There were some nervous faces at roll call on Monday morning with the dreaded ‘exam hand backs’ expected. It has been a big week in this respect and Mr Nicholas and I will be in a position to analyse the boy’s results during the course of this coming week. We have our fingers crossed that all the hard work that the boys have put in over the course of the year will have paid off.
This week also saw a few new faces in Pentreve. On Wednesday evening we welcomed Cam and Hector who will be joining us as first year boarders in September. Their ‘taster day’ at the school on Thursday provided us with the perfect opportunity for a boarding taster session also. Both boys were great value and full of energy and we are really looking forward to welcoming them back later in the year. On Thursday evening we were joined by Harris and Elliot who had early morning sporting commitments on Friday and again it was lovely to have the house full; we hope to see the boys again, they know they are always welcome.
On Friday evening after a slightly earlier supper, Mrs De Gruchy’s came over for the boy’s extra English lesson. It was then off to the Sir Ben Ainsle Sports Centre for an hour and a half of sports hall football with Mr Mulready. The boys returned exhausted and collapsed in front of the TV.
Boarding on Saturday
Saturday was a free day for the boys – they enjoyed a lie in and then brunch. Town, Tesco’s and Dominoes were visited and the house facilities were enjoyed. Not wanting to miss out on the usual Saturday night ritual of a BBQ or pizza but also wanting to watch Jurassic World in 3D at the cinema threatened to cause a small dilemma until the boys realised that catching the earlier, 5 o clock, showing would allow them to enjoy both.
With the weather a little less summery than it has been the BBQ was replaced with a ‘build your own pizza’ evening instead. Personalising your own pizza is a difficult task, choosing which toppings to add and which to avoid is a not a straightforward ask… for Fabian it was easy though, he added a little bit (well actually quite a big bit) of everything; the pizza mountain just fitted into the oven.
Boarding on Sunday
Sunday was a special day for Ayobami as it was his 15th birthday! He was dutifully and almost tunefully sung to at morning roll call before we headed up the hill for brunch. Full to the brim with Cath’s sausages, bacon, eggs, hash browns, mushrooms and tomatoes we headed off to St Austell for this weekend’s main activity Football Golf. The boys’ who were all first timers played well and were keen to have a go at the second 18 holes too. The sun was shining and the boys enjoyed the two courses. Three hours and a couple of ice creams later and they were ready to come home.
We arrived back just in time for a pie, curry or vegetarian cottage pie supper in the dining hall. The usual rounds of prep, washing and bag sorting then ensued. Those that had gone home for the weekend filtered back in and got themselves ready for the week ahead. With only three more weeks of the academic year remaining the final plans for the end of year ‘boarding weekend’ are being made and we are looking forward to the boarders charity concert, to sports day and the world aims week and of course speech day… it is fair to say we have a busy three weeks ahead of us!