It has been a busy week once again.
Whilst the usual co-curricular clubs have kept the girls occupied during the day and after school, PATT testing, the first read through of the whole school play (which resulted in a very excited Lowenna, Helena G and Marie on Tuesday evening), chorister evensongs, a hockey fixture, fencing training, a Medics pathway talk and an Oxbridge workshop have also been juggled alongside prep assignments and test revision.
This week has also seen a school wide focus on Mental Health and Well-being with a carousel of activities promoting good mental health taking place across the school. There have been workshops in morning tutor periods, chapel services and lunchtime and after school yoga/relaxation sessions. On Friday the whole school assembly was given over, in part, to raising the profile of good mental health too. Mr Oldfield had the whole school moving about and Mr Hooper, led by the fifteen new Anti-Bullying Ambassadors (one of which is our very own Holly), encouraged the school to be kind to each other whilst also being kind to oneself.
The weekend quickly came and the weekly boarders departed, Jess and Codi headed out to friends houses and Amy, Helena, Pinkie, Steph and Leanne went into town for a Hub Box meal. There were not many girls left and an unfamiliar quiet descended on Malvern. It didn’t last though with the girls returning an hour or so later. One or two then headed up to the Theatre to watch Smile; Helena enjoyed ‘16’ at the Cathedral and the SBA and badminton and the gym was made the most of too. Later nights were taken advantage of with the girls looking forward to a potential lie in the next day.
Saturday saw the girls relax, make the most of the facilities, both in house and up at school, and pop in to town or Tesco.
On Saturday evening Halloween came early (we never like to miss an opportunity to celebrate) in the form of a pumpkin carving competition and house gorifying. Having bought Tesco out of pumpkins Mrs Wood and the girls headed up to the cookery school with the Pentreve girls in tow. A couple of hours and having danced and sang their way around the kitchen the girls lit their tea lights and marvelled at their creations. Tulip emerged pumpkin champion 2019 and then it was back to the house for toffee apples, trick or treat style sweets and house decorating!
On Sunday, after a hearty, full brunch, we loaded the minibuses and headed off to Falmouth for this year’s Oyster Festival. The girls spent a couple of hours pottering around the market stalls and pursuing the town’s shops; one or two even found their way to nearby Gyllyngvase Beach and the ice cream shop.
And that is it, the final blog of this half term! It seems like only yesterday that the girls arrived for their induction week and posed for the first day of school photo. They have thrown themselves into everything that Truro School has to offer and made some great friendships and memories already. Miss Birkett, Mrs Wood, Mrs Thurlow, and 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. There is the small matter of mock examinations for our 5th year students and towards the end of the term there will be a Christmas shopping trip, and a matinee performance of the Nativity at the Theatre Royal, to Plymouth, 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.
Mrs Mulready (Housemistress, Girls’ Boarding)