Headmaster Blog – Friday 2 May 2014

I hope all our families enjoyed a relaxed Easter holiday and feel rejuvenated. My time away has certainly recharged my batteries. This new summer term was heralded in with a bit of sunshine and hopes that summer uniform declaration would be imminent. I am at the front of the queue in my wish for warm weather, and look forward to announcing summer uniform – but not before I am happy that our girls and boys are looking smart. We all know it’s a battle worth fighting, even with the help of some minor blackmail!

 

Today our 5th Year and Lower Sixth have begun their study leave. With summer exams creeping ever earlier into the term, and with the lateness of Easter this year, it feels rather strange that compulsory lessons for these year groups are now ended. Our teachers continue to offer lessons as normal and are expecting a good turnout of students keen to take advantage of the help on offer.

 

I have been away for a few days this week working as part of an ISI team inspecting an up-country boarding school. I’m glad that I was not around to witness handfuls of our 5th years engaged in a strange ritual of writing on each other’s school uniform. There are plenty of super traditions at Truro School – I would prefer that this was one that does not join the list.

 

On Thursday evening, staff, parents and pupils enjoyed a fantastic jazz concert hosted this year by Mr Palmer in the Burrell Theatre. Unfortunately the usually irrepressible jazz teacher Mr Latarche could not be there, but his young musicians most certainly impressed with their talent and dedication.

 

I am also delighted to report that our new Junior Girls’ Boarding House is now open and currently we are running a series of taster nights for our 1st and 2nd Year day pupils. This initiative will be run out for all years as the term progresses, and indeed sits alongside our offer of Exam Leave Boarding Packages from Monday 5 May, please visit www.truroschool.com/senior/boarding/exam-study-package for more information. I consider this to be an excellent way for some students to remain on track and focused during the crucial next few weeks – with a structured evening studies programme and teaching staff on hand to support and help with questions.

 

As GCSE exams begin on Wednesday, I wish all our 5th Years the very best of luck. Here are some pertinent questions that will provide a focus as they look through some final practice exam papers.

  • Do I go for the easy questions rather than select the tougher titles?
  • Do I try and expose my own weaker areas and then fill the gaps?
  • Do I really understand what the questions require of me?

I go on a great deal about education being about so much more than passing exams. But it’s fair to say that we are also pretty good at helping students to jump through these hoops. I will end this blog with a quote from my assembly message to the school earlier in the week,

 

“You have all the resources you need at your disposal to do your very best. So, be anxious, be a little nervous, but feel confident, feel good in yourself that if you continue to revise well and draw on the support of our teachers who are so generous with their time, all will be well.”

 

I hope you have an enjoyable bank holiday.

 

Andrew Gordon-Brown
Headmaster