It has been another busy week for the girls in Malvern House.
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 Tuesday, Hannah R represented the school as part of the U16 Hockey team contesting for the title of Cornwall County Champions. It was a successful day of hockey and the girls found themselves in the final against their closet rivals, Truro High School. It was a fast tempo, end-to-end game, with little separating the two teams but unfortunately it was not to be on this occasion and the girls finished the tournament as runners up. They do however progress to the Regional Finals later this year. Well done Hannah!
On Thursday and Friday whilst our 5th Year Geographers, Tung and Tulip, were out of school and off timetable completing costal fieldwork, the annual sixth form Top House Quiz kick started the house competition calendar, and the quest for the Opie Shield. It was great to see Hannah competing for Smith House but my loyalty was inevitably split when her team took on my team, Wickett House, in the preliminary rounds. The overall results after the final and the third/fourth place play off on Friday lunchtime were:
1st Place – Wickett House (this almost never happens, so please forgive me whist I ‘whoop!’)
2nd Place – Vinter House
3rd Place – School House
4th Place – Smith House
The girls were all up a little earlier on Friday morning and it only took me a moment to realise why…the first charity day of the academic year and a chance to trade the usual school uniform and smart business wear for home clothes. The inevitable dilemma of ‘what am I going to wear!’ that comes with every charity day ensued but the girls all eventually headed up the hill to breakfast.
At 3.45pm and with the end of school bell sounding the girls headed home. The weekly boarders departed for the weekend and relative calm descended on the house. With Cherry and Hannah staying at a friend’s house for the night, and with Anson away on an English trip to watch Macbeth at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth, the house was eerily quiet. A fajita supper was enjoyed and then the usual hour of prep was completed. The rest of the evening was spent either at the gym/SBASC playing badminton or curled up on the sofa’s in the common room watching Trolls.
Saturday morning saw the girls lie in until 9/9.15am and then after a hearty brunch the day was to be a free day for all. The girls visited town and Tesco, completed prep, revised for tests and visited other boarding houses. Emma had her usual surfing lesson at Perranporth Beach where she was treated to glorious sunshine but also some quite choppy surf with the back end of Hurricane Ophelia having headed to the UK.
After supper Hannah, Leah and Emma headed off to the cinema to see the new release ‘The Snowman’ with a couple of the Trennick boys.
The usual list of ‘Saturday evening treats’ was devised and Chloe, Nicolette and Anson were in charge of the purchasing this week. Armed with the list and a budget of £33 I let them loose in Tesco to see whether they could meet everyone’s wants and needs whilst remaining within budget. Thirty minutes later, they emerged with a trolley full of goodies requesting that I settle the bill. Did they manage to keep to the allotted money budget? Not quite. Apparently, the two carrier bags tipped the balance the wrong way! I let them off on this occasion.
Once home I got cooking and the girls settled down in the common room awaiting their lemon and herby chicken, nachos, lettuce, crudités with dips, crisps, ice cream and cookies feast. They amaze me week in week out with how much they can eat but this week was particularly impressive…each time I brought the next plateful through, the previous had been devoured.
On Sunday our weekend activity, that included a boat trip down the River Fal, and the tide times, meant a slightly earlier brunch was necessary. After a full English, we headed down to the river and boarded the ferry bound for Trelissick Gardens, a local National Trust property and garden, near Falmouth. The boat was full to brimming and it was lovely to be out in the Cornish sea air and the wildlife on display was spectacular…we were even treated to a seal!
Once moored at Trelissick and with Mr Thompson having been in touch with the restaurateur we headed to the barn for a traditional cream tea. Our assumption that a quick briefing telling them that it was jam before cream would suffice did not quite work out as planned and so I quickly made up a mock up to show case the intended finished product. As you can see, their interpretations were interesting with jam and cream mixing and sandwich type creations bucking the trend. Nevertheless and unsurprisingly not a crumb was left at the end.
With the schools National Trust membership card at our disposal the boarders were given some free time to explore the gardens and house. Tasked with taking the most creative, yet within the realms of safety, selfie, they set off in small groups.
After an hour or so of exploring, the groups came back together for a customary group photo looking over the river before we then headed back down towards the river and the ferry home.
Upon arrival home, I started to survey the Malvern selfie attempts and it was a tough judging competition…the winning prize, yet to be determined, was awarded to Leah, Hannah and Hannah who braved the cattle…
This evening the girls have spent time completing prep, tidying their rooms and sorting their laundry and school bags in preparation for the week, the final week of the half term, ahead.
So there it is – the final blog of this half term! Quite where the last seven weeks have gone I do not know but it seems like only yesterday that the girls arrived, fresh faced and a little nervous, from all corners of the globe. They have all done so well and Miss Hargreaves, Miss Malla, Ms Wright and I are so proud of the way they have settled and adapted to living away from home; they have thrown themselves into everything that Truro School has to offer and made some great friendships and memories already. 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, The Snow Queen, in which a number 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 5th November.
Until November, from Malvern, goodnight.
Mrs Sarah Mulready (Housemistress, Girls’ Boarding)