How can it be that I am writing the final blog of the autumn term? It seems like only yesterday that the boys arrived for their induction, fresh faced and a little nervous with their suitcases in hand. And now, fifteen weeks later I cannot remember life in Pentreve House without this particular group of boys.
The last full week of school has been busy as usual. On Tuesday evening the 1st-3rd years, who won the half term grade competition, received their Domino’s pizza prize. Wednesday was a big rugby day for the school with Will, Anthony and Fahed playing against Penrice School in St Austell. James and the Under 13’s travelled further afield to Glantaf School in Cardiff, in the National Cup (4th Round). Ben, who was also involved in this fixture, made use of the flexi boarding package that we offer and joined us for the night. In the evening some late night shopping was enjoyed by some. Others made use of the swimming pool and we said goodbye to Fahed who departed and began his journey to the USA for a Christmas family holiday.
On Friday we said goodbye to Harry, who went off on a family holiday to New Zealand. Hector and Will departed for home and the remaining boys, Mr Nicholas, myself and the rest of the Mulready family together with the boarders and staff from Poltisco, Trennick and Malvern headed to the Eden Project for some festive ice skating. Pasties in hand the coach was loaded and a good hour of ice skating fun followed. Andrey showed off his skating prowess whilst Sammy perfected the scared, rabbit in headlights look as he clung to the wall each lap. The pictures, on this occasion in particular, really do speak for themselves.
After a good hour skating and then a brisk walk back up past the beautifully lit up biomes and gift shop it was then back on the bus bound for home. The boys immediately signed out to the Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre for the usual Friday night sports hall activities and the house was quiet for an hour. Later bed times were enjoyed by most and the prospect of a lie in and free day made for a peaceful night’s sleep.
With no Saturday plans the boys popped into town/Tescos after brunch. Nicholette, Cherry, Yuki and Kobe visited for some card games in the afternoon and it was soon supper time. Scampi/Chicken nuggets and chips were duly wolfed down but room was, as always, left for ‘THE FINAL PIZZA AND FILM NIGHT OF THE TERM’. The Mulready pizza oven was fired up and the boys enjoyed pizza and coke in front of a DVD.
Sunday morning saw brunch eaten and then we joined Mrs Austin and the boys from Trennick for a game of bowling at Truro Bowl. It took a while for a few of the boys to warm up and it was Chris who was eventually crowned overall champion with a score of 101.
We returned back to Pentreve just in time for the boys to start getting ready for the Boarders’ Christmas Party. After a lovely service lead by the Rev, in which Silent Night was sung in all the different languages represented in the boarding community, the boarders filed into the dining hall ready for a feast. Cath and the catering team did not let us down either. The food was delicious and the dining hall was decorated beautifully. Christmas hats were worn, crackers pulled and a lot of laughter ensued.
After the meal, Sammy did a grand job speaking on behalf of the boys. We said goodbye to Mr Pomery who has been tutoring in Pentreve for the last three years and then it was time for THE Oscars. Tributes were paid to Fahed (the walking wounded), Will (Mr Untidy), Chris (Mr Vain), Bosco (the Basketball King), Hector (Mr Toothless), Cam (the Doctor Who fanatic), Anthony (the Locksmith), Philipp (Most Well-kept/Drama Queen) and Andrey (our Resident Fencer). Sammy and Jay where thanked for writing the speech and all the boys were awarded with their own individual gummy sweet pizza in honour of the sheer number of pizza’s they have consumed this term.
A lot of fun was had with some of our quieter and more reserved boys (Chris and Bosco) showing us just what they are made of! At 10pm the weary party goers headed back down the hill and collapsed into bed. The last two days will see form secret Santa presents exchanged, the termly colours celebration assembly, Monday’s Austerity lunch and the full school Christmas dinner. On Tuesday the boys will take part in year group celebration assemblies and then the term will end with the Annual Christmas Service in Truro Methodist Church.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the boys, Mr Nicholas, Mr Pomery and Mr Barnett a relaxing and fun filled Christmas holiday. I am looking forward to hearing all of the boy’s stories when they return on Wednesday 6 January.
Mrs Sarah Mulready (Assistant Housemistress, Junior Boy’s Boarding)