Well…what a week!
The girls have been on fine form again this week and it has certainly been a busy one.
On Sunday evening, we welcomed our first flexi boarder of the term with Grace joining us for the week.
On Monday morning the school received THE phone call and subsequently played host to the ISI inspecting team on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. For the Malvern girls this has seen Jess, Chloe, Nicolette, Jemma and Sophie touring, dining and chatting with the inspectors and all the girls rallied around to ensure the house was looking neat and tidy…the perfect excuse for a mass tidy up! How long will it last though?
From Tuesday onwards, preparations for the ‘Great Boarding Bake Off’ have been in full swing and both the Mulready and Hargreaves kitchens and ovens have been in high demand.
On Wednesday evening, the annual Sixth Form Open Evening was a great success with Jess, Chloe and Emma stepping in to talk to and tour prospective boarders from the schools 4th and 5th year and students from further afield interested in joining Truro School. Once again, the girls did me proud and were brilliant ambassadors for the school, for girls boarding, and for Malvern House.
On Thursday, we celebrated another birthday with Polina turning 18 (!!!). The customary early morning rendition of happy birthday echoed through the corridors at morning roll call and, despite the fact that we have been, literally swimming in cake this week, the girls still managed to polish off the chocolate birthday cake by the evening.
On Thursday the whole school where out on the school field for the biennial whole school photo, luckily the sun shone for us and I have enjoyed playing ‘where’s Malvern’ with a couple of photos that were taken of the process…
In the evening, the L6th Sixth enjoyed the Sixth Form Quiz and Curry night and there was more baking chaos for the next morning’s big reveal.
On Friday, at breakfast, the girls presented their cakes for judging and it is fair to say the standard was very high. Mr Connolly the Catering Manager, Mrs Ellison the Deputy Head Pastoral and the Rev. de Gruchy judged on both taste and presentation and it was Pentreve House’s vanilla cheesecake that stole this year’s crown! Well done to the junior girls! We in Malvern house are looking forward to next year’s competition already!
By the end of break time and with not a crumb remaining the students headed back to lessons and Mrs Copeland kindly totted up the proceeds. An incredible sum, to be confirmed but somewhere in the region of £118, was raised for Macmillan’s Cancer Support and the boarders should be incredibly proud of themselves for all that they achieved this week!
The Friday 3.45pm bell to signal the beginning of the weekend was welcomed by all when it finally came this week. and the girls (and I) gladly downed tools ready for a rest. The weekly boarders left for home and the rest of the girls enjoyed a supper of chicken stew, pulled pork baps or fish pasta.
The usual rounds of Friday evening prep, sporting activities in the SBASC and Mario Kart with some of the Trennick boys followed and the girls, understandably, collapsed into bed looking forward to a lie in.
Saturday was to be a completely free day for all and the girls enjoyed the lazy day. The gym and pool were visited, some shopping was done and there was some dancing to the Wii in the common room too! Emma went for her usual Saturday afternoon surfing session at Perranporth Beach, returning saying she had had the most fun she has ever had in Cornwall…a success I think!
In the evening Lisha, Tung, Nicolette, Chloe, Tulip, Cherry, Anson and Hailey joined Stephanie and some of the Trennick and Poltisco boys in ordering Chinese food and playing cards. It was lovely to see boarders from all four of the houses coming together to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Meanwhile Emma, Leah and Hannah went into town for a Hub Box Meal and a catch up; everyone returned at 8.30pm for the obligatory (so I am told) Saturday night feast in the common room however. This week the usual pizza, crudities and dip, chicken, nachos and ice cream were joined by pop corn!
On Sunday, Anson and Cherry were up early for church and skyping respectively. After brunch, some of the girls got on with prep and Helena and Carolin joined forces for some piano and violin practising in the common room; it was lovely to hear the music as I worked in the office.
Having looked ahead at the weekend weather forecast, the planned Camel Trail cycling trip was to be cancelled and instead we headed off for a girls (junior and senior) outing to the Roller Rink in Redruth. The girls, having swapped their shoes for skates, mastered their early balance and coordination issues and were soon haring around the oval skate rink.
In other news this week, the girls have been busy filling the ‘baby names board’ (front and back) and it is fair to say that they have really given it some thought; Helena even did some research into meanings! We will have to wait until February/March and the arrival of baby Mulready to find out whether any of their suggestions make the top pick however! Sophie did suggest I pick my top few and we vote…a dangerous game I think?
Looking ahead, I am, and I know I am not alone in this, hoping for a more relaxed week. We will welcome two flexi faces with Grace returning and Daisy will be with us for a few nights mid-week also. Next weekend Miss Hargreaves is taking the girls to Plymouth for some shopping and a Nando’s dinner. With only three full weeks left before half term and the two week holiday fast approaching, can I please gently remind you to complete and email back the half term travel arrangements form that I sent out last week? Many thanks to those of you that have already done so.
Until next week, from Malvern, goodnight.
Mrs Sarah Mulready (Housemistress, Girls’ Boarding)