Headmaster’s Blog Friday 13 December 2013

It’s the last day of term and I’ve just returned from our Annual Carol Service at the Truro Methodist Church. It was super to see so many former Truro School teachers present and enjoying the celebration with us. The Rev spoke with his usual humour, contrasting the outrageous dressing room demands of so many of today’s celebrities against the humility of men like Ghandi and Mandela. Most notable of all are the humble beginnings of the Nativity scene, which we have been celebrating for over two millennia.


The first term has been brought to a close in fine style this week with the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and the Christmas Concert – two very different occasions, but linked by a display of musical talent and seasonal splendour. A huge thank you and well done to our musicians and the Music Department for their hard work this term.


Last week’s Christmas Fair, organised by the very supportive Friends of Truro School, raised over £650. This is more than enough to buy a Shelterbox. Added to this is an amazing £1750, which has been raised over the course of this term by pupils for the work of Shelterbox in Syria, through our Charity Day and other fund-raising events. It’s not the amount raised that actually matters, but the fact that so many pupils get involved and give so much of their time and energy in this way. Yesterday’s ‘austerity lunch’ of soup and a roll was a small gesture to try and put ourselves into the shoes of others.


The final whole school assembly this morning was a joyful affair. To speak of success in politics at the Model United Nations followed, moments later, by full, half and junior colours awards for sport and music, and then a long list of Duke of Edinburgh Award certificates, gives a snapshot of school life. The rugby boys have had a great term. We are county champions at U13, U14 and U15 and hoping to add U16 to the trophy cabinet in the New Year. Progress in the Natwest Cup is also hotting up with our U15 and 1st XV both in the last 32.


If you haven’t seen her already, the Art Department’s 7.5 metre long Delilah the dragon is displayed in the Dining Hall. She is magnificent. I guess that plans for next year’s City of Lights are already being concocted behind closed doors.


If yesterday was austerity, today we’ve enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Lunch courtesy of our catering team. Thank you to them for the turkey, the pop, the pudding and the party hats. Oh, and the sprouts!


Merry Christmas to everyone.


Andrew Gordon-Brown