Headmaster’s Blog Monday 25 November 2013

Thousands of people descended on Truro for this year’s City of Lights festival, embracing the theme of Expect the Unexpected. A team of Truro School and Prep School artists, led by Jack Trevail, one of our Art scholars and general star in the Upper Sixth, produced the most magnificent seven and a half metre long Dragon. Delilah the Dragon was paraded through the streets and rain, wind and hail could not deter them. Although Delilah took a battering, she will be patched up and showcased in Heath Hall in the coming weeks.


A team of our Upper Sixth economists have returned triumphant after winning the regional heat of the Bank of England’s Target 2.0 competition. This involved the team putting themselves in the position of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee and outlining their recommendations for UK monetary policy, including setting the Bank rate and deciding what should happen with regard to the current asset purchase scheme (Quantitative Easing). After an excellent 15 minute presentation to a panel made up of Bank of England employees – followed by 10 minutes worth of fast bowling Q&A from the judges – they emerged victorious. The area final awaits.


The Burrell Theatre was transformed into a sandy island for the staging of this term’s major production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The lights, sound and special effects technology added real mood to a terrific production. Huge thanks go to Ben Symes and his team for directing the show and congratulations to our talented thespian students for a highly entertaining evening.


Our U15 and 1st XV rugby teams continue their march in the Natwest Cup, after good wins this week in the 4th round against Exeter School and Torquay Boys GS respectively. We took most of the honours in the block rugby fixture against Exeter School, while the girls had convincing wins on the hockey field against Kelly College.


It has been a great week for music and poetry as well. A large group of our musicians joined a 600 strong chorus of Cornwall’s musicians and enchanted the Royal Albert Hall audience at the Last Night of the Schools’ Proms. Closer to home, our 1st Years impressed with their reading and performing of Poetry in the Burrell Theatre. In the words of Mr Berger “the ability to recall poems is one of life’s pleasures and not a bad thing to have up your sleeve for a dinner party turn either.”


As I write, there are a very lucky group of Truro School pupils walking the coastal path between Pendeen and St Ives in training for the Ten Tors challenge. On a cold, clear day like today, who would want to be anywhere else?


Andrew Gordon-Brown