Headmaster’s Blog: 10 November 2018

Remembrance

Our school Remembrance service on Friday was a thoughtful, dignified and moving tribute to all men and women who have given their lives to defend freedom. During the reading of the Truro School roll of honour, Sixth Form students process forward to place crosses on the boards in recognition of those former pupils of the school who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  That a century has passed since the Armistice of 11 November 1918 that ended fighting on land, sea and air in World War I, made the remembering of the 57 old boys who died in WW1 all the more poignant.

By the end of the war in 1918 over 400 of our former pupils had served in the armed forces, 166 as commissioned officers and 55 as non-commissioned officers. During the war, reports came back to the school of various acts of bravery and gallantry, including over 500 letters to the then Headmaster Mr Vinter from former pupils about their experiences of the war.  It was a privilege that two current members of our staff who have served in the Forces and I were able to read extracts from our archives to our pupils about these experiences. Harry Flint’s flawless trumpet playing of The Last Post and Reveille was only matched by the sublime singing of our girl choristers of For the Fallen by Mark Blatchly.

You might like to know that there is a very special Service of Remembrance at Truro Cathedral on Sunday morning. Both the boy and girl Choristers will be singing newly commissioned music by local composer, Russell Pascoe and thousands of poppies made by local children will be dropped from the tower.  Then, in the evening they are performing Durufle’s very moving Requiem. More details can be found on the link below and everyone is welcome > http://www.trurocathedral.org.uk/whats-on/service-of-remembrance-marking-the-centenary-of-the-end-of-world-war-one

On Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th next week, do tune in to BBC Radio 3 (just before 4pm) to hear our choristers singing with the BBC Concert Orchestra, including a special composition written for them by Dabrinka Tabakova, the Concert Orchestra’s composer in residence.

While I’m on the subject of performing arts, the opening night of our whole school major production, West Side Story, is fast approaching. For those of you who know about drama at Truro School, you will have already booked your tickets for the whole extended family!  If our reputation for simply wonderful whole school musicals has yet to reach you, then I would be so bold as to suggest that if there is one live show you go to this term, it is showing at Truro School between 20th – 24th November. Tickets can be purchased online via the Minack box office >  https://www.minack.com/theburrell/

This weekend’s rugby fixture against Exeter School was, as ever, a closely fought affair. It was super to have such strong support on the touchline from parents who came to school for the Home games.  The Headmaster of Exeter School and I were texting each other from the touchline about the state of play. The boys played the game in a great spirit and as ever in a tough fixture against another leading independent school, we won some and we lost some – all close games. Well done boys.