Pentreve – The Lure of the Beach

This week – the last week before exams – has been a very busy one. Last Sunday we were joined by Alessandro and Matteo from Italy. At just ten years old they are the youngest boarders we have in Pentreve and their fun loving, energetic and quietly mischievous characters have made for many laughs in the boarding house this week. World Cup fever has well and truly hit and the blue skies have really made us believe that summer has arrived in Cornwall. As you will see, we have certainly made the most of all that Cornwall has to offer this weekend.


Friday evening saw the usual round of supper and prep. Some of the boys, determined not to mess with tradition, then joined Mr Mulready, as is customary on a Friday evening, in the SBASC for some sports hall football. The others settled themselves in the common room to watch Spain get walloped by Holland in their first game of the World Cup. David, who even had the Spanish flag face painted onto his cheeks, was visibly saddened by the 5-1 score line, whilst Eneko now claims that he ‘doesn’t even support Spain anyway’! The words ‘glory’ and ‘supporter’ spring to mind!


Saturday morning saw Mr Nicholas take the reins and he was up at the crack of dawn whilst the boys were still sleeping to help Cecilia transform the boarding house. A banner was nailed to the Pentreve tree whilst the courtyard was decorated with bunting and balloons. Why? It was David’s 14th birthday. After the customary cake and sing along over breakfast, David and Eneko went out surfing for the day with their guardians and then enjoyed a beach BBQ. For the rest of Pentreve (minus Frankie who was competing in the athletics at Par) the lure of the beach was too much and so they clambered into the minibus bound for Tolcarne in Newquay. A couple of hours of body boarding and football playing was enjoyed by all and then it was back to the house via the ice cream shop. Saturday evening saw the whole house come together for a BBQ in the courtyard and in true Pentreve style copious amounts of food was consumed. Spicy chicken wings, ribs that had been marinating in Nando’s special sauce all day (an excellent call by Mr Nicholas), burgers, sausages and then more burgers and sausages were polished off. The Rev even came along which was great! Once all of the food was eaten and table tennis had been played until it was too dark to see the ball the only question that remained was ‘What will the score be?’. Everyone in the house made a prediction and with the promise of a Domino’s pizza for those who got it right, the stakes were high. The common room was fit to bursting and the cheers as the goals went in could, most probably, be heard in the centre of town. The end result could not have better for Matteo and Alessandro who sat quite smugly once Italy went ahead. The final whistle blew and the boys were finally able to surrender and hit the hay.


Eneko had an early start on Sunday morning with a 7.45am wakeup call; he went off for a surfing lesson at 8.30am. The rest of the house made the most of the offer of a lie in following the late night the night before. The sun was out once again and we had an action-packed afternoon planned. Firstly it was time for brunch though and then we loaded the minibus with our swimming shorts and headed to Swanpool Beach in Falmouth for an afternoon of water-based activities with Elemental. The wetsuit clad boys split into two groups with half kayaking whilst the other half experienced their first taste of SUPing (stand up paddleboarding). After an arm achingly long paddle to a secluded cove the boys spent an hour and a half coasteering. Jumps were made, even by Cyrus, and caves were explored. It is fair to say the boys’ nerves were tested and they all rose to the challenge fantastically. It was then a swap of transport as they made their way back to the beach. Once on dry land, the exhausted but smiling boys de-kitted and made their way back to the minibus. The journey home has never been so quiet. I think that, for the first time this academic year, we have actually managed to wear them out! Showers were had on our arrival back at the boarding house and then it was a BBQ supper up at the school.  You can see a gallery of photos from our weekend here.


Sunday evening was spent doing some prep/revision, school bag packing and washing in preparation for the week ahead. All that remains to be said is good luck. We have played hard in Pentreve this year but the boys have worked extremely hard too, and this next week is their chance to show us what they can do. Mr Nicholas and I are very proud of everything that the boys in Pentreve have accomplished this year and we hope that this week goes well for them all. Please check out next week’s blog to find out how the boys feel they did.


Mrs Sarah Mulready

Assistant Housemistress (Pentreve House, Junior Boys’ Boarding)