A week ago, the suitcases rumbled down the halls and a vibrant atmosphere grew in the house as 30 boys took up residence once more. We were fortunate to have the best of the Cornish weather back to enable us to explore the city and the beautiful views from the walk down to the beach at Trelissick Gardens, a short drive away. Falmouth provided a stunning back drop with the Tall Ships out in the bay getting ready to sail on the next leg of their journey. There was some pretty competitive stone skimming at the beach but we are forced to concede that Mr Nicholas and the boys from Pentreve House definitely had the upper hand here.
The boys, especially those new to the school, have had a lot to take in this week and they have taken it all in their stride. Boarders from all over the world have quickly formed strong bonds and laughter fills the house. With school and academic work now under way, the boys are capitalising on their use of the Dodd library for prep times. The Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre has hosted the boys most evenings and we were lucky enough to be treated to an excellent fencing session by the Truro Fencing Club based at the school, with Great British coach Jon Salfield guiding us through the finer techniques.
This weekend saw the school host the Former Pupils in various sporting endeavours and a celebratory BBQ. An evening of pool finished off with pizza for everyone seemed too much for some to resist despite the invitation to join the girls for a DVD evening; ‘Pizza is more important than girls, Sir!’
We joined together in the chapel for its 87th anniversary service on Sunday morning after a hearty brunch. As the beautiful weather looked set to continue, we hopped on a minibus to head to one of Cornwall’s most famous surfing beaches to enjoy the sun, sea and sand. The boys braved the water, although it was a bit chilly for some; particularly those from Greece and Italy! Everyone had a great afternoon letting their hair down after a busy first week back. You can see a gallery of photos from the first week of term here.