Headmaster's Blog, Monday 22 June 2015

Exams are over for all but the Upper Sixth and the school is as busy and bustling as ever. Our service of thanksgiving to mark the end of the GCSE chapter for our 5th Years was a fine occasion. We are lucky to have a beautiful chapel as a fitting place to lift our spirits. The Rev reflected on his recent pilgrimage from Padstow to Fowey, walking the Saints Way, to talk to us about making good decisions as we negotiate our way through life. It was super to listen to the reflections of Anna Tozer and Stan Somers as they spoke about what Truro school has meant to them. The 5th Year ball in the evening was a splendid affair and I enjoyed the company of the students and the team of tutors who have looked after them for the last couple of years. Mr Hooper, their much loved Head of Year, was singled out for some special attention.
 
It was back to the chapel on Friday to enjoy the 1st Year gala concert. Hard to believe that this time a year ago I was welcoming these youngsters to Truro School for their taster day. Perhaps the highlight of the evening was the finale where the altar was crammed to capacity with dozens of 12 year olds improvising a jazz number with Mr Latarche. I was certainly left with the sense that Truro School music will continue to be in good health for many years to come. My thanks to the Friends of Truro School for sponsoring the Pimms on the terrace beforehand.
 
After the triumph of Sweeney Todd, we have come to expect amazing things from our Director of Drama, Miss Egar. The junior play involved a large cast of students in the 1st to 4th years, who performed several of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Watching each player become totally immersed in their role was truly impressive. If proof were needed that as much is learnt outside the classroom as within it, look no further.
 
Seventy of our 4th Years are enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award programme. They have been planning for their qualifying expedition which took place on the Lizard Peninsula this weekend. I met up with them yesterday as they walked the South West coast path from Coverack to Lizard Point. Their navigation skills were tested on the first day as they walked from Helford to Coverack, but yesterday, as long as they kept the sea on their left, it was difficult to get lost. What a stunning bit of coastline. Meanwhile the Gold DoE cohort have just returned triumphant from Slovenia from their own expedition. I suspect that four days in Julian Alps country presents some additional navigational challenges.
 
Tomorrow we are all set for Sports Day. Parents have all been invited (I promise there is no parents’ race) and there will be cream teas on offer, courtesy of the FoTS. Do come along to enjoy the festivities, even if you have to ignore the protests of your son/daughter who will be insisting that parents are not actually invited!