We began Friday evening with a celebration, as all of those who have been awarded commendations so far were announced and congratulated. In terms of academic achievement, we said ‘well done’ to Emily, Agne, Charlotte, Alice, Christy, Veronica, Maria, Toni, Rebecca and Penelope for receiving one commendation each, and a huge congratulations to Ankie for her four commendations! It turns out that Ankie is a Physics superstar! In terms of effort, Nancy is leading the way, with two commendations for the huge amount of work that she has been putting into her studies this term. Mrs Murphy and I are very proud of all of the girls for their achievements so far.
After that, we had quite a quiet evening in the house, with the most organised getting a head-start on their homework, and the rest enjoying some ‘down time’ chatting, watching movies, and using the internet. We are very happy to welcome Sam into Malvern for a few nights, and are pleased that she has fitted in straightaway.
On Saturday, Toni set off early to travel to Kelly College to play hockey for the school team, and Alice headed to Bodmin airfield for her flying lesson, while the rest of us enjoyed a leisurely brunch followed, for most, by a trip into Truro to sample the delights of the annual Food Festival being held in the city centre. It was a gloriously sunny day, so the girls were able to enjoy all of the sights, sounds and tastes of Cornwall at its finest. After dinner, most of the girls congregated in the lounge to watch Mamma Mia! (and of course to sing along!), while Hannah, Ally and Emily went out for dinner and then to the school’s Burrell Theatre to watch a touring company’s production of a play there.
After brunch this morning, the whole of the boarding community travelled to Wadebridge, where we hired bicycles (or tricycles for those of us with less balance!) and cycled the five miles to Padstow along the Camel Trail. This took us along the side of the Camel estuary, so we got to enjoy some lovely seaside views in the sunshine. We had some time in Padstow to explore this pretty, coastal town (which all of the girls spent enjoying delicious ice creams), before cycling back to Wadebridge and the waiting minibuses. Alice particularly enjoyed herself as she got to take her own bike along and finally to use it! We arrived back at Malvern tired and happy, just in time for dinner. This evening, the girls are busy completing their prep, tidying their rooms, and generally getting ready for the week ahead.
You can see some photos from our afternoon here.