Headmaster’s Blog – Monday 16 March 2014

Turnout at our recent Careers Convention was terrific and it was super to welcome pupils and parents from around the area including from local secondary schools such as Penair and Richard Lander. Of course, our own pupils also grabbed the opportunity with both hands and were a real credit to the school. It was good to witness such engagement with pupils deep in conversation with journalists, doctors, graphic designers, lawyers, brokers and psychologists, to name a few. We are blessed with a supportive network of current parents, former pupils and interested regional employers, to whom sincere thanks are due for the time and energy they give to the school.


A few months ago I met a former pupil who now heads up research and development at a company that designs cycling products for children. In his spare time he is involved in the development of Modern Pentathlon in the South West. When I reflected on our schools credentials and/or ambitions in fencing, cross-country running and swimming and the recent success of our show-jumping team, it didn’t take me long to figure out that if we could find a venue for pistol shooting, we were ideally placed to grow as a centre for Modern Pentathlon. So, I agreed to the proposal and last Saturday we took a small step in this direction, hosting a fantastic day for forty children from Truro School and the South West. The coaching line up was stellar, featuring several Olympic athletes and national coaches who came to share their expertise. Check the website for photos.


Whilst I write about impressive former pupils, Connie Schneider (CO95), has been selected by The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston to receive the School’s inaugural Fletcher Women’s Leadership Award. The award was developed to honour outstanding women graduates who are making a meaningful impact in the world in the private, public, and NGO sectors. Connie received her award on March 7, to coincide with International Women’s Day. If you visit one website today, then I recommend you read the profile on Connie and the humanitarian and rule of law work she has done in the Congo and Afghanistan.


Over the past week, the Lemon Street Gallery has been hosting the Combined Truro Schools’ Art Project, now in its 10th year. Our pupils produced some beautiful work, including some amazing ceramics which were hung alongside the work of other professionals. What a cracking opportunity.


This coming Saturday a large number of parents, teachers and friends are coming together under the banner of the Truro School Choral Society, and are looking forward to performing Faure’s Requiem in the Cathedral. Do come along. Chris Gray, the Director of Music at the Cathedral is brilliant, and with some help from his equally impressive choir, our own school choir, and several others, I hope that we make a really good sound.


Andrew Gordon-Brown