And here it is, the penultimate weekend of the Autumn term. Where has the time gone? How there is only ten more teaching days left of 2016 I do not know but, here we are.
With the come down from the whole school play Fiddler of the Roof and with reports in some shape or form being written for all the girls, this week has been as busy as ever; the girls have either been writing interim tests or revising hard for them this week. For our fifth years Cherry, Lena and Caroline there is the small matter of mock exams to come next week and of course no one can deny that everything is starting to feel a little more Christmassy all of a sudden.
Pentreve was decorated in all it’s festive glory last week and I must say the girls and Miss Hope did an amazing job; the main entrance, the common room, the office and the main stair case is looking great and they even left a couple of chocolates for me (even if they were the discarded Bounty’s). Wednesday marked the beginning of late night shopping in Truro City Centre and the girls enjoyed, on mass, experiencing the lights, the markets and the shops that remained open till late. Having blindly selected their secret santa present recipients last weekend the girls went to town with a purpose and between this and the allure of Primark I think some pennies were spent once again.
The rest of the week passed in something of a blur and we arrived at Friday somewhat quickly once again. With all the girls staying for the weekend and with two new faces in Hannah and Rose joining us for their first taste of boarding on Friday night, the house was buzzing with energy and NOISE! The usual rounds of homework followed supper in the dining hall. Tung, Stephanie, Cherry and Anson headed up the hill to the SBA for some badminton whilst Caroline and Lena joined Toni in town for some food. For the rest of the girls the house was their own and they relaxed, watched I’m a Celeb and generally pottered about.
On Saturday morning and with early alarms set we boarded the mini bus bound for Exeter and some proper Christmas shopping. After a short park and ride bus journey the girls, with only one thing on their minds….Christmas party outfits!!!… were let loose in the Princesshay area of the city. Primark, H&M, Jack Wills and Urban Outfitters were all raided and I believe one or two Christmas presents, that weren’t for themselves, were purchased too….my lips are sealed however.
After a couple of hours, the weary and bag laden girls made their way back to the meeting point ready to go home.
A quick supper in the dining hall was enjoyed and then it was ‘show time’ as the girls swapped, loaned and borrowed dresses and shoes from each other. The hunt for the perfect outfit to wear to this terms big event, the ‘Boarders Christmas Party’, was on and the girls enjoyed trying out hairstyles in a very giggly and girly fashion!
With decisions made and dresses back on their hangers the girls changed back in to their pyjamas and comfy clothes ready for the usual Saturday night ritual that is pizza, chicken, nachos, lettuce and cucumber. The television was turned on and the girls settled in for the night in the common room.
On Sunday and with nothing planned the girls had a free day. Some homework and revision took place, town and Tescos was visited and then the girls begun to think about getting ready…one thing has become apparent…there are not enough mirrors in Pentreve!!!
Excited and giggly the girls headed up the hill to the School Chapel. The Rev delivered a lovely service in which Christmas hymns were sung in German, French, Spanish and Cantonese, a celebration of the diversity and all the countries represented in the boarding community. After the closing prayer we headed over to the dining hall where the catering staff had been slaving away all day.
The hall had been transformed and we were treated to a festive feast. Roast turkey, pigs in blankets, potatoes, veggies, stuffing, gravy and of course Christmas pudding all made for the perfect Christmas dinner and it was great to see the boys and girls mixing and integrating so well.
After dinner Mrs Murphy started of the speeches and award giving. Our resident actress, Amy, did a great job delivering the Pentreve entry and then it was over to Miss Hope and I to announce the Pentreve award winners. In honour of the Mr Men and Little Miss characters the girls were awarded with the following certificates and prizes.
Little Miss Hug – Lucy
Little Miss Neat – Anne
Little Miss Giggles – Stephanie
Little Miss Whoops – Victoria
Little Miss Chatterbox – Amy
Little Miss Star – Sophie
Little Miss Tidy – Tung
Little Miss Busy – Helena
Little Miss Wise – Anson
Little Miss Curious – Lena
Little Miss Fun – Caroline
Little Miss Brainy – Cherry
After the speeches and awards the dance floor was cleared and the girls danced and partied into the night. I literally had to drag them away and down the hill to bed. The pictures below will give you a flavour…it is safe to say, some shapes were cut and a lot of fun was had!!!
All that remains for me to say, in this my last blog of the term, is that it has been a real honour to head up Pentreve House this term, we have a very special group of young ladies this year and I am really looking forward to watching them grow and develop further as the year, and years to come, progress. Unfortunately one of the girls is not returning after Christmas and so it is a sad farewell to Anne who is returning to Spain; we wish her the best of luck and we hope she will keep in touch and come and visit us lots.
Lastly, but very importantly, I would like to wish all the girls and their families a very happy Christmas and to Miss Hope, Mr Steel and Eva and to Mrs Chanter and Mrs Kenward, I would like to say a massive THANK YOU! Pentreve House is lucky to have such an amazing staff team and I hope that you all have a much deserved and very happy Christmas.
See you in 2017!!!!
Mrs Sarah Mulready (Housemistress, Junior Girls’ Boarding)