Welcome to the penultimate weekend blog of the Autumn Term 2017!
Wow, I cannot believe it; it is December and there are only two more weeks until we break for Christmas.
It was lovely to walk into the Malvern House Common Room, following Miss Hargreaves’ weekend in charge, on Monday morning to find that the festive elfs had been out in full force decorating and Christmas-afying the house. The girls did a great job!
This week has been a busy one with two main activities occupying the girls’ time. The 5th years, whose mock examinations comence next week have been particularly studious and for those in the lower and upper sixth much time has been spent preparing Christmassy items for the school Christmas Fair.
On Tuesday morning the girls all congregated at morning roll call to surprise Miss Hargreaves with some birthday gifts and a cake…the usual rendition of happy birthday, the balloons and the banners all made an appearance and it was great to see the girls showing Miss Hargreaves just how much they appreciate everything that she does for them. One of her gifts, Mary Berry’s Ultimate Cake Book – 200 recipes, was a clever and tactical buy by the girls who love all the baking that Miss Hargreaves does for them. You have to hand it to them; they know when they are on to a good thing.
Wednesday evening saw some of the girls opt to do early prep and then pop into town for the Christmas lights switch on, reindeer parade and first night of late night shopping. Having completed early prep the girls spent an hour perusing the shops, purchasing their secret Santa gifts and generally enjoying the Christmassy atmosphere.
Chloe turned 18 on Thursday and so we celebrated another Malvern birthday. Again, the girls sang and we celebrated in our usual Malvern style and wished Chloe a very happy day.
Friday morning saw an early start fo our resident fencer Hannah who headed off to Germany for a competition. For the rest of the girls it was the usual daily routine but not before opening the first door on the house advent calendar. Lisha, who was the first to appear at morning roll call was the lucky recipient and enjoyed her choclate breakfast starter! I am anticipating the girls being on time if not early over the next couple of weeks; I would be if a possible chocolate treat awaited me!
This year the girls have also bought into the idea of a reverse advent calendar where they give rather than receive each day. The boarding community is supporting local charity Truro Food Bank and I am hoping that we will be able to cross off all twenty-five foody items before the girls break for the holiday.
We arrived at 3.45pm and the start of another weekend in double quick time again this week. Helena and Sophie were then busy rehearsing and performing in the schools Baroque and Roll concert in the chapel whilst the usual routine of supper, prep and the sports hall/gym action kept the rest of the girls busy.
The house has been particularly crafty this week with glitter, glue and reindeer food EVERYWHERE and Friday evening was no different. The girls have been preparing and producing stock for their stalls at the Christmas Fayre and it has been great to see them helping each other out; I have been impressed with how committed to the cause they have been.
On the topic of creativity, Chloe has been working hard over the last two weeks designing and creating the Malvern House 2017-2018 canvas and I am delighted with the result and cannot wait to have it hung, in all it’s glory, in the common room next week. It will serve as a wonderful keep sake and record of the girls time in Mlavern House for years to come and I cannot thank Chloe enough for all the time she has spent on it.
Lie ins were welcomed on Saturday morning and the girls had a leisurely start to the day. The gym and swimming pool were enjoyed by some after brunch, Sophie had a driving lesson and further glittery activities filled the time between brunch and the 1.30pm roll call. For Emma, Carolin, Jess and Helena it was then time to make money and they headed up the hill to the Christmas Fair and their stalls. The pictures below will give you an idea of just how hard they have been working and it was great to see so many Malvern girls manning stalls this year…I even bought a few things!
On Saturday evening I encouraged the girls to have a break from work and mock revision and cooked up a storm in the kitchen for them. Never keen to stray too far from tradition the girls, having requested the usual pizza, chicken, nachoss, grapes, strawberries, popcorn, and crudites and dips, congreagted in the common room at 8.15pm before tucking in and settling down to a movie together.
On Sunday, the house was very quiet as the girls made the most of a second lie in before brunch. We then joined the boarders from Trennick, Pentreve and Poltisco and set of for a day on the dry ski slope in Plymouth. Having selected their preferred sport they divided into two groups for either a ski or snowboarding lesson. A lot of laughter followed and the girls had a great time mastering turning and stopping. The snow tubing and rides down the toboggan and viper run were great fun too….
This evening, after a hearty roast chicken dinner with all the trimings, the girls are completing prep and readying themselves for the morning.
The week ahead is set to be another busy. The 5th years sit their GCSE mock examinations and although nervous they are in good spirits; they have worked hard and can walk into the exam hall safe in the knowledge that they could not have done anymore. Regardless of the results, Miss Hargreaves and I are very proud of the mature manner in which they have approached these exams and we will be with them in spirit all week. There will be the option for further late night shopping on Wednesday and Cherry is out from Tuesday – Thursday on the Art trip to London.
Next weekend, the fianl weekend of term, we have ice skating at the Eden project and the Boarders’ Christmas Service, meal and party to look forward too..the girls will exchamge secret santa gifts and I am looking forward tro seeing them all dressed up, dancing and having fun!
Make sure you read next week’s blog to see all the pictures!
Mrs Sarah Mulready (Housemistress, Girls’ Boarding)