The penultimate week of the spring term has been and gone, and again it was a busy one for the Pentreve boys.
If you are a frequent reader of our blogs you will know that the boys in Pentreve are regularly involved in representing the school in one way or another. However, this week saw one of our members competing on a different stage when Shin travelled to Barnstable to represent the school in a Modern Foreign Languages Speaking Competition. It meant a very early Monday morning start for Shin, but he really enjoyed the day and he learnt a great deal from the experience.
Tuesday saw the house buzzing with new faces when we opened our doors to Matt, Matt, Josh and Rowan for a boarding taster session. The house facilities were enjoyed for an hour after school before an early pasty supper was collected. The boys, together with Mr Nicholas, Mr Mulready, Mr Pomery, the Rev, Mr Lawrence and some of Trennick then loaded onto the minibuses for some football at Home Park. Plymouth Argyle took on Exeter City in what promised to be a fiercely contested league two local derby. The stadium was packed and the atmosphere electric, the icing on the cake would have been a Plymouth win, but unfortunately Exeter City had other ideas as they, deservedly, emerged as 2-1 winners. A sneaky snack of chips and/or pies was enjoyed by most before it was back onto the minibuses to come home.
On Thursday David travelled to Woodbury Park near Exeter to represent the school in the HMC Foursome SW Golf semi-final against Canford. The match was a close one and was decided on the 19th hole where Canford managed to steal a victory.
Friday and the weekend came about really quickly and we had a busy, action packed couple of days planned. The usual ritual of supper, prep and then sports hall football with Mr Mulready kicked the weekend off on Friday evening. Saturday morning threatened to put a dampener on our plans but with the promise that it would brighten up we headed off, in a convoy of Truro School minibuses, to Perranporth Beach and the Big Spring Beach Clean organised by Surfers Against Sewage. One and a half hours later and with black bags brimming the boys and girls returned to base for complimentary hot drinks and cakes/biscuits. You can read more about the beach clean here. With the tide having cut off our route back we headed up and over the sand dunes on the coastal path, and with the ice-cream shop firmly in our sights. Ice creams in an array of flavours were quickly devoured and the feeling that we had really done some good and given back to the community settled in. A pit stop for an hour of shopping in Falmouth then followed, before it was back to the school for supper. Nine meat-based pizzas were swiftly polished off later in the evening in front of a DVD and the boys went to bed tired; it is safe to say the news that the clocks went forward during the night was not met with joy!
Sunday morning saw most of the country bathed in sunshine and warmer temperatures, but for us it was cloudy and overcast. After a hearty brunch we headed off to Hayle for Go Karting at Coast2Coast, where half an hour of racing was duly enjoyed by all. Calum clocked the fastest lap time overall but it was Eneko that was the source of most of the entertainment for the spectators: I will be writing to the Spanish authorities after I have completed this blog to recommend that Eneko never be allowed to drive on a real road!
Sunday evening saw an early supper as Cath laid on a scrummy curry banquet. It was then time for some prep, laundry, house tidying and bag packing in preparation for the week ahead. You can see a gallery of photos from the week here.
This week sees us welcome Matt to the house; we hope he has a wonderful time with us. At the end of this week we will be saying goodbye to Paul who is returning to Germany, but not before a good send off. Wednesday will see us head over to Porth Beach in Newquay after school for some 5-a-side beach football and an eagerly awaited KFC!
Mrs Sarah Mulready
Assistant Housemistress (Pentreve)