On the Wednesday evening during the week before half term the Pentreve Boys, Mr Nicholas, Mr Mulready and Mr O’Neil travelled to Plymouth to watch the Plymouth Raiders take on the Sheffield Sharks at the Pavilions. The boys grabbed an early pasty tea and boarded the minibus for what was to be, for most, their first taste of professional basketball. Although the Raiders’ performance was disappointing the boys enjoyed an exciting game which saw both sides scoring baskets, and it was also noted that the cheerleaders, I mean the cheerleading, wasn’t too bad either!
The half term break saw the boys scattered around the city, county, country and indeed continent. Much fun was seemingly had and we welcomed the boys back on Sunday evening.
The first week back has been a busy one. Tuesday saw Rory represent the school as part of the U15 football team in their match against Redruth in the County Cup. The boys were successful in their quest to make it to the quarter finals, wining 8-2; we wish the team – and particularly Rory – good luck in the next round. In the evening we attended the Junior Charity Concert in the Burrell Theatre; supporting the school, enjoying the musical talent of our junior students and helping to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
Thursday brought more football fixtures, this time against Camborne. Eneko and Rory represented the school in the U14 and U15 matches respectively and both came home victorious, with Rory achieving his first clean sheet of the season. Well done boys! On Thursday evening we welcomed Nathan to the house as a flexi boarder, we hope he enjoyed his stay with us, and we hope to see him again in the near future.
Friday quickly arrived and we had two extra faces with us for the weekend: Rory who usually boards just for the week stayed on for the weekend, and Frankie took advantage of his free taster session on Friday night. The weekend began in its usual fashion with the boys making use of the PlayStation, and table football table and, for the first time in a long time owing to the weather, the table tennis table came out of hiding. The boys then did some prep, Callum, Rory and Frank attended Truro Rugby Club training at Penair, and then it was an hour and a half of sports hall football action for all. Cyrus, Alan and Hector even managed to squeeze in a bit of basketball too! After some television watching and chocolate eating the boys retired to bed well and truly tired out.
Saturday morning meant an early(ish) start for Callum and Rory who spent most of the day learning the Duke of Edinburgh ropes in a Bronze Expedition Skills Training session at the school. Eneko and Frankie headed up to the fields for yet more football as the school hosted Shebbear College. Well done to both boys, who returned as winners following their 5-0 victory. The other boys visited town, made use of the house facilities, completed some prep and generally chilled out; some spontaneous card playing took place in the hallway too. Saturday evening followed the usual tradition of a DVD and pizza devouring session in the common room.
Sunday was a very early start for David and Eneko who headed to Liskeard for hockey, whilst the rest of Pentreve slept until brunch. It was then time for a new adventure as we headed off to Retallack Resorts, near Newquay, for an hour of Flowriding. The wetsuit-clad boys enjoyed over an hour of fun in the artificial surf. You can view some photos in the gallery here to see who fell over and who was left standing.
It was then back to the house for showers, supper and prep before packing our school bags ready for the morning. Tomorrow David and Eneko will travel to Milfield for the U14 Regional Hockey Finals, we wish them luck and look forward to hearing how they get on.
The half term break saw Mr Nicholas and I receive the boys’ interim grade sheets and the question on everyone’s lips is who has won the coveted Domino’s pizza prize. With the 1st – 3rd Years feeling confident as reigning champions, the 4th Years felt they had a score to settle. And the result is….. to be revealed in next week’s blog! On a more serious note the boys have, this week, received their new targets based on these grades and the hard work now begins, who will be victorious at the end of March? Watch this space…
Mrs Sarah Mulready
Assistant Housemistress (Pentreve)