The boys were in very good spirits this weekend. After brunch on Saturday they played a great deal of pool; the two new pool cues really proved a winner as the boys worked on their technique over several games during the morning. At roll call I enquired what the boys would like to do during the afternoon. The two most popular choices were to use the swimming pool or to go to the fitness suite in the sports centre. The fitness suite was the most popular and there were a number of boys who were under 16 which meant that they needed supervision; I offered to go with them as long as they worked hard during their time there. All of the boys without exception worked well for their 80 minutes.
Our German boys have really got into rugby and they requested to stay up late to watch the All Blacks play Argentina in the penultimate round of the Southern Hemisphere Championships. To ensure they had plenty of energy for the late night start I cooked six pizzas that were devoured as soon as they were brought out into the common room. It was also pleasing to see some visitors from both Pentreve and Malvern who came up and socialised with the boys in the main common room.
On Sunday some boys woke early to catch the sports round-up on TV, and some, I noticed, had an early morning session in the gym. After brunch, all of the houses had planned a boarding community outing to cycle the Camel Trail. The Camel Trail is arguably one the most beautiful rides in the UK. It runs for 5.5 miles along a disused railway line between Wadebridge and Padstow. It takes in some of the most picturesque views in Cornwall as it meanders through the Cornish countryside. After arriving in the beautiful harbour town of Padstow the students had some time to themselves to explore and perhaps get an ice cream or a drink before the return journey. It was great to see over 50 members of the boarding community including house parents enjoying a fantastic afternoon, the house parents even found time to take a selfie! You can see some photos from our outing here.
Mr A & Mrs J Lawrence