Headmaster's Blog, Friday 27 February

The second half of the school year is now underway and, as usual, we have gone from 0-60 in no time at all. It’s lovely to have everyone back on campus and enjoying the longer days heralding that Spring is on its way. Our Sixth Form students have come back straight into AS and A2 mock exams, and, from the conversations I have had, the exams were suitably challenging and will serve their purpose as effective marks in the sand from which to proceed.

 

 

Disneyland Paris Trip

The Business Studies students are back from their visit to Disneyland Paris. They tell me it was hard work analysing the marketing strategy, scrutinising the operations and evaluating the business model. Hmmm! I believe them, others may not.  They have certainly returned full of inspiration.

Clarissa Beothy in the Heseltine Gallery

Last Wednesday saw the Private View in the Heseltine Gallery of our latest exhibition: Clarissa Beothy – a retrospective. Clarissa is an artist whose work reflects her extraordinary life. It was so interesting talking to her at the exhibition about her escape from Hungary after WWII and the discovery of her artistic talent upon her arrival in Cornwall thirty years ago. She turned to sculpture to understand and express the great opposites of her life – materialism and spirituality, poverty and wealth, freedom and constraint. Since graduating from Falmouth College of Arts in 1996, Clarissa has become one of Cornwall’s major artists. The exhibition runs until Monday 6 April and is well worth a look. Visit www.heseltinegallery.com for details on opening times.

Fundraising

The latest vogue in charitable fundraising from one or two of our junior forms is a sponsored silence. This poses some interesting challenges for teachers looking to give pupils opportunities to communicate their evolving understanding of the topics being taught! There has been talk about the arrival of Lent and any sacrifices planned. I will be turning my back on the sticky toffee pudding, jam sponge and custard, and millionaire’s shortbread that line our lunch serveries, tempting students and leading teachers astray.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

 

Andrew Gordon-Brown, Headmaster