It is hard to believe that this is the last blog entry of the term.
They say time flies when you are having fun and that was certainly the case this weekend! Saturday was a busy day – as per usual, Simon once again played well for Truro hockey club. Talking to one of his teammates, Simon was described as “a beast who never stops” – high praise indeed. Cam and Alex headed in to town to volunteer at a local charity shop, a very worthy activity that is certainly helping to grow their confidence and count towards their Duke of Edinburgh award. Finley headed in to St Ives to volunteer as an elf at a Christmas Grotto – I am not too sure how many 6 foot elves there are around! In the evening Laurenz sang at Truro Cathedral as part of the Chamber choir. Vincenz and Simon headed down to support him and I am told that the singing was incredible. Our weekend activity happened on Sunday as we headed across to the incredible Eden project. The amazing biomes built in an old quarry certainly impressed the boys and they enjoyed the opportunity to mix in with the other houses. We also got a chance to ice skate for 45 minutes on the excellent Eden ice rink. There were some humorous falls, incredible speed from Andrey and a smile on everyone’s face. To add some drama to the trip the bus broke down in a cloud of smoke and we had a short wait for a replacement. Once we were home, the school Chaplain or “Rev” conducted a lovely Christmas service for the boarders with all nationalities recognised. Following this was the annual Christmas meal, with a wonderful atmosphere and excellent food. Each house issued some humorous awards before DJ Webb got all the boarders on to the dance floor. Obum and Theon certainly stole the show with dance moves although Bosco and Chris were certainly not far behind!
Monday evening saw many of the Sixth Form boys don their smartest clothes and head out to the Christmas Ball. They looked amazing and it was with genuine pride that Mr Copeland and I watched them go.
I am sad to say goodbye to some of our boarders who return home after a term with us. Vincenz will be missed for his positive attitude and distinctive turtle necks. Laurenz has taken every opportunity to soak up the culture on offer. Ilja is never to be seen without a smile and has made a big impression and staff and students. David is Mr Reliable – always where he should be, when he should be and very helpful. Federico has made huge strides with his English and his subtle sense of humour will be missed. All of the students have enjoyed the many opportunities that Truro School offer and I hope they will look back on this time with fond memories.