Trennick Boarding Update – Weekend of 10/11 October


Well, here we are, the last weekend of this first half of the Autumn Term. In some respects, it feels like yesterday that the corridors rumbled with the suitcases of new arrivals, but in others, the boys have settled so quickly into the house and built strong bonds; it feels like we have been a community for years.
This weekend was certainly testament to that community spirit. Friday evening took some of the boys into town for a meal to celebrate Tammo’s birthday and the house was bustling with boys who had volunteered to give of their time for Open Morning on Saturday. A collective effort to get the house shipshape for the morning and then off to bed.
Saturday saw the school basking in glorious sunshine and welcoming hundreds of visitors keen to learn more of the fantastic opportunities on offer here. Trennick House provided upwards of 20 volunteers for the day. Several subject prefects spent the whole morning in their departments showing their true strengths and passion. Many of our new students lent a hand as tour guides, in music performances, running hands on activities or helping behind the scenes. Trennick demonstrated their loyalty and sense of community right from the heart of the school, I couldn’t have asked for more.
On Saturday afternoon, Ben and Tammo joined the school’s Under 17 football team in an ISFA cup match against a powerful Millfield side. Although heavily defeated, the score line doesn’t reflect the skilful performance of the side on the day and the determination displayed. Of course, Saturday evening wouldn’t be the same without pizza and chicken and the boys were not disappointed!
The boys had another early start on Sunday with an 8.30am breakfast…you could forgive them for the grumblings as we all know how teenagers like their lie-ins and their Sunday brunch! BUT they were not to be disappointed; a leadership survival challenge day lay ahead and some of us never imagined that we would be throwing axes on a Sunday afternoon! The whole boarding community was combined into mixed groups and were treated to a wide range of team building exercises. The photos of the day speak for themselves and I think we can all agree that we learned a great deal about ourselves. Thankfully all the groups were successful in lighting fires to cook sausages for lunch and no one went hungry!

Back to the boarding house in time to reorganise for the final week of half term. A hearty meal in the dining room to recharge the batteries and good use of the library for the evening to be fully prepared for school.
On Monday evening, my wife and I took Trennick’s Heads of House out to the Hubbox restaurant in Truro. We had a delightful evening discussing the beginning of the year and hearing their feedback and ideas for the future. The food and company was excellent.
It only remains for me to wish the boys a safe journey home and to say that we are looking forward to seeing them again in November, refreshed and ready for the next adventure.
Mr James Austin – Trennick Housemaster