Spring certainly feels to have sprung, or at least it did at the beginning of the week, in Truro and it has been another busy week for the Malvern girls.
Having returned from the half term break on Sunday afternoon/evening, it was full steam ahead on Monday as the U6th went straight into mocks. Whilst undoubtedly nervous, Cherry, Lisha, Jemma, Hannah and Sophie all entered into the spirit of the experience and I have been immensely proud of their mature attitude and ‘I can do it’ approach; even when the exams were hard! The girls have shown great resilience and have kept their sense of humor throughout and this has been humbling and refreshing to see. I hope that the hand back and results will go well next week; regardless of the outcome the girls will be in a position to start action planning and filling in any gaps in subject knowledge that they may have ahead of the real exams in the summer.
In other news, we welcomed Ella to the house as a flexi boarder this week, the usual cathedral commitments continued and Codi enjoyed the postponed (due to the snow, what a difference a few weeks makes) Geology field trip to Cligga Head on Wednesday. Whilst in theory our numbers were up due to Ella’s stay, Malvern has felt somewhat empty and quiet this week too; Leanne jetted in and then straight out again and has spent the week fencing for Singapore in Jordan, Meg spent a couple of days at home unwell and Kristina has been away for the week too.
For me, the week seemed to fly by and in the blink of an eye it was Friday afternoon and the end of the week bell rang! With the weekly boarders having departed for home and a Spanish themed paella and omelette supper enjoyed, Miss Broadhurst’s eagerly awaited board games evening in the Sixth Form Centre awaited us! Monopoly, Quirkle, RISK, Rapido, Cludeo, Jenga, Twister and Scrabble were all contested and it was great to see the boarders mixing, teaching each other and having fun!
Saturday morning lie ins were enjoyed and then brunch followed. At 12pm we headed off with the junior girls from Pentreve for an afternoon of lazer tag at Bombadinga’s in Redruth. With three games to keep them occupied, the girls, who have been requesting lazer tag for some time, split into senior and junior teams and quickly got into character. After three games the seniors emerged undefeated and everyone headed back to the bus having had a lot of fun! Saturday morning lie ins were enjoyed and then brunch followed. At 12pm we headed off with the junior girls from Pentreve for an afternoon of lazer tag at Bombadinga’s in Redruth. With three games to keep them occupied, the girls, who have been requesting lazer tag for some time, split into senior and junior teams and quickly got into character. After three games the seniors emerged undefeated and everyone headed back to the bus having had a lot of fun!
McDonalds was requested on route and so a pit stop was made for those that wanted something to eat…Lazer Tag is hungry work apparently!
On Saturday evening, the girls, with Kristina back in tow, put the new kitchen appliances through their paces with a waffle, smoothie and toastie themed feast. The toasties ranged from the more normal cheese/ham and cheese/pepperoni/mushroom to banana and nutella, a firm Malvern favorite. The waffle machine proved great fun too and the ice cream, whipped cream, berries and chocolate button combination gave the girls the sweet fix that there were after.…Hercules was the somewhat surprising movie of choice of the evening and the girls settled in for a cosy night in the common room.
On Sunday the girls enjoyed a free day and made the most of the down time visiting the gym or swimming pool, popping into town and Tesco’s and catching up with work and other aspects of life-min! This evening we have enjoyed a roast chicken supper and the house is slowly filling up with the return of the weeklies and Helena and Leanne. The girls are busying themselves with prep, laundry and bed stripping as I type and I think some early nights in preparation for another full-on week are the cards!
Next week brings both St Piran’s (the patron saint of Cornwall) Day and Pancake Day on Tuesday. With a pancake themed supper in the dinning hall; and then scones, jam and clotted cream with a side order of saffron cake planned for after prep, the girls will feel well and truly immersed in the English and Cornish culture….I will, of course, spend time teaching the girls the importance of jam, followed by cream! The Burrell Theatre will play host to the junior and senior charity concerts, events that are solely organised and executed by pupils, on Monday and Wednesday evening respectively. Whilst we have no Malvern acts on the program list, I am sure the girls will enjoy supporting their friends with all proceeds going to charity.
Next weekend Miss Naylor will be in charge and there is a pamper day planned for Sunday I believe; make sure you look out for next weekend’s blog to hear all about it!
Goodnight from a now, very un-spring like Malvern!
Mrs Sarah Mulready (Housemistress, Girls Boarding)