Wow, it is definitely fair to say that the first week of the academic year has flown by. The boys in Pentreve have got to know each other over the course of the week and it already seems as though they have been here forever.
The boys arrived last Saturday for their inductions and with lots of new people to meet, the necessary unpacking to do, and the many and varied familiarisation activities that were scheduled, the boys were too busy to be homesick.
This year we welcome eight new faces to Pentreve: James from Bude, Bosco and Kobe from Hong Kong, Alec from France and Nils, Fabian and Jonas from Germany. Ayobami’s arrival from Nigeria has been slightly delayed but we look forward to extending a warm Pentreve welcome to him in the next week or so too. These ‘newbies’ join Will, Rowan and Cyrus from last year for what is sure to be an exciting and action packed year of academic study and boarding house life.
Saturday was spent unpacking and settling into the boarding house before a pizza and DVD evening in the common room for all. Beds were eagerly awaited and the boys slept well following their long journeys. On Sunday after brunch the entire boarding community went for a walk in Trelissick Gardens. The fresh air blew away the cobwebs and the boys and girls started to interact and get to know each other. Monday and Tuesday saw further ‘getting to know Truro’ based activities with tours of the city and sports centre inductions to name just two. Time was spent checking that everyone had the correct uniform and sports kit and the school routines were gone through. It was soon Tuesday evening and the slightly nervous boys went to bed anticipating their first day at school.
The mandatory Pentreve photos were taken first thing on Wednesday morning before the very smartly dressed boys walked up the hill for breakfast and, for most, their first full day as Truro School pupils.
And now, three days later, and having got to grips with their timetables, having met their form tutors and tutor groups, and having completed some lessons it is the weekend again, and the first normal weekend of the academic year has been busy and fun-filled.
Friday evening was greeted with both relief and excitement. Again with a busy weekend planned the boys were looking forward to a balance of relaxing, catching up on some sleep and further getting to know each other, and of course some fun was planned too! After supper on Friday, an hour of prep was completed and then Fabian, Nils, James, Bosco, Cyrus and Alec joined Mr Mulready and some of the boys from Trennick for some basketball and football in the SBASC. Slightly later ‘weekend bedtimes’ were taken advantage of as the boys settled down to watch Inception in the common room.
Saturday morning meant rugby for James and Fabian who represented the school in fixtures against Ivybridge. The sun was shining and both boys enjoyed fast-paced and energetic matches. James and the U12s won convincingly, whilst Fabian, playing for the U15s, drew 24-24 in another well fought game. It was great to see the boys involving themselves in the sporting scene so quickly, taking advantage of every opportunity – and believe me there will be so many – is what a Truro School education is all about. Well done boys, this really is a super start!
For the rest of Pentreve it was brunch followed by a few hours of down time. Town was visited as were friends in Malvern, Trennick and Poltisco, some prep was completed and the house facilities were enjoyed. In the afternoon the boys and I went up to the Old Gym, the new Truro Elite Fencing Centre for an hour-long fencing taster session with a Great Britain coach; again an opportunity not to be scoffed at. As complete novices, having never picked up a sword, the boys were eager to learn and to see what all the fuss was about. At the end of the hour of coaching proper duels were taking place and some fencing stars were starting to emerge. Cyrus was named the ‘fencing king’ of our session having impressed with his quick feet and fast sabre work, a talent he seemed unaware that he had.
It was then time for a steak or pork chop supper before we headed back to the house for the customary Saturday evening pizza and DVD night. Unsure of the exact appetites of the boys I bought and cooked eight pizzas with varying toppings and between them, every last crumb was devoured – the term ‘growing boys’ springs to mind! Table tennis and PS4 games were played too and a nice relaxing evening was had.
Lie ins for all on Sunday morning were greatly appreciated. Brunch was wolfed down and then we loaded the minibus bound for Swanpool beach in Falmouth for this weekend’s main activity. Upon arrival the boys kitted up in wetsuits and then it was out into the sea for a three-hour water sports adventure with Elemental. Coasteering, and exploring the Cornish coast with some kayaking proved a lot of fun. A number of photos were taken and can be viewed in the gallery here. Jumps were attempted by most and it is safe to say the boys fully enjoyed their first taste of the sea-based activities they will encounter over the coming weeks.
It was then time to return to the boarding house and again a fantastic supper was laid on in the dinning room. Prep was completed, uniforms were checked and bags were packed before the boys retired to their beds looking forward to a full school week ahead of them.
Please come back and check out next week’s blog to find out more about the exploits of the Pentreve boys. I have a feeling that this year is going to be a good one!
Mrs Sarah Mulready
Assistant Housemistress (Pentreve House, Junior Boy’s Boarding)