Headmaster’s Blog: 29 November 2016

I’m ‘penning’ this blog as I travel back to Newquay from London Gatwick, after an interesting conference on the theme of ‘Evolving Leadership in Independent Schools’.

After such an action packed week at school, I have enjoyed a day of challenging discussion but also the chance to reflect on what an impressive lot of students we are blessed with.

I suspect that the cast and crew of Fiddler on the Roof are grieving at the end of an epic and are coming back to earth with a bit of a bump.  The rest of us who arrived expectantly at the Burrell Theatre fall into two camps; those who have been blown away by Truro School drama for the first time, and those who know Truro School drama, came expecting to be blown away, and were! Producing confident and enthusiastic young men and women is our mission and during last week’s amazing performances we witnessed turning mission into reality.  Bravo!

After Saturday night’s dramatic finale, Sunday’s service at the cathedral with our girl choristers was more food for the soul. During the service, our five newest choristers were officially installed as members of the choir by the Dean. In the short space of a little over a year, the girls have been moulded into a magnificent unit. Wherever in Cornwall you may be reading this blog, you will not be disappointed if you come along to the cathedral for our school Nine Lessons and Carols next Thursday 8th December. Tickets are free but the experience will, I suspect, be worth a King’s ransom.

Saturday afternoon was a perfect late November day for our rugby fixture against West Buckland. The 1stXV were in imperious form and played some fine attacking rugby to secure a comfortable win. I oscillated between the two home games and watched our U15 side win their match playing some of their most attractive rugby this season. When their tails are up, their team really comes together. Meanwhile, our badminton teams are sweeping all before them with all four teams advancing to the next round of the national schools competition.

It’s the time of year when I enjoy interviewing scores of prospective pupils. I guess I’ve met over fifty boys and girls in the last fortnight. It’s humbling and exciting in equal measure to spend time getting to know the talented youngsters who hope to join us next September.

I enjoyed meeting many parents at the recent evening for 3rd Years and getting your feedback.  The two dominant messages I received are a thumbs up for the introduction of a five minute bell to ring the changes and, more importantly, a thumbs up for the passion and enthusiasm of our teachers.

Thank you.