a good week. The campus is awash with colour and the blue sky and sunshine has made outdoor exercise and walks even more appealing.
Our evenings have comprised zoom workouts, a board game or two and it was great to see another jigsaw puzzle underway by Thursday.
The weekend arrived and the weather forecast, that promised a sunny one, did not let us down. It has been beautiful. All the girls made the most of it on Saturday. Jess headed out for a walk to the park, Hattie and Evie headed to Tesco and the essential shops in town and Leora and Angie made the most of the school fields for an afternoon stroll.
After a scampi and wedges supper we congregated in the common room for Poker Night. Having borrowed the Trennick poker set and with Hattie (the only one of us to have ever played before) we set about learning the poker ropes. It didn’t take long for the bluffing and poker faces to emerge and the girls did brilliantly….far surpassing my expectations, thrashing me and causing me to need a loan! Evie emerged poker champion on this occasion but I definitely sense that there will be further games to come. We are just hoping that Trennick don’t request their set back to soon…
On Sunday morning the house remained quiet. After brunch the girls pottered. Some work was completed, the fresh air was enjoyed and in the afternoon the girls set about decorating their sunflower pot and planting their seed in the first ever Malvern sunflower growing competition courtesy of Miss Wright. Five pots, five seeds and a bag of soil made for a lovely afternoon distraction and I cannot wait to see the flowers grow over time.
With other boarders set to arrive back next Sunday, the girls and I are looking forward to the boarding house being a little fuller and, of course, the imminent return of face-to-face teaching. It is time to dust off and air those uniforms and business attire; yay!
Mrs Mulready (Housemistress, Girls’ Boarding)