Interviewing talented people who aspire to work at Truro School is one of the many very enjoyable elements of my job. If a sign of a good school is one that is able to promote successfully from within, then we can be proud. In recent weeks I have been able to make some exciting appointments, both from a pool of talented existing staff, and as new hires who will bring a great deal to this community. This coming week is another busy week on this front as we finalise our staffing requirements for the 2014/15 academic year.
It’s fair to say that one of my challenges (in common, I think, with every other headmaster) is to make space to be a reflective leader. How easy it is in the busy-ness of daily life to allow the important to be displaced by the urgent. And so it was a great joy to be out on Dartmoor last weekend clearing my head, being refreshed by the beauty around me, and re-energised by the cheerfulness, resourcefulness and determination of the many Duke of Edinburgh and Ten Tors groups who were enjoying the training weekend. As an exercise in life-skills, it takes a lot of beating.
Our Heseltine Gallery is building a growing reputation as a fantastic independent venue to host exhibitions. Its profile is certainly growing in the Cornish art world as evidenced by the excellent rolling programme of exhibitions we have been hosting and have planned. I so enjoyed the recent art and poetry evening that was sponsored by the Friends of Truro School. The gallery is perhaps my favourite room on the campus and lent itself really well to a format of drinks, dinner and cultural appreciation.
One advantage of living on the school grounds is that Harriet and I can invite boarders over for hot chocolate and chat. Our boarders hail from as near as St Agnes and the Scillies, and as far as Moldova, Malaysia and mainland China. One measure of a top educational institution is its international mindedness, and we are certainly enriched at Truro School by the friendships that are forged amongst the broad cultural mix of our students.
The performers in tonight’s joint concert between the Truro Male Voice Choir and the Truro School Junior and Senior Wind Bands ranged in age from 11 at the bottom end to well over 80 at the top. The ingredients were just right for a joyful evening. It’s a rather amazing experience to witness our young musicians in such great number sharing their talents.