This academic year as usual started with bang. In Malvern House we had so many new and old faces to welcome back and as summer turned to autumn we began to feel the normal chill in the air that we associate with the excitement of the start of a new academic year.
Our boarding induction programme went well. With beach trips; town tours, bowling, sports hall activities and a thorough orientation plan in place our boarders slowly began to feel at home and make new friends both within the house and across the school. School began in earnest on Thursday with a very enjoyable chapel service then tutor time followed by lessons. By Saturday the girls were tired but happy as we clambered up the hill to school, firstly to watch some of the Old Boys rugby match and then on into the fencing club. We were so privileged to have top quality coaches give us an introductory fencing lesson in one of Britain’s top centres. The girls as you can imagine loved it. On Sunday the Old Boys chapel service took place and I was pleased to see Alysia giving one of our readings.
Ankie was the last to arrive back on Saturday from Hong Kong but as usual Alice receives the prize for the longest journey to get here – a whopping 26 hours door to door!
We have a lovely cosmopolitan feel in the house this year. We welcome girls from as far afield as Bude and London, Lithuania and Launceston; mainland China and Italy. Even though it’s early days the girls already appear to be forming supportive and strong friendships.
We also welcome to our house Sasha who is our Chorister and Kitty who has moved from being a day pupil to a boarder. We hope they settle in quickly and enjoy being members of the boarding community. I have a few dates for your diary for next week:
- Monday 7 September – 7pm in the Burrell Theatre – Lower Sixth parents welcome evening.
- Wednesday 9 September – Private view of A Century of Science at Truro School – 6pm start.
- Saturday 12 September – 1pm – Bike ride for all boarders on the Camel trail – parents, friends and family welcome (please book your own bikes in advance as we will book for boarders – weekly boarders obviously also welcome, if you let us know we will also book your bikes).
Claire Murphy – Housemistress of Malvern. Head of Boarding.