In the final couple of weeks of the autumn term you might think the pace of life slows as we begin a festive descent into the Christmas holidays – not at Truro! I hope as many of you as possible got to see what was a truly spectacular production of Sweeney Todd; the cast, the musicians and the technicians put on what can only be described as West End quality performances. My one regret is that the Burrell Theatre is not twice the size because tickets were as scarce as hen’s teeth. Next time Hall for Cornwall? Do take a look at some of the photos on our gallery.
Last week I made a short speech at the unveiling of a new arch in Furness Island Gardens. The archway made from steel was designed and created by our own Sixth Form student Jonny Innes and former pupil Rhys Fairlie. The work was a commission from Geoff Yelland on behalf of the Friends of Furniss Island. The school will get a chance to check out this stunning work (and indeed pass through it) on the way to Truro Methodist Church for our end of term carol service next week.
I have to say a congratulations to our young four swimmers who represented not only Truro School but also the South West at the London Aquatic Centre in late November – a first for us. The four pupils did extremely well and gained 15th position in England. It is great to see swimming moving from strength to strength in this way. I’m still green with envy that they actually swam in the London 2012 Olympic Pool.
In the spirit of firsts, I want to make you aware (if you haven’t read it already) that Truro School along with Penair school, Richard Lander school, Humphry Davy school, Camborne Science and International Academy and Falmouth school have formed a Physics partnership backed by the Ogden Trust and S3 Physics – the first of its kind in Cornwall. The partnership has formed to increase the number of students taking Physics ay GCSE and support science teachers and technicians across Cornwall. I am so pleased that we can work together in this way with other schools to enhance teaching and learning.
Our 5th Year students are now coming to the end of their mocks and will be looking forward to a well-earned rest over the holidays. The recent Good Schools Guide report observed about our school that “it’s cool to work hard here – and the pupils do.” I sense that most of our 5th Years have been doing exactly that.