Welcome to my first Malvern blog of the year! I am thrilled to be a part of the boarding team here at Truro School, and more importantly to be in a position to get to know and support your girls in any way I can.
We have been blessed this weekend with beautiful sunny skies and very summer like temperatures, perfect for a day’s surfing at Perranporth beach. With the windows flung wide and the sun streaming in I’ll update you on what has been going on this week in Malvern.
This week was our first full week back at school and it has been non-stop for the girls. I am pleased to report that all have got very quickly (back) into the rhythm of the school day and are successfully negotiating their way around our site, getting to lessons and activities on time and completing that all important prep in the evening. I am staggered at how well this group of girls get on and the strong sense of camaraderie that there is already in the house. This weekend my ears have been ringing with the sounds of laughter, fun and very loud music!
There are so many things to tell you about; this week Holly attended an Anti-bullying Ambassador training session with a number of other local schools, Codi said goodbye to her Slovenian exchange partner, Amelia came to stay with us for the week and we held our first fire drill practice of the year!
Friday saw us celebrate, a day early, Leanne’s 17th birthday! Cake, balloons, a card signed by all the girls and a rousing “happy birthday” all before breakfast! Many happy returns Leanne, I hope you had a wonderful day.
Last Sunday, two of our boarding choristers, Lowenna and Helena, were admitted as Head Choristers at the Cathedral. We are hugely proud of both girls (and Katie our 5th year Chorister) and wish them every success in their role this year. If you ever get the chance to hear them sing, please do. The choristers appeared on Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year. You will find their appearance on YouTube I’m sure.
Saturday was hugely busy. We took all the boarders by coach to Perranporth beach for a surf lesson, and there is nowhere more perfect than Cornwall in the sun to do that. The girls had a fantastic time catching a few waves, being knocked off and getting back up again. There were a few sore, tired muscles on the way back!
As if surfing hadn’t used all their energy, after a huge supper we introduced our overseas students to scones with jam and cream! Codi organised a fabulous baking session, which saw five teams all follow the same recipe, some with unique takes on a scone, to bake beautiful, yummy scones. Holly and I had the difficult job of taste testing every group’s scones and announcing the winning scone! Well done Codi’s team. It was a hard task, but I was up for the challenge. And before anyone asks…yes, the jam does go on the bottom, cream on top. No Devonian scones allowed! For those that don’t know, Devon and Cornwall have considerable rivalry as neighbouring counties. They insist on putting cream on the bottom and jam on the top, which is wrong on so many levels!
Sunday arrived in a quiet, unassuming way. The majority of the girls enjoyed a well-deserved lie in and a more leisurely roll call and brunch…all except our Choristers…and Codi…and our very own Mrs Mulready and Miss Birkett! I am so excited for the three of them. Codi took part in the Truro Half Marathon and finished in under 2.5 hours. She was raising money for Motor Neurone Disease Association in memory of her Grandfather. Mrs Mulready headed off to Falmouth to complete her very first triathlon, finishing 6th in her category and 9th lady overall and to top off our sporty Sunday morning group, Miss Birkett played her first football game for St Agnes Ladies. Fantastic!
The rest of Sunday saw the girls pop in to town for a bit of retail therapy, watch Moana and prepare themselves for the week ahead… which I am sure will be another action-packed, studious, fun filled week.
I hope the pictures below give you more of a flavour of our first full week of the school year…
Mrs Joanna Wood
Resident Tutor – Malvern