Wow…how am I writing the last blog of the half term?
The past six weeks have flown by and I cannot believe that the girls will be returning home for a two week break at the end of this week!
As ever we have had a busy week in Malvern. Interim tests across the subjects have kept the lower school years occupied and with full school reports for the 5th Year and interim grade cards for the Lower and Upper Sixth teachers have been busy assessing pupil progress.
On Monday and Tuesday lunchtime the four competition houses, School, Smith, Vinter and Wickett, went head to head in the Sixth Form Top House Quiz. The annual university challenge style quiz competition, organised by Head of History Dr Spring, is always well contested, particularly in the Sixth Form. With points achieved going towards the Opie Shield I was thrilled to see two Malvern boarders in the team line ups. As Head of Wickett House my loyalties were definitely divided but, without an ounce of bitterness, congratulations must go to Hannah and Smith House for winning the competition overall; even if they did beat Wickett in the final. Leanne was also in action for School House in the third and fourth place play off! Well done girls!
It’s been a little quiet on the birthday front of late and with cake withdrawal clearly setting in, Miss Naylor’s special day was meet with a fair degree of relief and jubilation this week! Head of House Jemma, the birthday queen, was on top form once again and helped to organise a whip around and some pressie buying. The Connie the Caterpilar cake, with all its chocolate and strawberry buttercream icing, was just what the doctor ordered and offset the stormy weather outside. Miss Naylor was pleased with the signed hockey ball, comfy booty slippers, shin sleeves and flowers and it was great to see the girls thanking her for all her hard-work and support this first half term!
The stormy weather continued throughout Friday and made for a rather miserable day for all. The 3:45pm bell could not come soon enough and whilst Kristina, Sophie and Anna played some tennis (indoors) the other girls made their way down the hill hastily in search of shelter. Leanne headed off to London for a fencing comp and Amy, Meg and Jemma headed home for the weekend.
After supper the usual hour of prep was completed and then some of the girls braved the rain and wind and headed up to SBASC for a hour or two of badminton and/or a gym workout.
On Saturday morning a much welcomed lie in was enjoyed by most. With nothing planned for the day the girls worked at their own leisure, popping to town/Tesco, completing prep or revision and making the most of the in-house and on-site facilities. Saturday afternoon surfing was cancelled due to the weather forecast, much to the girls dismay!
At 6.15pm we gathered in the common room and then headed into town and Pizza Express with the Trennick Boys. Having booked out the whole venue earlier in the week and sent in our pre-order it didn’t take long for the food to start arriving…all forty-seven combinations of starter/main or main/dessert!
The atmosphere in the resturant was lovely (if a little loud) and both Mr Kitto and I agreed that it was great to spend some time with the senior boarders on mass and to see them integrating and mixing so well! The food was pretty good two….the clean plates certainly spoke for themselves!
Once back in Malvern the girls settled in for the evening. Some took the advantage of early nights whilst others somehow managed to fit some ice cream in!
On Sunday, Helena was, as usual, up early for her Cathedral commitments. For the rest of the girls lie ins were taken and the house remained quiet until 10.45am and morning roll call and brunch. The morning was spent doing a bit of prep, amongst gym visits, before we congregated in the common room for a spooky themed couple of hours. Halloween-esque decorations now adorn the walls and ceilings in the common areas and the girls had fun carving pumpkins and snacking on trick or treat type sweets, including chocolate eyeballs! I am worried that the girls are hoping that the house spider, dubbed Carlos, might remain a permanent fixture.
Following this evenings roast beef supper the girls are now busying themselves with homework and chores. The packing has begun and the girls are readying themselves for the final week of studies before the much deserved two week break…I have heard talk of a Halloween themed movie for later!
And that is it, the final blog of this half term! It seems like only yesterday that the girls arrived, fresh faced and a little nervous, from all corners of the globe. They have thrown themselves into everything that Truro School has to offer and made some great friendships and memories already. Miss Naylor, Miss Malla, Ms Wright and I are so proud of the way they have settled and adapted to living away from home; we feel truly privileged to have been able to get to know this particular group of girls and we are really looking forward to the rest of the academic year!
When the girls return it will be November and the next half term will be just as busy. One of the main highlights will include watching this year’s full school play, West Side Story, in which a couple of our girls are involved. There is the small matter of mock examinations for our 5th Year students and towards the end of the term there will be Christmas shopping trips to Exeter, the Truro lantern parade, Nine Lessons and Carols at the Cathedral, ice skating at the Eden Project and of course the end of term Christmas party and celebrations.
I hope you all have a very happy half term and we will look forward to welcoming the girls back to Malvern House on Sunday 4 November.
Until November, from Malvern, goodnight.
Mrs Sarah Mulready (Housemistress, Girl’s Boarding)