We can hardly believe that there is only one more week of school before the half term break – where have the last six weeks gone? This week has certainly flashed past, with the girls being just as busy as ever in the house and up at school. On Friday evening, we waved goodbye to most of our weekly boarders, although we were happy that Imogen decided to stay for the weekend to help with the school Open Morning and to play cricket on Sunday. After dinner, Imogen, Alysia and Agne went for a swim in the school pool, while the other girls made an early start on their weekend homework and relaxed.
Boarding on Saturday
On Saturday morning we had an early breakfast as it was the school’s annual Open Morning and many of the girls had very kindly offered to help to show visitors around and be on hand in the various departments. I’m told that Alysia was brilliant in the Geology department, showing off the school’s collection of fossils and dinosaur bones, and that Sasha made a really excellent tour guide, taking prospective students and parents round the various boarding houses. Imogen, Julia, Agne, Anna, Ankie and Yuki also gave up their time very generously and we are very proud of them for having done so. In the afternoon, the girls used the Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre, went into town, did some school work, or in Yuki’s case, had an afternoon nap! On Saturday evening we went out to Salt, a restaurant in Truro for dinner (see attached photo). I was very impressed that Julia and Alice opted to go for a run and meet us at the restaurant – and were they hungry after running 11km! The milkshakes, burgers, steaks and fish dishes went down a treat, and indeed it was so good that the girls even managed with my ‘no mobile phones while we’re eating’ rule! We certainly walked back to Malvern with very full stomachs!
Boarding on Sunday
On Sunday we had yet another early morning for several different reasons. Alysia was up early to work in the Sports Centre, while Sasha was up as it was the first day when the new Girl Choristers were singing Eucharist at Truro Cathedral. It was a very special day for Sasha and all of the Choristers, as over a month’s hard work had gone into preparing for their debut. It was lovely that Sasha’s mum and nan came down to hear her, and there were quite a few members of staff from school in attendance too. I’m told that it went really well, and both the Eucharist and the Evensong services were beautifully sung. We are taking all of the house down to the Cathedral at the start of December to hear the Choristers in action. For most of the rest of the school boarding community, it was an early set-off to Trenowth Wood to take part in a survival skills and team-building day run by Footsteps of Discovery. Once they had been split into groups, the boarders (including Julia, Yuki and Anna from Malvern) took part in a wide variety of different activities, including learning how to light fires, tie knots, throw axes (yes, really!), and cook their own lunch out in the open. It was a great, fun day, where everyone learnt some new skills and got to work with students from different houses. One of the instructors singled out Yuki for her very impressive ability to think ‘outside the box’ during the team-building games. Unfortunately a sprained ankle meant that Penelope couldn’t join us in the woods, but she and the Upper Sixth girls were able to spend the day in the school library, getting on with some valuable study.
Mrs Murphy and I will be sad to say goodbye to all of our lovely Malvern girls on Friday, but am sure that a fortnight’s sleep and rest will see them re-join us ready for an equally busy second half of term.
Harriet Thompson – Assistant Housemistress, Malvern House