Pentreve – Football, Surfing and a Lot of Pizzas

Tomorrow we start the fourth week of the academic year; it is hard to believe that we are so far into the term already, but then again, it also feels like the boys have been here for much longer. They have settled in remarkably and the friendships that are forming will, I have no doubt, be life-long.

This week has been a busy one. On Tuesday evening the boys, along with some of the Trennick House boys, Mr Nicholas, Mr Mulready and Mr Austin, got a taste of English football with a trip to Home Park, Plymouth Argyle’s home ground. The match was not particularly impressive in terms of footballing talent but the atmosphere more than made up for it. The end result saw Plymouth lose 0-1 to Wycombe Wanderers.

On Wednesday the entire boarding community came together in the Chapel for our half-termly boarders’ service. The Rev, as always, led us through a reflective yet uplifting service and we enjoyed hearing the hymns being sung in a number of different languages. It is hard to believe that the next time we come together in the Chapel it will be Christmas, although I think it will be here before we know it! On Wednesday evening we also welcomed two day boys to the house: Callum and Will stopped over following a school rugby fixture and it was great to have them join us, even if it was so brief. We hope they will visit us again soon, they know they will be very welcome.

Friday evening and the beginning of the weekend soon came about. The usual routine of supper and prep commenced and it quickly became apparent that some of the boys had a little more homework to do than usual. After an hour of study it was up to the SBASC for some basketball and football with Mr M. Television was watched and the house facilities were made the most of.

Saturday was to be a chilled out day with some down time for the boys. Town was visited, table tennis was played and again some prep was done. Brian visited us from Trennick and Jonas, Alec and Cyrus were joined by two small Mulready shaped shadows in the garden. Saturday evening, after supper and for Fabian, a trip to Xen noodle bar in town, meant pizza and a DVD. The Mulready DVD collection was ambushed once again and I got cooking. I could not fail to notice however, that when the boys returned the already watched stack of DVDs, Frozen (yes, the one with Queen Elisa and all that ice, and singing) was amongst them! When they watched this still remains shrouded in secrecy, but more to the point Poppy and Matilda would like to know why they were not invited!

Earlier in the day the boys had asked if I might buy a couple more pizzas than normal because they just hadn’t felt full the previous two weekends; where do they put all of the food? I duly obliged but was sceptical: ten pizzas for seven boys, really? Yes, was the definite answer!

On Sunday morning I felt sure the boys would be fast asleep at wake up but actually they were mostly up and some were even doing homework. We ate brunch fairly quickly and then loaded into the minibus bound for Retallack Resort in Newquay and the FlowRider, an artificial wave simulator. The wetsuit clad boys enjoyed an hour on the waves, mastering the art of flips, turns and somersaults on body boards. Stand-up surfing was attempted by all and a lot of fun was had. Please see this week’s boarding gallery here for photos of the boys riding the waves.

We arrived back at the house in good time and the boys enjoyed some down time before supper. The table tennis table was used once again and the boys enjoyed watching themselves back on the videos from earlier in the day.  Some prep and school bag packing finished the day and the boys went to bed suitably re-energised and ready for another busy week. Our attention will soon be turning to interim exams and grades, and the boys’ focus in the next few weeks will be on ensuring that they reach the house target of all 1s and 2s. Only time will tell but Mr Nicholas and I have very high hopes and I know that the boys are eager to impress.

Mrs Sarah Mulready

Assistant Housemistress (Pentreve House, Junior Boys’ Boarding)