It’s been another full and varied week at TS. A snapshot of my last five days includes:
Monday: an enjoyable meeting with my ‘critical friends’ – this year’s group of parents who have volunteered to be on a communications working group. We meet each half term and they are a great source of frank feedback about how we are doing. Among other things, we spoke about ways to communicate the progress we are making against our strategic plan, the proposed pattern for a new school day, steps we are taking to improve traffic flow and the range of goods on sale in the tuckshop. Next time we meet the agenda will include a review of parents’ evenings.
Tuesday: an enjoyable lunch with the Headmaster of Polwhele House. Our boys’ Barbershop comprises many former Polwhele choristers and they are a wonderful group of lads and terrifically talented musicians. I feel a concert coming on! In the evening there were some very fruitful discussions at the 5th Year subject consultation evening – I hope students and parents went away in receipt of some good guidance and greater clarity as they finalise their A level subject choices.
Wednesday: I attended two events that highlighted our thriving creative and performing arts scene, not only in Truro School but in Cornwall. The exhibition from the 2nd year students who are studying on the Contemporary Crafts course at Falmouth University was launched with a Private View at the Heseltine Gallery. Their work is amazing – many pieces were sold during the evening. From there I travelled to St Mary’s Church in Penzance to hear a selection of ensembles and soloists, many of whom will be performing at the Hall for Cornwall on Wednesday of next week. The musicians were outstanding and I am really looking forward to The Seven Ages of Man at the HfC next week – you can buy tickets here: https://www.hallforcornwall.org/online/mapSelect.asp#.VquSe9jMV9A
Thursday: I dropped in to the talk about applying to universities in the US. I reflected on the great variety of options open to our school leavers. We are fortunate to have Mrs Jupp guiding students through the overseas universities terrain with such precision. I finished my day at the first rehearsal of the TS Choral Society. The nine choirs of Truro School (!) are coming together this term to give a concert to support the Mayor of Truro in her fundraising aims for the homeless people of our city. John Rutter’s, Feel the Spirit, is uplifting stuff.
Friday: I was off to the Sandpit at Falmouth University for an away day with my governors, the purpose being to reflect on TS governance and discuss ideas to further enhance the effectiveness of their strategic oversight. We are certainly blessed with a talented and generous board.
Coming up this week on Monday and Tuesday, as we hurtle towards half-term, is the 2nd Year Shakespeare Festival in the Burrell Theatre from 7pm to 9pm – I know the 2nd Years have been working hard on perfecting their performances and I am looking forward their interpretation of the bard’s work.
This week is crammed with sport fixtures as the football season continues and on Wednesday afternoon we play the quarter final of the Natwest Under 18 National Rugby Cup against Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Wakefield. If you can come along to this match please do. I know the boys will appreciate the support as they take on their toughest challenge to date. Kick off 12 noon.
I am away at the end of next week, and so I have asked our Head Girl, Phoebe Piercy and our Head Boy, Toby Copeland to write a guest blog. Watch this space!
Andrew Gordon-Brown, Truro School Headmaster