Prep Head’s Blog: 23 February 2017

The New Building Project

A huge thank you to those parents who were able to attend our meeting on Wednesday about the new building project. In my end of term letter (December 2016) and my start of term letter (January 2017), I outlined some of the changes that were starting to take place but it was especially good to be able to explain and describe the project in more detail to parents in person. Our project manager, construction representative and many of the senior team from both Truro School and Truro Prep were present; I hope that it was a useful time for parents.

I have been amazed at what took place over the half term break; Sue McIntosh and her team worked tirelessly to ensure that our new accommodation was ready to receive the children. My thanks to our wonderful teaching staff who have also worked incredibly hard to pack up their rooms and to relocate to their temporary rooms for the duration of the build. It has been a great team effort and I am very grateful to everyone involved.

We have four ‘mood boards’ in the reception area of Treliske House so if you were unable to attend the meeting on the 22nd and would like to see our plans, please do come and have a look.

We have started to share our spaces, as the photograph of Tuesday’s assembly shows; our Prep assembly space for the next two and a half terms will be in the Pre-Prep hall. Many of the Pre-Prep teachers commented on how good it was to hear the live music that accompanied the Rev during our Wednesday assembly. Again, thank you to all involved for their flexibility and positivity – both are essential to ensuring that this season of change runs smoothly.

The John Muir Award

As part of the John Muir Award, Year 5 pupils have cycled the Portreath to Devoran cycle path; this route follows the old mining tram route from the north coast across to the south coast. The award encourages people to connect with, enjoy, and care for wild places. In addition, challenges such as this promote resilience, individual and team efforts. I was delighted to hear that one of the boys in Year 5 reported to his mum, “Awesome! The best fun I’ve had so far in 2017.  It’s going to take a lot to beat that!” These special experience that go far beyond the classroom are part of what makes Truro Prep such a unique place to learn and grow.

Enrichment

I wrote about our new enrichment club in my last blog that has started this term; we have had a fantastic response and the activities really are extending our pupils and encouraging much debate and thought. The photograph below is of Amelie and Piran who are working on Fibonacci and the Golden Ratio; they are looking at Fibonacci’s original problem of rabbits reproducing, which was how he developed the sequence.

Congratulations to Adam, also pictured here, who won the Under 12 West of England Chess Championships in Swindon last weekend.