Headmaster’s Blog, Monday 5 October 2015

Attending the 4th Year music concert in Chapel this week was the perfect tonic at the end of a busy day. The playing and singing were of such high quality and I was once again reminded about the amazing things that are possible for 14 and 15 year old pupils. There are always one or two nerves when having to perform in public which is understandable, but boy do these musicians set the bar high for themselves and each other. It was lovely to see the four boys who joined Truro School having been Cathedral Choristers, but this time enthralling us on the trombone, clarinet, flute and piano.
 
There was a great turnout for the Sixth Form Open Evening; most of our current 5th Year students took the opportunity to do some primary research, talking to sixth form subject prefects and teachers about the range of A Level subjects. It was good to see strong interest in A Level Computer Science which we will include in our line up if demand is there. We opened up the evening to the 4th Years for the first time, mindful how many of them are keen to develop some lines of sight beyond the next couple of GCSE years. The terrific number of external visitors underpins my hope that our Sixth Form will continue to grow as a challenging pre-university experience for new recruits.
 
The classics are staging a comeback at Truro School. At last week’s Classical Civilisation evening presentations I was impressed with the breadth of topics and the depth of knowledge of our sixth form students. From amusing interpretations of the accounts of Herodotus about the Athenian wars to the impact of Greek tragedy on contemporary theatre and much more besides, I certainly had to have my wits about me.
 
From the sublime to the junior disco on Friday night. Word on the street is that it was enjoyed by all, even if “the music was too loud”. I took the safer option and enjoyed the quiz and curry night put on for parents of disco revellers. There were calls for a steward’s enquiry when the Headmaster ended up on the winning team! I put it down to Mrs G-B’s powers of persuasion in recruiting some rather able team members.
 
It’s always a pleasure walking the touchlines when we have full block fixtures on the go. The competition against Blundell’s on Saturday was strong and the matches were fought in good spirit. Truro School got the upper hand in the home games with three wins and two losses. Our Under 15 team this year are a mighty bunch. They look a fair bet to advance well into later rounds of the Natwest cup. Watch this space.
 
Finally, next Sunday (11 October) our girl choristers are performing their first public service at Truro Cathedral. Do come and enjoy the 10am service where I am sure the singing will be lovely.