We are about to start the last week of the spring term in good spirits, after enjoying a lovely weekend spending time looking after both others and ourselves.
On Friday evening a number of the girls played in a concert at Truro Methodist Church. It went wonderfully, and all the audience were very impressed with the beautiful music that they made. For the rest of us it was a fairly early evening, as we were all tired after a busy week at school, and knew that we had a full weekend ahead of us.
On Saturday morning we fuelled up at brunch and then headed out to Perranporth to join around 200 volunteers who were helping to clean the beach as part of Surfers Against Sewage’s ‘Big Spring Beach Clean’ campaign. We had a bracing walk along the beach to get to the site, and then spent over two hours helping to collect all manner of marine litter. This will save the life of many sea creatures, and make the beach a much more pleasant environment for all. I was incredibly proud of all of the Malvern girls who went along to the event, as they worked hard to make a real difference to their local community – well done! By 2pm the tide was rapidly coming in so we carried our black bin bags back to the weighing-in station, and enjoyed a well-earned cup of tea and piece of cake. The walk back to the minibus took us along the cliff-top path, allowing us to enjoy some spectacular views of the coastline, and the sea stretching out as far as the eye could see (and we even had a few brief moments of sunshine!). As a reward for all of their hard work I agreed to take a slight detour home via McDonald’s, so a minibus full of rather tired and wind-swept girls could devour a chicken nugget or two – even Silver, the dog, had a portion! You can see a gallery of photos from the beach clean here.
After dinner we had a fairly quiet evening. Liva went to the cinema to see ‘Captain America’ with some of the boys from Trennick, but the sea air had tired the rest of us out.
On Sunday, we enjoyed a bit of a lie-in (apart from Crystal, who was up very early to get some extra Biology revision done!) before brunch, and then spent a lovely and very girly afternoon having a make-up masterclass with a professional make-up artist. The girls learnt about skin care, and the importance of good nutrition and hydration, before being shown all the tricks of the trade, from how to use ‘contouring’, to how to pick the right foundation, get ideal red lips, and have perfect eyebrows! I thought that they were all beautiful to start with, but did grudgingly admit that some make-up know-how allowed them to even improve on their original perfection! We were really lucky that Elina stayed with us all afternoon, not leaving until she had answered every single question.
After enjoying a selection of curries for dinner, we have spent the evening finishing off homework, organising ourselves for the week ahead, and beginning to think about starting on the dreaded holiday packing! This is the last weekend that Liva will be with us in Malvern, as she returns to her home in Germany for good later this coming week. We wish her all the very best for the future, and hope very much that she will keep in touch and come and visit us soon.